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Classic American

October 2020

Classic American magazine featuring Classic American muscle and Classic American styling. Each month packed full of restoration stories, news from the Classic American scene, hundreds of classifieds, readers letters and rides. So don't miss out, immerse yourself each month in a little part of the American Dream. Subscribe to the digital edition today - and enjoy savings on RRP of over 70% - Instant delivery worldwide. Never miss an issue.

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slowly, slowly...

Things appear to be returing to some sort of sense of normality – I went to my first car show of the summer at the weekend, an outdoor event at Capesthorne Hall, near Macclesfield in Cheshire. It was strange in as much as visitors were encouraged to wear masks, despite it being outside, yet probably only about 90% chose to ignore this advice. I would imagine the numbers would be the other way around at an indoor event, such as the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show which is held at the NEC and is still planned to go ahead at the time of writing. It would seem that people are becoming used to this ‘new normal’ and trying to work around complying with rules and having some semblance of normality. I’ve…

2 min.
wheel meet again… at the classic motor show!

This year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery will be a little different from previous years; however the organisers are keen to emphasise how they’re bringing a show to the classic car community that we all know and love in a safe and controlled environment. With coronavirus having ravaged the classic motoring calendar, the organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, are pulling out all the stops to do everything possible to increase the chances of the November event happening in 2020 once the government gives its approval. Measures include extending show opening times, staggered entry times with visitors able to select their desired slot as well as what hall they would like to see first. All visitors and exhibitors will undergo mandatory temperature checks and there…

6 min.
thruxton thriller classic sports car club meeting

What a very strange world we are living in right now. Most motoring events have been cancelled for the year, but the Classic Sports Car Club bravely decided to push ahead with its two-day race meeting at Thruxton in Hampshire. The event was actually oversubscribed, clearly showing that the race drivers want to get back on track, but the grandstands and spectator banks were eerily empty. The only way the meeting could go ahead was without members of the public. What was even stranger was that in the race assembly area and the pit lane, everyone, including the marshals, had to wear face masks. Not so in the general paddock area, although social distancing rules applied. This is where it all becomes a bit tricky. When you’ve got mechanics crawling…

4 min.
end of sedans?

Lincoln MKZ We’ve known for a while that the Lincoln MKZ wasn’t long for this world, but it doesn’t make the model’s discontinuation anything less than bittersweet. The last day of MKZ production at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant was July 31, as was the case with its platform mate, the Ford Fusion. “As previously announced, Lincoln is investing in growth segments and the brand will feature a full portfolio of SUVs, including a fully electric vehicle in the future,” Lincoln spokesperson Anika Salceda-Wycoco said in a statement. “Lincoln will continue to keep its newest SUVs fresh and will expand its line-up with the launch of the Corsair Grand Touring later this year.” The Ford Bronco Sport will take the place of the Fusion and MKZ at the Hermosillo plant. Full-scale Bronco Sport production…

1 min.
y-job wowser!

Harley Earl, the creator of the Buick Y-Job, started off his career building custom bodies for Hollywood stars in California; eventually he came to the attention of the bosses at GM and was spirited to Detroit where his first claim to fame was designing the 1927 LaSalle and going on to run the Art and Color section as director. This eventually became the Styling Section around the same time he was promoted to vice president. Earl’s most important achievement was moving the design of cars from engineers –who would be more concerned about cost and functionality – to actual designers, whose concerns would be about aesthetics and how the car actually looked. Earl also pioneered the practice of creating specific styling cues to certain model years which could then be embellished or developed…

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dicaprio caddy fetches double market value in hollywood icons auction

The yellow 1966 Cadillac driven by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2019 Tarantino comedy-drama Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was one of the star lots at the recent Prop Store Los Angeles auction. The leading film and TV memorabilia company recently announced the results of its live auction of film and TV memorabilia which took place at the end of August, with items on offer fetching in excess of $6.2 million (£4.75m). Hundreds of bidders from around the world took part in the live stream event over two days of exciting and intensive bidding. Hundreds of props, costumes and related memorabilia were sold, but of most interest to Classic American readers would be the 1966 Cadillac Coupe de Ville driven by Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) in the film and which sold for $56,250…