Jul 20

Movie Legend, Car Guy James Garner Dies At 86

James Garner starred in the hit 1966 auto racing film "Grand Prix." (Photo: MGM)

James Garner starred in the hit 1966 auto racing film “Grand Prix.” (Photo: MGM)

Hollywood lost one of its truly great actors Saturday with the passing of James Garner at age 86.

Perhaps the best description of Garner came from the New York Times, where it was written, “He was most at home as an iconoclast, a flawed or unlikely hero.”

Indeed.

But Garner was also a serious car guy.

Jun 9

Subaru BRZ newest entry to affordable, lightweight sports car class

(Photo: Tom Jensen)

For a company best known for its frumpy but utilitarian compact SUVs and sedans and its fast-and-furious rally car-based WRX and STI sedans, the BRZ is a revelation. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

The affordable sports car has long been one of the most revered classes of automobiles for enthusiasts.

Triumph and MG got the ball rolling in the 1950s and early ’60s, then the Nissan 240Z exploded on the scene just as the decade of the ’70s was set to take off. The Mazda Miata was a stunning success when it was introduced in 1990, and Honda followed suit in ’99 with the wonderful S2000 roadster.

Apr 13

Barrett-Jackson Sunday: Five Cars to Watch

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This tricked-out 1954 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 Custom Roadster should draw plenty of attention Sunday at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction. (Tom Jensen photo)

It’s the third and final day of the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction and so far, the event has been a huge success with a great docket of more than 550 cars, millions raised for charity and massive crowds.

Today, the focus is on the fun, the funky and the affordable collector cars, the kinds of rides that are perfect for weekend jaunts rather than some of the uber-high-dollar cars that end up as museum pieces.

With that in mind, here are Sunday’s Five To Watch cars from Palm Beach:

LOT 634, 1954 OLDSMOBILE CUSTOM ROADSTER

A wonderful, period-correct cruiser, this 1954 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 Custom roadster evokes the legendary customizer Gene Winfield. This Olds is chopped, channeled, shaved, decked, frenched and about everything else you can do.

Apr 12

Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach: Saturday’s Five Cars to Watch

This 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe caught everyone's attention, but no one was more interested than Rick Hendrick. (Photo: Carey Spencer / Best Digital Shots)

This 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe caught everyone’s attention, but no one was more interested than Rick Hendrick. (Photo: Carey Spencer / Best Digital Shots)

After a great opening day at the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction, it’s time for Super Saturday, when the quality of the cars goes way up and with it the prices.

The action begins at noon ET and runs all the way until 8 p.m., with live television coverage on the National Geographic channel the entire time.

Apr 11

Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach: Friday’s Five Cars To Watch

This hot-rod 1955 Chevrolet 210 sedan at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach has some serious horsepower under the hood. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This hot-rod 1955 Chevrolet 210 sedan at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach has some serious horsepower under the hood. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

The long wait is over. The 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction is ready to roll with 21 hours of television coverage on the FOX family of networks.

This year’s docket is hugely impressive, with about 550 vehicles of shapes, sizes and price ranges.

Here are our Friday Five To Watch cars:

LOT 3001, 1969 OLDSMOBILE 442

This car is a replica of the Oldsmobile 442 convertible that appeared at motorsports and auto events in the late 1960s. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This car is a replica of the Oldsmobile 442 convertible that appeared at motorsports and auto events in the late 1960s. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Linda Vaughn, the legendary Hurst Miss Golden Shifter, is here this weekend, as she often is at Barrett-Jackson auctions, and there’s a very special car going across the block today at around 4:30 p.m. ET. It’s a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 convertible Hurst Shifter car replica built by Thornton Motors Inc. of Bucks County, PA with guidance from legendary Hurst engineer “Doc” Watson. The Thornton family specializes in world-class Oldsmobile restorations, with one of their 442s selling here last year for an eye-popping $275,000.