Nostalgia Highway

How Steve McQueen really created Bullitt's famous car chase

By Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Hagerty Media
Photos courtesy of Warner Brothers

(December 12, 2022) There will be many people who have watched 10 minutes and 53 seconds of Steve McQueen’s Bullitt without knowing anything about the plot. You don’t need to, because the car chase is probably the best (only?) reason to watch the entire movie.

Mecum Kissimmee 2023 Auction climbs to 4,000 collector cars

The Rick Grant III Estate Collection

(November  23, 2022)  With the recent addition of 50 investment-grade vehicles from the main attraction Rick Grant III Estate Collection, along with several other private collection offerings, the tally board of consignments for Mecum Kissimmee 2023 continues its climb to 4,000 vehicles, all of which will be offered at The World’s Largest Collector Car Auction Jan. 4-15 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla.

Mecum Las Vegas Auction brings in record $27.5 million in total sales

1969 Dodge Daytona

(November 18, 2022) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions has been expanding upon its sturdy foundation built from decades of achievement with its most successful year to date, and the Las Vegas 2022 collector car auction kept the momentum going strong with another record total attained. Total sales in Las Vegas reached $27.5 million, exceeding the 2021 event total by $5.2 million and eclipsing the previous Las Vegas high water mark by more than $2.3 million.

Lost to fire, Ford’s Rotunda destroyed 60 years ago

By Jeff Peek

(November 12, 2022) Ford called it the “Show Place of the Automotive Industry,” and even a title that brazen may have understated the widespread appeal of the Rotunda. By the early 1960s, Ford’s futuristic Rotunda was not only the most popular automotive-related tourist destination in the United States, it was the fifth-most visited attraction overall, seen by more people than the Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument, and Yellowstone National Park.

Classic 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster restored

(November 9, 2022) BISHOP'S STORTFORD, England — Hilton & Moss, world-class specialists in the restoration and sales of classic and prestige vehicles, put the shine back into one of German motoring history’s most beautiful stars with a loving restoration of a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. Transformed from a rusting relic of glory-days gone by, to a concours-standard testament to one of the automotive industry’s true legends, the 300 SL Roadster is ready to turn heads like back in its heyday — a perfect product of Hilton & Moss’ 30-plus years’ experience in Mercedes models. All work was undertaken at Hilton & Moss’ dedicated restoration facility in Bishop’s Stortford.

Century-old Ford plant in Florida to be torn down

(October 21, 2022) A car plant that Henry Ford opened in Jacksonville, Fla., nearly a century ago is slated to be demolished over the objections of local historical preservationists. The Jacksonville City Council last week unanimously approved the property owner's request to tear down the building to allow for new waterfront development, the Florida Times-Union reported. The owner said experts who assessed the building said it was too damaged to repair.

New online service charts the origins of your classic Porsche

1972 Porsche 911

(October 19, 2022) ATLANTA —  Every classic Porsche has an origin story — when it was built, how it was equipped, where it was first delivered. An important part of owning, and even restoring, a classic Porsche is knowing the details of this history. With its collection and storage of historic documents, Porsche is able to provide many pieces of original production information about its vehicles going back decades. Now, for the first time, the process of accessing these documents has moved online. One portal offers a path to accessing this data that is both fascinating for enthusiasts and valuable for preserving sports cars.

Mecum takes on two cities in one weekend for $36.4 million in sales

1957 Chevrolet Corvette

(October 19, 2022) Mecum Auctions is well known for setting records and taking on never-before-achieved challenges, and the company took it to another level this past weekend by holding two auctions simultaneously in two different cities located a full 600 miles apart. One of the events, Mecum Chicago 2022, was held Oct. 13-15 in Schaumburg, Ill., and brought $15.2 million in total sales, while the other, Mecum Chattanooga 2022, was held Oct. 14-15 in Tennessee and reached overall sales totals of $21.2 million.

Mecum Auctions returns to Las Vegas with 1,000 cars

1971 Stitz Blackhawk

(October 7, 2022) Mecum Auctions will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center for its sixth annual collector car auction at the venue this Nov. 10-12 with an estimated 1,000 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, exotics, trucks, Hot Rods, customs and more to cross the auction block.

More then 950 old trucks at auction and more than 950 stories

Photos courtesy of Kraupie's Auctioneers

By Daniel Stroll

(October 6, 2022) Rob van Vleet has so many old cars and trucks — mostly trucks — scattered across the grasslands of western Nebraska that he has entirely forgotten about some in particular and has lost track of precisely how many he currently owns. Somewhere between 1,500 and 1,800, he figures.