Nostalgia Highway

Ford's better idea in 1957 — A nuclear-powered car

By Casey Williams

(December 29, 2013) Automakers may talk about renewable energy from wind, water, and solar, but if they are honest, they will tell you that most of our energy will still come from coal and nuclear powerplants. If Americans want gas-free automobiles, they may have to get used to an old idea: Atomic-powered cars.

Life in rural America — Early 1940s

(December 18, 2013) Included here are a handful of interesting color pictures, part of a much larger collection of images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information taken in the early '40s.

They are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations.

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction to be televised by major network

(December 16, 2013) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, has announced that FOX Sports has expanded its viewership reach for the Scottsdale auction to include five channels within its family of networks. In total, there are 36 hours and six-consecutive days of live, high-definition auction coverage starting with FOX Sports 2 on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. MT).

1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre is very fondly remembered

By Al Vinikour 
Abandoned Cars and Trucks

(December 15, 2013) I was fortunate enough to have grown up in those halcyon days of the Muscle Car Era. Every manufacturer had a dog in the hunt.

General Motors had its legendary Pontiac GTO and Chevrolet’s fabled 348 and 409; Chrysler had its Plymouth and Dodge Hemis and Wedges; and Ford had its high-performance Mustangs, Galaxies and Thunderbolts. In those days the cars would be raced on Sunday and used the rest of the week as family transportation. You didn’t trailer them to the drag strip…you drove them there and back.

Ford archives, museum to make more Ford history accessible online

(December 15, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is taking pieces from its storied past and moving them into the future. The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company have teamed up to help share key materials on beginning in 2014.

Henry Ford and his wife Clara were essentially amateur archivists — meticulously collecting the artifacts from their lives. This tradition continues today at Ford Motor Company archives, which house the company’s unique history and are not open to the public.

Tom Mix's restored 1937 Cord to appear at Arizona concours

(December 10, 2013) Hemmings Daily Blog reports that the 1937 Cord 812 supercharged Phaeton purchased new by famous cowboy movie star Tom Mix will be on display at the Arizona Concours d'Elegance on Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.

Mix actually died behind the wheel of the Cord on Oct. 12, 1940, when he hit a washed-out bridge at excessive speed. An unsecured metal suitcase struck Mix in the head, fracturing his skull and breaking his neck.

Remembering those good old days of inner tubes

By Al Vinikour
Abandoned Cars and Trucks

(December 4, 2013) All of us of a certain age have something we relate to as the symbol of a by-gone era; the “good old days” if you will. Some look to hula hoops, Pet Rocks, their first transistor radio, etc. However, not one to be conventional, I have a different object to fondly recall my youth; the inner tube.

Miami Auto Museum announces special collection limited display

(December 4, 2013) MIAMI, Florida — The Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection has created a special exhibition to share their latest acquisition. Nearly 50 classic cars were obtained from a private collector and are now on public display.

American life revolved around the automobile 60 years ago

(November 27, 2013) American life revolved around the automobile in the 1950s, much like today. But in those days, the cars were virtually all American made. The SUV had not yet been invented. The minivan was still just an idea in the heads of such automotive folks as Lee Iacocca. If people needed room for passengers, cargo and the family dog, they bought a station wagon. Or perhaps a full-sized van or a Chevrolet Suburban. Fins were in and styling changed from year-to-year.

Rare 1930 Packard Speedsters to be Sold by Dragone Auctions

(November 25, 2013) WESTPORT, Conn. — With preparations already underway, Dragone Auctions announces their pre-holiday auction sale featuring classics from the Thomas Kerr "Packard" collection located at their showroom and gallery in Westport, Conn. Kerr is known for his 40 year quest to buy the best classic era Packards that exist today.