Nostalgia Highway

The ultimate beach cruiser — 1974 Volkswagen Acapulco Thing

(July 3, 2020) The Volkswagen Type 181 — commonly referred to as “The Thing”— has always been a fun summer classic for drivers who enjoy a cool and wildly original type of ride. The removable doors, retractable soft top and folding windshield provided a driving experience unlike any other Volkswagen. The 181 has also spawned one of the more unusual models ever to wear the Volkswagen badge — the Acapulco Thing.  

The history of the Volkswagen Passat in the United States

1987 VW Quantum Syncro

(June 22, 2020) HERNDON, Va. — Most Volkswagen fans think that the Golf is currently the longest-lived Volkswagen nameplate, but that honor actually belongs to the Passat, which went on sale a year before the Golf in Europe, in 1973. Based on the Audi 80, the Passat was initially sold in two- and four-door fastback sedan and three- and five-door hatchback form, with a wagon joining one year later.

A Florida father-son mechanic duo restores vintage Volkswagens

(June 20, 2020) Gregg Ammerman has loved vintage Volkswagens ever since he purchased his very first car, a watermelon green Super Beetle, in 1982. His passion for the brand has grown over time, and now the former Army mechanic shares his love for car restoration with his youngest son, Dalton Ammerman.

Hagerty partners with Drive Toward a Cure program

(June 19, 2020) Hagerty, the automotive lifestyle brand driving a community of car lovers, is partnering with non-profit Drive Toward a Cure to encourage enthusiasts to do what we all enjoy the most — to ‘get out and drive!’  Over 75 days of Summer 2020 — beginning the first day of summer, June 21 and with a winner to be announced on Labor Day — licensed motorists nationwide can appreciate drives near or far and enter to win prizes based on the mileage they drive and sharing their experiences on social media, all the while, benefitting Parkinson’s Disease awareness, research, and patient care.

Live Mecum auction returns to Indianapolis with 2,500 collector cars

1964 Shelby 289 Independent Competition

(June 17, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — It’s full speed ahead come this July 10-18 as the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis opens for the annual return of Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction. The auction is a highly anticipated occurrence each May, with thousands of classic and collector car enthusiasts pouring into the Fairgrounds every year from across the United States. With this year’s necessary postponement, buyers and sellers are especially eager for the auction’s return, and Mecum plans to deliver in spades, having already expanded the usual 6-day auction event to a full 9 days with nearly 2,500 cars now slated to cross the block live.

Chevrolet Performance introduces new 570-hp LS42/570 crate engine

(June 15, 2020) DETROIT — Chevrolet Performance today announced the all-new LS427/570 crate engine — an enhanced version of the production-based LS7 7.0L engine that offers more horsepower, more torque and, thanks to a simpler wet-sump oiling system, easier installation.

Mecum to auction private museum collection of Eddie Vannoy June 26-30

(June 9, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — An amazing museum collection of classic cars and countless vintage collectibles that took one man more than a quarter century to assemble will now be offered at a live, on-site auction in Jefferson, N.C., approximately two hours from Charlotte on  June 26-30, hosted by Mecum Auctions. In total, an estimated 80 cars—nearly all offered at no reserve—six motorcycles and 5,000 Road Art items from collector Eddie Vannoy’s museum assemblage will cross the auction block.

Drive-in theaters experiencing a revival nationwide amid COVID

(June 4, 2020) Drive-in movie theaters are one of the few businesses experiencing a renaissance amid the coronavirus pandemic. As one of the few entertainment destinations you can still visit outside of the home, they’ve experienced a boom in popularity and demand over the past couple months.

Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin' returns to Davenport June 17-20

1911 Case 30 horsepower steam traction engine

(June 3, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — The 2020 Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic auction will proceed as a live auction event at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa, June 17-20. A power-packed lineup of more than 500 vintage tractors, trucks, 2,000 signs and farm relics is set to cross the auction block.

Adrian Automobile Museum acquires Nicholas Begovich Collection for display

(May 21, 2020) NEWPORT, R.I. — As part of its mission to “Preserve, Celebrate and Share Automotive History,” the Audrain Automobile Museum announced today that the Nicholas Begovich Collection has been acquired for future display with the Museum’s collection in Newport.