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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

Historic Vehicles to Gain Exemption from Paris Old Car Ban

Posted June 23, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl

In a case that may have ramifications across Europe and perhaps the world, French historic vehicle enthusiasts have convinced the authorities in Paris to provide an exemption to the city’s pending old-car ban for certain historic vehicles.

The ban, announced last year but finalized within the last month, will go into effect July 1, and will restrict all pre-1997 vehicles from the streets of Paris between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Intended to combat the rising air pollution levels in the city, the ban will become stricter over time, eventually barring all vehicles built before 2011 by 2020.

Or, almost all. As the Fédération Française des Véhicules d’Epoque (FFVE), the French arm of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, announced on its website, members of the FFVE earlier this month reached an agreement with city officials to exempt historic vehicles from the ban. Under the terms of the agreement, which they expect the city to publish toward the end of June, any vehicle 30 years old or older wearing a Carte Grise de Collection registration sticker – as opposed to a Carte Grise Normale registration sticker – will be allowed in the city at all times.

French car fans get the OK to keep driving around Paris.

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U.S. Postal Service to Debut Pickup Trucks Forever Stamps

Posted June 22, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto collector stamps

The United States Postal Service has a thing for old cars. After honoring hot rods and muscle cars with a series of Forever stamps (not to mention domestic cars of the 1950s with a variety of first-class stamps), the USPS’s latest line of Forever stamps will pay tribute to the most American vehicle of all, the pickup truck.

With artwork created by Chris Lyons, the four Forever stamps will honor the 1938 International Harvester D-2; the 1948 Ford F-1; the 1953 Chevrolet Advance-Design; and the 1965 Ford F-100. As with earlier automotive tribute stamps, the vehicles chosen are representative of a broad cross section, though some would argue that milestone vehicles were overlooked. Ford’s 1925 Model T runabout with pick-up body, considered by many to be the first factory-produced pickup (as earlier examples were generally cab chassis fitted with beds), isn’t one of the offerings, and neither is the 1955-’58 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier, arguably the first “luxury” pickup.

Finally, something stamp and car collectors can both enjoy.

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New York-to-Paris-Winning Thomas Flyer to be Added to National Historic Vehicle Register

Posted June 21, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: history race roadster

Until he saw it stripped to the chassis with his own eyes, George Schuster simply wouldn’t take anybody’s word that this old touring car was the one and the same that ferried him and a few other fellow travelers almost around the world in 1908 to win the legendary New York-to-Paris race. But confirm its identity he (eventually) did, and more than 50 years later, his authentication remains key in documenting the 1907 Thomas Flyer for the National Historic Vehicle Register.

Schuster, the mechanic for that landmark race and the only man from the Thomas team to live into the 1960s, disappointed many who sought his stamp of approval on the car during the Forties and Fifties. Garry Moore, host of the television show I’ve Got a Secret, unsuccessfully tried to get Schuster into the car during the latter’s appearance on the show. Neither Charles Finnegan or Henry Austin Clark, Jr., could convince Schuster to positively identify the car when they owned it. Nor could collector extraordinaire Bill Harrah, at least not at first.

This world-traveled roaster has earned historic praise.

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GaragePointer Offers Car Collectors a New Answer to the Question “Where am I going to park this?”

Posted June 20, 2016 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto collector storage

For some, buying a collector car is the easy part, but finding a place to keep it is the real challenge. For others in need of income and blessed with too much garage space (though we have a hard time accepting there could be such a thing), finding a suitable renter can be equally challenging. Now, GaragePointer, a start-up based in Great Falls, Virginia, hopes to bring these parties together with a new web-based service connecting potential garage renters and rentees.

As GaragePointer founding member Dave Kinney related to us, the idea for the company came from a discussion with friend and appraisal colleague Donald Osborne, the host of Assess & Caress on Jay Leno’s Garage. “Why isn’t there an Airbnb for collector cars,” Donald wondered, and an idea for the first peer-to-peer garage rental service was born.

The Airbnb for gearheads has arrived.

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How Do You Price Cars for Sale?

Posted June 16, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classified Discussion sale

There aren’t many universal truths in this world, but here’s one: If you’re shopping for a specific year, make and model of car, every example you find will be priced too high, or at least too high for its current condition. On the other hand, if you’re a seller, nearly every offer you receive will likely feel insultingly low.

Blame it on fallout from televised auctions and restoration shows, or blame it on the popularity of free online classifieds where lowball offers and scammers are a fact of life. As anyone who’s bought or sold a car in recent years will almost certainly agree, it can be tough out there, and as a company that specializes in both print and online classifieds, we’re caught directly in the middle.

As many of you who’ve purchased cars through Hemmings already know, we go to great lengths to ensure that the cars listed on our site are legitimately for sale by owners or dealers. Fraudulent ads are shut down as quickly as possible to protect both buyers and sellers, and that requires a significant amount of trained staff.

The experts provide some advice on listing used cars for sale, be it a classic ride or a daily clunker.

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