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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.

Rolling Rumpus Rooms and Other Van Interiors of the National Truck-In

Posted July 28, 2014 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: car show classic auto interior van

While the doghouse covers come off and show a few tarted-up small-block V-8s among the sea of six-cylinders between the front bucket seats, nobody really seems to care much about engines at a custom van show. After all, vans typically don't go fast or hug corners like most hot rods and sports cars. Instead, some of the most stunning displays of creativity and craftsmanship become apparent only when the owners of the vans throw open their gullwing, Dutch, and barn doors for inspection.

If anything characterizes a custom van besides porthole windows, murals and mag wheels, it's the van's interior, as we learned this past weekend at the 42nd National Truck-In this past weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich, New York.

See more of these 'rumpus rooms' on Hemmings.

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Last Remaining World War I Cadillac to go on National Historic Vehicle Register

Posted July 24, 2014 8:30 AM by dstrohl

As a fellow Cadillac enthusiast told Marc Lassen when he first bought an olive drab-painted 1918 Cadillac and suspected it had served with the American effort during World War I, "Until you prove it, you just have a neat green car." Nearly a decade of research later, however, Lassen now believes it's the last remaining Cadillac to have served the country in that war, and the Historic Vehicle Association will later this month recognize it with a spot on the National Historic Vehicle Register.

Lassen never set out to find a vehicle with such a remarkable history, but instead came across the Cadillac Type 57 in 2005 when looking for a taillamp lens for his 1929 Cadillac. "It was obviously solid, intact and quite weathered - right up my alley," he told Jeff Koch for an article in the December 2012 issue of Hemmings Classic Car. "I knew in a second that this car was real - everything was exactly as it should be for an untouched survivor car. I had no idea how I could prove it was authentic, but I wanted to see if I could."

See this classic army Caddy on Hemmings.

1 comments; last comment on 07/25/2014
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Is the Hunt the Best Part of Acquiring a Project Car?

Posted July 23, 2014 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Thanks to a fortunate blend of circumstances, I'm once again on the hunt for a project car to park in the garage. Though still in the very early stages of the quest, I'd forgotten how much of a Christmas-morning-like thrill it was to track down the right car, within a reasonable distance, equipped with the right options and in the right condition. In fact, the search itself could be the best part of acquiring a project car.

Identifying the specific make and model is, perhaps, the easy part, but then the question of what year arises. Every production year for every model has its pros and cons, so narrowing the range to meet expectations and budget becomes the first of many complications. Once this issue is settled, the next roadblock is defining the trim level and, if applicable, the optional equipment.

See opinions, then express yours, on Hemmings.

5 comments; last comment on 07/24/2014
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One Man’s Collection of More Than 600 Vintage Cars and Trucks Heads to Auction

Posted July 22, 2014 9:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction classic auto collection

Murray King's cabinet making business took him from one coast of Canada to the other, and rather than return to Spruce Grove, Alberta, with empty trailers, King began filling them up with interesting and derelict cars he found in his travels. Before long, his focus shifted from woodworking to metal working, and Kustom King automotive restorations was born. Now, after four decades of buying cars, King will sell the 550 cars in his collection (combined with another 87 cars from A-Riverside, his neighbor's business) in a two-day auction set to begin on Saturday, August 16.

See the extensive collection here.

4 comments; last comment on 07/23/2014
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Round Out Your Road Trip Repertoire with this List of More Than 100 Songs

Posted July 21, 2014 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto Music road trip song

I've been drivin' all night, my hands wet on the wheel.

There's a voice in my head that drives my heel.

It's my baby callin': says I need you here.

And it's a half-past four and I'm shiftin' gear.

Golden Earring's 1973 hit "Radar Love" is a classic-rock road-trip anthem with lyrics so descriptive that they put you in the driver's seat. Listed here, are over 100 more car-and/or-road-and-travel-related songs that were culled from my 8-Track, record, cassette and CD collections, and also found through Internet searches.

This is not a ranking of the 100 best songs for car lovers or a debate over which ones belong and which ones don't. It's much simpler than that. These tunes have been posted, in no particular order, in an effort to help you add to your listening pleasure, while cruising in your favorite ride.

See the Hemmings playlist here.

16 comments; last comment on 07/24/2014
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Franz Ferdinand’s Fateful Phaeton

Posted July 17, 2014 8:30 AM by dstrohl

We've all heard the story: One hundred years ago, on June 28, 1914, looking magisterial in his plumed regalia, Franz Ferdinand, Archduke and heir-apparent to the throne of the ailing Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife, Sophie, in her gleaming white dress, parasol hoisted, are moving by car through the streets of Sarajevo on a visit that is part official business and part 14th wedding anniversary.

Accompanied by General Oskar Potiorek, governor of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Lieutenant Colonel Count Franz von Harrach, owner of the car they are riding in, they are driven by Harrach's chauffeur, Leopold Lojka. Thousands of people line the colorfully decorated Appel Quay as the six-car motorcade rolls past. It is a balmy Sunday.

See this historic piece in modern glory on Hemmings.

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