FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t picked up to read and explore. In addition to the titles that are in the Magazine Area on the 2nd Floor of our library, postings will also include titles from Zinio, the library’s digital magazine collection.


Like many other auto enthusiasts, you may be kicking yourself for not acting fast enough on purchasing your dream car sometime over the past few years through one of the several large collector car auctions that take place each January in Scottsdale, AZ and in Phoenix, AZ.

Well, you may want to dust off that bidder’s paddle.  Several opportunities are coming up this month to bid on what will probably be one of the largest number of vehicles that you will see gathered for all of 2017.

The lineup for collector car auctions this month includes:

If your collecting passion happens to be centered on two wheels, rather than four, January is still a big month. Mecum Auctions will be having what is advertised to be the “World’s Largest Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction” between JANUARY 25 – 28 in Las Vegas.

hemmings_motor_news_january_2017So how does one find out ahead of time when these collector car and motorcycle auctions are coming up on the calendar? One way, of course, would be to check in on the websites of the particular auction companies.  Another way is to look for the advance notices in magazines such as Hemmings Motor News.

HMN, as the magazine is sometimes referred to, has been around since 1954. The cover of each issue of the magazine states matter-of-factly that it is the “WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTOR-CAR MARKETPLACE.” The publication serves as the “Bible” for collectors and traders of nearly all categories of the collector car hobby, from brass-era antique cars through high powered muscle vehicles like the Pontiac GTO JUDGE pictured on the January 2017 issue’s cover. The primary reason for its appeal to people in the hobby is its extensive classified advertising sections.

You can find Hemmings Motor News at our library on the 2nd Floor, in our Newspaper and Magazine area.  Be prepared to spend some time with each monthly issue…they now average over 550 pages per issue and include many regular and special features that collectors look forward to reading, such as the Value Analysis of vehicles (HEMMINGS STOCK EXCHANGE AMERICAN COLLECTIBLE), the BUYER’S GUIDE which includes current market prices, and the CLASSIC CAR PROFILE.

collectible_automobile_february_2017What it lacks in the number of pages in each issue, Collectible Automobile makes up in it’s exceptional photography and well written articles. This bimonthly magazine, which was first published in 1984,  presents in-depth looks at cars and trucks, mostly American, from the years 1930 through the early 1980s.Significant foreign cars that would be familiar to American collectors have also been featured.

If you’re still at the tire kicking stage and haven’t committed to purchasing your dream car, like the 1947 Ford Sportsman Convertible shown at the beginning of this post, then you’ll appreciate the wealth of knowledge you will learn from reading the articles about the vehicles covered in each issue. Once you want to move that dream forward to a reality, you’ll find the Value Guide section indispensable in establishing how much you’ll need to spend to get behind the wheel of that car or truck that you have always wanted. Market prices are given for three categories: Restorable, Good, and Excellent. This will really help in determining if your resources will allow for a project vehicle, a ready to go driver, or a trailer queen.

Like Hemmings Motor News, circulating issues of Collectible Automobile are located at our library on the 2nd Floor, in our Newspaper and Magazine area.

Happy motoring!

-Tom D.







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