The Roundup: June 2017

Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup, we link you to articles about the Mona Lisa of lowriders, the passing of Vic Edelbrock, Harley-Davidson racing bikes and more.

The Mona Lisa Of Lowriders


One of the most memorable experiences of this year’s Cars at the Capital event in Washington D.C. this year had to be when Jesse Valdez II—son of the man who created the most famous lowrider in automobile history—paid homage to his father. Automobile contributor Arthur Antoine happened to be in the audience and put together this wonderful retrospective on Valdez’s legacy and the historical significance of a car called “the Mona Lisa of lowriders.” Click here to check it out.

Racing Harleys Rule


“Racing Machines: From the KR to the XR”—a long-running exhibition at Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum—offered an eye-opening look at the American motorcycle manufacturer’s remarkable racing efforts. contributor William Hall went to check out the remarkable display (which includes 10 never-before seen bikes) and brought back this great report and photos. Click here to see it.

Lincoln Park Historical Museum Opens Preston Tucker Exhibit


From June 19th until September 30th, visitors to Lincoln Park Historical Museum in Michigan will have the rare treat of touring a wonderful new exhibit put together with help from Tucker Automobile Club of America and the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum. Most of the items on display in the exhibit are on loan from the collections of the Tucker Automobile Club of America. These include “Tucker ’48” patent information; dealer inquiry letters and other correspondence; press clippings; photos taken over the years of many of the 51 Tucker cars in various stages of restoration; a Tucker car radio and other car parts; objects from the June 19, 1947 unveiling of the Tucker at the car’s Chicago manufacturing plant, and other automobilia. Click here to check out the full story.

Vic Edelbrock Jr, 1936-2017


A visionary in the high-performance auto parts industry and the man who spent the last five decades at the helm of the Torrance-based company started by his father—Vic Edelbrock Jr.—died this month after complications from a cold. He was 80. Hemmings Daily contributor Terry Shea offers this tribute. Click here to read it.