Larry’s wild ride through Arizona Auction Week

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After seeing this blue and gray Cunningham and other cars at the auctions and concours, I'm starting a campaign to bring back two-tone paint on cars | Larry Edsall photos
After seeing this blue and gray Cunningham and other cars at the auctions and concours, I’m starting a campaign to bring back two-tone paint

Those of you of a certain age might remember TW3, aka That Was The Week That Was, which I remember as a delightfully satirical if short-lived television program in the mid-1960s. If you ask me (which you didn’t), TW3 was the forerunner for Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In Looks at the News segment, for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update (SNL creator Lorne Michaels was on the Laugh-In writing staff) and for the entire Daily Show franchise.

I bring this up because it’s time to look back on TW3, in this case on That Was The Week That Was — Arizona Auction edition. And I do mean look back, because this is an Eye Candy gallery auction week through my eyes — well, though the lens of my camera — though there are a couple of exceptions.

I’m not including a photo of the Phoenix Automotive Press Association’s annual Arizona Auction Week preview panel the day before the Arizona Concours d’Elegance because I was the moderator who got to ask questions of Don Williams, Dave Kinney, John Carlson and Diane Fitzgerald.

Nor did I photograph any of the classes I’m teaching this semester at Arizona State University’s journalism school (for some reason the deans aren’t willing to cancel my classes just because the auctions are in town). I also left my camera in the car during the Classic Car News staff dinner or our breakfast with classic car dealers from around the country, the reception hosted another night by the committees that organize the concours and the annual Going to the Sun Rally, and during the annual Le May museum reception that for many of us concludes the week.

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But if you’re interested in looking back over my shoulder, below are images from TW3, AAW edition:

Photos by Larry Edsall

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.