The Journal hits 10,000 stories

STOP THE PRESSES! This major milestone is worthy of touting, and we have some history and memories to share from those of us who were part of the beginnings and growth of this publication

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It is with a great sense of pride that I sit in the managing editor’s chair here at the ClassicCars.com Journal as our team hit a significant milestone. On Monday, June 15, 2020, we published our 10,000th story. It is with gratitude to Roger, Larry, Bob and Andy and a number of great contributors for their dedication and creativity and you, the reader who has loyally consumed our content. I feel blessed.

I can only say that I have been around for the last 700-odd stories that we have published. When Roger Falcione, CEO of ClassicCars.com, reached out to legendary Autoweek editor, Larry Edsall, to write a few stories a month for what has become one of the world’s largest online automotive marketplaces, The Journal has grown into a recognized full-time endeavor that enjoys readership from millions of enthusiasts.

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Larry Edsall

Larry Edsall, Founding Editor: “We never would have guessed when we started this project, at the time known as ClassicCars.com News, that we’d ever approach, let alone exceed, 10,000 stories. Our goal was simply to provide the best coverage we could of the collector car hobby and the industry the supports it.

“Several dozen writers and photographers have contributed to the article count through the ensuing years.

“As journalists, we tend to ignore numbers when possible. But our goal has remained the same, to provide the best coverage we can of the hobby and industry.

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“I first met Roger Falcione when I was recruited to leave AutoWeek to become the editor of goracing.com, a motorsports website that was looking to transition into a source for information not just about racing, but about all aspects of the automotive world. Roger had launched goracing, which he’d just sold. He moved to Phoenix along with much of the staff. The new owner really didn’t appreciate what he had and shut down the website just as the Goracing.com 500 NASCAR race was taking place.

“I stayed in touch with Roger through a couple of his other startups, and when he launched ClassicCars.com, I started writing a news and notes feature a couple of times a month. And now the story count has reached a major milestone!

Bob Golfen with custom car builder Gene Winfield

Bob Golfen, Associate Editor: “It has been quite a ride, in a very good way, and I’m not at all surprised that we’ve exceeded 10,000 articles in less than seven years. This has been a great period of time for the collector car hobby (well, except for the past few months) and we’ve grown with it.

“The ClassicCars.com Journal has afforded me the opportunity to indulge in my old-car obsessions in the best possible way, with many great experiences added to my life’s memories.”

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Andy Reid (with Sir Stirling Moss)

Andy Reid, East Coast Editor: “Having 10,000 stories on the site seems unbelievable. I seriously wonder how long it took Road & Track to publish 10,000 stories.

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“Being a part of the editorial team and the family at ClassicCars.com has been a wonderful experience. I have had the honor of working with some of the very finest automotive journalists in the world and have grown and learned more than I ever imagined I would while working with them.”

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Roger Falcione

Roger Falcione, CEO, Collector Car Network, LLC.: “I am very proud of what we have accomplished here at ClassicCars.com. We have a industry leading marketplace for the buying and selling of cars, award-winning customer service and a fantastic team. This is a milestone that has been a long time in the making.

“From the moment I began working with Larry on this, I knew we had something special as a publication. Now we have Tom Stahler who is taking the Journal into the next phase. We continue our passion in the collector car world and look forward to engaging our audience with the next 10,000 stories.”

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Tom Stahler (with Mario Andretti)

As the current steward of this great publication, I must extend my most heartfelt thanks to the Collector Car Network team here in Phoenix for making me so welcome and to Larry, Bob, Andy and my boss, Mike Langthorne, for their can-do attitude and encouragement. It is becoming one of my most prolific periods of writing – and using all those skills that were taught to me in journalism school so long ago.

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Most of all, without you, the reader, the customer, the dealer, we would not be doing a dream job encompassing all our passions every day. My humblest thanks.

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