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One of these guys is famous. Which one? Answer: The guy on the right of course!
Jay Leno and Dick Shappy at Jay's Burbank California facility in March of 2003 standing in front of Jay's newly restored 1947 American LaFrance fire truck.
Comment from Dick Shappy. "Jay is a true hobbyist and is one of the most cordial and interesting people I have met since being involved in this hobby for the past 33 years".

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Leroy Hartung Auction November 3rd to 5th, 2011

Since the passing of Leroy Hartung, there had been much speculation as to what would happen to the vast collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, parts, license plates, and hundreds of other collectibles that he had amassed over the past fifty years.
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Classic Car Rock Star TV Pilot
Dick Shappy is to classic car restoration what Michael Jordan was to basketball -- a superstar, a true original. In a world where most rare classic car owners tend to be staid and genteel, Shappy is anything but. He is a colorful, irreverent character who turned street smarts and survival instincts honed on the mean streets of South Providence into a multimillion dollar business.
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Classic Car Rock Star
A new TV series called “Dick Shappy: Classic Car Rock Star” is currently being filmed and will be available on a cable network soon. The series will capture the every day routine of a true hobbyist and restorer of brass era cars and vintage motorcycles along with automobiles from the classic era and into the nineteen fifties. Share Dick Shappy’s passion as he scours the countryside in search of early American pieces of transportation history. See how he finds them, restores them, and even sells a few once in a while.
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Oley, Pennsylvania April 28-30, 2011

Once again it was time to visit the Perkiomen National Meet in Oley, Pennsylvania which was held this year on April 28th to April 30th. Sean Brayton and I loaded the motorhome school bus, truck, and trailer, and headed south for the five-hour ride to Oley. We left at midnight and reached Oley at sunrise only to experience a brutal wind storm and torrential downpour that lasted at least five hours. At that point, it looked like the day was going to be a total washout but as the afternoon progressed, everybody emerged from hiding and the meet began... Click here to read the full article

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Motorcycle Cannonball Update

September 10th is approaching fast, and the Motorcycle Cannonball event is the main topic of discussion in the antique motorcycle community. It is even changing the way we would normally schedule our visits to national AMCA meets. For example, it seems that the West Coast guys will have no trouble attending this year's grand daddy event held at Davenport, Iowa as they will just make it a stop over on their way to North Carolina. East Coast guys face a different situation as they would have to trek to Iowa... Click here to read the full article

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Antique Fire Truck Show

On Sunday, June 13th, a fire truck show sponsored by the Rhode Island chapter of SPAAMFAA which is the abbreviated name of the Society of the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motorized Fire Apparatus in America held it's annual muster at the Johnston Memorial Park in Johnston Rhode Island.

I was a member of the national SPAAMFAA organization for many years and had let my membership lapse a few years ago as I had sold off my collection of thirteen fire trucks...
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Rhinebeck, New York Antique Motorcycle Meet

I have just returned from the Rhinebeck New York vintage motorcycle meet that was held on June 10th (Thursday) to June 13th (Sunday) 2010, and I can't believe that I have never attended this meet before. As usual, I found lots of hard to find goodies and made new contacts for future projects. My friend Sean and I arrived via the "bus" and quickly set up home base at Billy Campbell's flea market spaces. You can always count on Billy for a steady supply of cold ones "etc". and this year's addition of charcoal broiled... Click here to read the full article

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Oley, Pennsylvania 2010

Since I began collecting vintage motorcycles years ago, I have been attending vintage motorcycle swap meets across the country. Last week April 23rd to 25th the Perkiomen's National Meet was held at Oley Pennsylvania and as always, this meet proved to be a great success for both vendors and collectors. I usually don't come home empty handed and this year's meet netted me a very nice original 1907 Indian Camel Back single. I got interested in this beautiful early piece after seeing it at Davenport Iowa last year... Click here to read the full article

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The Motorcycle Cannonball Update

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We'd like to take a minute to introduce the newest member of the Motorcycle Cannonball staff, Karrie Sims. Mrs. Sims has joined our team as Events Manager and has already hit the floor running. In addition to the many administrative duties she's overseeing, Karrie is ironing out any wrinkles we may have and is working on producing a souvenir program for the event. Her extensive experience in...
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The Motorcycle Cannonball

  It had been a dream of Lonnie Isam Jr's for years to assemble a group of pre-1916 motorcycle owners, collectors and enthusiasts and convince them to take their early vintage machines out of "display only" status and put them on the road for a grueling coast to coast test of man and machine. Click here to read the full article

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The Speedwell Sports Car’s Owner Says It’s Likely The Last One Around

  There aren’t many Speedwell Speed cars around.

Speedwell Motor Car Co. was only in existence for seven years, from 1907 to 1914. Apart from its Speed Car, the company is perhaps most famous for building a closed car in 1911 that was the first to be called a sedan.
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Davenport, Iowa September 2nd Through The 5th, 2009

  If you are an antique automobile enthusiast, a trip to Hershey in early October is virtually a must. Antique motorcycle enthusiasts have several meets across the country where many go to buy, sell, or trade those hard to acquire vintage parts. Similar events occur at Wauseon Ohio, Rhinebeck New York, and Oley Pennsylvania but Davenport Iowa is the grand daddy and by far the largest. Click here for more pictures

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News Flash

  Dick Shappy adds eleven more early motorcycles to the collection. Some need to be restored, some are in show quality condition and a few are in excellent original unrestored condition. They include a 1912 Yale twin, 1912 Thor twin, 1912 emblem Twin, 1914 Thor Twin, many 40's era Harleys and Indians. All will either be displayed for sale or as a "project in progress" real soon. Click here for more pictures

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2009 Cadillac Day At The Lars Anderson Museum Of Transportation

  On Sunday May 17, 2009 Dick Shappy was invited to the Lars Anderson Museum of Transportation in Brookline Massachusetts to be the guest speaker on Cadillac Day. Dick has been restoring and collecting Cadillac cars for the past thirty-five years and is currently displaying two of his restorations at the museum. Click here to read the full article

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The Doris Duke Packard by Rollston

The Doris Duke Packard by Rollston will be on display at the Newport Rhode Island Concours D'elegense this coming weekend May 31st
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Oley, Pennsylvania Antique Motorcycle Meet April 23-25, 2009

  I look forward to attending the Oley Pennsylvania antique motorcycle meet each year, and I find it to be the best source on the east coast for acquiring those hard-to-find pieces that are needed to finish a difficult vintage motorcycle restoration. Of course, we all agree that the Davenport Iowa meet is by far the best... but we love Oley. Click here to read the full article

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He’s Restoring A 1911 Trolley Car

  It's almost easy to imagine Dick Shappy's 1911 electric trolley rattling down the streets of Providence.

Almost, because it is still missing its wheels and two electric engines.

But the basic structure is in shape, with rebuilt platforms at each end, two rows of...
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Motorcycle Showroom

  Approximately ten years ago, Dick Shappy caught the motorcycle "bug" and has since developed a keen interest in locating, restoring, and preserving some of the finest early American antique and vintage motorcycles that can be found. His collection consists of such name brands as Henderson, Harley Davidson, Indian, Merkel, Miami, and Pope but he is always looking to expand the collection to include such marquees as Ace, Crocker, Curtiss, Emblem, Excelsior, Pierce, Yale, or anything interesting ... Click here to read the full article

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Our New RV

  For the past several years, my friend Sean Brayton and I had talked about attending a national antique motorcycle meet which is held once a year in Davenport, Iowa. I had decided months before this year's meet that I would attend, and I told Sean that I wanted him to go as well. There are a few similar vintage motorcycle meets across the country each year such as at Hebron, Connecticut, Oley, Pennsylvania, and Wauseon, Ohio, but the Davenport meet is regarded... Click here to read the full article

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Dick With Billy "V", John Ashton, And Jim McMahon

  From left to right. Billy "V" from Sports Legends TV show, Actor John Ashton of Beverly Hills Cop, Dick Shappy, and three-time Super Bowl quarterback and legend Jim McMahon pose at Dick Shappy's house with Billy "V's" 1959 Rolls Royce.

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Dick Shappy Collection Episode Six

  Dick Shappy's television appearance on "Cruisin' New England" has been uploaded to www.cruisinnewenglandtv.com. The episode features a number of rare vehicles in Dick's collection, including their rich histories, in addition to interesting information about the classic car trade.

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Antique Auto Show Draws Record Crowd

  A record crowd attended last Saturday's 56th Annual Fall Meet of the Fairfield County Region Horseless Carriage Club of America and Antique Automobile Club of America, held on the grounds of the historic Lonetown Farm for the seventh year. The Redding Historical Society, which hosted the event and was the beneficiary of the $8 adult admission fee, was hoping to attract more than 400 paid attendees; the count for the sunny afternoon was nearly 500... Click here to read the full article

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Dick Shappy's Duesenberg
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  Yes, it is Dick Shappy’s car now, but to a few of us New England old timers, we know it as Phil Cade’s Duesenberg. After all, Phil and Peggy Cade owned it from 1942 until it came into Dick’s hands in 2005.That is over sixty years. While in most of those years it remained, unused, in the Cade garage, early in their ownership, it was conspicuously active in the New England area. I don’t remember when I first saw it, but the Cades became very active in The Sports Car Club of America which was hatched in 1944.... Click here to read the full article

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Preserve Classic Cars

  WARWICK The movement to conserve and preserve old cars rather than completely restoring them is gaining ground in the world of antique car collecting.

  The interest is reflected in a new category — Postwar Preservation through 1967 — being introduced this weekend at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, Calif.... Click here to read the full article

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Brass Gas

  WARWICK They tick and whine and grind, but the pre-1915 brass car is a work of art, a piece of moving history, and about 130 of these beauties are currently cruising the back roads of the Ocean State.

  You may have seen them, set up high and bumbling along on their narrow tires, their eponymous brass work gleaming in the sunshine.... Click here to read the full article

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Valhalla By The Sea

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Cadillac Turns Back To Hand Work

  When Cadillac turned the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline into its own version of a ``Caddy Shack" on a rainy, late summer evening, the star of the show was the lovingly restored 1930 V-16 Phaeton owned by Rhode Island collector Dick Shappy.

  Shappy's car -- a reminder of Cadillac's storied past -- wasn't there as a nostalgia item. Instead, it was proudly displayed as an icon of hand craftsmanship, starting with the $8,000 Lalique eagle hood ornament/radiator cap.

  "You're going to find more hand craftsmanship in future Cadillacs."
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Hemmings Magazine Article

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Hemmings Interviews Dick

   Recently, Dick Shappy was interviewed for an article that will be appearing in the February 2007 Hemmings Motor News magazine. We have the oportunity to present a sneak peak of what will be published. Click Here to View the Preview

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Cadillac Man

   Dick Shappy rubs elbows with the likes of Jay Leno, and, like Leno, he rolls up his sleeves and gets his hands dirty restoring his collection of classic cars.

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1930 V16 Phaeton Is His Favorite

   Of all the cars in Dick Shappy’s collection of Cadillacs, his current favorite is his 1930 V16 Phaeton convertible sedan. The all-weather phaeton, a Model 4380, is a national award winner in the Classic Car Club of America competition and won the Chairman’s Award in June at the Newport Concours d’Elegance.

   The 452-cubic-inch engine makes 175 hp and the car rides on 19-inch wire wheels... Click Here to View Full Article

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Chickasha National Pre-War Swap Meet March 16-18, 2006

    Once a year in mid March, Joe and Mike Ersland host the "National Pre War Swap Meet" in Chickasha Oklahoma. It is billed as the event where "east meets west" and is a unique kind of swap met where only pre world war 2 parts and accessories are allowed. For a collector like myself, who mostly enjoys the early automobiles, it is great to move from one space to the next and see only early parts and memorabilia for sale. One does not have to fight through the trinkets and jewelry or car models and all kinds of other new car junk. The organizers of this meet are quite serious about what is allowed to be sold here and monitor it all closely, which makes all of us... Click Here to View Full Article

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Identifying the 1911 Osgood Bradley Trolley Number 1068

   Several years ago, when we discovered the trolley disguised as a diner in West Warwick, Rhode Island, we knew that we had found a piece of transportation history. After a little research, we learned that we had found an "Osgood Bradley" car which was once part of the great United Electric Railway System (UER) which provided transportation for thousands of people in the Rhode Island community beginning in 1892. After a little more research, we learned that thirty-one Osgood Bradley cars were purchased by the company in 1911, and each was assigned a different serial number. The "Bradley" cars from the 1911 series were numbered 1068 to 1099 and... Click Here to View Full Article

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Leno and Shappy Find Two "Barn Fresh" Duesenbergs

   Every automobile enthusiast dreams of finding a rare or desirable car forgotten in a remote barn, scooping it up for a paltry sum, dusting off 50 years of neglect, and having a great story to tell at club meets and car shows.

   For collectors around the world, the Duesenberg is the ultimate American car, and to locate one of these ultra-rare, powerful, and justifiably desirable cars hidden in a building is the ultimate find... Click Here to View Full Article

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