Best of France and Italy 2016 was indeed the Best

I’ve told you before that this is a great show every year, and this year, it was again. All of the usual Italian and French made or designed subjects, plus a cross section of the strange, rare, and often wonderful. As you may know, this event is owned and...

You must visit the Unser Racing Museum in New Mexico

You may love the Unser family, or you may not. No matter, any true racing fan will respect their considerable accomplishments. Nearly two handfuls of Indy 500 wins, several championships in a variety of series, Pikes Peak, Formula 5000, IROC. The Unsers have been...

Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles Opens in Grand Style

I apologize for being such as sloth at maintaining the site over the last week or so, but I’ve just been really busy, and spent the last two days at PECLA, which is the newly minted and most amazing Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles; I drove the training...

DRIVEN: 2015 VW Jetta GLI 2.0 SE

After all the diesel emissions cheating fiasco noise, finally some positive things to say about Volkswagen. I like VW products, and I generally have great respect for the engineering and carmaking prowess of the company. Yes the emissions testing debacle was a major...

San Marino Motor Classic concours, 2016

This amazing show has grown beyond the scope of a “regional concours” and continues to gain in quality and scope of a much more national or international level. It is my honor to serve as a judge for this event, but I would attend every year I could no...

Calendar Alert: Motor4Toys is Sunday, December 4

If you’ve been on this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that Motor4Toys is among my very favorite morning cruise in car shows. And not only is it a fabulous display of a couple thousand run-what-you-brungs, it’s also all for charity for kids....

More than 300 Ferraris visit the new Petersen to celebrate

Los Angeles’ reborn, remodeled, and reimagined Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates Enzo Ferrari’s birthday with rooftop all-Ferrari cruise in. Enzo’s 118th This event was now several months ago, but I thought you still might enjoy these great Kirk Gerbracht photos...

Introducing Total MX-5 Magazine

Like Miatas? Then you’ll be happy about the launch of an excellent new magazine about the world’s now best selling sports car. I’m pleased to be Total MX-5‘s North American Editorial Correspondent, and this new mag is published by CHP Limited,...

Strange Cars From Far Away Lands

As you may or may not know, my rather fabulous daughter Mo has spent the last year living and working in Turkey, and has recently left that country to do a bit of travelling around Russia in search of my maternal grandfather’s ancestral home in what is now the...

Driven: 2016 Nissan 370Z Nismo Tech 6M/T

  I’ve never been particularly crazy about the 350/370Z. It’s not that they don’t perform well, because they do, but these cars to me lack the style, charm, and lithe fleetness of the original 240Z. It may not be fair to compare a modern day...

Porsche Day at Supercar Sunday

One of the great morning cruise-ins near me takes place in Woodland Hills, California, at the parking lot of a regional shopping mall. It’s called Supercar Sunday, and is open to any kind of cars or bikes, although once a month, it’s sort of dedicated to a...

“Hey Mario, You Drive!”

If you know anything at all about me, or have visited this blog site more than a time or two, you know that the legendary Mario Andretti is both my hero and friend. Mr. Versatile, as he’s often been dubbed, is the very definition of “Been There, Won...

Three New car guy books, coming soon

I’m pleased to advise you that I’ll have three new books out early next year. The first is the next step in my ongoing Steve McQueen as Hollywood Car Guy series, this time about Steve as cyclist. Its called McQueen’s Motorcycles, all about...

Driven: 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL450 Roadster

When I booked a new SL450 Roadster with Mercedes-Benz for my trip to Monterey and Pebble Beach this year, I got a little nostalgic over the name of this new model.  You will recall that prior to putting the platform class (S, SL, C, G, whatever) prior to the number it...

My Monterey Car Week Memories

Everyone enjoys the Monterey car week (or some would say its now car Month) a bid differently. Here are some of my personal highlights, which I hope you also enjoy. It dawns on me that, somewhat like the “swallows returning to Capistrano” every year,...

Pebble Beach 2016 now history

The Really Big Show for this year is now consigned to history. This was about my 35th or so Pebble Beach, and 21st as a judge. So here’s Pebble Beach’s official press announcement with a complete list of all the class and special award winners.–MS...

Field Trip: The Coker Group Showroom

Initially, this will sound like a plug for a friend’s business, which it sort of kind of is, but I promise you there’s a free and easy payoff for you next time you’re in SoCal. Besides being a terribly high quality guy, Corky Coker is a consumate...

The Devil’s in the Detailing

I love to detail my own cars. It’s a way of really connecting with them, touching nearly every square inch of them with my own hand, great exercise, and you get a beautiful shiny car when you’re done. What’s much better? Here’s an update on...

Driven: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland EcoDiesel 4×4

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a bit of a phenom, maybe a little bit of an American Range Rover. The GC was a runaway sales success from its first day, and Jeep (and its various owners) have aimed to continuously improve it. I have long felt this vehicle would be ideally...