A Decidedly Touchy Subject

To me touching up nicks and scrapes on one of my cars is akin to going in for a root canal; it’s really got to be done, but it’s painful and the result is seldom perfect. Which is why I’ve discovered Automotive TouchUp products. Trust me this...

Great Book Signing at Autobooks with Isky

I’m not trying to replug my new book again — really I’m not — but thought you might enjoy these snaps from our day with Isky at Autobooks in Burbank. He was in great form, holding court and having fun. Everyone really enjoyed him a lot —...

ISKY Book Signing at AutoBooks Saturday March 18

ISKY Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding *Saturday, March 18 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ========== Meet The CamFather himself and author Matt Stone (that’s me!) To tell the life story of Ed “Isky” Iskenderian is to tell the history of hot rodding in...

DRIVEN: 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T Dune

DieselGate is over; VW is ready to have some fun. The current VW Beetle, which was first reborn as the New Beetle in 1999, is about the only remaining “retro” car from that era.  The retrofuturist Ford Thunderbird has come and gone.  The Chrysler PT...

On The Road Again!

Dear readers and visitors, I’ll be on the road for a couple weeks gathering new material, driving new cars, seeing new things, and wearing out a camera or two. Connectivity will be limited, so don’t expect any new material here until  nearer end of month...

Calendar Alert: Benedict Castle Concours March 26, 2017

You know I’m a sucker for a great car show, especially when it raises money for a worthy charity or cause. One such event upcoming is the 4th Annual Bendict Castle Concours on Sunday March 26, 2017 in Riverside California, to benefit Teen Challenge. I remember...

Volo Car Museum, Collection and Sales, Volo, Illinois

First of all, that’s Volo, not Volvo. While there, I spoke to one of the Grams family members who built, own and operate this charming place. I’m forgetting her first name, for which I apologize, but I asked her “what the place was all about.”...

Early Rodders morning Cruise-in, LaCanada, CA

As you’ve likely noticed from these pages, I make it my point to attend “breakfast cruises” or “Cars N Coffee” events all over the world whenever I can find one. I love these deals, as they are the “perfectly formed” casual...

CHECKER MOTOR CARS™ CONFIRMS 2018 AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION

I have always loved Checker automobiles. They are the anvils of the automotive jungle, tough, simple, and pure of purpose. I’d love to have one as an ideal beat around town and leave it at the airport kind of car. Or to take Linda out a for night on the town,...

American Car Dreamer in Cuba

You may (or may not) know much about Cuba, that mystical little island that sits about 90 miles off the south coast of Miami. You probably do know about the world’s appetite for the finest Cuban cigars and rum, the latter being the primary ingredient of the perfect...

REVIEWED: Cuba’s Car Culture, by Tom Cotter and Bill Warner

Disclosure: before I say a word about this book, I must disclosed to you that the two guys who wrote and photographed it are great friends of mine. But I promise to be as objective as I can be. And I’ve recently been to Cuba, and have seen the scene down there,...

Motor4Toys 2016 does the good deed

It’s only appropriate that I get off my lazy behind and post this while it’s still the holiday season, and in the same year in which this event took place, dontcha think? Motor4Toys is a monstrous, several thousand car morning cruise in that stems from the...

Toyota USA Automobile Museum

I bet you didn’t know that Toyota has now been selling cars in America for more than 50 years. And those decades of new models, sales records, trucks and motorsport, the company has an interesting history here. Toyota Motor Sales America was for the longest time...

An American Car Dreamer in Cuba

Some of you know that I recently spent a week in Cuba, checking out the warm weather, beautiful women, tasty Mojitos, and crazy car scene down there. I was planning to put up a huge gallery of photos for your review and hopefully your enjoyment, but my friends at Road...

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...