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...

You must visit the Early Ford Store in San Dimas, California

I’ve never owned or built a classic hot rod. But I sure want to. You may dig this scene or not, but as an LA native car guy, I suspect there’s a taste of it in my DNA somewhere. Personally I like traditionally styled and powered hot rods, not the...

Highway Earth 2016, another smash great car show!

I couldn’t be more proud of my friends Evan and Thomas, who now for the third year, have organized, promoted, and pulled off a wonderful, casually irreverent car show that celebrates the notion of “run what you brung.”   Highway Earth is a one day...

Please come meet me in Pebble Beach

I’m absolutely honored to have been asked by my friend Wayne Carini, and the folks at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to participate as a panelist in their Classic Car Forum during Monterey car week. Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum Highlights...

DRIVEN: 2016 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T Convertible

The current VW Beetle (reborn in 1999 as the New Beetle, you may recall) is a bit of a phenom in that it is the only surviving member of that era’s class of retro cars. The Chrysler PT Cruiser? Cute but gone. The reborn two-seater Thunderbird. Also cute and also...

Mustang Club of America to Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary

Some news I thought you might enjoy… With Massive Event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Mustang Club of America to host 40th Anniversary Celebration at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway Event highlights to include track activities, Night at the Museum,...

Chasing Wayne Carini

I’m privileged to call Wayne Carini my friend. If you visit this site, you likely know Wayne from his outstanding Velocity television show, Chasing Classic Cars. It is leaps and bounds better than so much of the other automotive television content out there. And...

Fourth Annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show

Celebrating the Spirit of Carroll, and the GT40s’ winning of Le Mans in 1966 Kirk Gerbracht photos Carroll Shelby passed away in May of 2012. So every spring, the Carroll Shelby Foundation, Shelby American, and all the other related Shelby companies and entities...

Wanted and Needed Please: McQueen’s Motorcycles

  After first writing and publishing the original McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon, I’m diving headfirst back into the McQueen as motorhead pool. This time, the focus will be strictly on Steve McQueen as a motorcyclist; bikes...

Join me on a car tour of Cuba

I have for quite some time, been enamored of Cuba for many reasons. Among them certainly is the island nation’s history with the United States during the John F. Kennedy era (Cuban Missile crises, the Bay of Pigs, nearly 60s years of trade embargo with the US, and a...

Calendar Alert: Highway Earth Car Show is June 26

I’m a huge supporter of this show, and have entered a car the last two years.  It is staged and presented by friends of mine, and is a wonderful day with nice people and a varied smorgasbord of great cars, in a cool, historic and attractive location. Car entries...

Cars and Coffee at Katie’s in Virginia

You know by now that I love Cars and Coffee events, and have been to many of them around the country. If you are heading Virginia or Washington DC way, this is one you must visit if you’re there on a Saturday morning. The epicenter is a little coffee, bakery and...

Cool Cars Are Where You Find Them

Wherever I go in the world, my eyes are always on silent prowl for cool cars that may be forgotten, but not gone. Cars marooned and neglected on driveways or in carports or just parked in front of some house, looking forlorn. My missions are likely much the same as...

Happy 85th Birthday, Big Eagle (Dan Gurney)!

It is with humble pride, and a bit of hero worship, that I tell you it was my honor to attend Dan Gurney’s 85th birthday party yesterday afternoon.  The warm, love filled, and race fueled gathering was hosted by his family at their All American Racers Southern...

Bid on and buy a great rallye inspired Porsche 911 at Luftgekühlt

Let’s begin with a little information about what is a Luftgekühlt. Its a cumbersome name but a fabulous event, and now perhaps a fabulous style of car. Simply put, the word is German for “air cooled” and if you’re a Porsche fool like me and...

Amelia (Island Concours) Always Amazes

It was again my honor to serve as a judge at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours e’Elegance in Florida, and it continues to rank as among the world’s great concours.  This was the 21st edition of this fabulous show and week full of wonderful automotive and...