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...

Ventura Harbor Car Show

Here’s yet another great local car show I’ve been too lazy a sloth to post up and share with you. Nice location, nice sized show, some nice cars, and free entry. Plus great Kirk Gerbracht photos. Enjoy.              ...

Calendar Alert! Armed Forces Day Car Show in Glendale, May 21, 2016

As I’ve probably told you, I love small local car shows. The kind put on by local clubs and local people at a park with local cars. Easy run what you brung kind of days and events, often benefitting local charities. So here’s my calendar alert for what...

The OTHER List…

Every car guy has two fantasy lists of cars/trucks/racers/bikes we want to own if we had unlimited space and an even more unlimited budget. The first is the conventional roster, containing the usual suspects: perhaps a Ferrari 250 GTO, the world’s rarest Corvette,...

Alfa Romeo Owners Club of So. Cal show at Santa Monica Airport

Here’s another local show that I really enjoyed, and slothfully waited far to long to post up these great Kirk Gerbracht photos of it. Great cars, great locale, and great fun day.  I’m hoping you agree that late truly is still better than never…...

DRIVEN: Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel

Modern automotive diesel engines are fabulous. Put aside for the moment all the noise about VW scamming the emissions testing process; today’s oilburners perform marvelously and get fabulous mileage. I had a trip from LA to Vegas planned, so a car with great...

DRIVEN: Mazda 3 5-door, Grand Touring

I generally love Mazdas.  Mazdas are generally more sporty and more expressive cars than the models by other carmakers with which they compete.  And the Zoom-zoom brand has also given us great sports cars such as th RX-7, RX-8, and the best compact British sports car...

LIMITED EDITION SHELBY TERLINGUA MUSTANG RETURNS

News from my friends at Shelby American that I thought you might enjoy knowing about…MS Only 75 total (50 for the USA and 25 international) Shelby Terlingua Mustangs will be built 750+ supercharged V8 offered for the first time in a Shelby Terlingua Mustang Each...

FOR SALE: 1979 Chevrolet El Camino V-8

For reasons I won’t bore you with, I ended up with this ’79 El Camino and don’t need it in my fleet. So its for sale. I’d call it a good driver quality piece, better than a beater or a parts car but nobody’s show car. Runs and drives...

DRIVEN: 2015 RAM Promaster City Wagon SLT

I love vans. Always have, both in the custom, surf wagon, shag carpet and 8-track sense, and because of their inherent practicality. I owned an old Econoline back in the day, and would own another van if I had need (or room) for one. My general preference is for...

2015 San Marino Motor Classic

This show took place nearly six months ago, so I’m almost embarrassed to finally be putting up these photos now. But its such a great show, and I didn’t want to waste Kirk Gerbracht’s great photos, and this can also serve as a calendar alert for the...

SPEED READING: James Dean, On the road to Salinas

Last September 30 marked the 60th Anniversary (September 30, 1955) of the death of actor James Dean, as he and his mechanic were involved in a tragic, fatal accident as they were driving from Los Angeles to Monterey for an SCCA sports car race.  Along with the...

DRIVEN: 2016 Nissan Titan XD pickup trucks

I love big, sturdy pickup trucks. Of course pickups are built in many parts of the world, and serve many global markets.  My favorites are what I’ll call, for lack of a better term, American style pickups.  Large, capable, sturdy, long lived, powerful.  And up...

DRIVEN: 2016 Nissan Altima

I’ve liked the Nissan Altima ever since, in 2002, Nissan threw away the old Stanza based Altima, and restyled and really grew the car up to the segment.  In 2002 came new styling, new underpinnings, finally a V-6 engine option, all in a segment appropriate size...