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

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

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

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...
American Car Dreamer in Cuba

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...
Motor4Toys 2016 does the good deed

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

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

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

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 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...
DRIVEN: 2015 VW Jetta GLI 2.0 SE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!”

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...
Highway Earth 2016, another smash great car show!

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

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

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...
Chasing Wayne Carini

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)!

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...
Amelia (Island Concours) Always Amazes

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

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.              ...
The OTHER List…

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,...
DRIVEN: Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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...
Visit Nostalgia Street Rods in Las Vegas

Visit Nostalgia Street Rods in Las Vegas

Let me clue you in to the coolest little hot rod collection / museum that you’ve probably never heard of, and I’ll bet you’ve never seen. It’s called Nostalgia Street Rods. It’s all been assembled by The Goldstrom family, husband Art,...

November 7, Book signing calender alert

  Just a quick reminder that if you live or are going to be near the San Francisco Bay area next weekend, I’d love to meet you at the justifiably famous Black Collection museum in Danville. I’ll be giving a brief talk and slide show entitled Legends,...
Guest Blog: Serpents in the Garden

Guest Blog: Serpents in the Garden

Commentary and photos by Kirk Gerbracht Ultimately, it’s great cars that make a great car show.  But sometimes the venue can add a little something extra to create the perfect event.  Such was the case with Serpents in the Garden.  A little more than a year after the...
Driven: 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Driven: 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS

As you know, a much revised Camaro is on its way for 2016; the car moves from its previous Australian Holden based chassis architecture to another global GM platform which will make it easier to produce and offer more flexibility in terms of options and technology,...
Montrose Village Classic car show

Montrose Village Classic car show

Every year, my local area merchant’s village in Montrose, California puts on a summer car show.  Montrose is often referred to as “Mayberry RFD” due to its clean, homespun personna.  The village has become a kind of trendy happening place as of late,...
Driven: 2015 Chevrolet Trax LT FWD

Driven: 2015 Chevrolet Trax LT FWD

As an automotive writer, road tester, and studier of the business, I’ve always found cost effective, economical transportation as important a subject as all the fast and dangerous stuff.  As much as I love Porsches, Ferraris, AMG Mercedes, and all that fast and...
Welcome to the revised MattStoneCars.com

Welcome to the revised MattStoneCars.com

  Thank you for continuing to visit my site. I hope you’ve noticed that we’ve freshened things up here a bit lately. The site functions much as it did before, but has been mildly redesigned in order to be more attractive, a little easier to use, and...
Reviewed: EVO SUPERCARS

Reviewed: EVO SUPERCARS

  England’s EVO magazine is in my opinion, one of the world’s best enthusiast car magazines. The writing is generally good, the stories well conceived, they dig up good news and dirt, and the photography and graphics are compelling. Every so often,...
End of Summer Car Detailing Hints

End of Summer Car Detailing Hints

Everyone has their favorite and special car detailing hints and tricks, plus their preferred brand of products. I certainly don’t know it all, but have been shining up cars for more than 40 years, so I can only share what I’ve learned, and others can...
Gasser Tribute II coming to the ADM this Saturday

Gasser Tribute II coming to the ADM this Saturday

In 2014 the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) hosted their first ever “Tribute to Gassers” event. With much success and popular demand, the museum is proud to bring back “Tribute to Gassers II – LEGENDS” exhibit and show on Saturday, August 29, 2015. The ADM will be...
The 65th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The 65th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The big show goes big, and is a wrap for another year As I played with the calendar functions on my phone, then ran the sums, it struck me as amazing that this was my 34th Monterey car Week, and the little service lapel pin they presented me at the judge’s meeting...
Lyon Air Museum extends fabulous Duesenberg exhibit

Lyon Air Museum extends fabulous Duesenberg exhibit

  If you’ve never been to the Lion Air Museum in Santa Ana, California (abutting John Wayne Orange County Airport) you simply must put it on your Bucket and To Do Lists. It’s an otherworldly collection of WWII era aircraft, cars, motorcycles, and...
Auctions America

Auctions America

A few entries back, I previewed Auctions America’s upcoming California classic car, motorcycle, and automobila sale, moving to a new location from Burbank to Santa Monica, focussing on less cars and higher quality more engaging offerings than its larger past...
Driven: 2015 Chevrolet Impala 2LT Sedan

Driven: 2015 Chevrolet Impala 2LT Sedan

I grew up during the heyday of what I’ll call the Great American Sedan; big comfy conventional four-door cars with lots of room inside, rear wheel drive, and a big trunk out back. Large displacement, lazy overhead valve V-8s up front that would run forever, and never...
The Wizards of AUS

The Wizards of AUS

A few vacations back, I spent two weeks in Australia. Mostly in Sydney, but also in the Hunter Valley wine country and the Blue Mountains. Wonderful country, nice people, and the most amazing harbor you’ll ever see.     And a bitchin car scene. As you...
2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

I grew up a Lincoln guy, my dad always had them in the 1960s and early 70s, and I’ve owned them too. One of America’s great car company brands, with substance behind the name and big chrome grille. Not always, but usually. Needless to say, it really disappointed me...
Alfa Romeo Car Show (AKA Alfas at the Autry)

Alfa Romeo Car Show (AKA Alfas at the Autry)

I’m embarrassed to have to admit to you that this wonderful little club concours took place last fall, and I just kept overlooking the photos in my “To Post” file. So for that, I apologize. But no matter, I thought you’d still want to see the...
Driven: Chrysler 200C V-6

Driven: Chrysler 200C V-6

By now you’ve seen Chrysler’s “America’s Import” ad campaign for the Chrysler 200 sedan. It’s pretty clever stuff, leaning on big name talent icons such as Eminem and Bob Dylan. And it also plucks our heartstrings for Detroit; America’s long ago designated Motor City....