Chrysler’s Norseman Concept Car Sleep With the Fishes

Myth: A Famous (or Infamous) Chrysler Concept car sunk to the bottom of the ocean aboard the Andrea Doria cruiseliner. Today most people refer to them as “concept cars.”  By “them” we mean those one-off dream machines, mockups, design studies and turntable toys...

DRIVEN: 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4×4

Remember the old Jeep Grand Wagoneer with the fake wood on the sides?  Don’t laugh, its become a cult classic and good ones cost the money.  It had a cushy leather interior, plenty of fake wood inside too, and was very good off road — it was...

Sorry to have neglected the blog, and you

Gang, So sorry to have been such a sloth and not updated this page at my usual twice a week pace.  But I’ve been eyeballs deep in finishing up a new book, in fact my second about Porsche. It’s called Porsche Special Editions, and will be out sometime in...

DRIVEN: 2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-X Crew Cab V-6

Nissan’s just now out with an all new Frontier, and for reals, it’s all new.  Which is a good thing, as the most recent gen mid-sized pickup from Nissan has been around since the 2005 model year, just into George W. Bush’s second term as president. ...

Robert Lewis Bondurant, April 27, 1933-November 12, 2021

Bondo The Great, has left us.  I’m saddened, but not entirely surprised, to learn that Bob Bondurant past away a few days ago, as he’d been on and off not so well the last few years.  He was 85.  Among America’s best world class road racers of his...

Don’t Miss: LeMay – America’s Car Museum

Harold LeMay’s Humble Beginnings We’re all familiar with the expression “One person’s trash is another one’s treasure.” In the case of the late Harold LeMay, along with his wife Nancy, the trash led to the treasure. Washingtonians Mr. and Mrs. LeMay made their...

Medford Oregon’s Gathering at the Oaks Car Show ’21

  Photos by me and courtesy Kirk Gerbracht; click any photo to see it full screen in high res Now in its third year, the Gathering at the Oaks car show is becoming a meaningful force in the Southern Oregon classic and collector car scene.  It’s a very egalitarian...

DRIVEN – 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

Hyundai’s dynamic Sonata and corporate cousin KIA’s K5 (formerly Optima) continue to prove that the mid-sized sedan is still a viable product, and not likely to be summarily wiped off the face of dealer lots by SUVs anytime soon.  The Sonata got a thorough...

Much more, coming soon

Gang, I apologize for being so not diligent in posting new things for you as of the last couple weeks. The reason is that I’ve been on the road, going places, doing things, and bringing home great stories and images for you.   Cars, car shows, one of the...

DRIVEN: 2021 Toyota Sienna Platinum AWD

Forget everything you know, or think you know, and particularly everything you ridicule, about mid-sized passenger vans, or as they used to be called, Minivans.  And let’s dispense with all the not very witty cuticisms that you’ve all said at one point or...

Isky @ 100; the Petersen Automotive Museum Birthday Party

Isky Celebrates 100 at the Petersen Automotive Museum photos courtesy Dave Banks, and the Petersen Automotive Museum Click on any photo to see it full screen in high res If you follow hot rodding, drag racing, or the musclecar scene, you know of Ed Iskenderian – AKA...

Gasser 7 and Isky 100 Calendar Alert

The incomparable Ed “Isky” Iskenderian turned 100 on July 10, and the occasion has been celebrated many times and places over the last month or so, but in case you missed any of them, or just want one more, The Camfather will again be honored at the Gasser...

Porsche Carrera S for Less?

Can you get an S for Less? A tuned Carrera might be your key to 992 happiness Click on any image to see it full screen in high res In 1971, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Founder and Chairman (and racer, and motorsport photographer) Bill Warner went Porsche...

Ceramic Waxes — Better Detail Tech, or Merely Just New?

All of you by now likely know about my car detail products fetish.  I rub on my cars constantly, and love trying the latest and/or greatest new products on them. I’m constantly asked about the new “Ceramics.”  The theory behind most of them is that...

MotorSport Watches – On the Road to Automotive-Inspired Timekeeping

Call it fact or phenomenon; car people love sport watches, particularly mechanical chronographs and diver’s models. There are several makes and models that command the most popularity (and often the highest prices) but there are at least three kings of this road. At...

Bob’s Highway Garage – The Multi-purpose Man Cave

Bob Clarke is a committed car guy to say the least. And his tastes are wonderfully varied, from hot rods to Porsches and a lot in between. He’s also built himself one damn fine Man Cave in the Ventura County, California area, dedicated to his various collection...

Driven: 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e

photos by Kirk Gerbracht, and a few by me. Click any image to see it high res and full screen. BMW, being both a luxury/performance and technology advancement leading brand, has moved quickly and aggressively toward blending increased performance with electrification,...

FAB FORDS Returns

IRWINDALE, Calif. — The world’s largest single-day all-Ford car show is much beloved, but has taken its shots lately. First was its ouster from longtime locale, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Then a less-than-successful outing at Angel Stadium in...

SPEED READING: Two great new car books

LOST BEAUTIES: 50 CARS THAT TIME FORGOT by Michel Zumbrunn and Axel E. Catton Click on any image in either review to see it full screen This beautifully written, photographed, and presented 220 page hardbound volume isn’t another barnfind book, although a few of...