Time Passages — R.I.P. DeTomaso Modena

The car I’m most identified with is my chrome yellow gold ’72 DeTomaso Pantera. I loved that car, and miss it a lot. Selling it was likely a mistake, but made sense at the time, although I can’t afford to repurchase it or a similar one now. But I’m pleased these cars...

DRIVEN: 2017 KIA Optima PHEV

Hyundai and Kia are going big on hybrids and EVs, you will see many more such products rolling out from them in the next few years. So I’ve made it my mission to drive and evaluate all of the current ones to get an idea about where the companies stand on them at...

Joe’s Minibike Reunion 2017 was a mostly single cylinder gas!

When I was a kid and before I could get a driver’s license, I was really into minibikes and motorcycles. My neighbor across the street, Scotty, had a little tube frame minibike with a 3.5 horsepower Tecumseh lawn mower engine it it, and I, at the time, never...

Cars I saw on my summer vacation

As you know while out and about in faraway places, I enjoy snapping the cool, fabulous, and often strange cars I see while on the road, and I like to share them with you. Hope you appreciate and/or share some of my eclectic...

Jaguar Owner’s Club Visits the Route 66 Museum

I do not currently own a Jaguar, although I’ve had three of them over time — two mid-60s sedans plus a Series I E-Type.  I generally love them and would own another.  So it wasn’t much of a stretch when my posse mate Jeff asked me to join him and his...

The World Famous Galpin Car Show, 2017

photos by Kirk Gerbracht, Me, and courtesy Galpin Auto Group.  All photos are posted in hi res, so double click on any one to see full screen.  Thanks — enjoy. You know Galpin Ford. The World’s #1 selling Ford dealer in the world for decades. A family owned and...

DRIVEN: 2017 KIA Niro Touring

I’ve often wondered why there aren’t more Hybrid SUVs and crossovers out there.  KIA has come to the rescue with a handy, attractive little guy called Niro.  It’s purely a crossover, with no low range 4WD in the mix for rock hopping or hill...

Calendar Alert: Joe’s Minibike Reunion Show, 2017

My old pal and former Petersen Publishing teammate Joe Sebergandio has been into vintage minibikes since before anyone cared. And the movement has become quite A Thing. Joe puts on a not so small anymore “car show” for these little bikes, which is a blast....

JCCS — The 13th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show

  I’m no sage when it comes to investments or trends, but have been saying and writing for some years now that certain Japanese cars, from a classic and collector car standpoint, would become A Thing. And they certainly have. Here in Southern California...

HYUNDAI Going Big on Electric

Hyundai has announced that before too very long, it plans that 40% of its new car fleet will be pure EV. That’s a lot, and the investment required to get there is monumental. Hyundai and sister brand KIA have been nibbling at the edges of electrification for...

Please Come Meet Me at the Blackhawk Museum December 2, 2017

    I’m pleased to be invited back to the fabulous Blackhawk Collection Museum in Danville, California, December 2, 2017 to present a brief talk, slide show, and book signing. If you’ve never visited this elegant place, it’s an absolute...

Postcards from Pebble Beach (and other Car Week locales)

Monterey Car Week 2017 is now in the books, and it was pretty memorable for a lot of reasons.  I need to recheck the math, but this was something like my 30th car week.  It used to be called “The Weekend” but some years ago, it became “The...

Shelby American’s Original Venice Crew Builds 36 new GT350Rs

Here’s a news release from Shelby American I thought you might enjoy.  Imagine a ’65 GT350 with IRS.  Mustangs don’t get much hotter, or cooler than this.  Enjoy….MS LOS ANGELES – August 15, 2017 – The group who built the first series of Shelby...

FOOSE DESIGN: A Shop tour you must do

If you’re visiting this site, you likely know who Chip Foose is. His build a car in a week television show, Overhaulin, is a staple on automotive TV, at the moment with a healthy reruns schedule on the Velocity network. He also has a serious hot rod and custom...

DRIVEN: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

  You may recall that Chrysler “invented” or at least defined the modern minivan with its original K-Car platform front-drive derived Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth minivans that came to market in 1984. These vans were well packaged, affordable, people...