Rocker James Hetfield’s custom cars Rock the Petersen

You may or may not know of James Hetfield, lead guitarist, singer and all around front man for the pioneering metal band Metallica.  I don’t know him personally, but among his talents and passions is a huge spot in his heart for custom cars and hot rods.  Many...

Rest In Speed, John Andretti

I’m crushed over the passing of John Andretti, January 30, 2020, after a four year long battle with colon cancer.  He was just 56 years old. Even though he wore the benefit and baggage of that famous name (being nephew of Mario, son of Aldo, cousin to Michael...

Clark Gable, Car Guy….

I hope you’ll enjoy this photo as much as I did setting it up and shooting it… Here’s the story: Clark Cable Greats Gather at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles Acting icon and Hollywood macho guy and sex symbol Clark Cable needs little...

Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design

The XC90 was Volvo’s first real entry into the Sport/Utility marketplace in 2002, and remains at the top of its model lineup as its largest SUV, and only 3-row seat model.  It’s been updated and remodeled several times over its near two-decade long life,...

Motor4Toys car show

I apologize to all of you for not posting this up during last month’s holiday season, just my own bad for not doing so.  But the event is so worthwhile, and the spirit and cause so good, plus a lot of great cars, I felt it was still worth a look and a mention,...

2019 Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance

Please remember that you can doubleclick any image to see it full screen in high res You may wonder why a place as entertainment-centric as Las Vegas doesn’t have a world class concours.  It’s not for a lack of trying, as several groups have attempted to...

TEN Publishing Is Shuttering 19 Car Magazines

Automobile, Lowrider and Truck Trend will be discontinued, among others, according to a memo to MotorTrend Group staffers. I was somewhat disturbed yet not entirely surprised to learn that TEN, The Enthusiast Network Publishing — (formerly, long long ago,...

Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo, California

I love this place (and of course the world needs more car museums, yes?).  It’s not fancy or going to put the Petersen or the Guggenheim out of business, but it’s worth your visit any time you’re near Los Angeles International Airport. Please...

DRIVEN: 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Inscription

It’s hard to believe that as recently as 1999-2000, Volvo wasn’t completely sure that it could survive without being sucked up by Renault, nor did it fully believe that it needed a line of SUVs to survive and prosper. In the modern eras, its really Subaru and Volvo...

Holiday Car Guy/Gal Gift Guide

If you are the gift-giving type, then your car guy/gal might enjoy some of the new car guy/gal stuff out this season. As always, you can doubleclick any item to see it full screen in higher res. Happy shopping…and please scroll all the way to the end as this is...

DRIVEN: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

I will admit that it had been some time since I’d sampled any of the current Mitsu product line so it was time to fix that void.  I’ve always seen Mitsu as a bit of an underdog automaker in the North American market, and in spite of Evos and some of the...

The Petersen Automotive Museum features Ford v Ferrari cars

Anxious to see the new Ford v Ferrari film about The Ford GT’s road to Le Mans victory? So am I.  And thus the world famous Petersen Automotive Museum is getting into the spirit of  the times and the film which opens in public theater release November 15.  The...

ArtCenter Car Classic 2019

Now, truly, among the greatest car shows on earth.  The list of first rate, big game car designers who went to school and graduated from the Transportation Design Program at the Art Center College of Design (now more casually referred to as ArtCenter, with no space...

World of Speed Motorsports Museum Car Show

I’ve already said quite about about this wonderful museum in Southern Oregon, very near to downtown Porland. You can read these posts here… Guest Blog: World of Speed Motorsports Museum and here… An EveningWith Mario Andretti at World of Speed...

The Cobra Experience Museum

As usual, double click on any photo to see it full size and high res This fabulous Shelby/Cobra/Mustang museum is billed as “America’s Place for Cobra & Mustang Fans” and it truly is.  Besides visiting the Shelby American factory and museum in...

DRIVEN: 2019 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport

The Genesis brand was initially rolled out of Hyundai somewhat quietly, but has since gotten busy making noise with a bunch of new product. I previously reviewed the G70 on these pages, and that one as you know really rung the bell this year as both North American Car...

An EveningWith Mario Andretti at World of Speed — photos and video

On August 29, 2019, it was my honor and privilege to emcee and host a fireside chat style interview and discussion with the incomparable Mario Andretti at the World of Speed Motorsports Museum in Wilsonville (near Portland) Oregon.  If you know anything about me at...

DRIVEN: 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE AWD

I remember when the RAV4 came to market in the mid 90s. It was among the first car platform based crossover SUVs and was an immediate smash hit. I understood all the reasons why, but wasn’t in love with it at the time. The design, available in two- and four-door...

Auto-Alliance’s new Garaj Mahal in Moorpark, California

All of us seem to be always searching for that ideal car storage solution. A relatively new company in the automotive events, products, and lifestyle space is Auto-Alliance, which has just opened a new vehicle storage and concierge facility in Moorpark, California, an...

DRIVEN: 2019 Lexus US 250 Luxury

Just doubleclick on any photo to see it in high rest and full screen I remember when Lexus brought us the first RX 330 mid luxury crossover/utility in the late 90s.  I was at Motor Trend at the time, and it was so innovative and good, we made it our very first...