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...

The George Barris Zebra Mustang Custom

  photos by me and courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum; double-click on any image to see it full screen in hi res.   The late George Barris was the self-proclaimed “King of Kustomizers,” building hot rods and customizing cars since he was a kid.  He...

The Gentle Art of Just Driving Around

I was friends with a guy in high school named Don (weren’t we all?).  Don was a basically good guy, and we shared several interests, including and primarily cars, and tring to meet girls.  After high school, Don moved to Phoenix to attend deVry tech school.  So...

San Marino Motor Classic

The San Marino Motor Classic is always a part of my summer car show agenda, and this year’s rendition didn’t disappoint.  I’ve shown cars there, judged there, and bought a ticket and attended as a regular car fool just like all the rest of us. Part...

Kip Cyprus’s Garajmahal

Kip Cyrpus is an Orange County property developer, manager, and investor.  And he also loves just about anything with a motor and wheels.  His collection is varied, and eclectic.  There are a few of the expected standards, and lots of different and unexpected too,...

The William F. Harrah Foundation National Automobile Museum

You may or may not remember the original Harrah’s Collection museum in Reno.  William F. Harrah was a larger than life kind of guy, doyen of Harrah’s hotels and casinos, a major player in the entertainment and gambling businesses in Reno/Tahoe Nevada.  He...

Montrose, California 4th of July Car Show

It’s a scene repeated dozens if not hundreds of times all around America; the local weekend car show.  Three Day Holidays like Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the 4th of July are particularly suited to this activity.  You know, the local car club puts on a casual...

Summer Car Books Reading

I still love old school car books, you know printed on actual paper, with photos, and all that.  I’ve written and published more than a dozen of them, and even though I’m a Kindle carrying radical, reading an actual book provides certain satisfactions that...

15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

And please double-click on any image to see it full screen and high res It was my privilege to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, in La Jolla, California a few weeks ago.  This event started out as a kind of glorified...

Vive la France – and Vive la Mullin private collection

Many of you know of Peter Mullin; he’s the big game LA businessman who puts down rather large and significant footprints in the classic and collector car community.  Mr. Mullin has a rather fabulous museum in Oxnard, California, bearing his own name, and also...

Rising Sun Car Museums

Japan has an automotive history going back a century; not to mention several worthwhile car museums many of which go well beyond only Japanese car Please doubleclick any photo to see it full screen in high res Most people might believe that Japan’s automotive history...