AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE HONORS LYN ST. JAMES IN 2021

I couldn’t be happier about this, as Lyn is both friend and star.– MS AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE HONORS LYN ST. JAMES IN 2021 Racer, writer, broadcaster, entrepreneur and honoree of the 26th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Lyn St....

Medford CarsnCoffee revs up for summer

Hey Southern Oregonians — tired of couch arrest?  Cars need to get out for some air?  Looking for a great Cars n Coffee?  This once launched in Medford about a year ago, and had a bit of a slow windup, but appears to have really turned the corner now, with...

Abby Hempy Launches Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge Team

Gang…this is just the type of story that I really love.  A young woman who has ambition, passion, and skills, pursuing a life in motorsport.  Don’t laugh — you’d be amazed at how many F1 and top tier sports car racing teams have women in their...

American Car Guy Happily Lost in Cuba

A few years back, Linda and I visited Cuba with a group of like minded car people.  The whole trip was magical and I don’t recall if I ever shared it with you.  Wonderful colorful places, warm lovely people, great food, nice beaches, and a seriously enthusiastic...

BLAST FROM THE PAST: GALPIN FORD FOUR-ENGINE ‘MACH IV’ FUNNY CAR

BLAST FROM THE PAST: GALPIN FORD FOUR-ENGINE ‘MACH IV’ FUNNY CAR Multi-engined dragsters became ‘A Thing’ back in the 1960’s. “What’s the easy way to double the power of your quarter-miler? Simple – drop in another engine, and tie them crank-to-crank.”...

OFFICER ERIC GAONA’S HOT PURSUIT IS RESTORATION OF SSP MUSTANGS

OFFICER ERIC GAONA’S HOT PURSUIT IS RESTORATION OF SSP MUSTANGS BAKERSFIELD, Calif — Ford has been producing and selling law enforcement patrol and pursuit vehicles for many decades, as have most other American-brand carmakers. The majority of those cars have...

PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM TO REOPEN FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020

Some damn fine news in my world, and I hope in yours too…MS PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM TO REOPEN FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020 The museum will strictly adhere to the guidelines set by the CDC, State of California and County of Los Angeles to ensure the health and safety...

FLIGHT OF FANCY: STORY OF ‘MIZAR,’ THE GALPINIZED FLYING FORD PINTO

FLIGHT OF FANCY: STORY OF ‘MIZAR,’ THE GALPINIZED FLYING FORD PINTO VAN NUYS, CA – A flying Ford Pinto? Yes, we promise. A flying Galpinized Ford Pinto?  Sure, why not? In 1973, aeronautical engineer and inventor Henry Smolinski had the idea of beginning with a rear...

REVIEWED: Two Great New Car Books for Your Shelf

As a guy who writes car books for a living, I pay close attention to all the new bookware that gets published.  Plus of course I love to read them.  Here’s a couple new ones for your consideration. JUNKYARD: Behind the gates at California’s Secretive...

A Great Memory from Amelia Island, 2020

3 of 3: The Scimitars Reunited Highlights from the 25th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance The three Scimitar prototypes were reunited at the 25th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Photo: Deremer Studios, LLC. Industrial designer Brooks...

Cool Cars spotted in Kanazawa, Japan, Photos by Mo

You may or may not know that one of my daughters lives and works in Japan.  She’s lived in several places during her tenure there, but is most currently based in Tokyo, and currently riding out the Co-19 wave in a lovely, historic city called Kanazawa (which...

DeTomaso Zonda Concept — Powered by Ford, but with a Twist

Most of you will remember Italy’s deTomaso Automobili (later deTomaso Modena) as producer of the Pantera in joint venture with Ford from 1971-74.  This relatively small specialty carmaker had other models too, relying mostly on Ford engines for power.  Even though...

Welcome to my Virtual CarsNCoffee

Dear gang, I miss my daily, weekly, monthly, favorite car events just as much as you do.  But in order to keep the old personal hardware active and moving, Linda and I take a walk at the end of nearly every work day.  We seldom go far from our neighborhood, but...

Hot Rod history spoken here…

I was talking cars with a friend who has recently moved from SoCal up to Oregon, and he shared with me some charming photos (dated 1943) of his father and uncle and their hot rodded Model A.  My guy’s name is Larry Harlan, and if you look closely at a couple of...

COVID Affecting Car Culture

Car Culture evolves over time and with society…     My thanks to Kirk Gerbracht for the idea and the pix. Stay healthy and well y’all, and hopefully someday we’ll all be back to fuzzy dice....

The World’s Worst Ever Engine Hoist

You MUST double click this to see it large, then go slowly around with your eyes, and you’ll understand not how risky, but how truly dangerous (and stupid) this was.  I wouldn’t use this rig to change a set of wiper blades, much less an engine and trans....

At Least 101 ways to screw up a Perfectly good car…

At Least 101 ways to screw up a Perfectly good car… By Kirk Gerbracht, and me We understand and respect that everyone is entitled their taste, be that for architecture, wine, movies, music and of course cars.  But some stuff is just so stupid it warrants a hard...

The Late and Absolutely Great Sir Stirling Moss

A lot has been said and written, and will continue to be, about Sir Stirling Moss who passed away April 12, 2020, at the age of 90, at his London home.  His racing record generally speaks for itself:  Sir Stirling Moss is one of the world’s most accomplished racing...

Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show Reset for Labor Day Weekend

  SHOW RESCHEDULED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC As some may know, we have been forced to reschedule the 2020 show due to COVID-19        NEW DATES: The car and motorcycle show will now be Sunday September 06 (and not Saturday) for 2020. The commemorative dinner will...

Two new car books in the oven for you

Dear Gang, I hope you are all sheltering in place and supporting social distancing and such — all the better time to read. Assuming the book publishing business and market returns to normal once the virus crises is over, I’ll have two new books out for...