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...

Mega Cruise Events in Southern Oregon Span 8 Days

Guest Blog: words and pix by Kirk Gerbracht Most of us auto enthusiasts have spent an entire weekend at a car show with associated events like a cruise or road trip and dinner one day, with a show or concours the following day.  So how about a week-long series of...

Remembering Chairman Lee

Photo Courtesy Galpin Auto Sports   I was distressed, but unfortunately not surprised to hear of Lee Iacocca’s July 2, 2019 passing.  Lido Anthony Iacocca was born October 15, 1924 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, making him 94 when he died.  He was known and will be...

Gone Fishin, Blog on vacation — until July 4

Actually, I don’t fish, just like I don’t golf and don’t do Olympic Curling.  But in this case it’s just a metaphor so deal. On the road again hopefully gathering up more great cars and stories to share with you. Thanks for visiting often and...

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show 2019

Now in its 14th year, this fundraiser show dedicated to the King of Coolness, has become a Thing photos by Kirk Gerbracht;  Inspired Communications, Inc.  Please doubleclick on any photo to see it high res and full screen – thank you, please enjoy. J Mays,...

DRIVEN: 2019 Genesis G70 RWD 3.3T Sport

As always, you can doubleclick on any photo to see it high res and full size You’ve probably heard that the rather exceptional KIA Stinger and the new Genesis G70 share a fair amount of chassis platform architecture, suspension components, and powertrains: This...

Guest Blog: Southern Oregon Rod and Custom Show

  Words and photos by Kirk Gerbracht DoubleClick on any photo to see it high res and full screen The car culture continues to thrive, and one of the biggest reasons is that our hobby offers something for everyone.  No matter what your personal taste in cars,...

Number 18 for The Captain

Jacksonville, FL – Congratulations to Roger Penske, Simon Pagenaud, and Team Penske for their record-setting 18th Indianapolis 500 victory. Team Penske swept Indy’s “Month of May” last Sunday when Simon Pagenaud won the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500...

Guest Blog: World of Speed Motorsports Museum

Words and photos by Kirk Gerbracht Double-click on any image to view it full screen No doubt there are hundreds of automobile museums across the country, and many times visiting one is the sole purpose for our adventure down the highway.  But occasionally our travels...

DRIVEN: 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF Grand Touring

I’ve always loved Miatas, from the very first 90 horsepower Series I Lotus lookalike to the current 4th gen car.  They are nothing but fun to drive, affordable to buy and carefore, and durable as an anvil.  So it was with some anticipation that I signed myself...

Medford (OR) Cars ‘N Coffee Launches Saturday, May 4, 2019

Those of you in or near Southern Oregon are lucky to be getting a great new cars ‘n coffee meet launching Saturday May 4, 2019 in Medford.  The location, in the giant parking lot of a large handsome medical complex is immaculate, has marked spaces for 125 cars,...

Numbo Jumbo

Car model names have always fascinated me, but lately more and more tend to confound me.  I’m not picking on only one or two carmakers here, but one particular example from Mercedes-Benz, left, and leaves me, conceptually challenged.  Of course, any company who...

FIAT Lingotto: A car factory with a race track on its roof!

photos courtesy of FCA Archives, and by me doubleclick on any photo to see it full screen Fiat’s Lingotto factory in Turin Italiy was built between 1916 and 1922 and the project and works management were entrusted to the engineer Giacomo Mattè Trucco. The...

CALENDAR ALERT: Benedict Castle Concours March 31,2019

Just cluing you in about a great concours coming up this weekend.  It’s the Benedict Castle Concours in Riverside, California on Sunday March 31,2019. This event has a lot going for it; not to mention approximately 300 great cars to see.  The property,...

DRIVEN: 2018 KIA Stinger GT RWD V6

Here’s a car magazine comparison test I bet you’d have never dreamed of: BMW M3 vs. KIA Stinger GT vs. Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG By now you’re screaming “major typo!” because how would a KIA earn the right to take on the two German...

Another Amazing Amelia (Island Concours d’Elegance)

Gang — it was once again my honor to serve as a judge at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Amelia Island, Florida, and to again contribute an article to official show program. This year’s motorsports honoree was the King of Le Mans, and...

DRIVEN: 2019 KIA Optima SX Turbo

I somewhat knew what to expect from this outstanding mid-sized sedan for several reasons: the first being that we have an Optima in the family fleet, and it’s been nothing but excellent, although my tester here is one generational update newer, and also the top...

Medford Cars & Coffee; Launching May 4, 2019 in Southern Oregon

I love Cars’N’Coffee events, and have made it a point to visit them anywhere in the world I happen to go.  And I’m pleased and proud to announce a new one, launching May 4/19 in the Medford area of Southern Oregon. It’s the brainchild of my...

DRIVEN: 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

It still somewhat surprises me that sedans about the same size and general packaging as this handsome Hyundai used to be the best selling cars in America: Taurus, Fusion, Optima, Altima, Malibu, and of course the many-years top seller  — Toyota’s seemingly...

Please Join Me at the LaJolla Concours d’Elegance

  I’m pleased to announce my association with the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, taking place this April 12-14, 2019, where I will serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies for the Concours awards program, and at various related events occurring...