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...

DRIVEN: 2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD

Hyundai calls is catchily named Kona “The Small Crossover with a Big Personality”– And it’s true. Explore this funky, handsome, downright fun little vehicle on Hyundai’s official website, and you’ll see most of the discussion is...

DRIVEN: 2018 KIA Sportage SX AWD

I was around when the Sportage was first launched into the marketplace as a somewhat cheap’n ‘heerful cute ute.  I’ll never forget KIA PR guy Geno Effler trying to educate us media members on how to pronounce the name of it, as most everyone wanted...

Driven: Meccanica SOLO EV

There is no question in my mind that electrification will play a huge role in the future of transportation. Am I suggesting that every vehicle on the road should be a pure EV?  Absolutely not.  Should all those fuel burning Ferrari Daytonas and Shelby Cobras be banned...

Southern Oregon All British Car Show

Guest Blog: words and photos by Kirk Gerbracht Double click on any photo to see it high res full screen The British Car Club of Southern Oregon held its (not quite) All British car show on October 20, 2018 in Rogue River, Oregon. Since the Club is rather low-key, we...

DRIVEN: 2018 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring 2.5

Mazda has always done the “sportwagen” thing well and to an enthusiastic degree.  We first saw signs of it in the sporty and damn fun to drive Protege5 of a couple vehicle generations back; that car has since grown into today’s Mazda3 lineup of...

2019 Carroll Shelby Tribute and Cruise-In January 5/6

Some news from Shelby American and the Petersen Automotive Museum that I thought you might be interested in …MS and thanks to Kirk Gerbracht for the photos… Who: You’re invited to attend a two-day tribute and cruise-in held in honor of Carroll...