On Sabbatical until after Thanksgiving

Dear Friends, Just letting you know that this section of MSC.com is on hiatus until after Thanksgiving. I’m taking some time to run down a bunch of new material for us, and driving several new cars that I’ll be reporting on. And finishing up some other...

Art Center Car Classic 2018

The simple fact is that the Art Center Car Classic has become one of the world’s greatest car shows. Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, has a world class transportation design program, and has trained many of the world’s best and most...

DRIVEN: Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design

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...

Book Signing this Saturday, November 3 at Autobooks in Burbank

Please come and visit with me and cam grinding and hot rodding legend Ed Iskenderian; we’ll be selling and signing my new book HOT ROD Empire, (I wrote the book and Isky wrote the Foreword) much about the epic lives of Margie and Robert E. Petersen, the birth of...

_2018 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

Gas/Electric Hybrid. Natural gas. LPG. Pure Electric. Hydrogen. BioDiesel. Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV). Conversion to run on vegetable oil. Every carmaker in the world is trying to figure out the best and ultimate “alternative energy” powertrain scenario that’ll be...

Down The Road, with Len Frank

Down the Road Len Frank; Automotive Journalist, Radio Show Host July 04, 1996|PAUL DEAN | TIMES STAFF WRITER Len Frank, respected automotive journalist, magazine editor and veteran co-host of “The Car Show” on radio KPFK-FM, the nation’s first...

Guest Blogpost: Fab 50s Car Show in Southern Oregon

Words and photos By Kirk Gerbracht Doubleclick on any photo to see it in high res full screen. Club car shows, along with bracket drag racing and Saturday night cruising, are the backbones and epicenters of the automotive hobby. You know what we mean; a local car club...

Brits In the Ozarks All-British car show 2018

Remember, you can double-click on any photo to blow it up full screen.  Thanks… Yes, Brits in the Ozarks is really A Thing. In fact, it’s a great thing. Believe it or not, automotive enthusiasm in Arkansas, and many of its surrounding states, extends well...

New Book: HOT ROD Empire, releasing soon

 I’m pleased to announce the publication of my new book, HOT ROD Empire. By me, with Gigi Carleton, and Foreword by Ed Iskenderian. This new project is very exciting, and I believe provides a long overdue look into the epic lives and times of Margie and Robert...

Speed Reading: Extreme Panteras by Linda and David Adler

The car that I’m most commonly identified with is my screaming yellow ’72 deTomaso Pantera, just above. It was a marvelous car, I bought it from by high school band director, kept if for 17 years and drove it 100,000 miles. I loved it and I miss it to this...

DRIVEN: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio TI Sport AWD

Remember youcan double-click any photo to see it full screen. The Stelvio is a looker from any angle, with more than adequate passenger and cargo room in back for most needs.  Others are bigger, but this is a smart size that will work for most drivers and it keeps...

Driven: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport M/T

When the Elantra GT Sport M/T hit my driveway, I immediately thought of the VW GTI as a potential competitor; its just what my roadtester’s mind does when evaluating any new vehicle —  “What would this compete against?”  A humble Hyundai up...

Piazza GranTurismo Cars N Coffee event

You know I’m a sucker for a great cars n coffee event. I’ve traveled all over the country to attend them, and my friend Jeff is on every email blast list possible to notify him of any coming up on the calendar. So we decided to hit this one scheduled for a...

Cars I did on my Summer Vacation

Wife Linda and I were stumbling through Cologne, Germany recently, and happened upon a classic car rally that was launching from a square right near out hotel, and taking off to parts unknown. It wasn’t a specific marque or club, very much a mixed back of...

Giving the Blog a week or so off

Dear visitors, Just letting you know that I’m wrestling a major book deadline to the ground, so I’m giving the site a brief vacation, plus gathering up lots of new stuff to share with you. Hope your summer is off to a great start, and I’ll be back in...

Great Cars from the World of Travelling Mo

As you know, one of my daughters, Mo, identifies herself as a citizen of the world; born and raised around LA, she’s additionally lived in San Francisco, Turkey, and now in Kanazawa, Japan where she works as an English teacher and travel writer. And also travels...

Calendar Alert: Highway Earth Car Show is Sunday, June 24, 2018

This show is a great, fun, run what you brung ride on the no stress express.  No judging, no trophies, no hassle.  It’s held at an attractive, historic park in the Hollywood Hills, and anything goes from mild to wild, from rat rods and bikes to Citroens and old...