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...

DRIVEN: 2019 KIA Forte EX

Kia’s fun and affordable sedan has been thoroughly freshened and updated for MY 2019.  I’ve always liked the Forte, creatively named (remember, the 2-door version is named Koup), and offering good quality and solid transportation value for money.  With...

Oregon Corvette Show welcomes all

Guest Blog words and photos by Kirk Gerbracht; doubleclick on any photo to see it full screen Just blocks away from downtown Jacksonville, Oregon with its 100-plus buildings on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks, its three-month long Peter Britt music...

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...