Bob’s Highway Garage – The Multi-purpose Man Cave

Bob’s Highway Garage – The Multi-purpose Man Cave

Bob Clarke is a committed car guy to say the least. And his tastes are wonderfully varied, from hot rods to Porsches and a lot in between. He’s also built himself one damn fine Man Cave in the Ventura County, California area, dedicated to his various collection...
Driven: 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e

Driven: 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e

photos by Kirk Gerbracht, and a few by me. Click any image to see it high res and full screen. BMW, being both a luxury/performance and technology advancement leading brand, has moved quickly and aggressively toward blending increased performance with electrification,...
FAB FORDS Returns

FAB FORDS Returns

IRWINDALE, Calif. — The world’s largest single-day all-Ford car show is much beloved, but has taken its shots lately. First was its ouster from longtime locale, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Then a less-than-successful outing at Angel Stadium in...
SPEED READING: Two great new car books

SPEED READING: Two great new car books

LOST BEAUTIES: 50 CARS THAT TIME FORGOT by Michel Zumbrunn and Axel E. Catton Click on any image in either review to see it full screen This beautifully written, photographed, and presented 220 page hardbound volume isn’t another barnfind book, although a few of...
Happy Father’s Day to my late Dad, Milt Stone

Happy Father’s Day to my late Dad, Milt Stone

Nearly everyone, with a good experience in their youth to recall, claims their dad was the greatest.   Not meaning to disparage anyone’s pop, mine could compete with any of y’all’s, I promise.  A heart of solid gold, strong morals, and a diligent...
Check out CPX, the Collector Part Exchange

Check out CPX, the Collector Part Exchange

Parts is parts.  But when you can’t get them for your special interest, classic or collector car, parts is hell. We’ve all been through it; trying to find the obscure little part for your obscure specialty car.  And those of you who have done this long...
Cruising the River Rhine in Fine Style

Cruising the River Rhine in Fine Style

Cruising the River Rhine in Fine Style Christian Kramer is an automotive expert of considerable note. Once an auto broker, he’s since become a certificated vehicle vetter and appraiser. He can provide a full forensic and market valuation write-up on a single vehicle...
Rest In Speed: BOBBY UNSER, Feb 20, 1934 – May 2, 2021

Rest In Speed: BOBBY UNSER, Feb 20, 1934 – May 2, 2021

The call came early this morning. It was more bad news in a year that produced more than its share of ugliness. Most racing drivers that came of age in the 1950s didn’t really expect to live into their 80s. Despite walking on motor racing’s biggest stage in the...
Sports Car Digest Dot Com

Sports Car Digest Dot Com

Hey Gang, Hope you are all doing fine and well out there as winter and COVID begin to thaw. I’m pleased to clue you in to a terrific online magazine that I’m pleased to have recently begun working for.  That being www.sportscardigest.com.  It’s just...
2021 GT500 on Road and on Track

2021 GT500 on Road and on Track

2021 GT500 ROAD (AND TRACK) TOUR REVEAL FORD’S BEST-EVER MUSTANG IRVINE, Calif. — By now you’ve read of the new Ford Shelby GT500’s legendary performance and scintillating test numbers; you know those well sub-4.0 second 0-60 times and quarter-mile times in the...
Petersen Automotive Museum Reopens (yay)

Petersen Automotive Museum Reopens (yay)

It pleases me a ton that my automotive Happiest Place on Earth has reopened, and hopefully for good this time.  Lots of new things to see, so please visit again soon…. PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC MARCH 25 The museum will strictly adhere to...
Zero260 Announces Auctions Site

Zero260 Announces Auctions Site

Here’s a significant announcement I thought y’all might enjoy…MS At Zero260.com we scour the internet for the best deals on the coolest collector and special interest cars for sale so you don’t have to. We provide original content, market valuation,...
Riding With Mario

Riding With Mario

As Originally published in SportsCarDigest.com Riding with Mario photos by me, and Mel Stone No matter how good a driver you are or think you are, I’ve learned that you really discover how marginal a driver you might be when you ride with or get schooled by someone...
Speed Reading: Vette Books

Speed Reading: Vette Books

Of the many new cars I’m continually asked about, the new mid-engined C8 Corvette is among the most often discussed, from a list including the Shelby GT500, the Ford GT, the Hellcat Challenger, and the reborn Ford Bronco. If you just can’t get enough...
Time Passages  R.I.P. DeTomaso Modena

Time Passages R.I.P. DeTomaso Modena

The car I’m most identified with is my ’72 DeTomaso Pantera.  I loved that car, and miss it a lot.  Selling it was likely a mistake, but made sense at the time, although I can’t afford to repurchase it or a similar one now.  But I’m pleased these cars have advanced in...
Mercury Cougar Eliminator: Mercury’s Mach I?

Mercury Cougar Eliminator: Mercury’s Mach I?

1970 MERCURY COUGAR ELIMINATOR: FORD’S ALTERNATIVE POWER CHOICE Most enthusiasts consider 1969 and 1970 to be the absolute zenith of the original muscle car era. These two years served as the apex of the horsepower and cubic-inches curve. As is so often said to...
Cool Cars From the Streets of Japan

Cool Cars From the Streets of Japan

I’ve been lucky enough to travel a good deal of the world, prior to 2020 at least.   Among my pursuits  in doing this is to get up close and personal with the car scenes in different countries. And of course I bang off endless happysnaps of all the interesting...
The Ultimate Vehicle, According to designer Tom Tjaarda

The Ultimate Vehicle, According to designer Tom Tjaarda

It was my great and good fortune to know, to have worked with, and to have become friends with the late Tom Tjaarda. You may or may not know Tom Tjaarda’s name, I promise you know his work.  Chances are, one of his automotive designs may be on your All Time...
Jay Leno And Walmart Partner On Premium Car Care

Jay Leno And Walmart Partner On Premium Car Care

If you know me at all, you know about my car care and detailing products fetish.  I’ve sampled and tested all of Jay Leno’s Garage stuff and find it to be of very high quality, and moderately priced.  Up until now, the only place to buy it was on the JLG...
When NASCAR went to Le Mans

When NASCAR went to Le Mans

American cars running world stage endurance races isn’t new or unusual.  Previous to the all-conquering Ford GTs, there was Cunningham, some Cadillacs, a variety of Corvettes, not to mention Mustangs, the odd Camaro or so, and Panoz, ad infinitum.  As 2021 marks the...
My Greatest Barnfind was a Field Find

My Greatest Barnfind was a Field Find

Back when I was a much younger man, in a much more innocent time, my friends and I used to do such mundane things as ride our bikes all around town, just for fun, looking around, and discovering.  Of course me being me, there was always a camera in my pack or around...
Black Friday – Car book buyer’s guide

Black Friday – Car book buyer’s guide

Here’s some of the new stuff out this season: And remember you can doubleclick on any image to see it full screen Don, The Snake, Prudhomme, Life Beyond the 1320, by Don Prudhomme with Elana Scherr I predict this to be one of the top new books of this rather...
NEW SUPERCARS Exhibit at the Petersen

NEW SUPERCARS Exhibit at the Petersen

SUPERCARS: A CENTURY OF SPECTACLE AND SPEED EXHIBIT ON-DISPLAY DATES: October 2020 to May 9, 2021, with possible extension We’ve all been dying for a fix of our favorite automotive events, motorsport, and car museum tours.  While many of the world’s great...
The Van

The Van

During one’s lifetime, we all own at least one vehicle with “personality.” Mine was a 1962 Ford Econoline van. It was the barest and most stripped version produced, with a 200 cubic-inch straight-six motor, one-barrel carb, very manual trans, two seats, and the...
A wonderful tribute from one friend of mine to another

A wonderful tribute from one friend of mine to another

A Heartfelt Goodbye to Journalist, Photographer and Amelia Judge John Lamm John Lamm. Photo courtesy of Bill Warner It is with a heavy heart that I relate that my friend of over 40 years, John Lamm died last week after a long battle with cancer. John and I met through...
Barrett-Jackson Back to Live Auctions

Barrett-Jackson Back to Live Auctions

Barrett-Jackson Returns to Live Events with Fall Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale; Revised 2020 Schedule Announced SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – July 30, 2020 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, announced today a special Fall Auction will take...
The “Compact Pickup” is now a thing of the past

The “Compact Pickup” is now a thing of the past

We’ve all likely noticed that every time a car (or truck) model gets refreshed or redesigned, it gets larger in nearly every dimension.  There are many reasons for this which include customer demand for more cargo and people room; the need to incorporate more...
New Hot Rodding Magazines Born

New Hot Rodding Magazines Born

HOT ROD Deluxe.  Rod & Custom.  Street Rodder.  Popular Hot Rodding.  Due to a combination of changing times, mergers and closures, the media convergence, and titanically poor management, one by one, many of America’s best, best known, and/or most enjoyed...
US Marshals selling three replica movie cars at auction

US Marshals selling three replica movie cars at auction

Some potentially fun and interesting news I thought you might enjoy – MS   US Marshals selling 3 replica movie cars: ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean, ‘Ghostbusters’ ‘Ectomobile,’ and ‘Batmobile’ from Ohio federal criminal case involving Medicare fraud   For...
More cool Japan car sightings by Mo

More cool Japan car sightings by Mo

As I’ve mentioned to you and posted about before, my daughter lives and works as a freelance writer and ESL teacher in Tokyo.  And sharing my affinity for strange, cool, and wonderful cars, she snaps them along her trail and shares them with me so I can share...
Medford CarsnCoffee revs up for summer

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...
American Car Guy Happily Lost in Cuba

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...
REVIEWED: Two Great New Car Books for Your Shelf

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

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

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...
Welcome to my Virtual CarsNCoffee

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…

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

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

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…

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

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...
Two new car books in the oven for you

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...
DRIVEN: 2019 Toyota Prius Prime

DRIVEN: 2019 Toyota Prius Prime

Everyone has opinions about Toyota’s Prius Hybrid; some love them, some revile them as the killers of all automotive fun, or accuse their owners of being arrogant — which to me is all BS.  I’ve owned one — a second gen 2005 model that we bought...
Another Amazing Amelia!

Another Amazing Amelia!

The annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among my very favorite automotive events in the world.  So many things make it special.  It’s held at a Ritz-Carlton Resort on the beach in Florida, so let’s talk venue. Founder and chairman Bill Warner...
DRIVEN: Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe

DRIVEN: Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe

  When the first Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans came out in 1985/6, it was truly compact, not much bigger than a BMW 2002 / 3-series.  At first they were only four-cylinder powered, tidy, nicely equipped, and a sales smash.  Because of its diminutive size, everyone...
Early Rodders Club Cars N’Coffee, La Canada, California

Early Rodders Club Cars N’Coffee, La Canada, California

I make it my point to attend “breakfast cruises” or “Cars N Coffee” events all over the world whenever I can find one. One configuration of my posse: Norbert on the left, then Paul, with the camera, who now lives in Oregon but was down visiting, Kirk in the striped...
Rocker James Hetfield’s custom cars Rock the Petersen

Rocker James Hetfield’s custom cars Rock the Petersen

You may or may not know of James Hetfield, lead guitarist, singer and all around front man for the pioneering metal band Metallica.  I don’t know him personally, but among his talents and passions is a huge spot in his heart for custom cars and hot rods.  Many...