DRIVEN: 2019 KIA Forte EX

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

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

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

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...
_2018 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

_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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...
Remembering Vic’s Garage — and Vic Edelbrock

Remembering Vic’s Garage — and Vic Edelbrock

Otis Victor Edelbrock Jr. passed away June 9, 2017, at the age of 80.  That name most likely rings bells as one of the world’s premier performance products company.  Edelbrock’s original products were intake manifolds, and high performance heads for Flathead Ford...
News From Shelby American

News From Shelby American

SHELBY AMERICAN TO OFFER LIMITED NUMBER OF NEW FORD-POWERED SERIES 2 EXOTIC SPORTS CARS • Only 4 total hand-built sports cars will be built annually for enthusiasts worldwide • The Shelby Series 2 is a major evolution of the famed 1999 sports car • Series 2 is...
Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show Rally

Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show Rally

It is my considered honor and privilege to be deeply involved with the Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show weekend, held each June at the Boys Republic School in Chino Hills, California (www.stevemcqueencarshow.com, and www.boysrepublic.com). This...
CTEK Battery Charger and Maintainer

CTEK Battery Charger and Maintainer

If you have old cars (bikes, boats, planes, trucks, whatever), you likely have (or should have) what everyone used to call “trickle chargers” those little plug-in devices that keep your car batteries topped up and hopefully ready to fire at the first twist...
The Porsche Effect

The Porsche Effect

Porsche AG, Porsche Cars North America, and the Petersen Automotive Museum celebrate the marque’s 70th Anniversary in fine style with an elegant, historic exhibit on show for all of 2018 Words and photos by me Enzo Ferrari and Ferdinand Porsche were in countless ways...
DRIVEN: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited

DRIVEN: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited

Among the many brilliant product moves Toyota has made over the years, one of the smartest and most intuitive is that the Prius model (and subsiquent lineup) has always said “Hybrid.” It’s no accident that you can’t buy a Prius that isn’t...
The Things People do to/with/in Cars

The Things People do to/with/in Cars

I continue to be amazed at what people do to, with, and often, inside of cars. Therefore I recently had a good chuckle at the gas station watching this hapless woman wash her car, from top to bottom and stem to stern, with a windshield squeegee. We’ve all seen...
Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care

Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care

If you’ve visited this blog for any amount of time, you know that I have a fetish for car detailing supplies. I love to rub on my cars, and make it my purpose to test out and try a variety of detailing products up and down the price and quality scale. By now...
Another Amazing Amelia

Another Amazing Amelia

The 23rd Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is in the books, and it was also one for the books. Now in its third decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’elegance has taken its place among the world’s greatest automotive events. Amelia is a stratospherically great...
Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2016 2017

Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2016 2017

Many collectors, dealers, and enthusiasts watch classic and collector car auction results like the proverbial hawk, believing that they truly represent real time pricing in the marketplace; noting every high and low, and tracking the trends and curves in an effort to...
Sweet Home, Chicago: The original Tucker car factory

Sweet Home, Chicago: The original Tucker car factory

Only the largest, grandest and most historic factory property would do for Preston Tucker’s Car of Tomorrow Photos courtesy of The Petersen Automotive Museum and Fiat Chrysler Archive Everyone has (at least one) opinion about Preston Tucker and his near mythical...
Mo’s Cool Car Sightings in Japan

Mo’s Cool Car Sightings in Japan

As you may or may not know, my daughter Mo lives and works in Japan, after doing the same in Turkey for about eight months, more than a year ago now. Anyway, she’s picked up my habit of always being on the lookout for cool/strange/weird/wonderful car sightings...
Cars & Chronos; a timely premium spin on Cars & Coffee

Cars & Chronos; a timely premium spin on Cars & Coffee

Car people tend to love fine, (particularly) mechanical timepieces. And watch enthusiasts equally seem to appreciate cars. Its just A Thing: Cars and fine watches go hand in hand.  It makes sense; watches, like cars have engines.  And watches, like cars are about...
When does a driveway become a barn?

When does a driveway become a barn?

All of us love a good barnfind. I’ve written a book about the subject, here…   And it’s amazing to me how many of them I spot in driveways, hiding in mostly plain sight. And of course being the car fool that I am, I photograph them if I can do...
IMSA GTP CELEBRATION AT  “THE AMELIA” 2018

IMSA GTP CELEBRATION AT “THE AMELIA” 2018

Here’s some information from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance I thought you might enjoy… The 200 mph, 1000-horsepower GTP — Grand Touring Prototype — racers from the 1981 through the 1993 IMSA Championship seasons will star at the...
DRIVEN: 2017 Nissan Rogue SL Hybrid AWD

DRIVEN: 2017 Nissan Rogue SL Hybrid AWD

I’ve been on an alt energy kick lately, working to get into every hybrid, BHEV or pure electric vehicle I can test. These technologies are advancing, becoming more prevalent, and affordable. And gas isn’t. So the need for a quick 500 mile trip to Vegas...
Time Passages — R.I.P. DeTomaso Modena

Time Passages — R.I.P. DeTomaso Modena

The car I’m most identified with is my chrome yellow gold ’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...
DRIVEN: 2017 KIA Optima PHEV

DRIVEN: 2017 KIA Optima PHEV

Hyundai and Kia are going big on hybrids and EVs, you will see many more such products rolling out from them in the next few years. So I’ve made it my mission to drive and evaluate all of the current ones to get an idea about where the companies stand on them at...
Cars I saw on my summer vacation

Cars I saw on my summer vacation

As you know while out and about in faraway places, I enjoy snapping the cool, fabulous, and often strange cars I see while on the road, and I like to share them with you. Hope you appreciate and/or share some of my eclectic...
Jaguar Owner’s Club Visits the Route 66 Museum

Jaguar Owner’s Club Visits the Route 66 Museum

I do not currently own a Jaguar, although I’ve had three of them over time — two mid-60s sedans plus a Series I E-Type.  I generally love them and would own another.  So it wasn’t much of a stretch when my posse mate Jeff asked me to join him and his...
The World Famous Galpin Car Show, 2017

The World Famous Galpin Car Show, 2017

photos by Kirk Gerbracht, Me, and courtesy Galpin Auto Group.  All photos are posted in hi res, so double click on any one to see full screen.  Thanks — enjoy. You know Galpin Ford. The World’s #1 selling Ford dealer in the world for decades. A family owned and...
DRIVEN: 2017 KIA Niro Touring

DRIVEN: 2017 KIA Niro Touring

I’ve often wondered why there aren’t more Hybrid SUVs and crossovers out there.  KIA has come to the rescue with a handy, attractive little guy called Niro.  It’s purely a crossover, with no low range 4WD in the mix for rock hopping or hill...
Calendar Alert: Joe’s Minibike Reunion Show, 2017

Calendar Alert: Joe’s Minibike Reunion Show, 2017

My old pal and former Petersen Publishing teammate Joe Sebergandio has been into vintage minibikes since before anyone cared. And the movement has become quite A Thing. Joe puts on a not so small anymore “car show” for these little bikes, which is a blast....
JCCS — The 13th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show

JCCS — The 13th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show

  I’m no sage when it comes to investments or trends, but have been saying and writing for some years now that certain Japanese cars, from a classic and collector car standpoint, would become A Thing. And they certainly have. Here in Southern California...
HYUNDAI Going Big on Electric

HYUNDAI Going Big on Electric

Hyundai has announced that before too very long, it plans that 40% of its new car fleet will be pure EV. That’s a lot, and the investment required to get there is monumental. Hyundai and sister brand KIA have been nibbling at the edges of electrification for...
FOOSE DESIGN: A Shop tour you must do

FOOSE DESIGN: A Shop tour you must do

If you’re visiting this site, you likely know who Chip Foose is. His build a car in a week television show, Overhaulin, is a staple on automotive TV, at the moment with a healthy reruns schedule on the Velocity network. He also has a serious hot rod and custom...
DRIVEN: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

DRIVEN: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

  You may recall that Chrysler “invented” or at least defined the modern minivan with its original K-Car platform front-drive derived Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth minivans that came to market in 1984. These vans were well packaged, affordable, people...
Montrose Invitational Car Show

Montrose Invitational Car Show

You may or may not have ever heard of Montrose, California.  It’s our version of “Mayberry, RFD” and embodies a crazy-charming old school shopping village.  The Montrose Village is about three blocks long, meanders slightly, and is packed full of...
Super Deep Discount on “Exotic Barn Finds” Book

Super Deep Discount on “Exotic Barn Finds” Book

  Greetings Visitors and Friends, I hope you had a great July 4 weekend and holiday. I’ve just made a super deep discounted publisher-direct quantity buy on my Exotic Barn Finds book, and I can sell them to you for peanuts. Here’s the deal: these are...
I miss those great Auto Accessory Boutiques

I miss those great Auto Accessory Boutiques

Click to enlarge I will never forget those trips to Vilem B. Haan  auto boutique (founded by and named after that actual guy) in Beverly Hills with my dad.  It was a real adventure, about 40 miles from our home in Upland.  We’d make an entire day of it, usually...
Highway Earth 2017 Another Big Success

Highway Earth 2017 Another Big Success

This is the greatest car show you’ve likely never heard of or been to. My friend, master photographer Evan Klein, wanted to create a low stress, no hassle car show to celebrate all cars, and the car community of great people, at a wonderfully historic place high...
Mothers Speed Detail Products

Mothers Speed Detail Products

If you know me at all, you know that I like my cars immaculate at all times, which makes me a bit of a car detail products geek. I like to try the latest stuff, in search of that wax, spray, protectant, brush or tool that makes car detailing that much better or...
Remembering Vic Edelbrock, Jr.

Remembering Vic Edelbrock, Jr.

I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Vic Edelbrock, Jr., June 9, 2017.  He’d been battling all sorts of pulmonary issues, perhaps some combination of bronchitis and pneumonia.  He’d been in the hospital a bit lately, then out, but still...
Calendar Alert: Highway Earth Car Show June 14

Calendar Alert: Highway Earth Car Show June 14

Car show season is for sure upon us, at least here in SoCal. Please put this great event on your calendar either to attend or to enter. It’s a wonderful no stress, no hassle, no judging, no trophies, run what you brung day in a super historic and cool park (with...
Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide

OK is this an obvious plug for some of the books I’ve published? Heck yes it is, and I hope there’s something in my library that your car guy dad (or any car enthusiast) would enjoy. Far as I know, everything is available on Amazon, at Autobooks in...
Carroll Shelby Tribute 2017

Carroll Shelby Tribute 2017

photos Kirk Gerbracht Carroll Shelby passed away May 10, 2012 – and it’s hard to believe it’s been five years already. Shelby International, the Shelby Foundation, and Shelby American never forgets its original SnakeCharmer, and celebratea the occasion with a great...
Pelican Parts’ spin on Cars N Coffee

Pelican Parts’ spin on Cars N Coffee

If you own a Porsche, Mini, Mercedes-Benz or BMW, you likely know Pelican Parts. Its an impressive online parts business that carries lots of great stuff, and nearly always has the right parts in stock. They carry new Porsche original, high quality aftermarket, and...
Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show just a few weeks away

Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show just a few weeks away

This year’s FOSMQ show is shaping up to be a dandy. E ntries are strong, but the huge field still has room for more cars and bikes. And it’s all for a very good cause. So come out, enter, and run what ya brung, or just bring your posse out for the day to...
Ford Performance Road Show

Ford Performance Road Show

My longtime friend John Clor, he of FordRacing.com and Ford Performance Marketing, is currently driving around the country (in a Ford Transit Ecoboost van) meeting Ford fans and primarily Mustang clubbies at a variety of dealerships around the country, giving a...
The Tucker Automobile Company Factory, Chicago

The Tucker Automobile Company Factory, Chicago

Only the largest, grandest and most historic factory property would do for Preston Tucker’s Car of Tomorrow Photos courtesy of The Petersen Automotive Museum and Fiat/Chrysler Archive Everyone has (at least one) opinion about Preston Tucker and his near mythical...
Malibu and Petersen Automotive Museum Cars and Coffees

Malibu and Petersen Automotive Museum Cars and Coffees

My longtime friend, and oft time photographer, Kirk Gerbracht (who also supplied the great photos contained herein)  lives by the saying that “the measure of a successful weekend is how many car events you could cram into the two days” and it’s a...
DRIVEN: Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2015 2016

DRIVEN: Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2015 2016

Many collectors, dealers, and enthusiasts watch classic and collector car auction results like the proverbial hawk, believing that they truly represent real time pricing in the marketplace; noting every high and low, and tracking the trends and curves in an effort to...