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...
Piloti shoes: drivers putting their best foot forward

Piloti shoes: drivers putting their best foot forward

I freely admit that I really love all the “stuff” that goes along with the enjoyment of cars and driving.  Watches, sunglasses, driving gloves, gadgets and goodies, ephemera, and really comfy, stylish driving shoes that support good driving and pedal...
DRIVEN: 2016 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

DRIVEN: 2016 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

  Here’s another one I drove several months back but never got around to talking about.  The 2017 is virtually identical so your shopping considerations shouldn’t be impacted in any meaningful detail. The first generation of Nissan’s style...
A Decidedly Touchy Subject

A Decidedly Touchy Subject

To me touching up nicks and scrapes on one of my cars is akin to going in for a root canal; it’s really got to be done, but it’s painful and the result is seldom perfect. Which is why I’ve discovered Automotive TouchUp products. Trust me this...
Great Book Signing at Autobooks with Isky

Great Book Signing at Autobooks with Isky

I’m not trying to replug my new book again — really I’m not — but thought you might enjoy these snaps from our day with Isky at Autobooks in Burbank. He was in great form, holding court and having fun. Everyone really enjoyed him a lot —...
ISKY Book Signing at AutoBooks Saturday March 18

ISKY Book Signing at AutoBooks Saturday March 18

ISKY Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding *Saturday, March 18 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ========== Meet The CamFather himself and author Matt Stone (that’s me!) To tell the life story of Ed “Isky” Iskenderian is to tell the history of hot rodding in...
DRIVEN: 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T Dune

DRIVEN: 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T Dune

DieselGate is over; VW is ready to have some fun. The current VW Beetle, which was first reborn as the New Beetle in 1999, is about the only remaining “retro” car from that era.  The retrofuturist Ford Thunderbird has come and gone.  The Chrysler PT...

On The Road Again!

Dear readers and visitors, I’ll be on the road for a couple weeks gathering new material, driving new cars, seeing new things, and wearing out a camera or two. Connectivity will be limited, so don’t expect any new material here until  nearer end of month...
Calendar Alert: Benedict Castle Concours March 26, 2017

Calendar Alert: Benedict Castle Concours March 26, 2017

You know I’m a sucker for a great car show, especially when it raises money for a worthy charity or cause. One such event upcoming is the 4th Annual Bendict Castle Concours on Sunday March 26, 2017 in Riverside California, to benefit Teen Challenge. I remember...
Volo Car Museum, Collection and Sales, Volo, Illinois

Volo Car Museum, Collection and Sales, Volo, Illinois

First of all, that’s Volo, not Volvo. While there, I spoke to one of the Grams family members who built, own and operate this charming place. I’m forgetting her first name, for which I apologize, but I asked her “what the place was all about.”...
Early Rodders morning Cruise-in, LaCanada, CA

Early Rodders morning Cruise-in, LaCanada, CA

As you’ve likely noticed from these pages, I make it my point to attend “breakfast cruises” or “Cars N Coffee” events all over the world whenever I can find one. I love these deals, as they are the “perfectly formed” casual...
American Car Dreamer in Cuba

American Car Dreamer in Cuba

You may (or may not) know much about Cuba, that mystical little island that sits about 90 miles off the south coast of Miami. You probably do know about the world’s appetite for the finest Cuban cigars and rum, the latter being the primary ingredient of the perfect...
Motor4Toys 2016 does the good deed

Motor4Toys 2016 does the good deed

It’s only appropriate that I get off my lazy behind and post this while it’s still the holiday season, and in the same year in which this event took place, dontcha think? Motor4Toys is a monstrous, several thousand car morning cruise in that stems from the...
Toyota USA Automobile Museum

Toyota USA Automobile Museum

I bet you didn’t know that Toyota has now been selling cars in America for more than 50 years. And those decades of new models, sales records, trucks and motorsport, the company has an interesting history here. Toyota Motor Sales America was for the longest time...
An American Car Dreamer in Cuba

An American Car Dreamer in Cuba

Some of you know that I recently spent a week in Cuba, checking out the warm weather, beautiful women, tasty Mojitos, and crazy car scene down there. I was planning to put up a huge gallery of photos for your review and hopefully your enjoyment, but my friends at Road...
Best of France and Italy 2016 was indeed the Best

Best of France and Italy 2016 was indeed the Best

I’ve told you before that this is a great show every year, and this year, it was again. All of the usual Italian and French made or designed subjects, plus a cross section of the strange, rare, and often wonderful. As you may know, this event is owned and...