Holiday Car Guy/Gal Gift Guide

Holiday Car Guy/Gal Gift Guide

If you are the gift-giving type, then your car guy/gal might enjoy some of the new car guy/gal stuff out this season. As always, you can doubleclick any item to see it full screen in higher res. Happy shopping…and please scroll all the way to the end as this is...
DRIVEN: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

DRIVEN: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

I will admit that it had been some time since I’d sampled any of the current Mitsu product line so it was time to fix that void.  I’ve always seen Mitsu as a bit of an underdog automaker in the North American market, and in spite of Evos and some of the...
ArtCenter Car Classic 2019

ArtCenter Car Classic 2019

Now, truly, among the greatest car shows on earth.  The list of first rate, big game car designers who went to school and graduated from the Transportation Design Program at the Art Center College of Design (now more casually referred to as ArtCenter, with no space...
World of Speed Motorsports Museum Car Show

World of Speed Motorsports Museum Car Show

I’ve already said quite about about this wonderful museum in Southern Oregon, very near to downtown Porland. You can read these posts here… Guest Blog: World of Speed Motorsports Museum and here… An EveningWith Mario Andretti at World of Speed...
The Cobra Experience Museum

The Cobra Experience Museum

As usual, double click on any photo to see it full size and high res This fabulous Shelby/Cobra/Mustang museum is billed as “America’s Place for Cobra & Mustang Fans” and it truly is.  Besides visiting the Shelby American factory and museum in...
DRIVEN: 2019 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport

DRIVEN: 2019 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport

The Genesis brand was initially rolled out of Hyundai somewhat quietly, but has since gotten busy making noise with a bunch of new product. I previously reviewed the G70 on these pages, and that one as you know really rung the bell this year as both North American Car...
DRIVEN: 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE AWD

DRIVEN: 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE AWD

I remember when the RAV4 came to market in the mid 90s. It was among the first car platform based crossover SUVs and was an immediate smash hit. I understood all the reasons why, but wasn’t in love with it at the time. The design, available in two- and four-door...
Auto-Alliance’s new Garaj Mahal in Moorpark, California

Auto-Alliance’s new Garaj Mahal in Moorpark, California

All of us seem to be always searching for that ideal car storage solution. A relatively new company in the automotive events, products, and lifestyle space is Auto-Alliance, which has just opened a new vehicle storage and concierge facility in Moorpark, California, an...
DRIVEN: 2019 Lexus US 250 Luxury

DRIVEN: 2019 Lexus US 250 Luxury

Just doubleclick on any photo to see it in high rest and full screen I remember when Lexus brought us the first RX 330 mid luxury crossover/utility in the late 90s.  I was at Motor Trend at the time, and it was so innovative and good, we made it our very first...
The George Barris Zebra Mustang Custom

The George Barris Zebra Mustang Custom

  photos by me and courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum; double-click on any image to see it full screen in hi res.   The late George Barris was the self-proclaimed “King of Kustomizers,” building hot rods and customizing cars since he was a kid.  He...
The Gentle Art of Just Driving Around

The Gentle Art of Just Driving Around

I was friends with a guy in high school named Don (weren’t we all?).  Don was a basically good guy, and we shared several interests, including and primarily cars, and tring to meet girls.  After high school, Don moved to Phoenix to attend deVry tech school.  So...
San Marino Motor Classic

San Marino Motor Classic

The San Marino Motor Classic is always a part of my summer car show agenda, and this year’s rendition didn’t disappoint.  I’ve shown cars there, judged there, and bought a ticket and attended as a regular car fool just like all the rest of us. Part...
Kip Cyprus’s Garajmahal

Kip Cyprus’s Garajmahal

Kip Cyrpus is an Orange County property developer, manager, and investor.  And he also loves just about anything with a motor and wheels.  His collection is varied, and eclectic.  There are a few of the expected standards, and lots of different and unexpected too,...
Montrose, California 4th of July Car Show

Montrose, California 4th of July Car Show

It’s a scene repeated dozens if not hundreds of times all around America; the local weekend car show.  Three Day Holidays like Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the 4th of July are particularly suited to this activity.  You know, the local car club puts on a casual...
Summer Car Books Reading

Summer Car Books Reading

I still love old school car books, you know printed on actual paper, with photos, and all that.  I’ve written and published more than a dozen of them, and even though I’m a Kindle carrying radical, reading an actual book provides certain satisfactions that...
15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

And please double-click on any image to see it full screen and high res It was my privilege to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, in La Jolla, California a few weeks ago.  This event started out as a kind of glorified...
Vive la France – and Vive la Mullin private collection

Vive la France – and Vive la Mullin private collection

Many of you know of Peter Mullin; he’s the big game LA businessman who puts down rather large and significant footprints in the classic and collector car community.  Mr. Mullin has a rather fabulous museum in Oxnard, California, bearing his own name, and also...
Rising Sun Car Museums

Rising Sun Car Museums

Japan has an automotive history going back a century; not to mention several worthwhile car museums many of which go well beyond only Japanese car Please doubleclick any photo to see it full screen in high res Most people might believe that Japan’s automotive history...
Mega Cruise Events in Southern Oregon Span 8 Days

Mega Cruise Events in Southern Oregon Span 8 Days

Guest Blog: words and pix by Kirk Gerbracht Most of us auto enthusiasts have spent an entire weekend at a car show with associated events like a cruise or road trip and dinner one day, with a show or concours the following day.  So how about a week-long series of...
Remembering Chairman Lee

Remembering Chairman Lee

Photo Courtesy Galpin Auto Sports   I was distressed, but unfortunately not surprised to hear of Lee Iacocca’s July 2, 2019 passing.  Lido Anthony Iacocca was born October 15, 1924 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, making him 94 when he died.  He was known and will be...
Gone Fishin, Blog on vacation — until July 4

Gone Fishin, Blog on vacation — until July 4

Actually, I don’t fish, just like I don’t golf and don’t do Olympic Curling.  But in this case it’s just a metaphor so deal. On the road again hopefully gathering up more great cars and stories to share with you. Thanks for visiting often and...
The Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show 2019

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show 2019

Now in its 14th year, this fundraiser show dedicated to the King of Coolness, has become a Thing photos by Kirk Gerbracht;  Inspired Communications, Inc.  Please doubleclick on any photo to see it high res and full screen – thank you, please enjoy. J Mays,...
DRIVEN: 2019 Genesis G70 RWD 3.3T Sport

DRIVEN: 2019 Genesis G70 RWD 3.3T Sport

As always, you can doubleclick on any photo to see it high res and full size You’ve probably heard that the rather exceptional KIA Stinger and the new Genesis G70 share a fair amount of chassis platform architecture, suspension components, and powertrains: This...
Guest Blog: Southern Oregon Rod and Custom Show

Guest Blog: Southern Oregon Rod and Custom Show

  Words and photos by Kirk Gerbracht DoubleClick on any photo to see it high res and full screen The car culture continues to thrive, and one of the biggest reasons is that our hobby offers something for everyone.  No matter what your personal taste in cars,...
Number 18 for The Captain

Number 18 for The Captain

Jacksonville, FL – Congratulations to Roger Penske, Simon Pagenaud, and Team Penske for their record-setting 18th Indianapolis 500 victory. Team Penske swept Indy’s “Month of May” last Sunday when Simon Pagenaud won the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500...
Guest Blog: World of Speed Motorsports Museum

Guest Blog: World of Speed Motorsports Museum

Words and photos by Kirk Gerbracht Double-click on any image to view it full screen No doubt there are hundreds of automobile museums across the country, and many times visiting one is the sole purpose for our adventure down the highway.  But occasionally our travels...
DRIVEN: 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF Grand Touring

DRIVEN: 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF Grand Touring

I’ve always loved Miatas, from the very first 90 horsepower Series I Lotus lookalike to the current 4th gen car.  They are nothing but fun to drive, affordable to buy and carefore, and durable as an anvil.  So it was with some anticipation that I signed myself...
Numbo Jumbo

Numbo Jumbo

Car model names have always fascinated me, but lately more and more tend to confound me.  I’m not picking on only one or two carmakers here, but one particular example from Mercedes-Benz, left, and leaves me, conceptually challenged.  Of course, any company who...
CALENDAR ALERT: Benedict Castle Concours March 31,2019

CALENDAR ALERT: Benedict Castle Concours March 31,2019

Just cluing you in about a great concours coming up this weekend.  It’s the Benedict Castle Concours in Riverside, California on Sunday March 31,2019. This event has a lot going for it; not to mention approximately 300 great cars to see.  The property,...
DRIVEN: 2018 KIA Stinger GT RWD V6

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)

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

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...
DRIVEN: 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...