The car is practically brand new, but the festival devoted to it is already an institution. We’re talking about 86FEST, the car show devoted to the trio of Hachi-Roku cars—the 1980s Toyota Corolla AE86 and its current-day successors, the new Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, both of which were code named the FT86 prior to production. All three have stellar reputations in drifting circles. All three are rear-wheel drive. And owners of all three converged at Irwindale Speedway on Sunday, September 21st, for the third annual 86FEST.
GALLERY—The near record-breaking heat was no match for the coolness of the cars that showed up for the 24th Annual Monrovia Hot Rod, Custom Car & Motorcycle Show this past Saturday. Cars for all tastes were present, but as always, the street rods took center stage. Historic Myrtle Avenue in Old Town Monrovia served as the perfect backdrop for the show, with the street’s businesses opening their doors for attendees looking into some shopping opportunities, or just the chance to escape the heat with a cool beverage.
AUTO REVIEW— The Toyota Highlander has grown up. After nearly 15 years as the popular, practical workhorse of the Toyota product line, the Highlander has gotten a serious makeover and has become quite the attention getter. What was once a boxy, relatively unattractive crossover vehicle designed to carry people and cargo is now a larger, more stylish perfect-for-any-situation vehicle. Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry reports.
AUTO REVIEW—Do you remember when minivans were mini? They’ve gotten so big over the years that no one dares reverse a minivan without a back-up camera. With the Mazda5 Sport, the manufacturer has put the “mini” back in minivan. Maneuverable. Sporty. Easy to park. Yet, ample three-row seating—and it has no competition. At $21,010 (including a $795 “delivery, processing, and handling fee”) there’s a lot of Mazda here for the money, and the window sticker bears that out.