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The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Cabriolet

Following the introduction of the standard 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet, Porsche is now expanding the line-up further with the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4…

Following the introduction of the standard 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet, Porsche is now expanding the line-up further with the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet models.

Like the 2020 911 Carrera models, the new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet are powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat six engine fitted with model-specific turbochargers, developing 379 hp at 6,500 rpm (nine horsepower more than the previous 911 Carrera 4 models) and 331 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,950 to 5,000 rpm.

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World Premiere of the Porsche Taycan, the Sports Car for a Sustainable Future

Porsche presented its first fully-electric sports car to the public today with a world premiere held simultaneously on three continents. “The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It carries…

Porsche presented its first fully-electric sports car to the public today with a world premiere held simultaneously on three continents. “The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It carries forward the success story of our brand – a brand that has fascinated and thrilled people the world over for more than 70 years,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, who opened the world premiere in Berlin, “This day marks the start of a new era.”

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Lamborghini Sián Hybrid is the Brand’s Most Powerful Car Ever

At the Frankfurt Motor Show Automobili Lamborghini unveils the Lamborghini Sián: a hybrid super sports car delivering new technologies and unsurpassed performance in the hybrid sphere. The fastest Lamborghini of…

At the Frankfurt Motor Show Automobili Lamborghini unveils the Lamborghini Sián: a hybrid super sports car delivering new technologies and unsurpassed performance in the hybrid sphere.

The fastest Lamborghini of all time is realized in a new futuristic design; drawing on the brand’s style DNA, but clearly a design for a new era.

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Miracles on Myrtle Avenue

It’s one thing to have a hot rod and custom car show. It’s quite another when the backdrop matches the time period of the cars on display… It was a…

It’s one thing to have a hot rod and custom car show. It’s quite another when the backdrop matches the time period of the cars on display… It was a beautiful day on Myrtle Avenue for the 29th Annual Old Town Monrovia Car Show.

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Introducing the Expressive, Dynamic 2020 Cadillac CT4

Cadillac takes the next step in the realignment of its sedan portfolio with the global introduction of the first-ever CT4 sport sedan. Revealed to customers through a social media campaign that…

Cadillac takes the next step in the realignment of its sedan portfolio with the global introduction of the first-ever CT4 sport sedan. Revealed to customers through a social media campaign that virtually puts viewers in the driver’s seat simulating the car’s liberating drive experience, the 2020 CT4 is poised to appeal to a new generation of sport-luxury customers. The CT4 offers plenty for the senses, starting with its RWD proportions and an athletic design.

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Petersen Automotive Museum Offers Vault Photography Tours

The Petersen Automotive Museum announced today it will offer new Photography Vault Tours and Vehicle Photography Sessions. For the first time ever, visitors will be allowed to photograph some of…

The Petersen Automotive Museum announced today it will offer new Photography Vault Tours and Vehicle Photography Sessions. For the first time ever, visitors will be allowed to photograph some of the finest sports cars, collector cars, Hollywood movie cars, racecars and motorcycles in The Vault.

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The Largest Porsche Gathering in Southern California

This Sunday – September 15th – the Porsche Club of America Los Angeles Region holds their 58th annual Concours d’Elegance. In years past we’ve enjoyed a myriad of vintage and modern-day…

This Sunday – September 15th – the Porsche Club of America Los Angeles Region holds their 58th annual Concours d’Elegance. In years past we’ve enjoyed a myriad of vintage and modern-day Porches on display at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying.

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Toyota Delivers a Prius in Corolla Clothing

The Toyota Corolla Hybrid returns 52 mpg, carries a highway range of 730 miles, and is $1000 cheaper than the Prius LE.

The Toyota Corolla Hybrid returns 52 mpg, carries a highway range of 730 miles, and is $1000 cheaper than the Prius LE.

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Listen and Laugh: “The Last Open Road” as a Rather Raucous Radio Play

LACar Radio-Play Audiobook Revue The Last Open Road By “BS” Levy Adapted from the book for audio, produced, and directed by the author 20 hours with bonus video features USB…

LACar Radio-Play Audiobook Revue

The Last Open Road

By “BS” Levy

Adapted from the book for audio, produced, and directed by the author

20 hours with bonus video features

USB Flash drive: $55 or 20-disc CD set: $65

available at: www.lastopenroad.com

photos by ASH and the author

BS Levy’s The Last Open Road is now in audiobook format (Doug Stokes)

HERE’S THE DEAL: This is a very fun, funny, sardonic, clever, fun-filled, noisy, cheeky, clever (I said that already, didn’t I?), irreverent, and entertaining ’50s radio play-like adaptation of a very well-known (at least in some circles) book which relates the contretemps of a guy and a gal from ’Jersey and their on-the-road to the races (etc.) escapades in the early days of amateur sports car competition in the US.

The author, “BS” Levy

The Last Open Road, the book, has been around (wonder of wonders) for over a quarter of a century and is now in its 10th printing. To celebrate that milestone, Burt Levy (who prefers to be known by his initials “BS” for reasons that will become clear while listening) decided to flesh out his celebrated (again, that’s in some circles) classic tome with an audio version replete with what the author bills as “period music”.

And so, and if you know of Mister Levy at all, you’ll instantly understand why he chose not to sit in a sound-proof studio and read his book to you on tape; but to fully dramatize this adventure it with an (certifiably) eclectic collection professional voice actors (and others) playing some strangely wonderful characters all enhanced by the actual sounds of the real racing cars as they appear in the story.

As some readers may have surmised from the above preamble, this is an audiobook that’s very different from most, will not be fully understood or appreciated by many, but that will be a roaring favorite of a hearty band of enthusiasts that love vintage sports car road racing (now) and who need to know what it was like back then when Jags and Triumphs, and Jowett Jupiters, and MGs, and bathtub Porsches, and Cad-Allards all roamed the real road courses of America.

And there’s a special treat in store for vintage racing fans in the form of an all-star cast of (what the always subtle and adroit Mister Levy very modestly billboards as: MYSTERY CELEBRITY GUEST VOICES) in supporting roles and who are liberally sprinkled throughout the 20-hour epic.

The first Last Open Road by “BS” Levy

OK, like who then?

Well … how about: David Hobbs, Brian Redman, Tommy Kendall, Skip Barber, Bill Warner, Patrick Long, Ray Evernham, Marino Franchitti, John Morton, Spence Pumpelly, and PD Cunningham. (Ed. Note: even if none of the above names rings a bell or lights your fire, this spoken play is still some good car fun and games.)

By the way neighbor 20 discs? Whoa! I would better recommend the sweet little leather-bound flash drive, it’s elegant, it’s convenient, and it stores in roughly 400% less space (or something like that) than an unwieldy stack of 20 (count ‘em) 20 CDs and it’s fifteen bucks cheaper.

Who the heck’s going to keep loading and unloading all those discs in sequence anyway?

Conclusion: They don’t write them like this anymore (THEY don’t, but “BS” Levy still does).

And … you’ll know if you need a copy of this spoken epic or not by here. -DS

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