GALLERY— The 4th Downtown Burbank Car Classic rolled into Downtown Burbank with celebrity vehicles from the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Television Motion Picture Car Club, and custom cars from the World Famous West Coast Customs. In addition, there were restored and pre-1974 cars, exotics, and hot rods spanning four blocks. LA Car was there to capture the event in all the proper megapixels, LUX units and frame rates.
EVENT—On Saturday, August 29th, it’s LA Car Day at Irwindale Speedway—an evening of NASCAR Whelen All American Series racers, Hollywood Bandoleros, Legend Cars, South West Tour Trucks, and more at the Southland’s own half track. LA Car fans can get a voucher for free passes (for themselves and their guest). Get the voucher from Eventbrite.com, and turn it in for hard tickets at the ticket window.
BOOK REVIEW—Windy City is the biography of one of the real characters of the wonderful world of car people—Bill Maloney. Here, he takes us on a thrill ride through his life as a salesman, huckster, tub-thumper, shill, benign charlatan, self-proclaimed radio and TV star, and a nuts-on, picture-perfect ad man in every aspect that the word implies. This is a personal, first-person-positive, often frenetic, minute-to-minute accounting of the working life of one colorful and cock-sure dude—an American ad-venture story told in jokes, boasts, and anecdotes.
AUTO REVIEW—This is the MINI that many have been waiting for. The original 2-door is too small for families. The Countryman is too big for MINI enthuiasts. The Clubman needs one-and-a half more doors. Finally, after three generations of the new MINI, the company builds a car the retains the go-kart nimbleness of the original, but comes with four, real live doors. It’s the MINI Cooper 4-door hardtop. Harvey Schwartz reviews the S model.