EVENT—Automobile enthusiasts had a rare opportunity to visit one of the most notable private car collections in the region, all while supporting kids in need. Ted Segerstrom (of Orange County’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts fame) hosted a benefit for the Orange County Childhood Language Center on Saturday, May 9th at his private museum, located in Irvine, California.
AUTO REVIEW—Remember the white Dodge Challenger in “Vanishing Point”—the 1971 cult movie wherein Barry Newman as Kowalski is commissioned to deliver a Challenger R/T 440 Magnum from Denver to San Francisco? Dodge has the perfect vehicle ready for the motion picture remake. It’s the new Dodge Challenger SRT 392, and Harvey Schwartz delivers the goods for LA Car.
GALLERY—It was the home of the legendary Ascot Park (AKA Los Angeles Speedway). The first home of Datsun in America. It’s the birth place of import tuners from across the Pacific rim. Gardena, California can add another automotive badge under its belt: It’s now the headquarters for Carroll Shelby International. The Gardena headquarters is also the site of the annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show, which celebrated its third one this past weekend. LA Car was there to capture the Cobras, Mustangs, Daytonas, Raptors, Tigers and various other life forms on display at the Figueroa Street facility.
LA CAR REPORT—I’m spending another Sunday at the mansion. No, I don’t live in a mansion, I’m just visiting for one of the most prestigious and eagerly anticipated automotive events of the year, the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance. This is the sixth annual Concours to be held at Greystone. Combine fabulous automobiles with a historic mansion, lushly landscaped grounds, good food and adult beverages and you have a springtime event that is certain to please just about anyone.
GALLERY—Ford has its Fabulous Fords Forever. Chevrolet has the Classic Chevys of Southern California. For Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles, it’s the All Toyotafest. Sponsored by the Toyota Owners and Restorers Club (TORC), the event has gained the strong support of Toyota Motor Corporation and its Lexus and Scion divisions. This year, Toyotafest celebrated its 20th anniversary, and LA Car was there at the Queen Mary parking lot with digital camera in hand.