AUTO REVIEW—Things have changed a lot in the past 50 years. Perfect bank heists are now organized from the inside of corporate boardrooms, and wealthy businessmen engage in pursuits that may land them in Washington, D.C. Most of the sandy expanses near the beach are nature preserves closed to traffic. But we can still get into the Dune buggy. The one we tested over a hot Southern California week started as a regular VW bug. And it’s available at your local dealer.
AUTO REVIEW—Born in 1966, and introduced to the USA in 1968, the Toyota Corolla became the best-selling car in the world in 1974. By 1997, it became the best-selling nameplate ever, surpassing the original Volkswagen Beetle in sales. The Corolla has a reputation for being practical, boring, and indestructible. 50 year later, it is all those things and more.
EVENT— Where did the summer go? August gave way to September, which means fall is around the corner. Luckily for those gear heads that live in Monrovia and surrounding cities, it also means one big bash to celebrate all things hot rod before the weather turns. The 26th Annual Monrovia Hot Rod & Custom Car Show rolled into Downtown Monrovia, taking over the historic Myrtle Avenue main drag. Glenn Oyoung writes about it; Sean Spear captures the chrome on his camera.
GALLERY—It’s the crème de la crème of automotive shows. In August, the 66th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was celebrated in Monterey, California. This year’s Pebble Beach Concours brought together 228 cars from 16 countries to the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. It also raised over $1.75 million for the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, which the foundation says will benefit over 80 local charities. LA Car’s Albert Wong was there to capture its essence in 175 frames.
BACK SEAT DRIVING—As the hierarchy at Volkswagen has been bleating for months: The “rogue engineer” responsible for this long nightmare (for them, their dealers, customers, and employees) has been apprehended, accused, indicted, and has pled guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to defraud the government (through wire fraud) and, in doing so, violating the clean air act. Editor Doug Stokes ponders.