AUTO SHOW—As the first major auto show of the model year in North America, the Los Angeles Auto Show is like the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries of the show circuit. The New York show has the largest attendance, Chicago has the most square footage, and Detroit the most debuts, but the LA Auto Show lays claim as the pacesetter—the show that rides the crest of the new model year wave. It’s a distinction it acquired when it moved the show from January to November. The show takes place on November 20-29, 2015, but all eyes are on the press and trade days on November 17-19th.
AUTO REVIEW—Nissan just introduced an all new Murano, named after the fancy glassware from the Venetian island of the same name. The new Murano can be described as a Goldilocks of cars. It’s a term used by astronomers to describe the right planet for sustaining life – neither too hot, nor too cold, not too far away from the star, neither too young nor too old. As to the Murano, this crossover is neither too big nor too small, not too expensive and yet it does not look cheap, and it has all the attributes of a perfect machine because it hits just the right notes.
BOOK REVIEWS – Barns are where you find them and what people like the authors habitually find in those barns seems a never-ending parade of vintage automotive rolling stock that entrances, excites, and entices. I have previously vented my deep, personal (mock) hatred of authors who habitually find cool cars and then has the temerity to rub our sweet little little punims in it … book after book after book. Here are two such examples.
REVIEW—Bond is back, and in a big way. SPECTRE is the most expensive 007 movie made to date, and possibly the priciest movie of any kind, ever! As the prior Bond effort, Skyfall, did pull in over $1.1 Billion a certain amount of budget latitude for SPECTRE seems appropriate. The good news is, you see virtually each dime spent up on the big screen. As in other episodes of the Bond franchise, tempting global locations beckon us, and special effects are riveting. And, most of SPECTRE has a life-like quality to it. This is high-art.