REVIEW—The world of tires is a bit like the latest, trendy beverage. There’s a whole lot of hype, and you don’t really know what you’re going to get until it’s too late. We gathered a set of three curiously interesting tires. Pirelli came to play with the P-Zero Run Flat tires. Yokohama is touting its new Advan Neova AD08 R. The final player is Bridgestone with the RE-11. After conducting a direct back-to-back comparison of the products, here are the results and our real world driving observations. To keep this as fair as possible, we use the supremely competent installation of CEC Wheels in Los Angeles.
BOOK REVIEW—50? Fifty Years? Have these wonderful, wild-assed, wizard cars called LAM-BORE-HEE-KNEES really been around and among us for FIFTY years now? Yup—and every variation of every model of this now half-century old marque is on display in “Lamborghini Super Cars 50 Years” 200+ pages of informative copy and featuring a superb collection of dazzling photos (taken from about every imaginable angle and perfectly in line with the totally bedazzling nature of the Supercar biz) of all of the variations that serve benchmark 50 years of the bullish breed.
PRODUCT REVIEW— Testing windshield wipers in Southern California summer months during a five year historical drought presents somewhat of a challenge. And yet, here they are – a pair of 24-inch, all-weather wiper double blades that, according to the manufacturer, wipe and scrub simultaneously – pressed against sixteen-year-old windshield on the test car – a BMW 740 iL. Fortunately, Blanca and Linda, and other tropical storms have provided enough rain for a meaningful test.
LA CAR REPORT—The Long Beach waterfront was the perfect setting to pay homage to cars, trucks and motorcycles from the Land of the Rising Sun. Whether you’re interested in first-wave classics, recent vintage modifieds, or next-wave tuners, there’s a little something for everyone. In addition to a wide range of vendors, most of the major Japanese auto manufacturers also brought both their museum classics and their latest models soon to hit the streets. Sean Spear was on-hand to collect some pictures and stories from the day.
BACK SEAT DRIVING—The EPA, together with the California Air Resources Board, accused Volkswagen and Audi of using software to circumvent emissions requirements on four-cylinder diesel cars sold from 2009-2015. The software detects when the car is hooked up to emissions testing equipment, changing the management system to pass the test, but allows the car to pollute up to 40 times the permissible limit during normal operation. Volkswagen has acknowledged it has breached the trust of the government regulators and the public. Editor Doug Stokes comments.