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Scenes from the 24th Annual Street Rods Forever Hot Rod & Custom Car Show

GALLERY—The near record-breaking heat was no match for the coolness of the cars that showed up for the 24th Annual Monrovia Hot Rod, Custom Car & Motorcycle Show this past Saturday. Cars for all tastes were present, but as always, the street rods took center stage. Historic Myrtle Avenue in Old Town Monrovia served as the perfect backdrop for the show, with the street’s businesses opening their doors for attendees looking into some shopping opportunities, or just the chance to escape the heat with a cool beverage.

Toyota Highlander LE Plus

AUTO REVIEW— The Toyota Highlander has grown up. After nearly 15 years as the popular, practical workhorse of the Toyota product line, the Highlander has gotten a serious makeover and has become quite the attention getter. What was once a boxy, relatively unattractive crossover vehicle designed to carry people and cargo is now a larger, more stylish perfect-for-any-situation vehicle. Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry reports.

Mazda5 Sport

AUTO REVIEW—Do you remember when minivans were mini? They’ve gotten so big over the years that no one dares reverse a minivan without a back-up camera. With the Mazda5 Sport, the manufacturer has put the “mini” back in minivan. Maneuverable. Sporty. Easy to park. Yet, ample three-row seating—and it has no competition. At $21,010 (including a $795 “delivery, processing, and handling fee”) there’s a lot of Mazda here for the money, and the window sticker bears that out.

The complete history, 1953-1982

BOOK REVIEW— 784 pages—and this book only covers the first 29 years of the Chevrolet Corvette. This is a brand new edition of Karl Ludvigsen’s seminal 1973 book that first explained and delineated the iconic All-American automotive phenomena. Ludvigsen has added 364 pages, 489 photos and/or illustrations, 33 new chapters, and 12 pages of valuable appendices beyond the original ’73 book—and a book mark ribbon. It’s an obvious help in saving one’s place in the book. Its inclusion signals that this is meant to be a serious reference book. It is.

IndyCars, motor homes, and a cold beer

LA CAR REPORT— Two simple questions motivated LA Car to talk to the motor home-dwelling people scattered through the infield between turns one and three at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the 2014 MAVTV 500. One: why, with the heat and the fact that it’s a holiday weekend, are you here? And two: why are you drinking cheap canned beer rather than some kind of decent IPA? The answer to the first proved easier to get than the second.

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