VISION NEXT 100
BMW, MINI & Rolls Rolling Into The Future

This champagne filled centennial celebration of BMW is a chance to show off all of its brands, and offers a fantastic glimpse into tomorrow, including the debut of a Rolls-Royce Concept. John Grafman reports. Photos by John Grafman and Albert J. Wong.

SINGER AND THE PORSCHE 911
When Over The Top Is Just The Starting Point

There are books about Porsches, lots of them, I even have a few of them myself even though (luckily) I’m not a Porscheholic. Otherwise I would have to grind this book up in a Cusinart, soak it in some sort of Teutonic solvent like Schnapps, and mainline it like a skid row junkie. This book is all about a small company that takes Porsche AG’s most iconic model (the timeless 911) and then reimagines the spirit of this air-cooled classic.

ROVING IN PALM SPRINGS
Modernism Week and the Land Rover

Modernism Week in Palm Springs, Califonria

LA CAR REPORT—This is a Valentine story with a little bit of everything including one Brit, a Rover, a rat, an era gone by, and of course a lot of love. Palm Springs provides an ideal place to escape to, with blue, balmy skies and warm weather. It’s also home to Modernism Week, one of the most popular events in the desert. Palm Springs is a magnet for lovers, just as Modernism Week is for lovers of 50s and 60s design. And while over a half-century separates them, the Sinatra residence and current Land Rovers stationed in the circular driveway seem very compatible.

ANIMAL STYLE
More scenes from the Art Center Car Classic

Inspired by Nature at the 2013 Art Center Car Classic (John Grafman)

GALLERY—Animal style. No, we’re not talking about In-and-Out Burgers. Last week, Art Center Car Classic 2013 focused on automobiles that drew design inspiration from living creatures—fish, fowl, felines, and other examples from the animal kingdom. “Inspired by Nature” was the theme, and nearly 2,000 came to the Art Center campus to enjoy the event—designers, car collectors, hobbyists, members of the general public, and editor John Grafman, who captured the automotive animal kingdom on camera.

ECOMOTORS DESIGN CHALLENGE
Reshaping the future

LA CAR REPORT—An esteemed collection of automotive professionals are being treated to a glimpse into the future. The technology behind EcoMotors’ OPOC (opposed piston-opposed cylinder) design engine. EcoMotors is looking to have the technology adopted by a big OEM, and to spur car companies, it’s showcasing how this can impact styling. EcoMotors Design Challenge: Reshaping the Future, with students from Art Center and CCS is exemplifying just what could be possible.

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