Hector Cademartori is the official artist of the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

He started out drawing racing scenes of Lotuses, BRMs and Ferraris in his note pads at school, and his fellow students loved them. Over time he learned to appreciate the history of racing in the 30s, 40s, 50s….and the romance of those years which lend themselves to beautiful art. Now, LACar’s own Hector Cademartori has been chosen as the official artist of the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

New California driving laws for 2013

LA CAR REPORT—Well, it appears as though we avoided the apocalypse that some seem to think would occur in 2012, but there’s something we can’t avoid – the new laws that apply to California drivers in 2013. Each year new laws are added and some are changed and, like anything else in life I guess, some things you hear seem to make perfect sense while others make you scratch your head and ask “What the heck were they thinking?”

California’s new legacy plates

HOT WIRE—After years of looking to the future with its green-themed license plate designs, California draws on its past to announce that its latest plate designs will emulate those of the 1950s, 60s and 70s—or as close as it can get to those designs (the new ones will have reflective surfaces for better night-time visibility). There’s one catch: The state won’t make them until it receives 7,500 pre-orders. The good news: You don’t have to have a car from the 50s, 60s or 70s to wear them. The DMV issued 28 frequently asked questions (and answers) about the new plates, and we present them here.

Autonomous vehicles discussed in DC

EVENT—What seemed to be billed as a dry seminar on emerging laws and regulations governing autonomous vehicles, turned out to be a fascinating and far-ranging discussion of the future of driving. In late October, a panel of experts from the government, industry, press, and legal fields gathered in Washington, DC, to exchange views.

Audi’s R8 Spyder tops the list

HOT WIRE— This year’s insurance bargain is the Toyota Sienna LE, which ranks as the least expensive 2012 model vehicle to insure, according to a comprehensive resource of consumer insurance information and data. Meanwhile, the 2012 Audi R8 Spyder Quattro, a two-seat V10 convertible, has gunned its way to the top of the rankings as the most expensive vehicle to insure.

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