LA CAR REPORT—”The coming of the cheap automobile has meant for Southern Negroes, who can afford one, a partial emancipation from Jim Crowism.” That’s Petersen Education Coordinator Jason Hartwig quoting Gunnar Myrdal back in 1944, at the Museum’s inaugural Explorations series. Surrounded by the Mullin Family Grand Salon’s collection of Bugattis, Hartwig gave a presentation unlike any that one expects from a car museum. “The Car and Civil Rights” presentation ran the automotive gamut.
LA CAR REPORT—When I was a child, old people (which, to me at that time was anyone over 30) used to say that the older you get, the faster the years pass. Well, they were right. 2016 has flown by and 2017 is upon us. Get used to saying “President Trump” and, as California drivers, be prepared to obey some new traffic laws. All laws take effect January 1, 2017 unless otherwise noted. Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry reports.
LA CAR REPORT—Car clubs must have been invented right here in L.A. The “Sidewinders” of Glendale and the “Trompers” right next door in Eagle Rock, the “Iron Charros” downtown, the “Pharaohs”, the “Throttlers”, the “Road Kings” in the Valley(s). Those classic clubs and a hundred others, all got started because of some affinity in automobiles that was more than just a way to get from point A to point B (in this case the Beach) without wasting a lot of time in the city. A Dave Wolin story.
Even for jaded industry old-timers, SEMA is always a somewhat stunning smorgasbord of dazzling show cars and trucks, shiny new products, and throngs of car-loving humanity. To cap it off, it’s set with the backdrop of Vega’s buffet of various and sundry temptations including $4.99 prime rib and nightly industry parties. Glenn Oyoung reports.
The Le Mans event might as well have been a showdown where Enzo Ferrari had flexed his autonomy to Henry Ford in a proposed business deal, and they ended up settling their differences in a street race. It could have been compared to the idea of the two wrestling their machines next to each other on the famed Mulsanne straight for that 24 hours. Yet, with the multi-million dollar investments each made, they looked to the best race teams they could assemble. Egos were primary; money secondary. Guest author Steve Ford tells the story behind the story of Ford’s legendary 1966 victory at Le Mans and one man’s critical role in that win.