THE FAST AND THE CURIOUS
An Open Letter to the Industry

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BACK SEAT DRIVING—The ad that stunned us was a Mercedes-Benz commercial which shows a number of growling drag racing vehicles pulling up to race against a new model Mercedes. The machines line up curb-to-curb on what looks like a city street, a pedestrian runs across the screen, a bleeped sobriquet is uttered by the unseen announcer, traffic light goes green… Editor Stokes asks why car manufacturers seem to need to pimp their products by showing them street racing.

A MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL
Scenes from the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

GALLERY—People flock to the scenic Monterey Peninsula from all over the world to see some of the most historically prominent automobiles in the world gathered for Monterey Classic Car Week. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the only event during the week where vintage race cars do what they were originally designed to do – race! LA Car’s Albert Wong was there to visually capture this automotive Monterey pop festival in all its glory.

GOING PLATINUM
2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD

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AUTO REVIEW – People buy Cadillacs in full expectation of owning a well-crafted American made luxury vehicle. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 does not disappoint and fulfills the firm’s mid-sized crossover SUV niche quite nicely. XT5 represents Cadillac’s Crossover Touring series of vehicles, replacing previous versions under the SRX banner. This particular market segment is historically the company’s largest seller. Whichever alphabet-soup naming scheme is employed, Cadillac has done a fine job in producing the XT5.

PEBBLE BEACH
Concept Cars from the Concours d’Elegance

GALLERY—In tandem with the competition between extraordinary historic automobiles, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is also host to some of the world’s most anticipated concept cars and new car debuts each year. The 67th Concours was no exception. Albert Wong certainly thought so, and shares his thoughts in these visual vignettes.

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Scenes from the Concours d’Elegance

GALLERY—Originally a small social event paired with a road race through the pine and cypress forests of Pebble Beach, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Pebble Beach Automotive Week have grown into the top-ranking collector car competition in the world. The Concours is not a contest of speed, but of elegance. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style—and the best garner reward and recognition. LA Car ace photographer Albert Wong was there to visually capture the prize winners at the Concours.

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