Can-Am Racing 1966-1973

When we talk of powerful beasts with legendary powers these days we’re most likely talking about the latest “swords and sorcerers” offerings in the theaters or on television. The beasts breathe fire, throw great roostertails of smoke and debris with their slightest move, and are fully capable of inflicting irreparable hearing damage on anyone who gets within a hundred meters or so of one of them. They are also wild, crass, finicky, potentially deadly and (if you ever could buy one) certainly expensive. And with that (above) we may have found a way to explain the legendary power and authority of Canadian American Challenge Cup racing and the real meaning of the term “unlimited”.

For our younger readers there was recently a living Can-Am history lesson on the streets of Long Beach when vintage Can-Am cars were unleashed in an “exhibition” race event to the GP that shook windows in Seal Beach and set off car alarms in San Pedro. As you’ll read in Hector Cademartori’s story, it is well nigh impossible to overstate superlatives when remembering the power and prowess of the Can Am cars and the excitement that they generated every time that they took to a racetrack during their too-short “epoch” from 1966 to 1973.

The Eighth Annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance

The 8th Annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills (Albert Wong)

GALLERY—The Eighth Annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills surpassed record attendance despite threatening weather reports. Possible thunderstorms did not deter thousands of automobile enthusiasts who enjoyed what turned out to be a beautiful day at the enchanted estate where a full complement of 125 vintage automobiles were on display in this year’s Concours field. LA Car’s ace photographer Albert J. Wong was there to gather visual vignettes of the event.

Tom Gomez covers the low and slow, as well as the tall and mighty

Contributing Editor Tom Gomez

LA CAR REPORT—LA Car welcomes Tom Gomez to Car Culture Ground Zero. Tom was part of the group that started LOWRIDER magazine (check out his review of the LOWRIDERS movie for LA Car). More recently, he’s known for his truck magazine articles. His repertoire of writings, however, runs the entire automotive gamut, making him a perfect fit for LA Car. Welcome, Tom!

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

AUTO REVIEW—Abarth & C’s association with Fiat goes back to the early 1950s. Abarth is to Fiat what AMG is to Mercedes—the high performance arm of the car company. Up until now, the Abarth scorpion badge (Carlo Abarth’s astrological sign was Scorpio) only appeared on a singular model in Fiat’s current line: The 500. That’s now changed. If you’ve longed for the return of Abarth on a bonafide sports car, you’re wish is here: The sign of the scorpion now graces Fiat’s top performing variant of the sporty new 124 Spider. Harvey Schwartz rides the back of the newest scorpion.

Lowrider culture meets the big screen

From the film Lowriders (image courtesy of BH Tilt and Universal Pictures)

REVIEW—I had the privilege of being invited to the screening of the new car culture movie, LOWRIDERS, directed by Ricardo de Montreuil. I might be a little biased on this movie because I spent many years as a contributing editor and photographer for LOWRIDER MAGAZINE, and was involved in covering Lowrider shows all across the country. I saw a lot of real life events that are replicated in this movie. Tom Gomez reviews the movie.

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