AUTO REVIEW—In the day we sweat it out in the streets with a runaway dream like the world-renowned $100,000.00+ GT-R NISMO. But many may be perfectly satisfied behind the wheel of the new 370Z NISMO Tech we just finished test driving and photographing. At $47,725.00 including destination, it’s less than half the price of the GT-R NISMO. As the flagship of the Nissan Z lineup, the Z NISMO lives up to the race-proven image of the NISMO name. And as The Boss would say, it’s born to run.
EVENT—Automobile enthusiasts had a rare opportunity to visit one of the most notable private car collections in the region, all while supporting kids in need. Ted Segerstrom (of Orange County’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts fame) hosted a benefit for the Orange County Childhood Language Center on Saturday, May 9th at his private museum, located in Irvine, California.
AUTO REVIEW—Remember the white Dodge Challenger in “Vanishing Point”—the 1971 cult movie wherein Barry Newman as Kowalski is commissioned to deliver a Challenger R/T 440 Magnum from Denver to San Francisco? Dodge has the perfect vehicle ready for the motion picture remake. It’s the new Dodge Challenger SRT 392, and Harvey Schwartz delivers the goods for LA Car.
GALLERY—It was the home of the legendary Ascot Park (AKA Los Angeles Speedway). The first home of Datsun in America. It’s the birth place of import tuners from across the Pacific rim. Gardena, California can add another automotive badge under its belt: It’s now the headquarters for Carroll Shelby International. The Gardena headquarters is also the site of the annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show, which celebrated its third one this past weekend. LA Car was there to capture the Cobras, Mustangs, Daytonas, Raptors, Tigers and various other life forms on display at the Figueroa Street facility.
LA CAR REPORT—I’m spending another Sunday at the mansion. No, I don’t live in a mansion, I’m just visiting for one of the most prestigious and eagerly anticipated automotive events of the year, the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance. This is the sixth annual Concours to be held at Greystone. Combine fabulous automobiles with a historic mansion, lushly landscaped grounds, good food and adult beverages and you have a springtime event that is certain to please just about anyone.