AUTO REVIEW—As one of the pioneering examples of sport utility vehicles, the Nissan Pathfinder started life as a truck platform-based SUV. The second-generation Pathfinder went with a unibody design, but the third generation returned to its truck-based roots. For 2013 (dubbed the R52), Nissan veered off the beaten path again and went for a car-based platform. Editor-at-large Zoran Segina reports
GALLERY—It’s been a year since the departure of automotive legend Carroll Shelby. The Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club (LASAAC) decided it was time to hold the first annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show. The one day event took place at the Carroll Shelby Foundation Headquarters in Gardena, California, and LA Car’s Zoran Segina was there to capture the moment on his single-lens reflex.
AUTO SHOW— This is not your typical neighborhood classic car show but, then again, this is not your typical neighborhood. I’m guessing that most of us don’t live in a 46,000 square foot mansion with fifty-five livable rooms on 18.3 beautifully landscaped acres with a lake and cascading waterfalls. This is Beverly Hills, and it’s the fourth annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance.
HOT WIRE—Playboy Founder Hugh M. Hefner named Raquel Pomplun, 25, the magazine’s 2013 Playmate of the Year on the garden grounds of the Playboy Mansion. Raquel, a 25-year-old from Chula Vista, California, is Playboy’s first Mexican American Playmate of the Year. Along with her title, Raquel receives $100,000 in prize money and a one-year lease on a 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE.
GALLERY—For the eighth time in eight years, Edelbrock put on a benefit car show for children’s charity at Vic’s Garage in Torrance, California. This year, however, Edelbrock is celebrating its 75th year in the automotive business. It was also the first time up for the newly created Edelbrock Family Foundation, the recipient of this year’s benefit. So the festivities were just a bit more festive this time around—even by Rev’ved Up 4 Kids standards. LA Car’s single-lens reflex camera was busy clicking along with sound of V8 rumble the at the show.