LETTERS AND NOTES
from the LA Auto Show

BACK SEAT DRIVING— Every year I think the same thing: “Where are the classics?” In my head, the LA Auto Show should feature the great old cars of the past. Or maybe what I think is that the cars of today ought to somehow look like they’re all 1967 Pontiacs or 1955 Nashes. In truth, I don’t even know whether they made the Nash in 1955. Doesn’t matter. This isn’t about fact. Story by Brian Kennedy. Pictures by Gabriela Moya.

TO HELL AND BACK
in the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

AUTO REVIEW—Unless you are in the business of turning left corners in the venues named Talladega, and Daytona there is no reason to covet a 707-horsepower, 4,570-pound-feet, four-door sedan. And yet, here it is – Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The most powerful animal of its kind on the market, a car in such demand that its manufacturer at one point had to stop taking orders so that the production could catch up with the existing contracts. Harvey Schwartz reports.

THE DEPARTMENT OF SO CAL TRADITIONS
Thanksgiving Night Grand Prix for Midget Cars

Since 1934, with a just couple of years out for the war, and a couple more for the lack of a venue, a very special annual motorsports event has been held here in southern California on, of all nights, Thanksgiving evening. Our own historian, author, woodworker Harold Osmer tells of us his and his family’s relationship with the event that took its seventy-sixth turn at the wheel last Thursday. Harold’s story is far from typical, but a working part of the fabric of the event nevertheless.

FORD GT
How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans

LA CAR BOOK REVIEW: FORD GT How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans By Preston Lerner Photography by Dave Friedman 225 pages 10” x 12.5” hardcover Illustrations: 77 color, 223 black and white photos Motorbooks, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. ISBN 978-0-7603-4787-4 U.S. $60 Ford’s GT40 is hardly [...]

SO MUCH TO SEE, SO LITTLE TIME
SEMA 2016 Takes Over Las Vegas

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.

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