BOOK REVIEW—John Morton has written a most personal memoir that centers on his years working for the redoubtable Carroll Shelby. And that’s what makes this memoir so interesting and believable. This is a story of a young guy from Waukegan who (like many of us) wanted to be a racing driver more than anything, and who (unlike most of us) went on to do just that in spite of all the obstacles that were in the way. Morton’s path revolves around Shelby, the man, the cars, and the people. This guy was there, an insider at the Cobra factory, very close to the beginning.
AUTO REVIEW— As the reveal and drive of the new Rolls-Royce Wraith (a Scottish ghost, we are told) approaches, the anticipation slowly heats to a rolling boil. Perhaps flying roughly 700 miles round-trip from Los Angeles to Phoenix, Arizona strictly to undertake a mere 70 miles of seat time in the Rolls sounds screwball, but who in their right mind wouldn’t want to delve into the newest product from the ultra-premium motorcar company?
GALLERY—In “Then Came Bronson”, the driver told biker Bronson, “man, I wish I was you.” Bronson offered words of comfort in reply: “Hang in there.” At the Long Beach Convention Center, bikers and drivers from all over convene to hang at the biggest two-wheeled show in town. The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows makes its third stop in a nationwide tour into the Long Beach Convention Center. Here are some scenes from the press preview by LA Car biker Robert M. Shoji.
AUTO REVIEW—Back in 1986, Honda was the first of the Japanese automakers to venture into the luxury market with the Acura Legend. Thereafter, Toyota and Nissan followed in Honda’s footsteps with the Lexus and Infiniti brands, respectively. The Legend went out to pasture when Honda decided it wanted people to focus on the Acura name. Accordingly, the Legend became the RL. After being overshadowed by Lexus and Infiniti, Acura decided earlier this year that the RL needed the X Factor. We test the 2014 Acura RLX.
GALLERY—On December 5, 2013, the long-awaited 2015 Ford Mustang was officially revealed in multiple cities throughout the country. Locally, Ford unveiled the car in Hollywood and in Venice Beach. In the latter venue, Mustang club members flocked to the site with their 20th and 21st century pony cars. LA Car staffers joined the club members and Venice Beach goers, as cameras clicked away at the gleaming new red sports car.