On Danny Thompson’s record-breaking run

BACK SEAT DRIVING—I remember Mickey talking about Challenger II, but I never saw it in person. When I worked as the PR guy for his Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group, the car was in storage somewhere “down the hill” from our offices that were located in the lower level of the Bradbury home (often referred to as “estate” in the media) that he shared with his wife Trudy. This magnificent missile sat for decades before Mickey’s only son, Danny reanimated his dad’s dream and set a new speed record with the car. Bravo! – Doug Stokes

Rolling down the barriers to the world

BACK SEAT DRIVING—Windows are barriers to the outside world. With so many drivers so focused on their own driving and their own destination, roads can be unsafe. Using medians, bike lanes and even the other side of the road to get to the next light faster is becoming too common. Mirinda Osmer grew up with the windows down, and that helps to remember that there’s more to this world than her destination.

Subaru’s Outback is a car for all reasons

AUTO REVIEW— The new Subaru Outback SUV 3.6 liter Premium is the largest and roomiest of Subaru sport utilities. This year, it’s upgraded with better ride and handling plus more safety and an infotainment system that bring it to the forefront of car technology. Updates include SUBARU STARLINK safety and security features with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology with Lane Keep Assist; retuned suspension dampers providing a smoother ride keeping the new Outback ahead of the competition. Harvey Schwartz reports.

The turbocharged Lexus RC 200t

AUTO REVIEW—No, the title of this review isn’t a misprint. Our Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry is driving a car that is stylish and original while, at the same time, maintains a perfect balance between fairly impressive performance and very respectable fuel economy. Sleek, sporty and fun to drive, the turbocharged Lexus RC 200t puts a smile on Reed’s face on a weekend road trip to sunny Las Vegas.

Beyond the SEMA Show

LA CAR REPORT—Our newest LA Car Editor-at-Large, Glenn Oyoung, gives us his insider’s impression of SEMA’s recent open house in Diamond Bar, California. Even though it was an industry event and not open to the public, Glenn seems to have really gotten the vibe about SEMA and its work to promote and protect the car hobby for everyone.

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