AUTO REVIEW—Believe it or not, it’s the 20th anniversary of the compact crossover. Although it didn’t make it to the States until 1995, the RAV4 became the first compact crossover SUV when it was introduced in Japan and Europe in 1994. With the RAV4 now into its fourth generation, what better way to celebrate the anniversary than to take this automotive pioneer onto one of the original highways of the U.S. Highway System—the Mother Road itself: Historic Route 66.
LA CAR REPORT— Drivers have contested the streets of Long Beach for forty years now. Names made famous by the place include Al Unser Jr., a special guest at the track on Sunday, and Mario Andretti, also in attendance as part of his son’s team and driving one of the series’ demo cars. But it was some fresh faces who made the history this year at the 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
LA CAR REPORT— The buildup to an IndyCar race can mean as much as the race itself, maybe more. That’s because you can’t really hold a weekend extravaganza which is comprised exclusively of one two-hour event. For that reason, the Long Beach weekend, like any other of its type, crowds in a number of other feature events to keep the fans entertained. For the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, that means drifting, a truck race, sports car racing, and various celebrity appearances.
LA CAR REPORT—If you’re a real fan of racing, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is a spectacular venue. If it’s no more fantastic than St. Petersburg, FL, was a couple of weeks ago on TV, no matter. The point is to experience it for yourself. And if you do, then in a few weeks hence, when these same Indycars are racing first the streets of their namesake town, Indianapolis, and then the famous Speedway, you can confidently say, “I saw it for myself in Long Beach.” Brian Kennedy reports
AUTO REVIEW—With all due respect to Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and the Larry Ericson-designed “Cadzzilla” of Boyd Coddington fame, Cadillac has executed its own version of a fire-breathing hot rod. It’s called the CTS Vsport Twin-Turbo, and it’s eager to eat its competition from Japan and Germany. Harold Osmer reports.