50 shades of the Woodward Dream Cruise

GALLERY— Woodward Avenue was long known as the center of street racing in Detroit. In 1994, the city mayor and a local plumber came up with the idea of a Dream Cruise. Today, the Dream Cruise is the largest single day car event in the world, attracting 40,000 cars and 1.5 million people. Detroit-born and bred Mark Dapoz was there to record the event on his digital black box. We present 50 shades of Mark’s views of this boulevard of unbroken dream.

“The death of the internal combustion engine”

BACK SEAT DRIVING—The lead story in The Economist magazine says the internal combustion engine (ICE) had a good run and soon will be supplanted by electric vehicles (EVs). The article cites info and data that favor electric, including the rapidly falling cost of batteries, low cost of ownership, and environmental and health benefits. Many auto industry pundits, including members of the LA Car staff, scoff at the imminent demise of the ICE. But the facts are compelling. Chuck Dapoz comments.

Lexus GS 450h
Mid-Sized Sports Sedan, Oversized Luxury

Lexus GS 450h grille

AUTO REVIEW – Yours truly is headed up to Sacramento to serve as keynote speaker for a national driver safety conference. Obviously, the easy thing to do would be to hop a flight out of L.A. or Burbank and arrive in about an hour. However, my sense of adventure has gotten the better of me. I’m currently road testing a shiny new hybrid so, instead of taking to the sky, I’m hitting the road in a handsome 2017 Lexus GS450h.

GMC Sierra 2500 HD 4WD Crew Cab SLT with the All-Terrain X package

AUTO REVIEW—I walked out and there it was. OMG, it was like the sun was shining only on the truck, you know like you see in the movies where the ray of bright sunshine is streaming down on earth from heaven. Yeah, it was like that. My favorite color is black until a darker color comes along, and guess what? The GMC was black, with black wheels, black interior, black bumper, and even black tires ☺. I was wearing a black t-shirt and black jeans with black socks and I have black hair. I was one with the truck! Tom Gomez reviews the GMC Sierra 2500 HD 4WD Crew Cab with the All-Terrain X package.

Pioneer. Leader. Father. Champion.

“I’m thinking that this film was more than simply a nostalgic tribute to a young racing driver who started a race car company and all about character, teamwork, respect, and deep friendship. Without that, motor racing is just a bunch of cars making a lot of noise going around in circles and ending up back at the same place an hour or so later (if they’re lucky).” Our editor reviews a racing film that’s about much more than cars.

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