FLAVOR OF LA: FOOD, CARS, LIBATIONS
Only in L.A. And what could be better? Fine food, great drink and delicious cars at CBS

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Honestly, what could be better (and more “LA Car”) than hanging around a big old Hollywood (okay, Studio City, which is adjacent to Hollywood) backlot (where they shot “The Wild Wild West”!) looking at all kinds of crazy, classic, and otherwise v. cool cars, telling tales of automotive derring-do to any and all, and being begged to sample savory food strong drink from a whole bunch of LA’s best dining establishments? Our tall, lanky guest reporter, and man of a thousand projects, Dave Wolin gives us a look and a taste.

AUTOFEST 2017
LA’s own automotive festivus for the rest of us, Sunday, June 25th

EVENT—Originally called the “Literature Faire”, AutoFest2017 carries on a decades-old annual LA tradition that mixes an amazing array of automotive memorabilia into one magic morning in June when memories are stirred, old friends meet, treasures are found, and automobiles in all their variations are celebrated, (and where some of us find copies of the Road & Track magazines that our Moms threw out when we were in college). Like Brigadoon, (or more “LA” perhaps a LudoBites pop-up), AutoFest is real for only one day of the year. Editor Stokes invites LA Car readers to an event that they’ll doubtless feel very comfortable attending.

A VIEW FROM THE SKYBOX
Or how creating the 20th anniversary poster landed me a pass to the best seat in the house

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Motorsports artist Hector Cademartori has been commissioned by Auto Club Speedway to design and paint many of the official NASCAR and IndyCar event posters and other projects for some 15 years now… This time his work led to a seat in the ACS President’s Suite for the race.

AUTO CLUB 400
Effort and Espionage

EVENT— Stuff they don’t report on when you watch a NASCAR race. That’s the topic here, because when you see the races on TV, believe me, you get only about seven percent (a stat I made up) of the real story. Here are two lines that could have been played out much more in the coverage, and they both involve bodywork. Story by Brian Kennedy.

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NASCAR Sunday

EVENT— The stands were more full than last year. The stars were more plentiful than in the past. NASCAR seemed to be back this year at Fontana. Stage racing, which has been the topic of discussion for fans since the year began (and for LA Car via my story on Saturday’s XFINITY race) sapped some of that. But the race at Auto Club Speedway was still well worth the effort. Here are the storylines. Story by Brian Kennedy; pictures by Gabriela Moya.

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