Membership has its Privileges
Don Murray’s Private Collection

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EVENTS-— They say membership has its privileges. In this case, the select few who are “Checkered Flag” members of the Petersen Automotive Museum were treated to a private tour of Don Murray’s fabulous collection.

NOVEMBER SONG
The Bothwell Collection Auction

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LA CAR REPORT—Lindley and Ann Bothwell’s extraordinary collection of classic trains, cars, and motoring memorabilia was auctioned off on at the working orange grove in the San Fernando Valley in early November. Harold Osmer was there to catch some of the vibe of these amazing cars and other items that went on the block. This sort of event is where value has a closed door meeting with with one’s heart—there were some wonderful cars and other items up for action. Let’s see if Harold scratched himself and laid down a half-million dollar bid a Miller, or waved across the room at a friend and bought himself an actual life-sized railroad train.

THE BEST OF FRANCE AND ITALY CAR SHOW
and only in L.A.!

LA CAR REPORT—Even the veiled threat of early fall showers a week or two ago couldn’t prevent the cognoscenti and other assorted francophones and italophiles from attending this year’s edition of The Best of France and Italy Car Show. Our staffer who once owned a Ferrari, Dave Wolin, takes us for a stroll at the annual gathering of the faithful in (freeway close) Woodley Park.

Red Bull Gives Cars Wings Too
Red Bull GRC Port of L.A. Round

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RACING-This year fan favorite Tanner Foust took home the win for the round and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate Scott Speed came in second. In doing so, Speed took the Supercar driver’s championship and Volkswagen locked up the manufacturer’s championship. On the GRC Lites* side, DirtFish Motorsports’ Conner Martell battled it out for the win while Frenchman Cyril Raymond piloted the OLSBERGS MSE X FORCES car to the championship.

MAJOR AND MINOR SCALES
illest x Hot Wheels VW Panel Bus Launch

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AUTO REVIEW— This special event took place at Hot Wheels HQ in El Segundo, CA.  The event promoted the newly released Fatlace VW Panel Bus Die Cast; modeled after the life size bus of Mark Arcenal, founder/creative director (Fatlace) illest Brand.  The online pre-sale of the model sold out quickly as collectors eagerly bought up the limited edition casting. Kenneth Chiu reports.

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