THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH-HEELED TOYS

LA CAR REPORT— What happens when you bring Ford Motor Company, the Petersen Automotive Museum, and Jay Leno together for a couple hours? Jay Leno scrambled over the hill from taping the Tonight Show to the spectacular Petersen Museum for the presentation of Ford’s contribution to the permanent alternative fuel exhibit. This wasn’t just any old car, but the electric Ford Focus prototype used for the Green Car Challenge on the Tonight Show. This really is the mark of a momentous turn in transportation. This is history in the making.

NASCAR NOTEPAD: GOING IN CIRCLES A DAUNTING TASK

AUTO REVIEW—Anyone who watches NASCAR on the weekends has probably said to him- or herself, “These guys are crazy, but I think I can do that.” My response to that? Yes, they are. And no, you can’t. But you can get a little bit of the feel of it by taking the stock car driving school offered by LA Racing at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale.

BATTLE HYMN OF THE DETROIT TIGER

LA CAR REPORT—Forget about tiger moms. Look who’s kicking butt in China. For the first time ever, GM sells more cars in the People’s Republic of China than in the United States of America. The year before, China surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest car market. As it turns out, GM’s Chinese connection didn’t happen overnight. Its roots in China go all the way back to the last emperor.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENT

LA CAR REPORT—LA CAR was invited to a royal engagement the other day. No, not Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton. This royal engagement was the unveiling of the all new Bentley Continental GT at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Few cars have been able to impress on nearly every front since the moment the Continental GT hit the street. Well, after nine years, a new one is ready to wow us.

IS YOUR CONVERTIBLE DAMAGING YOUR HEARING?

BACK SEAT DRIVING—Pete Townshend of the Who and LA CAR. Yes, there is a connection. It’s widely known that Townshend has suffered some noise-induced hearing loss over the years. Not so widely known is that Townshend loves four-wheeled vehicles of every variety—everything from Ferraris to the VW microbus pictured here (he particularly likes V-dubs). Alas, you won’t too many convertibles in his driveway. Here’s why…

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