Jeep sets out to make the ultimate SUV

AUTO REVIEW— With so many full-size, high-performance sport utility vehicles on the market and to keep consumers coming back to the fabled brand, Jeep introduces for model year 2013 a new, exclusive Special Edition Bright White ‘Alpine’ Grand Cherokee SRT8. It is loaded to the gills and Jeep set out to make it the ultimate performance SUV.

The book becomes a motion picture

LA CAR REPORT—One day in 1996, a master’s thesis was mailed to the media dept at Perris Auto Speedway. Doug Stokes opened it, and inside he found a wonderful document that unfolded the story of the relationship between land and motorsports in the southland. The author, Harold Osmer, went on to published the book that he called “Where They Raced.” After serving as the historical advisor on a segment of Huell Howser’s “California’s Gold” on the races at Grand Avenue in Corona, producer Harry Pallenberg decided he wanted to make the book into a documentary. That documentary has now arrived.

A new Bentley Continental Flying Spur

AUTO REVIEW—When Bentley revived the Continental Flying Spur back in 2006, it raised the bar on luxury sedans. With its 600 horsepower W12 motor, this 5580 luxury car went from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. Its roofline was rather peculiar, but the overall profile was slippery enough to propel the land yacht to a top speed of 200 miles per hour. For 2014, Bentley raises the bar again.

Chevrolet revives the SS for 2014

HOT WIRE—With 415 horses and rear-wheel drive, the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan marks the return of the SS. The car made its debut at Daytona International Speedway during the Daytona 500 processions. We can thank GM’s Holden VF Commodore from Down Under for supplying the DNA for the new SS.

KPFK’s The Car Show

HOT WIRE—February of 1973 spawned KPFK’s “The Car Show”, which became the longest-running automotive show on the airwaves. On Saturday, February 16th, the show celebrated its 40th year on the air. Current Car Show hosts Art Gould and Dave Kunz reflect back on the John Retsek-Jack Kirkpatrick era, the John Retsek-Len Frank years, and then the John Retsek-Art Gould years. You can still stream the show.

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