HOT WIRE—Ever wonder which cars do best to avoid the junkyard? Conversely, which ones go on to die an early death? And just where do they go to die? More specifically, which make and models hit the proverbial road prematurely—and which are able to go on and on? According to Plant Junk Car’s database of 33,000 junked vehicles, the least junked car in America is the 1966 Plymouth Belvedere.
AUTO REVIEW— Unless one is engaged in earth excavation business or commercial cargo hauling, there is really no need to have a vehicle with a five-liter engine and 624 horsepower. This is especially true in California, where the maximum speed limit is set at 70, even in the remotest desert areas. But try to tell that to a car aficionado who is staring at the dashboard of the 2013 Shelby GT350.
LA CAR REPORT — The Firestone Indy Lights, the development series which provides that final ladder on the way to the IndyCar series in open wheel racing, is on shaky ground. What else could you conclude seeing the entry list for Long Beach, which had ten cars on it as of Sunday morning? Editor-at-Large Brian Kennedy reports from the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
LA CAR REPORT— It’s hard to know how to rate the last race of the weekend at Long Beach every year. For some, it’s an excuse to sit for an hour more, listen to a final roar along the shore, and allow the traffic leaving the city to thin. For others, the hardcore racing fans, it’s one more chance to watch good competition. The Pirelli World Challenge at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was that and more. Brian Kennedy reports.