EVENT—It happened eight times before, but for the 9th annual Japanese Classic Car Show, the traffic was heavier, the line to get in longer, the crowd was bigger, and the cars on display more plentiful. What started as an idea in the minds of Koji and Terry Yamaguchi has turned into a major car show of full-fledged proportions. Award categories this year included “farthest driven,” “oldest,” and “motorcycles”—and there were plenty of examples of each.
LA CAR REPORT— The BMX Street competition at the 2013 ESPN X Games might take place on the same course as the street skating, but it’s worlds apart. The bottom line: The faster pace of the bikes on this relatively flat surface feels more exciting. Hitting the ramps the BMX riders are getting higher in the air, and of course the spills are more spectacular as well. These riders give it their all, and show everyone why they are the best in the world.
HOT WIRE—One of the best advertisements for Volvo is not even one that the company pays for. It’s Irv Gordon’s Volvo P1800, which he bought new in 1966, and just passed the three million mile mark. Okay, Volvo probably spends some money to celebrate the continuing occasion. Still, we’re pretty sure it’s second fiddle to the money it spends to have Jeremy Lin serve as Volvo’s spokesperson.
LA CAR REPORT—The Street Skate venue challenges a world-class field of 21 with stair steps, rails, ramps, gaps, benches, ledges, and raised surfaces. Being able to Ollie at will from one surface to the next, it’s as if the laws of gravity don’t apply to these pros. This is what sets these contenders apart, and earns them an invite to the X Games. When this group isn’t leaping tall rails in a single bound, ala’ Superman, they’re grinding them down to specks of metal.