BUGS ALIVE!
Scenes from Hot VWs Drag Day

GALLERY—It happens twice a year. It’s been happening for the past 10 years. Bugs from all over the Southland and beyond converge at the Irwindale Event Center to swap, show, shine and drag race. Volkswagen Beetles, Microbuses, Squarebacks, Fastbacks, Things—all things air-cooled. LA Car’s camera bug arrived with its own four-wheeled critter to soak in the day’s event.

ESCAPE FROM LOS ANGELES
To Rancho Mirage in a Bentley GTC

AUTO REVIEW—Does one really need a reason for the new Bentley Continental GT Convertible? Seriously, just look at this. For the sake of rationalizing a shakedown drive, vacating the traffic and stresses of Los Angeles is as good an excuse as any. The destination on our GPS is set for the grandeur and open roads of the California desert. Even the well-seasoned traveler is hard pressed to find a more rejuvenating getaway than the beckoning desert community of Rancho Mirage.

BATTLE ROYALE AT THE MAVTV 500
What you didn’t see on TV

LA CAR REPORT—There’s no way for TV to convey the enormity and complexity of an event like the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. You can watch, and you’ll enjoy the action, but the angles are so limited, and the storylines so few, that you don’t get a sense of the organized mass confusion that is a race like this. I’m here to help.

BATTLE ROYALE AT THE MAVTV 500
The Outcomes

LA CAR REPORT—“I do understand that for this sport, especially, that’s striving and pushing to come back, to be out there is important. . . . I do feel that some drivers may be better at this, but . . . it’s very important to get this sport the recognition that it deserves.”

BATTLE ROYALE IN FONTANA
IndyCar qualifying at the MAVTV 500

LA CAR REPORT— Hot tracks are slick. It’s an axiom of racing. So consider the anomaly created when an IndyCar, which goes about 217 miles an hour on a long oval like Auto Club Speedway, is properly set up for an early afternoon qualifying session, and then has to race in the evening. The difference in how the cars perform will be significant. Practice in the morning on Friday had yielded the top spot to Will Power, with Tony Kanaan in second. Fifth quick was Helio Castroneves, and Scott Dixon was sixth.

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