AUTO REVIEW—Production cars aren’t made to sit in a garage gathering dust, or travel about as a trailer queen. A car is created for the open road. On a sunny day it’s hard to beat the pure joy of driving with the wind in our hair, and plenty of power underfoot. This year, the So Cal sunshine-to-rain ratio comes in at a staggering 99 to one! Not one to temp fate, we aim the GPS towards Palm Springs, and get behind the wheel of the 2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible for a good, old-fashion road trip!
GALLERY—After flirting with Arizona and Nevada, the Southwest’s biggest celebration of little cars returned to Southern California. It gave birth as the Weird Little Car Show by small car aficionados in Arizona. Today, it’s called the Southwest Unique Little Car Show, and the 34th annual event took place at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona. The SWULCS has grown into a one-and-a-half-day event, with a little car cruise, and a dinner and awards program after the show. Here are 40 scenes from the show.
BACK SEAT DRIVING— Danica Patrick’s Cup career now stretches past 50 races with one top ten to show for itself. Sam Hornish, by contrast, has competed in 99 Nationwide races with 53 top tens, 28 top fives, and two wins. He has nine top-ten Cup finishes, three top fives, and no wins in 131 races. So you tell me whose numbers look better. That’s why it’s tantalizing to compare them when they turn up in the same race, especially when they get there through such different paths—both the success (Hornish) versus little success, and the preparation and resources (Patrick) versus last-minute deal routes.
LA CAR REPORT— Vignettes from the starting grid of the Auto Club 400 in Fontana on Sunday: The time, around 12:06, about ten minutes before the drivers took the green flag. One: Carl Edwards is sitting on pit wall playing with his phone. Perhaps he was Tweeting. Two: Jimmie Johnson is surrounded by fawning admirers, and like the pro he is, he’s standing in the circle, answering their questions, seemingly oblivious to the fact that he’s about to go 208 miles an hour into turn one, two hundred times in a row. Three…
LA CAR REPORT— The next time you’re wishing to become more patient, watch a NASCAR Nationwide Series race. If it’s anything like the TreatMyClot.com 300 on Saturday, you’ll get what you hope for, because you’re going to learn to wait for the good stuff. To be frank, this race was really boring through 130 of 150 scheduled laps.But that was all erased by an amazing last 20. Choose any cliché you want—nail biting, hair raising, goosebump-causing. They’d all be right. Here’s what happened.