LA CAR REPORT—There’s a technology battle going on in the electrification of automobiles, and it’s between battery electric cars (BEVs) and electric cars with fuel cells (FCEVs). Earlier this month, Hyundai threw down the gauntlet when it delivered the first mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicle to Timothy Bush at a dealership in Tustin, California. For $2,999 down and $499 a month, you can have the 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell—and Hyundai will throw in unlimited fuel and home-office car pick-up and delivery service.
BOOK REVIEW—This is a remarkably thorough and well-researched book that’s centered on a single very dark day in American racing history. It’s a subject that could have easily been sensationalized even now some 50 years downstream. It has all the players, all the motives, all the hopes and the fears, all of the elements right in hand for a lurid retelling of the day that they stopped the Indy 500 race. Instead, first time author Art Garner faithfully unfolds a measured, detailed retracing of the events leading up to May 30, 1964 and the things that followed that awful day.
BOOK REVIEW—One of the most densely-packed, frenetically-paced books of technical tidbits, first-person stories, rumors, theories, scenes, secrets, scenarios, dreams, drama, and odd-ball racing vignettes ever. Not-so-subtly-subtitled: “Tales from the endless search for speed”, the dual authors of this hefty volume are just unrelenting in piling on layer after layer after layer of information about the people and the pieces of the world automobile (and motorcycle) racing. Technical history on the half-shell, this book jumps “on the cam” from page one and rides the rev-limiter until the very last page.
LA CAR REPORT—Celebrating Beverly Hills’ centennial, “100 Years of Horse Power” is the theme for the 2014 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance. A free-to-the-public event each year on Father’s Day, the featured automotive marque for this year’s Concours is Maserati. Editor-at-Large Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry was on hand to capture the moment on camera and keyboard.
AUTO REVIEW— Did you know that 2014 marks the 10-year anniversary for the first model year Cayenne sold in America? Initial production started earlier, but 2004 was the first model year sold in the USA. Purists hated the Cayenne when it came out, but its reason for being was always to make enough money for the company so that it can continue to sell the sports cars. 10 years later, the Cayenne represents almost half of all Porsche sales. Harvey Schwartz reports on the latest version of the car that keeps Porsche sports cars coming—the 2014 Cayenne S.