AUTO REVIEW—In the hands of road masters like Petter Solberg, and late Richard Burns, the Subaru went from a funny-looking four-door to a missile, tearing through the World Rally Championship stages—from parting the darkness through the snow covered Col de Turini above Monte Carlo, to jumping 150 feet at Ouninpohja in the Finnish countryside. The blue Subarus won the championship, becoming a legend in the process. For model year 2015, Subaru is offering a BRZ Series.Blue special edition of just 1,000 units—half in Crystal White Pearl, and another half in WR Blue Pearl.
GALLERY—This is what happens in Vegas every fall season at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, otherwise known as the SEMA Show. What started in 1963 by a handful of hot rod legends now consists of over 6,000 companies in support of a $30 billion a year industry. Today, the SEMA Show takes up a tad over a million square feet, attracts over 3,000 journalists, and has a total attendance north of 100,000 manufacturers, buyers and industry representatives. Editor John Grafman captured the best of the best from this year’s show.
LA REPORT—”Rocket” is an appropriate name for a Mustang with 725 ponies under a carbon-fiber hood. While just shy of being able to leaving earth’s orbit, it should be more than enough for anyone other than an astronaut. The melding of design talent extraordinaire Henrik Fisker, and Beau Bockmann of Galpin Motors (and GAS) is really a dream team in many ways. It also should be noted that both call Southern California their home. So, it just seemed natural to unleashing their offering at the 2014 LA Auto Show.
BOOK REVIEW—And he’s getting old. Neil Young’s new book “Deluxe Special” is subtitled “A Memoir of Life & Cars” and by gosh, it’s just that. In some 380 pages, the author reels off a cavalcade of cars he’s owned, driven, wrecked, abandoned, restored, garaged, burned to the ground, or otherwise had a direct association over his last 50+ years—from his first car in Canada and on through every odd-rod that he ever fell heels over head in love with. Along the way, the reader will note that Young’s personal and professional life intertwine with his machines.
GALLERY—Compared to years past, the world debut offerings at this year’s LA Auto Show seemed to be a tad light. In all other respects, however, the show was bigger than ever. For the second year in a row, the press preview was three days, rather than the two days of yesteryear. The number of press conferences were a record high, as were the ride and drive opportunities. The displays were as dazzling as ever. And from the standpoint of the car-buying public, nothing else in the region comes close. Here are the scenes from the best the show offered.