GALLERY—The good people that bring you the Japanese Classic Car Show every year have pulled another rabbit out of the hat: The inaugural Street Neo-Classics. A show that showcases the class of cars from the 1980s and 1990s—the era when Japanese cars came into their own. The first Acura. The first Lexus. The first Infiniti. The 300ZX. The Miata. The Toyota AE86. Co-hosting the event and serving as its venue was the Toyota USA National Headquarters in Torrance, California. Robert Shoji was there to capture the event in stills and in motion.
AUTO REVIEW—Can perfection go too far? Yes, we’ve seen it before when awesome cars are “refined” to the point that all the characteristics we loved, wrinkles and all, get ironed out. Is Lexus flying a bit close to the danger-zone? The Lexus GS over the years has been a favorite, with the right size, easy to use technology, power when optioned appropriately, and it’s even easy on the eyes. The latest Lexus GS Crafted Line doesn’t fall far from the Toyota tree.
AUTO SHOW—Through October 18, 2015, it’s the Orange County International Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. Presented by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC, the show organizers promise more than 500 new vehicles from 34 manufacturers, over 100 vehicles to test drive, an Exotic Gallery, concept vehicles, crossovers, sports cars, and alternative fuel vehicles galore.
AUTO REVIEW—It has the room of an Audi A3 sedan, it’s turbocharged, has an EPA rating of 40 miles per gallon on the highway, and can be had for a tad over $18,000. With an all new 1.0 EcoBoost motor, it’s Ford’s version of Mighty Mouse on wheels. It’s the new Focus SE, and it’s a looker—wearing the Aston Martin-esque face of the newest Fusion. Senior Contributing Editor Harvey Schwartz reports.