AUTO REVIEW—Unless you are in the business of turning left corners in the venues named Talladega, and Daytona there is no reason to covet a 707-horsepower, 4,570-pound-feet, four-door sedan. And yet, here it is – Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The most powerful animal of its kind on the market, a car in such demand that its manufacturer at one point had to stop taking orders so that the production could catch up with the existing contracts. Harvey Schwartz reports.
Since 1934, with a just couple of years out for the war, and a couple more for the lack of a venue, a very special annual motorsports event has been held here in southern California on, of all nights, Thanksgiving evening. Our own historian, author, woodworker Harold Osmer tells of us his and his family’s relationship with the event that took its seventy-sixth turn at the wheel last Thursday. Harold’s story is far from typical, but a working part of the fabric of the event nevertheless.
LA CAR BOOK REVIEW: FORD GT How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans By Preston Lerner Photography by Dave Friedman 225 pages 10” x 12.5” hardcover Illustrations: 77 color, 223 black and white photos Motorbooks, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. ISBN 978-0-7603-4787-4 U.S. $60 UPDATE: On December 13, [...]
Even for jaded industry old-timers, SEMA is always a somewhat stunning smorgasbord of dazzling show cars and trucks, shiny new products, and throngs of car-loving humanity. To cap it off, it’s set with the backdrop of Vega’s buffet of various and sundry temptations including $4.99 prime rib and nightly industry parties. Glenn Oyoung reports.
The Le Mans event might as well have been a showdown where Enzo Ferrari had flexed his autonomy to Henry Ford in a proposed business deal, and they ended up settling their differences in a street race. It could have been compared to the idea of the two wrestling their machines next to each other on the famed Mulsanne straight for that 24 hours. Yet, with the multi-million dollar investments each made, they looked to the best race teams they could assemble. Egos were primary; money secondary. Guest author Steve Ford tells the story behind the story of Ford’s legendary 1966 victory at Le Mans and one man’s critical role in that win.