STROKER – The Artistic Works of Tom Medley

Stroker McGurk, the cartoon character who drag raced through the pages of Hot Rod Magazine beginning in issue #2 in 1948, is the speed-crazed, wise-cracking namesake of this amazing and beautiful archive of the drawings of his creator (and who most think was his alter-ego) Tom Medley. Medley’s talent with pen, paper, paintbrush, camera and his kind and enthusiastic editorial work made a significant and lasting contribution to the success of Hot Rod Magazine and the movement in general … Here’s some of the best of his work, his legacy.

with Jay Ward and Ray Everham – a couple of the gear heads behind the movie

BEST OF LA CAR—Senior Editor John Grafman wears another hat as the founder and executive director of the Automotive Design Organization, also known as AutoDesignO. Wearing the latter hat, John scored an interview with two of the people responsible for bringing Cars 3 to the silver screen: Jay Ward, Creative Director for the Cars franchise, and Ray Everham, one of the consultants on Cars 3.

Only in L.A. And what could be better? Fine food, great drink and delicious cars at CBS

Honestly, what could be better (and more “LA Car”) than hanging around a big old Hollywood (okay, Studio City, which is adjacent to Hollywood) backlot (where they shot “The Wild Wild West”!) looking at all kinds of crazy, classic, and otherwise v. cool cars, telling tales of automotive derring-do to any and all, and being begged to sample savory food strong drink from a whole bunch of LA’s best dining establishments? Our tall, lanky guest reporter, and man of a thousand projects, Dave Wolin gives us a look and a taste.

Finding Chevy’s Find New Roads

LA CAR REPORT—Chevrolet chose Auto Club Speedway in Fontana to showcase its wears to the automotive press. LA Car chose ace videographer Robert Shoji to flog the fast cars, trucks and green machines at The Speedway—including the Camaro ZL1, Bolt EV, all-new Equinox, Silverado HD, Colorado ZR2 and the Corvette Grand Sport.

LA’s own automotive festivus for the rest of us, Sunday, June 25th

EVENT—Originally called the “Literature Faire”, AutoFest2017 carries on a decades-old annual LA tradition that mixes an amazing array of automotive memorabilia into one magic morning in June when memories are stirred, old friends meet, treasures are found, and automobiles in all their variations are celebrated, (and where some of us find copies of the Road & Track magazines that our Moms threw out when we were in college). Like Brigadoon, (or more “LA” perhaps a LudoBites pop-up), AutoFest is real for only one day of the year. Editor Stokes invites LA Car readers to an event that they’ll doubtless feel very comfortable attending.

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