ONCE A CLASSIC, ALWAYS A CLASSIC
2017 Monrovia Auto Show – Where the Classics and the Hot Rods Come to Show-Off

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AUTO EVENTS – Fortunately, there are also a few cars that show up to each show that you know were special when they were first built, were treated as such throughout their lives, and sometimes have been lovingly reborn through the restoration process. Such was the Best-In-Show winner at this years Monrovia Car Show.

A (VERY) FAST FRIENDSHIP

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More a wonderful extended diary than a hardcore racing book, this one is all about the sort of kinship that motorsports once enjoyed. A movie actor picked to play a part in a film about racing simply because he looked like a racing driver to the producer, who comes under the spell of motor racing. Some forty-five years after the film debuted, Siegfried Rauch, the dashing, recruiting-poster handsome-Teutonic actor, (here with the help of writer Hans Hamer) relates a string of personal stories that seem to have happened only weeks ago… hang on while Doug Stokes takes us on a fast lap of Le Sarthe.

THE FAST AND THE CURIOUS
An Open Letter to the Industry

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BACK SEAT DRIVING—The ad that stunned us was a Mercedes-Benz commercial which shows a number of growling drag racing vehicles pulling up to race against a new model Mercedes. The machines line up curb-to-curb on what looks like a city street, a pedestrian runs across the screen, a bleeped sobriquet is uttered by the unseen announcer, traffic light goes green… Editor Stokes asks why car manufacturers seem to need to pimp their products by showing them street racing.

A MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL
Scenes from the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

GALLERY—People flock to the scenic Monterey Peninsula from all over the world to see some of the most historically prominent automobiles in the world gathered for Monterey Classic Car Week. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the only event during the week where vintage race cars do what they were originally designed to do – race! LA Car’s Albert Wong was there to visually capture this automotive Monterey pop festival in all its glory.

GOING PLATINUM
2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD

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AUTO REVIEW – People buy Cadillacs in full expectation of owning a well-crafted American made luxury vehicle. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 does not disappoint and fulfills the firm’s mid-sized crossover SUV niche quite nicely. XT5 represents Cadillac’s Crossover Touring series of vehicles, replacing previous versions under the SRX banner. This particular market segment is historically the company’s largest seller. Whichever alphabet-soup naming scheme is employed, Cadillac has done a fine job in producing the XT5.

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