LA CAR REPORT—Clay Dean, Design Director for Global Advance Design for General Motors, is fired up on GM design, as he should be. Having seen the ups and downs at GM, including the rise and fall of Hummer, Clay is looking to the future of Cadillac with the Elmiraj concept, and what it takes to have Large American Luxury. LA Car Editor John Grafman sat down with Clay Dean and reports.
LA CAR REPORT—“During bankruptcy, there was so much that was written that was negative about GM. Just mean and dark and vicious—all day, every day. It pissed off some of our designers. I think the team dug down deep during that very dark period and ended-up doing their absolute best work,” explained Ed Welburn, only the sixth person to serve as design leader in General Motors history. LA Car’s Sean Spear sat down with Welburn at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
LA CAR REPORT—For the first time, the LA Auto Show’s press days went from two to three days. The new day was to make way for “Connected Car Expo”—a day devoted to bringing automotive and technology professionals together to foster relationship-building in the connected car industry. A lot of key players were there. Editor-at-large Zoran Segina reports.
REVIEW—In 1996, a master’s thesis arrived at Perris Auto Speedway. Doug Stokes opened it, and inside he found a document that unfolded the story of the relationship between land and motorsports in the southland. The author, Harold Osmer, went on to published the book he called “Where They Raced.” Producer Harry Pallenberg made the award-winning book into a documentary. That documentary has now arrived, and there are celebrations all over town. LA Car editor-at-large Doug Stokes reviews the documentary.
LA CAR REPORT—The Championship Round of Formula Drift is filled with smoking tires, crashes, and epic duals, round after drifting round. The energy is intoxicating, the excitement levels are high, and the venue sold out. This is why you need to be there. Whether you love the smell of burning rubber, the excitement of competition, fast cars, beautiful women, or tuner parts, there is something for everyone.