LA Car Reports


MECUM, MPG &
Rick Lorenzen’s Price Automobilia collection

LA CAR REPORT—Time travel requires finding worm holes in the space-time continuum, having a thorough understanding of the quantum physics, attaining the ability to move faster than the speed of light, mastering transportation of particles and a plethora of other technical achievements which heretofore have not even been discovered, much less attempted. For those attending the June Motor Press Guild luncheon hosted by Mecum Auctions, the time travel required a short trip down the 710, and entering Rick Lorenzen’s Price Automobilia collection in Dominguez Hills. Words by Zoran Segina. Pictures by Albert Wong.

FLAVOR OF LA: FOOD, CARS, LIBATIONS
Only in L.A. And what could be better? Fine food, great drink and delicious cars at CBS

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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.

FLOGGING IN FONTANA
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.

DOUBLE-BARRELED SHELBY SERPENT SHOW
Super Snake Pickup and Mustang Widebody

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Leave it to the Shelby American people to just keep polishing the name and reputation of their vaunted brand … We were very pleased to be able to attend the press preview that was set up for Motor Press Guild members at the Shelby American facility in Carson, California. -Stokes

WHEN THE SKY SHOOK and THE EARTH TREMBLED
Can-Am Racing 1966-1973

When we talk of powerful beasts with legendary powers these days we’re most likely talking about the latest “swords and sorcerers” offerings in the theaters or on television. The beasts breathe fire, throw great roostertails of smoke and debris with their slightest move, and are fully capable of inflicting irreparable hearing damage on anyone who gets within a hundred meters or so of one of them. They are also wild, crass, finicky, potentially deadly and (if you ever could buy one) certainly expensive. And with that (above) we may have found a way to explain the legendary power and authority of Canadian American Challenge Cup racing and the real meaning of the term “unlimited”.

For our younger readers there was recently a living Can-Am history lesson on the streets of Long Beach when vintage Can-Am cars were unleashed in an “exhibition” race event to the GP that shook windows in Seal Beach and set off car alarms in San Pedro. As you’ll read in Hector Cademartori’s story, it is well nigh impossible to overstate superlatives when remembering the power and prowess of the Can Am cars and the excitement that they generated every time that they took to a racetrack during their too-short “epoch” from 1966 to 1973.

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