LA Car Reports


SO MUCH TO SEE, SO LITTLE TIME
SEMA 2016 Takes Over Las Vegas

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 DYNO HEARD ROUND THE WORLD
Ford’s legendary 1966 victory at Le Mans and one man’s critical role in that win

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.

GRC STICKS THE LANDING
BFGoodrich brings LA Car out to the GRC Finals

LA CAR REPORT— What do you get when you drop the shells of today’s sport-compact cars onto purpose-built rally cars pushing 600hp, invite a bunch of ridiculously talented drivers from around the world to pilot them, and make them all mix it up on a course that includes a drag race at the standing start, a dirt x asphalt combo platter, and some airborne door-to-door action? It’s Red Bull’s Global Rallycross (GRC), the sport that has since evolved into a full-fledged race series featuring two classes: Supercar and GRC Lites. Glenn Oyoung reports.

NOT JUST BIG IN JAPAN
12th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show

LA CAR REPORT—“I look forward to the Japanese Classic Car Show every year. The quality of the cars, the inclusive vibe, and the postcard-like backdrop of the Long Beach shoreline and the iconic Queen Mary make JCCS a unique gem of a local car show. That’s saying something in SoCal, the land where neither cars nor coffee need to hibernate for the winter.” Story by Glenn Oyoung. Pictures by Glenn Oyoung and Albert Wong.

PONIES AT THE PIKE
The state of the Mustang hobby on display

LA CAR REPORT—The Long Beach Mustang show, held on the lawn near the Queen Mary for years, now finds itself at the Pike, an area next to the seaside still in sight of the grand old ship in downtown Long Beach. The lawns were full on Sunday, September 25th, with hundreds of Mustangs lining up side-by-side up the hill and around the corner from the Long Beach Aquarium for the event now known as Ponies at the Pike. Story by Brian Kennedy. Pictures by Gabriela Moya.

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