LA Car Reports


CARS AS ART
The Paul Walker Porsche 997 Carrera GTS

LA CAR REPORT—Cars As ART senior designer and owner Charles Carlino built this Paul Walker Tribute Car off a donor 2005 997, Carrera GTS white coupe with a 3.8 liter Boxster flat six engine and a Tiptronic six-speed transmission. If you haven’t guessed, Carlino is a Porsche enthusiast and a fan of Mr. Walker and his movie series ‘Fast and Furious’. As Charles tells it, “Mr. Paul Walker was an inspiration to all auto enthusiasts around the world, by way of his starring roles in the movie series.” Harvey Schwartz reports.

THE FANS IN FONTANA
IndyCars, motor homes, and a cold beer

LA CAR REPORT— Two simple questions motivated LA Car to talk to the motor home-dwelling people scattered through the infield between turns one and three at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the 2014 MAVTV 500. One: why, with the heat and the fact that it’s a holiday weekend, are you here? And two: why are you drinking cheap canned beer rather than some kind of decent IPA? The answer to the first proved easier to get than the second.

MAVTV 500 2014
Round by Round

LA CAR REPORT—“The race tonight, starting in the back there, we just slowly picked people off. We’d get people on the out lap and getting good air, but there was a point in the race where I thought I really had to go for it, from about 6th or 7th. I passed Munoz and thought that it was really time to get myself well in the top five. On the restart, I got to lead a lap, and I thought not to go backwards. To win the championship is 15 years of hard work for me.”

MAVTV 500 2014
The Gunslingers

LA CAR REPORT— By the end of qualifying at the 2014 MAVTV 500 in Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, Helio Castroneves had put as much pressure as he could on his championship rival, Will Power, by seizing pole. Power qualified 21st, or, in another manner of speaking, second to last, with only rookie Carlos Huertas behind him.

MAVTV 500 2014
Fontana on a Friday

LA CAR REPORT—Two things were on everyone’s mind Friday afternoon at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana: the grip of the track, which was nil on the hot asphalt with the sun high and the air temps running around 98 degrees, and the dirt which flies around, making it difficult to see and demanding that the drivers wear a large number of visor tear-offs to cope come racetime Saturday night. Some were more willing than others to talk about that, because to some at the MAVTV 500 qualifying runs, it was more than just another story.

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