Since 1934, with a just couple of years out for the war, and a couple more for the lack of a venue, a very special annual motorsports event has been held here in southern California on, of all nights, Thanksgiving evening. Our own historian, author, woodworker Harold Osmer tells of us his and his family’s relationship with the event that took its seventy-sixth turn at the wheel last Thursday. Harold’s story is far from typical, but a working part of the fabric of the event nevertheless.
strong>BOOK REVIEW—This is a book about what it really takes to be a successful racing driver in the era of modern technology. A firm right foot and and a disregard for consequences are evidently not not enough anymore. Author Neil Roberts is a racing design engineer and (by all accounts) a pretty damn fair SCCA open wheel racer. Doug Stokes reviews the book.
REVIEW—Bond is back, and in a big way. SPECTRE is the most expensive 007 movie made to date, and possibly the priciest movie of any kind, ever! As the prior Bond effort, Skyfall, did pull in over $1.1 Billion a certain amount of budget latitude for SPECTRE seems appropriate. The good news is, you see virtually each dime spent up on the big screen. As in other episodes of the Bond franchise, tempting global locations beckon us, and special effects are riveting. And, most of SPECTRE has a life-like quality to it. This is high-art.