MOVIE REVIEW—What seems to be America’s (and much of the world’s) favorite Marvel Comic Super Hero returns to the big screen once again. Iron Man 3, the supposed final installment in the trilogy of this blockbuster money maker had a lot to live up to. With Iron Man 1 and 2 both grossing over half a billion dollars, it’s no surprise Marvel decided a third movie is a good idea.
LA CAR REPORT—The LA Car Gallery features the work of Lyle Beckwith, the creative force behind Vinyl Styles of San Carlos, California. Vinyl wrapping (wrapping a car with vinyl) is becoming almost as popular as vinyl rapping (the turntable LP scratching variety). LA Car had an opportunity to have Vinyl Styles wrap the interior of its MINI project car—and to try vinyl wrapping ourselves. We report on the results.
BOOK REVIEW— From the spectacular color shot of the interior of a vintage ‘Vette sprawled across the inside cover and first page, to the final wide screen shot of and invitingly empty late model waiting patiently on the beach for its occupants to return from whatever they’ve been up to off-camera, this new book is fully committed to the lore and legend of the fabled fiberglass-bodied All-American sportscar. Doug Stokes reports.
REVIEW— Back in the 1960s, Carroll Shelby used to boast that the scoops on the side of his GT500 were functional. What he meant was that some air passed through those scoops rather than being completely sealed off. Don’t ask if it made the car faster. Like those early Shelbys, the hood scoop on a new MINI Cooper S passes some air, but does little else. The folks at AEM came to the conclusion that it could be the basis for an effective cold air intake system. LA Car put the AEM system to the test.