Other Reviews


THE DEPARTMENT OF SO CAL TRADITIONS
Thanksgiving Night Grand Prix for Midget Cars

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.

RACING THROUGH THE FOREST
Road Racing on the 17-Mile Drive

Dave Wolin tells about this fast-paced documentary, produced by one of the “K’s”, Rick Knoop and directed by the other “K”, Dean Kirkland, accurately portrays one of the iconic events of the early days of California motor racing, the legendary Pebble Beach Road races..

THINK FAST
The Racer’s Why-To Guide to Winning

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.

FEAR THE ROLLING DEAD
DreamWave Survivor car battery starter, Bluetooth speaker and LED flashlight

REVIEW—You say your neighborhood looks like a scene straight out of “The Walking Dead”? Moreover, you drive around in a beater with a questionable battery life? And so do your neighbors? We’ve got just the product for you. Zombie fighter Bill Wright reports.

SPECTRE
The Movie Review

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.

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