AUTO SHOW—As the first major auto show of the model year in North America, the Los Angeles Auto Show is like the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries of the show circuit. The New York show has the largest attendance, Chicago has the most square footage, and Detroit the most debuts, but the LA Auto Show lays claim as the pacesetter—the show that rides the crest of the new model year wave. It’s a distinction it acquired when it moved the show from January to November. The show takes place on November 20-29, 2015, but all eyes are on the press and trade days on November 17-19th.
GALLERY—The good people that bring you the Japanese Classic Car Show every year have pulled another rabbit out of the hat: The inaugural Street Neo-Classics. A show that showcases the class of cars from the 1980s and 1990s—the era when Japanese cars came into their own. The first Acura. The first Lexus. The first Infiniti. The 300ZX. The Miata. The Toyota AE86. Co-hosting the event and serving as its venue was the Toyota USA National Headquarters in Torrance, California. Robert Shoji was there to capture the event in stills and in motion.
AUTO SHOW—Through October 18, 2015, it’s the Orange County International Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. Presented by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC, the show organizers promise more than 500 new vehicles from 34 manufacturers, over 100 vehicles to test drive, an Exotic Gallery, concept vehicles, crossovers, sports cars, and alternative fuel vehicles galore.
LA CAR REPORT—The Long Beach waterfront was the perfect setting to pay homage to cars, trucks and motorcycles from the Land of the Rising Sun. Whether you’re interested in first-wave classics, recent vintage modifieds, or next-wave tuners, there’s a little something for everyone. In addition to a wide range of vendors, most of the major Japanese auto manufacturers also brought both their museum classics and their latest models soon to hit the streets. Sean Spear was on-hand to collect some pictures and stories from the day.
LA CAR REPORT—As LA Car wrote about in Every Street Rod Tells A Story, seven friends got together on Father’s Day 1984 and formed a club centered on their common love of Street Rods. The club, Street Rods Forever, went on to found and operate the annual Monrovia Hot Rod and Custom Car Show, now celebrating its 25th event. Sean Spear reports.