GALLERY—20 years ago, it started as a fundraiser to build a soccer field. Since then, it’s become the world’s largest one-day automotive event. It’s the Woodward Dream Cruise, and it draws 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars. On Woodward Avenue, the dreams continue onward unbroken. The cars and spectators come from all corners of North America and beyond to take part in the cruise down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. This year, even John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s, brought his 1971 Camaro. Our man in Michigan, Mark Dapoz, was there to freeze frame the event.
GALLERY— The 4th Downtown Burbank Car Classic rolled into Downtown Burbank with celebrity vehicles from the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Television Motion Picture Car Club, and custom cars from the World Famous West Coast Customs. In addition, there were restored and pre-1974 cars, exotics, and hot rods spanning four blocks. LA Car was there to capture the event in all the proper megapixels, LUX units and frame rates.
LA CAR REPORT—“Do you want to race or don’t you?” Dale Earnhardt posed that in an interview shortly before he was killed at Daytona in 2001. Ed Carpenter said essentially the same thing in a tweet cited in Tony Kanaan’s press conference in Fontana Saturday afternoon following the MAV TV 500. The tweet went like this: “I love close IndyCar racing. Hate to see drivers bad mouthing a series. If you want to race, race. If not, retire.” The 2015 MAVTV 500 story by Brian Kennedy.
LA CAR REPORT—Celebrating its fifth year in San Marino, this event has matured into a full-fledged convocation for all of those attracted to the classics. Whether you’re interested in the spectacular pre-war vehicles of members of the Classic Car Club of America, notable post-war marquees from all over the world, or even hot rods, there was truly something for everyone. Perennial stalwarts of the event like Ferrari, Cadillac, Mercedes, Lincoln, Porsche and Corvettes were back in full force, but this year featured some less celebrated classes of cars.
LA CAR REPORT— If you’re old enough to remember the stark images of the People’s Republic of China from the days of ping-pong diplomacy, you’ll be forgiven if you don’t recognize the China of today. Beijing, in particular, is undergoing a transformation that is both rapid and dramatic. You’ll see gated communities not unlike those in Irvine, California. And in those gated communities, you’ll see makes like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and Buick. There’s even an occasional Tesla quietly cruising the streets and suburbs of Beijing.