LA CAR REPORT—Celebrating Beverly Hills’ centennial, “100 Years of Horse Power” is the theme for the 2014 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance. A free-to-the-public event each year on Father’s Day, the featured automotive marque for this year’s Concours is Maserati. Editor-at-Large Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry was on hand to capture the moment on camera and keyboard.
GALLERY— While our hometown may have felt a little letdown by a certain horse in a race in New York the day before, a different type of ‘California chrome’ shined brightly this past Sunday at the San Marino Motor Classic. LA Car was on hand to once again document this impressive showcase for Brass Era, Depression Era, and Post War collectible cars. Lacy Park in San Marino, California served as the grassy stage for approximately 270 classic and modern cars, with a viewing audience of nearly 5,000 spectators.
BOOK REVIEW— Sometimes, you CAN tell a book by its cover. In this case, you can judge its quality by just looking at the spine. This book, very accurately entitled Top Muscle, has its one-two punch spelled out on the cover—writer Darwin Holmstrom and photographer Randy Leffingwell. Between them, they bring some of the very coolest of the cool cars from the classic era of big American muscle to life. As with many of the best from Motorbooks, the visuals simply explode.
GALLERY— Some things seem to go together. When I say cars, the first thing that pops into your mind probably isn’t coffee, but cars and coffee do pair quite nicely when you attend a car show at 8 am on a cool, overcast morning. A decent crowd has turned out in a perimeter parking lot at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for an event called Morning Octane which, according to organizers, is designed to be “a morning of supercars, friends and coffee.” Reed Berry reports.
AUTO SHOW— While the general public may know Mr. Shelby as the crafter of fast cars, the attendees at the Second Annual Carroll Shelby Tribute & Car Show were also able to learn about the philanthropic exploits of the man as well. Both parts of Mr. Shelby’s legacy were celebrated at the event, which took place at the future home of the Carroll Shelby Automotive Museum in Gardena, California.