GALLERY— It’s the largest collection of European cars in North America, housed in a 132,000 square foot facility that once housed the Sunbeam Bakery—one of the largest bakeries in the area. It’s the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to its vast collection, the Lane has an enormous amount of character. Established in 2002 by Jeff Lane, the museum sports an unforgettable collection of Czechoslovakian Tatras, and other examples of the strange and beautiful.
GALLERY—This is what happens in Vegas every fall season at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, otherwise known as the SEMA Show. What started in 1963 by a handful of hot rod legends now consists of over 6,000 companies in support of a $30 billion a year industry. Today, the SEMA Show takes up a tad over a million square feet, attracts over 3,000 journalists, and has a total attendance north of 100,000 manufacturers, buyers and industry representatives. Editor John Grafman captured the best of the best from this year’s show.
LA REPORT—”Rocket” is an appropriate name for a Mustang with 725 ponies under a carbon-fiber hood. While just shy of being able to leaving earth’s orbit, it should be more than enough for anyone other than an astronaut. The melding of design talent extraordinaire Henrik Fisker, and Beau Bockmann of Galpin Motors (and GAS) is really a dream team in many ways. It also should be noted that both call Southern California their home. So, it just seemed natural to unleashing their offering at the 2014 LA Auto Show.
GALLERY—Compared to years past, the world debut offerings at this year’s LA Auto Show seemed to be a tad light. In all other respects, however, the show was bigger than ever. For the second year in a row, the press preview was three days, rather than the two days of yesteryear. The number of press conferences were a record high, as were the ride and drive opportunities. The displays were as dazzling as ever. And from the standpoint of the car-buying public, nothing else in the region comes close. Here are the scenes from the best the show offered.
EVENT— The car is practically brand new, but the festival devoted to it is already an institution. We’re talking about 86FEST, the car show devoted to the trio of Hachi-Roku cars—the 1980s Toyota Corolla AE86 and its current-day successors, the new Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, both of which were code named the FT86 prior to production. All three have stellar reputations in drifting circles. All three are rear-wheel drive. And owners of all three converged at Irwindale Speedway on a Sunday in September, for the third annual 86FEST.