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.
LA CAR REPORT— The city autoscape in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo is a vast ocean of Japanese cars. In Shinjuku, you see more models of Toyotas and Nissans than you knew existed. There are some that are actually bigger, and a whole lot that are smaller than what we are accustomed to. They are almost exclusively all Japanese. Blame that on an inspection process that makes it extremely difficult for imports to get through to this country.
GALLERY— Southern California has hundreds, maybe thousands of car shows in any given year. Hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, sports cars, classic cars—you name it, the Southland delivers it in abundance. Yet, we know of only one show devoted to American Motors Corporation (AMC) cars—the Ramblers, Nashes, Javelins, AMXes, Rebels, Marlines and the like from days gone by. That’s the West Coast All AMC Car Show, and SoCalAMX just sponsored the ninth annual such show. LA Car was in Montclair, California to see a beautiful bed of these automotive rarities in full blossom.