2014 Southwest Unique Little Car Show

GALLERY—After flirting with Arizona and Nevada, the Southwest’s biggest celebration of little cars returned to Southern California. It gave birth as the Weird Little Car Show by small car aficionados in Arizona. Today, it’s called the Southwest Unique Little Car Show, and the 34th annual event took place at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona. The SWULCS has grown into a one-and-a-half-day event, with a little car cruise, and a dinner and awards program after the show. Here are 40 scenes from the show.

Scenes from Hot VWs Drag Day

GALLERY—The warm weather on Sunday brought out not only the Bugs, but also all sorts of critters to the Irwindale Event Center. Rabbits and even the occasional Thing were seen either soaking up the sun or scurrying down the quarter-mile drag strip at sub-six second speeds. Microbuses, Karmans, Fastbacks, and Coupes were also hard not to miss.

Scenes from Arcadia’s automotive flash mob

GALLERY—Los Angelenos are familiar with Carmageddon and Jamzilla. Here’s another one for the local lexicon: Carcadia. It’s Arcadia’s equivalent to an automotive flash mob that happens every fourth Sunday of the month at 7:30 a.m., right off of Route 66, in the lot behind the windmill-laden Denny’s restaurant that once served as a Van de Kamp Bakery store.

Pope Francis sells his Harley-Davidson

HOT WIRE—Former janitor, nightclub bouncer, chemical technician and literature teacher—now add to that, former Harley-Davidson owner. Pope Francis, named after the famous Saint Francis of Assisi, has been raising eyebrows with the church’s emphasis as humble servant and comforter to people who are hurting. Today, he sold his Harley-Davidson Super Glide Custom to raise funds for a soup kitchen and a homeless hostel.

brave the polar vortex for the 2014 NAIAS

AUTO SHOW—Detroit was in a polar vortex, but that didn’t stop the automotive aficionados from going to the most important show of the western hemisphere—The 2014 North American American International Auto Show. These were not mere grease monkeys, these were arctic monkeys—engine engineers, car crafters, exhibiters, exhibitionists, and journeying journalists—braving the snow, sleet, wind, and freezing temperatures for a glimpse into the future. We turned to our NAIAS correspondents. While the weather may faze most, for Motown Merlo and Detroit Dapoz, it’s just another fine day in the land of Lions and Tigers.

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