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20-20 HINDSIGHT LACar.com in Retrospect: 20 Years of L.A. Cars

LA CAR REPORT—This compendium of short pieces was assigned to a number of our staff writers with the idea of them each taking a year back to LACar’s inception year of 1997 and coming up with the car that would have been the very best, most fun, most practicable, most probable, car to have been brought out in that year, for use in Los Angeles and its environs. Sly, subjective, subversive, and silly (with maybe a little hint of all four), here’s 20 years of cars written by our highly-tuned staff writers who were given 150 words each to reach back and talk about a good one for L.A.

10 MEMORABLE MOMENTS
from LA Car’s first two decades

LA CAR REPORT—LA Car Day with Jay Leno. The article that caused the President of Pasadena City College to change her campus-issued vehicle. The MPG Lifetime Achievement Award for our Editor. LACAR, the porn site? “This car got me laid.” Making the 6:00 p.m. network news on channels 2, 4 and 7. There are many memorable moments in LA Car’s first two decades. Here are ten of them.

THE CARS 3 INTERVIEW
with Jay Ward and Ray Everham – a couple of the gear heads behind the movie

BEST OF LA CAR—Senior Editor John Grafman wears another hat as the founder and executive director of the Automotive Design Organization, also known as AutoDesignO. Wearing the latter hat, John scored an interview with two of the people responsible for bringing Cars 3 to the silver screen: Jay Ward, Creative Director for the Cars franchise, and Ray Everham, one of the consultants on Cars 3.

WINDOWS DOWN
Rolling down the barriers to the world

BACK SEAT DRIVING—Windows are barriers to the outside world. With so many drivers so focused on their own driving and their own destination, roads can be unsafe. Using medians, bike lanes and even the other side of the road to get to the next light faster is becoming too common. Mirinda Osmer grew up with the windows down, and that helps to remember that there’s more to this world than her destination.

BOULEVARD OF UNBROKEN DREAMS
Woodward Dream Cruise 2015

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.

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