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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.

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.

Every Mustang tells a story at the Arboretum

LA CAR REPORT— First it was Shelby Cobras in “Serpents in the Garden,” then came vintage European roadsters in “Spyders in the Garden.” This year, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Arcadia, California let the original pony car run wild as it celebrated 50 years of the iconic Ford Mustang. Brian Kennedy reports on “Mustangs in the Garden,” with Gabriela Moya digitally documented the creatures in the natural habitat of the lush Arboretum.

How the $10,000 Prius hybrid battery came down to the cost of a major tune-up

How the $10,000 Prius hybrid battery came down to the price of a tune up

LA CAR REPORT—$10,000. That’s the price the pundits were saying it would cost to replace the hybrid batteries when the second-generation Toyota Prius splashed onto the scene. Along with all the accolades (car of the year awards, etc), the technology was accompanied by fear and loathing—fear of the unknown and loathing over all the attention it was getting. Fast forward ten years, and hybrid battery repair can be now had for the cost of a major tune-up. How did it get from ‘$10,000′ to under $1000? This is the story.


LA CAR REPORT—I don’t know about you, but to me it seems like 2013 flew by awfully fast. Just as we are getting used to the new laws that took effect this year, it’s time to ring in a new year and take a look at the new California driving laws for 2014. Hundreds of new laws take effect each year, with a portion of them devoted to driver safety and driving-related matters, such as vehicle registration and licensing issues. There’s even a new law designed to make riding your bicycle a little safer.

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