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

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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

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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.

Lexus GS 450h
Mid-Sized Sports Sedan, Oversized Luxury

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Lexus GS 450h grille

AUTO REVIEW – Yours truly is headed up to Sacramento to serve as keynote speaker for a national driver safety conference. Obviously, the easy thing to do would be to hop a flight out of L.A. or Burbank and arrive in about an hour. However, my sense of adventure has gotten the better of me. I’m currently road testing a shiny new hybrid so, instead of taking to the sky, I’m hitting the road in a handsome 2017 Lexus GS450h.

TIRES THAT CONSERVE FUEL:
THAT’S HOW I ROLL!

Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus tires

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REVIEW—Needless to say, one of the most important safety features on your vehicle is the set of tires on which you ride. Weather conditions and road surfaces can vary greatly, and the tires you select for your vehicle have the task of getting you safely to your destination. Think about it – your tires are the only items on your car that operate continuously as you drive. You probably don’t listen to the radio at all times, nor do you use your heater or air conditioner daily. But your tires keep on turning, mile after mile, day after day. Reed Berry reports.

B.R.A.K.E.S.
Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe

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LA CAR REPORT— Not long ago, Reed Berry had an opportunity to meet Doug Herbert, NHRA Top Fuel driver and founder of B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe), a driver safety program designed for young drivers. Doug saw the need for a course that taught teens and their parents the importance of safe, responsible driving. Reed Berry reports.

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