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Author: Doug Stokes

TOYOTA COROLLA LINE-UP FOR 2020

LACar was lucky enough to be invited to Toyota’s new Los Angeles* HQs the other day to get a first impression of the Corolla line-up for 2020.  The takeaway was…

LACar was lucky enough to be invited to Toyota’s new Los Angeles* HQs the other day to get a first impression of the Corolla line-up for 2020.  The takeaway was that Toyota is still well on top of things and making some very nice mid-sized automobiles in a mid-reasonable price range ($19,500 for the quite serviceable “L” model to $25,450 for the all-in XSE version, with the 52 mile-per-gallon LE Hybrid almost precisely-centered at $22,950).

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TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS … PRETTY DARN COOL

Harbor Freight at one time was sort of an insider’s joke that (even without saying it aloud) that riffed on the cheap quality of Harbor Freight tools and accessories.  Right,…

Harbor Freight Tools

Harbor Freight at one time was sort of an insider’s joke that (even without saying it aloud) that riffed on the cheap quality of Harbor Freight tools and accessories.  Right, they weren’t (still aren’t) quite “Snap-on” quality… and, if you’re a full-time pro mechanic buying that brand actually makes a lot of sense over time.

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WANTED: OLD PORSCHES … OR NOT  (???)

  The LA Times classified section has had this tiny classified ad running every day for something like, oh maybe a year or more now.

 

The LA Times classified section has had this tiny classified ad running every day for something like, oh maybe a year or more now.

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Paperback Reader…

You know about really good LA bagels, right? You know where you can get them and, and better yet, you know to the nearest quarter-hour what time certain batches of…

You know about really good LA bagels, right? You know where you can get them and, and better yet, you know to the nearest quarter-hour what time certain batches of them (like those beautifully aromatic Bialys) come out of the ovens at those places.

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now you see it … NOW you see it!  a closer look at that car right over there …

Editor Emeritus and wise automotive sage Doug Stokes calls our attention to an ubiquitous styling cue

Editor Emeritus and wise automotive sage Doug Stokes calls our attention to an ubiquitous styling cue

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79 YEARS … 24 HOURS … and the Yanks who competed

…As much an adventure book as it is a history book and in-valuable reference guide my opinion (and I’m very pleased to be able to be in pretty early with…

…As much an adventure book as it is a history book and in-valuable reference guide my opinion (and I’m very pleased to be able to be in pretty early with this note) is that “Twice Around the Clock” is one of those unique works that quite literally reaches far beyond just being a book about American racing cars, racing car drivers, racing car teams and stats. 

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GOING SOLO (Valley Edition)

In case you missed the recent LA Auto Show there’s (yet another) new wave of upstart (er… startup) automobile manufacturers coming on-line even as the Big Three (almost in panic…

In case you missed the recent LA Auto Show there’s (yet another) new wave of upstart (er… startup) automobile manufacturers coming on-line even as the Big Three (almost in panic mode it seems) jettison their compact and sedan lines in favor of trucks, SUVs, and crossovers.

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Hot Rod Empire

BOOK REVIEW – In “Hot Rod Empire” the life and times of Robert E. Petersen are the object of talented motorsport biographer Matt Stone focus.

BOOK REVIEW – In “Hot Rod Empire” the life and times of Robert E. Petersen are the object of talented motorsport biographer Matt Stone focus.
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