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MOVIE/DVD PREVIEW Here’s the DIRT!

This entry in the great LACar journal in the cloud will be more of an “impression” than a full-out review … my own background (and foreground as well) making it…

This entry in the great LACar journal in the cloud will be more of an “impression” than a full-out review … my own background (and foreground as well) making it somewhat difficult to view “DIRT” in any sort of a non-partisan light.

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CLASSIC AUTO SHOW Even the second one’s the charm

Keeping things fresh—it’s a trick that can be difficult. Last year’s Classic Auto Show in LA was fantastic. I went two days in a row, and the second was better…

Keeping things fresh—it’s a trick that can be difficult. Last year’s Classic Auto Show in LA was fantastic. I went two days in a row, and the second was better than the first, as I detailed for LA Car. At the time, I wondered—would it be the same next year? Not that that would invalidate it, but you know the thing that happens. You go once, you go again, and you realize the third time that you’ve done this enough.

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THE LION AND THE LAMBO 14-year old pro racer Steven Aghakhani gets a Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO

More often than not, we all see things at least a little (and sometimes vastly) differently from each another. Our interpretation of colors, sounds, and even our feelings of cars…

More often than not, we all see things at least a little (and sometimes vastly) differently from each another. Our interpretation of colors, sounds, and even our feelings of cars change based on our age, geographic area, and socio-economic background, just to name a few reasons.

Occasionally, stepping out of our comfort zone and delving into the thoughts of others provides some curious insight. In this case, LACar is peering into the mind of one special 14-year old, Steven Aghakhani.

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IRWINDALE IS BACK!

For Immediate Release December 30, 2017: Irwindale, Calif. – – It was announced on Thursday evening that Irwindale Event Center, the home of Irwindale Speedway and Irwindale Drag Strip, will…

For Immediate Release

December 30, 2017: Irwindale, Calif.

– – It was announced on Thursday evening that Irwindale Event Center, the home of Irwindale Speedway and Irwindale Drag Strip, will remain open and in full operation under a new multi-year agreement with a group of motorsports enthusiasts led by Tim Huddleston and Justice Brothers and the property owners.

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MIDNIGHT EXPRESS Chevrolet Tahoe LT Midnight Edition 4X4

“The best thing you can do is to get your ass out of here by catching the Midnight Express.” No, we’re not referring to the Academy Award-winning movie from the…

“The best thing you can do is to get your ass out of here by catching the Midnight Express.” No, we’re not referring to the Academy Award-winning movie from the 1970s. We’re talking about the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Midnight Edition 4X4.

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THIS IS HOW WE ADULT 2017.5 Mazda6 Grand Touring

Zoom-zoom. For automotive enthusiasts the name Mazda is synonymous with this catchy tagline. Like some kind of automotive Rorschach test, the words “Zoom-Zoom” conjure up images of red gen-1 Miata’s…

Zoom-zoom. For automotive enthusiasts the name Mazda is synonymous with this catchy tagline. Like some kind of automotive Rorschach test, the words “Zoom-Zoom” conjure up images of red gen-1 Miata’s carving up roads like 1.5:1 scale go-karts.

Besides the Le-Mans winning Renown Mazda 787B, Miata, and RX-7, I have been preoccupied with other marquees for most of my life. However lately anytime anyone – car fan or not – asks me what kind of car they should get in the sedan or SUV category, I immediately include Mazda. In fact, I must sound like a Mazda fanboy as I go on and on to describe the design renaissance that Mazda is undergoing, the beautiful exterior and interior design that cars like the CX-9 feature, and the sporty driving feel that Mazda focuses on.

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The Mecum Auction is coming to Pomona

Pomona, Calif. The Mecum Auctions (surely you’ve seen one on television … right … way cool cars, trucks, motorcycles, even man cave memorabilia all being paraded across an open stage…

Pomona, Calif. The Mecum Auctions (surely you’ve seen one on television … right … way cool cars, trucks, motorcycles, even man cave memorabilia all being paraded across an open stage in front of a raucous crowd, each barely slowing down as they cross from left to right, only to pause for what seems split seconds with an auctioneer shouting, cajoling, challenging, and quite unsubtly suggesting prices that ratchet show on a gargantuan overheard scoreboard that flashes the current bid in bucks, euros, and two or three other basic world currencies). Get ready. They are coming to the Fairplex in Pomona on Friday and Saturday, February 16th and 17th.

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Hector Cademartori is the official artist of the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Editor’s Note: We are very proud to list this remarkable motorsports artist/illustrator as one of our happy group of staff member/contributors to LACar. What follows is the official announcement from…

Editor’s Note: We are very proud to list this remarkable motorsports artist/illustrator as one of our happy group of staff member/contributors to LACar. What follows is the official announcement from the LBGPA.

HECTOR CADEMARTORI
Official Artist of the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Born in Buenos Aires, where Juan Manuel Fangio was a household name, Cademartori was first influenced in racing in the mid-1960s by the European tradition and great drivers such as Dan Gurney , Jackie Stewart, Pedro Rodriguez, Graham Hill, John Surtees and all the F1 and sports car stars of those days. “Argentina is very much Europe-oriented, therefore we all had a strong influence from Formula One and FIA sportscar racing (my favorite sportscar driver was Vic Elford), but I always followed the Indianapolis 500”.

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THE DETROIT SHOW – Year of the Truck

Work Trucks and Luxury Crossovers, Not So Strange Bedfellows By Mark Dapoz and Chris Merlo It’s all about the money or specifically big fat margins. The kind of margins when…

Work Trucks and Luxury Crossovers, Not So Strange Bedfellows
By Mark Dapoz and Chris Merlo

It’s all about the money or specifically big fat margins. The kind of margins when you build close to 900,000 versions of a single model and begin to watch the profits roll in as average transaction prices per unit head north of $45,000. That’s the truck end of the story and well, if you are selling cars you’re pretty much sucking air hoping that a fuel shortage – one that would suffocate truck sales – will reignite the popularity of sedans and hatchbacks among today’s truck and utility loving shoppers. Oh and that’s how we get to luxury crossovers. Every automaker needs a truck or an SUV – preferably midsized – in their line up.

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