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“Yanks” Author Tim Considine Weighs-In On “Ford v Ferrari”

Dean Batchelor Award-winning motorsports author Tim Considine says “Unequivocally, Ford v Ferrari is a TERRIFIC movie and evidenced by the enthusiastic applause at the end of the film, our opinion…

Dean Batchelor Award-winning motorsports author Tim Considine says “Unequivocally, Ford v Ferrari is a TERRIFIC movie and evidenced by the enthusiastic applause at the end of the film, our opinion was shared virtually unanimously by the Academy audience.”

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Ford v Ferrari – A Racer’s Review: It’s not a documentary; it’s a movie that’s based somewhat on fact.

LACar Movie Review “Ford v Ferrari – A Racer’s Review” by Dave Wolin

LACar Movie Review
“Ford v Ferrari – A Racer’s Review” by Dave Wolin

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LAND ROVER … One of LA’s Favorite Ways to the West Side and Beyond…

LACar.com Book Review The Land Rover Story By Dave Phillips EVRO Publishing – 2019, 311 pages Reviewed by: Don Taylor Photographs courtesy of ERVO Publishing (except top featured image of…

LACar.com Book Review
The Land Rover Story
By Dave Phillips
EVRO Publishing – 2019, 311 pages
Reviewed by: Don Taylor
Photographs courtesy of ERVO Publishing (except top featured image of the 50,000th Land Rover rolls off the assembly line in 1952 courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover)

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“SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ROAD RACING” …When Old Yeller really roamed the race tracks!

This new book by Tony Baker stands out and deserves a second look. For anyone who expects it online soon, that’s not going to happen … just break down and…

This new book by Tony Baker stands out and deserves a second look. For anyone who expects it online soon, that’s not going to happen … just break down and buy the darn book.

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8 Meters: Triumph, Tragedy and a Photo Finish at Le Mans

Ahead of the blockbuster film “Ford v Ferrari” starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, fans can watch one of the first in-depth documentary spotlights about driver Ken Miles and the…

Ahead of the blockbuster film “Ford v Ferrari” starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, fans can watch one of the first in-depth documentary spotlights about driver Ken Miles and the 1966 Le Mans race.

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SHELBY AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY … REAL LIFE VERSION

11.14. 19 … ln light of the imminent debut of the feature film “Ford v Ferrari”,  fans (and non-fans as well) should also be aware of a new and highly-accurate…

11.14. 19 … ln light of the imminent debut of the feature film “Ford v Ferrari”,  fans (and non-fans as well) should also be aware of a new and highly-accurate documentary about the life and times of Carroll Shelby which goes on sale November 19th. -Doug Stokes Editor-at-Large

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1970-1975 Formula 1 Greats LOTUS 72

1970-75 seems a long time ago in any sort of talk about modern motorsports technology, but this bright new book by the highly-respected motor-journalist Pete Lyons brings the subject into…

1970-75 seems a long time ago in any sort of talk about modern motorsports technology, but this bright new book by the highly-respected motor-journalist Pete Lyons brings the subject into very sharp focus.

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Listen and Laugh: “The Last Open Road” as a Rather Raucous Radio Play

LACar Radio-Play Audiobook Revue The Last Open Road By “BS” Levy Adapted from the book for audio, produced, and directed by the author 20 hours with bonus video features USB…

LACar Radio-Play Audiobook Revue

The Last Open Road

By “BS” Levy

Adapted from the book for audio, produced, and directed by the author

20 hours with bonus video features

USB Flash drive: $55 or 20-disc CD set: $65

available at: www.lastopenroad.com

photos by ASH and the author

BS Levy’s The Last Open Road is now in audiobook format (Doug Stokes)

HERE’S THE DEAL: This is a very fun, funny, sardonic, clever, fun-filled, noisy, cheeky, clever (I said that already, didn’t I?), irreverent, and entertaining ’50s radio play-like adaptation of a very well-known (at least in some circles) book which relates the contretemps of a guy and a gal from ’Jersey and their on-the-road to the races (etc.) escapades in the early days of amateur sports car competition in the US.

The author, “BS” Levy

The Last Open Road, the book, has been around (wonder of wonders) for over a quarter of a century and is now in its 10th printing. To celebrate that milestone, Burt Levy (who prefers to be known by his initials “BS” for reasons that will become clear while listening) decided to flesh out his celebrated (again, that’s in some circles) classic tome with an audio version replete with what the author bills as “period music”.

And so, and if you know of Mister Levy at all, you’ll instantly understand why he chose not to sit in a sound-proof studio and read his book to you on tape; but to fully dramatize this adventure it with an (certifiably) eclectic collection professional voice actors (and others) playing some strangely wonderful characters all enhanced by the actual sounds of the real racing cars as they appear in the story.

As some readers may have surmised from the above preamble, this is an audiobook that’s very different from most, will not be fully understood or appreciated by many, but that will be a roaring favorite of a hearty band of enthusiasts that love vintage sports car road racing (now) and who need to know what it was like back then when Jags and Triumphs, and Jowett Jupiters, and MGs, and bathtub Porsches, and Cad-Allards all roamed the real road courses of America.

And there’s a special treat in store for vintage racing fans in the form of an all-star cast of (what the always subtle and adroit Mister Levy very modestly billboards as: MYSTERY CELEBRITY GUEST VOICES) in supporting roles and who are liberally sprinkled throughout the 20-hour epic.

The first Last Open Road by “BS” Levy

OK, like who then?

Well … how about: David Hobbs, Brian Redman, Tommy Kendall, Skip Barber, Bill Warner, Patrick Long, Ray Evernham, Marino Franchitti, John Morton, Spence Pumpelly, and PD Cunningham. (Ed. Note: even if none of the above names rings a bell or lights your fire, this spoken play is still some good car fun and games.)

By the way neighbor 20 discs? Whoa! I would better recommend the sweet little leather-bound flash drive, it’s elegant, it’s convenient, and it stores in roughly 400% less space (or something like that) than an unwieldy stack of 20 (count ‘em) 20 CDs and it’s fifteen bucks cheaper.

Who the heck’s going to keep loading and unloading all those discs in sequence anyway?

Conclusion: They don’t write them like this anymore (THEY don’t, but “BS” Levy still does).

And … you’ll know if you need a copy of this spoken epic or not by here. -DS

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