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Picks from this week's automotive news

A Porsche Exhibit at the Petersen, a standup-evening at the Marconi, a retiring Chevy, and the Stellantis Design Competition.

By Doug Stokes

Fri, Mar 24, 2023 06:00 AM PST

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Petersen - "We Are Porsche" Exhibit

If there’s an official car of LA it’s the “Pour-Sha” say it loud, say it proud and always remember James Dean.  There are two kinds of people who should not, on their lives, miss this spectacular Porsche panorama:  those who love/live these German nonpareils, and those that (think) that they’re indifferent to them … both will be well repaid with awe and wonderment…just look at this line-up:

- The 1953 550 Spyder raced by Betty Shutes and Ken Miles
- The 1958 Carrera GT Speedster raced by Bruce Jennings, which became the winningest Carrera GT Speedster in history
- The original "Outlaw Porsche," Dean Jeffries’ custom 1957 356 Carrera
- Porsche’s first and only Formula 1 racer, Dan Gurney’s 1962 Porsche 804, which claimed Porsche’s only two Formula 1 victories
- The Herbert Brundage/Brumos 1973 911 2.8 RSR driven by Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood, which won both the IMSA and Trans Am championships
- The 1973 917/30 Can-Am Spyder driven by Mark Donohue, one of the most powerful and successful race cars of its era
- Steve McQueen’s 1976 911 Turbo
- Porsches showcased in Hollywood blockbusters “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” and beginning in October, “Cars”

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"We Are Porsche" at the Petersen, starts in April.

For more information, visit We Are Porsche.

An LA Favorite Leaves The Stage

Maybe it wasn’t as Westside as Porsche Panamera, as downtown as a 3-series BMW or Mercedes, or as San Fernando Valley as a Ford Explorer, but Camaros were long the two-door choice of many a sporty-minded Angeleno, and it’ll be sad to see a Chevy that was once built right here in Van Nuys fade into memory.

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Thank you, Camaro 6.

Hail and farewell, you were always a great playmate, and (damn it) two full sets of golf clubs would fit in your trunk...

Welcome to "classic" status old pal!

Adam Ferrara At The Marconi

...A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum...

Hey, LACar people: here's a great night out just for you: sit down, have a drink, look at all the exotics: cars and motorcycles hanging from the rafters, and watch some over-the-top/hilarious stand up ... the Marconi Museum is always spelled: F-U-N.

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Adam Ferrara live at the Marconi on April 1st

Check out Marconi Museum for more.

Stellantis Drive For Design

Los Angeles is one on the leading lights of car design, and this one is a real opportunity for LA-area High School Students to show the world what they’ve got … Got ideas?  Here’s your opportunity to contribute to the future…

2023 Stellantis Drive For Design poster
2023 Stellantis Drive For Design Poster

For detailed contest rules, information on how to submit sketches, and free resources for students of all ages, visit Stellantis Drive For Design.

About The Author

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Doug Stokes

Doug has a long and wide-ranging history in the motoring business. He served five years as the Executive Director of the International Kart Federation, and was the PR guy for the Mickey Thompson's Off-Road Championship Gran Prix. He worked racing PR for both Honda and Suzuki and was a senior PR person on the first Los Angeles (Vintage) Grand Prix. He was also the first PR Manager for Perris Auto Speedway, and spent over 20 years as the VP of Communications at Irwindale Speedway. Stokes is the recipient of the American Autowriters and Broadcaster’s 2005 Chapman Award for Excellence in Public Relations and was honored in 2015 by the Motor Press Guild with their Dean Batchelor Lifetime Achievement Award. “… I’ve also been reviewing automobiles and books for over 20 years, and really enjoy my LA Car assignments.” he added.

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