Up at the crack of dawn and on the road early yesterday to catch the largest single manufacturer show here in So Cal. The show was a again dominated by Mustangs, so I spent my time in the rows and rows of other than ‘stangs and found several gems. Continue reading “2017 Fabulous Fords Forever Car Show is a wrap”
Yes I know Buena Park is in the OC, but this show started in Los Angeles and outgrew its humble beginnings several years ago when it grew to be the largest single Manufacturer show on the West Coast. With over 2000 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Edsel automobiles it will be huge event.
For celebrity list and new car debuts you need to make the jump… Continue reading “Fabulous Fords Forever show this Sunday in Buena Park.”
Sunday I dragged myself out of bed early, not for a box of donuts, but to wander a mile or so up and down Colorado Boulevard in Old Town Pas to admire 150, give or take, Ferrari’s. Some really rare and vintage were well represented.
There are more unfiltered raw jpeg in my Concorso Ferrari flickr album.
All that glorious rain that fell this winter made a dent in the 9+ year old drought through out the Los Angeles Basin. The impact of those rains is most evident in the San Gabriel Canyon. Both major dams are way up…and where the river was a barely a trickle where the East Ford and West Fork of the San Gabriel River meet the water is at near historic highs. All that water will eventually work its way down to recharging out depleted water tables.
To get there to see it and the wild flowers in bloom take the 210 towards Azusa, exit CA Highway 39 and head north into the Canyon. Word of caution, grab your Adventure Pass at the Rangers station at the mouth of San Gabriel Canyon to avoid a ticket for not having a permit.
Mark you calendars. The biggest Ferrari only show in Los Angeles will take place Sunday 4/23 in Old Town Pasadena. The show is limited to 150 cars. Officially known as the Concorso Ferrari will have a wonderful collection of vintage to nearly new Ferraris for you to ooh and ah over as you stroll Colorado Boulevard.
The cars start arriving as early as 7:30 and are all in place by the opening at 10AM. You’re welcome to line up and watch them assemble and listen to the glorious roar that only a Ferrari tuned exhaust can make, just don’t expect to get up close and personal with the cars that early. Note the show is over at 3PM.
Significant Ferraris from around the country will line Colorado Boulevard from Pasadena Avenue to Raymond Avenue. Map Here
First up a must stop and see is the Nissan exhibits in the West Hall of the L.A Convention center. Not only did they have the most outrageous press reveal in L.A Ever, they have a full size Tie fighter ala Star Wars to launch their limited edition Rouge One Star Wars Edition SUV on display. The Rogue One is limited to 5,000 copies in the U.S and includes a full sized signed and numbered Death Trooper Helmet. Details on how to get one can be had at the Nissan Answer Desk.
Let’s Get This Show on the Road
You’ve waited long enough Los Angeles. The 2016 LA Auto Show is back this week and bigger than ever. November 18-27 at the LA Convention Center.
Whether it’s new car shopping, learning about the latest auto tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides, there is something for everyone. Early entry tickets are available each Friday, online only, for a limited time. Buy Tickets HERE.
What to expect this year? Comparison car shopping, test drives, customized rides, games for the kids and a whole lot more. Plan your day and create your own experience at the 2016 LA Auto Show. Know before you Go!
They’ve changed up their bag policy this year, much more restrictive so be aware and plan in advance. The LA Auto Show has implemented a new bag policy for 2016. All bags, purses, backpacks, camera bags and diaper bags larger than 12” x 15” x 6” will NOT be allowed inside the show. All bags will be subject to screening/security check. Bag Policy Info.
Get your tickets now to attend this years Los Angeles Auto Show. As usual it will be at the Convention Center and this year promises big changes that will make it bigger and better than before. This year’s press days promises over 50 World and North American premiere’s for the show goers to ooh and ah over.
The really big news is that Kenetia Hall is going to be better organized and renamed “The Garage” to really showcase custom rides and tricks to upgrade your own car.
Press Days this year have been renamed to be more descriptive of the 4 days prior to public opening. Now called Auto Mobility it focuses on the future of transportation beyond just the automobile but how solutions now are being worked on for denser populated cities of the future. These exhibits will be open to the public as “Go-Movement” during public days…you just miss on the actual press presentation.
Tickets range in price from $5-12 and can be bought in advance HERE. I STRONGLY recommend buying tickets in advance, especially for weekends as the lines can be hours long at the door.
Parking is pricey $20 for the day so be prepared to pay the price of admission. Traffic around the convention center is circus like during the show and I again have a recommendation to work around that problem. Use the Expo or Blue line and exit at the Pico station for a quick 2 block walk to the convention center.
Get yer trucker hats on and head on over to Stub Hub in Carson for the Nissan Titan Driving Adventure this weekend 10/1-2. What you get is a chance to run the new Titan in a couple of different trims through its paces on a slalom course and burn off some rubber in the process. AND you get to go on a simulated off-road course and marvel at the technology Nissan packed into the trucks. Hills…not a problem from “zero gravity” seats that are support and comfy to tech like “Auto Hill Hold and Descent control its some pretty amazing stuff Nissan packed into the trucks. Even if you aren’t in the market for a truck, its fun to slog them around a track or closed off-road course and see what they can do.
For anyone that that thinks an Asian Car Show would be a niche market, think again. They even charged admission and people lined up for blocks at the Queen Mary yesterday to see it. A crowd as diverse as all of Los Angeles was there for great cars and a trip down memory lane. Something some would think not possible when these cars first started selling here in the 60s and 70s given the “buy ‘murican” attitude of the time. A lot has changed and to say they are mainstream and dominant is an understatement. Hence this show was also the Los Angeles debut for the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo. Continue reading “2016 Japanese Car Show and debut of 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo”
Mark your calendars for something a little bit different. Galpin Auto in the Valley is hosting a car show. Not just any car show, but one dedicated to rare custom automobiles of all makes. There will be hundreds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind, unique show cars and exciting new activities for the whole family to see and enjoy!
The show will take place Sunday September 18 from 10AM-2PM at Galpin Auto. Their address is 15505 Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys 91343. This show is FREE to the public. More information here at the FB Page.
It was quite the car show yesterday. Very heavy with the customs and one that stood out so far above the others I called it my personal favorite and named it “best of show” The work this young man out into an old Mercury chopping, channeling, lowering and flaming was simply amazing.
More pics in my flickr album from the show.
Its debatable which is the bigger deal in Old Town Monrovia this Saturday. The Umpteenth Annual Street Rods Forever Car Show or Zipcode Day Celebrations…a local holiday celebrating the zip code and date coinciding 9/10/16 in the 91016. My personal favorite is the Street Rods Forever car show as, well, its all about the cars.
Street Rods Forever will occupy Myrtle Avenue from the 300 South Block down to the 800 South Block in the heart of Old Town Monrovia from 9AM-2PM.
We’ll call this PASAGEDDON part 3 and 4. Short version is the 210 closures will affect those trying to sneak into town from the valley on the 118/210EB this weekend for fun in Old Town.
Beginning 7PM Saturday August 13, 2016 until 5AM August 15 the 210 East Bound will be closed at Mountain Avenue to Lake Avenue. The 134 West transition road from the 210 East will also be closed. The exit ramps at Mountain/Lincoln will also be closed.
These closures will be repeated again August 27 at 7PM until August 29 at 5AM.
The easiest, but likely congested work around detour will be to follow 210EB to the 2SB then transition to the 134EB and reconnect with the 210 in Pasadena.
DTLA’s iconic Union Station unveils the Cabinet of Curiosities, an original installation of mysterious worlds viewed through peepholes, created by a group of Los Angeles-based artists. The exhibit will open to the public on August 6 and remain on display during station operating hours through August 31. A special reception with the artists, open to the public, will be held on Sunday, August 7 from 3 – 6pm.
Curated by Carl Berg, the exhibit showcases original works from artists Tanya Brodsky, David DiMichele, Ashley Hagen, Noel Korten, Keith Lord, Cecilia Miniucchi and Andre Yi.
Cabinet of Curiosities will feature a visual glimpse into the artists’ world not on a grand scale but rather on a more personal level. Only one person can view the artworks in the exhibition at a time, giving the viewer his or her own intimate experience. It requires active participation by the viewer something often lost in a world of digital billboards, video screens at gas stations, and smart devices on which you can watch movies.
“We’re delighted to bring this intriguing installation to our Grand Waiting Room,” said Ken Pratt, Metro’s Director of Union Station Property Management. “Our goal is to surprise and engage commuters, tourists and others traveling through the station with an unexpected and fanciful art experience.”
“Cabinet of Curiosities” refers to a European practice from the 16th Century, also known as Kunstkabinett, Wunderkammer, Cabinets of Wonder, and wonder-rooms, which were encyclopedic collections of objects and were regarded as microcosms or theaters of the world and were a precursor to the first museums.
These unique worlds formed from an assemblage of objects and in many ways functioned as a library of these objects, not unlike computers and the Internet, by creating relationships between things.
The exhibition however is inherently not digital and the artworks created for this exhibition were mostly handmade by the artists themselves. A throw-back to an era were mystery was created by crafting objects that used visual phenomenon to trick the viewer into seeing something that is really not what is seems to be.
Cabinet of Curiosities is part of Union Station’s first-ever summer entertainment series that spans unique events, thought provoking cultural programs and live music, free to the public throughout the summer season. For more information on Cabinet of Curiosities and summer programs at Union Station visit unionstationla.com.
About Union Station:
Built in 1939, Union Station is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the station’s signature Mission Moderne style makes it one of L.A.’s architectural gems. Today, the station has evolved into a vibrant transportation center serving 75,000 passengers daily. Union Station is currently in the first phase of a Master Plan that will enable it to better handle the growing number of transit riders, accommodate high-speed rail and serve as one of L.A.’s premier public spaces while protecting the historic core of the station. For more information, visit unionstationla.com. Connect with Union Station on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.