Its that time of year again. A few of us will get tanked and get behind the wheel, a few will get caught, a few will pile up their car and maim themselves or others. LAPD, L.A Sheriff, CHP and local police agencies get huge grants to fight DUI and hopefully stave off the worst of the consequences of drunk drivers.
Here are two alerts by LA Sheriff on the for this coming weekend addressing the DUI/CDL Checkpoints for this weekend in Norwalk and Paramount.
I suppose we can thank the ACLU, but in CA when the DUI Enforcement zones are announced and road blocks are going to be included in the program they have to announce date and time. Nixle is a great way to make sure you get alerts of when these DUI check points are going to in place and what times. Make sure your designated driver has been a tea totaller and you’ll be fine.
I have to tell you the cacophony of the Auto Show during press days is very different than that of public days. Its not thousands of people meandering about, but a herd mentality of media types running from one press conference and reveal to the next. Its usually a couple in a row in one hall where you shuffle a few feet at time vying for the best seat to hear/see and be the first on stage for photos when its over. Its 15 minutes of manufacture hype with 5 minutes of photo op, then 5 minutes to get to the next show. Insanity.
Also different is that the manufacturers have stuff that is available for press days only. The reps I talked with didn’t think the live demo of the iRoad in this video would take place for public days…so thats my lede. Read the rest of this entry →
What is L.A. Auto Show press days without a manufacturer party or two? My absolute favorite is the Hyundai party. Again this year at the Hotel Figueroa a few blocks from the show itself.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Yes, they were our live entertainment. Nearly shat myself when they were announced to be our entertainment for the evening. Tons of fun, she hasn’t lost her edge. Totally fun night.
For years, blogging.la has served as a clearinghouse for photos of rude parkers, most often committing the sin of parking across the line and taking up two precious parking spots. Unfortunately, beyond posting the photo along with some snark and overhyped indignation, there was never the full satisfaction of knowing whether or not the “parking turd”* ever saw them publicly shamed.
We immediately thought of the satisfaction that would result from being able to tell a driver what a complete idiot he is. Imagine being able to inform someone about the rules of the road or just about plain parking etiquette.
Yes, IMAGINE! Not only can we post photos online of these human embarrassments, we can then text them to let them know they’ve been suitably shamed on social media. Read the rest of this entry →
Day 1 of L.A. Auto Show Press Days did not disappoint
Of all the truly amazing things at this years L.A. Auto Show this one stopped me in my tracks and I thought wtf. Prolly the best use of a minican ever. If you want to see what Toyota is really capable of check out their FT1 concept. Vette…they have your number and are gonna kick you square in the crotch.
Are you ready? I know I am. Press Pass in hand I’ll be doing nothing but press events and shooting hundreds of amazing concept and production autos coming our way Press Days 11/19-20/2014.
Thursday evening 11/20/2014 is the Preview Party. It does cost you, but the proceeds go to benefit the Grammy Museum’s music education programs. I did this event a few years ago and its simply amazing. Great food and booze all over the place. Meander through the event, meet the Manufacturers reps that are there for Press Days and really get to know about the cars. If you’ve got $275 per person to spare its worth it and its for a great cause. Of course since this is a non-profit organization a portion of your ticket is tax deductible.
Friday 11/21/2014 the Show will open to the public. You can buy your tickets direct HERE.
Starting on Wednesday I’ll be posting pics from my cell phone through the day. That evening the entire days worth of images will be uploaded to flickr. Thursday I repeat the process with the addition of driving “green cars” and that days shoot will be posted up for consumption late in the day and Friday. By Friday I’ll be posting stories here and on SoCalAutoBlog.
A crowd estimated at 75-200 folks is marching along Hollywood and Highland area. Twitter @Hollywood311 has been giving out info as far as where they are and what they’re doing.
What is unclear is what they are protesting. Appears to be disorganized. One person commented that its in protest of some sort of alleged police brutality in the area recently. The consistent theme I’m seeing is that LAPD is trying to keep them off the streets to minimize traffic disruptions.
Anyone have details on the beef? On why they insist on inconveniencing others? If so sound off in the comments.
The L.A. Auto Show has one thing unique to others. Its the Design Challenge issued every year to the manufacturers. It has a theme that they must respond to. The Design Challenge is now in its 11th year.
This years Design Challenge is “Sensing the Future: How Will Cars Interact With Us In 2029?” I’ve previewed Connected Cars that know what everyone is doing and can avoid accidents, even autonomous cars. This challenge asks them to take it to the next level of human auto connectivity. I can’t wait to see what all they have in store us as this years L.A. Auto Show.
Also, I have a bit of a spoiler. Yesterday I was at a Ford event at their Los Angeles Regional HQ. They confirmed that we will get the Premiere of the next generation Explorer at our show on November 19. I’ve heard a few bits and pieces on other blogs that the next generation will use a lot of aluminum to reduce weight and better its performance and fuel economy. They were tight lipped on specifics of the global reveal so I’ll just have to sit tight until then.
Also…the promo code AUTOTRADER2014 is still good for discounted tickets to the show 11/24-27.
Although I can’t help with a freebie…this promocode AUTOTRADER2014 good through 11/15 will get you discounted tickets good for admission 11/24-27.
I’ll try not to throw too many superlatives at the event, but this year I think they are going to be able to outdo what they’ve done the last several years.
On tap are 60 reveals for this show, 30 of which will be Global Reveals…or reveals for the first time anywhere for the global market. Those are always pretty spectacular as the manufacturers really want to get our attention.
In addition to the Green Car of the Year, Green Truck of the Year and Green Fleet of the Year awards are going to be awarded at this years Los Angeles Auto Show. Smell us…we’re really a big deal.
As always I’ll be there for press days and blogging what happens along with the oddities of the day that regular show goers don’t get to see. I’m even going to a few of the Manufacturer private after parties which are always fun. Last year Hyundai had Ziggy Marley as the entertainment and the wait staff was all dressed as zombies. Too. Much. Fun..
Last Sunday was the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, and I hope I wasn’t the only one here that went to see it. I gave you 2 week warning after all. In my not so humble this car show was the best I’ve ever seen and well worth the cost of admission.
What you got was a tightly curated show, all beautifully and accurately restored autmobiles. The show was spread out over several holes at the Trump National Golf Course in Palos Verdes. Cars were grouped by theme, Woodies, Virgil Exner Design, Innovative Design, Import, Hot Rod etc.,. There was even a special section dedicated to first generation Mustangs that are now celebrating their 50th years in existence. Read the rest of this entry →
I rarely put up a notice of an event that costs money to attend or this far in advance. But this show is big, beyond the normal car show we see here in L.A. Its the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance coming on September 14 at the Trump Mational Golf Course in Palos Verdes. This isn’t a cheap event, but has unique, rare and expensive automobiles. Think Cord, Auburn, Dusenberg…not Galaxy, Impala or other plebeian rides.
Among the cars there will be a full size Hot Wheels Darth Vader car that was made to look like the toy car. It was unveiled at Comic con this summer and will be at this show as well.
Also at the show there will be the worlds fastest motorcycle. The Gyronaut X-1that set a world record in 1966 at Bonneville Salt Flats with 245.667 MPH.
While the rest of the city was chasing #hiddencash I was doing something a lot more entertaining yesterday. I learned about solar powered cars. Then again, I nerd out on technology and cars so this was a double win for me.
I spent a nice chunk of yesterday listening to Mike Tinskey at Fords Los Angeles Regional office talk about the future of electric cars. Mike is the Global Director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure so he knows a few things on the topic. Read the rest of this entry →
I have to hand it to Ford. It takes real chutzpah to invite people in to drive their cars and compare against the segment leaders. They are doing just that today at Santa Anita Race Park in Arcadia here in the heart of the 626 with the Ecoboost Tour. Everyone is invited to attend. Its really a lot of fun.
I attended yesterday on a VIP Press Pass. That ecoboost technology is pretty amazing stuff, twin turbos allowing a V6 to replace a V8, 4’s to replace V6 and even a 3cylinder to replace a 4. All without giving up the performance you want while seeing gains in mileage of 10-20% over the larger engines. Read the rest of this entry →
I can’t think of a better place in Los Angeles to hold a car show than the Petersen Autmotive Museum. The Petersen is all about the car, and this city is one of Mustang’s most important markets. Historically 20% of the Mustangs made are sold in California…with the lions share here.
This weekends show at the Petersen didn’t disappoint. First up was a guided tour through the history of the Mustang by Dave Kinney, Publisher and Founder of Hagerty Price Guide, the bible of old car pricing and history for collectors. His tour through the last 50 years of Mustang was both informative and fun.
We started with this 1965 Mustang Convertible with 16,000 miles on it from Ronald Reagan’s gubernatorial campaign. This car was chosen over all the others around at the time as it was youthful, different and didn’t raise the bar of snobbery that would have alienated voters of the time. Read the rest of this entry →