Yup, this Sunday as promised was the Concorso de Ferrari in Old Town Pasadena. It was a most excellent show. A Ferrari for every budget from 40K fixers for sale to a one of a kind 15M model. And everything in between. Making a token appearance to offset the legion of La Ferrari was a Saleen S7. Even Maserati, the bastard stepchild of Ferrari, was there with new cars under a tent from a local dealer. Not to be out done, totally non-Italian Aston Martin was present with its own tent as well. Supercar stars were alligned in Old Town this weekend. Read the rest of this entry →
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This weekend is the Concorsco Ferrari ’15 to be held in Old Town Pasadena. Its open free to the public and will include hundreds of Ferrari’s along the stretch of Colorado from Raymond Avenue to Pasadena Avenue. Quite the collection of cars.
Also known as Ferraris on Colorado, this signature event hosted by the Ferrari Club of America Southwest Region delights over 5,000 owners, enthusiasts and spectators each year. Impressive Ferraris from around the country will line Colorado Boulevard from Pasadena Avenue to Raymond Avenue. Adding to the entertainment will be a vast array of sponsors and partners displaying exceptional sports and luxury cars, offering quality accessories & fine apparel and introducing various automotive related services.
This Ferrari exclusive annual concours is free and open to the public. Ferraris from 2004 and earlier are eligible for judging. Judging will follow FCA National Guidelines IAC/PFA
(International Advisory Council for the Preservation of Ferrari Automobiles). Awards in up to ten classes will be made at the conclusion of the event by an esteemed panel of Ferrari experts.
I have on good authority, make that very good authority that this show for THIS year is opening up for other super cars such as the McLlaren and L Ferrari to name drop a few.
By far the best car of the show at Fabulous Fords Forever this past weekend in Buena Park was what I called the Mad Max Mustang. I adored this car. Not that it was an excellent restoration, or stunning custom. It was sheer genius combining two historic vehicles into one mash up that worked here or in a Mad Max movie. The owner chopped and stretched the wheelbase of an original bronco to fit under a 1968 Mustang. Still Primer gray, and nothing else would be appropriate. The crowning touch was the inclusion of a Gatling gun. How cool was that!
Of course there were ample stunning restorations and modified cars to be seen. In total there were over 1900 cars representing the start of the Ford Motor Company and included example of many nameplates from Ford, Linclon, Edsel, Mercury and 1 Cortina!
More pics on my flickr album. All video and pics by me.
Seriously, one of my favorite events is always involving cars on a closed circuit track where you can run ’em through an obstacle course. It gives you a better sense of what the car is about, how its built than the typical around the block test drive. You’ll get your chance to do just that this weekend at the Ecoboost Challenge at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Saturday 3/14.
Ford hosts the event and challenges the top competitors on the track. Fusion vs Camry, Escape vs CRV, Prius V vs C-Max, and F150 vs Silverado. You get to do them on a track and compare how they handle…or don’t. How fast they accellerate and brake, steering nimbleness and all the stuff you normally don’t get to do. With the hybrids the track is geared towards seeing who can get the best mpg….I won with 68.5 with a CMax Energi last year.
The ABSOLUTE best part of the entire day is the ST Performance Academy. First year it was both a Focus ST and Fiesta ST, last year it was just a Fiesta ST on a timed, fast as you can go on a track, after a bit of coaching prior to your run. Best of 3 laps is your time in the competition. It if weren’t for a ringer last year I would have placed 2nd on the course, but I’ll take a respectable third when its only a few tenths behind #2.
You can particpate simply by registering and bringing your Driver’s license to the track at your appointed time. REGISTER HERE.
I’ll be there 3/13 on a press pass and drop spoilers before you get to the course yourself. If you do the ST Performance Academy, and like, who WOULDN’T, post your time and we’ll see who amongst us at the best.
Fun little video recapping some of the more spectacluar reveals at this years L.A. Auto Show. I can tell you from experience we’re getting better stuff shown here than Detroit for the most part.
In just 3 weeks I’ll be at NAIAS in Detroit. Its a fun show, but ours is way bigger physically and has the best reveals. They still get North American Truck and Car of the year, so we need to figure out how to wrangle that out of their meat hooks.
I’ve got a few detail pics after the jump. Pretty nifty stuff.
Sound off in the comments on why you think they did it and the meaning of it all.
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.
Now all that is about to change.
Yesterday, Dennis Romero at LA Weekly reported about PL8CHAT, a new app that allows users to text drivers via their license plate numbers.
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.
More pics in my flickr album.
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.
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..