First up…Chevy’s Volt took the green car of the year award in a ceremony held Thursday Morning. Later I got to drive it and was impressed. Smoother ride, smoother transition back and forth between EV and gas mode, with much more time in pure EV mode than the prior version. Add in a much more refined, high end materials and fit in finish inside this car is nothing like its hard edged predecessor. I can see easily why it won “Green Car of the Year” for its technilogical and creature comfort advancements. Nice job Chevy.
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We know little of this car other than an entry on the schedule of premieres during Press Days of the L.A. Auto Show coming up in 2 short weeks. Elio is a new car company the P5 is their debut car. Little is known. Rumors abound. Its a 3 wheel car, .9liter 3 cylnder, 80+mpg, 0-60 in under 10 seconds, top speed over 100. This is either going to be the greatest thing since the Tesla to make us change how we think about cars or will will be another blip on the radar that we snicker over like the Dale. I fear the latter as with “cheap” gas again and a resurgance of guzzing SUV sales and falling hybrid sales, but we’ll see. It may just wow us.
The L. A. Auto Show is open to the public 11/20-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Buy your tickets now and avoid the lines at the ticket booths. While there judge for yourself if the Elio Motors P5 is the future or a blip.
Where to start…something new or something old? Let’s start with the super new Alfa Romeo that is to be revealed at this years 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Will it be as sexy as the 4c they pulled the curtain from in Detroit in January? My guess is yes. My guess is that it will be a BMW 3 series competitor, because that’s what they all wanna have. We shall see won’t we? Lord knows a sexy 2 door sports car is a nice way to relaunch a brand, but they need more to sustain one.
To kick off the new Alfa the Motor Press Guild is organizing a retrospective of 35 collectible concours quality Alfas from the past to be displayed in the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza of the convention center. Those cars will be driven to the show from the Palm Springs Concorso held the weekend prior. Additionally Alfa Romeo is bringing a few cars from their private collection to show there as well. This will only be available to the press so I’ll take lots of pics for you.
The other news is that the Green Car of the Year finalists were named. This goes to the car, usually a hybrid, though a traditional gasser was included one year and a now not so clean we learned the hard way diesel. But I digress, the field this year is interesting and I’m not sure how it will go. They’re all familiar names, two got complete makeovers. Volt by Chevy is more mainstream looking and has doubled electic range, Prius…gets the funky face front intakes seen on their fuel cell car, not functional, funky for the sake of funky with the promise of better driving dynamics. That’s like asking a toaster not to be a toaster. The finalists up for judging by the Green Car Journal:
- Honda Civic
- Hyundai Sonata
- Chevy Volt
- Toyota Prius
- Audi A3 e-tron (my personal favorite)
Tickets are on sale now, grab yours early and avoid the crush outside waiting insufferable minutes in the ticket lines. ORDER HERE.
Los Angeles Auto Show, Los Angeles Convention Center. November 20-29, 2015. Check web for daily times.
Pic by me. I’ll be at the show for press days 11/18-19 and share with you the winners and losers.
There are a few hundred classic cars expected to line South Pasadena’s historic Mission Street for their 10th Annual Cruz’n for Roses classic car show. Car owners pay a fee to enter their cars and the proceeds go towards the cities Rose Parade float.
Also for the day the South Pas Fire and Police department will be hosting an open house if you want to check out their latest gear, cars and of course fire trucks. The open house will take place at their station located at 1422 S Mission from 10AM-3PM
By far my most favorite auto show in the Los Angeles area has got to be the Rancho Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance. This is a tightly curated show, few if any basic rides, it focuses on the premiere rides of days gone by. Two categories, restored and survivors that they call “Preservation” that are all original and just detailed out to show quality.
Make the jump for a few of my favorite cars of the day. Read the rest of this entry →
Its no secret that I love to go to car shows, doesn’t matter what kind, new, old, collectible or survivors its all good. Of late I’ve been into capturing details, mostly pot metal nomenclature as back in the day cars were named and the script font fulfilled the imagery. One of the other details I like is grill badges and plate ornaments. Imagine if you will the squeel I let out when I spotted this gem on a ’32 Franklin at yesterdays Rancho Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance.
Only 25 examples of this car will be hand crafted. Its Los Angeles showing will be at the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance on September 20. (Full details on the car after the jump).
The Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance is one of my most favorite shows in all of Southern California. IT IS without a doubt the best curated show out there and you can’t go wrong with the location –
General Parking for Concours d’Elegance
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
- General Parking is Free
- Location: Promenade Shopping Center & Peninsula Center – Rolling Hills Estates
- See map, below for parking entrances
- Shuttle access is at the Peninsula Center parking area.
We are happy to be able to provide FREE general parking for this year’s Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance through the generosity of Promenade on the Peninsula and Peninsula Shopping Center. Constantly running buses, courtesy of L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, will shuttle you to and from the Concours venue—about a 7 minute drive.
From either Hawthorne or Crenshaw Blvds., turn onto Indian Peak Road.
- Signage will direct you to parking entrances
- Volunteers will help guide you to a parking spot.
At Promenade on the Peninsula parking structure:
- Please use ONLY the parking entrance next to the Norris Theater.
- Please do not use any other parking entrance for Concours parking. These areas are reserved for shopping center patrons. Be courteous.
- After parking, walk across the street to Peninsula Shopping Center to board the Shuttle.
A detective loses his Dodge Patrol car with a hemi and cries…
I could add a few more snarks, but bottom line a few electric cars in the LAPD make sense in the right applications. No I can’t imagine them used in a high speed pursuit, but contrary to local TV that is not a constant occurrence. There’s plenty of things they do that involves just slogging around town and idling in traffic that an electric car and its zero emissions at the tail pipe make sense. Detectives cold calling witnesses and victims on follow up doesn’t need speed nor lights flaring. Parking meter slugs idling around town issuing tickets is another area that kinda makes sense.
Regardless of what you think of the EV, they make sense in some applications and if we can save some gas money swapped for electrons cheaper off the grid to power these little beasts its better for the cities bottom line.
Personally, I like the BMW i3, Drives very much like what you expect from BMW, with its aggressive regeneratvie braking systems a quick lift of the throttle feels more like downshifting a gasser than just idle coasting. My full review from a few years ago HERE that included an interview with the BMW i project manager.
Free subscription to blogging.la for the first person who captures a pic of the BMW i3 in action on the streets of L.A.
Yesterday was the 25th annual Monrovia Car Show and it wasn’t a disappointment. No sirree. It was side by side both sides of the street and some side streets in Old Town Monrovia jam packed with more old cars in every stage of repair and customization you could imagine. Focused primarily on domestics, there were the few odd imports…a Pantera here, an Anglia there, an Austin Healy there…you get the idea. A car show.
Of course there were all sorts of cars and trucks that defied description and you have to see them in person to grasp their importance. Or silliness. to see them you need to make the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
The cars start lining up at 8AM and by 10AM South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia from Palm to Olive is a massive sea of cars. MASSIVE. As in hundreds of classic cars in every state of restoration, customization or just in need of some TLC and stock original. Its limited to pre-malaise era cars so pretty much anything prior to 1980 is there.
With Myrtle Avenue blocked I’d suggest getting off at Myrtle Ave and head north from the 210. At that point turn right at Huntington Drive and then left at Ivy and park in a free city parking lot off Ivy. Or…turn left then right up Primrose and park in one of the free lots off that street.
Arrive early and do dress for heat. Crowds peak around the lunch hour and if its too hard to see the cars, well pop into Jakes Roadhouse or one of the many other restaurants in Old Town Monrovia, grab a bite and wait for the crowds to die down.
I see the most amazing stuff when I meander off the beaten path. This refugee from the Mad Max set, an art car gone mad if you will, was spotted in an alley just off Myrtle/Lime in Old Town Monrovia. Too bizarre for words.
Pic by me with my phone. Click to embiggen.
Has anyone use this new app called Fixed? In short its like mobile deposits for your banking app, you take a picture of the ticket, upload and they fight the parking ticket for you. For a fee. 35% of the ticket. Seems a little steep, but prolly cheaper than taking the morning off of work and standing in a line in traffic court to fight. FWIW they say 50% win in traffic court, I’ve done 100% just by showing up.
Comment if you’ve used and the results. Anyone test it with the parking Nazi’s in Pasadena that post-date times and hope you arrive after the time they “posted” as observing your expired meter?
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 →
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.