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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.
* Running of the Clowns
I’m sorry the uploader doesn’t work for me…if it did I’d have a snazzy pic for you from the GLA Improv facebook page to share with you. This is going to be a really fun event run through the alleys of Old Town Pasadena.
As a Runner you don’t have to be in that great of shape. The furthest we sprint at any given time is a block. You are to dress as the runners at the Running of the Bulls do…white pants, shirts and shoes with a red bandana.
If you choose a clown you have to be a happy friendly clown. Not like “It” or “John Wayne Gacy”. Costume materials are cheap and plentiful at the Dollar Store and 99Cent only stores.
The Mission is simple. We all meet at the Sierra Madre Villa station of the Gold Line before 2PM. Load your TAP card or buy RT fare totalling 3.50 for round trip. At that point we will be briefed and grouped…runners in one car and clowns in another. Catch a train to the Memorial Park Station by Holly Street and there the fun begins. Full details on FB.
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.
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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 →
The 50th Anniversary of the Mustang continues, this time with Mustang Madness at the Peterson Museum brought to us by the folks at Galpin Ford in the Valley. Its not just a one day event, but an entire weekend full of events.
For me its a toss up which event will be the best. Could it be the rally from Galpin in the Valley with a couple hundred Mustangs? Maybe the screening of either the 1974 or 2000 versions of “Gone in 60 Seconds”? All I know is that Sunday is the day to be at the Peterson as that will be the day folks bring their cars and voting is done for the People’s choice with cash prizes for the 3 best cars.
Deets: Saturday 5/3, 9AM-2PM, Sunday 5/4 10AM-4 PM The Petersen, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036
29th Fabulous Fords Forever
Not much out there will tempt me to venture beyond the Orange Curtain, a good car show is a big one to do just that. This years show was nothing short of amazing. To celebrate the 50th year of the Mustang they had over 1000 versions of it from its launch up to and including 1, 2015 Model that will go on sale in a few months. An amazing collection.
Of course it was more than just the Mustang. It encompassed models from Ford’s inception with a variety of Fords, Mercurys, Edsels and Lincolns. Every owner there had a story to tell whether it be their first new car ever and drove it the last 40 years, or a barn find they lovingly restored. Even better…the customs. Not always my cup-o-tea but I certainly appreciate the effort in making these one off automobiles. Read the rest of this entry →
Last night was the pre-rally party for the folks taking part in the Mustangs Across America rally that starts here in Los Angeles and will end up in Charlotte NC a week from now. This event will be the pinnacle of activies surrounding the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang. Read the rest of this entry →
The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 in West Los Angeles from National Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard to facilitate formal walk-throughs of the roadway project area in preparation for upcoming lane re-striping activities on Monday and Wednesday night, April 7 and 9. Closure information is as follows:
- The night of Monday, April 7: midnight to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8
- The night of Wednesday, April 9: midnight to 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 10
Ramps will be closed as early as 7 p.m., and lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m.
-Westbound I-10 to Northbound I-405 connector
-Eastbound I-10 to Northbound I-405 connector
-Olympic Boulevard/Pico Boulevard Northbound I-405 on-ramp (on Cotner Avenue)
-From Westbound I-10: Exit Bundy North, turn right to Northbound Bundy Drive, turn right on Eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, and turn left to enter the Northbound I-405 at the Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp.
-From Eastbound I-10: Exit at Overland Avenue off-ramp, turn right to Northbound Overland, turn left to Westbound Pico Boulevard, turn right to Northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn right to Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, and turn right to enter the Northbound I-405 at the Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard on-ramp.
What to expect:
-Work is dependent on favorable weather conditions.
-Emergency access will be maintained at all times.