FT 4X: Analysis beyond the hype.

(images courtesy of Toyota USA’s press site) When Toyota published the initial press release for the FT 4X concept, the automotive press and Toyota truck enthusiasts (myself included) practically lost their minds over the prospect of the Japanese automaker relaunching  a successor to the much loved and discontinued (after MY ‘14) FJ Cruiser. All  this…

ICON: In the business of making icons even more iconic.

“Craftsmanship,” these days, is a term car makers use in press materials more as a metaphor than a physical manifestation of one mans attention to detail in fashioning a particular car part of a bespoke nature. In other words, it’s as elusive as a unicorn in today’s automotive offerings. Even when you go to the…

Fast like a Falcon: McLaren Super Series

(Images courtesy of McLaren’s press site) A few years ago, I had the opportunity – and rather unexpectedly – to not drive, but pilot a McLaren MP4-12C Spyder – now the soon to be outgoing 650S. Why do you pilot a McLaren instead of drive it? Technically, you’re driving, but a McLaren is so much…

Colorado ZR2: Trophy Truck and Overland Enthusiasts welcome.

(Images courtesy of Chevrolet’s press site) Last night in L.A., Chevrolet introduced the highly anticipated ZR2 variant of the midsize Colorado pickup for the 2016 L.A. International Auto Show. The ZR2 is anything but a typical trim level that would consist of superficial modifications over the standard vehicle. As where Toyota went relatively conservative with…

On the loose: ’16 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The Club The Dodge Challenger, probably one of the brashest interpretations of the modern muscle car. On the other hand, the Ford Mustang, while still very much a “Stang” is trending towards embodying more Euro flare than good ol’ in your face Americana. Sadly, the new 6th generation Camaro tries to relieve past glories with…

Period Correct: Stitched for drivers.

Hidden gem   Nestled in a small semi industrial complex, and unpretentious surroundings in Costa Mesa, CA lies a clothing store where automotive passion collides with fashion. A combination, which until the founding of Period Correct, was nonexistent in the specialty clothing boutique space on the West Coast, and perhaps the world.   If you…

Future Drive: Tesla, the EV and Autonomous Cars

Plugging in I have an interesting relationship with Tesla. On one hand, the conservationist in me admires the company’s go-it-alone approach to reduce carbon emissions through initiating commercialization of the electric vehicle; revolutionizing the automotive retail experience not just by direct sales alone, but personalizing the educational experience for consumers on the benefits of driving…

Luftgekühlt: SoCal Porsche dreamin’

  When icons collide   Porsche is one of the most celebrated automotive marques in the world and Los Angeles is of equal popularity as far as major world cities and tourist attractions go. Come spring time the two come together along with the masses of Porsche enthusiasts and owners alike to form Luftgekühlt. This…

The Petersen Automotive Museum

Don’t put off today… It was a somewhat emotional moment for me recalling the first time I had ever heard of the Petersen Automotive museum. I was 11 years old when my now deceased Grandmother pointed to a picture of the museum as it stood along the edge of Wilshire Boulevard in an article that…