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AutoMatters+: Unlimited Hydroplane Racing at San Diego Bayfair 2014

Unlimited Hydroplanes at San Diego Bayfair

What better way to deal with the unseasonably warm temperatures than by heading for the beach? That’s what San Diegans and visitors alike did on the weekend of Sept. 12 – 14, as we all helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of San Diego Bayfair at San Diego’s beautiful Mission Bay.

AutoMatters+: Hot Wheels Life-Sized TWIN MILL

Life-sized Hot Wheels TWIN MILL

Recently I interviewed Bryan Benedict, the designer of the new, life-sized (1:1) Darth Vader Hot Wheels car at San Diego Comic-Con (for AutoMatters+ #344). While there, we made arrangements for me to drive up to Mattel to take a closer look at that car and also to see more of the 1:1 scale Hot Wheels show cars – all of which are functional. This time we’ll take a closer look at TWIN MILL.

Yet another study on the benefits of later school start times

Marsha Sutton

I can’t believe I’m writing about this again.

My fourth column, written in October of 2003, focused on the mountains of scientific research showing conclusively that early school start times for middle and high school students are harmful for teens.

Since then, I’ve written two more columns on the subject, in 2010 and 2013, and referenced the insanity of early start times in numerous other columns, all the while expressing exasperation at the deafening silence from education leaders.

Patriot Profiles: He served honorably and he died, and we were there to bury him.

Cpl. John Gabino and OC Eduard Cruz fold the Flag at funeral service at Miramar National Cemetery. Photo by Jeanne McKinney

In Miramar National Cemetery, each white tombstone has a priceless story.

AutoMatters+: INDYCAR Season Finale at Auto Club Speedway

Baby T-Rex from “Walking with Dinosaurs” snacking on Mario Andretti

The 2014 INDYCAR season wrapped up on Saturday evening, Aug. 30, with the MAVTV 500 — the Verizon IndyCar Series finale on the two-mile, D-shaped oval of Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

AutoMatters+: Bluegrass at Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum + November Man

Steam tractor

The Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum is much more than a museum. Its mostly agricultural, construction and early industrial treasures are displayed on a sprawling, 55-acre patch of farmland in Vista, California. Unlike at a typical museum, much of the equipment on display here is actually fired up and demonstrated. At tractor shows in the spring and fall, which are also known as harvest shows, visitors can see how crops were harvested and cooked.

Apple and Google to Enter Healthcare Industry

Tablet with medical analysis on table

By Joseph Franz Apple and Google, two of the tech world’s biggest players, both announced recently that they plan to move into the health care industry. Due to spiraling health care costs and new incentives from the Affordable Care Act to move medicine toward interconnected electronic communications, the health care data market is booming. And [...]

AutoMatters+: Perception & Illusion at the Reuben H. Fleet

Jason Latimer having fun with the audience

Lately the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park has been experimenting with new types of exhibits and shows. That’s appropriate, since experimentation is an important part of the scientific method. Prepare to be amazed by an audience participation magic show.

AutoMatters+: Goodguys Del Mar Nationals and ‘Into the Storm’

1955 Chevy

The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association’s 14th Del Mar Nationals was held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (home of the San Diego County Fair). This three-day event featured 1972 and earlier hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and woodies – with more than 2,500 of them on display outdoors and indoors.

AutoMatters+: Full-size Darth Vader Hot Wheels car & “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Hot Wheels exhibit at San Diego Comic-Con

One never knows precisely what to expect at San Diego Comic-Con but one thing is certain. Look around and you will find some very cool vehicles. They may be of Earth, outer space, real or imagined.

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