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.
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.
In Miramar National Cemetery, each white tombstone has a priceless story.
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.
Sep 2, 2014 | Posted in AutoMatters
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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.
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.
Aug 20, 2014 | Posted in AutoMatters
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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.
Aug 14, 2014 | Posted in AutoMatters
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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.
Some of you have asked why my columns are so long. It’s a good question, because I never set out to write so much. It’s hubris to think my words are so important – I recognize that.
Every time I sit down to write, it’s always with the goal to keep my words under 1,000 – 800 is the target.
But here’s a perfect example of how it happens.
Comic-Con has grown into a pop culture extravaganza, celebrating not only comic books but also film, TV, collectables, toys, games and more. From July 23 to 27 I was on my feet much of the time, from when I left my car at Qualcomm Stadium and took the trolley to the Convention Center (to avoid paying as much as $50 for an evening’s parking downtown), to when I returned late at night. There were not enough hours to see and do everything because multiple things took place at the same or overlapping times.