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AutoMatters: 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (part one)

Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

The 40th anniversary of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach took place on April 11-13.

AutoMatters: Distracted Driving & “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Teen driving while distracted

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To draw our attention to the life-threatening dangers posed by distracted driving, and to help people become safer, more responsible and better-informed drivers and passengers, the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, Impact Teen Drivers, the California Office of Traffic Safety, more than 250 law enforcement agencies – including the California Highway Patrol, and others have joined together in a state-wide public awareness and education campaign.

AutoMatters: Logitech G27 Racing Wheel & Kanex Computer Accessories

Car-like appearance of Logitech G27

Logitech’s G27 Racing Wheel (http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/g27-racing-wheel) is intended to bring what they describe as “a simulator-grade racing experience to the PC and PlayStation 3.” More than just a steering wheel, it also includes pedals and a manual shifter.

AutoMatters: NASCAR in Southern California & “Divergent”

Kyle Larson leads Nationwide race into Turn 2

The fast, wide, two-mile track at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana recently hosted two thrilling NASCAR races: the Nationwide Series “TreatMyClot.com 300” and the sellout, standing room only Sprint Cup Series “Auto Club 400.”

AutoMatters: ‘Need for Speed’ & ‘Muppets Most Wanted’

Need for Speed – ©2014 DreamWorks Pictures

This week AutoMatters goes to the movies with reviews of “Need for Speed” and Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted.” They both feature cool cars.

AutoMatters: SoCal Pro Racing Preview & AutoMatters Tech

NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway (Mar. 24/13)

If you enjoy watching professional auto racing live and in-person, SoCal (Southern California) is the place to be. Also, it takes a lot of tech to bring you a new AutoMatters column each and every week, so this week come into my home office and take a close-up look at some of my latest hi-tech tools.

AutoMatters: Muscle Cars at the San Diego Automotive Museum & ‘NON-STOP’

Muscle cars at the San Diego Automotive Museum

This week AutoMatters visits an exhibit of classic muscle cars. Then it’s off for some high-flying, thrilling entertainment with a review of the action-packed movie “NON-STOP,” now playing at a theater near you.

Ah, muscle cars – I remember them well. Glossy brochure pictures featured these loud, in your face machines in surreal settings like idyllic fields covered in flowers to stimulate your imagination. They were drag raced and many spent their Friday and Saturday nights at impromptu car shows at the local drive-in (movie or burger). These were nostalgic times, recalled by “Muscle Cars: 50 Years of American Horsepower” – a new exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park.

All of the major U.S. auto manufacturers got in on the action. Their very names evoked speed: GTO, AMX, Superbird, Firebird, Mustang, 4-4-2, Road Runner, Torino, Javelin, Charger, Camaro, Barracuda and more.

I was fortunate to have been a teenager with my very own muscle car back in those days. It was a bright red, 1970 Plymouth Duster 340.

AutoMatters: Goodguys Del Mar Nationals

Goodguys autocross

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association 14th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals will be rolling into the Del Mar Fairgrounds from April 4 – 6, 2014. To give you a good indication of what you can expect, here’s a sampling of what took place at the Goodguys Fall Del Mar Nationals, which were held last November.

AutoMatters: GRAN TURISMO 6 for the PS3

– ©2013 Sony Computer Entertainment

If you enjoy car racing and realistic video games, check out GRAN TURISMO 6 – “The Real Driving Simulator” for the PlayStation 3. Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the long-running GRAN TURISMO series, this is the newest and most advanced installment yet.

AutoMatters: “Need for Speed” Preview, “RoboCop,” a Car Show & More

Car chase from Need for Speed – DreamWorks Pictures

This week AutoMatters takes you to the movies with a preview of “Need for Speed” and a review of “RoboCop.” Then we’ll drop by a car show at the Grand Opening of TAG Motorsports in Vista, CA.

“The Need for Speed” began in 1994 as a popular video game franchise that featured street racing in cool, fast cars. As the years went by the game play got better and increasingly more realistic, as video game technology improved.

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