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AutoMatters: 2013 LA Auto Show

Ford exhibit

Situated in the large halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center and running through Dec. 1, the 2013 LA Auto Show includes tastefully presented new car ‘showrooms,’ special exhibits, a large hall dedicated to the aftermarket and vendors, and more. It features world and North American introductions of new automobiles, with an emphasis on ‘green’ vehicles. AutoMatters previewed the show during Press Days.

AutoMatters: Stadium SUPER Trucks at Caesars Palace

Stadium SUPER Trucks

Imagine that you, your friends and family are racing each other with radio-controlled, scale model, off-road trucks, sending them bounding over jumps and frequently crashing into each other. Sometimes they roll over but soon continue on their way after being rolled back onto their tires, leaving pieces of their bodywork all over the track in their wake. Got the picture? Good.

AutoMatters: Lexus LS 460 F Sport — High Tech & High Performance

Signature grille

Drawing upon the heritage of the $375,000 Lexus LFA supercar, the Lexus F Sport models are racetrack proven, true high-performance vehicles engineered for driving enthusiasts who will be satisfied with nothing less than the very best. They feature exceptional luxury and state-of-the-art electronics.

AutoMatters: ENDER’S GAME – Sci-Fi, Space, Morality and a 2088 Audi

Ender’s Game costume, set and prop design at Comic-Con 2013.

Based on the book by Orson Scott Card and set about 75 years in the future, Ender’s Game recalls the legendary and heroic accomplishments of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (played by Ben Kingsley), who had led a fiercely fought battle for humanity’s survival. Their last-ditch effort succeeded, when all hope seemed lost, to turn back hordes of alien invaders and stop the invasion.

AutoMatters: Dramatic IndyCar Season Finale at Auto Club Speedway

– Sebastien Bourdais racing with Alex Tagliani and Marco Andretti

It was an exciting race, a fitting conclusion to a dramatic, unbelievably competitive 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season that thrilled fans and the international field of competitors alike with many IndyCar race winners – including several for their first time. The MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana had it all from start to finish: action on the track, drama in the pits and suspense until the very end as to who would win the season championship. Would it be Scott Dixon, who emerged as the surprise Series leader late in the season, or would it be Helio Castroneves, who stumbled late in the season with a disastrous two-race weekend in Houston, giving up his commanding lead in the points?

AutoMatters: Orange County International Auto Show

BMW i3 North American debut

Orange County in California represents a major and important market for new automobiles. There was a time, not so long ago, when the Orange County International Auto Show came close to rivalling the LA Auto Show with exciting new vehicle introductions, elaborate displays and everything else that you’d expect from a major automobile show. It was much more than what some call a dealer show, with mostly a selection of new vehicles that you could already see in your local car dealers’ showrooms, along with a smattering of concept cars that had, for the most part, already made the rounds at first tier auto shows months before. Then our economy went sour, and along with it went the auto industry.

AutoMatters: 2013 Motor Press Guild Track Days

Jan reviews 2014 Corvette Stingray

As automotive journalists we drive a variety of vehicles throughout the year and then review them for you. It is especially helpful when reviewing vehicles to compare them back-to-back, testing them in similar situations. With that in mind, many vehicle manufacturers participate in the annual Motor Press Guild track days. For two days, they deliver their latest and greatest cars, trucks and 4x4s to one exceptional testing location.

AutoMatters: Mustangs by the Bay 2013

Mustangs by the Bay

One of the best things about car ownership is the opportunity to join car clubs and participate in club events, including car shows. With the long, sweeping bridge to Coronado on one side, and the modern highrises and convention center of San Diego on the other, Embarcadero Marina Park North at Seaport Village is surely one of the most beautiful places for a car show. It was time, once again, for Mustangs by the Bay, presented by the Mustang Club of San Diego.

AutoMatters: 2013 Coronado Speed Festival

Spin and a close call

The racing action was intense and there was much to see and do at the 2013 Coronado Speed Festival, part of Fleet Week San Diego.

AutoMatters: RUSH – A Film by Ron Howard

Niki Lauda (RUSH photo)

Why has it been so difficult for Hollywood to make great auto racing movies? As I think back to many that I’ve seen over the years, I can hardly think of any that captured the essence of the sport.

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