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.
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.
Oct 11, 2013 | Posted in AutoMatters
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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.
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.
Lexus is well known for luxury but also leads in off-road capability. Full-time four-wheel-drive is standard on the Lexus GX 460, which uses an electronically controlled transfer case and a TORSEN® torque-sensing limited slip differential. The front to rear power ratio is adjusted as needed, based on wheel slip. That power – 301 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, is provided by a 4.6-liter V8, delivered through a six-speed, electronically controlled transmission.
Snake & Mongoo$e is based on the true story of Don “the Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen. Using a mixture of new and seamlessly intercut historical footage, as well as a wealth of other archival materials including newspaper and magazine clippings, artwork, TV commercials and racing memorabilia, this movie is entertaining and believable.
As a recent off-road drive demonstrated, when it is time for some serious off-roading, the Mercedes-Benz G550 is up to the task. Originally developed over 30 years ago for off-road military duty, this time-tested vehicle is as about as tough and off-road capable as they come. It is also very expensive, with a base MSRP of $113,000.
It seems like it just began but another auto racing season is already entering the home stretch. Coming up on Sept. 21 – 22 will be the Coronado Speed Festival – part of Fleet Week, which pays tribute to the United States Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. You’ll see racecars from the past – and a few from the present, as they gather from around the country to compete on the road course at Naval Base Coronado. This will include an official round of the Mazda MX-5 Cup series, where production car-based Mazda MX-5s will race each other in SCCA Pro Racing.
For many of us, myself included, driving is much more than just a chore that we need to do to get from Point A to Point B. For us, pushing our cars to their (and our) limits is great fun and an end in itself, but other than on a racetrack, where can we legally do that?
I just spent three incredible days at the D23 Expo 2013. D23 is the official Disney Fan club. Billed as “The Ultimate Disney Fan Event,” this third biannual event is Disney’s equivalent of Comic-Con. It filled the Anaheim Convention Center and was conveniently located close to the Disneyland Resort (I went there to watch the spectacular fireworks show and Fantasmic on Sunday evening, after the D23 Expo ended).