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AutoMatters: Flower Power, Fireworks & Music at the Fair

The British are coming! The British are coming! The British were here – in a VW Beetle? I’ll explain shortly. For 24 days beginning in June and ending shortly after the Fourth of July, the San Diego County Fair was in town. As you may know, a couple of columns ago (in AutoMatters # 338) the Fair had terrific action-packed motorsports, car shows and more. I wanted to return one more time – on the Fourth of July, to see what I missed the first time around and to enjoy the holiday fireworks show.

AutoMatters: Orphan Cars & ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

1964 Studebaker Avanti

Recently I visited the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park to see their latest exhibit, which is called “Orphan Cars: Gone But Not Forgotten.” Before I left they gave me a fascinating Press document that chronicled the rich and somewhat sad history of orphan cars. I’ll share some of that with you now.

AutoMatters: Wheels & Motorsports at the Fair

Freestyle motocross

Those of you who have been reading AutoMatters over the years already know that there are car shows, motorsports and other wheeled things to enjoy at the San Diego County Fair. The 2014 edition of the fair is no exception. I am so excited to share this with you as soon as possible that instead of writing the column that I’d intended and prepared for today, I will go through over 2,700 photos that I took, edit a few and write this for you in time for my deadline tomorrow morning. This will be a real challenge.

High school student parking fees under scrutiny

Marsha Sutton

At $40 annually per vehicle, the San Dieguito Union High School District collected over $77,000 in fees this year from students for campus parking permits.

With an overall budget this year of about $107 million, $77,000 may seem insignificant. But there’s a principle at stake here, says Sally Smith, a San Diego attorney and relentless crusader for equal access in public education.

AutoMatters: Rent a Truck & Move It Yourself

A few weeks ago my daughter asked me for a favor: would I move some very nice furniture that she had been given by her aunt and uncle from their house in San Diego to her new home in LA? She even offered to make the arrangements and pay for a van.

AutoMatters: Carpool-only lanes and a review of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

New freeway access roads going in every direction

By Jan Wagner Freeway on-ramps with side-by-side carpool and regular traffic lanes make it easy to know where you may and may not drive. If you accidentally find yourself in such a carpool lane, it is easy to pull out of it to avoid getting a very expensive ticket. These days there are also carpool-ONLY [...]

Illegal fees collected for cap-and-gown; refunds owed

Marsha Sutton

Parents who paid for caps and gowns for their graduating high school seniors this year are owed a full refund, the San Dieguito Union High School District has determined.

Because the district did not make it clear that caps and gowns could be provided at no charge, SDUHSD is now forced to offer refunds to anyone who purchased the attire and does not wish to keep it.

AutoMatters: 2014 Ford Coast-To-Coast EcoBoost Challenge

Fiesta ST autocross chalk talk

Ford is touring the country to showcase their EcoBoost technology in cars, trucks and utility vehicles, as compared to competitors’ vehicles. This 12-city tour began in Phoenix in April and will end in Indianapolis in July.

News for high school athletes and graduating seniors

Marsha Sutton

In her fight to ensure fair and equal access for all public school students in California, Sally Smith is a champion for those without a voice and Public Enemy #1 to those who view her as a destructive force in public education.

Smith is a doggedly determined attorney who began her pursuit to eliminate improper fees in public schools in the San Diego Unified School District where her children attended school.

AutoMatters: Planes of Fame Airshow & “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Heritage Flight

Our coverage this week begins with the Planes of Fame Airshow, which also included some cool vintage military vehicles used in a battle re-enactment. The show was held on the first weekend in May at the Chino Airport.

As Steve Hinton, President of the Planes of Fame Air Museum wrote in the air show’s souvenir program (which provided a wealth of interesting information about the aircraft), this year’s air show was a salute to the U.S. Army Air Corps’ Mighty 8th. He explained that in Europe in 1944 “the U.S. Army Air Corps, as the U.S. Air Force was known at the time, reorganized its efforts by combining the 8th Bomber Command and the 9th Air Force into what is known today as the Mighty 8th.” “By July of that same year, the Mighty 8th was made up of more than 200,000 airmen and could deploy 2,000 heavy four-engine bombers and 1,000 fighter aircraft on any given day to multiple targets.”

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