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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.

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 [...]

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.

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.”

AutoMatters: WonderCon Anaheim 2014

Jan in “Mario Kart 8”

One of the many wonderful things to see in Southern California is San Diego’s Comic-Con: “the largest comics and popular arts convention in the world, according to the Guinness World Records.” Unfortunately Comic-Con takes place but once a year, for four days (plus preview night) in the summer.

AutoMatters: Mustang at 50 – What a Concept!

1962 Ford Mustang I Roadster concept

This year the iconic Ford Mustang turns 50 years old, and it’s going stronger than ever with an exciting, all-new model on the horizon.

AutoMatters: Seal Beach Classic Car Show & “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Cool beetle

This week we’re going to a car show and a movie.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 was the date of the 27th annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show. Despite the forecast rain the night before, which probably gave the organizers fits, the weather on the day of the show was Southern California picture-perfect.

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

Zach Veach (Indy Lights) braking hard for Turn 8

Part one’s coverage (in AutoMatters #328) of the 40th anniversary of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach ended with exciting drifting competition on Saturday night, April 12th. Now let’s move on to Sunday’s racing action with Indy Lights, SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road trucks (not only spectacular racing, but also insane jumping and crashing into the tire barriers!), Verizon IndyCars and, to wrap up a very full weekend of seven different race series, Pirelli World Challenge cars – all on the famous 1.968 mile, 11-turn course through the streets of Long Beach, California.

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