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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.

AutoMatters: The Scare of My Life

Mangled crash vehicles – 2012 SEMA Show

Just after midnight on Saturday, while driving on the freeway, I had the scare of my life. I have absolutely no doubt that I came within a few seconds of having a terrible, high-speed, life-ending crash. Unlike in the thought-provoking new science fiction movie entitled “Transcendence” (spoiler alert), where efforts are made to transfer a dying man’s consciousness into a sophisticated computer system, there would have been no coming back from such an accident. I am sharing my experience with you in the sincere

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.

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