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AutoMatters: ‘Need for Speed’ & ‘Muppets Most Wanted’

Need for Speed – ©2014 DreamWorks Pictures

This week AutoMatters goes to the movies with reviews of “Need for Speed” and Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted.” They both feature cool cars.

AutoMatters: SoCal Pro Racing Preview & AutoMatters Tech

NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway (Mar. 24/13)

If you enjoy watching professional auto racing live and in-person, SoCal (Southern California) is the place to be. Also, it takes a lot of tech to bring you a new AutoMatters column each and every week, so this week come into my home office and take a close-up look at some of my latest hi-tech tools.

AutoMatters: Muscle Cars at the San Diego Automotive Museum & ‘NON-STOP’

Muscle cars at the San Diego Automotive Museum

This week AutoMatters visits an exhibit of classic muscle cars. Then it’s off for some high-flying, thrilling entertainment with a review of the action-packed movie “NON-STOP,” now playing at a theater near you.

Ah, muscle cars – I remember them well. Glossy brochure pictures featured these loud, in your face machines in surreal settings like idyllic fields covered in flowers to stimulate your imagination. They were drag raced and many spent their Friday and Saturday nights at impromptu car shows at the local drive-in (movie or burger). These were nostalgic times, recalled by “Muscle Cars: 50 Years of American Horsepower” – a new exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park.

All of the major U.S. auto manufacturers got in on the action. Their very names evoked speed: GTO, AMX, Superbird, Firebird, Mustang, 4-4-2, Road Runner, Torino, Javelin, Charger, Camaro, Barracuda and more.

I was fortunate to have been a teenager with my very own muscle car back in those days. It was a bright red, 1970 Plymouth Duster 340.

AutoMatters: Goodguys Del Mar Nationals

Goodguys autocross

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association 14th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals will be rolling into the Del Mar Fairgrounds from April 4 – 6, 2014. To give you a good indication of what you can expect, here’s a sampling of what took place at the Goodguys Fall Del Mar Nationals, which were held last November.

AutoMatters: GRAN TURISMO 6 for the PS3

– ©2013 Sony Computer Entertainment

If you enjoy car racing and realistic video games, check out GRAN TURISMO 6 – “The Real Driving Simulator” for the PlayStation 3. Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the long-running GRAN TURISMO series, this is the newest and most advanced installment yet.

AutoMatters: “Need for Speed” Preview, “RoboCop,” a Car Show & More

Car chase from Need for Speed – DreamWorks Pictures

This week AutoMatters takes you to the movies with a preview of “Need for Speed” and a review of “RoboCop.” Then we’ll drop by a car show at the Grand Opening of TAG Motorsports in Vista, CA.

“The Need for Speed” began in 1994 as a popular video game franchise that featured street racing in cool, fast cars. As the years went by the game play got better and increasingly more realistic, as video game technology improved.

AutoMatters: Driverless Shuttle & More at International CES

Navia shuttle in Las Vegas

When we get into an elevator and press a button for our floor, we don’t give that ride a second thought, do we? If we’re talking with someone before we get into the elevator, we’re likely to continue our conversation when we’re inside. We trust the elevator to take us to where we’re going and let us off, safe and sound.

AutoMatters: Motorcycle Racing, Hard Drives & Prizes!

Flat track motorcycle racing at the South Point, Las Vegas

I recently covered Gene Romero’s West Coast Flat Track Series indoor motorcycle racing at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas. I covered this event last year too, and told you about it in AutoMatters #265.

It is truly amazing what a liberal application of sticky, gooey, Pepsi cola will do to slippery concrete. Suffice to say, it creates an ideal (and tasty?) surface for exciting indoor motorcycle racing.

AutoMatters: FIA Formula-e & olloclip at International CES

FIA Formula-e debut demonstration – Mandalay Bay

AutoMatters’ coverage of the 2014 International CES continues with the Las Vegas debut of the FIA’s new Formula-e Championship racing series, as well as more cool new products: olloclip camera lenses for the iPhone.

AutoMatters: 2014 International CES – First Look

Christopher Lloyd as “Doc” Brown – Back to the Future DeLorean

I just returned from a full week in Las Vegas at the 2014 International CES – otherwise known as the Consumer Electronics Show. I covered far too much to report in one column so more will follow in the weeks ahead.

CES is a huge, annual exhibition for the consumer electronics industry. Products include audio, video, photo gear, automotive electronics, cell phones, computers, 3-D printers, tablets and all their peripherals and accessories. Too large to be housed in just the Las Vegas Convention Center, this year the exhibit halls were also located in The Venetian, Mandalay Bay, the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (LVH) and the Renaissance Las Vegas. Additionally, special events were held in other Las Vegas area hotels and venues.

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