Jan Wagner

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  • AutoMatters & More: 'December Nights' Holiday Celebration – San Diego Style

    AutoMatters & More: 'December Nights' Holiday Celebration – San Diego Style

    Each year the two-day "December Nights" holiday celebration transforms San Diego’s Balboa Park into something truly magical. It is billed as the nation’s premier holiday festival, the largest free festival in San Diego. In size and scope it is as if the San Diego County Fair merges with an amazing...

  • AutoMatters & More: The SEMA Show Turns 50

    AutoMatters & More: The SEMA Show Turns 50

    SEMA – the Specialty Equipment Market Association – is a trade association representing the $39.2 billion, worldwide automotive aftermarket industry. It offers its members research, training, education, manufacturing support services, legislative advocacy, group-buying discounts, networking events...

  • AutoMatters & More: Los Angeles Auto Show 2016

    AutoMatters & More: Los Angeles Auto Show 2016

    When the LA Auto Show tried to compete head-to-head for show dates with Detroit, Los Angeles kept coming up a little short. Now, with its emphasis on ‘green’ automobiles and an earlier show date, the LA Auto Show has truly come of age. Press Days began with an intense immersion into what they call...

  • AutoMatters & More: Lifehammer Evolution & “Extreme Weather”

    AutoMatters & More: Lifehammer Evolution & “Extreme Weather”

    Lifehammer Evolution The folks at Lifehammer are from The Netherlands. Their ancestors forever popularized wooden shoes (the original ‘safety shoes’). As I learned at this year’s AAPEX automotive trade show in Las Vegas (held in conjunction with the SEMA Show), their present day descendants are...

  • AutoMatters & More: Orange County International Auto Show

    AutoMatters & More: Orange County International Auto Show

    The new auto show season is in full swing and the coverage begins right here, right now. The Orange County International Auto Show is held each year at the Anaheim Convention Center, just a few blocks from Disneyland. This year’s show featured new cars, concepts, exotic cars, opportunities to test...

  • AutoMatters & More: AAA Membership – For Help When You Need It Most

    AutoMatters & More: AAA Membership – For Help When You Need It Most

    One never knows when they might need roadside assistance. On this particular day I was running some shopping errands in my 2011 Mustang GT. My daily driver – a Prius Plug-in – gets much better gas mileage, but the Mustang is much more fun to drive and besides, it needs to be driven at least every...

  • AutoMatters & More: “Wagons” & “Laughter on the 23rd Floor

    AutoMatters & More: “Wagons” & “Laughter on the 23rd Floor

    “Wagons.... Weekend Warriors” at the San Diego Automotive Museum Here is a question for you: what is the origin of the term ‘station wagon?’ Give up? I could not believe that in all my years of driving that included being behind the wheel of more than a few station wagons, I never thought to find...

  • AutoMatters & More: Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles – Season Finale

    AutoMatters & More: Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles – Season Finale

    Another thrilling season of Red Bull Global Rallycross has come to a close. Despite the departure of perennial series regular and crowd favorite Ken Block this year, as well as the absence of Las Vegas from the event calendar, the competition was as exciting as ever. This double-header event at...

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