Without irony, the art and artisans of the lowrider culture occupy the Petersen Automotive Museum’s gallery named for Armand Hammer, a collector of fine art representing some of the most controversial creative anarchy in the history of art — beginning with the creative anarchists of Florence who reintroduced lifelike humanism in the late 15th century after a millennium of Byzantine cartoons of lifeless icons. We call it The Rebirth (Renaissance). Continue reading
Rodeo Drive. Beverly Hills, California, home to the purveyors of all the good stuff — no, the really good stuff — and the Father’s Day, Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.
What passes as a program is a slick tabloid called, with no irony, Beverly Hills Style. Continue reading
Founding chairman Aaron Weiss has led the thoughtful growth of, official title — the San Marino Motor Classic and Southern California Region Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic — to its current celebrated success in spacious, and shaded, Lacy Park.
Weiss proudly shares the accolades with his dedicated, detail-focused volunteer team that has helped the 7-year-old event contribute $1.25 million to be shared by Pasadena Humane Society, the San Marino Rotary Foundation, and the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band that fills the forest-skirted park during the car event with a broad range of artfully romantic tunes from the last century. Continue reading
Red, because Ferrari continues to honor the 1906 Federation International de l’Automobile decision to establish national racing colors to facilitate a spectator recognizing racers from his country — Italian participating cars would be red.
While there have been many manufacturers who spent vast amounts of money modifying production cars to improve racetrack performance, Ferrari in its early days made very minor modifications to make its racing sports cars street worthy. Continue reading
Daniel Sexton Gurney’s father retired from a career in the aural glories of opera and moved his family to the wind-pushed murmurs of the citrus-covered foothills of Riverside, California. Tall, slender, handsome Dan was immediately became known as the prototypical California kid — and would be for the next 60 years (and counting). Continue reading
Phil Reilly’s big restoration shop in Corte Madera, California, was as bright as a hospital emergency room when my wife, Tracy, and I arrived at about 10 o’clock one Wednesday evening. Ross Cummings was waiting to release the last automotive patient before the four-day car guy’s bacchanalia affectionately known as the “Monterey Weekend.” Continue reading
Mecum Auctions’ Los Angeles 2017 sale last week was produced at the storied Pomona fairgrounds — now Fairplex — long-established epicenter of Southern California car enthusiast thought and action. True to the facilities’ welcome to all who play in the hobby, Mecum delivered on its promise as “every-man’s auction company” to present a broad selection of vehicles “from entry-level to museum-grade” with sale prices of cars from just a few thousand dollars to several hundred thousand.
There in is the carefully groomed reason that Dana Mecum’s auction company, created in 1988, has become the volume leader in “collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales” throughout the United States. Continue reading
Sunday morning in Malibu. Down the hill through dense fog and into a lovely English light-box sky — flat white — like the expensive light created in a photographer’s studio. Reflections are pure. Color is represented in its truest form without the brilliant flare that changes the F-stop in your retina and gives you a darker version.
It is a fantastic time and place to photograph cars — anywhere is a great place to look at and talk about cars with knowledgeable aficionados. The brick-paved carpark in front of the Malibu Kitchen in the 7:00 a.m. chill of a Pacific beach winter morning is as authentic a European recreation as we get to experience locally. Continue reading
‘Engage the dogs by squeezing the lock lever against the shifter and pulling it back. As soon as the push truck makes contact, watch the oil-pressure gauge. When the needle moves, hit the ignition switch and brace your neck for the acceleration.”
I did. It did. And we did. Continue reading
Al Slonaker launched a modified-car show in the Oakland Exposition hall in 1949 and decided to focus on hot rods for the following year. “Hot rod” meant “public nuisance” (menace, even) in the local (national, too) press, so he called his rechristened exhibit the “Roadster Show.” Continue reading