Automotive milestones, ’40 Fords, and roads for Hot Wheels

Mitsubishi putting 1917 Model A on modern hybrid platform | Mitsubishi MMA photo
Mitsubishi putting 1917 Model A on modern hybrid platform | Mitsubishi MMA photo

You may not recognize the automobile in the photograph, but that’s likely because only about 20 of them were produced, and it happened a century ago, and most likely they all remained in Japan. The 1917 Model A, largely based on the Fiat Tipo 3 though using all Japanese-produced parts, including a four-cylinder engine, was the first motorcar by the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Continue reading

Here’s how to get the new year off to a great start

Don Prieto's Deuxus combines '32 Ford with Lexus V8 powertrain | Larry Crane photos
Don Prieto’s Deuxus combines ’32 Ford with Lexus V8 powertrain | Larry Crane photos

Brilliant sunshine. air cool enough to show off your favorite club jacket. and old friends with new stories brought us all together for the 32nd time on January 1 of this new year. It’s not as though you haven’t been driving your favorite ride around Southern California every weekend since January 1, 2016, it’s just a perfect morning to reflect on another year of building — or rebuilding — out of parts we’re glad someone cared enough to save; then visiting a few shops of the guys who have mastered the art.

However, this is not a “driving” event, it is a destination event planned by Larry Wood, responsible for every Hot Wheels car since the sixth one. Continue reading