Author: Doug Stokes (Doug Stokes)

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LEXUS AT 30 …

LEXUS AT 30 …

A few weeks ago the Los Angeles Times ran a Business Section article about Lexus brand being 30 years old and suffering a “midlife crisis”.* Our editor-at-large has a slightly different perspective on the subject I (think) that I’ve found that sometimes doing the right thing not only works for the person (or in this...

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MICKEY THOMPSON – The lost story of the original Speed King in his own words

MICKEY THOMPSON – The lost story of the original Speed King in his own words

LA CAR New Book Information & Notes: MICKEY THOMPSON  The Lost Story Of The Original Speed King In His Own WordsAuthor: Tom MadiganForeword by: Alex XydiasFirst Edition (published 12/10/19)Hardback, 240 Pages, 8.5” x 10”150 Color and B&W photosISBN: 9780760365991Publisher: Motorbooks$50.00 US / £35.00 Great Britain Editor’s note: What follows is a publisher-supplied description of the late Tom Madigan’s last book: “Mickey Thompson –The...

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Petersen Automotive Museum: New Exhibit Honors Motorsports Legend Chip Ganassi

Petersen Automotive Museum: New Exhibit Honors Motorsports Legend Chip Ganassi

Petersen Automotive Museum: New Exhibit Honors Motorsports Legend Chip Ganassi December 14: The Petersen Automotive Museum opens: the “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success 30th Anniversary Tribute” exhibit pays homage to the numerous IndyCar, NASCAR and IMSA racing successes of Chip Ganassi.  Reported by guest editor Stuart Rowlands … photos by author and courtesy the Petersen Museum Arrayed in...

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Robot, Take the Wheel … The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving

Robot, Take the Wheel … The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving

LACar.com Book Review Robot, Take The Wheel The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving By Jason TorchinskyForward by Beau BoeckmannApollo Publishers 2019Hardbound – 244 pagesChapter illustrations by the author$24.95 USDISBN: 978-1-94806-226-8 (Print)ISBN: 978-1- 948062-27-5 (Ebook) WIRED AND WONDERING ALOUD… Before we start this revue, I feel that I must let on to...

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SEASON’S CREATE-INGS!

SEASON’S CREATE-INGS!

LACar’s Artist Extraordinaire Hector Cademartori shows us a bit of his unique style of holiday spirit Above: Hector Cademartori holiday cards from sketch to final products and back (2019 and 2017 editions) Truth be told, LACar contributor Hector Cademartori prefers the title “illustrator” to “fine artist”; in my copybook, Hector is quite honestly both and...

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THE FORD THAT BEAT FERRARI … A Racing History of the GT40

THE FORD THAT BEAT FERRARI … A Racing History of the GT40

LACar BOOK RECOMMENDATION: THE FORD That Beat FERRARI A Racing History of the GT40 By John S. Allen and Gordon J. JonesForeword by Jacky Ickx• Publication: September 2019• ERVO Publishing• UK price: £90.00 US price $120.00• ISBN: 978-1-910505-47-2• Format: 280 x 230mm 11.25 x 8.25in• Hardback 496 pages• 850 photos color and b/w This new...

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“Yanks” Author Tim Considine Weighs-In On “Ford v Ferrari”

“Yanks” Author Tim Considine Weighs-In On “Ford v Ferrari”

Dean Batchelor Award-winning motorsports author Tim Considine says “Unequivocally, Ford v Ferrari is a TERRIFIC movie and evidenced by the enthusiastic applause at the end of the film, our opinion was shared virtually unanimously by the Academy audience.” Featured image above courtesy of The Cahier Collection (Bernard Cahier) Ford v Ferrari … Author Tim Considine’s...

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The Real Thanksgiving Night Grand Prix. No, not at LAX…Ventura!

The Real Thanksgiving Night Grand Prix. No, not at LAX…Ventura!

Only the Indianapolis 500 goes back further in American racing history than the “Thanksgiving Night Grand Prix for Midget Cars” (only ever referred to as that on paper and known world-wide simply as “Turkey Night”).   Story by Doug Stokes and photos by Albert Wong And that historic motorsports event takes place again for it’s 79th...

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“SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ROAD RACING” …When Old Yeller really roamed the race tracks!

“SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ROAD RACING” …When Old Yeller really roamed the race tracks!

This new book by Tony Baker stands out and deserves a second look. For anyone who expects it online soon, that’s not going to happen … just break down and buy the darn book. LACar.com Book Review:Southern California Road Racingby Tony BakerPaperback 128 pages, 223 photos$22.95Published 2019ISBN: 978-1-4671-0362-6Arcadia Publishing/www.arcadiapublishing.comReview by Dave WolinPhotos courtesy of the...

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LAND ROVER … One of LA’s Favorite Ways to the West Side and Beyond…

LAND ROVER … One of LA’s Favorite Ways to the West Side and Beyond…

LACar.com Book ReviewThe Land Rover StoryBy Dave PhillipsEVRO Publishing – 2019, 311 pagesReviewed by: Don TaylorPhotographs courtesy of ERVO Publishing (except top featured image of the 50,000th Land Rover rolls off the assembly line in 1952 courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover) Try this. Look at the current Porsche vehicle line-up, but with a hand over...

 

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