PEBBLE BEACH: JAPANESE AUTOMOTIVE INVITATIONAL!

PEBBLE BEACH: JAPANESE AUTOMOTIVE INVITATIONAL!
A new event this year was the Japanese Automotive Invitational held on the grounds adjacent to the Pebble Beach Concours; the Matunes were on-site representing the Chronicles. A cooperative effort between Infiniti and Motor Trend Group, the JAI showcased significant milestones in the history of Japanese cars. Among them was Caroline & Tommy Kendall’s 1982 Malibu Grand Prix Mazda RX-7 racecar. In its competitive lifespan, it would garner five season championships for three different drivers ...
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‘18 BMW M5: A TRUE CRUISE MISSILE!

BMW’s newest M5 couples 600 horsepower with all-wheel drive to deliver a true Ultimate Driving Machine experience, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker I'm channeling my inner Tom Cruise. No, not the TC in tighty-whities and cotton socks, bopping to Bob Seger's Old Time Rock n Roll in Risky Business. This is action-man Cruise in full Ethan Hunt mode, at the helm of a 600-horsepower ‘18 BMW M5, slippin', slidin' and char-grilling rubber on the streets of Paris in the latest Mission Impossible ro...
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2018 PEBBLE BEACH: CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE!

2018 PEBBLE BEACH: CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE!
You could publish a lavish book about the cars displayed this year at Pebble Beach. Since we don’t have the space, here are some of the highlights from Mike & Maureen Matune, our shooters ‘on the green.’ Best of Show: David & Ginny Sydorick Beverly Hills, CA, Copyright Kimball Studios / Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It was about sunrise when this photo was taken, hours before the Concours would officially open. As the cars are moving onto the show field, crowds are alre...
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ROLEX MOTORSPORTS REUNION: LAGUNA SECA!

ROLEX MOTORSPORTS REUNION: LAGUNA SECA!
Historic racecars come out of the woodwork worldwide once a year to challenge each other and the legendary Corkscrew at Rolex Motorsports Reunion: Laguna Seca. It’s the most important vintage-racing event in the US. Mike and Maureen Matune captured highlights for us. If it’s August, it must be time for the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca! An annual pilgrimage for many of the automotive faithful, the event serves as one bookend for the extravaganza know...
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MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2018, PT. I: THE HAMMER!

MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2018, PT. I
I came. I saw. I need a drink, blogs photojournalist Jim Palam, after spending five days of auto immersion on the Monterey Peninsula. There’s no doubt that if you’re a Car Guy you must experience this high-octane week of automotive achievement, competition, celebration and extravagance. But be forewarned: bring comfortable shoes, lots of money, plenty of energy and a lot of patience. If you’re lucky, you’ll make it through Day One with enthusiasm intact for Day Two. Welcome to MONTEREY CAR WEEK...
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ATLANTA CONCOURS: EXCEPTIONAL CARS AT CHATEAU ELAN!

ATLANTA CONCOURS: EXCEPTIONAL CARS AT CHATEAU ELAN!
Now in its third year, the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance continues to grow in stature and is attracting award-winning automobiles from across the nation. This year’s Concours d’Elegance, scheduled for September. 29-30, 2018, will once again be held at the Chateau Elan Golf Club, adjacent to the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, GA. Co-founders and local Atlanta residents Bill Wallet and Harry Krix created the inaugural 2016 event at Chateau Elan, where they envisioned fulfilling an Atl...
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E-TYPE JAG ZERO: PLUG-IN & PLAY!

E-TYPE JAG ZERO: PLUG-IN & PLAY!
Zero-emissions iconic sports car breaks cover today at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, during Monterey Car Week. Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original Concept for ‘the most beautiful electric car in the world’, Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will offer all-electric E-types for sale. The news follows the EV sports car Concept's successful debut at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017. Combining its restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from t...
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OPEN ROADS, PART 1: COLORADO TO CALIFORNIA ON US ROUTE 50!

OPEN ROADS, PART 1
The Loneliest Road isn't quite as lonely as it once was, but it should still be on the bucket list of every automobile enthusiast, blogs racer, TV personality, Stephen Cox. I drove more than 1,200 miles this summer on America's “Loneliest Road,” US Route 50 West, as part of  https://www.rallynorthamerica.com/ The event itself was remarkable, featuring incredible scenery, a family-like atmosphere with friendly people and a week of immersion in the automotive lifestyle. The rally started in Puebl...
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BOOK REVIEW: THE ROAD TO MODENA!

THE ROAD TO MODENA!
Peter Brock takes us on a trip to Italy, via The Road to Modena, to tell the story of the stillborn Shelby-De Tomaso P70 Can-Am racecar he designed and the De Tomaso Sport 5000 variant he didn’t! Along the way, he relives his life and and adventures working at Shelby American. Of all of Carroll Shelby’s projects during the 1960s-1970s, the P70 Shelby-De Tomaso Can-Am racecar (at one point referenced a Ghia-De Tomaso Sport 5 Liter) is the one that little has been written about. Peter Brock r...
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’69 COPO 9567 CAMARO: ONE OF NONE!

’69 COPO 9567 CAMARO: ONE OF NONE!
The rarest of all COPO Camaros, powered by an all-aluminum 427, could’ve been a street screamer. I drove the only one built at GM’s Milford Proving Ground, below, in 1969 and never saw it again. Chevrolet had a very effective “backdoor” approach to insuring its performance image. The process was called COPO (Central Office Production Order) and it essentially allowed for the building of non-standard cars. Dating back to the late-1940s, it was initiated to accept low-volume orders from fleet ope...
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