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  • Velocity: Invitational Motorsports Festival

    Velocity: Invitational Motorsports Festival

    There are times when even a serious car guy needs a little nudge to get up early and head out in the dark to cover a motorsports event. So, we’re happy to report that our Jim Palam saw the light, set his alarm and got the story for us! Here’s his coverage of the Velocity: […]
  • COMPACT MUSCLE COMPARO: ‘69 CHRYSLER VS. GM.

    COMPACT MUSCLE COMPARO: ‘69 CHRYSLER VS. GM.

    Musclecar guru, Diego Rosenberg, shows that GM and Mopar high-performance specialty compacts are similar on paper only in COMPACT MUSCLE COMPARO: ‘69 CHRYSLER VS. GM.  “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” You’ve probably heard this folksy proverb before, and it holds weight in the automotive world. During the high-performance sweepstakes of […]
  • CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: CENTRAL COAST WHEELING WEEKEND

    CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: CENTRAL COAST WHEELING WEEKEND

    Who doesn’t love a special deal? Perhaps it’s CGC’s Jim Palam’s years in advertising that was behind his idea to give our readers two-reports-in-one, combining two of the Central Coast’s popular car shows – The Solvang Fall Classic & The Montecito Motor Classic – into one feature. It’s a great idea, so here’s CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: […]
  • RARE & WELL-DONE: SHELBY G.T. 500 MUSTANG TRIFECTA!

    RARE & WELL-DONE: SHELBY G.T. 500 MUSTANG TRIFECTA!

    For the first time ever, three of the rarest, most significant Shelby G.T. 500 Mustangs will be in the same place at the same time: RARE & WELL-DONE: SHELBY G.T. 500 MUSTANG TRIFECTA! In August 1966, Carroll Shelby placed a special order with Ford for three G.T. 500s, powered by the new dual-quad 428 cubic-inch […]
  • ’21 RPM NATIONALS: FLATHEAD DRAGS, SHOW & SWAP MEET

    ’21 RPM NATIONALS: FLATHEAD DRAGS, SHOW & SWAP MEET

    We asked Car Guy Chronicles’ Jim Palam to travel back to the Halcyon Days of Flathead hot rods and drag racing. He didn’t need a time machine – just a tank of gas, an alarm clock set for 4 am, and directions to Santa Margarita Ranch in Central California for the ’21 RPM NATIONALS: FLATHEAD […]
  • SPORTS RODS: ROAD-RACING V-8 HYBRIDS!

    SPORTS RODS: ROAD-RACING V-8 HYBRIDS!

    Rod & Custom historian, Pat Ganahl blogs about the birth of hot-rod-engined Imports, also known as California Specials: SPORTS RODS: ROAD-RACING V-8 HYBRIDS! In the 1950s, imported English Allards, could be ordered with American V-8 engines – Ford Flatheads to Caddys and Chrysler Hemis – while MGs, Austin-Healeys and others required hot rod surgery to […]
  • VENTURA NATIONALS: RODS, CUSTOMS, BIKES & GUITARS!

    VENTURA NATIONALS: RODS, CUSTOMS, BIKES & GUITARS!

    While he wasn’t ready to spike-up his hair and tattoo a car club logo on his chest, Car Guy Chronicle‘s contributor, Jim Palam, was more than willing to motor South on Highway 101 and immerse himself in the cuffed-denim and octane-fueled culture of the 18th annual VENTURA NATIONALS: RODS, CUSTOMS, BIKES & GUITARS! There are […]
  • PORSCHE: WERKS REUNION MONTEREY 2021

    PORSCHE: WERKS REUNION MONTEREY 2021

    Having recently joined the Porsche owner’s ranks with his ‘Poor Man’s’ 914, Car Guy Chronicles’ Jim Palam took a Friday-the-13th detour from Car Week events in Monterey and headed to Seaside to catch the air-cooled action at the PORSCHE: Werks Reunion Monterey 2021. In the wide-wide-world of sports cars, Porsche is the one enthusiasts call […]
  • BONDED GOODS: ASTON MARTIN DBX

    BONDED GOODS: ASTON MARTIN DBX

    The fabled British automaker’s first sport-ute – BONDED GOODS: ASTON MARTIN DBX – will definitely leave you shaken and stirred, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker.  There’ll come a time when Bond, James Bond, will need to hand back the Walther PPK, the MI6-issued Omega Seamaster and the License to Kill. He’ll get hitched, settle […]
  • PEBBLE BEACH 2021: CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

    PEBBLE BEACH 2021: CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

    CGC’s Jim Palam spiffs up for the 70th Anniversary of the premier venue for the best-of-the-best classics and specialty vehicles with new gear, classy cards, a black mask and a snazzy haircut. In the process, he coins a new word to describe MONTERREY 2021: PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE: Automotacular! There are a number of judged […]