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’: CENTRAL COAST WHEELING WEEKEND. Covid changed the 2020 Car Show scene significantly – pretty much eliminating many if not all of the popular gatherings not only in...
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RARE & WELL-DONE: SHELBY G.T. 500 MUSTANG TRIFECTA!

RARE & WELL-DONE: SHELBY GT-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 (7-Liter) Special Interceptor engine. All three were painted Candy Apple Red and fully optioned with air-conditioning, California emissions, AM radio, and “Deluxe” Mag Star w...
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’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 DRAGS, SHOW & SWAP MEET. I started sticking my head into dimly lit garages and greasy engine compartments when I was 14 years old. My older brother Tommy – AKA Tommy Tuner - who at 16 was already ...
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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 replace anemic four-bangers with V-8s. Plus, there were limited-production domestic Kurtis 500-S sports cars available with as much V...
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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 lots of things that go together well – like bows & arrows, macaroni & cheese, Batman & Robin. But for those of us with octane in our veins, the rhyth...
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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 The Perfect Athlete. Built with the promise of perfection, performance and reliability, over two-thirds of all Porsches ever built are still on the r...
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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 down, and no doubt have a couple of rug-rats with Moneypenny. The current 007, Daniel Craig, is 53 for goodness’ sake. Arthritis and AARP are surely just around t...
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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 automobile events that capture the undivided attention of the automotive press and the pulsating hearts of automobile enthusiasts – and then, there is the prestigio...
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RANGE ROVER SPORT: SVR ULTIMATE EDITION

RANGE ROVER SPORT: SVR ULTIMATE EDITION
Bespoke treatment turns Land Rover’s most popular vehicle into the most luxurious, most powerful model in its portfolio of legendary SUVs - RANGE ROVER SPORT: SVR ULTIMATE EDITION. Special Vehicle Operations has launched a special edition Range Rover Sport SVR with spectacular new solid glass flake paintwork options for the first time. Featuring a selection of exclusive paint color combinations and tailored interior detailing by the SV Bespoke vehicle personalization team, the 575 horse...
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MONTEREY 2021: ROLEX MOTORSPORTS REUNION!

Jim Palam set his GPS and focus on WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, as he headed out into a dense morning fog to capture the action and excitement of Monterey Car Week's largest event – historic car racing at MONTEREY 2021: ROLEX MOTORSPORTS REUNION! I consider myself a good driver but I was unusually nervous heading into a heavy fog shrouding the long, ridgetop South Boundary Road that leads to the admissions checkpoint at Laguna Seca. The unforgiving fog was one thing, but the realiza...
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