Whatever could be wrong with NASCAR is wrong (and whatever can be done?)

Between the local casino’s breakfast buffet ($23.65) and the Auto Club 400 (no charge thanks to a press credential), my Sunday was the lowbrow day I require a couple of times a year, as a sparrow must have the occasional dustbath. Breakfast was incredible with coffee, a bagel and lox with cream cheese, eggs benedict … More Whatever could be wrong with NASCAR is wrong (and whatever can be done?)

A movie about racing takes product placement and logo integration to the extreme

Dirt, which is neither a sequel nor an homage to Grease, tells the story of Dez Truss (DeRon Horton), the good-hearted 17-year-old orphan–a black kid from Inglewood–who takes care of himself and his little sister Tanya (Kyla J. Coaxum) by working as a car thief. … More A movie about racing takes product placement and logo integration to the extreme

Getting to the point of buying a car with carbs and hearing that clickety fuel pump

A friend whose collection nears 10 cars has just bought his first with carburetors. It’s a 1971 MGB converted to Webers. The other cars have fuel-injected engines. This MGB was a deal-sweetener in the exchange of two midengine boondoggles, one from Italy for one from England. He reports a pleasant surprise: “Really a nice driver. … More Getting to the point of buying a car with carbs and hearing that clickety fuel pump

Southern California’s highest paved road throws some history, giant trees at the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S

Stopping for gas in Lucerne Valley, California, might show you any number of things: tumbleweeds, bulk haulers coming from the mine, cowboy shirts and hats in the general store. If you’re riding the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, you’ll also see just how exotic your motorcycle is. One Sunday afternoon in November, I was refueling the … More Southern California’s highest paved road throws some history, giant trees at the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S