This woman, whose name is Joan, is a delightful eccentric with a bold print blouse and bold scarf and lots of rings and bracelets and a Texas accent. She wants to own a ‘61 Chevy someday. … More Film fest rule number one: Don’t show the Norwegian director your script!
On the first green flag lap of the session, Walt barreled too hot into Turn One, looped around high in the groove, and nearly caused a big collision. … More Good-bye to Walt Ahrens, my father, one-time racing star and Ford guy to the end
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
Oh lonesome bus at daybreak— buglike profile suggesting six legs, three antennae stretching toward the quarter moon— your body’s own rivets will soon cast shadows, the crust of sand will glimmer inside your crumpled tailpipes. How did you come to be parked by Dillon Road? Were you self-propelled or dragged along like an old … More Thoughts upon visiting a lonesome bus at daybreak
Mike Casey was leaning against the bumper of his truck, having a smoke on a sunny Saturday morning. Approaching him with my camera, I looked at the truck’s stacked headlamps and guessed it was a ’58. “No, a ‘Fifty-nine.” Mike explained it’s an International Harvester B-120. “They only made it a couple of years.” This one has the rare 3-door crewcab … More A man and his truck, in this case a ’59 International B-120 crewcab pickup
Chevy sent me a 2016 Malibu for a week, so I drove up to Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley for some pictures. I’m very favorably impressed with the car. Note in this sequence the shot of the new one with the previous-generation model at the Morongo Valley post office. The older car looks dowdy. For … More The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu stuns with sleek looks, runs ahead of the pack
A car museum is usually little more than a few rows of interesting and somewhat randomly accumulated vehicles, presented with or without interpretation. It has been this way ever since my very first tour of a car collection, one amassed in a Quonset hut by Leo J. Bongers, of David City, Nebraska. The Bongers collection wasn’t … More Petersen Automotive Museum makes a Wilshire Boulevard U-turn from ridiculous to sublime