Walteria BMC Car Show

There was no need to stray far from home last weekend, as a handful of classic rides were coming to me. The Walteria BMC was hosting their annual car show just down the hill in South Torrance. The show, which benefits local schools and youth activities, was a chance for some local car collectors to show off their rides.

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Feature: Edelbrock – A History of Proven Performance

In the world of performance automotive aftermarket equipment, there are a few names that stand out…one of those names is Edelbrock. From its humble beginnings in a Los Angeles garage in the 1930s to the standard bearer of performance parts with facilities totaling over 500,000 square feet from which the company operates today – Edelbrock is a genuine American success story.

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Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance

Classic cars come in all sorts of shapes and sizes…and price ranges. Some of the most valuable collector cars could be found this weekend on the cliffs of the Palos Verdes peninsula at the 20th Annual PV Concours d’Elegance. Held at Trump National Golf Club, the show featured some of the world’s finest automobiles and motorcycles; including a beautiful collection of Jaguars and Ferraris, Monte Carlo tribute rally cars, post-war European luxury automobiles and a fine display of American muscle.

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Pageant of the Thunderbird

It’s that time of year again, for the longest running all-Thunderbird show in Southern California. Since 1974 the Thunderbirds of Southern California and the Earlybirds of Southern California have hosted the Pageant of the Thunderbird, open to all T-Birds from ’55 to ’05 – original, modified or custom.

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Days of Thunder

It was a hot day in Irwindale, and it was about to get hotter. We pulled into the Toyota Speedway just in time to check in for our LA Racing Experience and get to the driver debriefing, where we learned all about the cars we would be driving and the techniques that would maximize performance and keep us safe. Today we were going to be short track racing in Stock Cars at speed. 

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East Meets West

What started life out in Detroit as an iconic Ford Model A, got a distinctly Japanese touch when it ended up in Nagoya, Japan, in a custom hot rod shop called Paradise Road. Builder Junichi “Jun” Shimodaira started Paradise Road 25 years ago and started importing American cars and parts for his full-service rod and custom shop. Inspired by American designers George Barris and Ed Roth, Shimodaira went to work on this one-off, all-steel show stopper. The result was a ’60s style hot rod like no other.

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On the Road with Sunset Garage

Welcome to Sunset Garage, a place where life revolves on four wheels and around every bend is a head turnin’ supercharged machine that is sure to get your juices flowing. Who owns these rides? What motivates them to restore and preserve these historic masterpieces? To push the boundaries of design and engineering? To test their metal on the track or simply to create the most perfect expression of their personal style and character. What I can tell you is that I have found them to be some of the most passionate, fascinating and generous people on the planet. Sunset Garage is where their stories will be told and the scene chronicled. Come back often and join our community. You’re always welcome to hang out in our garage.