Held at Knott’s Berry Farm in the Buena Park section of Los Angeles, the 31st annual Fabulous Fords Forever show is regarded as one of the largest one-day car shows in America and the biggest Ford gathering on the West Coast.
The all-Ford event is the byproduct of Johna Pepper’s efforts along with support from Ford and assistance from seveval Southern California Ford and Mustang clubs. In 1983, Pepper had retired from a 23-year career with Ford Motor Company and was appointed to be Fords “Ford Car Club Coordinator” as a retirement job. The first Fabulous Fords Forever show at Knotts Berry Farm was held April 13, 1986 and attracted over 1,300 vehicles placed in 42 show classes.
Thirty-one years later, and now organized by the Ford Car Club Counsel of 46 member clubs, over 1,800 Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln vehicles registered for a 2016 show which showcased everything from a 1903 Model T
Simon Pagenaud won the Verizon IndyCar Series 33rd running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The Team Penske driver held off Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon to win the fastest GP of Long Beach by the narrowest margin of victory in race history.
Pagenaud’s No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet started the race from third, behind Dixon’s No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Target Chevrolet and Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves (No. 3 Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet), who sat on pole for the 47th time in his Indy car career.
The front-running trio remained locked in a tight battle throughout the 80-lap event on the 1.968-mile temporary street course.
Castroneves led 47 of the first 51 laps until pitting on Lap 52. Pagenaud was able to stay out two more laps before making his final stop for fuel and Firestone tires, returning to the track just ahead of the charging Dixon and Castroneves.
A few weeks ago I got invited to come check out the 36th annual Southwest Unique Little Car Show by my friend, Scott Coletti. You may remember his small but mighty Subaru 360 Van, featured as Car Street Journal’s June 2015 Ride of the Month.
I arrived at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix Arizona around 10:00 a.m. to a sea of little cars.
Every car at this show was quite literally, little and unique in its own way. There were the obvious Mini Cooper’s and Subaru 360’s that I have always admired and that I expected to be there, but, there were so many unique vehicles that I had never even heard of before this show.
The highlight of the show for me was the Amphicar. Conversations that surrounded this little vehicle were pretty funny yet straight forward, “is it a car? Or is it a Boat? Actually it is both. It’s the Amphicar.”
In a near-perfect race, Car Edwards started the Food City 500 on the pole, led 276 laps, and secured the win at Bristol Motor Speedway. The win at Bristol marks Edward’s first win of the season and Joe Gibbs Racing its fourth in eight 2016 races.
“There was some concern, but for some reason with our car we didn’t have any of those issues,” Edwards said. “… It was just a good day.” Edwards had to withstand a pair of restarts with less than 10 laps remaining. But each time he got the better jump and quickly distanced himself from the field, winning by nearly a 1-second margin.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. placed second, with Kurt Busch third, rookie Chase Elliott finishing a career-best fourth and Trevor Bayne fifth.
“There were so many different things happening out there,” Edwards said. “Different guys were fast at different times. Kurt has those restarts figured out. He was tough. Just
In February 2014, Car Street Journal held a car show, Tread in Pink, benefiting Diane Nguyen. What initially stood out to us about Diane was her positive attitude despite her ongoing battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
As we prepared for the show in 2014, we had the opportunity to interview Diane, who then, was 24 years old. She told us that having cancer has taught her to slow down and become a “true turtle.”
“My life leading up to my diagnosis, I must say was pretty mundane” Diane said. “The usual- school, study, work, and sleep. I honestly made no time for nothing else, because at that time, that was all I was concerned about.”
Diane told CSJ she had the mentality that in order to achieve her goals, “I had to solely focus on working as hard as I could. But in some weird ways, cancer has allowed me to become free.”
Over the course of 20 years, Arizona Bike Week grew from a small gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts into one of the biggest motorcycle gatherings in the United States, attracting over 100,000 bike week participants.
Spanning April 6-10, events were held across the Phoenix area, most notably at WestWorld of Scottsdale, the town of Cave Creek, Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson in North Phoenix, and at the Westgate Entertainment District.
According to Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale police spokesman, officers typically see an increase in motorcycle accidents during Bike Week because of the number of riders on the road.
During Bike Week over the past three years there have been 13 motorcycle accidents with injuries, one resulting in the death of two riders. Seven of the 13 injury accidents occurred during last years Bike Week.
Despite Bike Week having passed and a diminishing amount of riders on the streets as the weather warms up, Arizona is