Sturgis Bound

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Crosstown Traffic

“C’mon, move it! I’m gonna be late for the park!”

“Hey lady, go pluck yourself in private!”

“I should’ve packed a bone.”

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Sunday Ride

Good day for a ride. -Akira (1988)

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1970 Ford Bronco – Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, California

California or Bust – Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, California

1964 Ford Fairlane – San Juan Capistrano, California

1932 Ford Deuce – 5 South, Oceanside, California


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Buggin’ Out (1997)

New York Daily News – Photos by Corey Sipkin

Way back in 1997, cramming nearly a dozen of my New York Daily News co-workers into the back of the all new Volkswagen Beetle was easy – getting them out was hard.

Everyone loved the new “Love Bug” and when the completely redesigned rover made its NYC debut, we were lucky enough to snag one for a week long joy ride.

The metallic blue Beetle made its way from Times Square to Coney Island and back again, many times over.

New York Daily News – Photos by Corey Sipkin

The 1998 Beetle we tested was literally mobbed wherever I drove it and a New Jersey State Trooper even pulled me over just to look at it. I felt like Bon Jovi getting in and out of it.

Parking the 2-door coupe in Manhattan was a breeze and it handled way better than the original VWs I had driven in the past.

1998 Volkswagen Beetle – Tenth Avenue, New York City

I couldn’t find a 1938 model for a comparison shot, but managed to secure a sweet 1955 version thanks to Bob Cropsey of the Vintage Volkswagen Club of America.

Photographer Corey Sipkin took some amazing photos that day and in the end there was no real comparison to the original aside from the badges.

But despite its numerous faults, I’ll always have a soft spot for the new Bug – which is now the old Bug.

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K9: Top Dog from Kia Motors

2015 Kia K9 – Seoul, Korea

Forte. Rio.  Sportage. When one thinks of Kia Motors, luxury vehicles do not immediately come to mind – until now.

The 2015 K9 is being introduced as the K-900 in the US and we had the pleasure of test driving a model on the hot, sticky, streets of Seoul, Korea.

Forget everything you may think about Kia Motors, the K9 is one of the finest luxury sedans on the market today – really.

2015 Kia K9 – Seoul, Korea

Being chauffeured through a sea of Hyundais  in downtown Seoul, where drivers seem to only have a choice between black or silver cars, the K9 is a real standout.

The $60,000, 5.0-liter, v8 420 horsepower sedan is priced thousands of dollars less ($10,000 to $15,000) than similar luxury models from Audi, BMW and Lexus.

2015 Kia K9 – Seoul, Korea

The K9 has all the bells and whistles of its competitors along with decent styling, air conditioned leather seats, rear wheel drive and a front grill you can cook a side of beef on.

The latest offering from Kia is the perfect ride for moguls and upstarts looking to save big bucks without compromising class, comfort or handling.

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LA Showgirls

1969 Volkswagen Bus/The Mystery Machine – Los Angeles, California

ZOINKS! Time for the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show…

2014 SRT Viper GTS – Los Angeles, California

VIPER ROOM It’s not a car, it’s a pod racer. The curvacious SRT Viper hasn’t changed much since its debut in 1992, except maybe it’s price tag – now starting around $102, 485.

2014 Chrysler 300 – Los Angeles, California

BLUE IT The Chrysler 300 is long overdue for a face lift and the 300 is about as exciting to drive as a Sebring. Better luck next year.

2014 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 – Los Angeles, California

GET TO WORK “You want a Masarati? You better work, b*%&h,” sings Britney Spears. True that….now get to work…expletive.

2014 Fiat 500 – Los Angeles, California

MAMA MIA! That’s a nice looking car. The petite Fiat 500 is still under powered, but it’s perky and will get your heart racing – a little bit.

2014 Jaguar XKR Coupe – Los Angeles, California

JUNGLE CAT This year’s Jaguar looks exactly like last year’s model, except now it’s available with a hardtop. Who can resist those sultry eyes?

2015 Audi A3 E-tron – Los Angeles, California

TRON IT A noticeable improvement for Audi after last year’s all white, diesel line-up.  Yawn. It’s hard to get excited about a hybrid hatchback.

2014 Dodge Challenger – Los Angeles, California

GAS GUZZLER The 2014 Dodge Challenger has great lines but I’d rather get behind the wheel of a 70s version any day.

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Car Porn in East LA

1983 Buick Regal – 1st Street, East Los Angeles, California

PORN AGAIN I don’t know what I want more, those t-tops and rims or a chicken torta. There are too many choices here.

1990 Saturn – 1st Street, East Los Angeles, California

TONY THE TIGER Say hello to my little friend… bad car, awesome paint job. Amazing what you can do with a little imagination. The world is yours, Tony! Well, at least Saturn is.

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser – 1st Street, East Los Angeles, California

CRUISE SHIP They suck on gas mileage but this blue and silver PT Cruiser is the bomb. Love the whitewalls, windshield shade and chrome accents on this ride. And it looks like skirts are making a comeback too.

1990 Saturn – 1st Street, East Los Angeles, California

WHEEL STORY Back to Tony Montana’s Saturn, now that’s a rim job. Must be a challange to Armor All those skinny tires.

1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme – 1st Street, East Los Angeles, California

ROLL OUT These hot wheels look pretty good too, especially on the blue Chevy Impala in the background.

2001 Chrysler 300M – 1st Street, East Los Angeles, California

WING IT ON!  A boat of a ride but it looks so much cooler in burnt orange with suicide doors. It was a good day for auto ogling – big props to C-Monster for taking the great snaps! Now all I need is a payday loan so I can pimp my Pinto.

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The Merc-O-Matic

1968 Mercury Cougar – Los Angeles, California

1968 was a great year for muscle cars like the Camaro, the Firebird, the Mustang and the Cougar was no exception.

The Mercury Cougar shared the same platform as the Ford Mustang but had a slightly bigger engine – a whopping 428 cubic inch V8.

The hidden headlights gave the car a great look, but good luck getting them to actually work.

1968 Mercury Cougar – Los Angeles, California


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Classic Cars Revisit Route 66

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – Route 66; South Pasadena, California

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air – Route 66; South Pasadena, California

1978 Chevrolet El Camino SS – Route 66; South Pasadena, California

The scorching sun couldn’t keep fans away from the classic cars at the 9th annual Cruz’n for Roses Hot Rod and Classic car show in South Pasadena, California on Sunday.

Chevy dominated this collection with several curvy Corvettes, two custom El Caminos and one, super pimped out, green Nova.

It was a good day to window shop for dream machines despite the epic heat.

1970 Pantera – Route 66; South Pasadena, California

1959 Volkswagen Beetle – Route 66; South Pasadena, California

1950 Mercury Coupe – Route 66; South Pasadena, California

Radical rides from the 1930s to the 1970s lined Mission Street, which was once part of the historic Route 66 highway.

Surprising standouts included a jet black Plymouth Fury, a red hot rod Mercury Coupe and  a white, wood paneled Ford station wagon.

Fortunately, no SUVs or crossover vehicles could be spotted for miles.

1965 Ford Galaxie Station Wagon – Route 66; South Pasadena, California

1960 Plymouth Fury – Route 66; South Pasadena, California

The town itself is stuck in a time warp and offers the perfect setting for observing these vintage collectables in the wild.

My favorite ride of the show was a mint condition, 1960 Plymouth Fury that seemed destined to steal the show.

A close second was a 1971 silver Plymouth GTX that also looked impressive as it made its way down Mission Street.

1971 Plymouth GTX – Route 66; South Pasadena, California

1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible – Route 66; South Pasadena, California

1972 Chevrolet Nova – Route 66; South Pasadena, California

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