Event Coverage - SUPER SONICSUPER SONIC
Rob Dyrdek takes the car-as-skateboard trick to a new level with a "kick-flip"
Sonic is growing on us. In the right hands Chevrolet's new subcompact can look absolutely bomb.com, as Fatlace and Tjin Edition illustrated at the 2011 SEMA Show (urbanracer.com/articles/anmviewer.asp?a=5021&z=2). The B-segment whip may even have a leg up in performance relative to its competition, considering one of the engine options is a 1.4-liter turbo, a golden opportunity to go big (or at least bigger).
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By: Bob Hernandez and Photography by Bob Hernandez & Theory Communication & Design - 12/19/2011
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Event Coverage - AUTOCON 2011
Event Coverage-AUTOCON 2011
We did not go to Automotive Connection - the late-season Irvine, Calif.-based show-and-shine - in 2010, its inaugural year, but after attending the 2011 soiree on Saturday, December 10, we kinda wish we did. Seeing the hundreds of cars from all over the American West and thousands of fans filtering through to check them out, we realized we're a year late to being part of one of the hippest new enthusiast hotspots on the calendar.
12/13/2011 - Full Article - Event Images

Event Coverage - HOT IMPORT NIGHTS LOS ANGELES 2011
Event Coverage-HOT IMPORT NIGHTS LOS ANGELES 2011
There used to be a day years ago when Hot Import Nights was the most prestigious of import car shows, and one of its usual annual stops was at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown. We can't remember if it was HIN or its "Night Shift," but we vividly recall the event filling to capacity the upper level of the South Hall and insanely long lines of cars on Figueroa Street and all around the expo center waiting to get in.

Saturday, December 4, the space was a little smaller - downstairs in the West Hall - but everything else was pretty much like the good ol' days: tons of great rides, pulsating nightclub atmosphere, lots of exposed flesh of the female kind, and a big audience to bear witness.
12/6/2011 - Full Article - Event Images


Event Coverage - 2011 IMPORT FACE-OFF AUTO CLUB DRAGWAY
Event Coverage-2011 IMPORT FACE-OFF AUTO CLUB DRAGWAY
It was never a question of if but when the rain would arrive at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California, on November 20, the day of Import Face-Off (IFO). The traveling sport compact drag racing and tuner lifestyle circus rarely ventures this far west, so it was something of a disappoint to see Mother Nature had other plans than the normal 70 degrees and clear November usually brings to these parts.
11/22/2011 - Full Article - Event Images

Event Coverage - 2011 GLOBAL TIME ATTACK INFINEON RACEWAY
Event Coverage-2011 GLOBAL TIME ATTACK INFINEON RACEWAY
Global Time Attack came, saw, and effectively conquered in its opening season, successfully doing what it set out to - namely rewriting the record books at some of America's most iconic road racing circuits with production platforms flossing few restrictions on technology. By coincidence, the championship's only major competition in the U.S., Redline Track Events, went bust this year, leaving GTA alone on the leading edge of the time trials movement.
11/18/2011 - Full Article - Event Images

Event Coverage - 2011 L.A. AUTO SHOW DAY 2
Event Coverage-2011 L.A. AUTO SHOW DAY 2
Rumor of the day at the LA Auto Show Thursday morning was that much of the foreign automotive press had left town the night before, forgoing the second preview day to avoid encountering the Occupy LA anti-Wall Street protests that were going on just down the street. True or not, the halls were a lot less crowded, but that's pretty much par for the course given most of the major announcements come on the first day of the media blitz (thus compelling many to just skip day two)
11/18/2011 - Full Article - Event Images

Event Coverage - 2011 L.A. AUTO SHOW DAY 1
Event Coverage-2011 L.A. AUTO SHOW DAY 1
Immersed only one day in this year's Los Angeles Auto Show - open to the public November 18 to 27 at the downtown convention center next to the Staples Center - and already we can sense a clear theme to many of the 50 or so introductions taking place over the expo's Press Days: crossovers. As in those smallish SUV that are the contemporary version of the station wagon (and about as inspiring); today the likes of Mazda, Ford, Honda and others debuted CUV, and we'll probably hear of more tomorrow
11/17/2011 - Full Article - Event Images

Event Coverage - SUPER LAP BATTLE 2011
Event Coverage-SUPER LAP BATTLE 2011
Tyler McQuarrie saved the best for last in Wednesday's 2011 Super Lap Battle invitational time attack. The driver - who has been in the spotlight quite a bit lately thanks to successes (and some controversy) in Grand-Am and Formula DRIFT - posted on his Facebook page Tuesday that he was about to "wring the neck" of the FX Motorsports Development Acura NSX, and wring it he did, posting a 1:41.961 in the morning session Wednesday to come dangerously close to the standing 1:41.046 high mark set by David Empringham just last Super Lap in the Sierra-Sierra Enterprises Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII
11/10/2011 - Full Article - Event Images

Event Coverage - 2011 NORTH AMERICAN FESTIVAL OF SPEED
Event Coverage-2011 NORTH AMERICAN FESTIVAL OF SPEED
Less than 48 hours after returning to our Southern California base of operations after the 2011 SEMA Show, we found ourselves heading back to Las Vegas to catch the last day of the inaugural North American Festival of Speed on November 6. The NAFoS - also known as the US Speedfest - is the creation of Nikolas Malechikos, who in a very short time frame (essentially since August of this year, when he left the series he founded, Redline Track Events) put the event together that featured a weekend of racing on Las Vegas Motor Speedway's rarely-used roval
11/9/2011 - Full Article - Event Images

Event Coverage - SEVENSTOCK 14
Event Coverage-SEVENSTOCK 14
It took us a few days to get back to editing our photos from SevenStock 2011, the 14th year of the seminal festival dedicated to Mazda's widespread use of the Wankel rotary engine. The expo was just days before the start of the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and once we shift into SEMA mode the focus changes for at least as long as we're at the trade show - which meant our coverage of the Mazda shindig had to wait (our apologies to anyone waiting for a quick turnaround on that story).
11/8/2011 - Full Article - Event Images

Event Coverage - 2011 SEMA: DAY 3
Event Coverage-2011 SEMA: DAY 3
Thanks for another great time, SEMA Show. You again found new ways to amaze and confound us with your insane cars and new gadgetry, and we only wish the party would never end. But it did - for us on Thursday afternoon and the show itself Friday - and since we spent the vast majority of our first two days trolling the racing and performance vendors in the Las Vegas Convention Center's central hall, we had to venture out and see what other dope-ness we could unearth on its over three million square feet of exhibition space
11/3/2011 - Full Article - Day 3 Photos

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