| Dec 14, 2007
| 12:15 PM
Generally speaking, Californians are pretty lucky. We have Yosemite, we have Big Sur. Our state leads the nation in Anna Nicole baby-daddies.
And we have the California Air Resources Board, a bunch of bureaucratic do-gooders who actually do good when...
| Aug 15, 2007
MONTEREY, CALIF. -- For sale: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, 56,000-plus original miles, once owned by Steve McQueen, perfect condition, brown.
"It's not my favorite color," admits Mike Regalia, the Thousand Oaks auto restorer whose car is...
| Apr 25, 2007
One is British, the other German. The Brit is a 1-ton, mid-engine atomic pixie stripped to the bare metal floor, a car so loud and raw that when its 220-horsepower supercharged four is at -- how to put this delicately? -- full suck, it sounds like an...
| Feb 7, 2007
What's in your portfolio? Are you a high-risk investor or do you prefer the slow and reliable clink-clink of blue-chip stock? Personally, I've got all my money tied up in a racehorse named Barbaro. What? No way! When'd that happen?
I would love to see...
| Jan 24, 2007
To my co-workers with whom I share the company garage, I'm sorry. The recent presence of the 2007 Jaguar XKR test car left you so breathless as to be practically hypoxic. The resulting blue-faced befuddlement may have been responsible for an uptick in...
| Mar 7, 2007
A couple of months ago I found myself in the vicinity of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, standing in front of a high-end cheese shop where customers were lined up out the door. Got that? Cheese shop. Waiting. Out the door. It's fair to say the consumers...
| Mar 14, 2007
The Maserati Quattroporte is the most beautiful, best-handling super-sedan on the planet. Oh, if that were only enough.
This effortlessly gorgeous hunk of Italian swank, this sinister spark from coachbuilder Pininfarina's grinding wheel, ignites envy and...
| May 9, 2007
Proposed: The Lexus LS600h L is the most complicated, most elaborate machine ever to take to four wheels. What "Ulysses" is to light reading and Confucianism is to the simple declarative sentence, this hybrid-powered limousine is nothing less than...
| Jan 3, 2007
Desire, the Buddha informs us, is the root of all suffering -- also, a leading cause of alimony, but let's move on.
The craving for comfort, luxury, prestige and me-first acceleration drives us to buy more car than we absolutely need to go from point A...
| Dec 21, 2007
| 11:17 AM
With the race for techno-smart, fuel-burning machines at a fevered pitch, 2007 was a banner year for auto-related headlines. On the flip side, pricy luxury sedans and sports cars received loads of accolades and attention despite their fuel-guzzling ways....
| Jan 6, 2008
| 4:25 PM
Despite its struggle for automotive superiority in the U.S., Detroit still plays host to the largest automotive media event in the country -- the North American International Auto Show. The media frenzy begins next Sunday, Jan. 13, and the show is open to...
| Jan 12, 2008
A good way to bracket the Detroit auto show is to think in terms of hometown hero and most lowly and unloved visitor. The former has to be the 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1, a 620-plus-horsepower Visigoth, a skull-cleaving barbarian wielding a carbon-fiber...