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Contents ISSUE 31, August 2012 EDITOR IN CHIEF ART DIRECTOR COPY EDITORS
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BEING RICH I have a friend. He is Rich. No really, he is Rich. That is, his name is Rich. Rich is one of the richest guys I have ever met. Not at first. You see this story starts somewhere about sixteen years ago, maybe more. I don’t know how we became friends, I don’t think we hit it off at first. We had a few things in common: he worked at Village Coffee Roaster prior to me. I took the job and he was just this platinum blonde, Welsh bloke that would come in on the weekends hung over as all hell. Don’t call him British, he is Welsh. Never knew a Welshman before him. If he is the example, well, I would probably like most of those Welsh blokes. So we became friends. Got into cycling, rode all over California. Road bikes, mountain bikes, so many crashes, so much laughing. We used to ride at night, in the middle of winter, 32 degrees out at Chesebro Canyon. Naturally, we had a little bit of inspiration to keep us warm and happy on our ride. We had a blast. Then Rich bought a house and I moved in. The liberation from my parents… I was passed out on his driveway within the first two hours on the first night. I turned off every light he left on and we were like an old married couple. Took turns cleaning, trying not to get angry over stupid stuff, and a little bit of partying. Then Rich got his little Mini. What a stupid car. A real Mini, late sixties, small, stupid, loud. Did I say stupid? He loved it and I hated it. I was very happy for him. He will tell you he was the first car to ever attend a EuroSunday (the predecessor to Supercar Sunday). He may be right. So, fast-forward, more years go by. We have always had a little bit of a competition. He has a 1967 Mustang Fastback and I have a 1968 Camaro. His was faster—bought it done (cheater)—and mine was always a basket case. Our first drag race, we both spun the tires and went nowhere. We were cracking up. It was perfect! It is safe to say that I love his car and I would buy it from him in a heartbeat. My car, I think he never drove it. Probably afraid of how unfinished it was. I don’t blame him. A few more years go by. Now we are engaged in a head-to-head, all out battle. This one…this one is going to go on for a little bit of time. Who is going to win? Nobody knows. But damn are we competitive. See, we seem
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to both be afflicted with the same forehead issue. They seem to be getting bigger. Right now, I am not sure who is winning. I love to win so I think I am either winning because my forehead is growing faster or losing because his hairline is lasting longer. Damn, it’s a toss up. Rich, if you like, you can win this one. So a few years go by, I buy another car, he buys another car. Yea, we are competitive. I don’t think we do it on purpose, I think it is the way we inspire each other. It is not a material issue, it is all in good fun. We will both agree to that. If you heard the way we talk to each other, you might think that we hate each other but that is just how we and most of our friends are. I think we all like it that way. So the competition continues…
So a few more years go by. Rich gets married and I am engaged. I guess we are getting all grown up. Inadvertently, I think we both tried to put it off as long as we could but then he met Erin and I met Heather. They got us. Boy did they luck out! Fast-forward a little more than a month ago, Rich and Erin had twins. Beautiful little babies. A boy and a girl. They are angels. Angels. Dylan and Kylie Finn. We got see them newborn and a few weeks later we got to hold them. Rich and Erin looked amazing and the babies, well, I get so happy every time I think of them. So happy. Where am I going with this? Hell, I don’t know. But Rich had babies and it is GREAT! Dustin
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August Calendar of Events
Sat 4 Burbank – Autobooks open 9AM! Free coffee and Donuts, 2900 W. Magnolia. 818-845-0707. Los Angeles-Braille Rallye 2012, Braille Institute, 714 North Vermont, 714-841-1249, 323-663-1111 ext 1208 San Diego-12th Annual Park in the Park Car Show, 3605 Clairemont Dr, 9am-2pm, Sun 5 Long Beach - Hi-Performance Swap Meet & Car Show - Veterans Stadium. Vintage, Classic & Hi Performance trucks. www.toppingevents.com or 800-762-9785 Simi Valley-9th Annual Car Show, Elks Lodge1561 Kuehner Dr, 12-3PM, 805-527-3454, 805-433-3078 Signal Hill-Signal Hills Car Show, Signal Hill Park on Cherry, 8am-3pm, 562-869-4202, 562-235-7411 Mon-Wed 6-15 Pebble Beach-Pebble Beach Motoring Classic, Start Washington-end Pebble Beach, www.pebblebeachconcours.net Sat-Fri 11-17 Wendover UT- 2012 Speed Week, Bonneville, www.scta-bni.org Sat-Sun 11-12 Monterey-Pre Monterey Reunion, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 800-327-7322, www.mazdaraceway.com Sat 11 Burbank – Autobooks open 9AM! Free coffee and Donuts, 2900 W. Magnolia. 818-845-0707. Lompoc-11th Annual Car Show, Ryan Park, 9am-3pm, 805-875-8108, www.lompocpd.com Sun 12 Pomona-Pomona Car show & Swap Meet Fairplex, Info @ www.pomonaswapmeet.com Long Beach-5th Annual Wounded Warrior Car Show, 2161 Technology Place, 9am-3pm, 310-343-9634, www.woundedwarriorcarshow.com Redondo Beach-SoCal Cadillac & LaSalle Regional National, 245 N. Harbor Dr, 10am-2pm Tues 14 Carmel by the Sea-Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue, Ocean Ave, 11am-5pm, 404-237-2633, email@example.com Tues-Wed 14-15 Monterey-Automobilia Monterey, Ballroom @ Embassy Suites, 10am-6pm, 831-659-1551, www.automobiliamonterey.com Thur 16 Pebble Beach-Pebble Beach Tour D’Elegance, 8:30-2:30, www.pebblebeachconcours.net Thur-Fri 16-17 Carmel Valley-Bonhams & Butterfields Auction, Quail Lodge Golf Club, www.bonhams.com/usa/home Thur-Sat 16-18 Monterey-Russo & Steel Auction, 290 Figueroa, russoandsteele.com Monterey-Mecum Auction at Monterey, Del Monte Golf Course, 815-568-8888, www.mecum.com Fri-Sun 17-19 Pebble Beach-Retro Auto Monterey-Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 800-327-7322, www.mazdaraceway.com Pebble Beach-Mid America Antique Motorcycle auction in Pebble Beach, 651-633-9655 www.midamericaauctions.com Pomona-2nd Annual MMCA West Coast Shootout, Autoclub Raceway, 714-444-2426, nmcadigital.com Santa Barbara- 12th Annual Woodies at the Beach, Santa Barbara Community College West Campus, 9am-3pm, 805-499-1237 Fri-Sat 17-18 Monterey-RM auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey, Portola Plaza Hotel, www.rmauctions.com Willows-Show ‘n Shine and Cruise, www.willowscarandbikeshow.org Novato- Nostalgia Days Rod & Kustom Show, Downtown Grant Ave, 10am-3pm, 415-897-0583, http://nostalgiadaysonline.com Fri 17 Pacific Grove-18th Annual Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally, Lighthouse Ave, 1pm-8pm, www.pgautorally.org Carmel Valley-The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Quail Lodge Golf Club, 10am-4pm, www.quaillodgeevents.com Monterey-Concorso Italiano, Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, 9am-5pm, 425-742-0632, www.concorso.com Carmel Valley-Legends of the Autobahn, Rancho Canada Golf club, legendsoftheautobahn.org Sat-Sun 18-19 Santa Rosa-Wings over wine Country Air Show, Pacific Coast air Museum, www.wingsoverwinecountry.org Pebble Beach-Gooding & Company Auction, Polo Grounds, 310-899-1960, www.goodingco.com Sat 18 Burbank – Autobooks open 9AM! Free coffee and Donuts, 2900 W. Magnolia. 818-845-0707. Elk Grove-Elk Grove Rod, Custom and Motorcycle Show, Elk Grove Park 9950 Elk Grove, 8am-4pm, 209-251-7004, www.elkgroveca.com Rocklin-Motor Madness 4, 6900 Destiny Drive, 10am-2pm, 916-595-5038, www.motormadness.org Sun 19 Pebble Beach-Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, www.pebblebeachconcours.net Buena Park-Picker’s Paradise Automotive Swap Meet, Elks Lodge 7212 Melrose St, 8am-1pm, 714-299-1776, firstname.lastname@example.org Lakewood-15th Annual Summer Stampede Car Show, Mayfair park 5720 Clark Ave, 9am-2pm Irvine Lake- VW Jamboree, Oak Canyon Park 5305 Santiago Canyon Rd, 9am-3pm, www.vwjamboree.com Pacific Beach-4th Annual Wild Rides & Classic Car Showdown, Downtown, 8am-3pm, 760-440-0896, www.chargersteve.com Tustin-14th Annual Enderle Center Classic Car Show, 55 Fwy. & E. 17th St, 9am-3pm, 714-315-0642, 714-838-5223x104 Sat 25 Burbank – Autobooks open 9AM! Free coffee and Donuts, 2900 W. Magnolia. 818-845-0707. Monte Rio-Russian River Car Show, 20488 Highway 116, 8am-3pm, www.friendsofmonterio.org El Segundo-15th Annual Main Street Car Show, Main Street, 10am-4pm, 310-524-2200, www.elsegundopoa.org Spring Valley-13th Annual Classic Car Show, 9400 Campo Rd, 9am-2pm, 619-660-9834, www.christianrodsandcustoms.com Sun 26 Long Beach–Cycle Show & Swap @ Veterans Stadium Motorcycles & bicycles. Buy/sell/trade.vintage/parts/bikes/accessories. www.toppingevents.com, or 800-762-9785 HillsBorough-Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, Crystal Springs golf course, 10am-4pm, www.hillsboroughconcours.org La Jolla-Sports Car rally Meet by Nuts 4 Cars, Girard Ave between Silverado & Prospect, 7am-1pm, 619-980-4586 Huntington Beach-4th Annual Surf City Garage Car Show, 5872 Engineer Drive, 10am-3pm, 714-750-8570, www.ocmustangclub.org San Diego-Picnic by the Bay 2012, Embarcadero Marine Park North next to Seaport Village, 9am-3pm, 619-429-5291, www.classicchevysofsandiego.com
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2012 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Held in one of the most famous zip codes in the world, this concours always delivers! The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills is held every year on Father’s Day on the most celebrated street in the 90210. It is completely free and open to the public but even so it always delivers high quality content. The cars are carefully chosen by a special committee and it is considered a high honor to be selected to be in this show. Unlike most others, this concours does not focus only on vintage and classic automobiles; it also invites Hot Rods, Exotics, Lowriders, and many other special interest automobiles. They try to represent car culture well when selecting the cars that will be celebrated at each year’s show.
This year the theme was, “The British Are Coming!” recognizing the great influence that Britain has had on the automobile. The featured marque was Aston Martin, which had a special area with a plethora of DB Astons, as well as a DB7 Zagato and DB7 Zagato wood buck. Brands such as Austin Healey, Bentley, Daimler, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lotus, MG, McLaren, Morgan, and Rolls Royce were represented. British Motorcycles were also highlighted with a selection from Triumph, Vincent, BSA, and Norton. In addition, there was a tribute to the Shelby Cobra for its 50th anniversary. Such quality automobiles being presented
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in one spot for free would seem like reason enough to visit this show. However, there is more. If you walk around the area surrounding the show, you will spot many, many more classics and exotics—they seem to be everywhere in Beverly Hills. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance gives us just one more reason to get out and enjoy cars in Southern California. For more photos by Leo Mayorquin, please visit: cncpics.com & Facebook.com/cncpics
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2012 Dana Point Concours d’Elegance by Frank Filipponio The 30th anniversary Dana Point Concours d’Elegance took place over the weekend of June 23-24, once again gracing the fairways and greens of the golf course at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort in Dana Point, California. Complementing the spectacular scenery was a gathering of some 250 classic cars and vintage motorcycles from across the country competing in 48 different classes. This event has grown in quality, size and reputation each of its thirty years and now features something for automotive enthusiasts of all ages,
including a vintage airplane flyover, the Beach Cruisers Show on Saturday, a Concours Reception, a very rare Private Collection Tour, an art exhibit and more. “The Concours has evolved into a weekend celebration of the automotive culture,” said Jeff Spellens, president of the Dana Point Concours. “For our 30th anniversary, we developed new attractions to further enrich the experience. It was an amazing weekend for everyone who loves great cars and motorcycles.” Kicking-off the weekend, the Concours
hosted a Beach Cruisers Show at the Sea Terrace Park, adjacent to the St. Regis. Free to the public the show boasted more than 200 VWs, Woodies and assorted Hot Rods, accompanied by live reggae music by Smoothie Jones and the Red X’s and Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band among others. Sunday’s Concours started with an exciting flyover of seven vintage airplanes organized by Capt. Jason Dwinger. A special group of Marines Corps Color Guards from Camp Pendleton also presented the flag during the National Anthem to honor Americans in uniform.
The quality of vehicles that turn out for this concours makes it one of the top ten events in the country as far as we’re concerned. Cars were entered from such notable public and private collections as the Nethercutt, the Mullin, the Petersen, the Mercedes Classic Center, as well as the personal garages of notable collectors like David Sydorick, Gerhard Schnuerer, Greg Johnson, Bruce Meyer, Don Murray, Steve Tillack, Mike Malamut, Bruce Canepa, Tom Shaughnessey and on and on. This year’s event featured a special tribute to Le Mans race cars that was amazing enough on its own to make the event memorable – with everything from a 1959 Morgan Plus 4 to a recent Porsche RS Spyder. The field included famous racers from Ferrari (250GT TdF, 250GT SWB), Porsche (904, 906, 914-6 GT, 911 RSR, 935), Jaguar (XK120, D-Type, E-Type Lightweight), Chevrolet Corvette, Ford GT40, Shelby Cobra, Sunbeam Tiger, MGC GTS, Allard J-2, and more. But there was more, a lot more. On the classic car side, Peter Mullin’s stunning Pebble Beach winning 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne stole the show – as it did at Pebble. Not surprisingly it took Best of Show at Dana Point too. Other notable entries included a pair of early Mercedes-Benz models that couldn’t be more different. One was the elegant 1939 540K of Tony Vincent, the epitome of stylish motoring in the thirties, and the other was Gerhard Schnuerer’s 1938 Mercedes-Benz 230S/W153, a little-known model that could best be described as a factory rally car. The tractor tires were a hint to its former hillclimb racing life, but this cute little roadster would look just as much at home at the opera. Like every good Concours, Dana Point also exhibited dozens of vehicles from manufacturers most of us have never heard of. There were models from seldom mentioned Marmon, Siata, Ruxton, Mercer and Kurtis, as well as the virtually unknown Glasspar, Deutsch Bonnet and Berkeley. Other favorites included the class-winning 1964 Fiat 500D of Annetta & Robert Calisi, the 1956 Maserati A6 G2000 of David & Ginny Sydorick, the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, Jaguar XJ220, and Lamborghini 350 GT, 400 GT 2+2 and Urraco. And there were 200 other cars and bikes that were equally well turned out. Another amazing year. Continued next page
2012 Dana Point Concours d’Elegance
Best of Show - 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne Peter & Merle Mullin - Oxnard, CA Honorary Award Winners Featured Marque Award - 1956 Jaguar D-Type - Greg & Debbie Johnson, Irvine Chairman Classic Car Award - 1960 Porsche 356 Cabriolet - Kent & Carol Wilken, Newport Beach Briggs Cunningham Award - 1920 Mercer Raceabout - Rick & Lucy Rawlins, Balboa Island Catherine Thyen Award - 1913 Ford Model T - Pieter Dwinger, Orange Design Achievement Award – Closed - 1956 Maserati A6 G2000 Zagato - David & Ginny Sydorick, BH Design Achievement Award – Open - 1962 E-Type Jaguar - Stephen Russell, Pasadena Meguiar’s “Finish Fantastique” Award - 1933 Marmon Model 144 - Aaron & Valerie Weiss, San Marino Honorary Judges Choice - 1934 Voisin Aerodyne - Peter & Merle Mullin, Oxnard Elegance Award, Prewar - 1930 Cadillac 452 - Frederick Lax, Malibu Elegance Award, Postwar - 1957 Lincoln Mark II - Tony Castellano, Palmdale
Class Winners Class 1 - 1913 Ford Model T - Pieter & Judi Dwinger, Orange Class 2a - 1933 Marmon Model 144 Convertible - Aaron & Valerie Weiss, San Marino Class 2b - 1930 Ruxton Front Drive Sedan - The Nethercutt Collection, Sylmar Class 3a - 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K - Tony Vincent, West Hollywood Class 3b - 1934 Voisin Aerodyne - Peter & Merle Mullin, Oxnard Class 6a - 1956 Lincoln Mk II - Tony Castellano, Palmdale Class 6b - 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Limousine - Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, Irvine Class 6c - 1960 Plymouth Fury - Denny & Pat Grundy, Trabuco Canyon Class 7a - 1959 Morgan Plus 4 Factory Lightweight - Dennis & Pamela Glavis, Santa Monica Class 7b - 1971 Porsche 914-6 GT - Don and Carol Murray, Laguna Beach Class 8 - 1942 Mercury Station Wagon - Kelly Owen, Phillips Ranch Class 9a - 1956 Maserati A6 G2000 - David & Ginny Sydorick, Beverly Hills Class 9b - 1966 Lamborghini 350GT - Malcolm Barksdale, San Diego Class 9c - 1959 Scaglietti Corvette Italia - Margie and Robert Petersen Collection, Los Angeles Class 9d - 1960 Lotus Elite - William and Maritza Nighswonger, Dana Point Class 10a - 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe - John La Barbera, Los Angeles Class 10b - 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet - Arthur & Jeanne Hadley, Rolling Hills Class 11a - 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet - Andrew Alcazar, Phoenix, Arizona Class 11b - 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Coupe - Paul & Sherrill Colony, Pasadena Class 12 - 1964 Fiat 500D - Annetta & Robert Calisi, Laguna Niguel Class 13a - 1955 Jaguar XK 140 FHC - Geoffrey & Horton Gayle, Sonora Class 13b - 1966 Jaguar E-Type OTS - Tom Krefetz, Oceanside Class 14a - 1962 Cobra (first production car) - Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Class 14b - 1965 Shelby GT350 - Clyde & Janet Madsen, Laguna Niguel Class 15 - 1968 Dodge Hemi “Demented Dart” - Jim Mangione, Henderson, Nevada Class 16 - 1970 Chevelle SS396 - Joseph Salvo, Sierra Madre Class 17 - 1967 Corvette - Harry LeKites, Huntington Beach Class 18a - 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster - Rick Johnson, Anaheim Hills Class 18b - 1970 Porsche 911S - Bob Smith, Chandler, Arizona Class 19a - 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster - Richard Bennett, San Juan Capistrano Class 19b - 1942 Willys Custom Pickup - Tami Lorenzen-Fanselow, Rancho Dominguez Class 19c - 1932 Ford Phaeton - Donnie Crevier, Costa Mesa
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Cars & Cigars: Teaming up with some of the most passionate organizations in the industry just makes things easier and a lot more fun. Lavaggio and The Auto Gallery make great partners for Cars and Cigars and, at the June event, the fun kept coming! It is always amazing when a Black Lamborghini Aventador pulls into any parking lot, but when a Black Lexus LFA pulls up and parks behind it, WOW! Then a Ford GT, then a Ferrari Scuderia, and so on and so forth. It was an amazing showing of some of the world’s rarest and finest. The Auto Gallery brought over a handful of cars to share and demo. From Lamborghini Gallardos to Ferrari Californias and Maserati Stradales, the Italian exotics felt right at home in Lavaggio’s Tuscan-influenced detail facility. Both Ron Giger, General Manager of The Auto Galley Ferrari/
Maserati, and Lonnie Decker, General Manager of The Auto Gallery Lamborghini, were on hand. These two gentlemen do a superb job representing not only The Auto Gallery, but some of the most exclusive brands in the automotive world. Thank you, gentlemen! Guests were pampered by Lavaggio’s hospitality. From the live Frank Sinatra impersonator (Danny Delurgio), who sounds just like “Ol’ Blue Eyes” himself, to the delicious food and Prosecco, amazing ambience, and so much more. State Farm Agent Fred Stahl provided cigars and a Scotch tasting was provided by Balvenie. The guests enjoyed a wonderful evening, sharing stories, making new friends, taking pictures, and relaxing on a lovely Saturday night.
As always, the highlights of the evening were the guests in attendance. From the “God Father” himself, Jon Johnson, to Robb Report’s Automotive Director Robert Ross, to the owners of dealerships, aftermarket companies, and custom shops. It was a “who’s who” of enthusiasts and industry insiders. A very special thank you to Lavaggio, The Auto Gallery, Fred Stahl, Balvenie and, of course, the guests! For more information on Cars and Cigars, please contact: Dustin@connectedmediagroup.com Photograpy: Leo Mayorquin & Heather Jederlinich
The Village Coffee Roaster, Revisited So after a long drawn out saga, I can end a chapter of my life. Many of you will remember the Village Coffee Roaster (VCR). It was that little micro-roaster coffee shop that turned into a Mecca of local motor sports. A little coffee shop where the Motor4toys Charitable Foundation was born. That little coffee shop where SFV Bikenight called home for a number of years and countless other charitable activities took place. A little coffee shop where the event now known as Supercar Sunday began. So many memories. Most of them pleasant. It is safe to say, I loved the Village Coffee Roaster. I loved it because of the people including, first and foremost, Louis Berkman. He was the founder/owner/master roaster of VCR. Louis is a very important person in my life, a father figure and someone who supported every wacky idea I ever had. Many of you remember Louis, the gentle giant who knows more than Webster and his dictionary. That little coffee shop started so many things. Louis met his wife there and I was introduced to my soon-to-be wife there. It employed so many great kids over the years. It was an enigma, nothing about it made sense, but it just kind of worked. It was magical and we poured our hearts and souls into it. It was a great time. Many of you may not have known, but we (Louis, the Corporation, and me) were involved in a lawsuit with the property owners for almost two and a half years. What were we being sued for? Letâ€™s just say that it all began because of regular Sunday customers who drove nice cars. I do not wish to get into specifics, but it was an interesting experience, which I do not wish to revisit. At the onset of the lawsuit, we decided
to shut down the retail location of Village Coffee Roaster. The burden was too much to bear. The die was cast, the writing was on the wall, and it was not a pleasant message. So, Louis and I made the decision and, within days, VCR was all gone. In classic Louis-style, he paid the employees salaries through the end of the month, giving them a three weeks severance so they would have spending cash for the holidays. I had to gut the place I lovedâ€”a place that I went to every day for about sixteen years. A place where so many friends stopped by, so
many relationships had been made, so many people had shared so much. I pulled it apart until it was a dead, empty carcass. Gone. Beyond the biggest fears (what was I going to do for income and what about the Sunday mornings I love so much?) was what was going to happen to Louis and me? There was always a quiet notion that the Village Coffee Roaster was the glue that kept Louis and me together. What was going to happen to us? I am glad Louis and I are still very close and always will be. There is only one Louis
and to know him is to love him. The VCR was not the glue that kept us together; we were the glue that kept the VCR together. I did not immediately want to start doing a car show somewhere else because I was a bit beat up over the whole thing and did not know how it may or may not affect the lawsuit. I just wanted to lay low and take some time to think, to reflect. There was so much uncertainty and a little bit of heartbreak. I knew there was an expectation about a new and improved Supercar Sunday, but I was just kind of empty inside and didn’t want to create anymore potential legal issues. I knew I would have to do it at some point and I hoped it would be great, but my cup was a little empty. That little coffee shop. I still drive by and look. I still think of my old employees. How much fun we had. How many wacky times. If those walls could speak, boy oh boy. It is safe to say that I loved most of my employees. I was probably over-protective of all the girls and tried to be an older brother/father to the boys. We really lucked out with a loyal staff who loved working there. As unconventional as the place was, they did an outstanding job of managing some pretty strong personalities. Then there were the coffee roaster fires. The whole store would fill with billowing black smoke and somebody would call the fire department but it was just a bunch of smoke. It was like a bad Seinfeld episode. Oddly, most of the customers never really understood that we roasted the coffee in the store. Louis can roast coffee with the best of them, and, as he taught me, I am not too far off. I am a master coffee roaster...sounds funny to say, but it is amazing what happens over the course of your life. I never expected to know much about coffee, but life has a funny way of putting things in front of you. Reminds me of the time I roasted a batch of Jamaican Blue Mountain for Wayne Gretsky for a special dinner party he was having. By special request, I roasted it a little dark (something you don’t do with Jamaican Blue Mountain). Yea, Louis never heard about that, thank God. Then there were the late night VCR after parties and cigar nights. The after parties, don’t ask. I cannot remember most of them. The cigar nights: Ferraris, cheap pizza, expensive wine, and friends…priceless. I was robbed at gunpoint in that little coffee shop, almost got into a few fights with rude customers (I protected my kids), kicked people out, did tons of charity stuff, and all the rest. It was magical. So, the lawsuit is over. After two and a half years, I can drive by that shopping center and have a sense of completion, finality. Our attorney, James Ellis Arden, was a regular customer at VCR
on Sunday mornings, as well as Supercar Sunday at the Topanga Canyon location (look for his supercharged 2011 5.0 Mustang). When James heard we were being sued, he called and asked to see all the paper work. James took the case and did an excellent job. Thank you, James! You are going to ask if I/we won? I will say that it is over and, in my mind, there was nothing to win, just something to end. Louis and I both needed it to end. The uncertainty just kind of wears on you, nagging at you. Now it is over and we survived. The chapter is closed. There are days I miss the old Village Coffee Roaster. The espresso in the morning, that amazing thing that happened on Sunday mornings, the people. The People. I am lucky that I still get to see many of the people at Supercar Sunday at the Topanga Canyon location. That little coffee shop. If you really think about it, it was very special place. A very dynamic little shop with so many memories. So what are we doing know? Louis still roasts coffee for the Village Coffee Roaster online store (www.villagecoffeeroaster.com). Go buy some coffee, will ya?! The kids (employees) are all in college turning into adults. As for me, I am working harder than ever and having a great time doing it. We have our car show back (Supercar Sunday), we have our charities (Motor4toys/Motor4America), we have this magazine (Driven World) and the PR/
Consulting is going well. I have a number of great clients and Connected Media Group LLC continues to grow.
Thank you all for the great times at Village Coffee Roaster. Louis, thank you for your love, trust, investment, and education. Old employees, Louis and I told you that you would never have another job like VCR ever again in your life. To the motor sport community, damn we had a lot of fun! Remember, the show must always go on!
Car Culture ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ by Leon’s Transmission Services, Inc. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Stuck on you! Probably one of the most recognizable logos is the STP insignia. Any kid who grew up in the late 60’s had a STP sticker stuck on their notebook or bicycle seat. The STP sticker was born out of a marketing phenomenon called “Contingency Sponsorship”. Common in all forms of automobile racing, this is a form of sponsorship where by race teams place a sticker/decal on their vehicle from companies in exchange for awards for winning or meeting certain performance goals. These awards can be money or free equipment. Today, racing stickers are called decals, however in the late 50’s a decal was a thin film with a printed image. You would drop the decal in water and slide the image off the paper backing, being careful to eliminate bubbles from the surface it was applied to. A glue backing would dry and bond the decal to its surface. In the early 60’s the sticker was born. The sticker was a thin sheet of vinyl with a printed logo that had a selfadhesive backing. They were much easier to apply than a water-slide decal. As creative as times were in the 60’s, just like album covers, racing stickers evolved. They became colorful and used creative artwork. They were something that you just did not want to put on the fender of a racecar. They were free advertising that ended up on book covers, lockers and pickup truck rear windows. Back then, there was a gas station on every corner. Kids would ride up and stop the poor mechanic who was busy turning wrenches, and ask if he had any stickers. Usually the guy would stop what he was doing, wipe off his hands, go to his tool box and pull out some sort of automotive product sticker. Yes, they actually gave them out for “free”. Today, many a man cave, tool box, or refrigerator door are adorned with classic stickers and decals. Original vintage racing stickers can be found on eBay; some going for as much as $50.00 each. Perhaps you will recognize some of these. The modern era contingency decals definitely lack the creativity that was put into the stickers of the past. The enthusiasm, however, remains. Drive by any school and you’ll see kids with automotive stickers, and other products, all over their notebooks.
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Golf Tips Rough Swing
By Tommy Mansuwan For those who followed the US Open in June, you could not have missed the number of pros hacking their balls out of the cabbage the USGA calls rough.
of the rough and it’s no fun. For more consistent and predictable shots, here are two tips to help get your ball out of the thick stuff. When you initially setup to the ball, have the clubface open more than normal (see picture). It is important to grip the club in the open position rather than attempting to make the adjustment by manipulating the hands. In other words, don’t grip the club and then open your club face. Lay the club head on the ground with the face just a tad open and then put your hands on the grip. The reason for this is that during the swing your body will try to return the hands to the square position at impact. If you grip it with the clubface already open, then the club should remain open while the hands are squared.
Keep in mind that the rough will reduce the spin on the golf ball so allow some room for your shot to release. Don’t get suckered into playing at tight pin placements surrounded by danger. If you encounter a bad lie, be realistic and play smart by aiming for the center of the green. You’ll have a bigger margin for error as well as a lesser chance of making a large number. Hopefully these tips will give you some confidence in attacking shots from the rough and will improve your overall game.
Now how does this help you in the rough? When swinging the club through the long blades of grass, the tendency is for the blades to grab the hosel of the club which “shuts down” the club face. If the face is left open going into the ball, the grass will close the club at impact and return it near square at impact. This will help the ball shoot out in a more consistent and predictable direction.
While most golfers will rarely encounter the five-inch gnarly rough the pros play, a lot still have problems escaping the rough on a regular course. Whether it’s a hosel shank, the mighty five yard top, or the squirrelly low left hook, we’ve all hit these dreaded shots out
Secondly, hinge your wrists more quickly and get the club vertical in the backswing. A good way to check this is to look at your left thumb halfway through the backswing and make sure it points up to the sky. This will help to promote a steeper angle of attack into the ball. As a result of this, there should be less grass between the clubface and ball at impact, allowing the ball to fly as if it were from the fairway. Remember to keep that upper body rotating since it does the bulk of the work and will provide the strength to advance the ball out of the rough. If you use just your arms and hands, you risk the possibility of leaving the ball in the long grass.
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Photographer of the Month: An Interview with Leonard Mayorquin by Dustin Troyan DT: Leo, you came on the scene and all of the sudden you are at every big car event, is this what you do for work? LM: I wish this was my job, but it isn’t. It’s really just a hobby I picked up which has EXPLODED for me. My ultimate goal is to turn this into a “real” job. I want to keep doing what I love. DT: So what is your day job? LM: My day job is being a Supervisor at UPS. Although, it isn’t really a day job since I work the night shift. This means that more often than not I am at car shows with no sleep at all. It is fairly common for me to be at a show while having been awake close to 24 hours. DT: So where do you find the time and energy to hit all the events, edit photos, and maintain your
website and social media? LM: I make the time and have the energy to do all this because it is my passion. It is something I absolutely love to do. I enjoy bringing the images from the Mecca of car culture (So Cal) to people around the world. I love reading viewer comments about how they wish they could see a fraction of what I see every weekend. I enjoy giving back to the automotive enthusiast community. I love the automotive enthusiast community because it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from you are all joined together for the passion of the automobile. I can be at a Concours event or a Lowrider show and get the same reaction from the owners about their pride and joy. DT: Have you been trained in photography? LM: I have never been trained in photography in any matter. It is literally just something I picked up. I found a Sony Alpha 100 on Clearance at
Sears back in ’08 and it all just went from there. My formal schooling was in business and I have a Finance B.S. degree from Cal Poly Pomona. DT: What is the best story that you have from all of the shows you have been to? LM: I have a ton of stories but one of the best was standing at the entrance of Cars & Coffee with Barry Meguiar and being able to answer every question he had about every car that came in without even pausing to think. I thoroughly impressed him with my vast knowledge. Especially since I don’t really like concentrating in one genre, I like ALL types of automobiles. Either that story or the time I went to Supercar Sunday and chit chatted for a while with the owner of an all original Buick Roadmaster. Shortly thereafter, Jay Leno showed up in a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport. People instantly surrounded the Veyron and Jay Leno as quietly as
Leo Mayorquin he could sneaked off to take a look at the Buick. At this point the owner of the Buick had walked away. Jay started asking for the owner and I quickly walked the lot until I found him, brought him back to his car and introduced him to Jay Leno. They had a very long conversation about the car and Leno posed for pictures with the proud owner. Afterwards the guy couldn’t thank me enough for making his day, his YEAR. DT: What are your photography goals? LM: I want to keep improving my skills until I get to the level where I become one of the most recognized names in automotive photography. But even then I won’t stop trying for more as I believe that one can never be the best, there can always be better. My current goal is to be hired on as a photographer/editor at pretty much any automotive publication since I like them all. DT: Where do you see yourself in five years?
LM: In five years I see myself working as an editor in one of the aforementioned automotive publications. I want to share my passion for the automobile with the world. DT: If you had one automotive dream, what would it be? LM: To find a sports car I actually fit in! No, but really my automotive dream is to work in the automotive publishing field. It is, to have a job which I would love and not dread having to go to. I don’t want to have a job where I find myself hitting the snooze button twenty times because I don’t want to wake up and face reality. DT: Can you please share with us where we can find more of your photography? LM: I share my photos on many forums, but the full galleries and where I host my photos is CNCpics.com DT: Are you available for private shoots?
LM: Yes, I am available for private shoots. I enjoy having to opportunity to do so. DT: Do you sell your pictures anywhere? LM: Pictures are available for purchase on CNCpics.com at very reasonable prices. DT: Can you share a couple of your favorite pictures with the DW Readers? LM: Choosing my favorite pics is always hard for me, as I am always extremely critical of my work. Plus, it’s like asking a parent to choose their favorite child. Each one has its merits which make it special. But here are a few of my favorite shots from various automotive gatherings I’ve attended. Enjoy the collage of Leo’s work on the following page.
A Modern Classice We’ve all heard the term “classic car”—it conjures up images of automobiles from the earlyto mid-twentieth century; cars with names like Mustang, Camaro, Countach, etc. We refer to them as classic because they remind us of the past, of our youth, of a time when we were probably too young to drive these cars and we dreamt of owning the one in the poster on our bedroom wall. Now, we’re a little older and that dream has become a reality. They say never drive your heroes; which probably explains why so many classic cars change hands at auctions. For me, the definition of a classic car is a little different; I believe a car’s history is what makes it a classic and the stories told about a particular model are what make it great. A car is classic because of the tall tales told by the drivers and owners of such automobiles, firing the imagination of anyone who cares to read, listen, or watch. Steve McQueen, Walter Röhrl, Juan Manuel Fangio, all great story tellers in the art of driving automobiles. Heroes and the classic cars they drove don’t come up for auction very often. I like my definition, as a car doesn’t have to be old to become a classic. There are many built within the last twenty years or so that have achieved such a status, like the Porsche 959, Ferrari F40, Mazda RX7, or the most illustrious of modern classics, the McLaren F1. We all appreciate those cars or if we didn’t we wouldn’t be reading this publication. But what about something a little fresher, newer? Something made within, say, the last eight years? Well, there are a few and they are not the ones vehicle manufactures market to “typical sports car guys” as “instant classics”. You’ve seen them. They live in the glory of great cars celebrated in history and just happen to share the same monikers, like ‘RS’, ‘GTO’, or ‘SL’. Like a newborn given his father’s name, a history cannot simply be attached with a badge; a son must make his own name. Ferrari Challenge Stradale, Porsche GT3, Bugatti Veyron, Ariel Atom, Porsche Carrera GT, and Lotus Elise are all rebellious sons that have made their own names and become modern classics. I’m here to share with you one of my own tall tales about one such classic. Imagine a sports car with an incredible racing heritage and an engine that sits behind the driver, able to rev beyond 8000rpm, built from exotic lightweight materials like aluminum and titanium, with over 350bhp on tap, and able to reach a top speed close to 200mph. You could be thinking of almost any of the fore mentioned supercars. But there is one particular modern classic that is special—different from most others—because it doesn’t approve of bad behavior like so many cars do. It is devoid of most electronic driver aids like flappy paddles, traction-control, and stability management, which only serve to indulge and pamper underachieving drivers. Its very direct steering wheel doesn’t insulate the driver, every texture
and attitude of the road are transmitted and every pebble is felt in the seat of the pants. This car does not spoil the child; it invariably—if you are willing to learn—strives to make you a better driver by putting rod firmly against backside should you mess up. This car is the Porsche 911 GT3. The GT3 maintains that classic 911 DNA. There is a very organic look about the whole car but, in contrast, there is a very mechanical feel behind the wheel—from the rifle bolt precision of the gear lever action to the extreme accuracy of the clockwork steering. You feel the level of grip on the front wheels through every control, not just the steering wheel. Change gears and the car will let you know
how much grip is left; brake and you can feel how much bite you have until the ABS kicks in; press the accelerator and feel the traction transfer from front to rear. The GT3 tells you everything and not in a subtle way. It quietly allows you to fail then scolds you loudly when you do. But it praises you with equal volume when you succeed. It is that honest conversation with the car that makes the driving experience so rewarding and it is the learning progression that makes ownership so fulfilling. I remember one such rewarding drive descending a local twisty canyon road—a mountain ridge with fifteen-hundred foot drops on one side and a rock wall on the other, the tarmac still slick
Story by: The Wraith Photo: Greg Grudt from the previous night’s rain. To get to this particular section of road you had to climb about eighteenhundred feet to a popular overlook. This is enough of an elevation change to see the weather go from clear and dry to cloudy and raining and the overlook was a mini-Mecca for motorists of all types of vehicles, including the odd four wheel drive performance car. I decided to continue cautiously with my drive, in light of the changing road conditions and because the car was wearing low tread depth R-compound tires. Looking in my rear view mirror, I noticed I’d picked up a tail—a Subaru WRX decked out with roll cage and sponsor decals, driven by someone in his early-twenties. No doubt this young driver was looking to prove his four wheel drive car superior on these slick roads; no doubt he was getting ready to tell some tall tales. One thing I remembered from reading the advice of Walter Röhrl was to maintain heat in the front tires by aggressive braking when driving in slick conditions. Descending the twisty mountain ridge road I tried to maintain a smooth application of all controls instead of over-driving the car. Allowing the car to communicate the exact conditions under tire seemed the most effective and safe way down while still dictating the narrative. In these conditions the GT3 became even more alive, every communication amplified. Watch out it’s a little slick here! Extra grip there, so give it more gas! Trail-brake this corner before the front-end washes out! Fun! And it didn’t even matter how far behind the Subaru was! For me, cars like the Porsche GT3 are modern classics because they beg owners to take them out of the garage, drive, and share stories with other enthusiasts. They will not sit un-driven for too long. Talk to other GT3 owners, past or current, and they will have great stories to tell.
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