GoPro is the king of creating amazing video content and they have done it again with today’s posting of a very cool video of pro snowboarder John Jackson. In this new clip, John is taking advantage of the high desert terrain near Mammoth, California while behind the wheel of his powerful and well used sand rail.
As car guys we are usual in the know about all things auto but we were not that familiar with the term Sand Rail. Since here in Canada, we typically call vehicles designed for the sand dunes just Dune Buggies. Long story short, these Sand Rail’s look awesome and we need to test one out here in Canada.
After watching the video you realize how California’s climate really does have so much to offer the auto enthusiast. And John’s hair just goes so well with the whole Sand Rail mountain experience.
Last week while on vacation I read Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs. There is no arguing Steve Jobs was one of the best businessmen of the modern era and he may just be the best one ever having started Apple in his garage and then leading it to become the most valuable company in the world. However, one thing he did was very strange and that was never putting a license plate on his cars. Yes, especially weird for a car guy of which he was to some degree. For years, Steve Jobs had the following routine which he got away with legally thanks to a California loophole.
He would trade his current ride of the day, most often a Mercedes coupe for a similar car on the sixth month of his lease. Under California’s temporary license plate law drivers are allowed to have a temporary license plate for six months. Nobody really knows the reason Steve Jobs did this, but obviously he had his reasons. One key observation about this scenario is he must have had a very accommodating leasing company. The whole thing is extraordinary for someone who was worth $11 billion at the time of his death.
Here’s another great classic car video from Petrolicious about Mr. Winston Dabbs, who has combined a passion for the world of British cars along with a career in automotive restoration. Set in Compton, California, the video provides a glimpse into Winston’s 25 year romance with his regal looking 1955 Jaguar XK140.
After filling our stomach’s with some amazing grub we attended Santa Barbara’s Wheels and Waves classic car show. Well, it certainly lived up to its reputation as one of the better classic auto shows in the southern California area. With the town’s main street packed with lines of all types of classic cars and trucks the show had everything to offer for the enthusiast. The level of show cars was top-notch and the cars look so darn good in the California sun. Here’s a glimpse into the unreal rides we experienced and to what California dreaming is all about….
After driving around town for the first few days, we headed over to check out LA’s amazing and historic Petersen Automotive Museum. The pictures do not do it justice but the gist is, this is a must see for any car enthusiast. The Museum entails the typical historical details and stories about cars and the people who built them but the really interesting part is the guided tour of The Vault. The Vault consists of all the vehicles that are not on display as well as many of the vehicles on loan from benefactors. Unfortunately, there is no photography allowed in this section so we were not able to take any pics which just means you must come here yourself. Nonetheless, here is our coverage from the museum section which included a range of vintage and new vehicles.
Vintage Baja 1000 Bronco – rebuilt with modern technology
Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Toyota Baja truck
Chavez Ravine – Former ice cream truck is tribute to LA community bulldozed to make room for Dodger stadium
Earlier this month, Team RedlineNorth had the amazing opportunity to drive the 450 miles from Los Angeles to San Francisco on the ultimate of scenic highways – California State Route 1 also known as Highway One and in certain sections called the Pacific Coast Highway. And of course, as car guys, no such road trip would be done in a simple sedan. Our adventure began at LAX where we picked up our “Bumblebee” yellow Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible from the good folks at Enterprise Exotics.
Camaro SS convertible
Our first stop was to cruise along the 21 miles of LA’s infamous Mulholland Drive with its incredible curves and vistas of the Hollywood sign and downtown LA.
Halfway up Mulholland Drive
Later on, we ventured out to LA’s west side hitting Santa Monica and Venice Beach to catch some of LA’s lively beach scene. Along with the weekend crowds and beautiful bodies we saw some interesting rides which you would expect to see out this way.
Santa Monica Lifeguard – Ford Escape Hybrid
Santa Monica Harbour Chevrolet Police Truck
Venice Beach Bronco
In the posh, Marina Del Ray this Rolls Royce sits among ordinary trucks and sedans. Welcome to car crazy California!