Pro Snowboarder John Jackson shoots cool Sand Rail video

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.

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How Steve Jobs drove without a license plate

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.

Steve Jobs' car  Photo source: abc News

Steve Jobs’ car
Photo source: abc News

Cruising Compton in a 1955 Jaguar XK140

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.

California Part 3 – Santa Barbara Wheels and Waves show

After LA, we jumped in the Camaro SS and headed north on Route One to our next destination Santa Barbara. Along the way, we had a fun brunch in Malibu where we bumped into Chuck Zito, aka. Frankie Diamonds from FX’s Sons of Anarchy TV series.

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….

Hot rods:

hot rod

1957 Chevy

hot rod

50s Chevy

hot rod

Custom hot rod

hot rod

Three window Ford Coupe

hot rod

Custom hot rod

hot rod truck

Chevy 1950s truck

hot rod

Chevrolet Corvair

hot rod

Custom resto business coupe

custom wagon

Ford Surfer wagon

Ford hot rod

1930s Ford wagon

Ford hot rod

Ford custom hot rod

Ford hot rod

Blown out Ford hot rod

Classics:

Porsche Speedster

Porsche 356 Speedster

Shelby Cobra

Matte black Shelby Cobra

Chevrolet Chevelle

1970 Chevelle -454

Ford Bronco

Ford Bronco

Low riders:

Monte Carlo

Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Ford low rider

Ford LTD with Impala in background

Japanese classics:

Datsun hot rod

Classic Datsun truck

Japanese hot rod

Datsun Fairlady

California Part 2- LA’s Petersen Automotive Museum

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.

Supercar

1989 Bugatti

1989 Bugatti

Racing vehicles

Baja 1000 Bronco

Vintage Baja 1000 Bronco – rebuilt with modern technology

Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Toyota Baja truck

Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Toyota Baja truck

Classic cars

Chavez Ravine

Chavez Ravine – Former ice cream truck is tribute to LA community bulldozed to make room for Dodger stadium

1950s Ford Hot Rod

1950s Ford Hot Rod

Meyers Manx dune buggy

Meyers Manx dune buggy

1934 Packard

1934 Packard

1954 Kaiser Darrin

1954 Kaiser Darrin

Ford Country Squire

Ford Country Squire

1937 Delage

1937 Delage

A real "woodie"

A real “woody” wagon

Homage to fins

1950s boat with Mercury outboard

1950s boat with Mercury outboard

Hollywood rides

 Mercedes-Benz from Hangover

Mercedes-Benz from Hangover

Batmobile

Batmobile

Suki's Custom Honda S2000 - 2 Fast and Furious

Suki’s Custom Honda S2000 – 2 Fast 2 Furious

California Road Trip Part 1 – Los Angeles area

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

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

Halfway up Mulholland Drive

LAVista

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

Santa Monica Lifeguard – Ford Escape Hybrid

Santa Monica Harbour Police truck

Santa Monica Harbour Chevrolet Police Truck

Venice Beach Bronco

Venice Beach Bronco

Surfer Jeep

Surfer Jeep

In the posh, Marina Del Ray this Rolls Royce sits among ordinary trucks and sedans. Welcome to car crazy California!

Rolls Royce Sedan

Rolls Royce Sedan

Be sure to continue checking back as we post more from our Cali trip including coverage from LA’s Petersen Automotive Museum, Santa Barbara’s Wheels and Waves show and Mazda’s Laguna Seca raceway.