Archive for April, 2013

McLaren P1 winter testing, video and photo

P1 winter testing video: http://youtu.be/Hb_6pNFqqNA   The McLaren P1 is intended to be “the best driver’s car in the world on road and track,” the company says. Its price of $1.34 million buys a car equipped for road and track and “just” 375 cars will be built in the new production center in Woking, Surrey, UK, later this year. The company was testing its 903-horsepower, plug-in electric supercar in northern Sweden at the Arctic Circle....

2014 Lexus IS sedan pricing and pics

2014 Lexus IS sedan on sale summer The all-new 2014 IS sedan will arrive at dealerships this summer with two V-6 engine choices in rear or all-wheel drive. Starting prices for the 204-horsepower IS 250 range from $36,845 for the rear-wheel drive model to $39,380 for AWD. The 306-hp IS 350 ranges from $40,360 to $42,595; pricing includes the $895 freight charge. More than $1,400 in previously optional equipment has been made standard for the...

Big Bad Beach Cruise #10, San Diego car-show gallery

Big Bad Beach Cruise #10, April 27, 2013 Around 60 cars and twice as many enthusiasts split from the Foster’s Freeze in Allied Gardens at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for the sunset cruise to Silver Strand. The cruise was organized by the Whammer Jammers club and was open to all makes, models and years. And there was something from just about every era. There were hot rods, of course, from T-buckets to roadsters, coupes, sedans and pickup....

Hot links to cool sites: Automotive accessories, parts and pieces

Hot Links for automotive accessories, parts, pieces, tires and wheels and good times. www.yukongear.com/ www.trick-tools.com http://www.buyautotruckaccessories.com/ http://www.hypertech.com/ http://www.streetvizions.com/

Cajon Classic Cruise season opener: gallery of show cars

The 2013 Cajon Classic Cruise had its season opener April 24 along the broad Main Street and promenade of El Cajon. The cruise nights will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 25 and each has a theme and a club highlighted in the Car Corral. Opening night had a good turnout of around 300 cars and a well-populated Bike Row. Main Street was closed for the occasion and people strolled freely among...

2014 Corvette Stingray pricing and pics

Chevrolet announced pricing Friday for the 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible, both of which are expected in showrooms sometime in September. The coupe starts at $51,995 and the convertible at $56,995, including the $995 freight charge from Bowling Green, Ky. Pricing is up by $1,400 for the coupe and $1,240 for the convertible over the 2013 model. A coupe loaded with the major option packages would run $73,360, Chevy said in a statement. Standard...

U.S. Postal Services honors American muscle in new series

American muscle “Forever” Raw power gets a stamp of approval with a new series of limited-edition “forever” stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service. In a ceremony at the Daytona 500 in February, NASCAR champ Richard Petty and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe dedicated the series of legendary iron, known as “America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever.” The stamps feature five cars: a 1966 Pontiac GTO, ’67 Shelby GT-500, ’69 Dodge Charger Daytona, ’70 Plymouth...

44th San Diego Antique Drags, Barona Eighth Mile

It was a hole-shot day of racing at the 44th San Diego Antique Drags. The eighth-mile strip in the open lands along Wildcat Canyon Road waved the flag for American power and dirt-floor ingenuity. Breathe deep the octane-enhanced ethyl. There were old-timers and new-timers, families, friends and fans. The twice-a-year event is open to all cars from 1975 and older, and damned if there wasn’t just every class of fuel-burning four-wheeler in the pits –...

Mothers Back-to-Black Tire Renew

Your car isn’t clean until the tires are dressed – and sometimes that means undressing them. Brake dust, grime and residue of previous tire dressings can leave the rubber looking brown and gummy. Mothers Back-to-Black Tire Renew ($7 for a 24-ounce pump-spray bottle) is designed to clean, dissolve and lift that build up of gunk and leave a natural, smooth rubber sidewall. Work on one tire at a time, be careful of overspray on other...

Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50° Anniversario

Celebrating 50 years of legends Lamborghini showed a 50th anniversary tribute model of the Aventador supercar today at the Shanghai auto show. The Aventador LP 720-4 50° Anniversario is a limited and numbered series of 100 cars worldwide, each with exclusive equipment, colors and upgrades. The all-wheel drive Aventador has a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and 6.5-liter V-12. A special engine calibration boosts power in the Anniversario model to 720 horsepower, or 20 hp more than...

About Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard has been the automotive editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1992.

He drives nearly 200 vehicles a year for review, has attended several high-performance driving schools and a few off-road driving courses.

He attends many new-vehicle press introductions and schmoozes with auto-industry execs.

Mark Maynard