September 26, 2014: We finally got on the roads above Los Angeles in the 2015 Mustang during a time when temps in the valley reached an indicated 108 degrees. Judging from the reactions to the car, the air temperature wasn’t the only thing that was hot as Mustang and Camaro drivers, passersby and even exotic car drivers stopped and asked about the car. Does it meet or exceed the expectations set by the hype? We take an in-depth look. What does it take to start a new sports car company? We speak with former Caterham CEO and Lotus alumnus Ansar Ali about his past, and how it led to the creation of Zenos Cars. Then we examine the technology that makes the Zenos E10 a fascinating, high-tech, and surprisingly practical track day car. And if this little soap opera doesn’t satisfy you, we look at Pocket Classics’ lineup of pint-sized collector cars that even adults can enjoy. Toyota’s Tundra visited our offices recently, and left us wondering why it doesn’t sell in larger numbers. And Al Vinikour talks about his battle with spare tires, and why full-size spares are preferable to the alternatives.
September 12, 2014: We took a short break after the Labor Day holiday, but are back like Nixon in ’68; tanned, rested and ready. For those looking for a story on Mazda’s latest Miata, you will be disappointed. The seminal sports car has been covered to the point of annoyance elsewhere, and we’re not about to add to that until more solid information is available. Continuing on around the theme of annoyance, Jaguar finally pulled the wraps off the XE sedan after what seemed like an eternity of teases and information leaks. It wasn’t a subtle launch. Mercedes-AMG also pulled the covers off its GT and GT S two seaters, and we distilled a wordy press release about the car down to its bare essentials for your enjoyment. Speaking of having fun, earlier this week we were out at the Monticello Motor Club to drive the new Lexus RC350, RC F Sport and RC F. It’s an impressive car that’s indicative of where the brand intends to go, but you may be surprised by some of our initial impressions as to which model is best. Elsewhere, Ferrari chairman Luca Montezemolo was shown the door by Fiat Chrysler chairman Sergio Marchionne, but not before he collected a $35 million severance package. We look at what’s going on behind the scenes at the home of the Prancing Horse. Thankfully, the newly retired Montezemolo didn’t have the bad fortune to cross the street with his stash in front of our own Al Vinikour. It seems Al has a problem with folks who dawdle in the crosswalk, and isn’t afraid to share his solutions with anyone who’ll listen.