iDriveSoCal https://www.idrivesocal.com Mobility in the automotive capital of the world – Southern California. Sat, 17 Aug 2019 20:24:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 The iDriveSoCal Podcast covers automotive news and the future of transportation from the car capital of the world – Southern California. <br /> <br /> The region with the worst traffic on the planet has become ground zero for the revolution in how humans and our stuff travels from points ‘A’ to ‘B’. <br /> <br /> But while the future of mobility is sorted out, you still have to drive, pretty much everywhere, especially here in SoCal. So, our content includes lots of vehicle reviews and behind the scenes car buying tips from real car dealers. After all, what better time to contemplate the details of your next vehicle purchase then when you're stuck in traffic? <br /> <br /> Plus we're always covering cool automotive events, shows museums and everything about the history and future of transportation. Tom Smith clean episodic Tom Smith tom@idrivesocal.com tom@idrivesocal.com (Tom Smith) Copyright © 2018 iDriveSoCal Automotive news and the future of transportation. iDriveSoCal https://www.idrivesocal.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/iDriveSoCal_album_cover.jpg https://www.idrivesocal.com TV-PG Los Angeles, California When To Buy A Car – Chevy Dealer Reveals Secrets https://www.idrivesocal.com/when-to-buy-a-car/ Sat, 10 Aug 2019 00:06:05 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12227 When is the best time to buy a car?  The question has very likely crossed your mind.  Because it certainly has crossed mine. But what really is the best time to make your new or pre-owned vehicle purchase (or lease)? "...the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think." Some will swear the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month.  While others will say the best time to buy a car is the end of the quarter.  Then again, another camp will suggest the best time to buy a car is the end of the month, quarter and year! Check Your Best NEW Chevy Pricing Conversely, others will say the spring/summer holidays or the autumn/winter holidays are the best time to buy a car. As if car buying wasn't already stressful enough- d'Oh!  So here's yet another factor to add to the overall car buying equation - when? Lucky for you and I that my pal Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet agreed to share more car dealer secrets!  In this podcast, Lewis takes us behind the scenes to answer the question, when is the best time to buy a car?  And as you'll find out the answer is different depending on what you're buying - and many other factors.  But it's all here! Check Your Best PRE-OWNED Vehicle Pricing Click play to listen to this podcast and pick up all the pearls of car-buying wisdom Lewis shares with us.  This is some seriously awesome stuff.  Take notes.  Or just print this page because the entire transcript from our talk is below! When Is The Best Time To Buy Your Next Car? Lewis: I think the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think. We, for the most part, play on that misconception. Specifically, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient. "...this is going to be relevant to the listeners for sure and I think you’ll be a little bit shocked..." What happens in the new car world is we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months. "...we have these misconceptions—I call them misconceptions—may be President’s Day is better, maybe Memorial Day is better, is it the end of the month or is it the beginning of the month—what is the better time to buy the car? I always go back to just be educated." I think if you have that partner in your corner, that’s going to help you through that buying process. It doesn’t really matter when you’re buying the car. Check Your Best NEW Chevy Pricing Car Dealer Secrets Revealed On When Is The Best Time To Buy Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. 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When is the best time to buy a car?  The question has very likely crossed your mind.  Because it certainly has crossed mine.

But what really is the best time to make your new or pre-owned vehicle purchase (or lease)?

“…the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think.”

Some will swear the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month.  While others will say the best time to buy a car is the end of the quarter.  Then again, another camp will suggest the best time to buy a car is the end of the month, quarter and year!

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Conversely, others will say the spring/summer holidays or the autumn/winter holidays are the best time to buy a car.

As if car buying wasn’t already stressful enough- d’Oh!  So here’s yet another factor to add to the overall car buying equation – when?

Lucky for you and I that my pal Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet agreed to share more car dealer secrets!  In this podcast, Lewis takes us behind the scenes to answer the question, when is the best time to buy a car?  And as you’ll find out the answer is different depending on what you’re buying – and many other factors.  But it’s all here!

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Click play to listen to this podcast and pick up all the pearls of car-buying wisdom Lewis shares with us.  This is some seriously awesome stuff.  Take notes.  Or just print this page because the entire transcript from our talk is below!

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When Is The Best Time To Buy Your Next Car?

Lewis: I think the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think. We, for the most part, play on that misconception.

Specifically, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient.

“…this is going to be relevant to the listeners for sure and I think you’ll be a little bit shocked…”

What happens in the new car world is we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months.

“…we have these misconceptions—I call them misconceptions—may be President’s Day is better, maybe Memorial Day is better, is it the end of the month or is it the beginning of the month—what is the better time to buy the car? I always go back to just be educated.”

I think if you have that partner in your corner, that’s going to help you through that buying process. It doesn’t really matter when you’re buying the car.

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Car Dealer Secrets Revealed On When Is The Best Time To Buy

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and I am joined by my good pal, Mr. Lewis Cook, here at Martin Chevrolet on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California.

Thank you so much for joining me yet again.

Lewis: My pleasure. Sorry to be giggling in your spectacular intro. One of the best intros on the market, I think.

Tom: [Laughs] Thank you.

Lewis: Yeah, I couldn’t do it that well, for sure.

Tom: Thank you. Well, as I shared before, you know, we keep costs low.

Lewis: What are you talking about? This table is plastic. I mean, the tablecloth is clean. [Laughs]

Tom: [Laughs] I wear a lot of hats, including the—well, the host, but then also what do you call it?

Lewis: Preproduction, postproduction?

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Behind The Scenes with Lewis Cook @ Martin Chevrolet

Tom: Yeah, yeah. I do it all.

Lewis: Everything.

Tom: I wear a lot of hats. So, this podcast is about—and I’m excited to do this one.

Lewis: That’s so funny.

Tom: [Laughs] I mean, I love—hey, I love cars. I love buying new cars. I love getting a new car.

Lewis: You know, I guess this is going to be relevant to the listeners for sure and I think you’ll be a little bit shocked about what we—

Tom: What you’re going to share?

Lewis: Yeah.

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Behind The Scenes With Martin Chevrolet’s Boss – Lewis Cook

Tom: And if you haven’t listened to a podcast that Lewis and I have done in the past, please do so. There’s some great buying information that Lewis shares.

Lewis is a long-time general manager, again, here at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California, but he’s been in the business for a long time and he shoots very, very straight. He gives us information that most don’t.

You share new stuff with me that I don’t—we just did a podcast on lease return, end of lease return, and I learned a couple of very significant tidbits that are going to help me in my next leases.

Lewis: I’m just waiting for my colleagues to get a hold of it and calling me like, “What, the…”

Tom: Why are you sharing this stuff? [Laughs]

“…I’m just waiting for my colleagues to get a hold of it and calling me like, “What, the… STOP IT!”

Lewis: [Laughs] STOP IT!

Tom: Okay. This one is the best time to buy. When do I pull the trigger on buying a car? And whether you’re buying new, leasing, buying used, buying certified preowned, it doesn’t matter.

Lewis: No, it does.

Tom: All those—

Lewis: Absolutely.

Tom: We need to break all that stuff down?

Lewis: Probably.

Tom: Okay.

Lewis: Did I just throw a wrench in your…

Tom: Well, yeah, hey. We got plenty of time to—it’s a podcast.

Lewis: We’ve never been short-winded, that’s for sure.

Tom: [Laughs] Okay, so let’s take it from there. That already throws off my plan. As you said, don’t even plan, just go and do it.

Lewis: I just try to throw him off, that’s all I do. That’s my goal.

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When To Buy Depends On What You’re Buying

Tom: Your very first comment, there is a difference when it comes to time to buy in buying or leasing or buying new or certified preowned? Or used or certified preowned?

Lewis: Correct. New and certified preowned specifically, for sure. I mean, it’s going to be based on the market. I think the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think. We, for the most part, play on that misconception.

Tom: Okay.

Lewis: In the used car world—

“You just said the consumer’s perception is the end of the month, end of the year is a good time to pull the trigger, to buy, whether it’s new or certified preowned and that’s a misconception that the dealer’s play to.”

Tom: Let me reiterate that because that was significant, and it’s my perception. You just said the consumer’s perception is the end of the month, end of the year is a good time to pull the trigger, to buy, whether it’s new or certified preowned and that’s a misconception that the dealer’s play to.

Lewis: Or is it?

Tom: That’s what you said. [Laughs]

Lewis: [Laughs] This is all going to come full circle, I promise. Well, the reason I say, “Or is it?” is if it is a misconception or hey, if it is a conception, then perception is a reality, right?

Tom: Okay.

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The End Of The Month Can Be A Factor When Buying

Lewis: Even though we’re playing on it in businesses and getting better at the end of the month because we’re playing on it, maybe there are some better deals to be had. Right?

Tom: Okay. Yeah.

Lewis: See my point?

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Tom: Yeah.

Lewis: We’ll get back to that. Specifically, between a new car and preowned certified, that’s not a monthly deal there where it’s better at any one time of the month to buy. So, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient.

“Specifically, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient.”

On the dealer level, what happens in our preowned inventory or certified inventory, obviously it’s a depreciating asset as a business owner or somebody that has money invested in depreciating assets. The best thing to do is to get rid of them as fast as possible. Because if you don’t, they’re depreciating.

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Consider How Car Dealers Price Their Inventory When Deciding the Best Time to Buy

What will happen is, is like the—my model in pricing is price high to start, right? Get the most potential to make the most money.

And as the car, we call, ages, on your lot, you’re going to start reducing that price. That age could be at its max the first week of the month, the second week of the month, the third week of the month, it doesn’t really matter.

There are lots of cool little widgets if you go to some of these sites, like Edmunds and Kelly Blue Book and whatnot, that you can actually watch the car. When there’s a price reduction, they’re going to alert you.

Tom: Gotcha.

“As these [pre-ownded] cars get aged on the dealer’s lots, it’s kind of ingrained in our heads to get rid of the inventory as fast as you can and the longer it’s here, the lower the price…”

Lewis: And as that car ages on the dealer’s inventory—and when I say ages, it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad car or there’s something wrong with it.

Tom: It just might not be the right fit for that market, that particular dealer.

Lewis: Or that particular customer.

Tom: Right.

Lewis: As these cars get aged on the dealer’s lots, it’s kind of ingrained in our heads to get rid of the inventory as fast as you can and the longer it’s here, the lower the price, the faster you get rid of it.

Tom: The longer it’s here, the most it costs you, right?

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Dealers Look At New Cars And Used Cars Differently

Lewis: Yeah, absolutely. Not so much as a new car. A preowned car doesn’t cost you because we own those cars.

There’s no loan, per se, on them, whereas on a new car, there is a loan on them. Basically, we have 15 to almost $20 million in inventory right now. Nobody is going to put up that kind of money just to have cars sitting on the lot. There’s a process for that. Basically, there’s a loan on them.

“…in the used car world, that’s not the case. We just want to turn it as fast as possible. As that car gets older in the inventory, the prices are going to get lower.”

But in the used car world, that’s not the case. We just want to turn it as fast as possible. As that car gets older in the inventory, the prices are going to get lower.

Tom: Now, as the car gets older, that’s for everything or just one of the categories?

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Lewis: Well, I think specifically used, it’s very relevant. It does come into play on new cars and we’ll talk about that when we get to the new car part of it. But for used, it’s a big part of the—

Tom: Okay. When buying new, the best time to buy is—

Lewis: I haven’t talked about new yet.

Tom: I’m sorry, I meant to say used. I said it right in my head.

Lewis: That’s the most important part, except to your listeners.

Tom: What do you mean you don’t understand what I’m saying? I said it perfectly in my head. It just came out of my mouth wrong.

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Guidelines For When The Best Time to Buy Is – Used & Certified Pre-Owned

So, when buying used or preowned—not necessarily certified preowned, right? Or certified preowned as well?

Lewis: Preowned is preowned. Certified, yeah, it doesn’t matter.

Tom: So, whether it’s certified preowned or preowned, you’re buying preowned or certified preowned, know what you want, identify what you want. Probably be flexible, I think would be another idea worth considering. But then the guideline is the best time is really, be patient and wait until you see that price drop a bit.

Lewis: Watch. Yes, exactly. There are all kinds of other things along with that, too. Know what the market value of the car is, know what the car’s worth, and that’s going to give you, obviously, some more leverage when you come in to buy, because nobody wants to pay more than what it’s worth.

When Is the Best Time to Buy Used And Certified Pre-Owned – Factors To Consider:

  • Above all be patient and wait for price drops.
    • But know the market demand, supply, and value for what you want.
    • Because you could lose out to someone else buying your car.
  • Be flexible with what you want.
    • Consider expanding your color, feature and trim options.
  • If you cannot be flexible then…
    • Be ready to travel an extended distance to track down exactly what you want.
  • Pro-Tip – Work with a dealer you can trust.  A dealer that will treat you fairly and have your back with any issues.
    • Tell them what you want and let them go to work finding it for you.  That’s what they do!

Obviously when it comes to Chevrolet – our suggestion here at iDriveSoCal is to connect with Martin Chevrolet!

Tom: Now, which do you want to tackle next?

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For New Cars – When Is The Best Time To Buy Works Differently

Lewis: Well, on the flip side of that, there would be new cars and it’s a little bit of the same philosophies there.

What happens in the new car world is we get basically the first three or four months for free, as far as we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months.

Tom: From the factory.

Lewis: From the factory. It’s the same but almost flipped. The sooner we get rid of a new car, the better for us because then we’re not going to ever pay interest on the car.

“…in the new car world is we get basically the first three or four months for free, as far as we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months.”

Tom: Okay.

Lewis: It’s kind of a good rule thumb, but there’s really no way for the general public or customers to know that.

With new cars, or I guess new or preowned, we have these misconceptions—I call them misconceptions—may be President’s Day is better, maybe Memorial Day is better, is it the end of the month or is it the beginning of the month—what is the better time to buy the car? I always go back to just be educated. It is somewhat of a misconception.

Here’s the deal: My cost never changes.

Tom: Never changes?

Lewis: Never changes. The cost, what I owe on a car for, that doesn’t change. What changes are the factories, the deals.

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Automakers Typically Drive The Big Sales “Events”

Now, there are some factories that get really aggressive because of that perception that these times of the year are better to buy a car, so they’ll get really aggressive and in the Chevy world, they get super aggressive in December. Every December, they’ve come out with this deal where you pay what we pay. I don’t know if you’ve heard—

Tom: The employee pricing.

Lewis: Yeah, right.

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When is the best time to buy a Corvette?

Tom: They’ve had that since cash for clunkers way back when, ’08, ’09, something like that.

“Every December, they’ve come out with this deal where you pay what we pay. I don’t know if you’ve heard— employee pricing… Now, can you get that price today, right now? Of course, you can. Is it better to buy it? I mean, I guess, maybe easier is the word.”

Lewis: Right. Chevy does that specifically in December, so it is better to buy kind of at that time because you’re getting that price and it’s out there, the factory puts it out there in the universe, so that’s what we do.

Now, can you get that price today, right now? Of course, you can. Is it better to buy it? I mean, I guess, maybe easier is the word.

Tom: Easier?

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The ‘Big Sales Event’ Misconception On When To Buy

Lewis: Because… so in December, in the Chevy world, everybody knows it’s “you pay what we pay,” so the customer is coming in, “Hey, we pay what you pay,” “Okay, here you go, here’s what we pay, here’s the deal.” We make a deal, we move on.

Right now, you can come in here and you can still get that price, but if you don’t know you can, so it’s easier because everybody knows about it.

Tom: Right, right.

“Right now, you can come in here and you can still get that price, but if you don’t know you can, so it’s easier [in December] because everybody knows about it.”

Lewis: If you walk in and you’re—

Tom: If you’re listening to the iDriveSoCal podcast and specifically the direction of Mr. Lewis Cook from here at Martin Chevrolet, you can get that same end of year deal.

Lewis: Any day.

Tom: Any day.

Lewis: Absolutely.

Tom: Especially here at Martin Chevrolet. I’m going to give you guys a plug, an additional plug there, as I should.

But that’s interesting, because me, as a consumer, you know, I love cars, I love getting a new car. The buying process, as we’ve discussed, and everybody knows, is—can be very painful. In the past it has been. And I mean, you put your consumer hat on, right?

Lewis: Sure.

Tom: When you have to buy cars for your family.

Lewis: When you have to.

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Tuning Out Of ‘Big Sales Event’ Ads

Tom: But I’ve been desensitized to the hype on TV commercials and a little bit of radio commercials, but primarily TV commercials.

I’ll look at the car and appreciate the new car and I like the commercials that show the new product coming out.

But when it gets to the deals, it’s like—it’s almost the equivalent of back when the internet first came around and people used to say, “www dot” before every URL, or when social media got big, “Follow us on this or like us on this.”

It’s almost like I just tune that out.

I guess I’m smart to tune that out because the reality is, I can get those deals anytime?

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Buy When The Time Is Best For You – From A Dealer You Can Trust

Lewis: Yeah. I mean, the end of the year might not be the best time for you to buy, right?

Tom: You mean for me personally?

Lewis: Yeah, for you personally. The podcast listener personally.

December might not be convenient and because it’s not convenient, you might be costing yourself more money doing it in December, even though you think you’re getting a better deal, right? Perse.

You might not have enough equity in your car. You might not have enough down payment or whatever the case may be.

We tend to pull all that business forward in December. Everything happens at once.

Tom: And then you sleep through the first quarter of the next year?

Lewis: Unfortunately, yeah. Pretty much.

Tom: And I mean, that’s due to what the manufacturer does that, right? I mean, it’s not you.

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Automakers Want To Tell You When The Best Time To Buy

Lewis: Specifically, Chevy. I mean, a lot of manufacturers will come out at the end of the year, “This is the end of year sale.”

But if you think about it, they’re doing it all the time. I mean, it’s constantly happening. Exactly what you’re tuning out is happening every day.

It’s not just happening at the end of the year. It’s just a different message and it’s perceived differently because people are anticipating it.

They don’t anticipate it during the year so it’s not… You can get a deal on a Chevy truck, a Silverado truck right now, if you wanted to buy a Chevy Silverado, you can get a better deal right now than any other time.

Even towards the end of the year, just because, for instance, they’re going through this build-out from ’18 to ’19. It’s a new body style and there’s a lot of promoting going on. So, now is the time to do that. It’s not the same with every other model.

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What About the Big Holiday Sales Events?

Tom: We just kind of covered the President’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day weekend, Black Friday, end of year.

Lewis: It’s all the same as the end of the year. Yeah, you can group all that together, right?

It’s the perception that the dealers are doing better deals and it doesn’t mean that we are, per se, but that’s like I said, perception is the reality.

If that’s what the customer thinks is happening, okay.

Tom: Right, right.

Lewis: I’m not going to disagree.

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Model Year End And The Best Time To Buy – Extreme Example

Tom: Then I want to get to—well, I’m going to skip over something and then get to this, what you just got to. You hear the end of the model year. First off, what does that mean?

Lewis: Well, end of the model year is just typically anytime that, you know, you have a 2018 and those are phased out and now the 2019 is here. It’s been a little bit different every year that I’ve been in the business as far as what we have in inventory.

“…a local customer of ours, paid like $27,000 off sticker… that’s excessive, for an example, but that’s probably the best end of model year example that you’re going to get.”

When I got here, we still had 2017s in stock and I got here in 2018. Right now, here we are mid-2019, I have one 2018 left. Everything else in my inventory is a 2019.

Can you get a better deal right now on that 2018 that I have one left of than the 2019? Absolutely. Absolutely. Believe it or not, we just sold our last 2017 Corvette yesterday.

Tom: That was a good-looking Corvette, too.

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When is the best time to buy a 2019 Stingray 

Lewis: It was a very nice Corvette.

Tom: I would’ve never guessed that was a ’17. I would’ve thought it was a ’19.

Lewis: Yeah. It’s $125,000 car.

Tom: Oh, there you go.

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Aging Inventory Can Create Great Buying Opportunities

Lewis: So, it cost me $5-600 a month every month it’s here. It’s not a good situation for that car to be here for so long.

That gentleman, he’s a local customer of ours, paid like $27,000 off sticker. That’s the probably best end of the model year—I mean, that’s excessive, for an example, but that’s probably the best end of model year example that you’re going to get.

He paid—if you looked up Kelly Blue Book on this car and said it’s a preowned car, he’s paying less than retail. Kelly Blue Book as a preowned car, and it’s a new car with 0 miles on it. He knows he got a steal and he was very grateful. I’m not going to pay the $800 in interest and flooring on the car this month and it’s off the books and it’s done with.

Tom: It’s a win for everybody.

Lewis: Well…

Tom: [Laughs] Sorry, pal.

Lewis: Losing $20,000 is technically not a—I wouldn’t call that a win. But it’s the cost of doing business that I was anticipating, so, I mean, it doesn’t hurt that bad.

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Being Local Can Be A Factor When Buying

Tom: And you did it with, as you said, a local customer who is going to appreciate it.

Lewis: Yeah, in the reality of it is, is I am more apt to do that with a local customer, too.

I mean, that’s a pretty good segue into another aspect of this that you probably don’t even have in your prepared notes.

Tom: [Laughs] I laugh because we had a discussion before the mics went hot about how much to prepare and just shoot from the hip. Yeah, anyway. My prepared notes, right?

Lewis: Yeah. But what I didn’t have in there. What was I saying? [Laughs] I guess if it was in my notes, I wouldn’t have asked that question, right?

Tom: [Laughs] You were saying what I didn’t have in my prepared notes and it was another thing and we were talking about in the context of the customer, the local customer that just got that.

Lewis: Local, thank you. Wow. Okay, so you proved your point. I won’t ever make fun of you for having notes again.

So, if a local—if somebody comes in here that’s a local and we’re negotiating a deal and then I have another customer here that’s say from San Diego, this business is customer acquisition business.

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Service Can Be A Factor When Buying A Car

That’s how I like to put it. And we’re acquiring customers for one purpose and that purpose is to maintain their cars.

The service department is definitely more of a profit center than the retail sales department, right?

So, if you’re from San Diego and you’re here in Torrance and you’re trying to buy a car, what’s my incentive? I’m never going to see you again.

Tom: Right.

Lewis: Am I going to straight out lose money to buy a—to sell you a car? Without having the opportunity to, you know, to gain that money back.

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Service matters while considering when to buy.

Whereas a local customer, if I have to take a little bit of loss—and I know that the listeners are like, this guy’s talking about losing money on cars. Yeah, dealers don’t lose money.

Well, unfortunately, we do and that’s why I call it an acquisition business because the money you make is on the flip side, right?

In the service department, the customers are coming in and they’re servicing the vehicles and there’s money to be made there.

So, am I more apt to give this local customer that I’m going to see all the time and they’re going to tell their family, and everything is local and keep it in my PMA, as they call it?

Tom: Primary market area.

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Service That Entices Buyers To Go The Extra Mile(s)

Lewis: Yeah, doing air quotes there. Of course, I’m going to give probably—sway more to giving him a better deal.

If they’re asking me for this deal and another customer asks me for the deal and I’m never going to see them again, I’m probably going to—I’m more apt to say yes to the local customer.

Tom: I want to jump in on that though because you point out a scenario where it would keep—it’s good for you and anybody that lives around your store because you operate that way.

You’re legit, you set the bar high for everybody else.

Now, that San Diego customer might have a bunch of Chevy dealers around them—not saying that they do—or put somebody else anywhere.

My nearest dealer for the car that I want to get, might not necessarily be somebody that I want to buy from and go back to.

So, in that sense, from the customer’s perspective, I might drive—and actually, I had a service advisor that I loved that I drove 20 miles extra to go see that service advisor.

Lewis: We have that a lot here, actually. There’s a lot of customers that will drive to come to our service department.

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Where You Want To Buy Can Impact The Best Time to Buy

Tom: I know you’re on a roll there, but I wanted to point that out because it’s a selling point of Martin Chevrolet, for sure, that sets you guys apart from the rest and in some cases, it’s worth that extra drive.

Lewis: Yeah. I mean, the reality of it is, I mean, we try to treat customers a little bit differently, so I think the experience—well, I know the experience will be better here than anywhere else.

If that’s what you’re after, then absolutely. But for the subject of the right time or place to buy a car—

Tom: When to buy.

Lewis: Yeah, when to buy a car, I think that the locality needs to be mentioned, for sure.

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Model year-end closeouts and when to buy.

Tom: Yeah. I get where you’re coming from, how—

Lewis: I guess that really has nothing to do with when.

Tom: It’s a factor though.

Lewis: Right. It is a factor.

Tom: It is a factor. So, that covers the model year. Now, another thing that you mentioned that we kind of transitioned to a few minutes back, you mentioned Silverados. I think it was Silverados.

Lewis: Silverados, because of the year-end, the new body style.

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All-New Models And The Best Time To Buy

Tom: The new body style. Now, is that going to be all-new or is it going to be a refresh?

Lewis: All new.

Tom: All new?

Lewis: Yeah. This is all new. The ’18 and ’19 is a completely different body style.

Tom: Okay. So, with that in mind, let’s talk about that a little bit from a timing perspective. If the ’19 is an all-new body style—which it is, actually, I know this, I already did a vehicle review on ’19 Silverado and I loved it.

Lewis: I bet you’re just testing me.

Tom: No, no, no. [Laughs] I’m so focused on this one, on this podcast that we’re doing right now, I had to remember that I’d actually already done that.

You’re saying that you still have a couple of ‘18s leftover or you’re out of ‘18s?

Lewis: I’d say I don’t have ‘18s in stock in the Silverado lineup. We have a Suburban, but no ’18 Silverados. I think what you’re getting at—and correct me if I’m wrong—is it better to buy an ’18 than a ’19?

Tom: Well, if someone is—obviously there’s cons and pros to going both ways, right?

I’m not getting the ’19 and all the new bells and whistles and design that the ’19 has to offer.  But, in that transitionary period, there’s something to be said about going with the former design.

The former generation, so to speak, because they’ve already gone through that life cycle of that generation in the vehicle and they got everything right. There’s not going to be any phantom bugs or anything to really worry about.

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When To Buy Can Also Come Down To What You Like

Lewis: They’re not coming out with technology right now that’s going to create any more new phantom bugs, I don’t think. I think with that, is it comes down to, with the consumer, the preference of the look. I mean, that’s kind of the society we live in.

Tom: Sure.

Lewis: What looks better the ’19 or the ’18?

Tom: Especially here.

Lewis: Yeah. And if right now you decide that the ’18 looks better, you’re probably going to get a better deal.

Because, as I said, dealerships are going to—they may have had that ’18 in their inventory for a while.  They’re going to want to get rid of it, stop paying the flooring fees and whatnot and the manufacturer knows that.

The manufacturer tries to support us, and they understand that we pay these flooring costs on cars as they age on our lot. They’ll put more incentives out there to help us move those.

Then, of course, it’s in their best interest for us to move the older models anyway because as the new stuff comes out, then it’s more relevant.

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Does the Day Of The Week Matter?  Nah.  But Last Day Of The Month Could

Tom: So, day of the week, day of the month, end of the quarter, end of the year—well, we talked about the end of the year already.

But those other ones, day of the week, day of the—because if you do a Google search…

Even some of these credible websites that offer valuations that we’ve mentioned earlier in this podcast and other podcasts, they have little sidebars that say, “Oh, well, hey, this day, buy on Monday because of the weekend has just gone by.” That sounds like absurd based on the—

Lewis: No, I guess it’s not totally absurd.

“…the end of the calendar month for a manufacturer may not be the 30th. It may be, typically they’ll go with the next Monday…”

As far as the day of the week, I mean, I don’t know if you really want to buy into any of that, per se. However, I will give some credit to the day of the month. But I think it goes back to—again, remember, the same deal can happen any time of the month, any day of the month.

But I think it goes back to that perception, right? So, it’s the end of the month and it depends on the situation the dealer is in.

I mean, I’ll be honest, I’ve been at the end of the month where I’m, you know, 10, 15 cars away from my quota. It’s the last day of the month. We’re going around asking employees if they want to buy cars at that point. At that point sometimes.

But if you think about it, if you come in and I’m 10 cars away—let me back up a little bit.

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A Dealer’s Volume Bonuses From Their Factory Can Impact When To Buy

Specifically, for us and that last day of the month and missing that 10 cars and the quota thing, it goes back to Chevy incentivizes the dealership in volume and they set a number ahead of time, it’s called a bogie. If you hit that bogie, you get X-amount of dollars back. That’s the simplest way to put it.

Tom: They refer to that as the back-end, or in layman’s terms, could you say that?

Lewis: I mean, I think the back-end would be more towards like financing and stuff like that in the car world. But we call it other income.

We do take a loss on cars, we touched on that, and it’s a reality, but we get this money back from the factory.

If we’re taking losses on cars in anticipation of getting this money back from the factory as a volume bonus, let’s say, then if I’m not going to do that, if that’s not going to happen, then we’re going to be in trouble.

Here’s the last day of the month, we’re 10 cars away from this volume bonus. It could be a substantial amount of money that may be coming our way if we hit this bonus, yeah, the deals are going to get better.

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But Not Every Factory Offers Their Dealers Volume Bonuses

That may play into your last day of the month. The end of the month, the end of the calendar month for a manufacturer may not be the 30th.

It may be, typically they’ll go with the next Monday or whatnot. So, that plays into your end of the month deal where yeah, of course, in that situation, you know, I’m at the customer’s mercy for the most part because I have to sell these 10 cars.

I have to get this number, and there it is.

I think that’s where that comes from. Not every manufacturer is like that and let me tell you, Chevy is one of the only—General Motors is one of the only manufacturers like that.

A lot of the different manufacturers I’ve worked for, that’s not the case. There is no volume bonuses and whatnot. They pay a little bit different.

Tom: Gotcha. Okay. Am I missing anything about the when? It feels like we’ve covered it pretty extensively, but based on that expression I just got, I might be missing something. Either I’m missing something, or we’ve beat it to death. I’m not sure, which one is it?

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When To Buy Is Forever Changing Event With Factories That Offer Dealers Bonuses

Lewis: Yeah, no. I don’t know. I think it’s all relevant. It’s a hard topic to touch on because it’s forever changing.

I mean, I might not have that volume bonus this month and maybe next month, so it may be the end of the month, it may not be the end of the month. Listen, not to sound like I’m giving a plug for myself or—

Tom: Go ahead, do it!

Lewis: You know, it comes back to relationships.

Knowing who you’re buying for, having that trust in them and knowing that they’re going to do the right thing by you.

Because we have that power. I think if you have that partner in your corner, that’s going to help you through that buying process. It doesn’t really matter when you’re buying the car.

But, to your point, there is some relevancy when it comes to certain factors in the industry that can play into that.

You just got to know when that is. Honestly, it’s going to be tough between all these different manufacturers because they’re all different.

So, is there a rule of thumb? Not really. Do all those play out in some fashion? Absolutely. Does that even make any sense? Probably not.

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Ultimately When To Buy Depends On What You’re Buying

Tom: It does if you’ve listened to the entire podcast. [Laughs] It absolutely does.

If you were to say one, two or three key takeaways in a short sentence, or the headline, what’s the headline takeaway? Is it patience? Or, is it knowing what you want and not being in a rush?

Is it a combination of things?

Lewis: I think it’s a combination. So, I think it’s a combination of a lot of things. I think knowledge is power.

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When to buy a Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pick-up truck

I think a partnership with somebody that’s going to be there for you throughout the whole buying process is key.

You can back it into a lot of different things as far as the day of the week and day of the year and all that kind of stuff. It’s all relevant.

I think if you have somebody that wants to earn your business again and again and again, they’re going to take care of you and that’s really the bottom line there.

All these manufacturers are going to put some money into holidays and there’s always going to be some hype somewhere.

Tom: Right.

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When To Buy A New Car – Summarizing The Many Factors

When Is The Best Time to Buy New – Factors To Consider:

  • Typically dealers have possession of new cars for three or four months before having to pay interest:
  • ‘Big Sales’ events can be misconceived:
  • Model year-end can create great opportunities:
    • When a vehicle is being replaced by it’s next ‘generation’ – deals can be available.
  • Being local can be important to car dealers:
    • Being local means you’re likely to bring your car back for service.
    • And that can entice dealers to work a bit harder with you on price.
  • Day of the week doesn’t matter as much as the end of the month – sometimes.
    • That’s because of some carmakers end of month bonuses they give to dealers that reach their quota.
  • Pro-Tip – Find a transparent dealer you can trust.  Dealers are people too.  Be honest with them and demand the same.
    • Start the conversation with what you’re looking for.
    • Let them know what you’ve learned about their business from iDriveSoCal.
    • All dealers should respect your knowledge and want to help further educate you.

And of course, when it comes to new Chevrolet’s, Martin Chevy is who we highly recommend.

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Behind The Scenes On When To Buy With Martin Chevrolet

Lewis: We’re all trying to find that way to create the hype and I mean, you can play into it and buy with the crowds and wait for finance, or you know, you can just come to Martin Chevrolet and I’ll just give you that deal any day of the week. [Laughs]

I didn’t even answer your question, I’m pretty sure.

Tom: No, no, you did. Always good stuff. Thank you, as always, for the behind-the-scenes info, the behind-the-scenes look, if I can say that, on an audio podcast.

Anything to add before we wrap this one up?

Lewis: No, I’m good.

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Martin Chevrolet on Hawthorne Blvd in Torrance, California

Tom: Mr. Lewis Cook, right here at Martin Chevrolet, come to say hello to him. His entire crew, Ronnie Blomquist [phonetic] is his general sales manager and one of these two head managers are pretty much always at the store.

Lewis: Yeah, one of us is always here, for sure.

Tom: And available to answer questions, meet people, and make sure that you are taken care of.

Tom and Lewis having fun podcasting

Behind the Scenes on When To Buy

Thank you so much again for all the info, for the partnership.

Lewis: Always a pleasure.

Tom: The pleasure is mine, my friend. We will do it again, soon.

Thank you for listening. For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. We will talk to you soon.

Lewis: See ya.

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Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

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When is the best time to buy a car?  The question has very likely crossed your mind.  Because it certainly has crossed mine. - But what really is the best time to make your new or pre-owned vehicle purchase (or lease)? "... When is the best time to buy a car?  The question has very likely crossed your mind.  Because it certainly has crossed mine.<br /> <br /> But what really is the best time to make your new or pre-owned vehicle purchase (or lease)?<br /> "...the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think."<br /> Some will swear the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month.  While others will say the best time to buy a car is the end of the quarter.  Then again, another camp will suggest the best time to buy a car is the end of the month, quarter and year!<br /> Check Your Best NEW Chevy Pricing<br /> Conversely, others will say the spring/summer holidays or the autumn/winter holidays are the best time to buy a car.<br /> <br /> As if car buying wasn't already stressful enough- d'Oh!  So here's yet another factor to add to the overall car buying equation - when?<br /> <br /> Lucky for you and I that my pal Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet agreed to share more car dealer secrets!  In this podcast, Lewis takes us behind the scenes to answer the question, when is the best time to buy a car?  And as you'll find out the answer is different depending on what you're buying - and many other factors.  But it's all here!<br /> Check Your Best PRE-OWNED Vehicle Pricing<br /> Click play to listen to this podcast and pick up all the pearls of car-buying wisdom Lewis shares with us.  This is some seriously awesome stuff.  Take notes.  Or just print this page because the entire transcript from our talk is below!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> When Is The Best Time To Buy Your Next Car?<br /> Lewis: I think the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think. We, for the most part, play on that misconception.<br /> <br /> Specifically, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient.<br /> "...this is going to be relevant to the listeners for sure and I think you’ll be a little bit shocked..."<br /> What happens in the new car world is we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months.<br /> "...we have these misconceptions—I call them misconceptions—may be President’s Day is better, maybe Memorial Day is better, is it the end of the month or is it the beginning of the month—what is the better time to buy the car? I always go back to just be educated."<br /> I think if you have that partner in your corner, that’s going to help you through that buying process. It doesn’t really matter when you’re buying the car.<br /> Check Your Best NEW Chevy Pricing<br /> <br /> Car Dealer Secrets Revealed On When Is The Best Time To Buy<br /> Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and I am joined by my good pal, Mr. Lewis Cook, here at Martin Chevrolet on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California.<br /> <br /> <br /> .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom . Tom Smith clean 33:44
2019 Honda Odyssey Review, Prices, Features, Trims, Pics + Podcast https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-honda-odyssey/ Mon, 05 Aug 2019 16:49:11 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12084 The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too. And there's a lot to love about the '19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight.  However, being a new Dad, the top of my favorites list is the fact that the Odyssey is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.  (That's the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety.) CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On 2019 Honda Odyssey I recently picked up a 2019 Odyssey to review from my friends at Rock Honda, in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California. Click play below to listen to the podcast version of my review or continue reading.  Either way, check out all the pictures I snapped during my evaluation. 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan My wife and I currently have one child - he's 22-months old.  We also have a small dog, Mr. Jake, he goes with us everywhere we are allowed to bring him. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On 2019 Honda Odyssey And even with just the four of us, I'm this/close to buying a 2019 Honda Odyssey. 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan from Rock Honda That's because the Honda Odyssey has it all - and then some.  But, even when you set all the best-buy, best-family and safety awards aside it's hard to pass up. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On 2019 Honda Odyssey Because the 2019 Honda Odyssey is packed with creature comforts and technology.  In fact, the Odyssey is so versatile and equipped that a family larger than mine could take months to thoroughly review the minivan. 2019 Honda Odyssey Cockpit But, I did it in a day, quite thoroughly I might add.  So, carefully consider both my below report and the 2019 Honda Odyssey - carry on. :0) Trim Configurations and MSRPs for the 2019 Honda Odyssey My friends at Rock Honda put me in a top-of-the-line 2019 Honda Odyssey Elite.  So that fully-loaded Odyssey minivan had all the features and technology I could imagine included. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On 2019 Honda Odyssey But it's tough to tell the difference between the base LX and fully-loaded Elite trim options from the outside. 2019 Honda Odyssey passenger front And here's all the 2019 Honda Odyssey trim configurations with their starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing: 2019 Honda Odyssey Trims & MSRPs: LX $30,190 EX $34,160 EX-L $37,710 Touring $44,760 Elite $47,070 So, with all our vehicle reviews here on iDriveSoCal, never worry about MSRP.  And that's for two primary reasons. First, MSRP is just what each vehicle manufacturer's factory makes car dealers put on their window sticker for any given vehicle.  And you need to get your Honda Odyssey equipped with whatever will best suit your family. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On 2019 Honda Odyssey Second, go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because they're one of the largest Honda dealers in the world, I know them personally and trust them completely. And they literally embedded "Rock bottom pricing" in the name of their store.  No kidding, they deliver the best Honda deals. '19 Honda Odyssey Engines, Transmissions & MPG You get the same engine across all trim levels for the 2019 Honda Odyessy.  And that's a powerful 280-horsepower V6 that delivers 262 pound-feet of torque. "...the base-LX, the EX, and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission... the top two trims, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission." But the different trim levels will give you two different transmissions.  So, the base-LX, the EX and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission.  Whereas the top two trims, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On 2019 Honda Odyssey Paddle Shifters! What I found to be kind of funny is that all 2019 Honda Odysseys come with standard paddle shifters!  :0)  Because paddle shifters originally come from racecar technology. "... The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too.

And there’s a lot to love about the ’19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight.  However, being a new Dad, the top of my favorites list is the fact that the Odyssey is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.  (That’s the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety.)

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I recently picked up a 2019 Odyssey to review from my friends at Rock Honda, in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.

Click play below to listen to the podcast version of my review or continue reading.  Either way, check out all the pictures I snapped during my evaluation.

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2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan

My wife and I currently have one child – he’s 22-months old.  We also have a small dog, Mr. Jake, he goes with us everywhere we are allowed to bring him.

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And even with just the four of us, I’m this/close to buying a 2019 Honda Odyssey.

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2019 Honda Odyssey minivan from Rock Honda

That’s because the Honda Odyssey has it all – and then some.  But, even when you set all the best-buy, best-family and safety awards aside it’s hard to pass up.

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Because the 2019 Honda Odyssey is packed with creature comforts and technology.  In fact, the Odyssey is so versatile and equipped that a family larger than mine could take months to thoroughly review the minivan.

2019 Honda Odyssey Elite cockpit

2019 Honda Odyssey Cockpit

But, I did it in a day, quite thoroughly I might add.  So, carefully consider both my below report and the 2019 Honda Odyssey – carry on. :0)

Trim Configurations and MSRPs for the 2019 Honda Odyssey

My friends at Rock Honda put me in a top-of-the-line 2019 Honda Odyssey Elite.  So that fully-loaded Odyssey minivan had all the features and technology I could imagine included.

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But it’s tough to tell the difference between the base LX and fully-loaded Elite trim options from the outside.

White 2019 Honda Odyssey passenger front

2019 Honda Odyssey passenger front

And here’s all the 2019 Honda Odyssey trim configurations with their starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing:

2019 Honda Odyssey Trims & MSRPs:

  • LX $30,190
  • EX $34,160
  • EX-L $37,710
  • Touring $44,760
  • Elite $47,070

So, with all our vehicle reviews here on iDriveSoCal, never worry about MSRP.  And that’s for two primary reasons.

First, MSRP is just what each vehicle manufacturer’s factory makes car dealers put on their window sticker for any given vehicle.  And you need to get your Honda Odyssey equipped with whatever will best suit your family.

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Second, go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because they’re one of the largest Honda dealers in the world, I know them personally and trust them completely.

And they literally embedded “Rock bottom pricing” in the name of their store.  No kidding, they deliver the best Honda deals.

’19 Honda Odyssey Engines, Transmissions & MPG

You get the same engine across all trim levels for the 2019 Honda Odyessy.  And that’s a powerful 280-horsepower V6 that delivers 262 pound-feet of torque.

“…the base-LX, the EX, and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission… the top two trims, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.”

But the different trim levels will give you two different transmissions.  So, the base-LX, the EX and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission.  Whereas the top two trims, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

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Paddle Shifters!

What I found to be kind of funny is that all 2019 Honda Odysseys come with standard paddle shifters!  :0)  Because paddle shifters originally come from racecar technology.

“…paddle shifters originally come from racecar technology… you wouldn’t expect them to be on a minivan – no matter how awesome it is.”

And they’ve been making their way from high-performance vehicles to more mid and entry-level vehicles.  But you wouldn’t expect them to be on a minivan – no matter how awesome it is.

Paddle Shifter and windshield wiper control behind steering wheel

Yeah, paddle shifters on a minivan!

Even so, hats off to Honda engineers because the paddle shifters are highly functional in the 2019 Honda Odyssey!  That’s because they allow for better control of acceleration with the wide variety of weight-loads Odyssey can haul.

“…hats off to Honda engineers because the paddle shifters are highly functional in the 2019 Honda Odyssey!”

And driving the 2019 Odyssey minivan was a breeze.  Because it definitely is far larger and more functional than it drives.  It’s quick on the road and nimble to maneuver through crowded parking lots.

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Fuel Economy

Regardless of your trim level and transmission the 2019 Honda Odyssey fuel rating is the same across the board.  During city driving, your 2019 Odyssey will deliver 19-miles-per-gallon and 28 MPG on the highway.

Built-in fuel emergency fuel funnel

Built-in emergency fuel funnel tucked away in Odyssey’s rear

But even this makes sense when you factor in additional weight added by the extra features for the higher-level trim configurations.

Outside the ’19 Honda Odyssey Minivan

Every time I spot an Odyssey the first thing I check for is the sliding track for the rear side-doors.  That’s because Honda redesigned the location of those once ugly tracks.

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As of last year, designers moved the Odyssey rear side-door tracks, positioning them under the rear side-windowsill.

“…I want to say it’s a sexy look but we are still talking about a minivan.  And categorically minivans cannot be sexy… right?  Or can they be?  A little – maybe?”

This makes the tracks disappear and gives the Odyssey a far more streamlined look.

2019 Honda Odyssey passenger profile

Sexy + Minivan = Possible?

(Okay, I want to say it’s a sexy look but we are still talking about a minivan.  And categorically minivans cannot be sexy… right?  Or can they be?  A little – maybe?  Alright, moving on!)

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And a couple of additional points about the rear side-sliding doors.  First, they’re huge making them super-easy to get people and our stuff in and out of them.  So that’s another great aspect of the ’19 Honda Odyssey minivan.

2019 Honda Odyssey driver front

Can a minivan be sort-of sexy?

Second, Honda added some available family-minded technology right into the side-sliding doors.

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That is the ability to unlock and open the doors with your keyfob from up to 50-ft away.

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2019 Odyssey driver profile

And, speaking of exterior power-doors, the 2019 Honda Odyssey also has an available power tailgate.

white 2019 Honda Odyssey driver rear

If a minivan can’t be ‘sexy’ then this one is darn good looking! :0)

Finally, on the outside of the ’19 Honda Odyssey minivan, I appreciate the available LED headlights and taillights.

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I’m a fan of these for not only how they look aesthetically.

White 2019 Honda Odyssey passenger rear

You have to admit, for a minivan, it looks great.

But also their functionality of being easy for other drivers top spot.  Most importantly without blindly them!

2019 Odyssey Interior

Getting inside the 2019 Honda Odyssey is super-easy no matter which door you’re using.

Driver & Passenger

First, the cockpit.  It’s really well laid out for total driver control.  However, Honda also designed the 2019 Odyssey knowing that while one parent is driving another will likely be co-piloting in the front passenger seat.

2019 Honda Odyssey rear entertainment monitor deployed

Driver and front passenger have easy access to center stack controls

So, the controls are easy enough for co-pilot-parent to adjust creature comfort and entertainment controls too.

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Also, both front seats are very comfortable.  Plus, the Elite trim that I drove for this review had both heated and ventilated front seats!

Front seat center console

Available wireless phone charging!

And the center console is basically a highly functional piece of furniture between the front seats.

2nd & 3rd-Row Seating Inside ’19 Honda Odyssey

On the topic of center consoles, the 2019 Honda Odyssey offers an insanely versatile backseat.  And to be clear we’re talking about the 2nd-row backseat here.

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We’ll get to the 3rd-row back seat in a moment.

2nd row seating

2nd-Row Seating for Three

So the 2nd-row backseat of the ’19 Odyssey seats three.

2nd-row seating for two

2nd-Row Seating for Two

Or it can seat two with the middle seat’s back folded down revealing a great 3-cup-holder and storage area for road-snacks. :0)

2nd-Row Seating Center Console

2nd-Row Seating Center Console

Plus the 2nd-row of backseats in the 2019 Odyssey includes Honda’s Magic Slide functionality.

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This allows you to remove one or all of the 2nd row of seats.  And it allows for positioning the 2nd-row in multiple positions side-to-side and even slightly forward or back.

“That way I can stick my mother-in-law in the 3rd-row backseat… where she’d be most comfortable.  And unable to ask me questions.” ;0)

For instance, this is perfect for when I want my 22-month old son in his child safety seat and centered in the 2nd-row.

3rd-Row Seating

3rd-Row Seating – aka Mother-In-Law Seating!

That way I can stick my mother-in-law in the 3rd-row backseat… where she’d be most comfortable.  And unable to ask me questions. ;0)

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Hauling Stuff With Honda Odyssey

Plus, with the 3rd-row backseats folded down and the 2nd-row removed, the 2019 Honda Odyssey is big enough to lay standard 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood flat!

3rd row folded down Honda Odyssey 2019

Up to 155.7 cubic-feet of storage

Boom, that’s big.  And delivers an entirely new dimension of functionality to Odyssey.  Thumbs-up Honda engineering team!

But Wait – There’s More!

And this one really gets me.  Because, the Odyssey’s top two trim options, the Touring and Elite both come standard with a vacuum cleaner.

Built-in vacuum hose and nozzle

Easy cleanup w/ Odysseys built-in vacuum!

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Yes, the 2019 Honda Odyssey Elite (and Touring) come standard with a vacuum cleaner to clean-up whatever messy stuff you’re hauling.

Built-in Shop-Vac

Serious suction power with Shop-Vac

And it’s not just any wimpy old vacuum cleaner either.  It’s a flipping Shop-Vac!

Technology in the 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan

The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is loaded with technology that will make everyone in the family happy.

Safety Tech

All ’19 Odyssey minivan trim levels, except the LX, come with Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technology.

Honda Sensing Safety & Driver Assist Tech:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System

Plus Honda includes childproof locks and a serious suite of airbags to keep you and your family safe on the roads. That IIHS Top Safety Pick designation for the 2019 Honda Odyssey is a big deal.

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Parent Tech

Also, Honda’s available Cabin Watch system is a big parent-helper.  That allows the driver to see what’s going on in the cabin right on the center console screen.  So, no need to turn around!

Rear cabin displayed on center console monitor

Honda CabinView Keeps Your Eyes On the Road & The Kiddos!

Just glance at whatever shenanigans taking place in the backseats.  And once you’ve assessed the situation you can easily correct the behavior by automatically talking over the CabinTalk in-vehicle public address system.

“…you can easily correct the behavior by automatically talking over the CabinTalk in-vehicle public address system.”

This allows you to turn-down all audio playing throughout the vehicle and address your people! :0)

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’19 Odyssey Minivan Entertainment & Connectivity

The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan has an available 8-inch center console touch screen.  Plus you have Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto.

Center stack with navigation on

Control focused center stack

The Elite I drove even has a wireless phone charger in the center console with mobile hotspot capability and a ton of ports to plug-in and stay charged.

backseat center stack

Blu-Ray Access From 2nd-Row Seats

At the top of every kid’s favorites-list on the Honda Odyssey has got to be the available 10.2-inch rear entertainment system.  That drops down from the ceiling and comes ready to play Blu-Ray DVDs.

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And that’s also got to be near the top of each parent’s favorites-list too because it includes Honda’s awesome “How Much Further?” app.

How much further? App display

How have parents survived without Honda’s “How Much Further?” App

Finally, what’s a vehicle review without mentioning Amazon?  (That’s a joke – I just give them too much money already.)

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Because with HondaLink activated you can even have Amazon deliver to your 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan!

rear access to Honda Odyssey

Amazon can deliver to your Odyssey

I’m not sure that I’m personally ready to have Amazon delivery people accessing my vehicle (or home) but that’s another story. :0)

2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Top-3

So versatile and packed with functional features it’s hard to pick just three top favorites for the 2019 Honda Odyssey.  And I already called out safety at the top of this article.  here goes:

  1. Safety: Remember the very top of this article I mentioned the ’19 Odyssey being an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
  2. Interior versatility: The ample options for configuring seating or cargo is a huge win for families of all sizes.
  3. Overall technology: From being able to open the doors up to 50-ft away to safety, parental and entertainment tech – props to Honda.

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Your 2019 Honda Odyssey Awaits At Rock Honda

My thanks as always to our great friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.  Led by General Manager David Latif, his right hand Hamid Javid the General Sales Manager and Ruben Serna the Rock-star Service Director.

2019 Honda Odyssey front badge and license plate

2019 Honda Odyssey Elite – My test driver for this review

These guys (and gals) will take care of you – promise.  And I’m happy to introduce you.

 

 

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The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too. - And there's a lot to love about the '19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight.  However, being a new Dad, The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too.<br /> <br /> And there's a lot to love about the '19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight.  However, being a new Dad, the top of my favorites list is the fact that the Odyssey is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.  (That's the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety.)<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On 2019 Honda Odyssey<br /> I recently picked up a 2019 Odyssey to review from my friends at Rock Honda, in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.<br /> <br /> Click play below to listen to the podcast version of my review or continue reading.  Either way, check out all the pictures I snapped during my evaluation.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan<br /> My wife and I currently have one child - he's 22-months old.  We also have a small dog, Mr. Jake, he goes with us everywhere we are allowed to bring him.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On 2019 Honda Odyssey<br /> And even with just the four of us, I'm this/close to buying a 2019 Honda Odyssey.<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan from Rock Honda<br /> <br /> That's because the Honda Odyssey has it all - and then some.  But, even when you set all the best-buy, best-family and safety awards aside it's hard to pass up.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On 2019 Honda Odyssey<br /> Because the 2019 Honda Odyssey is packed with creature comforts and technology.  In fact, the Odyssey is so versatile and equipped that a family larger than mine could take months to thoroughly review the minivan.<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey Cockpit<br /> <br /> But, I did it in a day, quite thoroughly I might add.  So, carefully consider both my below report and the 2019 Honda Odyssey - carry on. :0)<br /> Trim Configurations and MSRPs for the 2019 Honda Odyssey<br /> My friends at Rock Honda put me in a top-of-the-line 2019 Honda Odyssey Elite.  So that fully-loaded Odyssey minivan had all the features and technology I could imagine included.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On 2019 Honda Odyssey<br /> But it's tough to tell the difference between the base LX and fully-loaded Elite trim options from the outside.<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey passenger front<br /> <br /> And here's all the 2019 Honda Odyssey trim configurations with their starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing:<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey Trims & MSRPs:<br /> <br /> LX $30,190<br /> EX $34,160<br /> EX-L $37,710<br /> Touring $44,760<br /> Elite $47,070<br /> <br /> So, with all our vehicle reviews here on iDriveSoCal, never worry about MSRP.  And that's for two primary reasons.<br /> <br /> First, MSRP is just what each vehicle manufacturer's factory makes car dealers put on their window sticker for any given vehicle.  And you need to get your Honda Odyssey equipped with whatever will best suit your family.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On 2019 Honda Odyssey<br /> Second, go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because they're one of the largest Honda dealers in the world, I know them personally and trust them completely.<br /> <br /> And they literally embedded "Rock bottom pricing" in the name of their store.  No kidding, they deliver the best Honda deals.<br /> '19 Honda Odyssey Engines, Transmissions & MPG<br /> You get the same engine across all trim levels for the 2019 Honda Odyessy.  And that's a powerful 280-horsepower V6 that delivers 262 pound-feet of torque.<br /> "...the base-LX, the EX, and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission... the top two trims, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission."<br /> But the different trim levels will give you two different transmissions.  So, the base-LX, the EX and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission.  Whereas the top two trims, Tom Smith clean 22:19
Volkswagen Drive Bigger And Support Your Public Schools https://www.idrivesocal.com/volkswagen-drive-bigger-and-support-your-public-schools/ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 23:41:43 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12051 You've seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials.   And perhaps you've even thought - ah, cool concept. But check this out.  Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools.  And YOU can make sure your kid's class gets some!  No kidding, no strings attached and no games! "The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy!" In fact, my friend Randy Halcomb from Ontario VW filled me in on something even cooler.  Your kid's teacher can go online to set-up the funding request and then you can go fund it for free! Hear all the details in my podcast interview with Randy or continue reading below.  Either way, go to Ontario Volkswagen ASAP to get the money where you want it to go! How To Put Volkswagen's Drive Bigger $$$ In Your Kid's Classroom! Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I'm at Ontario Volkswagen today with my good friend Randy Halcomb. We're talking about the Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event, which ties into the Volkswagen commercial that you probably saw. I want to give Randy a chance to just say hello real quick. For VW Drive Bigger Teachers Funding Request go to DonorsChoose.org This topic has me fired up a little bit because it's all about our schools, our public schools, and Volkswagen's diving in to fund our public schools. But say hello real quick Randy, and then I'm going to rattle off some stuff here. Randy: Tom, always a pleasure to be here. VW Drive Bigger Event Aims to Help Public School Teachers Tom: Thank you. The Drive Bigger Event is Volkswagen's way of really diving in to help our public schools. I don't know if you're like me, but I know teachers of public schools. I've always heard that obviously, they're always working on contracts, they're always trying to get paid themselves. But what's outrageous, and this - a statistic. This is outrageous. At Ontario Volkswagen Donating To Your Kid's Classroom is FREE! The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy! Randy: I think that number is probably low. Tom: I think it's low too. That's an average. That's what we know. Right? That's what's reported. Certainly, the reporting is probably inaccurate. The Drive Bigger Event is technically Volkswagen of America is partnering up with their local dealers, Ontario Volkswagen, and providing funds for our public schools. DonorsChoose Partnership with Volkswagen Drive Bigger They're doing it in such a way that my friends that are teachers, your friends that are teachers, Randy's friends that are teachers, can tell their friends to go into Ontario Volkswagen and help direct where that money goes. Randy: That is correct, Tom. It's pretty neat, and I think one of the things that Volkswagen's trying to do here is really to give back to the community doing more than just selling vehicles, and helping out, and making a difference in our communities, and on our planet. Tom: But this is a partnership with an organization called DonorsChoose. For VW Drive Bigger Public School Donations: Go to Ontario Volkswagen. Request a VW Drive Bigger Donation Card. Select what school you want to receive the donation you're directing. Randy:  Yes, they're the education part of this that ties the donations going to the education teachers projects. It allows any teachers to upload their project, or what they need funding for, versus it coming out of their own pocket. People can go on there and donate to specific classes. In this particular case, you're able to come down, we supply you with a donor's card, and you're able to apply that to whichever classroom project or school... You’ve seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials.   And perhaps you’ve even thought – ah, cool concept.

But check this out.  Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools.  And YOU can make sure your kid’s class gets some!  No kidding, no strings attached and no games!

“The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That’s crazy!”

In fact, my friend Randy Halcomb from Ontario VW filled me in on something even cooler.  Your kid’s teacher can go online to set-up the funding request and then you can go fund it for free!

Hear all the details in my podcast interview with Randy or continue reading below.  Either way, go to Ontario Volkswagen ASAP to get the money where you want it to go!

Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event Supporting Public Schools

How To Put Volkswagen’s Drive Bigger $$$ In Your Kid’s Classroom!

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I’m at Ontario Volkswagen today with my good friend Randy Halcomb.

We’re talking about the Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event, which ties into the Volkswagen commercial that you probably saw. I want to give Randy a chance to just say hello real quick.

For VW Drive Bigger Teachers Funding Request go to DonorsChoose.org

This topic has me fired up a little bit because it’s all about our schools, our public schools, and Volkswagen’s diving in to fund our public schools. But say hello real quick Randy, and then I’m going to rattle off some stuff here.

Randy: Tom, always a pleasure to be here.

VW Drive Bigger Event Aims to Help Public School Teachers

Tom: Thank you. The Drive Bigger Event is Volkswagen’s way of really diving in to help our public schools. I don’t know if you’re like me, but I know teachers of public schools.

I’ve always heard that obviously, they’re always working on contracts, they’re always trying to get paid themselves. But what’s outrageous, and this – a statistic. This is outrageous.

VW Drive Bigger Donation Envelope front

At Ontario Volkswagen Donating To Your Kid’s Classroom is FREE!

The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That’s crazy!

Randy: I think that number is probably low.

Tom: I think it’s low too. That’s an average. That’s what we know. Right? That’s what’s reported. Certainly, the reporting is probably inaccurate.

The Drive Bigger Event is technically Volkswagen of America is partnering up with their local dealers, Ontario Volkswagen, and providing funds for our public schools.

DonorsChoose Partnership with Volkswagen Drive Bigger

They’re doing it in such a way that my friends that are teachers, your friends that are teachers, Randy’s friends that are teachers, can tell their friends to go into Ontario Volkswagen and help direct where that money goes.

Randy: That is correct, Tom. It’s pretty neat, and I think one of the things that Volkswagen’s trying to do here is really to give back to the community doing more than just selling vehicles, and helping out, and making a difference in our communities, and on our planet.

Tom: But this is a partnership with an organization called DonorsChoose.

For VW Drive Bigger Public School Donations:

  1. Go to Ontario Volkswagen.
  2. Request a VW Drive Bigger Donation Card.
  3. Select what school you want to receive the donation you’re directing.

Randy:  Yes, they’re the education part of this that ties the donations going to the education teachers projects.

It allows any teachers to upload their project, or what they need funding for, versus it coming out of their own pocket. People can go on there and donate to specific classes.

In this particular case, you’re able to come down, we supply you with a donor’s card, and you’re able to apply that to whichever classroom project or school you wish.

Tom: DonorsChoose, it’s basically like a platform, kind of like GoFundMe. Right?

Randy: Correct. That’s exactly what it is, but for education.

It’s Like GoFundMe For Your Kids Classroom

Tom: I wonder if GoFundMe didn’t pull their idea from DonorsChoose?  Because DonorsChoose was started by a teacher in the Bronx, apparently in 2000.  So basically DonorsChoose, and Volkswagen of America have partnered up. You as a teacher can go and post your project that needs funding on DonorsChoose.

Randy: That’s correct.

Tom: Then you as a teacher can tell your friends to go into Ontario Volkswagen and request a donation card. This doesn’t cost anything out of the customer’s pocket.

Randy: Just the time to swing on by and pick one up.

Tom: Right. So you could give me a donation card right now if I knew what I was wanting to apply it to.

Randy: Correct.

Tom: These donation cards, the denomination is?

Randy: They’re $20, and we’ve got quite a few of them here to hand out.

So if you’ve got two, three different parents, one per family, or whatever, but you can have aunts, uncles, different people of your family come on in and ask for a donation card, and donate to that project or classroom.

How To Put Money In Your Kids Classroom with VW Drive Bigger DonorsChoose Program

Tom: Okay. We have these $20 donation cards. They cost me nothing.

I come into Ontario Volkswagen. And, I say I heard about the program. I ask you, Randy, or Shant Bashian, or anybody else here at Ontario Volkswagen, “Hey, I want it. I want to get a donation card,” and then what happens?

For VW Drive Bigger Public School Donations:

  1. Go to Ontario Volkswagen.
  2. Request a VW Drive Bigger Donation Card.
  3. Select what school you want to receive the donation you’re directing.

Randy: Then we basically just log down who we gave it to so that we can track that. We just don’t hand them out to anybody.

They can open up the envelope, and we’ll walk them over to the computer, and we’ll walk them through the steps on logging into the DonorsChoose.org, and selecting the project or classroom of their choice.

Tom: Cost me nothing. Right?

Randy: Cost you nothing.

Drive Bigger folded donation card

Go to Ontario VW and pick up a card like this.

Tom: No hidden car games in here.

Randy: No. You don’t have to-

Tom: No hanky-panky of any sort?

Randy: No.

Volkswagen Drive Bigger Public School Donations

Tom: This is literally just-

Randy: About giving back.

Tom: Giving back. Volkswagen’s putting up this money. Ontario Volkswagen’s partnering on it.

Drive Bigger top half of paper donation card

VW Drive Bigger Event with DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose is the platform, and all we have to do, ladies and gentlemen, is come into Ontario Volkswagen, ask for a donation card and direct the money.

Randy: Yes, and here’s something I just thought about Tom. Let’s say that you’ve got a grandchild on the East Coast, and you want to donate it to their school, and they go to school in Florida. You’re still able to come in here, get that donation card, and still donate to your grandchild there in Florida.

Teachers Can Still Sign Up For Funding Requests

Tom: That’s a beautiful thing. We’re giving the money, but then also at the same time it’s open currently and all the time to any teachers that want to go onto DonorsChoose and say, “Hey, I need money for this particular project.”

Randy: Correct.

For VW Drive Bigger Teachers Funding Request go to DonorsChoose.org

Tom: So right now somebody listening as a teacher can log on.

Randy: I would highly recommend them to do that because they never know who might donate, or come into the dealership to donate to their school. So I would definitely say if I was a teacher, to put whatever I can up on DonorsChoose because people you may or may not know might end up donating to your classroom.

Tom: “Hey, I’m a teacher. I want to get something funded,” or “Hey, I am a parent. I am an aunt and uncle, a grandparent, that wants to get something funded as well for my kids going to school.” It’s a win-win all the way around.

That the thing why I point out there’s no hanky-panky. There are no games. Right?

Drive Bigger at Ontario Volkswagen Now – Zero Obligation!

Randy: There’s none.

Tom: Because usually, you go to a car dealership, it’s like, “All right. All right. How much money is this going to cost me?”

Randy: Yeah. Yeah.

Tom: But in this case, you guys are giving the ability to give money away.

Randy: That’s exactly what it is. It’s their thought of, as all these kids getting ready to go back to school, of helping these teachers.  We want to make sure that we do the best we can to take care of them.

VW Drive Bigger bottom half with donation card

Go to Ontario VW and Support Your Kid’s Education!

Tom: It’s a really good thing. Now, the program is going through the end of September.

Randy: Yes, I believe which is like Labor Day.

Tom: So anybody can come into Ontario Volkswagen, ask for a donation card, and submit the donation. Now, I understand as well if they don’t have time to do it at the dealership, they could actually take the donation card home and do it as well. Right?

Randy: Correct.

Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event at Ontario VW – Great Cause AND Opportunity!

Tom: Again, Volkswagen of America, Ontario Volkswagen, and DonorsChoose. It’s just a fantastic opportunity for teachers to get assistance, for our schools to get assistance, and hey, let’s get real. It’s all about our own families. Right?

So it’s a great opportunity to support our kids’ education ultimately. It’s the Drive Bigger Event. If you’ve seen the television commercials, it ties in obviously to the great television commercials that Volkswagen has recently put out where they show the waterfall, and it’s like, “Oh, that’s big.” But then they show somebody turning off the leaky faucet.

Randy: Leaky faucet because of that a bigger issue of how much wastefulness.

“It’s just a fantastic opportunity for teachers to get assistance, for our schools to get assistance, and hey, let’s get real. It’s all about our own families. “

Tom: I love the one where they show a weight lifter lifting the heavyweight, and then they say, “That’s big.” Then somebody running up a flight of stairs, and helping a mom with a stroller come down the stairs and, “Oh, that’s bigger.” Like that sure is bigger for sure.

Randy: It’s a great campaign. We’re super excited about it, and we love doing things for our community.

Get Your Donation Card At Ontario Volkswagen And Drive Bigger!

Tom: It’s the Drive Bigger Event. Volkswagen of America, DonorsChoose, and Ontario Volkswagen. Come on into Ontario Volkswagen before the end of September to direct the funds as you would like to see them directed, which is just so cool.

VW Drive Bigger donation envelope back

Volkswagen’s Drive Bigger Event is easy, free and supports your family!

Randy: Yeah, and a couple of other ways they can share it is by going onto our social media, any of our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and they can share it right from there.

Tom: Well, we’ll repost it on iDriveSoCal as well. My friend Randy Halcomb. Thank you so much as always. Love you guys here at Ontario Volkswagen. For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith.  Thank you so much for tuning in!

 

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You've seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials.   And perhaps you've even thought - ah, cool concept. - But check this out.  Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools.  And YOU can make sure your kid's class gets some! You've seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials.   And perhaps you've even thought - ah, cool concept.<br /> <br /> But check this out.  Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools.  And YOU can make sure your kid's class gets some!  No kidding, no strings attached and no games!<br /> "The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy!"<br /> In fact, my friend Randy Halcomb from Ontario VW filled me in on something even cooler.  Your kid's teacher can go online to set-up the funding request and then you can go fund it for free!<br /> <br /> Hear all the details in my podcast interview with Randy or continue reading below.  Either way, go to Ontario Volkswagen ASAP to get the money where you want it to go!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How To Put Volkswagen's Drive Bigger $$$ In Your Kid's Classroom!<br /> Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I'm at Ontario Volkswagen today with my good friend Randy Halcomb.<br /> <br /> We're talking about the Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event, which ties into the Volkswagen commercial that you probably saw. I want to give Randy a chance to just say hello real quick.<br /> <br /> <br /> For VW Drive Bigger Teachers Funding Request go to DonorsChoose.org<br /> <br /> This topic has me fired up a little bit because it's all about our schools, our public schools, and Volkswagen's diving in to fund our public schools. But say hello real quick Randy, and then I'm going to rattle off some stuff here.<br /> <br /> Randy: Tom, always a pleasure to be here.<br /> VW Drive Bigger Event Aims to Help Public School Teachers<br /> Tom: Thank you. The Drive Bigger Event is Volkswagen's way of really diving in to help our public schools. I don't know if you're like me, but I know teachers of public schools.<br /> <br /> I've always heard that obviously, they're always working on contracts, they're always trying to get paid themselves. But what's outrageous, and this - a statistic. This is outrageous.<br /> <br /> At Ontario Volkswagen Donating To Your Kid's Classroom is FREE!<br /> <br /> The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy!<br /> <br /> Randy: I think that number is probably low.<br /> <br /> Tom: I think it's low too. That's an average. That's what we know. Right? That's what's reported. Certainly, the reporting is probably inaccurate.<br /> <br /> The Drive Bigger Event is technically Volkswagen of America is partnering up with their local dealers, Ontario Volkswagen, and providing funds for our public schools.<br /> DonorsChoose Partnership with Volkswagen Drive Bigger<br /> They're doing it in such a way that my friends that are teachers, your friends that are teachers, Randy's friends that are teachers, can tell their friends to go into Ontario Volkswagen and help direct where that money goes.<br /> <br /> Randy: That is correct, Tom. It's pretty neat, and I think one of the things that Volkswagen's trying to do here is really to give back to the community doing more than just selling vehicles, and helping out, and making a difference in our communities, and on our planet.<br /> <br /> Tom: But this is a partnership with an organization called DonorsChoose.<br /> <br /> <br /> For VW Drive Bigger Public School Donations:<br /> <br /> Go to Ontario Volkswagen.<br /> Request a VW Drive Bigger Donation Card.<br /> Select what school you want to receive the donation you're directing.<br /> <br /> <br /> Randy:  Yes, they're the education part of this that ties the donations going to the education teachers projects.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 11:06
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal: Behind the Scenes on the Mid-Engine https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-chevrolet-corvette-reveal/ Mon, 22 Jul 2019 18:18:20 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=11969 The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal has long been rumored to change everything.  And that's because the engine is moving to the rear of the vehicle.  Thus, taking the sportscar's ability to perform into an entirely new realm. So when the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal was live-streamed from a hangar in Tustin, California to the world expectations were high.  After all, it's the eighth-generation Corvette.  That's C8 in Chevy-speak. And ever since the Corvette's beginning, mid-engine has been a hot topic.  In fact, before the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal, the automaker produced at least three different well known mid-engine prototypes.  These were referred to as  CERV I, CERV II and CERV III.  And that's an acronym for Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle. ;0) After the big reveal, select Chevy dealers were invited to that same Orange County hangar for more details.  And I jumped at the opportunity to find out what my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet found out. Continue reading our talk below or play the podcast and scroll through on-site pictures of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal.  Because this really does change everything! "They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination.  It's a mid-engine. It's just the sexiest car I've ever seen.  0 to 60 under 3.2 seconds in the base model car.  It's an exotic supercar.  If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest. I think if anybody's really serious about it, they need to get on it." 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Mid-Engine Reveal - More than 50-years in the Making Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and I am with my good friend, Mr. Lewis Cook, at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California right here on Hawthorne Boulevard. In mid-engine speak is that the hood popped open? We are talking 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine baby. Finally after what? Five decades of anticipation? Lewis: Too long. Tom: Lewis, thanks for joining me. Thanks for being a great iDriveSoCal partner. 495 horsepower & 470 pound-feet of torque This is, let's see, we are Saturday. Not sure when you're going to be listening to the podcast but we are Saturday, July 20th. And the big reveal, the big live stream reveal was on Thursday, July 18th. I don't know if you tuned into the live stream. I certainly did. Chevy Topped All Reveals with the Mid-Engine Corvette Lewis caught bits and pieces of it but intermittently because he knew that as a dealer, he was going to be going to the actual venue where the live stream was happening in Tustin, California. The big hanger there that they did the reveal and he's going to take us behind the scenes on what he saw and experienced in person.  With, I guess all the Chevy execs and the vehicles themselves and if you're not listening on iDriveSoCal.com, then go to iDriveSoCal.com. The mid-engine reveal behind the reveal! And, we're going to share the pictures that Lewis and one of his managers snapped while they were at this event. "It's a Mid-Engine. It's just the sexiest car I've ever seen." So, with that long intro, Mr. Cook; Lewis please fill us in on the behind the scenes of the 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine reveal that you experienced. Click Here to Get on the Waitlist for the 2020 Chevrolet Mid-Engine Corvette! Lewis: Man, where do I even start? I will say this. Doing this for so long, you go to these reveals and there's lots of anticipation and there are lots of hypes. Overall, different kinds of car lines and brands and whatnot. And I was absolutely most impressed with this and if I wasn't a Chevy dealer, I would be most impressed with this. They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination and are... I can't even say good about it. I don't even know where to start. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal has long been rumored to change everything.  And that’s because the engine is moving to the rear of the vehicle.  Thus, taking the sportscar’s ability to perform into an entirely new realm.

So when the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal was live-streamed from a hangar in Tustin, California to the world expectations were high.  After all, it’s the eighth-generation Corvette.  That’s C8 in Chevy-speak.

And ever since the Corvette’s beginning, mid-engine has been a hot topic.  In fact, before the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal, the automaker produced at least three different well known mid-engine prototypes.  These were referred to as  CERV I, CERV II and CERV III.  And that’s an acronym for Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle. ;0)

After the big reveal, select Chevy dealers were invited to that same Orange County hangar for more details.  And I jumped at the opportunity to find out what my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet found out.

Continue reading our talk below or play the podcast and scroll through on-site pictures of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal.  Because this really does change everything!

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“They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination.  It’s a mid-engine. It’s just the sexiest car I’ve ever seen.  0 to 60 under 3.2 seconds in the base model car.  It’s an exotic supercar.  If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest. I think if anybody’s really serious about it, they need to get on it.”

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Mid-Engine Reveal – More than 50-years in the Making

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California.

Tom Smith here and I am with my good friend, Mr. Lewis Cook, at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California right here on Hawthorne Boulevard.

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In mid-engine speak is that the hood popped open?

We are talking 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine baby. Finally after what? Five decades of anticipation?

Lewis: Too long.

Tom: Lewis, thanks for joining me. Thanks for being a great iDriveSoCal partner.

This is, let’s see, we are Saturday. Not sure when you’re going to be listening to the podcast but we are Saturday, July 20th. And the big reveal, the big live stream reveal was on Thursday, July 18th.

I don’t know if you tuned into the live stream. I certainly did.

Chevy Topped All Reveals with the Mid-Engine Corvette

Lewis caught bits and pieces of it but intermittently because he knew that as a dealer, he was going to be going to the actual venue where the live stream was happening in Tustin, California.

The big hanger there that they did the reveal and he’s going to take us behind the scenes on what he saw and experienced in person.  With, I guess all the Chevy execs and the vehicles themselves and if you’re not listening on iDriveSoCal.com, then go to iDriveSoCal.com.

Executive speaks on stage w. 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray

The mid-engine reveal behind the reveal!

And, we’re going to share the pictures that Lewis and one of his managers snapped while they were at this event.

“It’s a Mid-Engine. It’s just the sexiest car I’ve ever seen.”

So, with that long intro, Mr. Cook; Lewis please fill us in on the behind the scenes of the 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine reveal that you experienced.

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Lewis: Man, where do I even start? I will say this. Doing this for so long, you go to these reveals and there’s lots of anticipation and there are lots of hypes.

Overall, different kinds of car lines and brands and whatnot. And I was absolutely most impressed with this and if I wasn’t a Chevy dealer, I would be most impressed with this.

They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination and are… I can’t even say good about it. I don’t even know where to start.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray bottom rear sectioned

Mid-Engine Corvette changes everything!

We got to meet the actual designer, the actual engineer, and they talked a lot about it. It’s a completely different car ground up. I believe they said one piece, maybe, came from the previous generation Corvette.

Tom: Really?

Lewis: Yeah. It’s a Mid-Engine. It’s just the sexiest car I’ve ever seen.

Tom: It is gorgeous.

Lewis: It is gorgeous.

What Was Revealed About the 2020 Chevy Corvette Mid-Engine

Tom: It is. Okay, so one of the other things that I wanted to address is a little of, and this is common with any new vehicle rollout but obviously, with one with such heightened anticipation, there are a few discrepancies that were coming across.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray cargo area w. golf clubs

Even with mid-engine, they found a place for your golf clubs!

Now obviously on Chevy’s website and what you were told on Friday, what I saw on the live stream, 495 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque.

I’ve seen some reports that have said, oh, 490 horsepower. That’s wrong but I’m just using that as an example for a discrepancy.

Zero to 60 is how fast?

One of the other really key discrepancies is that on the live stream, the notes that I took and I believe we could look at the recording that they have of the live stream, it was 0 to 60, they said, in under three seconds. They didn’t specify but then you were saying something different on Friday.

Lewis: So I think what we’re missing there is… so 0 to 60 under 3.2 seconds in the base model car. What I’m thinking is is that, because I didn’t see that part of the live stream, the 0 to 60 under three seconds might be Z06 type model or an upgraded model which I could see that happening.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Reveal – First Mid-Engine Available

Tom: Got it. And speaking of models, this is being named the Stingray. Now, that is… do we know yet? What the current Vette’s Stingray is the base, right?

Lewis: Correct.

Tom: So as we go into the mid-engine, here in 2020, they’re assumingly going to be coming out with the Stingray and then in subsequent years, we’re going to go upstream again with a more powerful performance like what we currently have in the whole 2019 lineup or it’s still unknown?

Lewis: Yeah, I wish I could answer that question specifically.

I know that I got in the car and there’s Stingray all over it. So the kick panel where you get in on the driver’s door says Stingray.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray center console and stack

Driver focused everything!

They have not released different types of models or there was literally four cars at the presentation I went to and all four cars were exactly the same besides the color as far as equipment and… and they’re pretty hush-hush about that right now. I wish I had some insight but.

Starting Price for the 2020 Chevy Mid-Engine Corvette

Tom: Yeah. Well in the live stream, they were cryptic at the end of it which everybody’s wondering, how much is it going to be? At the end of the live stream, they said, we’re not announcing the exact packages as of yet. But it’s going to start at under $60K.

Lewis: Right. Drop the mic!

“But it’s going to start at under $60K… Drop the mic!”

Tom: Because here’s the other thing. Good luck getting one for under $60K from a consumer perspective, from a buyer’s perspective just because, I’m assuming and you can correct me, there’s going to be so much demand on those vehicles that people are going to be at sticker or plus, right?

Lewis: Yeah and it’ll be hard for somebody to pay sticker for this car right in the beginning, you know? Which is a little bit unfortunate but-

Tom: But that’s a nature of anything like this. And this is a really big, amplified, magnified example of a lot of anticipation for a car.

Stingray from the 1970's on.hand for 2020 Stingray reveal

Notice the classic Stingray looking on?

Lewis: Yeah. There’s a lot of anticipation for it. And you’re right but you know, I just have a different thought process on that whole thing.

I wish we could just sell every car for MSRP and be done with it but instead of discounting others and marking the others up $10, $15, $20-grand, there’ll be dealers out there that’ll have this for $20,000 over MSRP.

Supply and Demand for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Hopefully, from what GM’s telling us, the production is going to be big enough that there will be enough supply and when there’s enough supply, then that kind of goes away, that big markup.

Let me tell you what. If there’s a car that’s going to demand a markup and for any kind of longevity that this is the car. So it wouldn’t surprise me that it goes on for a long time.

2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray driver profile

Sexiest car I’ve ever seen.” – Lewis Cook

Again, it’s just going to be a production issue. General Motors also did say that they were adding a second shift for production which is huge because a second shift costs them a substantial amount of money.

“…from what GM’s telling us, the production is going to be big enough that there will be enough supply…”

Tom: A lot of money. A big investment.

Lewis: And it is a big investment. So they’re committed. I’ve never seen as much commitment to a project or a car like this as they put into it. They’ve done well.

The Long Road to Chevy’s 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Reveal

Tom: So the 2020 Mid-Engine Vette is, and I’m going to rattle off some stats, the 2020 mid-engine Vette is the 8th Generation of Corvette.

So C8 in Corvette terms. And that’s after more than 1.7 million Vettes have been produced.

CERV I

CERV I

And one of the original designers of the Vette, I’m not going to try and even pronounce the full name, but Zora.

He had wanted to do mid-engine all along and there have been some prototypes that had been on the track and whatnot and you got some really cool pictures of those.

Lewis: Yeah so I sent you that to some and you’ll have it up on the site, I’m sure.

CERV III

CERV III

Tom: Yup.

Lewis: The first concept, Mid-Engine Vette. It looks strikingly similar.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Design Reveal

Tom: And a little bit about the design of 2020. I mean, it is a gorgeous car. Everybody’s just been jaw dropped as far as when I’ve talked to them in the last 24, 48 hours. Not a bit of criticism that I’ve been able to pick up on.

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Lewis: Well, when you talk Chevy, you don’t think exotic and I think that’s the best way to describe this car.

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Chevrolet Supercar

Tom: Supercar.

Lewis: It’s an exotic supercar. I mean, that’s just it. As I said, you don’t expect that from Chevy so much.

I mean, you look at the Camaro, you look at Corvette, and now you look at. They all have some pretty aggressive lines but they’re kind of… it’s got that kind of American made look to it which is good.

That’s part of their deal. But this is, they were talking about out of the box. This is definitely out of the box for them.

Tom: You touched on, well, a lot of things just there.

Noticeable Rearend Design – 2020 Chevy Corvette Reveal & Camaro

You have American made and you have mid-engine and you mentioned Camaro. Well, first off, before I dive into that, the look of the Vette. A couple of comments from me.

I love the front end. It definitely looks like a Vette. It definitely looks like an exotic supercar, though, too. It’s that perfect blend.

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Do you see Camaro in this rearend?

The rear has a little bit of a Camaro look to it. I noticed some other and I’ve heard that from other people too which I think is really cool because it’s like, okay, it’s a supercar but it’s still a Chevy but it’s still a Corvette.

It just looks like they’ve done everything very, very well. Any comments on that before I go with-

Mistaking the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette for a Ferrari

Lewis: Well, I just think it’s funny because when I was trying to give you the pictures earlier today. Microsoft has this feature where you can put a picture on your phone and it’ll give you all the relevant information.

Lewis: It’ll look and try to guess what the picture is of and it thought it was a Ferrari.

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Unmistakably Corvette

Tom: That makes sense.

Lewis: Because there are no real pictures out there, you know?

Tom: Right. There’s no point of reference.

Lewis: There’s no picture to exact … an exact copy or point of reference to pull up, right? So this may be a Ferrari. And the cars that it may have been were all high end, $150,000 super exotic cars.

Tom: And watching the live stream, I guess there was… and ladies and gentlemen if you hear planes going by in the background-

A Chevy Corvette Just Buzzed Our Podcast!

Lewis: It was a Corvette.

Tom: Corvettes going by, we are podcasting at Martin Chevrolet on a beautiful Saturday with doors open so people are enjoying the South Bay here. So the Camaro. We talked about this recently. The Camaro’s going to be going away, supposedly, 2023?

Lewis: 2023 is the-

With the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal – What Else does Chevy Have Planned?

Tom: Now here’s where I went off on a tangent after you mentioned something earlier.

We have the… because there’s something about American Muscle.  And there’s something about the Corvette that I think, as awesome as the mid-engine looks and I can’t wait to drive it…

There’s just something special about the front-engine Corvette where you got a long nose. And I’m wondering, and I don’t think I’m alone here.  I think a lot of people can probably finish this thought.

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New from the ground up

The Camaro’s never going to… it’s not going away forever, right? There’s too much in the Camaro and the name, my guess. I love to pull out the crystal ball with the iDriveSoCal podcast and try to figure out what the future has in store for everything.

But so, it’s conceivable that the Corvette becomes the mid-engine supercar like the Corvette has always been attainable to the average man.

Will Camaro Replace Corvette as Chevy’s Front Engine Muscle Car?

But then the Camaro comes back after going away a little bit in an upgraded form to kind of where the Vette is now.

Because I mean, hey, one of the things they said in the stream is with the ZR1 Vette, right? The tippity top Vette that you guys just got one in stock. Hard to come by, 2019 ZR1.

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The mid-engine reveal behind the reveal!

That took front-engine rear-wheel-drive about as far as they could go from a technological engineering perspective. And in fact, that vehicle, 755 horsepower, 715 pound-feet of torque, a top speed of 212 miles an hour and 0 to 60 in 2.85 seconds. So that’s the ZR1.

So let’s think about this. The mid-engine is finally coming out but the top of the line front-engine can outperform the new one, right? Now granted, the new one, we haven’t gotten the top trim packages yet but comments on that possibility. Of the Camaro coming upstream as the Corvette goes upstream as well?

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Revealed Remains Topped by ZR1

Lewis: Okay Nostradamus of the automobile business!  Sorry, I don’t know. I can predict as you can predict.

Chevy’s real hush-hush on that and I haven’t heard from Chevy specifically that the Camaro is going away. That’s not their words, right? That’s people putting two and two together for the most part.

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Hand-crafted in the USA

But to touch on the ZR1, the ZR1, just to put this into perspective, the ZR1’s $150,000 Vette that does 0 to 60 in 2.85 seconds. And this new Vette, this is just kind of… it makes everything click for me. This new Vette does 0 to 60 in 3.2. In my world, I’ll give up .4 for $100-grand. I mean if that’s what it’s coming down to.

So that’s how serious this car is going to be. A production car. A ton of them being made, supposedly, hopefully. And that’s how it performs.

However, the ZR1 is a beast in itself and it’s a very, very limited production car. I think that, in my opinion, I think this was just our holdover until the mid-engine came out and they did a really good job with it. Every dealership gets one or two. It’s more of a… what’s the word I’m looking for?

Tom: Kind of a halo?

Lewis: Yeah. Halo or it’s one of those one-offs, you know?

Chevrolet Sportscar Enthusiasts Will Likely Have Options

These enthusiasts that have a ton of money and can spend money on those kinds of cars, they’re getting them because of the nostalgia or because of… first of all, mid-engine is coming out and it’s going away. That’s the best of the best of the best.

But as far as the Camaro goes, I would love, I mean, come on. Who wouldn’t? Redesign the Camaro into a supercar like the new Vette. They need to do something.

I mean the reality of it is is that Mustang outperforms it and they realize that. So, I don’t necessarily agree with stopping the model line for one to two years and revamping it. I think that you should just keep going. Maybe that’s what they’re going to do. I don’t know. We can listen back to this podcast in 2024 and doesn’t that sound weird? 2024.

Tom: It does. It sounds really weird.

Lewis: Anyway, I won’t even touch on that. And then we’ll see if Nostradamus’s predictions come true.

When the Revealed 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Will Be At Dealerships?

Tom: Anything else that you want to share with us from behind the scenes perspective as far as what the dealer’s experience on Friday?

Lewis:  They’re talking about an extra shift. They’re talking about mass production. They won’t give us a lot of timeframes.

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Mid-engine – a long time coming!

If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest.

“If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest.”

I think if anybody’s really serious about it, they need to get on it, right? And figure out what we’re doing or if they want a car, they need to start the process.

Most of the information that’s lacking information, right? It’s keeping everybody guessing too. I’m sure that’s, maybe, on purpose.

Tom: Yeah. Well, even if it’s not on purpose, it’s easy to spin it if you’re a Chevy, right? From a PR perspective. Oh no, no, yeah. We’re just doing that to increase anticipation. Like, wow, guys, we really got to make some decisions here.

No Stick But Cool Front End Lift in the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal

Lewis: But you know, some of the cool things that they were talking about at the meeting yesterday, there’s not going to be a stick. There’s not going to be a manual transmission.

And they were talking about how that would, they’d have to pretty much redesign the car. Put a hole in the chassis and they can’t.

And they didn’t want to compromise any of the integrity so they’re not doing that. They talked a lot about the design and how everything on a car is super functional. They have this really cool new feature where you can raise the front end almost two inches, right?

“There’s not going to be a manual transmission. [But] They have this really cool new feature where you can raise the front end almost two inches…”

Tom: During the live stream, I don’t know if you saw that, but that got a huge round of applause. I guess the live stream had primarily Vette owners in the audience.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal

Lewis: Yeah and media and all kinds of stuff and yeah, yeah. But not only that but it will remember where you do this at as you drive and will do it automatically, right?

Tom: So you’re coming up to a speed bump, you’re coming up to your driveway that has a big difference between the road and the driveway.

Lewis: Don’t push the button. It’s happening already, right? It’s mind-blowing to me.

Tom: That is crazy.

Lewis: So like I said, they’ve totally outdone themselves and I can’t wait.

2020 Chevy Corvette Mid-Engine Stats Reveal

Tom: And then one other… well, few other stats. So it’s going to have small black V8s, 6.2-liter. 495 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque. Eight-speed transmission as you said.

Lewis: Dual-clutch.

Tom: Dual-clutch. And it’s going to shift faster and better than any human possibly could anyway.

Lewis: Correct.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal – Stingray Stats:

    • Mid-Engine
    • Small block V8
    • 6.2-liter
    • 495-horsepower
    • 470 pound-feet of torque
    • Eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission
      • 1 thru 6 will be tight – 7 and 8 for fuel-efficient cruising
    • 0-60 is stated to be right around 3-seconds

Tom: Although, I think myself included, there’s going to be other purists that are like, I still would like to be able to step on a clutch.

Lewis: Well, the issue with a clutch in this, is it’s the mid-engine.

So for a clutch to be so close to the front of the car, if the engine’s in the front of the car and the clutch is there, it’s closer, right? So there’s not a lot of play, I guess, but to get the clutch to the mid-engine of this car, it would’ve been afoot.

And you’re right, based on that, it does shift faster itself than you’re ever going to be able to shift it. And I really think everybody’s going to that. Manual transmissions will be phased out. This might a Nostradamus saying.

Tom: Right?

Lewis: In the next probably five to ten years.

How to Reserve a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Tom: Well, it’s all coming. I mean, hey, fully autonomous vehicles are coming too but there’s still going to those of us that just enjoy driving like to drive, you know?

But then also, the one other note that I took during the stream was the first six gears are going to be rather right whereas seven and eight will be longer for highway driving and better fuel economy.

We’ll see what the 0 to 60 winds up being and all the other details but let’s go through, again, the specifics of I want one, what do I do as a consumer? Obviously, I’d Martin Chevrolet.

Lewis: Obviously.

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Click here to be added to the waitlist.

Tom: But what are the steps? I know they have some special and we touched on this but let’s go through top to bottom just before we wrap everything up on what consumers do.

Lewis: It’s a little tough right now from a dealer perspective because if any dealer tells you they know when the cars are coming, they’re lying because it’s definitely not true.

Tom: It’s a moving target.

Now Is The Time To Express Interest

Lewis: It’s a moving target. GM’s not committing to it for obvious reasons, right? They don’t want to underperform. They want to under-promise.

I think the best thing to do right now like so what we’re doing here at the store is… I mean, I already have five or six customers just from yesterday that are very interested.

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So we’ve gathered all their information and then we’ve committed to keeping them updated with any news or any relevant information that we get. They get it at the same time.

And then they’ll have the first choice when these cars come in. If the production isn’t what GM said, my suggestion is to get on it now and to put your hand up in the air, right?

And let everybody know that you want one so that you’re one of the first thought of that when these do hit the floor because when they hit the ground, hitting the ground running is going to be an understatement.

How To Custom Order a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Tom: So that was another thing. They mentioned, I think, 12 different exterior colors and I remember, you could even specify your seatbelt color, I think they said. And there are a few different seats.

Lewis: Yeah. Three.

Tom: But so, when are customers going to be able to sit down with you and say hey, Lewis, I want to configure mine and I want this exterior, this interior, these seats, these seat belts, etc.

Lewis: That’s a great question. Not yet.

Click Here to Get on the Waitlist for the 2020 Chevrolet Mid-Engine Corvette!

Tom: Not yet.  So the firsts that are going to be available are going to be what the manufacturer provides to you-

Lewis: No, we’ll be able to order them so that’s when the timeline gets really close is when I can actually go into the site and actually order the cars, specify trims, specify all of that.

We can’t do that yet. So that tells me they are probably two or three months away from even being able to start that process.

And then once that process happens, it’s a good 90, 120 days out before the car gets here. They build it to an extent and then we order it how we want to order it or how the customer wants it. So yeah.

Martin Chevrolet – Your 2020 Chevy Corvette HQ

Tom: All right.

Lewis: The whole paging thing just threw me off.

Tom: See, it’s hard. Isn’t it. You’re always trying to throw me off purposely.

Lewis: Yeah, right. Well, I was going to start with Baby Shark. I thought that might be … yeah.

Tom Smith & Lewis Cook talking 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal

Baby Shark and Mid-Engine Corvette…

Tom: Lewis and I were singing Baby Shark a little bit before the podcast started. My son is 21, 22 months old now. And yeah, all that, Sesame Street, very relevant in my world right now.

Lewis: We’re sound checking. We weren’t singing it because can we please elaborate on that a little bit? We were sound checking the mic.

Tom: Oh, we were just singing. Come on.

Lewis: And Tom might have been doing the hand motions. And I was going to start with Baby Shark. After that intro, I couldn’t do it to you though.

Tom: All right. Very good. Mr. Lewis Cook, Martin Chevrolet, love you guys. Thank you for your partnership with iDriveSoCal.

Lewis: So fun.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal Recap

Tom: So fun. 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette C8, eighth generation. Man, this is going to be sweet. 495 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque. Eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission. 0 to 60 in either under 3 or 3.2 or somewhere around there. And it’s just going to be bad to the bone.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal – Stingray Stats:

    • Mid-Engine
    • Small block V8
    • 6.2-liter
    • 495-horsepower
    • 470 pound-feet of torque
    • Eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission
      • 1 thru 6 will be tight – 7 and 8 for fuel-efficient cruising
    • 0-60 is stated to be right around 3-seconds

So contact Lewis, Martin Chevrolet. E-mail me, Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com, I will put you directly in contact with the crew and here at Martin Chevrolet. And I’m getting some strange looks from Mr. Cook right now.

Lewis: It’s…

Tom: Are we good?

Lewis: Yeah, we’re good.

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Mid-Engine Corvette @ Martin Chevrolet

Tom: Are you sure? You don’t want to cover anything else?

Lewis: I was just singing Mama Shark but you blew it.

Tom: All right. For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. Thank you so much for listening. We’ll talk to you very soon.

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorn Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

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The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal has long been rumored to change everything.  And that's because the engine is moving to the rear of the vehicle.  Thus, taking the sportscar's ability to perform into an entirely new realm. - The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal has long been rumored to change everything.  And that's because the engine is moving to the rear of the vehicle.  Thus, taking the sportscar's ability to perform into an entirely new realm.<br /> <br /> So when the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal was live-streamed from a hangar in Tustin, California to the world expectations were high.  After all, it's the eighth-generation Corvette.  That's C8 in Chevy-speak.<br /> <br /> And ever since the Corvette's beginning, mid-engine has been a hot topic.  In fact, before the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal, the automaker produced at least three different well known mid-engine prototypes.  These were referred to as  CERV I, CERV II and CERV III.  And that's an acronym for Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle. ;0)<br /> <br /> After the big reveal, select Chevy dealers were invited to that same Orange County hangar for more details.  And I jumped at the opportunity to find out what my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet found out.<br /> <br /> Continue reading our talk below or play the podcast and scroll through on-site pictures of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal.  Because this really does change everything!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> "They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination.  It's a mid-engine. It's just the sexiest car I've ever seen.  0 to 60 under 3.2 seconds in the base model car.  It's an exotic supercar.  If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest. I think if anybody's really serious about it, they need to get on it."<br /> 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Mid-Engine Reveal - More than 50-years in the Making<br /> Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith here and I am with my good friend, Mr. Lewis Cook, at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California right here on Hawthorne Boulevard.<br /> <br /> In mid-engine speak is that the hood popped open?<br /> <br /> We are talking 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine baby. Finally after what? Five decades of anticipation?<br /> <br /> Lewis: Too long.<br /> <br /> Tom: Lewis, thanks for joining me. Thanks for being a great iDriveSoCal partner.<br /> <br /> 495 horsepower & 470 pound-feet of torque<br /> <br /> This is, let's see, we are Saturday. Not sure when you're going to be listening to the podcast but we are Saturday, July 20th. And the big reveal, the big live stream reveal was on Thursday, July 18th.<br /> <br /> I don't know if you tuned into the live stream. I certainly did.<br /> Chevy Topped All Reveals with the Mid-Engine Corvette<br /> Lewis caught bits and pieces of it but intermittently because he knew that as a dealer, he was going to be going to the actual venue where the live stream was happening in Tustin, California.<br /> <br /> The big hanger there that they did the reveal and he's going to take us behind the scenes on what he saw and experienced in person.  With, I guess all the Chevy execs and the vehicles themselves and if you're not listening on iDriveSoCal.com, then go to iDriveSoCal.com.<br /> <br /> The mid-engine reveal behind the reveal!<br /> <br /> And, we're going to share the pictures that Lewis and one of his managers snapped while they were at this event.<br /> "It's a Mid-Engine. It's just the sexiest car I've ever seen."<br /> So, with that long intro, Mr. Cook; Lewis please fill us in on the behind the scenes of the 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine reveal that you experienced.<br /> <br /> <br /> Click Here to Get on the Waitlist for the 2020 Chevrolet Mid-Engine Corvette!<br /> <br /> Lewis: Man, where do I even start? I will say this. Doing this for so long, you go to these reveals and there's lots of anticipation and there are lots of hypes.<br /> <br /> Overall, Tom Smith clean 26:25
2019 Honda Insight Test Drive & Review https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-honda-insight-review/ Sat, 20 Jul 2019 15:20:28 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=3100 The 2019 Honda Insight looks nothing like what we've come to accept as that 'hybrid look'. When I picked an Insight up from Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California I literally did a couple double-takes.  Because the Insight looks like an Accord from one angle and a Civic from another angle.  When in reality it's really a blend of both!  But still, it looks nothing like a hybrid. Check out the pics below while listening to my podcast review of this quiet, comfortable and stylish fuel-sipper. Introduction to The 2019 Honda Insight Tom Smith here – today I’m sharing the details of my test drive of Honda’s new 2019 Insight. I recently picked one up from our friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California. For those of you in the I.E., if you’re thinking Honda, you have to go to Rock. Rock Honda that is. For those near the Inland Empire, go ahead and drive right on by other Honda dealers – Rock Honda is your place. And for everyone else in Southern California, I get it, it might be a bit of a drive but your vehicle is the second largest purchase of your life – next to your house. So, make the drive – trust me. Ask for David Latif, GM, a supporter of iDriveSoCal and a friend. So Rock Honda put me in a 2019 Honda Insight.  This is a four-door sedan that’s also a hybrid.  Which is a very easy-to-forget point when looking at the vehicle.  That’s simply because it looks like a four-door car.  A normal sedan.  Not a half-bubble space-shippy thing - like hybrids have and some still do look like. 2019 Honda Insight from Rock Honda. And actually, there’s a lot of Insight billboards around SoCal lately.  You may have noticed – they’re the ones that state something like “proof that a hybrid can be stylish”.  And you know what – those billboards are spot on. "The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride." The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride.  If you’re familiar with the current Honda model line-up; at first glance, the Insight might have you thinking it’s a sophisticated Accord or maybe you catch the angle where it looks like a sporty Civic – and both would be correct.  As the Insight was given elements of both vehicles. 2019 Honda Insight Trims & MSRPs Honda keeps it simple with the Insight this year offering three trim levels: The base model - LX starting at $22,830. The mid-level - EX starting at $24,060. And the top-of-the-line Touring starting at $28,090. As always, in our iDriveSoCal reporting, these prices are MSRP – manufacturers suggested retail price.  You need to get yours equipped to your liking so the price will be a bit different.  But again, Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California is the place to go! 2019 Honda Insight driver profile. Quite literally Rock Bottom Pricing is baked into their name.  Your best deal on a Honda is waiting for you at Rock Honda – promise.  Ask for David Latif and tell him Tom from iDriveSoCal says hey! Back to the 2019 Insight.  Again, easy to forget, it’s a hybrid.  And as I mentioned Honda keeps it simple with the three trims LX, EX and Touring. Each of those has the following in common: 1.5 liter, Inline 4-cylinder engine putting out 151-horsepower and 196-lb-ft of torque. So the car in any trim level is quick with all that torque. They also share the same transmission which offers three modes: Economy Sport EV – electric vehicle. The Fuel Economy Now they basically all have the same great fuel economy the only difference being the Touring gets a combined 48-MPG to the LX and EX’s 52 combined. The LX and EX get 55 City, 49 Highway and 52 combined. The Touring gets 51 City, 45 Highway and 48 combined. My near certain assumption is that the extra features that come on the Touring add weight that decreases the fuel efficiency just a bit. Nevertheless, awesome fuel economy across the board. The 2019 Honda Insight looks nothing like what we’ve come to accept as that ‘hybrid look’.

When I picked an Insight up from Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California I literally did a couple double-takes.  Because the Insight looks like an Accord from one angle and a Civic from another angle.  When in reality it’s really a blend of both!  But still, it looks nothing like a hybrid.

Check out the pics below while listening to my podcast review of this quiet, comfortable and stylish fuel-sipper.

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Introduction to The 2019 Honda Insight

Tom Smith here – today I’m sharing the details of my test drive of Honda’s new 2019 Insight.

I recently picked one up from our friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.

  • For those of you in the I.E., if you’re thinking Honda, you have to go to Rock. Rock Honda that is.
  • For those near the Inland Empire, go ahead and drive right on by other Honda dealers – Rock Honda is your place.
  • And for everyone else in Southern California, I get it, it might be a bit of a drive but your vehicle is the second largest purchase of your life – next to your house. So, make the drive – trust me.
  • Ask for David Latif, GM, a supporter of iDriveSoCal and a friend.

So Rock Honda put me in a 2019 Honda Insight.  This is a four-door sedan that’s also a hybrid.  Which is a very easy-to-forget point when looking at the vehicle.  That’s simply because it looks like a four-door car.  A normal sedan.  Not a half-bubble space-shippy thing – like hybrids have and some still do look like.

2019 Honda Insight from Rock Honda.

2019 Honda Insight from Rock Honda.

And actually, there’s a lot of Insight billboards around SoCal lately.  You may have noticed – they’re the ones that state something like “proof that a hybrid can be stylish”.  And you know what – those billboards are spot on.

“The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride.”

The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride.  If you’re familiar with the current Honda model line-up; at first glance, the Insight might have you thinking it’s a sophisticated Accord or maybe you catch the angle where it looks like a sporty Civic – and both would be correct.  As the Insight was given elements of both vehicles.

2019 Honda Insight Trims & MSRPs

Honda keeps it simple with the Insight this year offering three trim levels:

  • The base model – LX starting at $22,830.
  • The mid-level – EX starting at $24,060.
  • And the top-of-the-line Touring starting at $28,090.

As always, in our iDriveSoCal reporting, these prices are MSRP – manufacturers suggested retail price.  You need to get yours equipped to your liking so the price will be a bit different.  But again, Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California is the place to go!

Driver profile.

2019 Honda Insight driver profile.

Quite literally Rock Bottom Pricing is baked into their name.  Your best deal on a Honda is waiting for you at Rock Honda – promise.  Ask for David Latif and tell him Tom from iDriveSoCal says hey!

Back to the 2019 Insight.  Again, easy to forget, it’s a hybrid.  And as I mentioned Honda keeps it simple with the three trims LX, EX and Touring. Each of those has the following in common:

  • 1.5 liter, Inline 4-cylinder engine putting out 151-horsepower and 196-lb-ft of torque.
  • So the car in any trim level is quick with all that torque.
  • They also share the same transmission which offers three modes:
    1. Economy
    2. Sport
    3. EV – electric vehicle.

The Fuel Economy

Now they basically all have the same great fuel economy the only difference being the Touring gets a combined 48-MPG to the LX and EX’s 52 combined.

  • The LX and EX get 55 City, 49 Highway and 52 combined.
  • The Touring gets 51 City, 45 Highway and 48 combined.

My near certain assumption is that the extra features that come on the Touring add weight that decreases the fuel efficiency just a bit. Nevertheless, awesome fuel economy across the board.

So let’s dive into this review – shall we?

The 2019 Honda Insight Exterior

My friends at Rock Honda set me up test driving the top-of-the-line Touring trim – so I had all the whistles and bells.

“It offers the refined look of the new Accord with sleek sweeping clean lines with a bold grill.”

First, let’s talk exterior.  You probably picked up on this earlier – I love the exterior styling of the Insight.  It offers the refined look of the new Accord with sleek sweeping clean lines with a bold grill.

It’s notable that all trim levels include LED lighting – headlights and brake lights.  Now, this not only makes the car look great but let’s face it – that lighting makes the vehicle easier to notice by other drivers and thus easier to avoid potential accidents.  That’s just my safety thoughts – I’m sure there are studies on something along those lines someplace but I’m going with common sense here.

2019 Honda Insight passenger rear.

2019 Honda Insight passenger rear.

“It’s hard to tell that it’s not mid-sized and even harder to tell that it’s a hybrid at all.”

So again, going around the outside of the Insight, it really does look like a sophisticated yet sporty sedan and you might have to look twice to see if it’s a luxury brand or not.  It’s hard to tell that it’s not mid-sized and even harder to tell that it’s a hybrid at all.

Inside the 2019 Honda Insight

Going inside the 2019 Honda Insight it’s pretty much all Accord styling that, for the Touring trim level I drove, felt very close to a luxury manufacturer rather than a Honda.

“There’s no actual gear shifter sticking out of the center console.  That adds to the high-tech feel inside.”

One of the first things you notice inside is the push button gear shifting and driving modes – there’s no actual gear shifter sticking out of the center console.  That adds to the high-tech feel inside.

Another tech feature that’s cool is what looks like paddle shifters at first glance but they’re actually paddles on the back-side of the steering wheel that allows you to adjust the regenerative braking that recharges your battery.

2019 Honda Insight w. red non.eco effect.

2019 Honda Insight w. red non-eco effect.

And adding to that nod to luxury inside are softer leather surfaces with handsome double-stitching.  Very nice touches for a Honda hybrid that doesn’t look like a hybrid at all.

The Insight seats 5 adults.  There’s legroom in the back – you’re not crammed in.  The back seat folds down to give you more cargo space from the trunk which is a great versatility feature of the Insight.

Again, you forget it’s a hybrid because the hybrid battery doesn’t take away from the vehicle’s interior spaciousness.

The Bells and Whistles

I have to touch on the Insights tech because it’s significant across the board.  The LX, EX, and Touring all come with Honda Sensing standard.  That includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System.
  • Road Departure Mitigation System.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System.
  • Traffic Sign Recognition

Now, one safety tech feature you only get on the EX and Touring is Honda Lane Watch.

Inside the cockpit.

2019 Honda Insight cockpit.

Also, only on the EX and Touring in the tech category is Honda Link which delivers some of my favorite features including Android Auto and Apple Car Play.  These are the tech features that allow you to integrate your phone into the vehicle’s dash.  So if you want to display Waze navigation from your phone onto your dash or listen to your audiobooks through your app – viola.

Only the Touring trim level is going to give you dual climate control and some other interior creature comforts.

“One other notable interior feature that does come with all trim levels is the handy and versatile center console armrest.”

But, one other notable interior feature that does come with all trim levels is the handy and versatile center console armrest.  Great for tucking away the random items you don’t want to leave out in the open for curious potential thieves.

So that leaves the drive itself.

The Driving Modes

“The vehicle has plenty of torque so acceleration is quick and seamless.”

As I mentioned the vehicle has plenty of torque so acceleration is quick and seamless.  And there’s plenty of power to feel comfortable merging onto the highway and passing slower traffic.

Plus the optional driving modes transition the gearing of the vehicle instantaneously so if you want even more oomph at certain times you have that option too.  And one other thing I liked when switching driving modes was the background light in the dash changed from green to red to remind you when you’re in sport mode.

Top Three Favorites

And now, we’ve come to my top three things I like about the 2019 Honda Insight from our friends at Rock Honda.

  1. Hands-down the styling – the car is clean looking, four-door, sporty sophistication.
  2. The interior – both space and the styling. It punches above its class here.
  3. The fact that it’s a hybrid that doesn’t scream “look at me – I’m taking better care of the planet than you are because I’m driving a hybrid!”
Passenger front

2019 Honda Insight passenger front.

“The 2019 Honda Insight is simply a great looking 4-door sedan that happens to be a hybrid and deliver killer gas mileage.”

The 2019 Honda Insight is simply a great looking 4-door sedan that happens to be a hybrid and deliver killer gas mileage.

My thanks again to our friends at Rock Honda.  If you want me to connect you to them personally I’m always happy to do so.  Email me and we’ll make the warm introduction my email address is Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.  That’s Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

For iDSC, I’m Tom, thanks!

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The 2019 Honda Insight looks nothing like what we've come to accept as that 'hybrid look'. - When I picked an Insight up from Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California I literally did a couple double-takes. The 2019 Honda Insight looks nothing like what we've come to accept as that 'hybrid look'.<br /> <br /> When I picked an Insight up from Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California I literally did a couple double-takes.  Because the Insight looks like an Accord from one angle and a Civic from another angle.  When in reality it's really a blend of both!  But still, it looks nothing like a hybrid.<br /> <br /> Check out the pics below while listening to my podcast review of this quiet, comfortable and stylish fuel-sipper.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introduction to The 2019 Honda Insight<br /> Tom Smith here – today I’m sharing the details of my test drive of Honda’s new 2019 Insight.<br /> <br /> I recently picked one up from our friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.<br /> <br /> For those of you in the I.E., if you’re thinking Honda, you have to go to Rock. Rock Honda that is.<br /> For those near the Inland Empire, go ahead and drive right on by other Honda dealers – Rock Honda is your place.<br /> And for everyone else in Southern California, I get it, it might be a bit of a drive but your vehicle is the second largest purchase of your life – next to your house. So, make the drive – trust me.<br /> Ask for David Latif, GM, a supporter of iDriveSoCal and a friend.<br /> <br /> So Rock Honda put me in a 2019 Honda Insight.  This is a four-door sedan that’s also a hybrid.  Which is a very easy-to-forget point when looking at the vehicle.  That’s simply because it looks like a four-door car.  A normal sedan.  Not a half-bubble space-shippy thing - like hybrids have and some still do look like.<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Insight from Rock Honda.<br /> <br /> And actually, there’s a lot of Insight billboards around SoCal lately.  You may have noticed – they’re the ones that state something like “proof that a hybrid can be stylish”.  And you know what – those billboards are spot on.<br /> "The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride."<br /> The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride.  If you’re familiar with the current Honda model line-up; at first glance, the Insight might have you thinking it’s a sophisticated Accord or maybe you catch the angle where it looks like a sporty Civic – and both would be correct.  As the Insight was given elements of both vehicles.<br /> 2019 Honda Insight Trims & MSRPs<br /> Honda keeps it simple with the Insight this year offering three trim levels:<br /> <br /> The base model - LX starting at $22,830.<br /> The mid-level - EX starting at $24,060.<br /> And the top-of-the-line Touring starting at $28,090.<br /> <br /> As always, in our iDriveSoCal reporting, these prices are MSRP – manufacturers suggested retail price.  You need to get yours equipped to your liking so the price will be a bit different.  But again, Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California is the place to go!<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Insight driver profile.<br /> <br /> Quite literally Rock Bottom Pricing is baked into their name.  Your best deal on a Honda is waiting for you at Rock Honda – promise.  Ask for David Latif and tell him Tom from iDriveSoCal says hey!<br /> <br /> Back to the 2019 Insight.  Again, easy to forget, it’s a hybrid.  And as I mentioned Honda keeps it simple with the three trims LX, EX and Touring. Each of those has the following in common:<br /> <br /> 1.5 liter, Inline 4-cylinder engine putting out 151-horsepower and 196-lb-ft of torque.<br /> So the car in any trim level is quick with all that torque.<br /> They also share the same transmission which offers three modes:<br /> <br /> Economy<br /> Sport<br /> EV – electric vehicle.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Fuel Economy<br /> Now they basically all have the same great fuel economy the only difference being the Touring gets a combined 48-MPG to the LX and EX’s 52 combined.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 14:48
2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-volkswagen-beetle-convertible-review/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:35:57 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=11662 With this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review, we come to the end of the line for an icon. Indeed, the final VW Beetle has rolled off the assembly line.  That is to say, the Bug is finito, no mas, nicht mehr - the last one means 'no more' in German. ;0) As accurately predicted in our history of the Volkswagen Beetle podcast, the Bug's end came in July of 2019.  But this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review is a celebration of life! Because I recently picked one up from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for a day-long evaluation.  As a result, I can say with certainty that VW did this Bug right! You can continue reading my 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Review or click play below to listen to the podcast.  Either way, check out the many pictures of this retiring icon. And consider if the Beetle ought to be in your future.  Either as a daily driver or to hold onto as an investment.  (Not a bad idea if you can afford it.  Because these last Bugs will increase in value for certain.) 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible - Trim Configurations & MSRPS The 2019 VW Beetle Convertible comes in 4-different trim configurations.  Each is listed below with its starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing: 2019 VW Beetle Convertible Trims & MSRPs: S $25,995 SE $28,395 Final Editions: SE $27,295 SEL $29,995 As a point of reference, MSRPs are provided in our reviews. However, there are two reasons you shouldn't get overly concerned about the 2019 VW Beetle Convertible MSRPs. You know what car this is just by the steering wheel! First, you need to get your Volkswagen Beetle Convertible configured to your liking.  Meaning, whatever features you add or subtract will impact the final price of your Beetle. Ontario VW - Your SoCal Volkswagen Dealer More importantly, you should simply go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  Because the team at Ontario VW gives you more than just the best deal on the Volkswagen you want.  They're completely transparent.  So, no games or nonsense that always comes with car buying. Contact my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario VW: RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com mobile: 909-772-1728 And, tell Randy Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you! '19 VW Beetle Convertible Engine, Transmission & MPG All 2019 Volkswagen Beetle trim configurations come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine delivering 174-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.  And having driven it I can state for certain that delivers surprising power and performs very well. Optional VW wheels can really dance-up your Beetle Additionally, each of the trims come with a 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic that also offers a fun to drive Sport mode.  And this too adds a surprising performance element to the Beetle Convertible. Center console w/ Tiptronic Moreover, no matter which 2019 VW Beetle configuration you choose, you'll be getting great gas mileage.  For example, all 2019 Beetle Convertibles are rated for 26-MPG in the city and 33-MPG on the highway. Turbocharged Beetle! The Exterior of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible As a result of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible being... well, let's get real.  It's a Beetle Convertible! Impressively quiet with the top-up! And I'd make a pretty big bet that it's the most recognized car in the world.  Meaning around the entire planet, more people know what kind of car the VW Beetle is just by looking at it.  More than any other car in the world.  And that factors in both people who know cars and people who really don't. And good looking with the top-up. Of course, this last generation of the Beetle has gotten bigger overall.  For example, it's longer and it's wider.  But it's still 100% a Volkswagen BeetleConvertible!  With unmistakeable swooping fenders.  Plus a front end that seems to always be in a great mood. Hi, I'm Beetle. And I'm happy! With this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review, we come to the end of the line for an icon.

Indeed, the final VW Beetle has rolled off the assembly line.  That is to say, the Bug is finito, no mas, nicht mehr – the last one means ‘no more’ in German. ;0)

As accurately predicted in our history of the Volkswagen Beetle podcast, the Bug’s end came in July of 2019.  But this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review is a celebration of life!

Because I recently picked one up from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for a day-long evaluation.  As a result, I can say with certainty that VW did this Bug right!

You can continue reading my 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Review or click play below to listen to the podcast.  Either way, check out the many pictures of this retiring icon.

And consider if the Beetle ought to be in your future.  Either as a daily driver or to hold onto as an investment.  (Not a bad idea if you can afford it.  Because these last Bugs will increase in value for certain.)

Red 2019 VW Beetle convertible w. top down driver profile banner

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible – Trim Configurations & MSRPS

The 2019 VW Beetle Convertible comes in 4-different trim configurations.  Each is listed below with its starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing:

2019 VW Beetle Convertible Trims & MSRPs:

As a point of reference, MSRPs are provided in our reviews. However, there are two reasons you shouldn’t get overly concerned about the 2019 VW Beetle Convertible MSRPs.

Red 2019 VW Beetle steering wheel

You know what car this is just by the steering wheel!

First, you need to get your Volkswagen Beetle Convertible configured to your liking.  Meaning, whatever features you add or subtract will impact the final price of your Beetle.

Red 2019 VW Beetle badge and license plate

Ontario VW – Your SoCal Volkswagen Dealer

More importantly, you should simply go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  Because the team at Ontario VW gives you more than just the best deal on the Volkswagen you want.  They’re completely transparent.  So, no games or nonsense that always comes with car buying.

Contact my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario VW:

  • RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com
  • mobile: 909-772-1728

And, tell Randy Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you!

’19 VW Beetle Convertible Engine, Transmission & MPG

All 2019 Volkswagen Beetle trim configurations come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine delivering 174-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.  And having driven it I can state for certain that delivers surprising power and performs very well.

2019 Volkswagen Beetle wheel

Optional VW wheels can really dance-up your Beetle

Additionally, each of the trims come with a 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic that also offers a fun to drive Sport mode.  And this too adds a surprising performance element to the Beetle Convertible.

Red 2019 VW Beetle center console

Center console w/ Tiptronic

Moreover, no matter which 2019 VW Beetle configuration you choose, you’ll be getting great gas mileage.  For example, all 2019 Beetle Convertibles are rated for 26-MPG in the city and 33-MPG on the highway.

Red 2019 VW Beetle Turbo badge

Turbocharged Beetle!

The Exterior of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

As a result of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible being… well, let’s get real.  It’s a Beetle Convertible!

Red2019 VW Beetle Convertible w. top up driver profile

Impressively quiet with the top-up!

And I’d make a pretty big bet that it’s the most recognized car in the world.  Meaning around the entire planet, more people know what kind of car the VW Beetle is just by looking at it.  More than any other car in the world.  And that factors in both people who know cars and people who really don’t.

Red 2019 VW Beetle Convertible w. top up passenger front

And good looking with the top-up.

Of course, this last generation of the Beetle has gotten bigger overall.  For example, it’s longer and it’s wider.  But it’s still 100% a Volkswagen BeetleConvertible!  With unmistakeable swooping fenders.  Plus a front end that seems to always be in a great mood.

Red 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible w. top down driver front

Hi, I’m Beetle. And I’m happy!

And a rear-end that has an air of ‘yes-yes we’re going’ but ‘life’s too short so let’s have fun getting there.

Red 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible w. top down rear

Do-do-do… going somewhere fun.

The 2019 VW Beetle Convertible does have daytime LED running lights.  But if you look at Beetles of the past, the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible looks pretty darn similar.

Red 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible w. top down passenger profile

I’m sexy and I know it!

Finally, on the exterior of the 2019 VW Beetle Convertible, it looks good!  In fact, it looks especially good – if not best with the top down.  Wouldn’t you agree?

Inside the ’19 Beetle Convertible

For a convertible, the 2019 Beetle is very quiet.  And that’s a great relief for anyone who wants the option for both top-down fun in the sun and top-up tranquility.

I really love the dashboard infused with vintage styling and accents.  For instance, the exposed red-painted metal areas of the dash are cool and give it that old-school feel.

Red 2019 VW Beetle Convertible driver dash

Old meets new – and it’s super-cool!

Plus Volkswagen tinkered with the instrument cluster and gauges in such a way that gives the Beetle Convertible a retro yet contemporary look.

2019 Volkswagen Beetle instrument cluster

New technology with a throwback feel.

And you have some fancy accents like available diamond-stitched leather seats.  Also, Volkswagen’s cool interior ambient lighting.

Two adults are very comfortable in the front.  And then you have that backseat.  Suffice it to say that it’s a VW Beetle backseat.  It’s… useful. :0)

Red 2019 VW Beetle Convertible w. top down passenger rear

Ready to cruise Cali!

However, that’s the coolest place to sit when riding with the top down!

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible trunk

7.1 cubic-feet of cargo space

Finally, regarding the inside, the 2019 VW Beetle Convertible gives you 7.1 cubic-feet of cargo space.  Which is actually impressive when you consider the fact that it’s a Beetle and a convertible.

Technology in the Beetle Convertible

The technology in the 2019 VW Beetle Convertible is a far cry from its predecessor in the ’60s.

Red 2019 VW Beetle Convertible w. top down driver front

It almost looks fast in red!

For example, the super-smooth operating one-touch button that takes the windows and the top down, and back up!  I mean the functionality was impressive.

Just one touch and the windows roll down.  And the top unlocks from the windshield and automatically folds back.  Brilliant!

Red 2019 Volkswagen Beetle center stack

Lots of available tech

Furthermore, VW also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  Plus you can opt for the awesome upgrade of a Fender premium sound system.

Driver Assistance Safety Tech

And the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible even includes driver assistance safety tech penetrating more and more cars these days.

For example:

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Top-3

  1. Value: This tops my list because of what the car is right now and what it will be in the not-so-distant future.  And that’s a representation of something very unique and special recognized by generations around the world.  Plus, don’t forget.  This is it for the Beetle.  They’re not making any more! :0(
  2. Fun for all: This bigger version of the Beetle, minus the flower vase its predecessor had, makes it ok (even cool) for guys to drive.  And it is fun to drive, even with the top-up.  However, especially with the top-down!
  3. Warranty: The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle is covered by VW’s People First Warranty.  And that’s industry-leading coverage. Because you’re getting 6-years or 72,000 miles bumper to bumper.  And it’s transferable.  This is tough to compare.

Don’t forget to reach out to my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario Volkswagen.  He’s always happy to hear from iDriveSoCal readers/listeners.

Contact my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario VW:

  • RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com
  • mobile: 909-772-1728

And, tell Randy Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you!

Ontario Volkswagen is in the Los Angeles suburb of Ontario, California and at OntarioVW.com.

 

 

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With this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review, we come to the end of the line for an icon. - Indeed, the final VW Beetle has rolled off the assembly line.  That is to say, the Bug is finito, no mas, nicht mehr - the last one means 'no more' in G... With this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review, we come to the end of the line for an icon.<br /> <br /> Indeed, the final VW Beetle has rolled off the assembly line.  That is to say, the Bug is finito, no mas, nicht mehr - the last one means 'no more' in German. ;0)<br /> <br /> As accurately predicted in our history of the Volkswagen Beetle podcast, the Bug's end came in July of 2019.  But this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review is a celebration of life!<br /> <br /> Because I recently picked one up from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for a day-long evaluation.  As a result, I can say with certainty that VW did this Bug right!<br /> <br /> You can continue reading my 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Review or click play below to listen to the podcast.  Either way, check out the many pictures of this retiring icon.<br /> <br /> And consider if the Beetle ought to be in your future.  Either as a daily driver or to hold onto as an investment.  (Not a bad idea if you can afford it.  Because these last Bugs will increase in value for certain.)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible - Trim Configurations & MSRPS<br /> The 2019 VW Beetle Convertible comes in 4-different trim configurations.  Each is listed below with its starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing:<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 VW Beetle Convertible Trims & MSRPs:<br /> <br /> S $25,995<br /> SE $28,395<br /> Final Editions:<br /> <br /> SE $27,295<br /> SEL $29,995<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As a point of reference, MSRPs are provided in our reviews. However, there are two reasons you shouldn't get overly concerned about the 2019 VW Beetle Convertible MSRPs.<br /> <br /> You know what car this is just by the steering wheel!<br /> <br /> First, you need to get your Volkswagen Beetle Convertible configured to your liking.  Meaning, whatever features you add or subtract will impact the final price of your Beetle.<br /> <br /> Ontario VW - Your SoCal Volkswagen Dealer<br /> <br /> More importantly, you should simply go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  Because the team at Ontario VW gives you more than just the best deal on the Volkswagen you want.  They're completely transparent.  So, no games or nonsense that always comes with car buying.<br /> <br /> Contact my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario VW:<br /> <br /> <br /> RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com<br /> mobile: 909-772-1728<br /> <br /> And, tell Randy Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you!<br /> '19 VW Beetle Convertible Engine, Transmission & MPG<br /> All 2019 Volkswagen Beetle trim configurations come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine delivering 174-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.  And having driven it I can state for certain that delivers surprising power and performs very well.<br /> <br /> Optional VW wheels can really dance-up your Beetle<br /> <br /> Additionally, each of the trims come with a 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic that also offers a fun to drive Sport mode.  And this too adds a surprising performance element to the Beetle Convertible.<br /> <br /> Center console w/ Tiptronic<br /> <br /> Moreover, no matter which 2019 VW Beetle configuration you choose, you'll be getting great gas mileage.  For example, all 2019 Beetle Convertibles are rated for 26-MPG in the city and 33-MPG on the highway.<br /> <br /> Turbocharged Beetle!<br /> The Exterior of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible<br /> As a result of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible being... well, let's get real.  It's a Beetle Convertible!<br /> <br /> Impressively quiet with the top-up!<br /> <br /> And I'd make a pretty big bet that it's the most recognized car in the world.  Meaning around the entire planet, more people know what kind of car the VW Beetle is just by looking at it. Tom Smith clean 17:25
Long Beach Grand Prix – How To Get Behind The Scenes! https://www.idrivesocal.com/long-beach-grand-prix/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 07:00:48 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=1224 The Long Beach Grand Prix dates all the way back to 1975.  In fact, it's the longest running major street race in North America. And with 2019's event came a new top-billing sponsor.  Namely, Acura took center stage.  Subsequently, it's NSX supercar was the hot-lap provider for media types. As always, iDriveSoCal's Clinton "Professor" Quan, made his way to the Grand Prix and came back with this behind-the-scenes report to share. So, click play and find out how you might be able to get similar access or continue reading and check out the hot cars in pictures below! Clinton "The Professor" Quan: I got to go out with a professional Indy car driver. On the front straightaway, we hit over 130 miles an hour and then on the back straightaway, over 120 miles an hour. An Introduction to Long Beach Grand Prix  Acura Motorsports on display at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Tom Smith:  Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the Good Professor, Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton. Professor:  Hi, Tom! Tom: This little report that we’re putting together is on the Long Beach Grand Prix of Acura. Professor:  Acura is the title sponsor now. Tom:  Right. It was a joke. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, but because it used to be called something else, a play on words. I thought I was being funny. Professor:  [Laughs] Tom   So, Acura is the new big sponsor. Professor:  Yes. Tom:  And the reason being—and in this podcast, we’re going to cover the report. I, of course, didn’t get to go again this year. Of course, Professor Quan did get to go. He has all the fun; I do all the work. That’s how it works out around here. It works out good for him. He went to Media Days last year, as well as this year. And in both instances, got to drive some pretty bad-to-the-bone vehicles. Drive in some pretty bad-to-the-bone vehicles.  Professor:  Yes, ride shotgun. Tom:  Yeah, ride in them, shotgun or… Professor:  Yeah.  "And the cool thing was, this year was in the NSX." Tom:  And the cool thing was, this year was in the NSX. Professor:  Yes! Behind the Scenes Tom:  So, I’m going to give it to you in just a second. I just wanted to pre-frame the fact that this is going to be a combination. It’s the Professor’s experience at Media Day.  So, we’re taking you behind the scenes there. But also, the experience at the actual race itself, which is a little bit behind the scenes, because you had some pit access, right?  Professor:  Well, not the race. Practice Day. I went on Friday. Tom:  You were at Practice Day. Professor:  Yes. I went on Friday, April 12th. Tom:  But you had special access of some sort, no? Professor:  I didn’t pick up the media pass for that, for the day I went on Friday. Tom:  Okay, whatever. Let’s start from the beginning. Media Day, you got there, or if there’s anything significant about before you got there, take it away, Professor. "I saw the line of brand new Acura NSX vehicles."  Professor:  Well, I got there, and I saw the line of brand new Acura NSX vehicles.  Line-up of NSXs. Tom:  There were four of them. Professor:  There were four of them, yes. And I wanted to make sure I was the first one to get a ride in it, so I stood at spot number one and I was the very first one to go in a—  Tom:  How long did you stand in line? Like Steve Wozniak waiting for the latest iPhone to come out? Professor:  Not that long. Maybe 15 minutes. Tom:  Okay. Professor:  While everyone else was walking around. [Laughs] Tom:  Getting finger food? Professor:  Yes. [Laughs] Or talking to some of the other drivers. Tom:  So, were you like literally the first one out on the track? [Laughs] Professor:  I was literally the first one out on the track.  Riding with Oriol  Thumbs up for Long Beach Grand Prix hot lap! The Long Beach Grand Prix dates all the way back to 1975.  In fact, it’s the longest running major street race in North America.

And with 2019’s event came a new top-billing sponsor.  Namely, Acura took center stage.  Subsequently, it’s NSX supercar was the hot-lap provider for media types.

As always, iDriveSoCal’s Clinton “Professor” Quan, made his way to the Grand Prix and came back with this behind-the-scenes report to share.

So, click play and find out how you might be able to get similar access or continue reading and check out the hot cars in pictures below!

Professor Quan strikes a pose at Long Beach Grand Prix banner

Clinton “The Professor” Quan: I got to go out with a professional Indy car driver. On the front straightaway, we hit over 130 miles an hour and then on the back straightaway, over 120 miles an hour.

An Introduction to Long Beach Grand Prix 

Acura Motorsports on display.

Acura Motorsports on display at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

Tom Smith:  Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the Good Professor, Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.

Professor:  Hi, Tom!

Tom: This little report that we’re putting together is on the Long Beach Grand Prix of Acura.

Professor:  Acura is the title sponsor now.

Tom:  Right. It was a joke. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, but because it used to be called something else, a play on words. I thought I was being funny.

Professor:  [Laughs]

Tom   So, Acura is the new big sponsor.

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  And the reason being—and in this podcast, we’re going to cover the report. I, of course, didn’t get to go again this year. Of course, Professor Quan did get to go. He has all the fun; I do all the work. That’s how it works out around here. It works out good for him. He went to Media Days last year, as well as this year. And in both instances, got to drive some pretty bad-to-the-bone vehicles. Drive in some pretty bad-to-the-bone vehicles. 

Professor:  Yes, ride shotgun.

Tom:  Yeah, ride in them, shotgun or…

Professor:  Yeah. 

“And the cool thing was, this year was in the NSX.”

Tom:  And the cool thing was, this year was in the NSX.

Professor:  Yes!

Behind the Scenes

Tom:  So, I’m going to give it to you in just a second. I just wanted to pre-frame the fact that this is going to be a combination. It’s the Professor’s experience at Media Day.  So, we’re taking you behind the scenes there. But also, the experience at the actual race itself, which is a little bit behind the scenes, because you had some pit access, right? 

Professor:  Well, not the race. Practice Day. I went on Friday.

Tom:  You were at Practice Day.

Professor:  Yes. I went on Friday, April 12th.

Tom:  But you had special access of some sort, no?

Professor:  I didn’t pick up the media pass for that, for the day I went on Friday.

Tom:  Okay, whatever. Let’s start from the beginning. Media Day, you got there, or if there’s anything significant about before you got there, take it away, Professor.

“I saw the line of brand new Acura NSX vehicles.” 

Professor:  Well, I got there, and I saw the line of brand new Acura NSX vehicles. 

Line-up of NSXs.

Line-up of NSXs.

Tom:  There were four of them.

Professor:  There were four of them, yes. And I wanted to make sure I was the first one to get a ride in it, so I stood at spot number one and I was the very first one to go in a— 

Tom:  How long did you stand in line? Like Steve Wozniak waiting for the latest iPhone to come out?

Professor:  Not that long. Maybe 15 minutes.

Tom:  Okay.

Professor:  While everyone else was walking around. [Laughs]

Tom:  Getting finger food?

Professor:  Yes. [Laughs] Or talking to some of the other drivers.

Tom:  So, were you like literally the first one out on the track? [Laughs]

Professor:  I was literally the first one out on the track. 

Riding with Oriol 

Thumbs up for Long Beach Grand Prix hot lap

Thumbs up for Long Beach Grand Prix hot lap!

Professor:  And I got to go out with a professional Indy car driver.

Tom:  And what was his name?

Professor:  Oriol Servia.

Tom:  Oriol? 

Professor:  Servia, S-E-R-V-I-A.

Tom:  And you got to check out these pictures on the post on iDriveSoCal.com. Because not only does it have the Acura NSX’s all lined up and detailed up looking great, but then you have the Professor and Oriol in the NSX in a few different poses getting ready to roll. And I’m sorry, I don’t know racecar drivers, but he didn’t look like a racecar driver to me. He looked like a guy who just got lucky and like—who is giving this guy the keys to that thing? Let me go!

Oriol and The Professor break 120 MPH.

Oriol Servia and The Professor break 120 MPH at The Long Beach Grand Prix.

Professor:  Well, he’s been a racecar driver for quite a few years.

Tom:  Yeah, he’s probably an awesome driver and I just don’t know my racecar drivers.

Professor:  Yeah. This year, he’s only racing in the Indianapolis 500, the big one.

Tom:  Gotcha. I mean, I don’t know what a racecar driver is supposed to look like.

But, I don’t know, he looked like a regular guy to me. He just looked like—hey, I can do that! Give me the keys to that car! I want to drive it!

Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need… Roads

Tom: And you said 0 to 60 in what time? 

“The NSX hit 60 miles an hour in 2.7 seconds.”

Professor:  The NSX hit 60 miles an hour in 2.7 seconds.

Tom:  2.7?

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  That’s quick. 

Professor:  Yeah, it’s quick. It’s a hybrid.

Inside the NSX cockpit

Inside the NSX cockpit.

Tom:  It is 

Professor:  It is a hybrid.

Tom:  Wow! 

Professor:  A 3.5 liter V6 Twin Turbo that produces 573 horsepower combined output. 476 pound-feet of torque and it has a top speed of over 190 miles an hour.

Tom:  And what did you guys hit?

“On the front straightaway, we hit over 130 miles an hour and then on the back straightaway, over 120 miles an hour.”

Professor:  On the front straightaway, we hit over 130 miles an hour and then on the back straightaway, over 120 miles an hour. Pretty impressive on a street course. 

Tom:  On a street course.

Professor:  On a street course.

Tom:  With Long Beach City buildings flying by you, like…

Professor:  I mean, there’s a lot of turns. This is not like some oval, 2-mile racetrack.

Tom:  Yeah, yeah.

Professor:  That’s fast.

Tom:  Okay. So, you get there, you’re first in line. You get your ride.

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  One lap? Two laps?

Professor:  It comes out to about two laps. Because you start off in the pit, right? And the pit is right where the front straightaway is. So, if you’re only going around once, you’re not going to go full speed on the front straightaway.

Tom:  Gotcha.

Professor:  So, you really have to go around twice to get to the top—to hit maximum speed on the front straightaway.

Tom:  Gotcha.

Tom:  But as far as action time, driving aggressively, it’s one lap. 

Professor:  One full lap, yes correct.

Two Thumbs Up for The New NSX at the Long Beach Grand PRIX

Tom:  And that was in the NSX. I’m assuming you give that two big thumbs up, right?

“Two huge thumbs up. I’m a huge fan of the new NSX.”

Professor:  Oh, two huge thumbs up. I’m a huge fan of the new NSX.

Tom:  Have you driven that car?

Professor:  I have not driven the new NSX. I would love to.

Tom:  And did they have ‘19s there or ‘18s?

Professor:  I believe those are ‘19s, yeah. I believe that’s a new color, too, for 2019.

Tom:  It’s not a quiet color. [Laughs]

Professor:  Yeah, it’s not. Well, this is for the—

Tom:  It’s not a quiet car.

Professor:  For a race, you don’t want a quiet color.

Tom:  Yeah.

Professor:  You want something that stands out.

Tom:  True, true.

Professor:  Yeah, gorgeous, gorgeous car.

Acura NSX at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Acura NSX.

Tom:  So, then I saw another picture of a racecar. Was it the A8 or the R8?

Professor:  The Audi R8.

Tom:  You got a ride in that.

Professor:  I got a ride in that and for that one, I actually had to put on a racing suit because that one is actually a racecar. The NSX was just—

Tom:  A street car that was on the track.

Professor:  Yes, a street—yeah, it wasn’t modified in any way.

Tom:  But, yeah, I mean, it’s an NSX, so, I mean.

Get Your Checkbook Out

Tom:  What is the sticker on the NSX, anyway?

Professor:  The sticker on the NSX is about $160,000. 

Tom:  And are they selling for more than that?

Professor:  It starts at just a tick under 160, like $159,300, something like that. Oh, yes, of course, with options, taxes, you’re looking at close to 200,000.

Tom:  No, but I mean, desirability, market adjustments, because supply and demand.

Professor:  Oh, I’m sure there are.

Tom:  They’re getting more than—

Professor:  Depending on the dealers, there would be markups on that.

Tom:  Giving you the MSRP.

Professor:  Yeah, right.

Tom:  As often happens in those cases.

Professor:  I have no doubt, yes.

Buckle Up for The Audi R8

Tom:  Okay. All you had on was a helmet for the NSX and then you went and drove in or rode in the R8?

 Professor:  Yeah. So, for the R8, I actually had to suit up.

Tom:  Okay.

Audi R8 ready for takeoff at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Audi R8 ready for takeoff.

“They’ve got the racing belts strapped on really, really tight.”

Professor:  Yeah, and they’ve got the racing belts strapped on really, really tight.

Tom:  Was it the three point—or is it five points? The harness.

Professor:  I don’t even know what they call it.

Tom:  It’s like multiple points of the harness.

Professor:  Yes, correct. Yes. Correct.

Tom:  Maybe I’m thinking of Star Wars or something, I don’t know.

Professor:  No, no, no. You’re right. I don’t know what they exactly call it, but yeah, it’s not like a regular seatbelt.

Tom:  I know we have pictures of you and Oriol in your helmets, but I didn’t see a picture of you in a race suit. Do we got that?

Professor:  No. I wasn’t able to get a picture of that.

Tom:  Professor! Come on, man!

Professor:  There was limited time. I was lucky to even get a ride on the Audi R8. I asked them, they said, “Well, we’ll let you ride in it, if we have enough time,” and luckily there was enough time. They said, “You know what? Get in that thing, go.”

Tom:  Get in that thing and go.

Professor:  Yes.

Dressed for The Job

 Tom:  Now, when you put on one of those race suits, I’m assuming it hasn’t just been sterilized in any capacity and probably somebody else just took it off, maybe 40 other people.

 Professor:  Well, there’s only a small number of people that get to go in that.

 Tom:  Was the race suit clean? I’m just curious.

Professor Quan strikes a pose.

Professor Quan strikes a pose at Long Beach Grand Prix.

 Professor:  It looked clean.

 Tom:  All right, it looked clean.

 Professor:  Yeah.

 Tom:  You don’t like strip down to your underwear and t-shirt.

 Professor:  I’m assuming they cleaned it or sterilized it before. [Laughs]

 Tom:  Well, I’m sure! I’m just curious about these things.

 Professor:  So no, you wear whatever you’re wearing.

 Tom:  So, you’re just pulling the race suit over you. It’s really fire—it’s a fire-retardant suit in case anything should go very wrong.

 Professor:  Yes.

 Tom:  Got it. Okay.

 Professor:  Yeah, it goes over your clothes. Yes, correct.

 Tom:  Then you had a helmet on as well? Did you have a neck brace on underneath the helmet, too? Or just the helmet?

 Professor:  No, neck brace, a helmet.

 Tom:  Got it.

A De-tuned Racecar

 Professor:  And that car is just impressive.

 Tom:  Well, it’s a race car. It better be impressive.

 Professor:  Just to get an idea of how impressive the NSX is, the NSX was, I think, pretty much just as fast as the R8.

 Tom:  Really?

“It’s de-tuned. The R8.”

 Professor:  Yeah. That’s how impressive the NSX is. But then I didn’t find out until later, they de-tune, it’s de-tuned. The R8.

Audi R8 at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Audi R8 at Long Beach Grand Prix.

 Tom:  What? They de-tuned the racecar?

 Professor:  Yeah.

 Tom:  How does that make any sense?

 Professor:  I think the reason they do that, it’s already got so much horsepower and it’s less weight than the stock R8, the vehicle that you would buy off the showroom floor.

 Tom:  Oh, I gotcha.

 Professor:  Yeah.

 Tom:  Interesting.

 Professor:  Yep.

 Tom:  Do you know what speeds you got up to in the R8?

 Professor:  No, but I believe it was probably about the same, about 130 miles an hour.

 Tom:  You know what we’re going to do next year?

 Professor:  Because in the Indy cars, we got up to what? Like 100—

 Tom:  I’d say you did 140 or something.

 Professor:  I think it was around 145, 150, if I remember correctly.

 Tom:  Last year?

 Professor:  Yes.

 Tom:  Yeah.

Professor:  Yeah, and that’s an Indy car.

Media Day at Long Beach Grand Prix

 Tom:  Huh, all right. And speaking of last year, last year food played a big role in your Media Day experience, but I think you recall you mentioning—

 Professor:  Food played a big role again this year. There wasn’t really a breakfast, like they had last year. But they had a really, really nice luncheon.

 Tom:  They probably listened to our podcast and realized that there really wasn’t a need for both breakfast, super-fast car rides, and then lunch as well.

 Professor:  Well, they had some other special presentation and panel discussion last year, that they didn’t have this year.

Former driver Justin Bell and Professor Quan at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Former driver Justin Bell and Professor Quan.

 Tom:  Okay. Oh, that’s why they had the breakfast?

 Professor:  That’s why they had the breakfast. They didn’t have that this year, so that’s why there wasn’t a breakfast.

 Tom:  So, is that it for Media Day? Are we going onto the prequalifying Practice Day that you went to? Or anything else on Media Day before we carry on?

 Professor:  That was my experience on Media Day. They also gave out rides to people that were interested in going in the drift cars

 Tom:  And you didn’t want to do that?

 Professor:  The other rides pretty much consumed my whole morning.

 Tom:  Gotcha.

 Professor:  Yeah. And then lunch.

 Tom:  How long were those rides? Was it a lot more waiting than actual ride time?

 Professor:  There was some waiting in the beginning, yeah. So, I think I waited—well, it was—

 Tom:  Well, you mentioned that. What’s a lap?

 Professor:  Oh, the lap times?

 Tom:  In the NSX, what was your—how long did a lap take in the NSX? 

Professor:  Probably just a little over a minute.

Tom:  Really?

 Professor:  Yeah.

 Tom:  Wow, okay.

 Professor:  Yeah. I believe that’s how long it took, yeah.

The Acura Contest at Long Beach Grand Prix

 Tom:  So, anything else about Media Day?

 Professor:  That pretty much covers it, but yeah, it was just an incredible experience. Oh, I did also want to mention that this year Acura had a contest for enthusiasts, if they were interested in getting a hot lap in the NSX like I did. They could’ve gone to the dealership and entered a contest where they post a selfie of themselves and they could’ve had the opportunity to win a hot lap ride in an NSX. I think they gave away 17 of those.

 Tom:  Okay.

 Professor:  Yeah.

Acura proudly takes over the Long Beach Grand Prix in 2019

Acura proudly takes over the Long Beach Grand Prix in 2019.

 Tom:  So, good thing we’re telling people about it now. [Laughs]

 Professor:  Well, for next year.

 Tom:  [Laughs] Yeah, for next year.

 Professor:  Maybe they’ll do the same thing, or they’ll have some other—

 Tom:  For next year.

 Professor:  Maybe they’ll have some other special contest for next year.

 Tom:  Well, you know, hey, hats off to Acura for jumping on board. Honda being the company behind Acura, of course. Acura being the luxury brand of Honda and the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

 Professor:  45th anniversary.

 Tom:  45th anniversary of the Grand Prix.

 Professor:  Yes, correct.

 Tom:  Yes.

 Professor:  45th anniversary of the Grand Prix.

The Lifestyle Expo

 Tom:  So, carrying on.

 Professor:  I also attended Practice Day. It’s a three-day event, so I went on Friday, April 12th, and I spent—I would say I spent most of the day inside the Convention Center, where they have the Lifestyle—

 Tom:  The Lifestyle Expo.

 Professor:  Yes, the Lifestyle Expo.

 Tom:  Is that where we got the picture of you with the models?

 Professor:  Yes. Yes.

 Tom:  Good picture.

Professor Quan flanted by Lovely Car-Gals at the Lifestyle Expo during Long Beach Grand Prix

Professor Quan struggles through another auto event… ;0)

 Professor:  Thank you. [Laughs]

 Tom:  [Laughs]

Professor:  And then—actually Acura had a contest in there, too, where if you take a picture and then you did a hashtag and tagged Acura, they were giving away some swag.

 Tom:  So, you of course? Of course.

 Professor:  I won an official Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach hat.

 Tom:  Nice!

 Professor:  Now, unfortunately, they didn’t notify me until the following day, on Saturday, when I was already out of town for another car event.

 Tom:  So, they messengered you the hat?

 Professor:  No, unfortunately. It was either you were there, and you got it or—

 Tom:  That’s a bummer, Professor! Professor is big on swag, if you are a first-time listener.

 Professor:  Yeah, I love those caps. [Laughs]

Practice Day at The Long Beach Grand Prix

 Tom:  What was the Practice Day about? Because at the Grand Prix, it’s not just the Grand Prix, there’s a bunch of other races, right? A bunch of other categories of vehicles?

 Professor:  Oh, yeah!

 Tom:  So, who do you see practicing?

 Professor:  Well, they have the Indy cars that are practicing.

 Tom:  Right.

“They have the super trucks. Those are really cool, where they’re jumping off the ramps.”

 Professor:  They have the super trucks. Those are really cool, where they’re jumping off the ramps.

 Tom:  Yeah, yeah.

 Professor:  That’s a huge fan favorite.

 Tom:  Oh, sure!

 Professor:  People love that. That gets a lot of attention They also have these much older cars. They’re racecars.They look sort of like stock cars, but they’re a little modified so it just has that shell of the original car.A lot of them from like the 19—what, probably like 1980s, 1990s.

 Tom:  And those actually race? Or they just practice and have fun?

 Professor:  No, I believe they actually had an actual race on Sunday as well.

 Tom:  It sounds like the practice that you went to is a full day. It just wasn’t the official races, which happened after.

Toyota Supra at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Toyota Supra at Long Beach Grand Prix.

 Professor:  The gates open at 7:00 in the morning and then they have activities that run well into the evening. I think there was a concert.

 Tom:  Yeah, they make a whole thing of it.

 Professor:  There was a drifting event in the evening as well.

 Tom:  If you haven’t had enough exhaust and burnt rubber, we’re going to really hit it hard now.

 Professor:  They give it sort of a party atmosphere at the end of the day on Friday.

The Biggest Event in Long Beach

 Tom:  Yeah! So, how was attendance? Are they holding strong? Holding their own with the now Acura Long Beach of Grand Prix?

 Professor:  I didn’t read the—

 Tom:  Long Beach of Grand Prix? [Laughs]

 Professor:  I didn’t read what the numbers were, but I’m sure—

 Tom:  The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, I got to correct myself.

Acura NSX at the Long Beach Grand Prix Lifestyle Expo

Acura NSX at the Long Beach Grand Prix Lifestyle Expo.

 Professor:  From what I saw on Friday in the afternoon—

 Tom:  It’s packed?

 Professor:  There were a lot of people there.

 Tom:  Good.

 Professor:  And I’m sure on Saturday and Sunday, a lot more people than what I saw. I have no doubt. It’s the biggest event in Long Beach.

Is Hybrid The Future?  

Tom:  Now, the reason why I ask is because I was talking with my wife the other day.  And, my son is a year and a half, and when we play cars together in the bathtub, we play boats, he’s picked up the engine sound, right? When you’re playing cars [vroom, vroom], so he’s making that sound. And my wife’s like, “Oh, that’s so cute you taught him how to do that!” I was like, “Well, he just picked it up, you know?” So, when he has kids, are they going to be familiar with those sounds?

 Professor:  I think so.

 Tom:  You think so?

 Professor:  I think so. I think so.

 Tom:  I don’t know, man, everything is going to be electric. I fear that our combustion engines are going to be—if they’re around anymore when he has kids, twenty-some years from now, thirty-some years from now, if he waits, like me, even longer! [Laughs]

Professor:  We’ll see. We just don’t really know.

Tom:  But so, with that in mind, was there any hybrid, was there any electric at the Grand Prix in any kind of competitive nature, whether it be practice or the real deal?

Professor:  No. No, I remember, I think it was maybe two or three years ago, they had a separate event just called Formula E.

Tom:  Right!

The Times, They Are A Changing

Professor:  And those were fully electric.

 Tom:  They didn’t do that this year?

 Professor:  But that’s on a separate weekend. It’s not during—

 Tom:  But it’s while they have everything set up.

 Professor:  Correct. It’s like the weekend before. But they’re not—the Streets of Long Beach, that’s not one of their street courses anymore.

 Tom:  Oh, it’s not?

 Professor:  No.

 Tom:  So, Formula E is still happening, but just not in Long Beach?

 Professor:  Yes. I believe it’s still happening but in other cities.

 Tom:  Okay.

 Professor:  Yeah, just not in Long Beach.

 Tom:  All right, very good.

 Professor:  Yeah. I haven’t heard too much about that. I’m not sure if it’s—I don’t think it’s generating the type of excitement that people thought it would. It’s because it’s so quiet!

Professor in the driver's seat at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Professor poses NSX-style!

 Tom:  Well, it’s quiet, but come on! You know the torque that those things have.

 Professor:  Yeah, but when people go to a race, you know what they—

 Tom:  Part of it, part of it.

 Professor:  The sound!

 Tom:  Part of it is the sound, yeah, I know. Yeah, part of it is the sound, without a doubt.

 Professor:  Yeah.

 Tom:  But times, they are changing.

 Professor:  Yes.

 Tom:  All right, Professor. Thank you so much. That’s the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Thanks to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach folks for having the good Professor out and actually Bernadette Sanicola on behalf of iDriveSoCal as well. That will be a separate report.

But, thank you, Professor, and thank you for listening as always! I’m Tom Smith. This is iDriveSoCal. We’ll talk to you soon.

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The Long Beach Grand Prix dates all the way back to 1975.  In fact, it's the longest running major street race in North America. - And with 2019's event came a new top-billing sponsor.  Namely, Acura took center stage.  Subsequently, The Long Beach Grand Prix dates all the way back to 1975.  In fact, it's the longest running major street race in North America.<br /> <br /> And with 2019's event came a new top-billing sponsor.  Namely, Acura took center stage.  Subsequently, it's NSX supercar was the hot-lap provider for media types.<br /> <br /> As always, iDriveSoCal's Clinton "Professor" Quan, made his way to the Grand Prix and came back with this behind-the-scenes report to share.<br /> <br /> So, click play and find out how you might be able to get similar access or continue reading and check out the hot cars in pictures below!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Clinton "The Professor" Quan: I got to go out with a professional Indy car driver. On the front straightaway, we hit over 130 miles an hour and then on the back straightaway, over 120 miles an hour.<br /> An Introduction to Long Beach Grand Prix <br /> Acura Motorsports on display at the Long Beach Grand Prix.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith:  Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the Good Professor, Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Hi, Tom!<br /> <br /> Tom: This little report that we’re putting together is on the Long Beach Grand Prix of Acura.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Acura is the title sponsor now.<br /> <br /> Tom:  Right. It was a joke. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, but because it used to be called something else, a play on words. I thought I was being funny.<br /> <br /> Professor:  [Laughs]<br /> <br /> Tom   So, Acura is the new big sponsor.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom:  And the reason being—and in this podcast, we’re going to cover the report. I, of course, didn’t get to go again this year. Of course, Professor Quan did get to go. He has all the fun; I do all the work. That’s how it works out around here. It works out good for him. He went to Media Days last year, as well as this year. And in both instances, got to drive some pretty bad-to-the-bone vehicles. Drive in some pretty bad-to-the-bone vehicles. <br /> <br /> Professor:  Yes, ride shotgun.<br /> <br /> Tom:  Yeah, ride in them, shotgun or…<br /> <br /> Professor:  Yeah. <br /> "And the cool thing was, this year was in the NSX."<br /> Tom:  And the cool thing was, this year was in the NSX.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Yes!<br /> Behind the Scenes<br /> Tom:  So, I’m going to give it to you in just a second. I just wanted to pre-frame the fact that this is going to be a combination. It’s the Professor’s experience at Media Day.  So, we’re taking you behind the scenes there. But also, the experience at the actual race itself, which is a little bit behind the scenes, because you had some pit access, right? <br /> <br /> Professor:  Well, not the race. Practice Day. I went on Friday.<br /> <br /> Tom:  You were at Practice Day.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Yes. I went on Friday, April 12th.<br /> <br /> Tom:  But you had special access of some sort, no?<br /> <br /> Professor:  I didn’t pick up the media pass for that, for the day I went on Friday.<br /> <br /> Tom:  Okay, whatever. Let’s start from the beginning. Media Day, you got there, or if there’s anything significant about before you got there, take it away, Professor.<br /> "I saw the line of brand new Acura NSX vehicles." <br /> Professor:  Well, I got there, and I saw the line of brand new Acura NSX vehicles. <br /> <br /> Line-up of NSXs.<br /> <br /> Tom:  There were four of them.<br /> <br /> Professor:  There were four of them, yes. And I wanted to make sure I was the first one to get a ride in it, so I stood at spot number one and I was the very first one to go in a— <br /> <br /> Tom:  How long did you stand in line? Like Steve Wozniak waiting for the latest iPhone to come out?<br /> <br /> Professor:  Not that long. Maybe 15 minutes.<br /> Tom Smith clean 21:01
2019 Chevrolet Traverse Review (In-depth) With LOTS Of Pictures https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-chevrolet-traverse-review/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:40:58 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=11378 My first thought for the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse review, "ah, now I get it." That is to say, I 'get' why I'm seeing more and more Chevy Traverses on the road.  Likewise, I 'get' why families are so fond of Chevrolet's Traverse.  In addition, I 'get' why the Traverse makes such a great choice for anyone with an active lifestyle. Because what I found during my 2019 Chevy Traverse review is that this 3-row SUV is highly versatile, great looking and fun to drive. My friends at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California gave me a '19 Traverse for a day. And so, you can listen to my podcast review report of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse or continue reading below. 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Configuration Options & MSRPs For '19 Chevrolet makes the Traverse available in 7-different trim levels.  And, since the Traverse is a crossover SUV you also have 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive to consider. Accordingly, with that many '19 Chevy Traverse configuration options, there's definitely something for everyone.  As a result, the manufacturers suggested retail pricing starts in a pretty wide range as well. 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Trim Levels & Starting MSRPs L $31,125 LS $34,095 LT Cloth $36,595 LT Leather $40,295 RS $44,295 Premier $46,695 High Country $52,095 But, don't worry about MSRP.  Because that's just what the factory puts on the window stickers. First, you don't need to worry about it as long as you go to my friends at Martin Chevrolet. Second, beyond going to Martin Chevy, you need to get your Traverse equipped to your liking. 2019 Chevy Traverse Review - courtesy of Martin Chevrolet Moreover, that's something that Martin Chevy insists upon.  They make sure you get into the vehicle that you want with the right equipment. Because let's face it, we spend way too much time in our cars to not be as comfortable and pleased with our driving experience as possible! .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } Get 3-Years FREE Maintenance - no joke!  It's a $1,300 value!  EXCLUSIVELY from iDriveSoCal & Martin Chevrolet!  Subscribe to our newsletter and we'll email the offer! Send it & Subscribe! Bingo! Check Your Inbox. '19 Chevy Traverse Engines, Transmissions & MPG Evaluation My first thought for the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse review, “ah, now I get it.”

That is to say, I ‘get’ why I’m seeing more and more Chevy Traverses on the road.  Likewise, I ‘get’ why families are so fond of Chevrolet’s Traverse.  In addition, I ‘get’ why the Traverse makes such a great choice for anyone with an active lifestyle.

Because what I found during my 2019 Chevy Traverse review is that this 3-row SUV is highly versatile, great looking and fun to drive.

My friends at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California gave me a ’19 Traverse for a day.

And so, you can listen to my podcast review report of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse or continue reading below.

Black 2019 Chevrolet Traverse banner

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Configuration Options & MSRPs

For ’19 Chevrolet makes the Traverse available in 7-different trim levels.  And, since the Traverse is a crossover SUV you also have 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive to consider.

Accordingly, with that many ’19 Chevy Traverse configuration options, there’s definitely something for everyone.  As a result, the manufacturers suggested retail pricing starts in a pretty wide range as well.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Trim Levels & Starting MSRPs

    • L $31,125
    • LS $34,095
    • LT Cloth $36,595
    • LT Leather $40,295
    • RS $44,295
    • Premier $46,695
    • High Country $52,095

But, don’t worry about MSRP.  Because that’s just what the factory puts on the window stickers.

First, you don’t need to worry about it as long as you go to my friends at Martin Chevrolet.

Second, beyond going to Martin Chevy, you need to get your Traverse equipped to your liking.

Black and chrome 2019 Chevy Traverse front close-up

2019 Chevy Traverse Review – courtesy of Martin Chevrolet

Moreover, that’s something that Martin Chevy insists upon.  They make sure you get into the vehicle that you want with the right equipment.

Because let’s face it, we spend way too much time in our cars to not be as comfortable and pleased with our driving experience as possible!

’19 Chevy Traverse Engines, Transmissions & MPG Evaluation

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse offers a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine standard.  And that engine produces 310-horsepower with 266 pound-feet of torque.

2019 Traverse engine compartment

Under the hood of my 2019 Chevy Traverse review vehicle

Additionally, the ’19 Traverse comes with a standard front-wheel drive 9-speed automatic transmission.  Furthermore, that transmission can be combined with a drive mode selector that offers 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive/snow, off-road and tow/haul options.

Black 2019 Chevrolet Traverse passenger front

Traverse delivers great MPG even w/ Premier trim & optional AWD

My 2019 Traverse review vehicle from Martin Chevy had that option and I used it!  For instance, when I was on a rock surface going up a rather steep hill in Palos Verdes I switched over to 4-wheel drive.  Immediately I could really feel the enhanced traction.

Fuel Efficiency

Impressive fuel economy also seems to come standard.  For example, depending on your configuration, the ’19 Travers will give you about 17/18-MPG in the city and 25/27-MPG on the highway.  And that’s great gas mileage for a mid-sized 3-row SUV.  Especially when you factor more than 300-horses under your right foot!

Exterior Review – ’19 Chevy Traverse

If you’re like me then there are certain vehicles you fell in love with as a kid or young adult, and still, haven’t owned yet.  Case in point, for me, the Chevrolet Tahoe is one of them.

Black 2019 Chevy Traverse review driver front

2019 Chevy Traverse Review – driver front

Until now I didn’t realize it.  But then it hit me, the Traverse clearly looks like a scaled down and slightly sportier Tahoe.  And I love that!

Plus, my 2019 Chevrolet Traverse review offered a great example of just how sporty-looking this crossover/SUV can be.  The red accent stripes on the black wheels and black Chevy bow tie look fantastic.

And those are Redline package accents for you serious shoppers. ;0)

Black wheel w/ red accents 2019 Chevrolet Traverse review

Sporty Accents on my 2019 Chevy Traverse review

Black Chevy bow tie and red/black Traverse badging

Black bow tie & red/black Traverse badge

And while you’re probably noticing my reflection in the rear liftgate of the above picture… it’s probably a good time to point out that the Traverse also offers an air-kick-to-open-liftgate.

Black exterior, driver rear, 2019 Chevrolet Traverse review

Driver rear view ’19 Chevy Traverse Premier

Always a super-handy (or, in this case, footy) convenience feature to have!  (And here’s to super-stupid puns!) :0)

2019 Chevy Traverse Interior Review

During my review of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse, I climbed in and out of the vehicle more times than I can count.  And I am happy to report that each time was a complete pleasure.  Especially since my pants are fitting a bit tight these days due to not enough appearances at the gym. :0)

front seats and dash from second row- 2019 Chevy Traverse Review

Supportive and stylish leather seats in my Traverse review vehicle w/ Premier trim

I really liked seating and surfaces in the Traverse.  The leather was supple with a great quality feel.  And the seats were a little firmer than I’d expected.  This gave the Traverse a little bit of a high-quality European feel.  And that too was impressive.

2nd row captains chairs in the 2019 Chevy Traverse

Super-comfortable 2nd-row captains chairs!

Commanding Ride w/ Second Row Captains Chairs

My ’19 Chevy Traverse review vehicle included second-row captains chairs that were just as comfortable as the front seats.  And that second row included plenty of creature comforts from climate controls to connectivity.

2nd row climate controls & connectivity ports 2019 Chevy Traverse review

2nd-row climate control & connectivity

What’s more about the 2nd-row of the ’19 Chevy Traverse is that it’s simple to get into the third-row.

2019 Chevy Traverse review - 3rd row seating access from outside

Traverse 3rd-row access from outside

And with 2nd-row captains chairs, I was able to easily slide into the 3rd row without having to open the backdoors at all!

view from third row seating during my 2019 Chevy Traverse review

View from 3rd-row seating in ’19 Chevy Traverse

Plus, the 2019 Chevy Traverse review vehicle Martin Chevrolet gave me offered ample ports to plug-in, power-up and stay connected throughout all three rows!

And, I cannot leave out the ample cargo space in Traverse.  That’s because there’s simply so much of it and it’s highly versatile.  And, on that note, the ’19 Chevy Traverse can seat up to 8 if you go with a second-row bench.  Personally, I’m sticking with the captain seating but the option is there if you need it.

With two rows of backseats, you have lots of options and space to put your cargo.  23.00 cubic feet with all seats up. 57.8 cubic feet with the 3rd-row down.  And 98.2 cubic feet with both the 2nd and 3rd rows down.

’19 Chevy Traverse Analysis – Secret James Bond Compartment!

So, I have to point out my favorite feature of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse.  And your inner James Bond will appreciate this too.  The secret compartment in the dashboard!

Secret compartment in dash of the 2019 Chevy Traverse

Traverse has a secret dash stash!

It’s right behind the touch screen and operates with the push of a button.  Below is another pic of the same compartment but with my glasses case inside to show how big it is!

Traverse secret compartment holding glasses case

Secret compartment even has a USB port inside!

Plus, the secret compartment even has a USB port inside.  So you can plug in your phone and completely conceal it!  And, this is great because it’s so important to be able to tuck away our stuff from the prying eyes of would-be thieves.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Technology Review

So, besides the super-cool secret compartment in the dash, the Traverse can come loaded with great technology.  And that’s both on the sides of comfort, convenience, and entertainment as well as safety and driver assistance.

2019 Chevy Traverse cockpit

Comfortable and user-friendly cockpit.

For example, you have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with an available 8-inch touchscreen.  And that touchscreen is exceedingly easy to navigate – BTW.

But, what really impressed was the weather forecast feature.  That feature projects the weather forecast right on that same 8-inch center console touchscreen.

Plus, looking at the above picture what do you see?  You can check hourly, 5-day and even on your route!  Hello, that’s one smart piece of tech.  Nicely done Chevy.

Chevrolet Traverse Review Safety & Driver Assistance Technology

The ’19 Chevrolet Traverse received a highly respectable 5-Star Rating from the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration.  So, add another mark to the good for families column along with parental peace of mind.

And, in fact, Chevy really has families in mind with the Traverse’s Teen Driver Technology.  For instance, when that’s activated it gives Mom and Dad a report card on your teen driver’s recent performance.  (Another ‘atta-boy/girl’ to Chevy for this innovation.)

“…it gives Mom and Dad a report card on your teen driver’s recent performance… ‘atta-boy/girl’ to Chevy for this innovation.”

Plus, the 2019 Chevy Traverse I reviewed included all the optional driver assistance safety features.  And those included forward collision alert and braking, rear vision camera, lane keep assist, so on, so forth and etc. :0)

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Review | Top-3

  1. Space: Inside the ’19 Chevy Traverse is huge, comfortable and stylish.
  2. Drive: Even being so big inside, the Traverse manages to drive like a much smaller vehicle.  (Awesome maneuverability!)
  3. Secret Compartment: I don’t usually select one particular feature but this one is not only cool but totally functional.  Hide your phone and charge it at the same time!

The SoCal Chevy Dealer – Martin Chevrolet

For your 2019 Traverse or any other Chevrolet go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California.  Because Lewis Cook is the General Manager and a friend of mine.  And he leads a great team and is completely transparent about the business of car buying.

Tom Smith & Lewis Cook podcast at Martin Chevrolet

Podcasting with my friend Lewis Cook @ Martin Chevrolet

 

 

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Lyon Air Museum – Greatest Generation Tribute https://www.idrivesocal.com/lyon-air-museum/ Fri, 05 Jul 2019 15:59:09 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=2889 If you're fascinated by history, the Greatest Generation, World War II, and aviation, there's a good chance you’re already aware of the Lyon Air Museum - Greatest Generation Tribute.  If you don't know or haven't yet visited the Lyon Air Museum, add it to your to-do list immediately. Nestled away in a Santa Ana industrial park, directly on the tarmac of John Wayne Airport, the Lyon Air Museum features airworthy craft documenting many facets of World War II. Not only an aircraft at the museum, but Lyon also showcases various ground vehicles as well - including a parade vehicle that Adolf Hitler rode in. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the Lyon Air Museum is that members of the Greatest Generation themselves - World War II veterans - volunteer as docents, bringing this truly incredible venue to life nearly every day. Click play to listen below as Mark Foster, Lyon Air Museum CEO, shares more fascinating details in this iDSC podcast. And be sure to check out the amazing photo gallery too. ***Transcript*** Recorded July 31, 2018, in Santa Ana, CA Mark Foster: We're the Greatest Generation in an aviation museum, so we focus primarily on World War II veterans and aviation. We've got famous airplanes, the rare flyable World War II type airplanes. We've got the military vehicles, motorcycles... we even have a very historical car that was originally owned by the evil dictator, Adolph Hitler. Introduction to the Lyon Air Museum Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I am in ... Where are we technically? Costa Mesa, right? Mark Foster: We're Santa Ana, which is really Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa. It's all kind of around the corner, and it's at John Wayne Airport. That's the thing, we're not near John Wayne, we're at John Wayne Airport. Tom Smith: That is Mark Foster, who is the, what's your exact title? Mark Foster: Whatever you want to call me, but President, CEO. Tom Smith: Okay. President, CEO of the Lyon Air Museum. Mark Foster: Correct. Tom Smith: Right down here, literally, I'm looking at Alaska Airlines getting ready, it's taxiing down the runway right now. Mark, thank you very much for having me and the iDriveSoCal podcast. Again, all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States. A big piece of mobility is air travel. The Lyon Air Museum. Tom: You have a couple of things going on in the museum currently, but I recently learned about you guys. I guess you've been around since '09, and I recently learned about you guys on KTLA. Saw a quick piece and said, "Hey, I really want to go down there and have a chat," because you guys do some really, really cool stuff down here. So, with that strange, kind of totally non-traditional introduction, Mark Foster of the Lyon's Air Museum, literally right on John Wayne Airport watching planes taxi as we do this interview. Thank you for joining me. Mark Foster: Oh, it's great to have you. Thanks, Tom. Aviation Museum Dedicated to The Greatest Generation Tom Smith: So, high-level. What do you guys do here? "We're the Greatest Generation in aviation museum." Mark Foster: Well, we're an aviation museum, and we're the Greatest Generation in an aviation museum, so we focus primarily on World War II veterans and aviation. Tom Smith: Okay. For those that don't, and I think there's a whole lot of people that aren't aware of the opportunity to come and check out what you guys have here, but your museum, again, you're right on the John Wayne Airport tarmac, you can come and see what? Lyon Air Museum shares John Wayne Airport tarmac. "The airplanes that are in the hangar here, all of them are airworthy." Mark Foster: Yeah. Well, we've got the World War II airplanes. We really start with pre-World War II aviation history. We've got pre-World War II, like a DC-3 American Airlines type aircraft that'... If you’re fascinated by history, the Greatest Generation, World War II, and aviation, there’s a good chance you’re already aware of the Lyon Air Museum – Greatest Generation Tribute.  If you don’t know or haven’t yet visited the Lyon Air Museum, add it to your to-do list immediately.

Nestled away in a Santa Ana industrial park, directly on the tarmac of John Wayne Airport, the Lyon Air Museum features airworthy craft documenting many facets of World War II. Not only an aircraft at the museum, but Lyon also showcases various ground vehicles as well – including a parade vehicle that Adolf Hitler rode in.

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the Lyon Air Museum is that members of the Greatest Generation themselves – World War II veterans – volunteer as docents, bringing this truly incredible venue to life nearly every day.

Click play to listen below as Mark Foster, Lyon Air Museum CEO, shares more fascinating details in this iDSC podcast. And be sure to check out the amazing photo gallery too.

WWII airplanes on tarmac pictured as part of the iDriveSoCal Podcast 108 banner

***Transcript***

Recorded July 31, 2018, in Santa Ana, CA

Mark Foster: We’re the Greatest Generation in an aviation museum, so we focus primarily on World War II veterans and aviation. We’ve got famous airplanes, the rare flyable World War II type airplanes. We’ve got the military vehicles, motorcycles… we even have a very historical car that was originally owned by the evil dictator, Adolph Hitler.

Introduction to the Lyon Air Museum

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I am in … Where are we technically? Costa Mesa, right?

Mark Foster: We’re Santa Ana, which is really Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa. It’s all kind of around the corner, and it’s at John Wayne Airport. That’s the thing, we’re not near John Wayne, we’re at John Wayne Airport.

Tom Smith: That is Mark Foster, who is the, what’s your exact title?

Mark Foster: Whatever you want to call me, but President, CEO.

Tom Smith: Okay. President, CEO of the Lyon Air Museum.

Mark Foster: Correct.

Tom Smith: Right down here, literally, I’m looking at Alaska Airlines getting ready, it’s taxiing down the runway right now. Mark, thank you very much for having me and the iDriveSoCal podcast. Again, all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States. A big piece of mobility is air travel.

The Lyon Air Museum

The Lyon Air Museum.

Tom: You have a couple of things going on in the museum currently, but I recently learned about you guys. I guess you’ve been around since ’09, and I recently learned about you guys on KTLA. Saw a quick piece and said, “Hey, I really want to go down there and have a chat,” because you guys do some really, really cool stuff down here.

So, with that strange, kind of totally non-traditional introduction, Mark Foster of the Lyon’s Air Museum, literally right on John Wayne Airport watching planes taxi as we do this interview. Thank you for joining me.

Mark Foster: Oh, it’s great to have you. Thanks, Tom.

Aviation Museum Dedicated to The Greatest Generation

Tom Smith: So, high-level. What do you guys do here?

“We’re the Greatest Generation in aviation museum.”

Mark Foster: Well, we’re an aviation museum, and we’re the Greatest Generation in an aviation museum, so we focus primarily on World War II veterans and aviation.

Tom Smith: Okay. For those that don’t, and I think there’s a whole lot of people that aren’t aware of the opportunity to come and check out what you guys have here, but your museum, again, you’re right on the John Wayne Airport tarmac, you can come and see what?

Lyon Air Museum History on the Flight Line

Lyon Air Museum shares John Wayne Airport tarmac.

“The airplanes that are in the hangar here, all of them are airworthy.”

Mark Foster: Yeah. Well, we’ve got the World War II airplanes. We really start with pre-World War II aviation history. We’ve got pre-World War II, like a DC-3 American Airlines type aircraft that’s kind of a late ’30s design, and then we go all the way up through aircraft that would have been used in the Vietnam air war. We don’t have a lot of airplanes, but we have quality. The airplanes that are in the hangar here, all of them are airworthy, and we fly kind of rotationally, but we fly a few of them at any given time.

Tom Smith: That’s the thing. So you know, podcast listener, thank you for listening, the museum is literally a hangar, and right now we’re doing this podcast in July, late July, and the hangar’s quite hot.

Mark Foster: Yeah.

Ready for Takeoff

Tom Smith: But all of the aircraft are, as Mark pointed out, airworthy. They have their fluids in them, and I’m sure there’s plenty of planning that needs to go into it before they head out to take a flight, but that’s entirely possible that the hangar doors can open and away you go. Right?

Mark Foster: Yes, correct. Any given time there’s maintenance going on. We have one of them that the propellers are off, and the propellers are in a propeller shop for a regular inspection they have to have, but there’s a couple of airplanes down there that we could, literally, just end the interview, walk down there and open the doors and roll them out, they’re ready to go.

Lyon Air Museum Bikes & Bombers Winner takes Flight

Lyon Air Museum Bikes & Bombers Winner takes Flight.

Tom Smith: A lot of these aircraft are, as you point out, Greatest Generation World War II, so if you watched the HBO series Band of Brothers, a lot of the aircraft that you see there are represented right down here, and airworthy and beautiful and well maintained.

How It All Began

Tom Smith: Mark, please tell me about how the Lyon Museum came about.

Mark Foster: Well, General William Lyon, our founder, saw a need to share these stories with the local community, and particular the school kids. He had a big passion for aviation, with his background dating all the way back to World War II, and he was now flying vintage airplanes in modern times and thought, “I need to really share these with people,” so he was able to secure a lease for space here at John Wayne Airport and build a hangar and establish the Lyon Air Museum.

General William Lyon

General William Lyon.

Tom Smith: So it was really his passion for preserving the story of the Greatest Generation?

Mark Foster:  That’s exactly, the best I’ve heard. You said that so well, Tom.

Tom Smith: Thank you.

Mark Foster: I think that’s actually our slogan.

Tom Smith: If not, work on that.

Mark Foster:  Yeah, there you go.

A Little More About General Lyon

Tom Smith: General Lyon entered the military before the Air Force was, and it was the Army Air Corps. That was pre-World War II?

Mark Foster:  No. Well, it was during the war.

Tom Smith: It was during the war?

“General Lyon started off as a civilian flight instructor training military pilots.”

Mark Foster: General Lyon started off as a civilian flight instructor training military pilots.

Tom Smith: So he was a pilot himself before he started-

General Lyon

General Lyon.

Mark Foster: Exactly.

Tom Smith: … in the military.

Mark Foster: And then he started doing some work with the Ferry Command. They were delivering airplanes for the military all over the country and all over the world.

Tom Smith: So, literally, he was a pilot that was bringing aircraft that would be used in the war …

Mark Foster: Correct.

Tom Smith: … in combat. He was bringing those planes from wherever they were being manufactured in the States to where they needed to be.

Mark Foster: Yeah. That’s how he got into the Army, basically, just becoming a Service Pilot, they called them back then. It wasn’t really a commissioned officer, it was a Service Pilot, which is something that really bothered him for many years until he got his actual Air Force wings post-World War II.

Tom Smith: Okay. The museum didn’t become until … Your first year in operation was ’09. Right?

Mark Foster: Yeah. We opened officially in ’09.

Tom Smith: So, General Lyon, once he got out of the military, he was in the homebuilding business.

Mark Foster: Correct, yeah.

Tom Smith: So some of us in Southern California would recognize the name of some of the neighborhoods that he developed. Yes?

Mark Foster: Yeah. William Lyon Homes, yeah.

A Great Place for Students

Tom Smith: Okay. Now, you mentioned what the museum has to do with the local schools. Let’s talk a little bit about that.

School Tour at Lyon Air Museum

School Tour at Lyon Air Museum.

“We have about 60-something classes coming through the museum each year.”

Mark Foster: Lyon Air Museum is part of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District sixth grade curriculum, so we have about 60-something classes coming through the museum each year. We get new students every year. It’s great. And we have World War II veterans and some other of our docents who work with the students. They’re basically broken up into four sectors throughout the museum, and the students go from sector to sector, and they get to hear the stories of the Greatest Generation from the people who lived it.

Tom Smith: From the veterans themselves.

Mark Foster: Yeah. It’s just a fabulous program. The teachers love it. The school administration, the district loves it. I think we’re in our about the eighth year now doing it, so it’s been [crosstalk 00:07:40].

Hero Cards > Baseball Cards

Tom Smith: Do the kids understand it at that age?

Mark Foster: You know, they do, and I wasn’t sure about that at first. I thought, “Boy, you know, sixth grade, is that really the right time?” That’s what the school had suggested, and we thought maybe it should have been later. We weren’t sure. We had these little history, these little, we call them hero cards. They’re like baseball cards, but they’re for some of the veterans that we have, and we get them, they’re Lyon Air Museum. They’re like collector cards.

Mark Foster: Some of them were passing those out to the students the first time, the first year we were doing this. The students have a free period, after they’ve gone to all four sectors they get this 20 minute roaming period, and I figured all the kids would go huddle in a corner somewhere and just hang out with each other. Well, the kids came back and they stood in line for the veteran who had given them their card to get their autographs on the cards.

Tom Smith: That’s cool.

Mark Foster: When they were walking out they were looking down at the cards, like, “Wow. I’ve got something that’s a treasure in my hand,” as they were walking out to get back on the bus. I witnessed that, and I go, “No, we’ve got something here.” It is impactful. It does make a difference.

The Lyon Air Museum Is a Visit Anyone Will Enjoy

“If you’re a World War II buff, it’s an awesome museum. Or if you just like to go see things that fly.”

Tom Smith: Now, tell me a little bit about what you guys have out here, because for really anybody if you’re a history buff, it’s an awesome museum. If you’re an aviation buff, it’s an awesome museum. If you’re a World War II buff, it’s an awesome museum. Or if you just like to go see things that fly. What do you guys have out here consistently? And then, I know you have a exhibit that’s temporary.

Inside Lyon Air Museum

Inside Lyon Air Museum.

Mark Foster: Yeah. Well, we definitely check all those boxes that you mentioned, everything from we have the little kids standing up on these platforms we have out there so they can look out the window. Our hangar doors are big glass windows, and there’s like 260 windows, I think, and they look out onto the taxiway and the runway, so they can see the airliners taking off and landing. Some kids just like to do that. That’s always happening here, every day, which is really neat to see airports [crosstalk 00:09:36].

Tom Smith: So they just come to get a great view of John Wayne …

Seeing True History at The Lyon Air Museum

“We’ve got the famous airplanes, the rare flyable World War II type airplanes. We’ve got the military vehicles, motorcycles and so forth.”

Mark Foster: It’s the activity. Best seat in the house. And then we’ve got the famous airplanes, the rare flyable World War II type airplanes. We’ve got the military vehicles, motorcycles and so forth. We even have a very historical car that was originally owned by the evil dictator, Adolph Hitler, and it’s an authentic World War II Mercedes parade car that’s on display here.

Lyon Air Museum shares John Wayne Airport tarmac

Lyon Air Museum shares John Wayne Airport tarmac.

Mark Foster: You had mentioned just people who like airplanes, just the technology. That’s what originally attracted me to airplanes. It wasn’t the history initially, it was just the high performance. These airplanes were really high performing airplanes for back then, and that’s what drew me to it. And then, once I learned about the history, that’s where really my passion went.

Tom Smith: A little bit about the models. For those that know, let’s just breeze over some of the models that you have out here.

From a DC-3 to a B-17 Flying Fortress

Mark Foster: Well, we start off with the pre-World War II, the famous DC-3 airliner. We have an American Airlines DC-3 in here, which coincidentally was converted from a cargo airplane after World War II, and it’s a D-Day veteran airplane, so it’s actually a pretty famous airplane. And then, we got the cargo-

DC-3 Flagship a the Orange County Lyon Air Museum.

DC-3 Flagship a the Orange County Lyon Air Museum.

Tom Smith: It actually flew troops on D-Day.

Mark Foster: Yes. On D-Day. Yep.

Tom Smith: Men jumped out of-

Mark Foster: On June 6th.

Tom Smith: Greatest Generation men jumped out of that plane …

Mark Foster: June 6, 1944.

Tom Smith: … on D-Day.

Mark Foster: Yeah.

Tom Smith: That is a significant piece of history.

Mark Foster: Yeah. It was with the 440th Troop Carrier Group. They were based out of Exeter in England and took off on the evening of D-Day, so it was actually about 11:00 at night on June 5th, flew across the English Channel, and they were dropping 101st Airborne troops into drop zone Delta in France in the early morning of June 6, 1944, out of that airplane.

Band of Brothers

Tom Smith: And 101st is, literally, the Band of Brothers, all about the 101st. Right?

“These airplanes, they don’t just sit in the hangar. They get out and do some flying as well.”

Mark Foster: Yeah, there you go. And you mentioned Band of Brothers because we also have the sister ship to that airplane, which is configured as a C-47. It’s a B model, and it was built in 1944, and it’s got the invasion stripes. I mean, it’s painted up just like it would have been back then. That airplane we use and fly out to the local airshows. We’ll be at the Huntington Beach Air Show now, which I think is called the Great Pacific Air Show this year. It’ll be one of the star attractions during that airshow. Hundreds of thousands of people see that flying as it goes up and down the beach there, and over the pier and all that. So these airplanes, they don’t just sit in the hangar. They get out and do some flying as well.

C-47 Skytrain Lyon Air Museum

C-47 Skytrain Lyon Air Museum.

 

“That’s what they used to do the bombing missions over Germany.”

Mark Foster: Some of the other model we have, probably the most significant or famous would be the b- Flying Fortress, which is a four-engine World War II bomber, and that’s what they used to do the bombing missions over Germany. There’s only about a dozen of those left flying in the world-

Tom Smith: Wow.

Mark Foster: This is one of them. We don’t fly it very often right now, but it’s considered an airworthy B-17 and there’s only about 12 of them left flying.

B-17 Flying Fortress, Fuddy Duddy at The Lyon Air Museum

B-17 Flying Fortress, Fuddy Duddy at The Lyon Air Museum.

The B-25 Mitchell Bomber

Mark Foster: Then we’ve got a B-25 Mitchell bomber. That was a famous airplane that was the type of airplane used in the Dolittle raids, if you ever heard of the Dolittle Raiders. That’s where the 16 B-25s took off of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet and flew to Japan and bombed Tokyo when the Japanese never thought that we could ever get to them.

Tom Smith: Right.

Mark Foster: Jimmy Dolittle led that raid. It was kind of a one-way mission type of raid. There have been movies about it and so forth. 30 Seconds Over Tokyo was a famous movie a long time ago, and then as of lately, Disney did one in the early 2000s that was like a Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett-

Tom Smith: Oh, sure.

Mark Foster: It was a thing called Pearl Harbor. There was a section of that where Alec Baldwin plays Jimmy Dolittle, and they fly the B-25s on that mission as part of the storyline. So you get to see that type of airplane in person here.

The Most Powerful Plane in the Hangar

Mark Foster: Then, we’ve got some other … We’ve got a forward air controller airplane that represents the Vietnam air war. They used them during the Korean and Vietnam air war. We’ve got the A-26 Invader, which is a really neat airplane because that’s the type of airplane that flew in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, so they take it across three generations of flyers, basically.

Lyon Air Museum A-26 Invader

Lyon Air Museum A-26 Invader.

“It had 2,000 horsepower per engine, and it’s got two engines on it.”

Mark Foster: And it happens to be the most powerful of the airplanes in the hangar if you go by per-engine horsepower. It had 2,000 horsepower per engine, and it’s got two engines on it, so it’s a pretty amazing high-speed type airplane. So, the stuff’s not old. It still competes. It won’t compete with a modern jet, but it’ll definitely compete with the modern prop planes. They’re pretty amazing airplanes, given the time.

World War II Era Vehicles at The Lyon Air Museum

Tom Smith: You mentioned the Hitler parade car that he literally stood in and waved to people. What are some of the other World War II-era vehicles that you have that don’t fly?

Mark Foster: Yeah, and the vehicles don’t fly. Not far, anyway. But yeah, we’ve got the Army Jeeps, which are classics. Right?

Tom Smith: Right.

Mark Foster: We have the old Willys Jeep and all that. We’ve got two of those out there, and we’ve got a big Dodge command truck out there. We’ve got motorcycles. We have some interesting motorcycles. We have a really rare, it was kind of the, I might mispronounce it, but a Rikuo, which is a Japanese motorcycle that was basically modeled after the Harley Davidson.

Mark Foster: Kind of an interesting story where Harley Davidson had worked out a deal with the Japanese prior to World War II, and they were building Harleys over there under license, basically, the Japanese were, with Harley. And then, obviously, as tensions began to build, they left, and the Japanese continued to build these motorcycles and the Rikuo, which I think means like road king in Japanese or something. So we have one of those out there. Some of the motorcycles are functional as well.

Bikes Bombers at The Lyon Air Museum

Bikes Bombers at The Lyon Air Museum.

Dan Gurney Cars Exhibit at The Lyon Air Museum

Tom Smith: Now, let’s talk a little bit about the exhibit that you have right now, the Dan Gurney cars.

Mercedes-Benz at Lyon Air Museum

Mercedes-Benz at Lyon Air Museum.

Mark Foster: Yes. We have, it’s Vintage Motor Racing, and we’re doing a special tribute to Dan Gurney. This is the year that we lost Dan Gurney, in January, and it was a big, big loss for everybody, and we wanted to, through the Vintage Motor Racing, show a little bit, pay homage to Dan Gurney.

Mark Foster: We have on display here nine vintage motor racing cars, three of which are Dan Gurney-related. We have two Dan Gurney Eagles here, the Gurney Eagle, and then we have his Sebring Cobra, which is not the original Sebring Cobra that he raced in 1963, but it’s a highly accurate replication of the one, and it was his personal car until his passing.

Car Exhibit at Lyon Air Museum

Car Exhibit at Lyon Air Museum.

Tom Smith: How long is that exhibit here for?

Mark Foster: It’s going to run through Labor Day, so through September, what is that? September 3rd. So you want to get here and see it. You know, the neat thing about our display, to see the cars among the airplanes is really neat, just, it’s great for photo ops and so forth. And the car exhibit is included with the admission of coming to see the air museum, so if you’re going to come see the air museum, you might as well come while the cars are here.

Planning a Visit?

Tom Smith: That’s where I was getting to next. If you want to come to the Lyon Air Museum, obviously, head down towards John Wayne Airport, which we are right on there, but you definitely want to hit the navigation because you’re not going to stumble across it unless you intend to arrive here.

1933 Duesenberg at the Lyon Air Museum

1933 Duesenberg at the Lyon Air Museum.

Mark Foster: Yeah. It’s easy to find if you know where we are. Basically, on Baker Street, if you’re heading east toward John Wayne Airport, Baker Street dead-ends into our parking lot. It turns into another street called Ike Jones Road, but if you just keep going straight and follow the windy road, it ultimately ends up dead-end into our parking lot. It’s pretty hard to miss as long as you get on Baker and head east and keep going.

Tom Smith: You guys are pretty accommodating in that you’re open most days of the year. Right?

Mark Foster: We’re open seven days a week, every day except for Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, and occasionally a special event if we have to close down, but that’s very seldom. We’re open 10:00 to 4:00 daily.

Tom Smith: Okay. And admission’s reasonable. What’s admission, real quick?

2017 Lyon Air Museum Bikes & Bombers Winner

2017 Lyon Air Museum Bikes & Bombers Winner.

Mark Foster: Yeah. I think basic admission is $12, and we’ve got some discounts for veterans and seniors, and that takes it down to $9, and we’ve got some group discounts, 10 or more people show up, I think it’s a dollar off per admission. Then kids are $6 and under five’s free.

Follow The Lyon Air Museum Online!

Tom Smith: Okay. Do you want to drop the website in?

Mark Foster: Yeah. It’s just LyonAirMuseum.org.

Tom Smith: LyonAirMuseum.org.

Steve McQueen' s Panther at Lyon Air Museum

Steve McQueen’ s Panther at Lyon Air Museum.

Mark Foster: And all those people who follow on Instagram and Facebook and all that, it’s also it’s just Lyon Air Museum, and Lyon is L-Y-O-N Air Museum, and there’s no S.

Tom Smith: No S.

Mark Foster: Yeah.

Mark Foster: It’s kind of like those fingernails on the chalkboard, and we’re always like, “No, it’s no Lyons,” because so many people say Lyons Air Museum. But no, it’s Lyon. Our founder’s name is General William Lyon, which is interesting because there’s a big guy with Jaguar, which is, it’s a vintage car that we’ve displayed before, and the designer of the XK120 was a William Lyons, so that was really confusing while we had the Jags on display here.

Tom Smith: All right. All kinds of fingers on the chalkboard for you.

Vintage Indian Motorcycle at Lyon Air Museum

Vintage Indian Motorcycle at Lyon Air Museum.

Mark Foster: Yeah, yeah. Exactly.

Tom Smith: All right. Well, Mark Foster, President, General Manager, CEO of the Lyon Air Museum, thank you so much for having me, and for iDriveSoCal, I’m Tom Smith. Thanks very much, as always, for listening.

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If you're fascinated by history, the Greatest Generation, World War II, and aviation, there's a good chance you’re already aware of the Lyon Air Museum - Greatest Generation Tribute.  If you don't know or haven't yet visited the Lyon Air Museum, If you're fascinated by history, the Greatest Generation, World War II, and aviation, there's a good chance you’re already aware of the Lyon Air Museum - Greatest Generation Tribute.  If you don't know or haven't yet visited the Lyon Air Museum, add it to your to-do list immediately.<br /> <br /> Nestled away in a Santa Ana industrial park, directly on the tarmac of John Wayne Airport, the Lyon Air Museum features airworthy craft documenting many facets of World War II. Not only an aircraft at the museum, but Lyon also showcases various ground vehicles as well - including a parade vehicle that Adolf Hitler rode in.<br /> <br /> Perhaps the most notable aspect of the Lyon Air Museum is that members of the Greatest Generation themselves - World War II veterans - volunteer as docents, bringing this truly incredible venue to life nearly every day.<br /> <br /> Click play to listen below as Mark Foster, Lyon Air Museum CEO, shares more fascinating details in this iDSC podcast. And be sure to check out the amazing photo gallery too.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ***Transcript***<br /> Recorded July 31, 2018, in Santa Ana, CA<br /> Mark Foster: We're the Greatest Generation in an aviation museum, so we focus primarily on World War II veterans and aviation. We've got famous airplanes, the rare flyable World War II type airplanes. We've got the military vehicles, motorcycles... we even have a very historical car that was originally owned by the evil dictator, Adolph Hitler.<br /> Introduction to the Lyon Air Museum<br /> Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I am in ... Where are we technically? Costa Mesa, right?<br /> <br /> Mark Foster: We're Santa Ana, which is really Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa. It's all kind of around the corner, and it's at John Wayne Airport. That's the thing, we're not near John Wayne, we're at John Wayne Airport.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith: That is Mark Foster, who is the, what's your exact title?<br /> <br /> Mark Foster: Whatever you want to call me, but President, CEO.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith: Okay. President, CEO of the Lyon Air Museum.<br /> <br /> Mark Foster: Correct.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith: Right down here, literally, I'm looking at Alaska Airlines getting ready, it's taxiing down the runway right now. Mark, thank you very much for having me and the iDriveSoCal podcast. Again, all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States. A big piece of mobility is air travel.<br /> <br /> The Lyon Air Museum.<br /> <br /> Tom: You have a couple of things going on in the museum currently, but I recently learned about you guys. I guess you've been around since '09, and I recently learned about you guys on KTLA. Saw a quick piece and said, "Hey, I really want to go down there and have a chat," because you guys do some really, really cool stuff down here.<br /> <br /> So, with that strange, kind of totally non-traditional introduction, Mark Foster of the Lyon's Air Museum, literally right on John Wayne Airport watching planes taxi as we do this interview. Thank you for joining me.<br /> <br /> Mark Foster: Oh, it's great to have you. Thanks, Tom.<br /> Aviation Museum Dedicated to The Greatest Generation<br /> Tom Smith: So, high-level. What do you guys do here?<br /> "We're the Greatest Generation in aviation museum."<br /> Mark Foster: Well, we're an aviation museum, and we're the Greatest Generation in an aviation museum, so we focus primarily on World War II veterans and aviation.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith: Okay. For those that don't, and I think there's a whole lot of people that aren't aware of the opportunity to come and check out what you guys have here, but your museum, again, you're right on the John Wayne Airport tarmac, you can come and see what?<br /> <br /> Lyon Air Museum shares John Wayne Airport tarmac.<br /> Tom Smith clean 21:38
Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library https://www.idrivesocal.com/air-force-one/ Thu, 04 Jul 2019 07:00:48 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=983 Air Force One draws attention everywhere it goes, even the retired version at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. And nearly a half-million visitors a year tour the world's most iconic aircraft.  Well, one of them anyway. Continue reading below or listen to the podcast during my private tour of Air Force One! ***Transcript*** Recorded February 12, 2018 John Lehne: It technically flew seven different presidents. President Reagan put the most mileage on it. I don't know what the exact number of that mileage is, but he definitely flew a great deal on this plane much more so than any other president. This was the aircraft that took him to Germany for the famous "tear down this wall" speech. Anything that was classified or I guess you'd call "secret" that was all removed prior to our obtaining the aircraft. There are no escape pods. Additionally, there are no hidden guns or bombs or anything else that can be released from the aircraft, so there's nothing like that and a lot of that are the fantasies in Hollywood that they portray in movies. The Home of Air Force One: The Ronald Reagan Library Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of these fine United States - Southern California. I'm Tom Smith, and in honor of President's Day, we are sitting underneath Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. John: Correct. Tom: Okay. And that is John Lehne who's the building facilities manager here for the Ronald Reagan Foundation, which runs the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. John: Correct. We are part of the library... the foundation actually supports the library. It is actually run by the government, National Archives Administration. The Air Force One pavilion, which we are sitting in right now with the Air Force One plane, is operated by the foundation. So this is a little unique part of the library. Tom: So there you have it for the specifics. But what the exciting part is, literally I'm looking up at the belly of Air Force One and it's a pretty cool thing. We got some really neat pictures. John was nice enough to walk me through the plane, little private tour, got a couple of pictures. I wasn't able to sit in President Ronald Reagan's office chair, but I did sit at the conference table and that was pretty darn neat. So, John, thank you so much for that. Tom Smith sits at Conference table aboard Air Force One. John: You're very welcome. How Did Air Force One Get to The Regan Library? Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Tom: How did this plane get here? When you come to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Air Force One pavilion, you can see a cool pictorial story that's told on how actually the building was kind of built around the plane. “It was almost like the ultimate ship in a bottle type of construction.” John: They put the superstructure, the building up. The plane had flown in a little prior to that, and they disassembled the plane, towed up here in pieces, except for the fuselage was one solid piece. They did the superstructure of the building, pulled the plane and the pieces into the building and literally put the plane back together inside the building. Stripped the plane, repainted it, shrink-wrapped it, and then they finished the building around the plane. When they were done with the building, they unwrapped the plane, cleaned it up, polished it up, then put it on display. It was almost like the ultimate ship in a bottle type of construction. Tom: And the plane landed actually at San Bernardino International Airport. John: It flew out from Andrews Air Force Base and landed here in California and then it was trucked from that airport, from the San Bernardino Airport to Simi Valley and ultimately here to the Reagan Library. Tom: There's a cool picture where you see the fuselage of the plane next to the wings of the plane next to the dirt mounds... Air Force One draws attention everywhere it goes, even the retired version at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

And nearly a half-million visitors a year tour the world’s most iconic aircraft.  Well, one of them anyway.

Continue reading below or listen to the podcast during my private tour of Air Force One!


***Transcript***

Recorded February 12, 2018

John Lehne: It technically flew seven different presidents. President Reagan put the most mileage on it.

I don’t know what the exact number of that mileage is, but he definitely flew a great deal on this plane much more so than any other president. This was the aircraft that took him to Germany for the famous “tear down this wall” speech.

Anything that was classified or I guess you’d call “secret” that was all removed prior to our obtaining the aircraft. There are no escape pods. Additionally, there are no hidden guns or bombs or anything else that can be released from the aircraft, so there’s nothing like that and a lot of that are the fantasies in Hollywood that they portray in movies.

The Home of Air Force One: The Ronald Reagan Library

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of these fine United States – Southern California. I’m Tom Smith, and in honor of President’s Day, we are sitting underneath Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

John: Correct.

Tom: Okay. And that is John Lehne who’s the building facilities manager here for the Ronald Reagan Foundation, which runs the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

John: Correct. We are part of the library… the foundation actually supports the library. It is actually run by the government, National Archives Administration. The Air Force One pavilion, which we are sitting in right now with the Air Force One plane, is operated by the foundation. So this is a little unique part of the library.

Tom: So there you have it for the specifics. But what the exciting part is, literally I’m looking up at the belly of Air Force One and it’s a pretty cool thing. We got some really neat pictures. John was nice enough to walk me through the plane, little private tour, got a couple of pictures. I wasn’t able to sit in President Ronald Reagan’s office chair, but I did sit at the conference table and that was pretty darn neat. So, John, thank you so much for that.

Tom Smith sits at Conference table aboard Air Force One

Tom Smith sits at Conference table aboard Air Force One.

John: You’re very welcome.

How Did Air Force One Get to The Regan Library?

Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Tom: How did this plane get here? When you come to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Air Force One pavilion, you can see a cool pictorial story that’s told on how actually the building was kind of built around the plane.

“It was almost like the ultimate ship in a bottle type of construction.”

John: They put the superstructure, the building up. The plane had flown in a little prior to that, and they disassembled the plane, towed up here in pieces, except for the fuselage was one solid piece.

They did the superstructure of the building, pulled the plane and the pieces into the building and literally put the plane back together inside the building. Stripped the plane, repainted it, shrink-wrapped it, and then they finished the building around the plane.

When they were done with the building, they unwrapped the plane, cleaned it up, polished it up, then put it on display. It was almost like the ultimate ship in a bottle type of construction.

Tom: And the plane landed actually at San Bernardino International Airport.

John: It flew out from Andrews Air Force Base and landed here in California and then it was trucked from that airport, from the San Bernardino Airport to Simi Valley and ultimately here to the Reagan Library.

Tom: There’s a cool picture where you see the fuselage of the plane next to the wings of the plane next to the dirt mounds that are going to be the building being built.

John: It basically was brought up and the pieces of the aircraft, the fuselage and the wings and all the major pieces and components were put in a dirt area that is now the parking lot behind the building.

Number 27,000 – Air Force One at The Regan Library

Tom: The tail number of this plane that we’re sitting underneath is 2700.

John: Thousand.

Tom: I’m sorry, thank you, 27,000 is the tail number and there is actually a number of other planes that were used as kind of Air Force Ones but the other…this one didn’t actually fly Kennedy?

John: No.

Tom: Twenty-six thousand flew Kennedy.

Presidential Seal on Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Presidential Seal on Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

“All the aircraft that were called Air Force One because Air Force One is a call sign.”

John: Correct. There was another… This is a Boeing 707. And it is, as you said, tail number 27000. It went into service in 1973. The first president to fly on board was President Nixon. However, the previous 707, which is infamously the one that flew Kennedy back from Dallas, was tail number 26000.

That aircraft is on display at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. And if you come to visit the Reagan Library in the Air Force One Pavilion, we have a huge mural that, actually, we’re sitting right across from right now, that has a pictorial history of all of the Air Force One aircraft or I should say the other way around.

All the aircraft that were called Air Force One because Air Force One is a call sign. It’s not a particular aircraft. So any aircraft that the president is flying on that the military is operating is Air Force One. Anybody who’s listening who is in another branch of the military, yes, that’s true. If it’s run by the Air Force, it’s Air Force One. However, if it’s run by the Navy, it’s Navy One and so on.

Skip Through the Commercials 

Tom: Okay. So this probably never happened but trivia question, sitting president happens to hop on a Cessna in somebody’s ranch in Montana and fly not too far or whatever, what’s the official call…?

“President Nixon flew onboard a ‘commercial flight’ to prove that he didn’t have to use Air Force One and spend all the extra fuel and time and everything.”

John: Well, you’re right that wouldn’t happen, but there is actually on the mural there’s a very small DC10 up there United DC10 and everyone always asks, why is there a commercial aircraft up there? During the energy crisis back in the 70s, President Nixon flew onboard a “commercial flight” to prove that he didn’t have to use Air Force One and spend all the extra fuel and time and everything.

That was probably one of the most secure commercial flights ever happened, but it could happen that he was on any other aircraft other than an Air Force aircraft, they would probably use if it was a commercial aircraft would probably use the call sign Air Force One. I don’t know that for a fact.

However, I do know when President Bush landed onboard the aircraft carrier for his famous Mission Accomplished speech, that was Navy One because it was a naval aircraft.

Tom: When it comes to an expert on Air Force One here at the Reagan Presidential Library, that person is you.

John: There are probably a couple of us we could put the word expert on. However, since I am the building and facilities manager for this building, and the plane is in the building, I take a certain amount of pride on making sure I know a lot about the plane as well.

From Nixon to George W. Bush

Tom: Let’s go through the presidents that have flown on this plane.

John: President Nixon.

Tom: Then who flew on it?

“This was the aircraft that took him to Germany for the famous ‘tear down this wall’ speech.”

John: It flew the entire…it was retired in 2001 and George W. Bush was the last president to fly on board. So it technically flew seven different presidents.

President Reagan put the most mileage on it. I don’t know what the exact number of that mileage is, but he definitely flew a great deal on this plane much more so than any other president.

This was the aircraft that took him to Germany for the famous “tear down this wall” speech.

President Reagan on Air Force One.

President Reagan on Air Force One.

 

Tom posing as President Reagan on Air Force One

Posing as President Reagan on Air Force One.  (Super-cheesy, I know.  John wanted me to do it.)

Tom: A lot of history right there.

A Rare Opportunity to See Air Force One at The Regan Library

John: There is there is a lot of history behind it, and I like to tell people that you know this is a historical aircraft. It’s a historical military aircraft. We do not own it. It is on loan to us by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force so the Air Force does own it, and they’ve given it to us on permanent loan. If you’re into aircraft or you’re into historical presidential travel, whatever it might be, this served a lot of different presidents. It wasn’t President Reagan’s plane, but he’s the one who put the most mileage on it if you want to put it that way.

Tom: How many Air Force Ones are in other presidential libraries?

“We are the only presidential library that has an Air Force One. There aren’t many Air Force One planes available period.”

John: We are the only presidential library that has an Air Force One. There isn’t many Air Force One planes available period. However, there are few in some other aviation museums around the country, but there are very few Air Force One aircraft that are still in decent condition that can be put on display.

Inside the Pavilion

Tom: And again, we’re in the pavilion so let’s just talk about all the different… We have Air Force One, and there’s Marine One. Additionally, we have a presidential limousine. Take us around the horn.

“We have three aircraft. There’s three motorcycles. Also, we have three vehicles. Additionally, we have the obviously, Air Force One jet”

John: It comes in threes. We have three aircraft. There are three motorcycles. Also, we have three vehicles. Additionally, we have the obvious, Air Force One jet. Plus, we have Marine One helicopter which is an older model A model helicopter that was built back in the 60s.

Interesting side note, the current Marine One helicopters that President Reagan actually flew on are still in service. So hopefully, those will get retired one day, and we hope to get one. That would be a treat for us.

Tom: So he did not fly on that?

John: No he did not fly…

Tom: I’m pointing to Marine One right now.

John: The one that we have he did not fly on.

Marine One at The Regan Library

Welcome Aboard Steps of Marine One.

Welcome Aboard Steps of Marine One.

Tom: Did any president fly on it?

John: We know that President Johnson flew on it but that’s the only confirmed presidential use that that aircraft had. And then we have an F14, which is outside, that you probably saw as you came in. That represents the two F14s that were involved in an incident in… I believe that was in 1986 I believe it was.

Yes, it was 1986 where they shot down a couple of MiGs. That’s not the actual aircraft because the two aircraft that were involved in that incident were destroyed. One was involved in a crash. The other one was chopped up for scrap.

Marine One tail at Ronald Reagan Library

Marine One tail at Ronald Reagan Library.

That one is the right model; it’s an F14-A model. We painted it to look like a Fast Eagle 102 which is one of the aircraft that was involved in that incident.

Then we also have, as you mentioned, we have a motorcade on display underneath the wing of Air Force One. Plus, there’s an LAPD cruiser, two LAPD motorcycles.

Those were donated to us by the LAPD Historical Society. Additionally, we have one of the limousines that are on loan to us from the Secret Service.

It is an actual limo that was used during the Reagan administration and then we have the chase car which is also on loan to us from the U.S. Secret Service. That is the follow-up car that would have been in the motorcade as well.

Other Wheels Inside the Pavilion at The Regan Library 

Tom: And now the limo, did Reagan ride in that?

John: I believe he did. I don’t have an actual manifest that shows that he did, but it was in service during his presidency.

Tom: And the presidential limos that we see while on the roads if you’re lucky or in documentaries, they’re more like tanks that are made to look like a vehicle. This actually looks like a look a, what does that, a Cadillac?

“It is based on an actual car heavily, heavily modified for armorment and bulletproof glass and the whole bit.”

John: Yes it is. It’s actually based on a Cadillac frame. 1983 Cadillac, and it was first used in 1984. So it is based on an actual car heavily, heavily modified for armorment and bulletproof glass and the whole bit.

The current limousines that they use are truck-based and they nicknamed them the beast for a reason. They’re huge.

Most of that’s probably classified anyways. There are numerous documentaries and there’s probably a lot on the Internet that you can figure out what goes into those.

Tom: And then the chase car back here that we have, it’s basically a Suburban?

John: Yeah, it’s an ’86 Chevy Suburban Silverado. Very minor modifications on that. It was mainly set up to house the security detail that went along with the motorcade.

Tom: And that was actually used as well?

John: It was, yeah.

The Secret Technology of Air Force One at The Regan Library

Tom: So I asked John repeatedly off mic, but I’m going to do it again now that we’re on mic, the secret compartments on Air Force One, the secret technology on Air Force One?

“Well, anything that was classified or I guess you’d call “secret” that was all removed prior to our obtaining the aircraft.”

John: Well, anything that was classified or I guess you’d call “secret” that was all removed prior to our obtaining the aircraft. There are no escape pods. Additionally, there are no hidden guns or bombs or anything else that can be released from the aircraft, so there’s nothing like that and a lot of that are the fantasies in Hollywood that they portray in movies.

Tom: We are in that town, aren’t we?

John: Yes we are.

Visit the Ronald Reagan Library – You Won’t Regret It

Tom: Thank you so much for having us, having me. It was really neat. If you’re listening to the podcast, check out the pictures on the website. I feel pretty special to have been able to sit in Air Force One and, John, thank you again for…

“You’re welcome up here to the Reagan Library and we welcome all your listeners, too.”

John: You’re welcome up here to the Reagan Library and we welcome all your listeners, too, as well. Check us out at reaganlibrary.com or reaganfoundation.com, either one, and check out the site and you can see the events that are coming up and what are available.

Tom: You have different exhibits that come and go throughout the year?

John: We have a lot of special exhibits up here. Famously, the Titanic exhibit just ended. Next week, we’ll be opening up a fantastic exhibit on Genghis Khan, and that will be here for a couple of months, and then I don’t know what the next exhibit in line is, but we invite everybody to come up and check out this exhibit.

Tom: John Lehne, thank you so much again. The building facilities manager for the Ronald Reagan Foundation here at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Podcasting from underneath Air Force One, which is just really cool to say and really cool to look up and be actually here, I’m Tom Smith. This is iDriveSoCal. As always, thanks for listening.

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Air Force One draws attention everywhere it goes, even the retired version at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. - And nearly a half-million visitors a year tour the world's most iconic aircraft.  Well, one of them anyway. - Air Force One draws attention everywhere it goes, even the retired version at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.<br /> <br /> And nearly a half-million visitors a year tour the world's most iconic aircraft.  Well, one of them anyway.<br /> <br /> Continue reading below or listen to the podcast during my private tour of Air Force One!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ***Transcript***<br /> Recorded February 12, 2018<br /> John Lehne: It technically flew seven different presidents. President Reagan put the most mileage on it.<br /> <br /> I don't know what the exact number of that mileage is, but he definitely flew a great deal on this plane much more so than any other president. This was the aircraft that took him to Germany for the famous "tear down this wall" speech.<br /> <br /> Anything that was classified or I guess you'd call "secret" that was all removed prior to our obtaining the aircraft. There are no escape pods. Additionally, there are no hidden guns or bombs or anything else that can be released from the aircraft, so there's nothing like that and a lot of that are the fantasies in Hollywood that they portray in movies.<br /> The Home of Air Force One: The Ronald Reagan Library<br /> Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of these fine United States - Southern California. I'm Tom Smith, and in honor of President's Day, we are sitting underneath Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.<br /> <br /> John: Correct.<br /> <br /> Tom: Okay. And that is John Lehne who's the building facilities manager here for the Ronald Reagan Foundation, which runs the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.<br /> <br /> John: Correct. We are part of the library... the foundation actually supports the library. It is actually run by the government, National Archives Administration. The Air Force One pavilion, which we are sitting in right now with the Air Force One plane, is operated by the foundation. So this is a little unique part of the library.<br /> <br /> Tom: So there you have it for the specifics. But what the exciting part is, literally I'm looking up at the belly of Air Force One and it's a pretty cool thing. We got some really neat pictures. John was nice enough to walk me through the plane, little private tour, got a couple of pictures. I wasn't able to sit in President Ronald Reagan's office chair, but I did sit at the conference table and that was pretty darn neat. So, John, thank you so much for that.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith sits at Conference table aboard Air Force One.<br /> <br /> John: You're very welcome.<br /> How Did Air Force One Get to The Regan Library?<br /> <br /> Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.<br /> <br /> Tom: How did this plane get here? When you come to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Air Force One pavilion, you can see a cool pictorial story that's told on how actually the building was kind of built around the plane.<br /> “It was almost like the ultimate ship in a bottle type of construction.”<br /> John: They put the superstructure, the building up. The plane had flown in a little prior to that, and they disassembled the plane, towed up here in pieces, except for the fuselage was one solid piece.<br /> <br /> They did the superstructure of the building, pulled the plane and the pieces into the building and literally put the plane back together inside the building. Stripped the plane, repainted it, shrink-wrapped it, and then they finished the building around the plane.<br /> <br /> When they were done with the building, they unwrapped the plane, cleaned it up, polished it up, then put it on display. It was almost like the ultimate ship in a bottle type of construction.<br /> <br /> Tom: And the plane landed actually at San Bernardino International Airport.<br /> <br /> John: It flew out from Andrews Air Force Base and landed here in California ... Tom Smith clean 16:06
Highway Earth Auto Show, Nature Meets Great Cars in Beverly Hills https://www.idrivesocal.com/highway-earth-car-show/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 07:00:43 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=1852 The Highway Earth Auto Show is an annual car show held in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. But, once you're there, you forget where you are. That's because it takes place in Franklin Canyon Park and the setting is gorgeous!  Evan Klein is a long-time automotive photographer.  And, he 's also the show's founder.  His ultimate goal was to merge the beauty of cars and the beauty of nature together. Attendees at the Highway Earth Auto Show.   If you're wondering if this is a good event for the whole family, the answer is yes! Automotive enthusiasts of all ages and niche interests enjoy the Highway Earth Show. For instance, you could love sports cars, Ferraris or Porsches or antique Fords. Likewise, you might prefer the types of cars you don't see at shows very often, and this event would be a good fit for you too.  Case in point, while touring this year's show we met Alexander Lehr.  And he was displaying his vintage Studebaker.   The 1963 Studebaker Avanti at the Highway Earth Auto Show 1963 Studebaker Avanti RI Sports Coupe. “This was a very radical design in 1963. There was nothing like it.” Alexander bought his Studebaker Avanti off of eBay in 2005. "Believe it or not, this was a very radical design in 1963. There was nothing like it. Now, a lot of cars look like it. However, back then, it was a very unique design" said Lehr. Alexander Lehr with his 1963 Studebaker Avanti at the Highway Earth Auto Show. Andrew and his Studebaker attend many car shows.  But, like other attendees we spoke with, he called out the Highway Earth Show as one of his favorites.  "Well, I've been to a lot of car shows. I like this show because the people are very friendly and easy going. Additionally, it's in a beautiful park" he said.  Walking grounds, we couldn't help but notice how many different kinds of car models were on display- more so than your typical car show. Every vehicle grabbed our attention for one reason or another. It was either a beautiful classic that made us turn our heads or just something unique that you don't see very often. The 1969 Dodge Polara at the Highway Earth Auto Show  Dodge Polara 1969. Many of the vehicles on display not only had a ton of character but also an interesting backstory, including Derrek Scouler’s 1969 Dodge Polara. “There's only maybe twelve of them that we know about that still exist, so it’s pretty rare.” Scouler's Dodge was an old California Highway Patrol Car, and different to say the least "There's only maybe twelve of them that we know about that still exist, so it's pretty rare" said Scouler. Derrek Scouler at the Highway Earth Auto Show. “It's a good mix of everything- American cars, European cars, etc.” Derrek also echoed our sentiment about how unique this kind of car show was "It's my first time here at this particular show. I try and show the car at different Cars & Coffee events and car shows, but this show is great. It's a good mix of everything- American cars, European cars, etc." An Eclectic Collection The Highway Earth Auto Show had different varieties and categories for cars being displayed. From a 1919 Ford to a Porsche 356A Outlaw 1957, to a 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS, there was certainly no shortage of diversity and opportunities for great conversations.    1919 Ford.   Porsche 356A Outlaw 1957.   1989 Ferrari 328 GTS.   The 1969 Chevy Camaro at the Highway Earth Auto Show  1969 Chevy Camaro. James Baldwin from Winnetka is another Highway Earth Auto Show fan.  And he felt the same way about the mix of vehicles being displayed. “If you look around, you’ll see that this is the only Camaro here- and Camaro's are all over the place at other shows.”  Baldwin said, "I like this show because there isn't too much of one particular thing. For instance, I’m displaying a 1969 Chevy Camaro. If you look around, you’ll see that this is the only Camaro here." He continued, "Camaro's are all over the place at other shows. The Highway Earth Auto Show is an annual car show held in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. But, once you’re there, you forget where you are.

That’s because it takes place in Franklin Canyon Park and the setting is gorgeous! 

Evan Klein is a long-time automotive photographer.  And, he ‘s also the show’s founder.  His ultimate goal was to merge the beauty of cars and the beauty of nature together.

Attendees at the Highway Earth Auto Show

Attendees at the Highway Earth Auto Show.

 

If you’re wondering if this is a good event for the whole family, the answer is yes! Automotive enthusiasts of all ages and niche interests enjoy the Highway Earth Show.

For instance, you could love sports cars, Ferraris or Porsches or antique Fords. Likewise, you might prefer the types of cars you don’t see at shows very often, and this event would be a good fit for you too. 

Case in point, while touring this year’s show we met Alexander Lehr.  And he was displaying his vintage Studebaker.  

The 1963 Studebaker Avanti at the Highway Earth Auto Show

1963 Studebaker Avanti RI Sports Coupe.

1963 Studebaker Avanti RI Sports Coupe.

“This was a very radical design in 1963. There was nothing like it.”

Alexander bought his Studebaker Avanti off of eBay in 2005. “Believe it or not, this was a very radical design in 1963. There was nothing like it. Now, a lot of cars look like it. However, back then, it was a very unique design” said Lehr.

Alexander Lehr with his 1963 Studebaker Avanti at the Highway Earth Auto Show.

Alexander Lehr with his 1963 Studebaker Avanti at the Highway Earth Auto Show.

Andrew and his Studebaker attend many car shows.  But, like other attendees we spoke with, he called out the Highway Earth Show as one of his favorites.  “Well, I’ve been to a lot of car shows. I like this show because the people are very friendly and easy going. Additionally, it’s in a beautiful park” he said. 

Walking grounds, we couldn’t help but notice how many different kinds of car models were on display- more so than your typical car show. Every vehicle grabbed our attention for one reason or another. It was either a beautiful classic that made us turn our heads or just something unique that you don’t see very often.

The 1969 Dodge Polara at the Highway Earth Auto Show 

Dodge Polara 1969

Dodge Polara 1969.

Many of the vehicles on display not only had a ton of character but also an interesting backstory, including Derrek Scouler’s 1969 Dodge Polara.

“There’s only maybe twelve of them that we know about that still exist, so it’s pretty rare.”

Scouler’s Dodge was an old California Highway Patrol Car, and different to say the least “There’s only maybe twelve of them that we know about that still exist, so it’s pretty rare” said Scouler.

Derrek Scouler at the Highway Earth Auto Show.

Derrek Scouler at the Highway Earth Auto Show.

“It’s a good mix of everything- American cars, European cars, etc.”

Derrek also echoed our sentiment about how unique this kind of car show was “It‘s my first time here at this particular show. I try and show the car at different Cars & Coffee events and car shows, but this show is great. It’s a good mix of everything- American cars, European cars, etc.”

An Eclectic Collection

The Highway Earth Auto Show had different varieties and categories for cars being displayed. From a 1919 Ford to a Porsche 356A Outlaw 1957, to a 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS, there was certainly no shortage of diversity and opportunities for great conversations. 

 

1919 Ford.

1919 Ford.

 

Porsche 356A Outlan 1957

Porsche 356A Outlaw 1957.

 

1989 Ferrari 328 GTS.

1989 Ferrari 328 GTS.

 

The 1969 Chevy Camaro at the Highway Earth Auto Show 

1969 Chevy Camaro.

1969 Chevy Camaro.

James Baldwin from Winnetka is another Highway Earth Auto Show fan.  And he felt the same way about the mix of vehicles being displayed.

“If you look around, you’ll see that this is the only Camaro here- and Camaro’s are all over the place at other shows.” 

Baldwin said, “I like this show because there isn’t too much of one particular thing. For instance, I’m displaying a 1969 Chevy Camaro. If you look around, you’ll see that this is the only Camaro here.”

He continued, “Camaro’s are all over the place at other shows. It’s just a great show. I especially enjoy the setting. In addition, I like Evan Klein who puts this on. This is the second year that I’ve worked with him now.” 

James Baldwin at the Highway Earth Auto Show with his 1969 Chevy Camaro.

James Baldwin at the Highway Earth Auto Show with his 1969 Chevy Camaro.

James may have felt like his Camaro isn’t rare, but we certainly noticed it. In talking with him we learned about all of the work he had put into this vehicle “It’s been completely restored. I did it myself 3 years ago in the garage. For instance, all the bodywork, all the paint, everything. There are new body panels, and then I painted the car in my garage.” 

Baldwin was also showcasing a 1974 Chevy Love he built with his friend 40 years ago.

1974 Chevy Love at the Highway Earth Auto Show.

1974 Chevy Love at the Highway Earth Auto Show.

When asked what gave him so much passion and dedication to his Camaro project, Baldwin replied “My wife bought it in 1985, and she’s held on to it all this time. She liked it, and one day I said ‘you know, I’m gonna fix your car up for you.” Oh, things we do for love.  

Highway Earth 2019

The Highway Earth Auto Show is a perfect way to escape from all of the hustle and bustle of LA-life.  And, Evan Klein plans it the first weekend of summer.  So, what better way to kick-off the season?  You get to beautiful scenery, really cool cars and lots of friendly people to enjoy it all with! 

For next year’s Highway Earth details and other great auto shows and events check out our events calendar.

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The Highway Earth Auto Show is an annual car show held in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. But, once you're there, you forget where you are. - That's because it takes place in Franklin Canyon Park and the setting is gorgeous!  - The Highway Earth Auto Show is an annual car show held in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. But, once you're there, you forget where you are.<br /> <br /> That's because it takes place in Franklin Canyon Park and the setting is gorgeous! <br /> <br /> Evan Klein is a long-time automotive photographer.  And, he 's also the show's founder.  His ultimate goal was to merge the beauty of cars and the beauty of nature together.<br /> <br /> Attendees at the Highway Earth Auto Show.<br /> <br />  <br /> If you're wondering if this is a good event for the whole family, the answer is yes! Automotive enthusiasts of all ages and niche interests enjoy the Highway Earth Show. <br /> For instance, you could love sports cars, Ferraris or Porsches or antique Fords. Likewise, you might prefer the types of cars you don't see at shows very often, and this event would be a good fit for you too. <br /> <br /> Case in point, while touring this year's show we met Alexander Lehr.  And he was displaying his vintage Studebaker.  <br /> The 1963 Studebaker Avanti at the Highway Earth Auto Show<br /> 1963 Studebaker Avanti RI Sports Coupe.<br /> “This was a very radical design in 1963. There was nothing like it.”<br /> Alexander bought his Studebaker Avanti off of eBay in 2005. "Believe it or not, this was a very radical design in 1963. There was nothing like it. Now, a lot of cars look like it. However, back then, it was a very unique design" said Lehr. <br /> <br /> Alexander Lehr with his 1963 Studebaker Avanti at the Highway Earth Auto Show.<br /> <br /> Andrew and his Studebaker attend many car shows.  But, like other attendees we spoke with, he called out the Highway Earth Show as one of his favorites.  "Well, I've been to a lot of car shows. I like this show because the people are very friendly and easy going. Additionally, it's in a beautiful park" he said. <br /> <br /> Walking grounds, we couldn't help but notice how many different kinds of car models were on display- more so than your typical car show. Every vehicle grabbed our attention for one reason or another. It was either a beautiful classic that made us turn our heads or just something unique that you don't see very often.<br /> The 1969 Dodge Polara at the Highway Earth Auto Show <br /> Dodge Polara 1969.<br /> <br /> Many of the vehicles on display not only had a ton of character but also an interesting backstory, including Derrek Scouler’s 1969 Dodge Polara.<br /> <br /> “There's only maybe twelve of them that we know about that still exist, so it’s pretty rare.”<br /> <br /> Scouler's Dodge was an old California Highway Patrol Car, and different to say the least "There's only maybe twelve of them that we know about that still exist, so it's pretty rare" said Scouler.<br /> <br /> Derrek Scouler at the Highway Earth Auto Show.<br /> “It's a good mix of everything- American cars, European cars, etc.”<br /> Derrek also echoed our sentiment about how unique this kind of car show was "It's my first time here at this particular show. I try and show the car at different Cars & Coffee events and car shows, but this show is great. It's a good mix of everything- American cars, European cars, etc."<br /> An Eclectic Collection<br /> The Highway Earth Auto Show had different varieties and categories for cars being displayed. From a 1919 Ford to a Porsche 356A Outlaw 1957, to a 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS, there was certainly no shortage of diversity and opportunities for great conversations. <br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> 1919 Ford.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Porsche 356A Outlaw 1957.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS.<br /> <br />  <br /> The 1969 Chevy Camaro at the Highway Earth Auto Show <br /> 1969 Chevy Camaro.<br /> <br /> James Baldwin from Winnetka is another Highway Earth Auto Show fan.  And he felt the same way about the mix of vehicles being displayed.<br /> “If you look around, Tom Smith clean 12:58
2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Review https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-honda-civic-hatchback-review/ Mon, 01 Jul 2019 14:31:58 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=11312 During my 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback review, I found the car to be a sporty and versatile compact that fits nicely into Honda's family of Civic vehicles. And, yes, Honda offers more sub-types of the Civic than some car makers have in their entire line of vehicles.  Here is what's included in Honda's 'family' of Civics: Hatchback - four-door, rather sporty and aggressive overall design. Coupe - two-door, can be configured sporty or more subdued. Sedan - four-door, also can come sporty or a bit more relaxed. Type R - four-door, also a hatchback, unmistakable high-performance sports car. In addition to the above, Honda offers a Si edition of both the Coupe and Sedan.  And, BTW, in Honda's world, Si stands for sport injected.  :0) I recently picked up a Civic Hatchback from my friends at Rock Honda and enjoyed buzzing around Southern California's Inland Empire for a day. Click play below to listen to my review of the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback or continue reading.  Either way, check out the pics of this sporty compact 4-door that packs a heck of a punch in the value department. 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Review 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Trims & MSRPs So, considering the high-performing Honda Civic Type R also happens to be a hatchback.  All the regular 2019 Honda Civic trim levels are going to have a naturally sporty look to them. And here are those trim levels with starting manufacturer's retail pricing: 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Trims: LX $21,450 Sport $22,250 EX $23,750 EX-L w/ Navigation $26,250 Sport Touring $28,750 Since you're reading iDriveSoCal, never-ever, worry about MSRP.  That's simply the selling price the manufacturer suggests.  And I report those as a baseline reference. This Civic means biz! Why don't you have to worry about MSRP?  First, you need to get your 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback configured to your liking.  And second, all you have to do is go see my friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California. '19 Honda Civic Hatchback driver front Tell them you checked out my 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback review and you'll receive extra-special treatment.  But they take care of everyone regardless. Or email me and I'll personally introduce you to management at Rock Honda and they'll oversee your entire shopping and buying process.  My email is Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com. Civic Hatchback Engines, Transmissions & MPG There's one engine for all trim levels of the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback.  And, that's a turbocharged inline 4-cylinder. "...it shares the same body with Honda's high-performing Civic, the Type R... and the Type R is compared to Porsches, Ferrari's and Lamborghini's!" However, depending on your trim, transmission and exhaust configuration that engine's output changes slightly.  That same turbocharged inline 4-cylinder will put out 174-horsepower with 162 pound-feet of torque.  Or, it can deliver 180-horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. This dual exhaust configuration helps add power! The slightly higher performing engine is an option on the Sport trim and standard on the Sport Touring trim.  And, for this review of the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback, my friends at Rock Honda hooked me up with the fully loaded Sport Touring trim Transmissions The '19 Honda Civic Hatchback offers two transmissions in the Sport trim. Those are either a 6-speed manual or a smooth shifting continuously variable transmission (CVT). "...a 6-speed manual or a smooth shifting continuously variable transmission (CVT)." The CVT comes standard on all other trim levels.  And a fun driving function to note is the available paddle shifters with the CVT in the Sport trim.  Additionally, the paddle shifters are standard with the CVT transmission in the Sport Touring trim. And, yes, during my review I enjoyed pushing the Civic a bit with the paddle shifters. :0) Fuel Economy - MPG During my 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback review, I found the car to be a sporty and versatile compact that fits nicely into Honda’s family of Civic vehicles.

And, yes, Honda offers more sub-types of the Civic than some car makers have in their entire line of vehicles.  Here is what’s included in Honda’s ‘family’ of Civics:

  • Hatchback – four-door, rather sporty and aggressive overall design.
  • Coupe – two-door, can be configured sporty or more subdued.
  • Sedan – four-door, also can come sporty or a bit more relaxed.
  • Type R – four-door, also a hatchback, unmistakable high-performance sports car.

In addition to the above, Honda offers a Si edition of both the Coupe and Sedan.  And, BTW, in Honda’s world, Si stands for sport injected.  :0)

I recently picked up a Civic Hatchback from my friends at Rock Honda and enjoyed buzzing around Southern California’s Inland Empire for a day.

Click play below to listen to my review of the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback or continue reading.  Either way, check out the pics of this sporty compact 4-door that packs a heck of a punch in the value department.

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Review

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Review

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Trims & MSRPs

So, considering the high-performing Honda Civic Type R also happens to be a hatchback.  All the regular 2019 Honda Civic trim levels are going to have a naturally sporty look to them.

And here are those trim levels with starting manufacturer’s retail pricing:

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Trims:

Since you’re reading iDriveSoCal, never-ever, worry about MSRP.  That’s simply the selling price the manufacturer suggests.  And I report those as a baseline reference.

Red 2019 Honda Civic hatchback front

This Civic means biz!

Why don’t you have to worry about MSRP?  First, you need to get your 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback configured to your liking.  And second, all you have to do is go see my friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.

Red 2019 Honda Civic hatchback driver front

’19 Honda Civic Hatchback driver front

Tell them you checked out my 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback review and you’ll receive extra-special treatment.  But they take care of everyone regardless.

"Red

Or email me and I’ll personally introduce you to management at Rock Honda and they’ll oversee your entire shopping and buying process.  My email is Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

Civic Hatchback Engines, Transmissions & MPG

There’s one engine for all trim levels of the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback.  And, that’s a turbocharged inline 4-cylinder.

“…it shares the same body with Honda’s high-performing Civic, the Type R… and the Type R is compared to Porsches, Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s!”

However, depending on your trim, transmission and exhaust configuration that engine’s output changes slightly.  That same turbocharged inline 4-cylinder will put out 174-horsepower with 162 pound-feet of torque.  Or, it can deliver 180-horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.

The slightly higher performing engine is an option on the Sport trim and standard on the Sport Touring trim.  And, for this review of the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback, my friends at Rock Honda hooked me up with the fully loaded Sport Touring trim

Transmissions

The ’19 Honda Civic Hatchback offers two transmissions in the Sport trim. Those are either a 6-speed manual or a smooth shifting continuously variable transmission (CVT).

“…a 6-speed manual or a smooth shifting continuously variable transmission (CVT).”

The CVT comes standard on all other trim levels.  And a fun driving function to note is the available paddle shifters with the CVT in the Sport trim.  Additionally, the paddle shifters are standard with the CVT transmission in the Sport Touring trim.

And, yes, during my review I enjoyed pushing the Civic a bit with the paddle shifters. :0)

Fuel Economy – MPG

The 2019 Civic Hatchback is a Honda and that means it’s very fuel efficient.  The MPG varies slightly depending on your trim, engine, and transmission configuration.  But the overall MPG range will keep you on the road and away from the gas pump.

And while I don’t recall the exact number of miles I drove during my 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback review, the fuel gauge never budged from full!

Interior 2019 Honda Civic hatchback dashboard

Cockpit

For example, in the city, the Civic fuel economy rating is between 29 and 31-MPG.  And on the highway, the Civic Hatchback is rated for between 36 and 40-MPG.

The Sporty 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior

So, the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback has a naturally sporty design.  For instance, it shares the same body with Honda’s high-performing Civic, the Type R!  And, in some circles, the Type R is compared to Porsches, Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s!  No kidding.

The ’19 Civic Hatchback’s front end and grill are similar to the rest of its Civic siblings.  Daytime LED running lights are both a safe and appealing accent.

Red 2019 Honda Civic hatchback passenger front

Sporty & bold design

The 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback’s profile is part one of the big difference between it and the sedan and coupe Civics.  So, looking at the below pic I took during my 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback review, it just looks sporty.  Sure it’s a flashy red with cool rims and low-profile tires.  But the hatchback and the overall, design gives the vehicle a forward motion.  Even while standing still.

Red 2019 Honda Civic hatchback driver profile

’19 Honda Civic Hatchback driver profile

And the rear end is part two of the exterior big difference in the ’19 Civic.  Again in the below pic from my review, the Civic Hatchback looks like it’s wound up and sort-of ready to pounce.

Red 2019 Honda Civic hatchback passenger rear

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback passenger rear

Plus, a note to serious shoppers/buyers, Honda has some very cool accessories to dance up the Civic on the outside.  Many of which can take the Civic Hatchback’s sportiness to a whole new level.

2019 Honda Civic hatchback front close up

Red White & Rock Honda!

And my friends at Rock Honda happen to be experts at customizing Honda’s for their customers.  That’s partially due to the fact that David Latif, General Manager of Rock Honda is a huge car-guy himself.  So he’s always experimenting with various vehicle configurations for the best appearance and performance.

Inside the ’19 Hatchback Civic

Sliding into Honda’s 2019 Civic Hatchback is similar to its sedan and coupe siblings as well.  Below is a pic of the interior of my 2019 Civic Hatchback review.  And it takes a more educated eye than mine to differentiate between Civic’s from this angle.

2019 Honda Civic hatchback front from rear

Sport Touring interior from the backseat

But again, my pals at Rock Honda set me up with a top-of-the-line Sport Touring trimmed Hatchback to review.  So I had all the whistles and bells to play with.

2019 Honda Civic hatchback center stack and console

’19 Honda Civic Hatchback center stack and console

I find the front seats of the Civics overall exceptionally comfortable and spacious.  And I’m 5’10” with rather wide shoulders.

Plus, the spaciousness continues in the backseat.  For a non-luxury compact car, the Honda Civic can come very well equipped.

2019 Honda Civic hatchback backseat

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback backseat

For instance, the test driver I reviewed even had heated backseats!  And I found that impressive.

Heated backseat switches

’19 Honda Civic heated backseats!

Finally, being a hatchback, there was plenty of cargo space in the rear.

2019 Honda Civic hatchback cargo area

Up to 46.2 cubic feet of cargo space!

For instance, you have 22.6 cubic-feet or 25.7 cu-ft in the back, depending on the trim level you go with.  And when you fold the backseats down you have 46.2 cu-ft!

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Technology

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were also included in the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback test driver I reviewed along with a 7-inch touchscreen on the center stack.

Navi touch screen

Navi touch screen

Plus, every Civic Hatchback includes Honda Sensing safety tech.  And those features include:

  • Collision mitigation braking system – automatically helps you brake.
  • Road departure mitigation system – helps you stay on the road.
  • Adaptive cruise control – automatically adjusts your cruising speed.
  • Lane keeping assist system – helps you stay in your lane.

Another notable tech feature of the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback is the camera embedded in the passenger-side mirror.  And what’s funny, is that I wasn’t aware of this feature prior to my 2019 Honda Civic hatchback review.  So, when I took my first right and noticed a video image pop on the screen I was caught a bit off guard.

 blindspot monitor

Camera display blindspot monitor

It helps you see what’s happening in your blind spot.  And it automatically displays on the center stack screen when the righthand turn signal is activated.

The Drive

Driving the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback for this review was fun.  It’s got plenty of pep for a compact car.  And it handled great.

Close-up wheel

Available 17 & 18-inch wheels

The paddle shifters on my Sport Touring trimmed Civic Hatchback got plenty of exercise during my evaluation.  And the CVT transmission was smooth shifting both when I was driving aggressively and taking it easy.

’19 Honda Civic Hatchback Review | Top-3

Here are my Top-3 favorite aspects from my 2019 Civic Hatchback review:

  1. Styling – it’s a great looking compact car.
  2. Spaciousness – even though it’s a compact car there’s ample space inside.
  3. Value – the overall package is tough to resist.  With all the technical content, awesome MPG, the fact that it’s a Honda… even at full MSRP it’s a great value.

Rock Honda in Fontana, CA

But forget about MSRP because my friends at Rock Honda are going to give you the best deal.

Red & chrome Rock Honda Sport Touring badge

Rock Honda in Fontana, CA

Rock Honda is one of the biggest Honda dealers in the world.  And because of that they’re the selection is unmatched and the way they take care of their customers is truly special.  I have so many friends at Rock Honda, I’d love to introduce you and am happy to do so.

 

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During my 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback review, I found the car to be a sporty and versatile compact that fits nicely into Honda's family of Civic vehicles. - And, yes, Honda offers more sub-types of the Civic than some car makers have in their entire li... During my 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback review, I found the car to be a sporty and versatile compact that fits nicely into Honda's family of Civic vehicles.<br /> <br /> And, yes, Honda offers more sub-types of the Civic than some car makers have in their entire line of vehicles.  Here is what's included in Honda's 'family' of Civics:<br /> <br /> Hatchback - four-door, rather sporty and aggressive overall design.<br /> Coupe - two-door, can be configured sporty or more subdued.<br /> Sedan - four-door, also can come sporty or a bit more relaxed.<br /> Type R - four-door, also a hatchback, unmistakable high-performance sports car.<br /> <br /> In addition to the above, Honda offers a Si edition of both the Coupe and Sedan.  And, BTW, in Honda's world, Si stands for sport injected.  :0)<br /> <br /> I recently picked up a Civic Hatchback from my friends at Rock Honda and enjoyed buzzing around Southern California's Inland Empire for a day.<br /> <br /> Click play below to listen to my review of the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback or continue reading.  Either way, check out the pics of this sporty compact 4-door that packs a heck of a punch in the value department.<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Review<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Trims & MSRPs<br /> So, considering the high-performing Honda Civic Type R also happens to be a hatchback.  All the regular 2019 Honda Civic trim levels are going to have a naturally sporty look to them.<br /> <br /> And here are those trim levels with starting manufacturer's retail pricing:<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Trims:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> LX $21,450<br /> Sport $22,250<br /> EX $23,750<br /> EX-L w/ Navigation $26,250<br /> Sport Touring $28,750<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Since you're reading iDriveSoCal, never-ever, worry about MSRP.  That's simply the selling price the manufacturer suggests.  And I report those as a baseline reference.<br /> <br /> This Civic means biz!<br /> <br /> Why don't you have to worry about MSRP?  First, you need to get your 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback configured to your liking.  And second, all you have to do is go see my friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.<br /> <br /> '19 Honda Civic Hatchback driver front<br /> <br /> Tell them you checked out my 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback review and you'll receive extra-special treatment.  But they take care of everyone regardless.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Or email me and I'll personally introduce you to management at Rock Honda and they'll oversee your entire shopping and buying process.  My email is Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.<br /> Civic Hatchback Engines, Transmissions & MPG<br /> There's one engine for all trim levels of the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback.  And, that's a turbocharged inline 4-cylinder.<br /> <br /> "...it shares the same body with Honda's high-performing Civic, the Type R... and the Type R is compared to Porsches, Ferrari's and Lamborghini's!"<br /> <br /> However, depending on your trim, transmission and exhaust configuration that engine's output changes slightly.  That same turbocharged inline 4-cylinder will put out 174-horsepower with 162 pound-feet of torque.  Or, it can deliver 180-horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.<br /> <br /> This dual exhaust configuration helps add power!<br /> <br /> The slightly higher performing engine is an option on the Sport trim and standard on the Sport Touring trim.  And, for this review of the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback, my friends at Rock Honda hooked me up with the fully loaded Sport Touring trim<br /> Transmissions<br /> The '19 Honda Civic Hatchback offers two transmissions in the Sport trim. Those are either a 6-speed manual or a smooth shifting continuously variable transmission (CVT).<br /> <br /> "...a 6-speed manual or a smooth shifting continuously variable transmission (CVT)."<br /> Tom Smith clean 16:19
La Jolla Concours d’Elegance https://www.idrivesocal.com/la-jolla-concours-delegance/ Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:40:33 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=1231 The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is a premier luxury and classic car show in La Jolla, San Diego. It is one of the best shows in the nation, and as you'll shortly find out, it's an event like no other. This isn't your typical car show. The event is a "competition of elegance" where each automobile is rarer and more beautiful than the next. The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance showcases over 125 one-of-a-kind automobiles, and auto enthusiasts from all over the country come for this beautiful day in La Jolla. iDriveSoCal’s Professor, Clinton Quan attends every year.  In this podcast, the Professor takes us to Concours school and we try to keep it as classy as we can. ***Transcript*** The 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Clinton Quan: This is my absolute favorite show in all of Southern California and this could be considered the Pebble Beach of the south, that’s how incredible this car show is. It's a stunning setting along the La Jolla coastline and there are 130 gorgeous cars on display. Absolute works of art. Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with Clinton Quan, The Professor. Professor:  Hello, Tom! Tom:  When I point to you, that means to say something. Hello. 😊 This podcast is special because this is actually the second time in iDriveSoCal history that we’re covering the Professor Clinton Quan’s favorite automotive show, and that is the—did you say it’s the 15th annual? Professor:  The 15th Annual La Jolla Concours D’Elegance. 1959 Byers SR 100 at the La Jolla Concours D’Elegance. Tom:  And I saw pictures of it—so last year, when we posted it on the website, we weren’t so big in pictures. It was more podcast and less kind of post and pictures. However, this time we’re going to have a ton of pictures. If you’re not listening on iDriveSoCal.com, definitely go there and check out the pictures. Additionally, if you have a chance go hit this show, because it is gorgeous. It’s a gorgeous setting. The cars are phenomenal. Professor:  Yes! Stunning setting. You Don't Need To Be a "Car Person" Tom:  And you almost don’t need to be a car person to go—you don’t need to be a car person to go and appreciate it. Professor:  No, you don’t. "We’re just custodians of them while we’re here on this earth. However, the cars are going to live far beyond us..." Tom:  Because these cars are such high value that they’re literally works of art. One of the founders of the museum, I love his quote, it went—something to paraphrase— “They’re going to live on. We’re just custodians of them,” meaning these very high-value classic cars. “We’re just custodians of them while we’re here on this earth.” However, the cars are going to live far beyond us, right? 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Rodster. Professor:  Yes. Tom:  A lot of them already have. And that’s really cool. It’s a different way. And The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance not only has those cars there, but in a setting that is just breathtaking. I don’t want to steal your thunder; I know this is your favorite show. Take it away. All About That Bugatti "This is my absolute favorite show in all of Southern California." Professor:  Yes, Tom, this is my absolute favorite show in all of Southern California and this could be considered the Pebble Beach of the south, that’s how incredible this car show is. As you mentioned, stunning setting along the La Jolla coastline at Ellen Browning Scripps Park and the weather was just fantastic this past weekend for the car show. In the ‘70s, blue skies, couldn’t ask for anything better, and 130 gorgeous cars on display. Absolute works of art. Additionally, everything from cars from the 1930s or earlier. Some of the most elegant automobiles, Bugattis, Duesenbergs—in fact, a 1930 Duesenberg did win the Best of Show—all the way up to modern sports cars. The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is a premier luxury and classic car show in La Jolla, San Diego. It is one of the best shows in the nation, and as you’ll shortly find out, it’s an event like no other.

This isn’t your typical car show. The event is a “competition of elegance” where each automobile is rarer and more beautiful than the next. The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance showcases over 125 one-of-a-kind automobiles, and auto enthusiasts from all over the country come for this beautiful day in La Jolla.

iDriveSoCal’s Professor, Clinton Quan attends every year.  In this podcast, the Professor takes us to Concours school and we try to keep it as classy as we can.

Ford GT close-up with pretty woman posing with young boy

***Transcript***

The 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Clinton Quan: This is my absolute favorite show in all of Southern California and this could be considered the Pebble Beach of the south, that’s how incredible this car show is. It’s a stunning setting along the La Jolla coastline and there are 130 gorgeous cars on display. Absolute works of art.

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with Clinton Quan, The Professor.

Professor:  Hello, Tom!

Tom:  When I point to you, that means to say something. Hello. 😊 This podcast is special because this is actually the second time in iDriveSoCal history that we’re covering the Professor Clinton Quan’s favorite automotive show, and that is the—did you say it’s the 15th annual?

Professor:  The 15th Annual La Jolla Concours D’Elegance.

1959 Byers SR 100 at La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

1959 Byers SR 100 at the La Jolla Concours D’Elegance.

Tom:  And I saw pictures of it—so last year, when we posted it on the website, we weren’t so big in pictures. It was more podcast and less kind of post and pictures. However, this time we’re going to have a ton of pictures. If you’re not listening on iDriveSoCal.com, definitely go there and check out the pictures. Additionally, if you have a chance go hit this show, because it is gorgeous. It’s a gorgeous setting. The cars are phenomenal.

Professor:  Yes! Stunning setting.

You Don’t Need To Be a “Car Person”

Tom:  And you almost don’t need to be a car person to go—you don’t need to be a car person to go and appreciate it.

Professor:  No, you don’t.

“We’re just custodians of them while we’re here on this earth. However, the cars are going to live far beyond us…”

Tom:  Because these cars are such high value that they’re literally works of art. One of the founders of the museum, I love his quote, it went—something to paraphrase— “They’re going to live on. We’re just custodians of them,” meaning these very high-value classic cars. “We’re just custodians of them while we’re here on this earth.” However, the cars are going to live far beyond us, right?

1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Rodster at the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Rodster.

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  A lot of them already have. And that’s really cool. It’s a different way. And The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance not only has those cars there, but in a setting that is just breathtaking. I don’t want to steal your thunder; I know this is your favorite show. Take it away.

All About That Bugatti

“This is my absolute favorite show in all of Southern California.”

Professor:  Yes, Tom, this is my absolute favorite show in all of Southern California and this could be considered the Pebble Beach of the south, that’s how incredible this car show is. As you mentioned, stunning setting along the La Jolla coastline at Ellen Browning Scripps Park and the weather was just fantastic this past weekend for the car show. In the ‘70s, blue skies, couldn’t ask for anything better, and 130 gorgeous cars on display. Absolute works of art. Additionally, everything from cars from the 1930s or earlier. Some of the most elegant automobiles, Bugattis, Duesenbergs—in fact, a 1930 Duesenberg did win the Best of Show—all the way up to modern sports cars.

Tom:  And the Bugatti that caught my eye, and you have a couple of pictures of it, is that one with—I mean, you can’t even really see the tires with the fenders kind of come around it.

1939 Bugatti Type 57C at the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

The Professor with a 1939 Bugatti Type 57C.

Professor:  Yeah, the covers, yeah.

Tom:  The Bugatti. I don’t know what is, the ‘20s or ‘30s or something.

Professor:  I believe from the 1930s, yeah.

Tom:  That thing looks like a flying car!

Professor:  Yes, it does.

Elegance on Wheels

Tom:  And it’s almost 100 years old!

Professor:  Yeah, it’s amazing. It really is.

Tom:  So, the whole concept of these things being works of art on wheels and works of art that are going to—I mean, shoot, that car’s already outlived lots of people!

“Look at a car like that, right? It’s elegance on wheels.”

Professor:  Yes. For instance, that car right there is really what epitomizes a Concours d’Elegance. You look at a car like that, right? It’s elegance on wheels. That is really the definition of elegance on wheels.

Tom:  From every angle.

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  And I mean, the value of that has to be hundreds of thousands, if not—I wouldn’t be surprised if it was multiple millions.

Professor:  I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s in the millions. A car like that, absolutely could easily be in the millions of dollars.

Aston Martin DB4 at the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance.

Aston Martin DB4.

Tom:  So, at a show like this, are you able to walk right up to those cars and kind of hang your head in and maybe take a picture of the cockpit area?

Professor:  Absolutely.

Works of Art at The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Tom:  Or are they stanchioned off? Oh, really?

“You can really get up close to the cars and look inside the cars.”

Professor:  Yeah. And that’s what’s so great about going to an event like this, a Concours d’Elegance, where you can really get up close to the cars and look inside the cars. Additionally, the owners, they love talking about their cars, so therefore, you can really get into a conversation with them and get all the details about the cars that you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.

Ferrari Dino at La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Ferrari Dino at La Jolla Concours D’Elegance.

“It’s like going to an art exhibit where the artist is there talking about their work.”

Tom:  So in a sense, it’s like going to an art exhibit where the artist is there talking about their work.

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  However instead, it just happens to be somebody that’s really rich [laughs], right?

Professor:  Yeah.

1965 Ford Mustang GT Convertible at the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

1965 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

Tom:  Or is taking care of a collection. For example, a curator of some sort, talking about the precious gem that he or she owns. Now, not everybody knows what a Concours is. If you’ve heard us talking about them in the past, then you do know. However, for those that don’t know what a Concours d’Elegance is, will you please—just real brief.

So, What is A Concours d’Elegance?

” A Concours d’Elegance, the term is French for a competition of elegance.”

Professor:  Yes. A Concours d’Elegance, the term is French for a competition of elegance. Now, the original Concours d’Elegance, it was actually a fashion show where the cars were used as props. However, it today’s Concours d’Elegance, the cars are the stars and the owners of the vehicles, they’ll dress up in the same time period as their cars.

Tom:  Okay. I just learned something new. I didn’t know that the original Concours d’Elegance, the cars were props.

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  Did that happen in France?

Professor:  I don’t know the details of that, but I assume—

Tom:  Next year, we’re going to need to know that.

Professor:  Yes. [Laughs]

1951 Maserati A6G at La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

1951 Maserati A6G.

Tom:  Or the next Concours. And it’s spelled with an S at the end, but it’s Concours, correct? Or is it Concours?

Professor:  I believe it’s pronounced Concours d’Elegance, yeah, silent.

Tom:  Competition of elegance.

Professor:  Competition of elegance.

And the Award Goes To…

Tom:  And there’s literally a competition. However, there’s not big cash, high-value prizes, but these are very nice trophies with extraordinary bragging rights, right?

Professor:  Yes. Yeah, it literally is a competition. There is an awards ceremony that takes place.  It runs for about two hours. And it takes place in the afternoon. So in the morning, they have a panel of judges for each of the different classes of vehicles. And, I believe for this one, there were—if I remember correctly—24 different classes of vehicles

La Jolla Concours Awards

La Jolla Concours Awards.

Tom:  Wow!

Professor:  But then they have all these specialty awards. I believe there was something like 15 specialty awards on top of that.

Tom:  Anybody not get an award?

Professor:  Oh, there’s a lot of cars that don’t get an award.

Tom:  I’m kidding. [Laughs] I’m kidding, I’m kidding.

Seeing It In Action

“You get to see the cars in motion as the owners drive the vehicles up to the staging area.”

Professor:  What I love about going to a car show like this, is not only do you get to see the cars… Especially when you go in the morning, but then in the afternoon too.  All of the award-winning cars, all the first-place winners. Additionally, you get to see the cars in motion as the owners drive the vehicles up to the staging area, where they get presented with their first-place award.

Lamborghini Muira at the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

La Jolla Concours D’Elegance.

Tom:  And the funny thing is, every now and then you get one of these cars that doesn’t start or needs to be pushed up, right?

Professor:  Yes, every once in a while.

Tom:  Multi-million-dollar car that just won an award [laughs] that needs to be pushed.

Professor:  Usually there could be one or two cars. However, the majority of them, they’re all—

Tom:  And they’re works of art. However, they’re still mechanical and some of them are very old, so you’re going to have that.

Professor:  Yeah.

The Cost of La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Tom:  Now, there is a fee for these types of shows, correct?

Professor:  Yes, correct.

Tom:  And it’s not insignificant, right? It’s usually $50, 60, 75 tickets?

Chevrolet Corvette at the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Chevrolet Corvette at the La Jolla Concours D’Elegance.

Professor:  Yes. For this one, well, they had different levels, ticket-pricing levels, but also depending on when you purchased the tickets. For instance, if you purchased it way in advance, I believe the early bird pricing was around $60 or 65 for general admission. Then it went up to, I believe, $75 on the day of.

Tom:  Okay.

Professor:  That’s for general admission. Additionally, there’s also the VIP.

Living The High Life at The La Jolla Concours D’Elegance

Tom:  That’s where you get those fancy drinks that you got pictures of, right?

Fancy adult beverage spread at La Jolla Concours d'Elegance.

Fancy adult beverage spread at La Jolla Concours D’Elegance.

Professor:  Yes. You get the open bar. In addition, you get all the nice drinks and you also get food from—there were about 15 restaurants from throughout San Diego. Some of the finer restaurants in San Diego.

Tom:  It’s not In-N-Out Burger either.

Professor:  No, you’re getting some really, really good food.

Fancy food spread at La Jolla Concours d'Elegance.

Fancy food spread at La Jolla Concours D’Elegance.

Tom:  [Laughs] I’m kidding.

Professor:  Filet mignon.

“It is a nice thing to do. Even if you’re not a car person, it is a really nice thing to do. And people get dressed up.”

Tom:  It’s good food. It is a nice thing to do. Even if you’re not a car person, it is a really nice thing to do. And people get dressed up.

Live Music on Main Stage at the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Live Music on Main Stage at the La Jolla Concours D’Elegance.

Dressed To The Nines

 “It’s more of like, I would say a lifestyle event than just a car event.”

Professor:  It’s more of like, I would say a lifestyle event than just a car event, yes.

Tom:  Sure. People get dressed up. Speaking of getting dressed up… This being Professor Quan’s favorite show, you got to go to iDriveSoCal.com and check out the pics on this post. Because, you’ll see the Professor in his full Concours d’Elegance regalia, and it’s a sight, let me tell you.

Professor:  Oh, Christian got so many compliments, on both days.

Tom:  Yeah! The Professor’s son, the Associate Professor, has almost matching outfits and they look real cool together.

Professor, his Associate Christian & Car Crazy Barry Meguiar.

Professor, his Associate Christian & Car Crazy Barry Meguiar.

Professor:  I like to dress up like my son.

Tom:  Snappy! [Laughter] There you go. All right, well, what else about the La Jolla, 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance?

Meet The New Guys

“You get to see some of the newest vehicles out there.”

Professor:  As I mentioned, just an incredible display of vehicles, about 130 vehicles. Additionally, what’s great about the show is there’s also a lot of new car dealers there. Therefore, you get to see some of the newest vehicles out there, including—there was a Ferrari 488 Pista, there was a Bugatti Chiron, Lincoln had their display of vehicles, Alfa Romeo.

Ferrari 488 Pista at theLa Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Ferrari 488 Pista.

Tom:  Yeah, I’m sure they’re not selling Hondas and Toyotas to the folks that are displaying their cars.

Like, “Yeah, look at my $3 million Bugatti,” and this one dealer is like, “Dude, did you see the RAV4? Hey, it’s top of…”

Professor:  I wouldn’t mind seeing the new Supra there.

Tom:  Hey, I love Hondas and Toyotas, don’t get me wrong! However, if you’re displaying your $3 million Bugatti, you’re probably not a Honda Accord driver. Maybe, but…

Porsche 911 GT3 RS at the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

Professor:  You’d be surprised.

Tom:  I know, I know, I know.

Professor:  Those are their daily drivers.

Tom:  Yeah, yeah, but, you know. They’re going to like go buy one of those in a dealerships, like toss their Amex Black Card and just run that and…

Professor:  Yeah.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera at the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

Tom:  I honestly don’t know. I would love to know what it’s like to have a $3 million car and live the lifestyle that surrounds owning a $3 million car that I take to Concours d’Elegances.

Professor:  One day, Tom.

Tom:  One day. If I just do a bunch more podcasts [laughs], maybe one day! All right. Professor, thank you as always. Is there anything else? Are we good?

Professor:  We’re good.

Heading Into Auto Season

Tom:  All right. Make sure you check out the pictures on iDriveSoCal. Not only the Professor in his awesome outfit, but seriously, we’re going to have a bunch of pictures of really, really cool cars. Fine works of art, beautiful automobiles, and check these things out.

Plus, go to the iDriveSoCal events calendar for other upcoming Concours d’Elegance that are coming up in Southern California, as well as other auto shows that are coming up.

For instance, we have the Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June coming up, then not too long from now. Additionally, there’s the Spectacular September of Auto Shows, that will be later on this year. But we’re getting into that auto show season, aren’t we?

Ferrari 512BB at La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Ferrari 512BB.

Professor:  Yes, we are. It’s approaching.

Tom:  Was there something else you wanted to say?

Don’t Miss Next Year’s La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Professor:  The date has been set for next year. However, it’s actually going to take place on the third Sunday, because next year, Easter is going to take place on April 12th.

Tom:  You’re speaking of The La Jolla Concours D’Elegance.

Professor:  Yes, The La Jolla Concours D’Elegance.

Tom:  Which you already have on your calendar.

Professor:  Oh, absolutely!

Ford GT

Ford GT, Associate Professor and a lovely handler

Professor:  You don’t even need to ask, right?

Tom:  I know. That’s a good thing.

Professor:  The actual car show will be on the 19th. However, they have a full weekend of events. There’s a very lavish party that takes place on Friday night and Saturday night as well. Additionally, for this year, they had a sip, stroll and shopping event that took place on Saturday.  And, that is also a really fun event where you can bring your kids. I brought Christian and you collect stickers and you can win prizes. So, that’s really, really cool as well.

Tom:  And you can sip, stroll and shop.

Professor:  Yeah. A lot of the art galleries, they’re serving wine or champaign.

Tom:  It’s a nice weekend.

Professor:  Yeah. It’s great to just spend the entire weekend down there in La Jolla. Lots of art galleries, restaurants. A great way to spend a beautiful weekend in the springtime in La Jolla.

Lamborghini Islero & The Professor at La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Lamborghini Islero & The Professor at La Jolla Concours d’Elegance dressed to the nines.

Tom:  There you have it.

Professor:  Yeah.

Tom:  Professor, are we good?

Professor:  We’re good.

Tom:  That’s the 15th Annual La Jolla Concours D’Elegance. Next year will be the 16th Annual Concours d’Elegance. We’ll have it on the iDriveSoCal calendar at iDriveSoCal.com. Thank you for listening, as always. For Tom Smith, this is iDriveSoCal. We’ll talk to you soon.

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The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is a premier luxury and classic car show in La Jolla, San Diego. It is one of the best shows in the nation, and as you'll shortly find out, it's an event like no other. This isn't your typical car show. The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is a premier luxury and classic car show in La Jolla, San Diego. It is one of the best shows in the nation, and as you'll shortly find out, it's an event like no other.<br /> This isn't your typical car show. The event is a "competition of elegance" where each automobile is rarer and more beautiful than the next. The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance showcases over 125 one-of-a-kind automobiles, and auto enthusiasts from all over the country come for this beautiful day in La Jolla.<br /> iDriveSoCal’s Professor, Clinton Quan attends every year.  In this podcast, the Professor takes us to Concours school and we try to keep it as classy as we can.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ***Transcript***<br /> <br /> The 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance<br /> Clinton Quan: This is my absolute favorite show in all of Southern California and this could be considered the Pebble Beach of the south, that’s how incredible this car show is. It's a stunning setting along the La Jolla coastline and there are 130 gorgeous cars on display. Absolute works of art. <br /> <br /> Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with Clinton Quan, The Professor.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Hello, Tom!<br /> <br /> Tom:  When I point to you, that means to say something. Hello. 😊 This podcast is special because this is actually the second time in iDriveSoCal history that we’re covering the Professor Clinton Quan’s favorite automotive show, and that is the—did you say it’s the 15th annual?<br /> <br /> Professor:  The 15th Annual La Jolla Concours D’Elegance.<br /> <br /> 1959 Byers SR 100 at the La Jolla Concours D’Elegance.<br /> <br /> Tom:  And I saw pictures of it—so last year, when we posted it on the website, we weren’t so big in pictures. It was more podcast and less kind of post and pictures. However, this time we’re going to have a ton of pictures. If you’re not listening on iDriveSoCal.com, definitely go there and check out the pictures. Additionally, if you have a chance go hit this show, because it is gorgeous. It’s a gorgeous setting. The cars are phenomenal. <br /> <br /> Professor:  Yes! Stunning setting.<br /> You Don't Need To Be a "Car Person"<br /> Tom:  And you almost don’t need to be a car person to go—you don’t need to be a car person to go and appreciate it.<br /> <br /> Professor:  No, you don’t.<br /> "We’re just custodians of them while we’re here on this earth. However, the cars are going to live far beyond us..."<br /> Tom:  Because these cars are such high value that they’re literally works of art. One of the founders of the museum, I love his quote, it went—something to paraphrase— “They’re going to live on. We’re just custodians of them,” meaning these very high-value classic cars. “We’re just custodians of them while we’re here on this earth.” However, the cars are going to live far beyond us, right?<br /> <br /> 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Rodster.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom:  A lot of them already have. And that’s really cool. It’s a different way. And The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance not only has those cars there, but in a setting that is just breathtaking. I don’t want to steal your thunder; I know this is your favorite show. Take it away.<br /> All About That Bugatti<br /> <br /> "This is my absolute favorite show in all of Southern California."<br /> <br /> Professor:  Yes, Tom, this is my absolute favorite show in all of Southern California and this could be considered the Pebble Beach of the south, that’s how incredible this car show is. As you mentioned, stunning setting along the La Jolla coastline at Ellen Browning Scripps Park and the weather was just fantastic this past weekend for the car show. In the ‘70s, blue skies, couldn’t ask for anything better, and 130 gorgeous cars on display. Absolute works of art. Tom Smith clean 15:16
2019 Volkswagen Arteon Review https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-volkswagen-arteon-review/ Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:30:52 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=3347 The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has landed at Southern California dealerships.  And the Arteon's arrival is a big deal for a few reasons. For instance, the Arteon is VW's new flagship sedan.  Additionally, as often is the case with new vehicle rollouts, the Arteon encountered delays.  As a result, that heightened anticipation for its arrival.  Most importantly, the 2019 VW Arteon brings with it a very new look.  And, um, wow! "It sort of slaps your mind ahead a few years while your brain catches up to what your eyes are telling you." It's classy but bold.  And yet, it's elegant but sporty.  To be sure, it's definitely cool.  In fact, a very cool looking all-new Volkswagen that still maintains it's VW heritage. And, with all that in mind, the 2019 VW Arteon is obviously in high demand.  But, even so, my good friends at Ontario Volkswagen put me in one for a day of pure driving pleasure. Continue reading for my complete report and see for yourself what a sexy-beast VW is now offering. 2019 VW Arteon - Volkswagen Goes Luxury and Wow! There's more than a double-take involved when you first set eyes on the 2019 VW Arteon.  That's because of the futuristic styling.  In fact, it sort of slaps your mind ahead a few years while your brain catches up to what your eyes are telling you. '19 VW Arteon driver front "...the grumpiest of all arm-chair-design-quarterbacks are very hard pressed to find a bad angle on the 2019 VW Arteon." 2019 Volkswagen Arteon driver profile To clarify, there's no question that you're looking at a Volkswagen... but there's also no question that this one is new.  And with many things new usually comes some criticism but that's hard to find with Arteon.  Undoubtedly in the design department.  That is because even the grumpiest of all arm-chair-design-quarterbacks are very hard pressed to find a bad angle on the 2019 VW Arteon. Volkswagen Arteon Trims & MSRPs The Arteon's bold new design looks fantastic no matter what trim level you decide on.   And Volkswagen is offering the 2019 Arteon in 5-different primary trim levels.  Below you can see starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing for each configuration. 2019 VW Arteon Trim Levels: SE $35,845 SE with 4MOTION $37,645 SEL: with 4MOTION $41,795 R-Line with 4MOTION $43,560 Premium R-Line with 4Motion $46,210 But, two reasons not to be overly concerned about MSRP.  First, you need to get your Arteon equipped to your specifications.  More importantly, go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen in Ontario, California.  Because I trust them completely, they are transparent and no pressure. Arteon R-Line badge Specifically, contact my friend Randy Halcomb.  Tell him Tom and iDriveSoCal sent you and he'll take care of you like family.  Though this is often stated in the automotive business it is entirely true with my friends at Ontario VW.  Randy's cell phone is 909-772-1728.  His email is RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com.  Or email me and I'll personally introduce you.  :0) 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Engine & Transmission Volkswagen packs all trim levels of the Arteon standard with its powerful 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine.  In fact, it puts out 268-horsepower with 258 pound-feet of torque. In addition to a powerful engine across all trim levels.  Also, VW bestows all Arteon trims with its 8-speed automatic transmission.  And that transmission includes the fun to drive (semi-manual) Tiptronic shifting option and Sport mode. 4MOTION exterior badge Another great feature Volkswagen gives the Arteon, in case you missed it in the above listing, is 4MOTION across all trim levels - except the SE.  Adding to the Arteon's already sure footedness, 4MOTION is Volkswagen's branded all-wheel-drive system. VW Arteon Fuel Economy Yet, even with all that horsepower, torque, and all-wheel drive, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon's MPG is still impressive. The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has landed at Southern California dealerships.  And the Arteon’s arrival is a big deal for a few reasons.

For instance, the Arteon is VW’s new flagship sedan.  Additionally, as often is the case with new vehicle rollouts, the Arteon encountered delays.  As a result, that heightened anticipation for its arrival.  Most importantly, the 2019 VW Arteon brings with it a very new look.  And, um, wow!

“It sort of slaps your mind ahead a few years while your brain catches up to what your eyes are telling you.”

It’s classy but bold.  And yet, it’s elegant but sporty.  To be sure, it’s definitely cool.  In fact, a very cool looking all-new Volkswagen that still maintains it’s VW heritage.

And, with all that in mind, the 2019 VW Arteon is obviously in high demand.  But, even so, my good friends at Ontario Volkswagen put me in one for a day of pure driving pleasure.

Continue reading for my complete report and see for yourself what a sexy-beast VW is now offering.

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2019 VW Arteon – Volkswagen Goes Luxury and Wow!

There’s more than a double-take involved when you first set eyes on the 2019 VW Arteon.  That’s because of the futuristic styling.  In fact, it sort of slaps your mind ahead a few years while your brain catches up to what your eyes are telling you.

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’19 VW Arteon driver front

“…the grumpiest of all arm-chair-design-quarterbacks are very hard pressed to find a bad angle on the 2019 VW Arteon.”

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon driver profile

To clarify, there’s no question that you’re looking at a Volkswagen… but there’s also no question that this one is new.  And with many things new usually comes some criticism but that’s hard to find with Arteon.  Undoubtedly in the design department.  That is because even the grumpiest of all arm-chair-design-quarterbacks are very hard pressed to find a bad angle on the 2019 VW Arteon.

Volkswagen Arteon Trims & MSRPs

The Arteon’s bold new design looks fantastic no matter what trim level you decide on.   And Volkswagen is offering the 2019 Arteon in 5-different primary trim levels.  Below you can see starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing for each configuration.

2019 VW Arteon Trim Levels:

    • SE $35,845
    • SE with 4MOTION $37,645
    • SEL:
      • with 4MOTION $41,795
      • R-Line with 4MOTION $43,560
      • Premium R-Line with 4Motion $46,210

But, two reasons not to be overly concerned about MSRP.  First, you need to get your Arteon equipped to your specifications.  More importantly, go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen in Ontario, California.  Because I trust them completely, they are transparent and no pressure.

Close-up 2019 VW Arteon R-Line badge

Arteon R-Line badge

Specifically, contact my friend Randy Halcomb.  Tell him Tom and iDriveSoCal sent you and he’ll take care of you like family.  Though this is often stated in the automotive business it is entirely true with my friends at Ontario VW.  Randy’s cell phone is 909-772-1728.  His email is RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com.  Or email me and I’ll personally introduce you.  :0)

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Engine & Transmission

Volkswagen packs all trim levels of the Arteon standard with its powerful 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine.  In fact, it puts out 268-horsepower with 258 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to a powerful engine across all trim levels.  Also, VW bestows all Arteon trims with its 8-speed automatic transmission.  And that transmission includes the fun to drive (semi-manual) Tiptronic shifting option and Sport mode.

VW 4MOTION badging

4MOTION exterior badge

Another great feature Volkswagen gives the Arteon, in case you missed it in the above listing, is 4MOTION across all trim levels – except the SE.  Adding to the Arteon’s already sure footedness, 4MOTION is Volkswagen’s branded all-wheel-drive system.

VW Arteon Fuel Economy

Yet, even with all that horsepower, torque, and all-wheel drive, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon’s MPG is still impressive.  That’s because it’s rated at 20-MPG in the city and 27-MPG on the highway.  And if you opt for the base trim level, the SE, you’re getting even better mileage.  In that case, you’re at 22-MPG in the city and 31-MPG on the highway.

Volkswagen Arteon Exterior

With Audi being the luxury sibling to VW I’d imagine there were some heated debates about the Arteon amongst senior executives.  Specifically, Volkswagen elbowing it’s way into Audi’s turf with the Arteon.  The exterior styling simply has that much curb-appeal.  And actually, the interior design and equipment do too.  But, I’ll get to that in a minute.

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2019 VW Arteon driver rear

Back to the exterior, VW’s Arteon is beautifully designed from every angle.  From the bold grill to the classy rear end.  Plus the profiles and both the front and rear three-quarter views.  Nicely done VW.  Very, nicely done.

Gray 2019 Volkwagen Arteon passenger rear

Volkswagen Arteon passenger rear

And, in addition to the phenomenal design is LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights.  Not only do they illuminate better for both sight and safety, but they look great!

Close-up 2019 VW Arton wheel

Optional 19″ or 20″ wheels

Plus, I can’t forget the availability of both 19 and 20-inch wheels.

Inside Arteon

Sliding into the driver’s seat of the Arteon is a pleasure.  Again, the Arteon interior must have been a source of debate between Audi and VW executives.

Interior 2019 Volkswagen Arteon dash from backseat

2019 Volkswagen Arteon dash

That’s because it’s all there.  Everything a fully loaded luxury car is going to have is in the Arteon. (Okay, minus the seat massagers and over-the-top type stuff but, come on.)

The available Nappa leather, the available ambient lighting that’s totally customizable.  Also, the Dynaudio Premium sound system.  (Fun fact, that’s the same brand audio system in Bugatti.)

Close-up, Dynaudio door speaker

Optional Dynaudio System

And the available panoramic sunroof.  Heated and ventilated seats, multi-climate controls… it’s all there.

Interior close-up 2019 VW Arteon center stack & console

’19 VW Arteon center stack & console

In addition to all of that.  Arteon is extremely spacious inside.

Interior 2019 VW Arteon backseat

2019 VW Arteon backseat

Five adults are comfortable for city trips.  Four adults for longer/highway drives.

Interior 2019 Volkswagen Arteon cargo area

Fastback design offers ample cargo space

And the ’19 Arteon offers huge cargo capacity with 27.2-cubic feet of space.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Technology

A super-crisp looking and functioning 8-inch touchscreen comes standard in the 2019 Arteon.  And that screen is perfect to connect your Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Interior 2019 VW Arteon dashboard

2019 VW Arteon dashboard

Plus, that perfectly compliments the available, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit.  With the ability to store up to four different driver profiles, the digital cockpit is something I’m betting becomes as standard as the seatbelt in years to come.  And it’s awesome.

Close-up 2019 Volkswagen Arteon digital cockpit

Volkswagen Digital Cockpit

Here’s why; the digital cockpit allows you to customize each of the profiles to whatever suits each driver’s personal preference.  Including putting your navigation, or in this case radio, view smack-dab in the middle what would normally be your instrument cluster.  Very cool, and convenient.

Safety Tech

And, of course, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon can come with all the latest driver assistance safety technology.  Features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane assist, park assist, etc.

“…VW equips Arteon with a couple of standout safety features that factor what happens immediately after a collision.”

Plus VW equips Arteon with a couple of standout safety features that factor what happens immediately after a collision.

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’19 Volkswagen Arteon passenger front

For instance, in the airbags deploy then the Intelligent Crash Response System activates.  And when it does it can turn off the fuel pump, activate hazard lights and unlock the vehicle’s doors.

In addition, there’s the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.  Just like it sounds, this comes into play to assure the car comes to a complete stop after an impact takes place.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon child safety seat latches

Easy access backseat child safety seat latches

Finally, my favorite.  It’s old-school and it’s simple.  But it helps protect our most valuable cargo.  The low-tech, easy access child safety seat latches in Volkswagon’s will forever garner my appreciation.  It’s just well thought-out protection of what we love most. :0)

The Arteon Drive

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon drives like a luxury sports sedan made by a German automaker that meticulously pays attention to details.

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Passenger profile

And those details provide a silky smooth, technologically advanced drive.  To be sure, the Arteon performed very well – especially when taking corners.

To clarify, I like to drive and am confident in driving skills.  But the Arteon made me a little more confident – it drove that well.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Top-3

  1. Styling – Arteon’s exterior design is head-turning.  If you’ve seen one on the road then you know.  And, if not then you will.
  2. The Drive – I’m proud of my skills as a driver but Arteon’s performance seriously gave me a surprising and renewed sense of confidence.
  3. Digital Cockpit – The personalization, convenience and overall flexibility of this technology gives you a glimpse into the future of driving.

And one more thing about 2019 Arteon is Volkswagen’s People First Warranty.  6-years/72,000-miles bumper to bumper is very significant coverage.  Additionally, that warranty comes with all new VW’s.  Indeed, it’s one of the longest, most complete coverage plans in the automotive industry today.

Because of that, I can’t help but wonder how long Volkswagen will continue offering it.

Ontario Volkswagen in Ontario, California

Now, if you’re considering buying a 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, shopping sooner rather than later is a good idea.  And that goes for any car or SUV that VW offers.

Close-up 2019 VW Arteon rear badging

Arteon rear badging

Most importantly, the best place to do that in Southern California is Ontario Volkswagen.  Because there are no old school games at Ontario Volkswagen, forget about the silly pressure tactics.  The team at Ontario VW simply loves what they do.  And they love serving their Volkswagen customers.

Contact my friend Randy Halcomb @ Ontario Volkswagen: Here’s his cell: 909-772-1728 Email: RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com

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’19 VW Arteon from Ontario Volkswagen

 

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The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has landed at Southern California dealerships.  And the Arteon's arrival is a big deal for a few reasons. - For instance, the Arteon is VW's new flagship sedan.  Additionally, as often is the case with new vehicle rollouts, The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has landed at Southern California dealerships.  And the Arteon's arrival is a big deal for a few reasons.<br /> <br /> For instance, the Arteon is VW's new flagship sedan.  Additionally, as often is the case with new vehicle rollouts, the Arteon encountered delays.  As a result, that heightened anticipation for its arrival.  Most importantly, the 2019 VW Arteon brings with it a very new look.  And, um, wow!<br /> <br /> "It sort of slaps your mind ahead a few years while your brain catches up to what your eyes are telling you."<br /> <br /> It's classy but bold.  And yet, it's elegant but sporty.  To be sure, it's definitely cool.  In fact, a very cool looking all-new Volkswagen that still maintains it's VW heritage.<br /> <br /> And, with all that in mind, the 2019 VW Arteon is obviously in high demand.  But, even so, my good friends at Ontario Volkswagen put me in one for a day of pure driving pleasure.<br /> <br /> Continue reading for my complete report and see for yourself what a sexy-beast VW is now offering.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 VW Arteon - Volkswagen Goes Luxury and Wow!<br /> There's more than a double-take involved when you first set eyes on the 2019 VW Arteon.  That's because of the futuristic styling.  In fact, it sort of slaps your mind ahead a few years while your brain catches up to what your eyes are telling you.<br /> <br /> '19 VW Arteon driver front<br /> <br /> "...the grumpiest of all arm-chair-design-quarterbacks are very hard pressed to find a bad angle on the 2019 VW Arteon."<br /> <br /> 2019 Volkswagen Arteon driver profile<br /> <br /> To clarify, there's no question that you're looking at a Volkswagen... but there's also no question that this one is new.  And with many things new usually comes some criticism but that's hard to find with Arteon.  Undoubtedly in the design department.  That is because even the grumpiest of all arm-chair-design-quarterbacks are very hard pressed to find a bad angle on the 2019 VW Arteon.<br /> Volkswagen Arteon Trims & MSRPs<br /> The Arteon's bold new design looks fantastic no matter what trim level you decide on.   And Volkswagen is offering the 2019 Arteon in 5-different primary trim levels.  Below you can see starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing for each configuration.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 VW Arteon Trim Levels:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SE $35,845<br /> SE with 4MOTION $37,645<br /> SEL:<br /> <br /> with 4MOTION $41,795<br /> R-Line with 4MOTION $43,560<br /> Premium R-Line with 4Motion $46,210<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But, two reasons not to be overly concerned about MSRP.  First, you need to get your Arteon equipped to your specifications.  More importantly, go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen in Ontario, California.  Because I trust them completely, they are transparent and no pressure.<br /> <br /> Arteon R-Line badge<br /> <br /> Specifically, contact my friend Randy Halcomb.  Tell him Tom and iDriveSoCal sent you and he'll take care of you like family.  Though this is often stated in the automotive business it is entirely true with my friends at Ontario VW.  Randy's cell phone is 909-772-1728.  His email is RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com.  Or email me and I'll personally introduce you.  :0)<br /> 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Engine & Transmission<br /> Volkswagen packs all trim levels of the Arteon standard with its powerful 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine.  In fact, it puts out 268-horsepower with 258 pound-feet of torque.<br /> <br /> In addition to a powerful engine across all trim levels.  Also, VW bestows all Arteon trims with its 8-speed automatic transmission.  And that transmission includes the fun to drive (semi-manual) Tiptronic shifting option and Sport mode.<br /> <br /> 4MOTION exterior badge<br /> <br /> Another great feature Volkswagen gives the Arteon, Tom Smith clean 17:27
Certified Pre-Owned Chevrolet https://www.idrivesocal.com/certified-pre-owned-chevrolet/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 20:34:27 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=10993 Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned, CPO, program has been available for many years.  And, when you break it down, buying a certified pre-owned Chevy can be a compelling proposition. In this iDriveSoCal Podcast, I go to Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA to get honest behind the scenes details on buying a certified pre-owned Chevrolet.  And you're going to want to listen closely to this one. That's because my friend Lewis Cook, who's the general manager of Martin Chevrolet, really doesn't hold anything back.  He even tells us exactly how much it costs Chevrolet dealers to certify a vehicle!  Click play below and enjoy. :0)    Chevy Certified Pre-Owned - aka CPO Lewis: The factory gets involved heavily.  They go through this 172-point inspection. They go through a Carfax and DMV history and everything, really. I mean, they try to make this car as new as possible. You can get that interest rate close to what a new car interest rates are.  It takes that extra cost out of the picture. Tom:   Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast, all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and I am excited to be at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California, with Mr. Lewis Cook, General Manager. Lewis:  Hello! Chevy Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Podcast Tom:  And this report we are bringing to you, obviously live from Martin Chevrolet, but certified pre-owned, the benefits of Chevrolet certified preowned. The certified pre-owned programs have—what are they? They’ve been out for a while now, haven’t they? Lewis:  Yeah. I think each factory has some kind of rendition of a certified program. Tom:  Basically, it’s a pre-owned vehicle, but it’s a pre-owned vehicle that the factory kind of gives its blessing to at a— Lewis:  If you want to call it a blessing, okay. Tom:  [Laughs] At a higher level of specification, as far as the overall condition of the vehicle, right? Lewis:  Yeah. I joke about blessing and the reason is for— Tom:  Are we going to get religious now? Lewis:  This is actually pretty funny, and this is unscripted. My mechanic just walked in and he has a certified pre-owned checklist in his hand. I promise you, this is unscripted. Detailed Documentation to Certify a Pre-Owned Chevrolet Tom:  This is perfect! Lewis:  The reason why I say— Tom:  I know it’s unscripted because it’s like, he’s not wanting to come closer. Lewis:  He doesn’t want to come on camera. I’m not going to sign any—okay, I’ll sign it. But you need to leave this with me for a second, so give me a minute. The reason why I laugh at the blessing is if you can see this vehicle inspection and re-conditioning, I’ll show it. Tom:  Let’s get a close up of that. The actual 172-Point Inspection document! Lewis:  I’ll show the camera on the podcast. Tom:  On the audio podcast, let me show you this! You see this right here, what I’m talking about? Lewis:  You see this, guys? This is what I’m talking about. You say a blessing, I say curse. Not so much. I’m being facetious. Tom:  Understood. Lewis:  It’s a 172-point vehicle inspection and reconditioning form. It’s two pages. There’s a ton of checkmarks on here, so basically what happens— Tom:  And now it has the boss’s signature on it, too, so this is a no joke thing. 172-Point Inspection for Every CPO Chevrolet Lewis:  No, it’s a no joke thing. The factory is so much behind this and they’re so concerned about the condition of the vehicle, they make us check everything. And when I say everything, I mean everything. I have adapted here at Martin Chevrolet, we do this anyway. A lot of dealerships don’t. It goes from 100-point inspection to 172-point inspection or what not. But they don’t miss a beat, as you can tell. Tom:  Yeah, this is intense. I’ve never seen one of these before, this is really cool. .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 . Chevrolet’s Certified Pre-Owned, CPO, program has been available for many years.  And, when you break it down, buying a certified pre-owned Chevy can be a compelling proposition.

In this iDriveSoCal Podcast, I go to Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA to get honest behind the scenes details on buying a certified pre-owned Chevrolet.  And you’re going to want to listen closely to this one.

That’s because my friend Lewis Cook, who’s the general manager of Martin Chevrolet, really doesn’t hold anything back.  He even tells us exactly how much it costs Chevrolet dealers to certify a vehicle!  Click play below and enjoy. :0)

Tom & Lewis podcast and show a Chevy Certified Pre-Owned Inspection Banner  

Chevy Certified Pre-Owned – aka CPO

Lewis: The factory gets involved heavily.  They go through this 172-point inspection.

They go through a Carfax and DMV history and everything, really. I mean, they try to make this car as new as possible.

You can get that interest rate close to what a new car interest rates are.  It takes that extra cost out of the picture.

Tom:   Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast, all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California.

Tom Smith here and I am excited to be at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California, with Mr. Lewis Cook, General Manager.

Lewis:  Hello!

Tom Smith & Lewis Cook talk Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned

Chevy Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Podcast

Tom:  And this report we are bringing to you, obviously live from Martin Chevrolet, but certified pre-owned, the benefits of Chevrolet certified preowned. The certified pre-owned programs have—what are they? They’ve been out for a while now, haven’t they?

Lewis:  Yeah. I think each factory has some kind of rendition of a certified program.

Tom:  Basically, it’s a pre-owned vehicle, but it’s a pre-owned vehicle that the factory kind of gives its blessing to at a—

Lewis:  If you want to call it a blessing, okay.

Tom:  [Laughs] At a higher level of specification, as far as the overall condition of the vehicle, right?

Lewis:  Yeah. I joke about blessing and the reason is for—

Tom:  Are we going to get religious now?

Lewis:  This is actually pretty funny, and this is unscripted.

My mechanic just walked in and he has a certified pre-owned checklist in his hand. I promise you, this is unscripted.

Detailed Documentation to Certify a Pre-Owned Chevrolet

Tom:  This is perfect!

Lewis:  The reason why I say—

Tom:  I know it’s unscripted because it’s like, he’s not wanting to come closer.

Lewis:  He doesn’t want to come on camera. I’m not going to sign any—okay, I’ll sign it. But you need to leave this with me for a second, so give me a minute.

The reason why I laugh at the blessing is if you can see this vehicle inspection and re-conditioning, I’ll show it.

Tom:  Let’s get a close up of that.

172-Point Inspection Document Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned

The actual 172-Point Inspection document!

Lewis:  I’ll show the camera on the podcast.

Tom:  On the audio podcast, let me show you this! You see this right here, what I’m talking about?

Lewis:  You see this, guys? This is what I’m talking about. You say a blessing, I say curse. Not so much. I’m being facetious.

Tom:  Understood.

Lewis:  It’s a 172-point vehicle inspection and reconditioning form. It’s two pages. There’s a ton of checkmarks on here, so basically what happens—

Tom:  And now it has the boss’s signature on it, too, so this is a no joke thing.

172-Point Inspection for Every CPO Chevrolet

Lewis:  No, it’s a no joke thing.

The factory is so much behind this and they’re so concerned about the condition of the vehicle, they make us check everything.

And when I say everything, I mean everything.

I have adapted here at Martin Chevrolet, we do this anyway. A lot of dealerships don’t.

It goes from 100-point inspection to 172-point inspection or what not. But they don’t miss a beat, as you can tell.

Tom:  Yeah, this is intense. I’ve never seen one of these before, this is really cool.

Certified Pre-Owned Chevrolet = New as Possible

Lewis:  By this paper, it’s super intense, and it takes a technician quite some time to go through it and make sure everything is checked off and that the car is good.

That’s kind of the whole theory behind it. The factory gets involved heavily because they want to make sure the dealer is doing the right thing.

172-Point Inspection

They go through this 172-point inspection. They check everything and then they back the car, really, is what happens.

On-Star

You get, for instance, with Chevrolet, you get access to OnStar again, if the car is certified, for free for a period of time.

Clean Vehicle History

You have the peace of mind that this car has been inspected with a fine tooth comb. They go through a Carfax and DMV history and everything, really. I mean, they try to make this car as new as possible.

Better Interest Rates

Some of the benefits you’ll get that comes along with that, they’ll have some special interest rates.

And so, you can get that interest rate close to what a new car interest rates are, because there are some special interest rates on new cars, too, let’s face it.

Tom:  Sure.

Better Interest Rate Outweighs Higher Price w/ Certified Pre-Owned Chevrolet

Lewis:  It takes that extra cost out of the picture because you got some special interest rates.

Tom:  Right. That’s what I was going to say, I mean, that’s huge. If you’re looking at—pick a car and some numbers and let’s give a hypothetical.

Lewis:  If you’re getting a new car, for instance, that has 1.9, 2.9, 3.9%, and interest rates nowadays are 4 or 5% easily. So, 1.9 on a new car, what’s the point of buying a used car at that point, right?

Tom:  Right.

Lewis:  The factory stepped in and said, “Hey, let’s support it and let’s do the same thing. Let’s give them that special interest,” so that cost of ownership can be a lot less.

Skip the Big Depreciation Hit!

Because typically, if folks are looking for a pre-owned car, they’re doing it because of either a budget or they’re frugal or they don’t want to take on the depreciation.

Tom:  Yeah, that big depreciation piece, right? Soon as you roll a car off the lot or as soon as it gets titled, whatever.

The first owner takes the biggest hit in depreciation.

Lewis:  That’s absolutely true.

In this case, now you have the depreciation hit taken. You have a completely inspected vehicle.

Then, you have factory-supported interest rates behind it. You have, like your OnStar subscriptions and stuff that you get for free for a certain amount of time.

The Biggest Factor of All – Certified Pre-Owned Warranty!

I guess the most important thing that we haven’t even mentioned yet so far, is that they back it with that warranty.

6-year, 100k-mile Powertrain

On Chevrolet, for instance, it’s a six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty from the date of inception. From the first day that the car was sold, the first owner.

Tom:  Sold new.

Lewis:  First sold or sold new. If it’s a three-year-old car, essentially you have three more years or up to 100,000 miles. It’s huge.

Tom:  Yeah.

Why Certified Pre-Owned @ Martin Chevrolet?

Lewis:  It’s at really no expense to the consumer because it’s not even really built in. My cost to certify a car is $450. That’s the inside information you get here at iDriveSoCal.

I Love Lewis Cook’s Honesty!

Tom:  Thank you for that! I’ve never heard such a thing! I love your honesty. I honestly, you know what? A lot of people say transparency, whatever, but I love your honesty, thank you. Seriously.

Lewis:  I am to a fault sometimes, but we’ll get to that…

“It’s at really no expense to the consumer because it’s not even really built in. My cost to certify a car is $450.”

Tom:  [Laughs]

Lewis:  Anyway, so now, if my cost is $450, what’s the maximum amount of that cost I can be passing off to the customer?

You know, for an extra $400, are you okay with the car having 100,000 warranty? I’m pretty sure you are.

Tom:  Yeah, absolutely!

Lewis:  Are you okay with the factory supporting the purchase with some good interest rates? Of course, you are.

Tom:  Yeah.

Certified Pre-Owned Chevy’s – A Good Deal for All Parties

Lewis:  It’s good all around, it really is.

In this day and market though, the new car world is so competitive and there are so many interest rates and so many rebates…

And just so much discount that you almost have to be aggressive in the pre-owned and the factories and the banks have realized that.

Tom Smith & Ly Certified Pre-Owned

Uncanny perfect timing!

That’s kind of the goal behind it, to get it really if people are looking pre-owned cars because they’re looking for the cost of ownership to be less.

That’s how they have to do it. They have to make the warranty less expensive. They have to make the interest rate less expensive. So, that’s what you get.

Tom:  Let’s give it an example.

Pick a car and/or a price and let’s say, okay, that car at that price or that car is going to be non-certified and it’s going to cost this much, on average.

I mean, this is a hypothetical. Certified, it’s going to cost this much.

Going the Extra-Mile with CPO But Not Taking Credit

Lewis:  Really, in all honesty, that number could be really close to the same. It really can, because it cost me so little to actually certify a car.

I do the inspection anyway. The techs are going to do the inspection, so there’s no extra cost there for me.

Tom:  Let me stop you right there.

Another Reason I Support Martin Chevrolet!

Because that’s actually a selling point of Martin Chevrolet. You, personally, Lewis Cook, General Manager of Martin Chevrolet, you’re doing this inspection on your used cars anyway?

Lewis:  Correct. No matter what it is.

Tom:  The fact that you’re certifying it too is just paperwork?

Lewis:  Correct. Absolutely.

And it’s a small fee that I pay to the factory. In reality, I can only certify a Chevy product.

If I only offered Chevy preowned product, that would be kind of silly. We take in trade-ins all the time that aren’t Chevys, right?

Tom:  Right.

All Martin Chevy Pre-Owned Vehicles are Thoroughly Inspected

Lewis:  I can’t certify those cars. Those cars aren’t backed by the factory. How do I create value there?

We just go through the same process. If you go through the same process, the car is still in the best condition possible.

You have the same factory-trained technician, like Mario.

Tom:  Mario, who is waiting for his 172-point inspection! [Laughs]

Lewis:  Would you like your 172-point inspection back, Mario? You can have it back, brother.

He’s on the clock. I got to pay less so that I can pass the savings onto the customers, right? Oh, you want me to sign it?

Tom:  Thank you, Mario. This 172-point inspection is no joke.

Lewis just had to sign the document again and that was totally unscripted. That was perfect!

Lewis:  So perfect! It was perfect. It couldn’t have been any better.

Tom:  It was so totally unscripted. Mario is just standing there with his arms folded, like, “Are you guys going to wrap this one up soon?”

Lewis:  Yeah, our average podcast, guys, has been 30 minutes. I’ve been told I’m very long-winded. I apologize for that.

Tom:  It’s great information on cars.

Officially Certified Pre-Owned or Not – Transparency is Key

Lewis:  If I have a Honda Civic or anything, a Toyota, whatever, that we’re going to sell on the pre-owned lot, I mean, it’s conducive for us to do that.

I mean, obviously we want to sell more cars and we want to give the customers more options and what not.

It makes sense to me only to go through the same process is putting their cars through and offering these warranties.

Let’s face it, I mean, transparency here we go. I don’t want you guys coming back pissed off. Right?

Lewis Cook on Chevy Certified Pre-Owned

Lewis shares what others won’t about Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned!

Tom:  Of course.

Lewis:  I want to put the best product out there possible so there are no repercussions.

It is a machine and they do break down and that’s just part of the deal. The closer you inspect, the more diligent you are, the better the product.

And, that’s kind of what the factory did and so we do that across the board.

Tom:  You know, it’s interesting, the intention of this podcast was to talk about the benefits of certified pre-owned, but—

Lewis:  Are we not doing that?

Tom:  No, no, no, we absolutely are. We absolutely are.

But I just wanted to shine a bright light on you, Lewis Cook.

And then, also on Martin Chevrolet that, hey, you’re going through your pre-owned inventory so thoroughly that it is close to being certified anyway.

I think that’s a really good thing and it’s a selling point of your store and yet it’s another reason to come here to Martin Chevrolet.

The Behind the Scenes Difference @ Martin Chevrolet

Lewis:  Yeah, there are lots of things like that behind the scenes that we do here, specifically. Listen, I’ve learned from my mistakes.

I’ve been doing this for a long time, and we keep going back to how long and we’re not going to talk about that. But I’ve been doing it for a long time, so I’ve seen a lot of things happen.

I’ve seen customers pissed off and not pissed off—I don’t know if I can use that word. It’s a podcast, I guess we’re okay. I’m not sure—upset.

You know, I don’t like dealing with that, honestly. I want to have fun and I want to talk about your kids, not your problems, right?

Tom:  Yep.

Lewis:  It’s just part of the deal here with me and that goes with—that goes on with everything, really.

Tom:  It’s a beautiful thing. I like it.

Lewis:  It is. It keeps people coming back. Sorry, I’m moving your equipment here.

Tom:  No, no, no, that’s quite all right.

But getting back to a vehicle that certified preowned…

And, promoting the Martin Chevrolet certified pre-owned programs…  I mean, if I’m buying a pre-owned vehicle, especially here, I couldn’t imagine not buying one certified preowned.

Because of the extra value that I get by the lower interest rate through purchasing certified pre-owned, right?

[Sidebar] Bumpers and Parking in Chicago

Lewis:  Absolutely. And the warranty.

Most vehicles come with a manufacturer’s warranty of three years or 36,000 miles, right? Bumper to bumper.

They call it bumper to bumper. Bumpers aren’t covered by the way, guys.

Tom:  [Laughs] No, I used to live in—quick sidebar—I used to live in Chicago and the big difference between here, or Chicago and LA, is you talk about bumpers for some reason, I’m looking at a license plate holder.

Every bumper in Chicago has screw marks in it because of parallel parking.

Lewis:  Parking is so tight!

Tom:  [Laughs] I don’t know. I think that part has got to come out of the podcast.

Lewis:  It’s fun! We are not going to fault you for being from Chicago.

Tom:  [Laughs]

Lewis:  At least you came to the right place, right? You ended up here, that’s all that matters.

Tom:  As the sun shines through the windows of Martin Chevrolet here.

Lewis:  Beautiful downtown Torrance.

Tom:  Sorry. I totally digressed.

Lewis:  Back to certified, right?

Tom:  Yeah. Enough about bumper screws.

Overall Benefits of Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Program

Lewis:  Yeah, no. But it’s a great program and again, back to the cost of ownership…

It’s there for the people that want a good product and want less expensive transportation and a way to get around.

I mean, let’s face it, cars are expensive.

Tom:  Sure.

Lewis:  So, it just gives you that peace of mind, really.

Tom:  All right. Well, fantastic.

Lower Interest Rate

As we wrap this one up, let’s hit the bullet points. The benefits of certified pre-owned:  You’re going to get a lower interest rate.

Lewis:  Typically.

Tom:  You’re going to get—

Lewis:  I say that. I mean, you got to say that, right? The interest rates aren’t always there, but most of the time, they are.

Tom:  But when you say typically, you mean as opposed to…

Lewis:  It’s a factory-sponsored thing, right?

So, the factory is going to step in.  Or, the banks are going to step in and they’re going to partner up and they’re going to say, “Okay, lets do this program for this period of time.”

It’s not always like that, but the majority of the time, they are.

Tom:  Okay. Benefits of certified preowned.

Lewis:  Rates, competitive interest rates.

Tom:  Competitive interest rates.

6-year/100,000-mile Power Train Warranty

Lewis:  100,000-mile warranty.

Tom:  100,000-mile warranty.

OnStar Reactivated

Lewis:  You get any subscription, whether it be OnStar or whatever, you typically get that for free.

I keep using the word typically, I shouldn’t do that. You do get that for free.

Tom:  For a period of time.

Lewis:  For a period of time, correct.

Tom:  Now, the 100,000-mile warranty is the powertrain. You also get—what is that one?

1-year/12,000-mile Bumper to Bumper Warranty

Lewis:  Yeah, that’s right, we didn’t even talk about that. In a Chevy specifically, you get a 1-year, 12,000-mile bumper to bumper.

Everything pretty much is covered, except wear and tear items. That’s from the time of sale.

Tom:  From the time I buy that certified preowned?

Lewis:  From when you buy that certified preowned.

And the 6-year, 100,000-miles from the time that the first customer or the very first owner purchased the vehicle.

Tom:  So, interest rate.

Lewis:  Warranty.

Tom:  One year, 12,000-mile warranty.

Lewis:  Or 6-year/100 powertrain.

Tom:  And 6-year/100.

Lewis:  And 6-year/100 powertrain, yep. Activation subscriptions to OnStar and stuff like that. We have 172-point inspection.

172-Point Inspection

Tom:  And Chevy’s blessing.

Lewis:  And Chevy’s blessing, yeah. And they’re strict, I tell you what, they are.

They’re very strict. Side note, they even have inspectors come out and check our work.

Tom:  Is that right?

Lewis:  It’s a serious program.

Tom:  It’s that form, the 172-point inspection form, which is literally two pages.

Lewis:  Yep.

Tom:  And it was the—it’s the carbon paper, which I haven’t seen that in a long time, but it’s carbon paper, so there are multiple copies of that.

Lewis:  Right.

Tom:  Your technician is signing off on that, who I’m sure is highly trained.

Lewis:  I have to sign off on it.

Tom:  You’re signing off on it.

Lewis:  Yeah, personally.

All Backed by Chevrolet

Tom:  And then on top of that, the manufacturer is coming out and spot checking your certified program from time to time?

Lewis:  Correct. Correct.

Tom:  That’s pretty tight.

Lewis:  Doesn’t get any better than that.

Tom:  No, no. All right, anything else on certified preowned?

Lewis:  Are we at 30 minutes yet?

Tom:  Half. More than halfway there. Do you want to stretch?

Lewis:  I mean, no. We can do whatever you want.

I can keep talking about it, if you want. I mean, we’ve done 25 to 30 minutes on every other one, why not this one, too? [laughs]

No, I think that’s it. I think it’s a great program. I think the factory supporting it is huge. And it’s definitely something to consider.

Martin Chevrolet Transparency

Tom:  And this is a great place to come. Come see Lewis Cook here at Martin Chevrolet. So happy to have you guys on board with iDriveSoCal.

Lewis:  The clap is coming.

Tom:  And Lewis’s clap is coming.

Lewis:  You have to explain it now every single time.

Tom:  Okay. We’ve recorded this twice now. This is actually our third podcast.

We’re doing something new. The podcast is obviously audio, right? But here we have video going.

In order to sync up the video with the audio—

Lewis:  Tom’s mad at me now. [Laughs]

Tom:  I’m going to get some kind of script down to explain this well.

In order to sync up the video with the audio, on the very first podcast that we did, I clapped, because that clap, it syncs up the video and audio.

It helps the editor to sync up the video and audio.

But that made Lewis laugh, so since then, Lewis has been our clapper.

Now, this clap actually is, think about the old school menu thing, right? With take one!

Lewis:  Yeah, right.

Tom:  Yeah, whatever. At any rate, Lewis, thank you again for being part of iDriveSoCal.

We’re going to wrap this up and Lewis is going to clap. That was me, Tom Smith, and Lewis Cook here at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California.

Lewis:  I do my best to throw him off.

Certified Pre-Owned @ Martin Chevrolet

Tom:  Just off of Hawthorne Boulevard. Thank you again. Thank you, as always, for tuning in, listening, watching, I don’t know, whatever you’re doing, but seriously, thanks so much.

For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. Thank you, as always, for tuning in, which I just said. Go ahead and clap, I’m totally throwing off my game.

Lewis and Tom wrapping the podcast

Having fun wrapping up.

Lewis:  Yeah, I know, I love it. Mission accomplished. Thanks for having me. Here comes the clap. [Laughs]

 

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

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Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned, CPO, program has been available for many years.  And, when you break it down, buying a certified pre-owned Chevy can be a compelling proposition. - In this iDriveSoCal Podcast, I go to Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned, CPO, program has been available for many years.  And, when you break it down, buying a certified pre-owned Chevy can be a compelling proposition.<br /> <br /> In this iDriveSoCal Podcast, I go to Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA to get honest behind the scenes details on buying a certified pre-owned Chevrolet.  And you're going to want to listen closely to this one.<br /> <br /> That's because my friend Lewis Cook, who's the general manager of Martin Chevrolet, really doesn't hold anything back.  He even tells us exactly how much it costs Chevrolet dealers to certify a vehicle!  Click play below and enjoy. :0)<br /> <br />   <br /> Chevy Certified Pre-Owned - aka CPO<br /> Lewis: The factory gets involved heavily.  They go through this 172-point inspection.<br /> <br /> They go through a Carfax and DMV history and everything, really. I mean, they try to make this car as new as possible.<br /> <br /> You can get that interest rate close to what a new car interest rates are.  It takes that extra cost out of the picture.<br /> <br /> Tom:   Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast, all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith here and I am excited to be at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California, with Mr. Lewis Cook, General Manager.<br /> <br /> Lewis:  Hello!<br /> <br /> Chevy Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Podcast<br /> <br /> Tom:  And this report we are bringing to you, obviously live from Martin Chevrolet, but certified pre-owned, the benefits of Chevrolet certified preowned. The certified pre-owned programs have—what are they? They’ve been out for a while now, haven’t they?<br /> <br /> Lewis:  Yeah. I think each factory has some kind of rendition of a certified program.<br /> <br /> Tom:  Basically, it’s a pre-owned vehicle, but it’s a pre-owned vehicle that the factory kind of gives its blessing to at a—<br /> <br /> Lewis:  If you want to call it a blessing, okay.<br /> <br /> Tom:  [Laughs] At a higher level of specification, as far as the overall condition of the vehicle, right?<br /> <br /> Lewis:  Yeah. I joke about blessing and the reason is for—<br /> <br /> Tom:  Are we going to get religious now?<br /> <br /> Lewis:  This is actually pretty funny, and this is unscripted.<br /> <br /> My mechanic just walked in and he has a certified pre-owned checklist in his hand. I promise you, this is unscripted.<br /> Detailed Documentation to Certify a Pre-Owned Chevrolet<br /> Tom:  This is perfect!<br /> <br /> Lewis:  The reason why I say—<br /> <br /> Tom:  I know it’s unscripted because it’s like, he’s not wanting to come closer.<br /> <br /> Lewis:  He doesn’t want to come on camera. I’m not going to sign any—okay, I’ll sign it. But you need to leave this with me for a second, so give me a minute.<br /> <br /> The reason why I laugh at the blessing is if you can see this vehicle inspection and re-conditioning, I’ll show it.<br /> <br /> Tom:  Let’s get a close up of that.<br /> <br /> The actual 172-Point Inspection document!<br /> <br /> Lewis:  I’ll show the camera on the podcast.<br /> <br /> Tom:  On the audio podcast, let me show you this! You see this right here, what I’m talking about?<br /> <br /> Lewis:  You see this, guys? This is what I’m talking about. You say a blessing, I say curse. Not so much. I’m being facetious.<br /> <br /> Tom:  Understood.<br /> <br /> Lewis:  It’s a 172-point vehicle inspection and reconditioning form. It’s two pages. There’s a ton of checkmarks on here, so basically what happens—<br /> <br /> Tom:  And now it has the boss’s signature on it, too, so this is a no joke thing.<br /> 172-Point Inspection for Every CPO Chevrolet<br /> Lewis:  No, it’s a no joke thing.<br /> <br /> The factory is so much behind this and they’re so concerned about the condition of the vehicle, Tom Smith clean 19:24
Awesome Auto Show June https://www.idrivesocal.com/best-summer-car-shows/ Thu, 30 May 2019 07:00:00 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=1351 Awesome Auto Shows in June here in Southern California?  Oh yeah, summer is huge for car shows!  Arguably June is the best month of the year for auto shows.  But, September is not too far behind. Here's our second annual report covering The Professor's Awesome Auto Show June!  And, if you simply cannot contain yourself the below list links to each of the shows on our events calendar: Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show Huntington Beach Concours d'Elegance San Marino Motor Classic Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance San Clemente Car Show Highway Earth Car Show Rods and Roses Car Show But, you really should continue reading or click play below and check out all the preview pictures.  And be sure to hit these shows - you will not be disappointed! Southern California's Best Summer Car Shows Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal the podcast, all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California, Tom Smith here with the good profess, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton. Professor: Hey, Tom. Tom: Hello my friend. This podcast, what are we covering right now? Oh, the Professor's awesome auto show June. Dun, dun, dun, dun! San Marino Motor Classic | Awesome June! For those of you that are new to the iDriveSoCal podcast, or new to the Professor and the auto shows, quick overview. iDriveSoCal, obviously we cover all things automotive, transportation, and from the home base here in Southern California, the automotive capital of not only the United States but the automotive capital of the world. The Professor's Awesome Auto Show June! Now, the good Professor is a car... I would say an uber automotive enthusiast. And so, he kind of curates that majority, probably like 95% of our I Drive SoCal events calendar. So, Mr. Quan, the Professor, is dialed into all of the very best automotive events year-round here in Southern California. Rodeo Concours Lamborghini 350 GT And when we first started this over a year ago, Clinton was saying, "Oh my god, June's going to be so awesome, there's this show, there's that show, there's this show, there's that... " So, we hatched the plan, hey, let's... make it something, we'll call it the Professor's Awesome Auto Show June, and dun, dun, dun, dun! My little... whatever. Yeah. Tom: So now that you're all completely on the edge of your seats, June is huge for auto shows. And the Professor has his favorite picks that we're going to share. I think there's a little bit of a difference between this year and last year based on some scheduling. Professor: Yes. Tom: So, without further ado, Professor, why don't you take it away. Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show Professor: Well let's start off with the first weekend in June, because there are two major events that take place. #48! The first one is going to be Saturday, June 1st, and that's going to be the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show. And I believe this is the 12th annual event, started in 2008. And this takes place out in Chino Hills at the Boys Republic. Now, this is a school where Steven McQueen attended, and that's a major reason why the car show is held there. Tom: And it's for troubled youth kind of thing, or- Professor: Troubled teens. Tom: Or at risk, at risk- Professor: Yes. Tom: Okay. Professor Quan & Associate Professor Professor: Correct, yes. Tom: Kids that might be going down the wrong path, they go to this school. So Steve McQueen went to this school because he was at risk for going down the wrong path. Yeah? Professor: Must've been. Tom: Must've been, right? So I guess the school did pretty well by the standards of Steve McQueen, right? Professor: Oh, absolutely. But yeah- Tom: Movie star, whatnot. Professor: Yeah. Boys Republic Benefit Tom: So very cool. So it's for a good cause. Professor: It's for a great cause, yes. Associated Professor Enjoying June Auto Shows Awesome Auto Shows in June here in Southern California?  Oh yeah, summer is huge for car shows!  Arguably June is the best month of the year for auto shows.  But, September is not too far behind.

Here’s our second annual report covering The Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June!  And, if you simply cannot contain yourself the below list links to each of the shows on our events calendar:

But, you really should continue reading or click play below and check out all the preview pictures.  And be sure to hit these shows – you will not be disappointed!

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Southern California’s Best Summer Car Shows

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal the podcast, all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California, Tom Smith here with the good profess, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.

Professor: Hey, Tom.

Tom: Hello my friend. This podcast, what are we covering right now? Oh, the Professor’s awesome auto show June. Dun, dun, dun, dun!

Gullwing @ San Marino Motor Classic

San Marino Motor Classic | Awesome June!

For those of you that are new to the iDriveSoCal podcast, or new to the Professor and the auto shows, quick overview.

iDriveSoCal, obviously we cover all things automotive, transportation, and from the home base here in Southern California, the automotive capital of not only the United States but the automotive capital of the world.

The Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June!

Now, the good Professor is a car… I would say an uber automotive enthusiast. And so, he kind of curates that majority, probably like 95% of our I Drive SoCal events calendar.

So, Mr. Quan, the Professor, is dialed into all of the very best automotive events year-round here in Southern California.

Silver Rodeo Concours Lamborghini 350 GT

Rodeo Concours Lamborghini 350 GT

And when we first started this over a year ago, Clinton was saying, “Oh my god, June’s going to be so awesome, there’s this show, there’s that show, there’s this show, there’s that… ”

So, we hatched the plan, hey, let’s… make it something, we’ll call it the Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June, and dun, dun, dun, dun! My little… whatever. Yeah.

Tom: So now that you’re all completely on the edge of your seats, June is huge for auto shows.

And the Professor has his favorite picks that we’re going to share. I think there’s a little bit of a difference between this year and last year based on some scheduling.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: So, without further ado, Professor, why don’t you take it away.

Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show

Professor: Well let’s start off with the first weekend in June, because there are two major events that take place.

yellow Porsche w/ #48 @ Steve McQueen Car Show

#48!

The first one is going to be Saturday, June 1st, and that’s going to be the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show. And I believe this is the 12th annual event, started in 2008. And this takes place out in Chino Hills at the Boys Republic. Now, this is a school where Steven McQueen attended, and that’s a major reason why the car show is held there.

Tom: And it’s for troubled youth kind of thing, or-

Professor: Troubled teens.

Tom: Or at risk, at risk-

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Okay.

Professor & his Associate | Best Summer Car Shows

Professor Quan & Associate Professor

Professor: Correct, yes.

Tom: Kids that might be going down the wrong path, they go to this school. So Steve McQueen went to this school because he was at risk for going down the wrong path. Yeah?

Professor: Must’ve been.

Tom: Must’ve been, right? So I guess the school did pretty well by the standards of Steve McQueen, right?

Professor: Oh, absolutely. But yeah-

Tom: Movie star, whatnot.

Professor: Yeah.

Boys Republic Benefit

Tom: So very cool. So it’s for a good cause.

Professor: It’s for a great cause, yes.

Awesome Auto Show June Associate Professor - Awesome Auto Show June

Associated Professor Enjoying June Auto Shows

Tom: It benefits the school, and so this isn’t a free show to get in, there’s a cost, right?

Professor: Yes, I believe it’s $10.00.

Tom: All right, and the details will be on the events page on iDriveSoCal.com.

But then also let’s talk about what kind of vehicles, what kind of auto show this is, what are we going to see when we go to this show for a good cause?

Porsches,  Bullit Mustangs & Motorcycles

Professor: You’re going to see a lot of Porches there. Steve McQueen-

Tom: Porches.

Professor: Yeah.

Blue #48 Porsche | Best Summer Car Shows

Blue #48 @ Friends of Steve McQueen

Tom: Okay.

Professor: Steve McQueen was really into Porches, and you’re going to see a lot of Mustangs. Obviously his most famous movie, Bullit-

Tom: Of course.

Professor: So, you’re going to see a lot of Bullit Mustangs there.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: You’re going to see a number of other vehicles there as well, a lot of cars from movies that he starred in. But those are definitely the two big ones.

Oh, you’re also going to see quite a few motorcycles, there’s quite a-

Tom: Right, he was big into-

Professor: Really nice collection of motorcycles at this show, as well.

Tom: Okay. And is this competitive at all? Is it judged, is it more of a-

Professor: It is a judged show.

Tom: It is? Okay.

Professor: And they have some really unique trophies there, and this is turning out to be probably one of the biggest car shows in Southern California.

Tom: Really?

Professor: Yeah. It really, really is.

Tom: So about how many vehicles, cars, motorcycles, whatnot, do you think are going to be on display?

Professor: That’s a great question.

One of SoCal’s Biggest Car Shows

Tom: Hundred? Couple hundred?

Professor: I would say easily a couple hundred.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: There’s two big fields.

Tom: All right. And then attendance wise what are we thinking?

Awesome Auto Show June - Best Car Shows of Summer - part of Awesome Auto Show June

#48 in Gray!

Professor: That’s a great question-

Tom: Hard to say.

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: But again, the date it-

Professor: I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s thousands of people there. Yeah, it’s a one day show and it’s going to place Saturday June 1st.

Tom: Saturday, June 1st.

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: So, it’s always the first Saturday in June. It starts early, I believe 8:00 a.m. is when it starts-

Tom: Sure.

Professor: And it runs all the way ‘til 3:00. There’s a huge silent auction at the event, that they also lots of raffle prizes.

Tom: A lot of raffle prizes.

Professor: A lot of activities taking place. There’s food. Usually, the gym is open so you can bring your lunch inside because it does get really, really hot in Chino Hills.

Tom: Sure.

Professor: That first weekend in June.

Tom: Sure. So get there early, have fun, good time, and good cause, Friends of Steve McQueen. What is the next one on that first weekend in June?

Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance

Professor: The next one is going to be the Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance, and that’s actually a two-day car show. But on Saturday, I believe, it’s hot rods.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: And then on Sunday is the big show, the Concours d’Elegance, and that’s the show I usually go to.

Best Summer Car Shows - Awesome Auto Show June

Antique beauty @ HB Concours

Tom: Okay. Now that one’s new, I don’t think we had that on our-

Professor: Well, we didn’t have this on the calendar last year because last year we had Rev Auto

Tom: Oh, that’s right.

Professor: At the beautiful Sherwood Country Club, a private estate-

Tom: And Rev’s been moved to the fall?

Professor: It’s been moved to the fall. But the Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance is one of the oldest car shows in Southern California.

34th Annual HB Concours – Casual

This is going to be the 34th Annual Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance. So it’s been going on for a long time.

Tom: Okay, and for those of that don’t know, the Concours d’Elegance… Concours d’Elegance is a French term, right? Competition of excellence.

Awesome Auto Show June - Huntington Beach Concours - part of Awesome Auto Show June

Huntington Beach Concours | Awesome Auto Show June!

Professor: No-

Tom: Elegance.

Professor: Elegance, right, right.

Tom: That’s why it’s d’Elegance. The Professor goes to these, I just talk about them with him. But so those are typically a relatively pricey ticket, right?

Professor: Not this one-

Tom: Or is this one free?

Professor: This one’s $10.00.

Tom: Oh, okay.

Professor: Yeah, it’s very reasonable.

Red Ferarri @ HB Concours

Awesome Auto Show June

Tom: And… but high-end vehicles if you want to go and get all dressed up, that’s what this kind of all about. That-

Professor: This one is a bit more casual than the others-

Tom: Of course, right.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Huntington Beach?

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: So flip flops and board shorts are fine?

Professor: Everything’s fine. But this one takes place at the Huntington Beach Central Park by the library, so it’s more inland, it’s not along the coast.

Tom: Got it. Okay. All right. So that’s the first weekend in June. Now, what’s going on the second weekend in June?

San Marino Motor Classic

Professor: The second weekend is probably the biggest car show of the month, or my personal favorite, it’s the San Marino Motor Classic.

And this year it’s going to be a really, really special event, because they’re going to do it in conjunction with Concours Ferrari, which is usually a separate show.

Gullwing opened - part of Awesome Auto Show June

San Marina Motor Classic

That takes place in Pasadena.  In Old Pasadena on Colorado Boulevard, and they’ll shut down the street and have about 140 cars. But this year they’re doing-

Tom: 140 Ferraris?

Professor: 140 Ferraris, correct.

San Marino Motor Classic

Ferrari Additive for 2019

Tom: Whew!

Professor: So that show will be running in conjunction with the San Marino Motor Classic this year, so this is going to be an even bigger show.

Awesome Auto Show June - part of Awesome Auto Show June

San Marina Motor Classic

Tom: Wow.

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: Sounds like some very, very high-end vehicles will be there between the …

Professor: Oh, absolutely. And this is one of the biggest car shows in Southern California.

San Marino’s Lacy Park

This will take place in San Marino at Lacy Park, which is huge, so there’s going to be… there’s going to be plenty of space for all the vehicles.

Tom: So that one is going on one day or two days?

Professor: Oh, it’s always a one-day event.

Tom: Okay-

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: Always a one-day event. So, but that’s Saturday?

Lavender Benz

San Marino Motor Classic

Professor: No, it’s a Sunday.

Tom: Okay, so the second Sunday.

Professor: It’s going to be Sunday, June 9th.

Tom: Sunday, June 9th.

Professor: Yeah.

Classic Mustang - part of Awesome Auto Show June

Classic Muscle!

Tom: Okay. So, does that… oh, the cost of that? Did you mention?

Professor: I did not mention that. That’s a good question. I think it’s around $40.00 to $50.00 for this one.

Tom: Okay. All right. And then so that’s the second weekend in June.

Professor: Yes.

Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance

Tom: Now, that brings us to the third weekend in June, which correct me if I’m wrong, that’s Father’s Day-

Professor: Yes.

Silver Fiat 8V Supersonic @ Rodeo Concours

Fiat 8V Supersonic @ Rodeo Concours

Tom: And that’s the big Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills Concours d’Elegance, right?

Professor: Yes, a Father’s Day tradition, the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, and this year is the 26th anniversary of the event.

And they’ll shut down Rodeo Drive from Little Santa Monica Boulevard to Wilshire Boulevard.

Silver Hispano Suiza - part of Awesome Auto Show June

Hispano Suiza

Tom: And now that’s a free one, right?

Professor: That’s a free event, so there’s always a lot of people there, and don’t be surprised if you run into some celebs there as well.

Tom: Yeah, so between that one being free, being in Beverly Hills, and being on Father’s Day, it’s just like… huge.

26th Annual Father’s Day Event

Professor: Yes. And I recommend getting there as early as possible if you want to beat the crowds, and you want to take really, really good photos, that’s the way to do it.

Get there before the show officially starts, because cars are already lining up-

Silver Rodeo Concours Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale

Rodeo Concours Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale

Tom: If you want to take photos. If you want to go see and be seen then get there when the crowds get there.

Professor: And if you want to get there and take some good photos-

Tom: Not everybody’s like you, Clinton.

Not everybody’s like, “If you want to get there and get the best pictures ever, you want to put print your own calendar out of the pictures that you take… ”

Silver Rodeo Concours Aston Martin DB4 - part of Awesome Auto Show June

Rodeo Concours Aston Martin DB4

We should do that, actually, we should create a calendar. That’d be a good idea.

Okay, so-

Professor: So that one will be Sunday, June 16th.

Tom: Sunday, June 16th. All right.

So, there’s two the first week, then there’s one the second weekend, there’s just the one, the Beverly Hills Concours d’Elegance the third weekend-

San Clemente Car Show

Professor: We’ll give an honorable mention to another car show-

Tom: Oh, okay.

Professor: Yeah, that I’ve never been to before, but I’m planning on going this year. And it’s the San Clemente Car Show.

Tom: San-

Professor: In downtown San Clemente.

Tom: And it’s just San Clemente Car Show?

Professor: Yeah, in south Orange County.

Tom: All right. So that’s… that’s also Father’s Day weekend?

Saturday BEFORE Father’s Day

Professor: Yes, but it’s on Saturday.

Tom: Oh, gotcha, all right. Well we should have gave the honorable mention… before. Because you’ve got Saturday and Sunday-

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: So, we just reverse those. Okay. Whatever. And I’m not going to fix that in editing either. Because that would be ridiculous, we don’t do that.

So, the third weekend, you have Saturday, the honorable mention, Professor hasn’t been there yet, San Clemente Car Show. And what are we going to see there?

Professor: Probably a lot of classic cars and hot rods.

Tom: Okay, that’ll be fun. And free?

Professor: It’s a free car show.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Then that third weekend, if you’re hitting all these car shows, the third weekend’s going to be completely free because you have-

Professor: Yes.

Tom: San Clemente on Saturday and then Sunday you do Beverly Hills Concours d’Elegance, and that’ll be free as well.

So, that brings us to the fourth, is the fourth weekend the final weekend in June or is there five?

Professor: No, there’s a fifth weekend.

Tom: Okay. That’s the fourth weekend in June what are we looking at?

Highway Earth Car Show

Professor: The fourth weekend is the Highway Earth Car Show

Tom: Oh, right.

Professor: That’s also in Beverly Hills, but it’s up at Franklin Canyon Park. Which is a really cool venue. Yeah.

Highway Earth Car Show Nash Metropolitan

Highway Earth Car Show Nash Metropolitan

Tom: Right on the lake there.

Professor: Right, yeah, it’s a great place to just take a morning walk around that lake and that is also a free car show as well.

Tom: Free car show, a beautiful spot.

Professor: Beautiful spot.

Tom: Very scenic.

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: Casual setting, but cool spot in Beverly Hills, and I have personally never been to and I’d really like to get to that one.

Professor: Yeah.

In the Hills of Beverly

Tom: I know I say that about a lot of these shows… And I think I’ve been to a couple of them…

But as we always say, right, you get to have all the fun, I do all the work in this little endeavor.

Professor @ Highway Earth Car Show - part of Awesome Auto Show June

Professor @ Highway Earth Car Show

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Perfect. Works out good for you.

So that’s the fourth weekend of the month, we have in June, is the Highway Earth, and did you say that was Saturday or Sunday?

Professor: That is Sunday.

Tom: That is Sunday.

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: As you can tell, most major car shows take place on Sundays.

Tom: As you can tell.

Acura NSX Highway Earth Car Show

Acura NSX Highway Earth Car Show

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: As I can tell.

Professor: As we’re going through the calendar.

Tom: All right, so that brings us to… you said there was five weekends in June, right?

Professor: Correct, yes.

Tom: All right, do we have anything in that fifth weekend in June?

Professor: We can add something as well that I’ve never been to before, I’m thinking about going this year.

Tom: All right.

Rods and Roses Car Show

Professor: And it’s a hot rod show, it’s going to be in Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County, and it’s Rods and Roses.

Tom: Now, what a minute, they have Rods and…

Don’t they have Rods and Roses… don’t they have Rods and Roses in… related to the Rose Parade?

Professor: I don’t know… I’m not aware of that show. They could have some other-

Tom: Isn’t there another Rods and Roses? Haven’t I heard of Rods and Roses before?

In Santa Barbara County’s Carpenteria

Professor: I don’t know of another Rods and Roses, but I’m sure there’s… there’s a lot of hot rod shows.

Tom: Huh, okay. No, I thought that we covered something along those… we didn’t cover something close to the name of Rods and Roses that was in like Pasadena or something like that?

Professor: I don’t think so.

Tom: Okay. It must be my other podcast that doesn’t exist.

Professor: Yeah, I don’t think so.

Tom: Right.

Professor: But this… I’m trying to remember exactly how many years, but it’s been going on for quite a few years now as well.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: All right, so there you have it, The Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June in a nutshell!

Awesome Auto Show June | Best Car Shows of the Summer

In 13 minutes, 45 seconds here on the iDriveSoCal podcast, and to recap that real quick, we have the first weekend in June, which is… what’s the date on Saturday?

Professor: Saturday, June 1st.

Tom: Saturday, June 1st, Friends of Steve McQueen. Sunday, June 2nd, Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance. San Marino Motor Classic is actually the second weekend, correct?

Professor: Yes.

Tom: What’s the date on that?

Associate Professor @ San Marino Motor Classic - part of Awesome Auto Show June

Associate Professor @ San Marino Motor Classic

Professor: It is Sunday, June 9th.

Tom: And then we have the San Clemente Car Show, which is the third weekend in June, that’s on Saturday.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: And then that’s followed up by Father’s Day, you have Beverly Hills Concours d’Elegance.

Professor: It’s called the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

Professor and Packard @ Rodeo Drive Concours

Professor and Packard @ Rodeo Drive Concours

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: In Beverly Hills.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: All right.

Professor: Because there use to be two Concours d’Elegances in Beverly Hills.

Tom: Oh, really? There you go.

Professor: Yeah, the Graystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance.

Tom: Of course. Tom, how could not know this? So then the fourth weekend we have the Highway Earth show which actually-

Professor: Is also in Beverly Hills.

Tom: Of course, yeah, Beverly Hills, it’s a hot spot in June, right? And then the fifth weekend you have the Hot Rods and Roses?

Professor: It’s just called Rods and Roses.

Tom: Rods and Roses.

5-Weeks of Automotive Awesomeness!

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: I swear I’ve heard of that before, why is that jogging my memory so much? Rods and Roses, okay.

So, there you have it, the Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June. Dun, dun, dun, dun!

Right here, as you heard it first for the second year in a row on iDriveSoCal. Professor, unless you have anything else, you good?

Highway Earth Car Show Ferrari 488 part of Awesome Auto Show June

Highway Earth Car Show Ferrari 488

Professor: I think that’s it, so there’s something for almost everyone from south Orange County up to Santa Barbara.

Tom: Yeah. If you’re not from Southern California, come out to Southern California in June, hit all these car shows, it’s a great time for you.

Professor: Yeah, spend the whole month here.

Tom: The whole month. All right. Professor, thank you as always. For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith, thank you as always for tuning in.

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Awesome Auto Shows in June here in Southern California?  Oh yeah, summer is huge for car shows!  Arguably June is the best month of the year for auto shows.  But, September is not too far behind. - Here's our second annual report covering The Professo... Awesome Auto Shows in June here in Southern California?  Oh yeah, summer is huge for car shows!  Arguably June is the best month of the year for auto shows.  But, September is not too far behind.<br /> <br /> Here's our second annual report covering The Professor's Awesome Auto Show June!  And, if you simply cannot contain yourself the below list links to each of the shows on our events calendar:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show<br /> Huntington Beach Concours d'Elegance<br /> San Marino Motor Classic<br /> Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance<br /> San Clemente Car Show<br /> Highway Earth Car Show<br /> Rods and Roses Car Show<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But, you really should continue reading or click play below and check out all the preview pictures.  And be sure to hit these shows - you will not be disappointed!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Southern California's Best Summer Car Shows<br /> Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal the podcast, all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California, Tom Smith here with the good profess, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.<br /> <br /> Professor: Hey, Tom.<br /> <br /> Tom: Hello my friend. This podcast, what are we covering right now? Oh, the Professor's awesome auto show June. Dun, dun, dun, dun!<br /> <br /> San Marino Motor Classic | Awesome June!<br /> <br /> For those of you that are new to the iDriveSoCal podcast, or new to the Professor and the auto shows, quick overview.<br /> <br /> iDriveSoCal, obviously we cover all things automotive, transportation, and from the home base here in Southern California, the automotive capital of not only the United States but the automotive capital of the world.<br /> The Professor's Awesome Auto Show June!<br /> Now, the good Professor is a car... I would say an uber automotive enthusiast. And so, he kind of curates that majority, probably like 95% of our I Drive SoCal events calendar.<br /> <br /> So, Mr. Quan, the Professor, is dialed into all of the very best automotive events year-round here in Southern California.<br /> <br /> Rodeo Concours Lamborghini 350 GT<br /> <br /> And when we first started this over a year ago, Clinton was saying, "Oh my god, June's going to be so awesome, there's this show, there's that show, there's this show, there's that... "<br /> <br /> So, we hatched the plan, hey, let's... make it something, we'll call it the Professor's Awesome Auto Show June, and dun, dun, dun, dun! My little... whatever. Yeah.<br /> <br /> Tom: So now that you're all completely on the edge of your seats, June is huge for auto shows.<br /> <br /> And the Professor has his favorite picks that we're going to share. I think there's a little bit of a difference between this year and last year based on some scheduling.<br /> <br /> Professor: Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom: So, without further ado, Professor, why don't you take it away.<br /> Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show<br /> Professor: Well let's start off with the first weekend in June, because there are two major events that take place.<br /> <br /> #48!<br /> <br /> The first one is going to be Saturday, June 1st, and that's going to be the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show. And I believe this is the 12th annual event, started in 2008. And this takes place out in Chino Hills at the Boys Republic. Now, this is a school where Steven McQueen attended, and that's a major reason why the car show is held there.<br /> <br /> Tom: And it's for troubled youth kind of thing, or-<br /> <br /> Professor: Troubled teens.<br /> <br /> Tom: Or at risk, at risk-<br /> <br /> Professor: Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom: Okay.<br /> <br /> Professor Quan & Associate Professor<br /> <br /> Professor: Correct, yes.<br /> <br /> Tom: Kids that might be going down the wrong path, they go to this school. So Steve McQueen went to this school because he w... Tom Smith clean 17:10
2019 Chevrolet Colorado Review https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-chevrolet-colorado-review/ Wed, 29 May 2019 17:49:23 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=10771 The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is a complete package that's difficult to resist.  Actually, let me restate that.  After driving the '19 Chevy Colorado I want to buy one - hands down. However, being a married man, there's more to the equation than simply what I want. :0)  But, if you're married, then you know.  And if you're not yet married - you'll find out. So, Chevy Colorado delivers a great combination of drivability, style, functionality, and command of the road.  It's big enough to get lots of jobs done while not being too big to drive all over Southern California on a regular basis.  Like I do, ahem, darling wife... :0) 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Top-3 1. Drivability 2. Versatility 3. Styling And now you can continue reading for my complete review of the 2019 Chevy Colorado or listen to the podcast versions by clicking play below.  Either way, check out all the pics from my test drive - courtesy of my friends at Martin Chevrolet. 2019 Chevy Colorado Trim Options So, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is basically a small Silverado.  Perhaps that's a key ingredient why I fancy it so much... hmm. "Beyond providing the best deals they [Martin Chevrolet in Torrance] focus on assuring you buy what you want." And, being a truck and, being that we live in the United States our trucks must be available in every possible variety.  And the '19 Colorado definitely does not disappoint in the optional configuration category.  Chevrolet tries to keep the huge number of options as simple as possible... but frankly, that's a tall order. 2019 Chevy Colorado LT Redline For example, if you want to dial-in exactly what you want - you should contact my friends at Martin Chevrolet.  Beyond providing the best deals they focus on assuring you buy what you want.  Not what they want to sell you like many other dealerships.  That's a big difference in the car buying game. .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } Get 3-Years FREE Maintenance - no joke!  It's a $1,300 value!  EXCLUSIVELY from iDriveSoCal & Martin Chevrolet!  Subscribe to our newsletter and we'll email the offer! Send it & Subscribe! Bingo! Check Your Inbox. Black bowtie Colorado - Martin Chevrolet, Torrance So there are three basic trim levels for the Chevy Colorado.  There's the Base, the Work Truck (WT) and the LT. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is a complete package that’s difficult to resist.  Actually, let me restate that.  After driving the ’19 Chevy Colorado I want to buy one – hands down.

However, being a married man, there’s more to the equation than simply what I want. :0)  But, if you’re married, then you know.  And if you’re not yet married – you’ll find out.

So, Chevy Colorado delivers a great combination of drivability, style, functionality, and command of the road.  It’s big enough to get lots of jobs done while not being too big to drive all over Southern California on a regular basis.  Like I do, ahem, darling wife… :0)

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Top-3
1. Drivability
2. Versatility
3. Styling

And now you can continue reading for my complete review of the 2019 Chevy Colorado or listen to the podcast versions by clicking play below.  Either way, check out all the pics from my test drive – courtesy of my friends at Martin Chevrolet.

White 2019 Chevrolet Colorado driver profile banner

2019 Chevy Colorado Trim Options

So, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is basically a small Silverado.  Perhaps that’s a key ingredient why I fancy it so much… hmm.

“Beyond providing the best deals they [Martin Chevrolet in Torrance] focus on assuring you buy what you want.”

And, being a truck and, being that we live in the United States our trucks must be available in every possible variety.  And the ’19 Colorado definitely does not disappoint in the optional configuration category.  Chevrolet tries to keep the huge number of options as simple as possible… but frankly, that’s a tall order.

White 2019 Chevy Colorado LT Redline

2019 Chevy Colorado LT Redline

For example, if you want to dial-in exactly what you want – you should contact my friends at Martin Chevrolet.  Beyond providing the best deals they focus on assuring you buy what you want.  Not what they want to sell you like many other dealerships.  That’s a big difference in the car buying game.

White 2019 Chevrolet Colorado front

Black bowtie Colorado – Martin Chevrolet, Torrance

So there are three basic trim levels for the Chevy Colorado.  There’s the Base, the Work Truck (WT) and the LT.  (BTW the LT in Chevrolet-speak stands for Luxury Touring.)  Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing below.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Trims & MSRPs:

Special Edition Options:

    • RST 
    • Trail Runner
    • Redline
    • ZR1 Midnight
    • ZR2s
      • Bison
      • Midnight
      • Dusk

Cab Options:

    • Extended Cab
    • Crew Cab (4-door)

Bed Options:

    • Short Box 61.70 inches
    • Long Box 74.00 in

’19 Chevrolet Colorado Engines, MPG & Towing

The 2019 Chevy Colorado offers up three powerplants.  And of course, you also have the option of 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive.  Here’s the breakdown for each of the three engines, with towing capacity and MPG ratings:

’19 Chevy Colorado Power, MPG & Towing:

2.5-liter 4-cylinder

    • 200-horsepower
    • 191 pound-feet of torque
    • 3,500-pound towing capacity
    • 20-MPG city & 26-MPG highway

3.6-liter V6

    • 308-horsepower (best in class)
    • 275 lb-ft of torque
    • 7,000 lb towing capacity
    • 18-MPG city & 25-MPG highway

2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel – GM’s Exclusive Duramax

    • 181-horsepower
    • 369 lb-ft of torque
    • 7,700 towing capacity
    • Up to 30-MPG highway

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado my pals at Martin Chevrolet put me in to test drive was the sweet ride you see in all these pics.  It was a 2WD LT Crew Cab Short Box with the Redline Special Edition package.  And, I loved it.

So, the ’19 Chevy Colorado I drove had a sticker price in the $37k range.  However, as always, two things on price.  Specifically why you should never worry about MSRP:

  1. You have to get your Chevrolet Colorado equipped the way you want.
  2. More importantly, go to my friends at Martin Chevrolet and they’ll give you the best deal while assuring you’re in a Chevy you love!

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Exterior

With all the configuration options the Chevrolet Colorado can take on many forms.  What’s cool is the versatility.  Each form can follow the truck’s function or you can mix it up a bit.  Here’s what I mean.

The Colorado LT Redline that I drove looks at home pulling up to a valet stand for a fancy night on the town.  But it also has zero problems rolling up to a job site.

“The Colorado LT Redline that I drove looks at home pulling up to a valet stand for a fancy night on the town.  But it also has zero problems rolling up to a job site.”

And the same goes for the scaled down WT.  With just a few accents, barely impacting the price, you have a fully capable work truck ready to pick up your date for a night on the town.

Also, you can go to a serious extreme with the ZR2 Bison.  This is Colorado’s version of the Ford Raptor.  It looks menacing on the street and comes ready to tackle literally any terrain – right from the factory.

“It looks menacing on the street and comes ready to tackle literally any terrain – right from the factory.”

Incidentally, Lewis Cook, GM of Martin Chevrolet, keeps a Bison in the family for off-road fun.  You gotta love a car dealer who’s also a car-guy and leads a car-family!

white Colorado rear driver view

Super-handy corner bumper step

Plus, in every trim configuration, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado looks great.  And, it offers super-smart and uber-useful step inset into the rear bumper on both corners for easy cargo access.

Inside the ’19 Chevy Colorado

I love getting into and out of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado.  I’m about 5’10” and the running boards you see in the pics of my test driver were optional for me to use.  My wife is about 5’5″-ish and I’m pretty sure she’d make use of them on a regular basis.

Interior Colorado cockpit

Where the fun begins!

But the easy in and out access is something that I truly appreciate as a driver putting on lots of miles and getting in and out of a lot of different vehicles.

Center stack & console

Center stack & console

And the ’19 Colorado is plenty spacious inside.  I was very comfortable in the driver’s seat.  And when I was crawling around the inside taking pictures I appreciated the spacious backseat as well.

Colorado backseat

Fold down and under backseat storage

Plus, Colorado also offered lots of storage compartments and nooks.  I love being able to have easy access to my stuff as well as be able to easily keep it out of view from would-be thieves.

front view from backseat

Dashboard from the backseat

And the Chevrolet Colorado interior is quiet for a truck.  Which is easy to appreciate by all drivers but especially those that want to make use of the available Bose sound system!

 Accessorizing Your 2019 Chevrolet Colorado

As I mentioned earlier, Colorado can be configured for quite literally anyone’s needs.  And Chevrolet takes that to the next level by offering countless accessories.  Whether you’re getting rigged up for work, play or a little of both you’ll have fun decking out your truck to just the right specifications.  And this too is a Martin Chevrolet specialty.  They’ve been customizing trucks for SoCal Chevy drivers since the 1960s!

“…a Martin Chevrolet specialty.  They’ve been customizing trucks for SoCal Chevy drivers since the 1960s!”

So, from roof-racks for boats and bikes to slide-out bed trays, camping tents, and accents.  That means your imagination is the only limitation.  Off-road gear – check.  Fun and functional lights – check, check.  You get the picture.

’19 Chevy Colorado Technology

Chevy Colorado comes with the tech you’d expect in a new vehicle.  But you have to give a nod to Chevy’s engineers because they have laid everything out very logically and simply.

User-interface gets a 10 out of 10 in my imaginary scale.

Touchscreen controls

Super-intuitive touchscreen

Case-in-point, it’s highlighted by the ever popular must-haves of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  But it also comes with lots USB ports and an optional 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

’19 Chevy Colorado Driver Assitance & Safety Tech

Now, you can equip your Colorado with the main driver assistance and safety features commonly being offered these days.

Super-clear backup camera

Highly visible & maneuverable

For example, a crystal clear back-up camera comes standard on any 2019 Chevy Colorado.  And you also have the option to add other enhanced safety features like; forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assistance.

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Drive

Earlier I mentioned how much I loved the ease of getting in and out of the Chevrolet Colorado.  Equally as much, I enjoyed the vehicle’s maneuverability.

“I’m pretty bad with directions I find myself taking many u-turns.  And Chevy’s Colorado was a cinch to whip around in tight spaces.”

Being that I’m pretty bad with directions I find myself taking many u-turns.  And Chevy’s Colorado was a cinch to whip around in tight spaces.

passenger front

Fun to drive Colorado

Also, I drove the V6, which had plenty of power to offer.  And many times throughout my test drive I pressed down on the accelerator – merely for fun.  No, not because I had to.  But very much because I wanted to and enjoyed the power! ;0)

Another cool element of driving the ’19 Chevy Colorado is the quiet cabin.  I get a little twitchy with random noises.  And trucks often deliver them.  But Colorado had a very refined lack of noisiness.  And I love that part about it too!

Now getting back to working on getting my wife’s blessing for a Colorado.  Do I need a truck?  Absolutely!  On rare occasions, every now and then I could use it to move stuff.  Do I want a truck?  Yes, even more absolutely!  I’m a dude.  I like to get stuff done.  And I like to do it on my own schedule without having to phone a friend!

So, overall, it drove like a truck but a sophisticated and well-engineered truck that I’d love to drive on a daily basis.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado | Top-3

  1. Drivability – Putting on lots of miles is something my Chevrolet Colorado LT Redline wanted me to do.  Unfortunately, I had to bring it back to Martin Chevy at the end of the day.  But I’m still working on Mrs. Smith’s blessing to add one to our garage. :0)
  2. Versatility – Chevy’s Colorado delivers many functions no matter what configuration you go with.  Good for off-road?  Check.  Road trips?  Check.  Work and play?  Check and check.  What more does a guy, gal or family need in a truck?
  3. Styling – Just like versatility configurations, the styling of the Chevy Colorado is solid in all versions.  Even if you go with a Work Truck.  In fact, Martin Chevy’s experts are awesome helping to create the perfect work-to-play truck… or play-to-work… however you want to look at it. :0)

Martin Chevrolet – SoCal’s Chevy Dealer

And, thanks to Lewis Cook, GM of Martin Chevrolet.  Lewis and his team at Martin Chevy are ready to serve all your Chevrolet needs.  Stop in and say hello to Lewis – he’s always there.  And Ronnie Bloomquist, his General Sales Manager, also ever-present.  Plus, these guys aren’t Ivory tower managers.  Their desks are among the first you see when you walk into the store.

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorn Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

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Benedict Castle Concours https://www.idrivesocal.com/benedict-castle-concours/ Fri, 24 May 2019 15:14:42 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=10798 For the past 6-years, the Benedict Castle Concours has brought together automotive enthusiasts for a great local cause. And that cause is the Teen Challenge substance abuse and recovery program.  It’s a non-profit with centers across all of Southern California. Additionally, the annual Inland Empire car show plays host to a wide variety of cars and car lovers. iDriveSoCal’s Professor, Clinton Quan, attended this year’s soiree.  Click play below to hear his complete review and scroll through the gorgeous pics of automotive excellence below. 6th Annual Benedict Castle Benefit Car Show Clinton "The Professor" Quan: This Concours is a little bit more unique and I think the organizers of the event, they really wanted to capture the automotive community of Southern California and not just a specific genre of vehicle. The type of vehicles that you normally wouldn’t see at a Concours d’Elegance. This is the reason why it’s, I think, why it’s called just a Concours.  Classic Woody @ Benedict Castle Concours Tom Smith:  Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the good Professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton. Professor:  Hey, Tom! Tom:  Hello, my friend! This podcast, as you know, because you clicked play, is on the Benedict Castle Concours. And what the Professor just explained to me—and I didn’t know, but he knows these things, that’s why I call him the Professor, that’s why we keep him around—the Benedict Castle Concours is not a Concours d’Elegance. A Concours d’Elegance and a Concours are apparently two different things. "...the Benedict Castle Concours is not a Concours d’Elegance. A Concours d’Elegance and a Concours are apparently two different things." Professor:  Yes. Tom:  And I did not know that. So, Professor, please enlighten us. Difference Between Concours and Concours d'Elegance Professor:  Well, most car shows that are a Concours, it is called a Concours d’Elegance, which translates to a competition of elegance, in French. So, usually, you’ll see very elegant automobiles on display. There could be 20, 25, 30 different classes of vehicles, and you’ll see a lot of the owners of the vehicles, they’ll dress up in that same time period as their vehicles. Chevrolet Corvette This Concours is a little bit more unique and I think the organizers of the event, they really wanted to capture the automotive community of Southern California and not just a specific genre of vehicle. Tom:  Okay. Professor:  They’re looking for muscle cars and exotics and hot rods, all types of vehicles. Maybe the type of vehicles that you normally wouldn’t see at a Concours d’Elegance. This is the reason why it’s, I think, why it’s called just a Concours. "They’re looking for muscle cars and exotics and hot rods, all types of vehicles. Maybe the type of vehicles that you normally wouldn’t see at a Concours d’Elegance." Tom:  And we just scrolled through the pictures that you took and some gorgeous automobiles, as always. Professor: There are a lot more cars there. That doesn’t really showcase all the vehicles that were on display, yes. Tom:  I’m sure you can’t picture all of them, right? Professor:  Yeah. Custom Volkswagen Bus Cars at the Benedict Castle Concours Tom:  So, give some examples of vehicles that are going to be at a Concours d’Elegance as opposed to a Concours. Professor:  A Concours d’Elegance, you’re really talking about some of the most expensive vehicles in the world. Vehicles that are just in tip-top condition. These are the most sought after vehicles. Whereas a car show like this, some of the cars you may see, they may be very unique, but they’re not necessarily that… Tom:  Are quite as high value? Professor:  Yes. As quite as highly valued as you would see at a Concours d’Elegance. Benedict Castle Concours For the past 6-years, the Benedict Castle Concours has brought together automotive enthusiasts for a great local cause.

And that cause is the Teen Challenge substance abuse and recovery program.  It’s a non-profit with centers across all of Southern California.

Additionally, the annual Inland Empire car show plays host to a wide variety of cars and car lovers.

iDriveSoCal’s Professor, Clinton Quan, attended this year’s soiree.  Click play below to hear his complete review and scroll through the gorgeous pics of automotive excellence below.

Ford GT White Orange Benedict Castle banner

6th Annual Benedict Castle Benefit Car Show

Clinton “The Professor” Quan: This Concours is a little bit more unique and I think the organizers of the event, they really wanted to capture the automotive community of Southern California and not just a specific genre of vehicle.

The type of vehicles that you normally wouldn’t see at a Concours d’Elegance. This is the reason why it’s, I think, why it’s called just a Concours. 

Classic Wood wagon

Classic Woody @ Benedict Castle Concours

Tom Smith:  Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the good Professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.

Professor:  Hey, Tom!

Tom:  Hello, my friend! This podcast, as you know, because you clicked play, is on the Benedict Castle Concours. And what the Professor just explained to me—and I didn’t know, but he knows these things, that’s why I call him the Professor, that’s why we keep him around—the Benedict Castle Concours is not a Concours d’Elegance. A Concours d’Elegance and a Concours are apparently two different things.

“…the Benedict Castle Concours is not a Concours d’Elegance. A Concours d’Elegance and a Concours are apparently two different things.”

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  And I did not know that. So, Professor, please enlighten us.

Difference Between Concours and Concours d’Elegance

Professor:  Well, most car shows that are a Concours, it is called a Concours d’Elegance, which translates to a competition of elegance, in French. So, usually, you’ll see very elegant automobiles on display. There could be 20, 25, 30 different classes of vehicles, and you’ll see a lot of the owners of the vehicles, they’ll dress up in that same time period as their vehicles.

White classic Chevy Corvette with hood popped

Chevrolet Corvette

This Concours is a little bit more unique and I think the organizers of the event, they really wanted to capture the automotive community of Southern California and not just a specific genre of vehicle.

Tom:  Okay.

Professor:  They’re looking for muscle cars and exotics and hot rods, all types of vehicles. Maybe the type of vehicles that you normally wouldn’t see at a Concours d’Elegance. This is the reason why it’s, I think, why it’s called just a Concours.

“They’re looking for muscle cars and exotics and hot rods, all types of vehicles. Maybe the type of vehicles that you normally wouldn’t see at a Concours d’Elegance.”

Tom:  And we just scrolled through the pictures that you took and some gorgeous automobiles, as always.

Professor: There are a lot more cars there. That doesn’t really showcase all the vehicles that were on display, yes.

Tom:  I’m sure you can’t picture all of them, right?

Professor:  Yeah.

Purple and gold custom-shortened VW microbus

Custom Volkswagen Bus

Cars at the Benedict Castle Concours

Tom:  So, give some examples of vehicles that are going to be at a Concours d’Elegance as opposed to a Concours.

Professor:  A Concours d’Elegance, you’re really talking about some of the most expensive vehicles in the world. Vehicles that are just in tip-top condition. These are the most sought after vehicles. Whereas a car show like this, some of the cars you may see, they may be very unique, but they’re not necessarily that…

Tom:  Are quite as high value?

Professor:  Yes. As quite as highly valued as you would see at a Concours d’Elegance.

Folding hood open showing chromed engine of classic cabriolet

Benedict Castle Concours

Tom:  Is there a genre for one or the other or a range of value?

Professor:  That’s a very good question, but usually at a Concours d’Elegance, you’re talking about cars that are easily hundreds of thousands or easily into the millions of dollars.

“…usually at a Concours d’Elegance, you’re talking about cars that are easily hundreds of thousands or easily into the millions of dollars.”

Tom:  Okay. So, for instance, there was—

Professor:  However, now with a lot of the Concours d’Elegance now, you’re seeing newer classes of vehicles, because vehicles such as muscle cars or Japanese cars, they’ve risen so much in value. So, now you’re seeing an expanded class of vehicles at a Concours d’Elegance that you may have not seen, maybe 10 years ago, or even 7 years ago.

Cars that fit both Benedict Castle Concours & Concours d’Elegance Shows

Tom:  You had a picture of a 2019 Ford GT that absolutely deserved to be, I think, in any show, anywhere.

Professor:  Yeah.

Tom:  Right?

Classic sky blue and orange Gulf sponsored Ford GT

Ford GT

Professor:  Yes, absolutely. Well, the GTs have always been high in value. Are you referring to the original or the current production of GT?

Tom:  Well, in that context I was referring to the 2019. I think I said 2019. So, the one that’s current production.

Professor:  Okay, yeah, the current one. Yeah, that one is about a half-a-million dollars.

Tom:  If you can get it.

“Like any car show, there are vehicles that are just for display, and then there are vehicles that are judged, and that would be part of the award ceremony.”

Professor:  Yeah, yeah.

Tom:  If you can get it, right? You have to literally apply—and I think they’re all allocated.

Professor:  Yeah. But usually, a vehicle like that, it would not be in the—it wouldn’t be a judged vehicle. Like any car show, there are vehicles that are just for display, and then there are vehicles that are judged, and that would be part of the award ceremony.

Tom:  Okay.

Ford GT White Orange

Ford GT @ the Benedict Castle Concours

Professor:  Yeah, they would fit in a particular class of vehicles at a Concours d’Elegance.

Tom:  So, a 2019 Ford GT, which was at that show—

Professor:  Yeah, it’s just for display.

Tom:  It may be at a—if that was a Concours d’Elegance—it may be at a Concours d’Elegance, but that’s going to be a display vehicle. It’s not going to be a vehicle that’s taking part in the competition?

Professor:  Yeah. Yes, it wouldn’t take place in a competition. They wouldn’t have a class for a brand-new vehicle. It’s brand new, it better be in tip-top condition.

Tom:  Okay. So, then at a Concours d’Elegance—

Professor:  It’s got to be an older vehicle.

Tom:  Older vehicle, super high value, got it.

Professor:  Yes.

Tan on red classic cabriolet

Classic Cabriolet

The Car Show at Benedict Castle

Tom:  Now that we figured that out, this was Benedict Castle Concours out in Riverside.

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  For those that aren’t familiar with the venue, why don’t you detail that a little bit?

Professor:  Well, the Benedict Castle is a real castle out in Riverside, which is located in the Inland Empire. A lot of people don’t know where Riverside is located.

This is a venue where there is, I’ve been told, literally 100 films have been filmed out there, and this is a venue that you normally can’t just—I don’t think you can just go out there and tour, so it would only be open for special events, such as this car show.

Tom:  Gotcha.

“This is a venue where… literally 100 films have been filmed out there…”

Professor:  And what was great about this was the participants and the attendees of the Benedict Castle Concours, they also got the opportunity to go on a tour of the castle, so they had guided tours throughout the event.

Tom:  That’s cool. Did you do that, or have you done that so many times in the past that you didn’t?

Black 1931 Nash 887

1931 Nash 887

Professor:  Well, I did do it this time. I’ve done it a number of times before, but I did it this time as well because this time I brought my cousin with me and she’s never been, so this was a good opportunity for her to check out the castle and we got to visit a number of different areas within the castle that you normally wouldn’t be able to see.

Tom:  Is this castle the size and scope of Hearst Castle or scaled down a bit from that?

Professor:  Oh, much scaled down. I think it’s about—I’m trying to remember, but I believe it is about 10,000 square feet. Yeah. But it’s a huge property.

Tom:  Was it someone’s private residence at one point in time when it was first built?

Professor:  Yes.

“…this was a good opportunity… to check out the castle and we got to visit a number of different areas within the castle that you normally wouldn’t be able to see.”

Tom:  Got it.

Professor:  Yes. Many, many years ago, but no longer. No longer,  no.

Tom:  All right. Well, sounds like a cool venue and I think when we covered it—

Professor:  It’s a really, really cool venue.

Tom:  I think when we covered it last year, I said, “I’m going to get out to that one next year.” And you know what? Life has just gotten in the way. I did not make it this year, but I’m going to say I’m going to try again next year.

Professor:  Next year. Yeah, I believe it should be held during that same weekend, the last Sunday in March.

Tom:  Last Sunday in March, okay.

Professor:  Yeah.

#1 March SoCal Auto Event = Benedict Castle Concours

Tom:  Of course, we have it on the iDriveSoCal.com events calendar, so go there for all of the top, tippity-top, I want to say, automotive events around Southern California, Professor Quan has really curated the entire calendar and does a great job of selection top show. Because as we’ve said numerous times, in Southern California, you can hit multiple shows every weekend. Literally every weekend.

So, the shows that we have and the events, the automotive events and shows both that we have are really hand-picked by the Professor.

Professor:  Yes. And this is considered to be one of the best car shows now in Southern California. It’s growing and growing. And this would be my number one pick event for the month of March.

“…this is considered to be one of the best car shows now in Southern California. It’s growing and growing…”

Tom:  Number one pick for the month of March.

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  That’s another podcast we’ve been meaning to do, right?

Professor:  Yes! [Laughs]

Tom:  The Professor’s picks for each month, right?

Red Shelby Cobra

Shelby Cobra

Benedict Castle High Tea

Professor:  Yes. Yeah, we’ll get to that, I promise. Another thing I wanted to mention is that not only is this a car show, but there are other elements and features of the car show which make it interesting as well.

We’ve talked about the Nethercutt Museum and they put on a fashion show and High Tea.  So this is, especially if you’re bringing your significant other, your girlfriend, your wife, and maybe they’re not really into cars, but they’re into fashion or they like tea. This will give them something to do for a few hours.

“…not only is this a car show, but there are other elements and features of the car show which make it interesting as well.”

Tom:  I was just going to ask you to educate me. A fashion show and the High Tea?

Professor:   Yeah, that’s what they call it, Nethercutt Fashion Show and High Tea. Now, I’ve never really attended, so I don’t really know what—

Tom:  I have a hard time. I have a hard time believing that you’ve never attended. In fact, I would rather think that you probably have five different outfits to attend in. But you’ve never attended, huh?

Blue classic Mustang GT 350 @ the Benedict Castle Concours

Ford Mustang

Professor:  I’ve never attended the fashion show. There’s just so much going on.

Tom:  I’ll bet.

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  So, high tea, is this like tea time?

Professor:  It’s tea time.

Tom:  The English type of—

Professor:  There’s a type of little sandwiches while you’re watching the fashion show

Tom:  Okay.

Professor:  And it takes place—

Tom:  And pinkies flying everywhere, between the tea and the sandwiches.

Professor:  —throughout the castle.

Tom:  Between the tea and the sandwiches, you got to pinky out and fly in, whatever. It’s how you drink your tea, right?

Professor:  I don’t know. [Laughs]

Tom:  Yeah, I don’t know. Okay. So, about this particular show, why don’t we get a couple of details about this show because we’ve talked about everything ancillary

Professor Quan and his son enjoy the Benedict Castle Car Show

Professor and Associate enjoying a Benedict Castle winner!

Unique Elements of the Benedict Castle Concours

Professor:  Well, those are important elements to the show.

Tom:  Clearly! Okay. Before we talk about the cars in the show, was there any ancillary elements, such as the Nethercutt Fashion Show and High Tea?

VIP Pavilion

Professor:  Yes. The Peterson is the major sponsor and they have a VIP Pavilion.

Tom:  All right.

Professor:  Yeah, so for $100, you get food as well and you can hang out there, it’s all shaded because it does get really hot out there in Riverside. A lot of people like to take advantage of that.

Gala Dinner

They also do a gala dinner on—I believe that’s Saturday night.

Tom:  Is that the night before or the night of?

Professor:  That is the night before.

Tom:  Okay.

Professor:  The car show is on a Sunday and the dinner is the night before.

Tom:  And if you want to go out and do this whole—it’s an overnight thing, so call it a weekend.

Professor:  Yeah.

Historic Mission Inn

Tom:  If you want to go do the whole weekend, you go stay at the Mission Inn, right?

Professor:  You stay at the Mission Inn.

Tom:  The historic Mission Inn.

“The historic, four-star Mission Inn. It’s a very popular place for weddings, special events.”

Professor:  The historic, yeah, four-star Mission Inn. It’s a very popular place for weddings, special events.

Tom:  Now, I would imagine that gets sold out. I would imagine that weekend gets sold out pretty quick. No?

Professor:  No, actually—because it’s such a big hotel and there’s a number of other hotels in the area as well.

Tom:  Okay.

Professor:  Yeah.

Gray old-school Nissan Skyline at Benedict Castle Car Show

Nissan Skyline

Tom:  Now can we talk about the show?

Professor:  Have I mentioned everything else? Yes.

[Laughter]

I just wanted to make sure. Oh, actually, I have not.

Tom:  Okay, what else you got?

Benedict Castle Concours Teen Challenge Benefit

Professor:  There’s even more. So, we talked about the tour. There’s also the raffles and the silent auction and the live auction, so that’s a big part of it as well.

Tom:  Okay.

Professor:  Because that’s a donation—a big part of the proceeds goes to Teen Challenge, so the castle is actually a venue for troubled teens.

Tom:  Oh, really?

Professor:  Yeah.

Tom:  Oh, that’s cool. That’s kind of in the vein of the Steve McQueen…

“…a big part of the proceeds goes to Teen Challenge, so the castle is actually a venue for troubled teens.”

Professor:  Yes. From what I understand, I believe it’s something similar, yes.

Tom:  Yes. Now, the car show?

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  All right, cool. Carry on.

Variety of Vehicles on Display

Professor:  Well, as I mentioned earlier, there are all these different genres of cars. As you can see from the photos, you’ve got modern sports cars, such as the McLaren 600LT, the Ford GT.

Professor Quan posses with a white McLaren at Benedict Castle Concours

McLaren 600LT

Tom:  2019 Ford GT! Boy is that a good looking car!

Professor:  All the way from the previous Ford GT, the classic GT.

Tom:  Right.

Professor:  You’ve got cars from the 1930s, 1920s.

Tom:  Had a few old classic muscles, Mustangs.

Professor:  Yeah, there’s muscle cars.

Tom:  Lots of ‘30s and ‘20s.

Professor: There are hotrods. There are European cars, such as the Lamborghini Murcielago with the awesome customized plate. [Laughs] That was really cool.

Tom:  This guy literally had a license plate that said A-W-H-H-H-S-U-M.

Professor:  Yes, something like that.

Tom:  Clever. Totally inconspicuous. You’d never be able to pick that one out of a crowd, right?

[Laughter]

Orange Lamborghini Murcielago @ Benedict Castle Car Show

Orange Lamborghini Murcielago

Professor:  Especially with the orange.

Tom:  Yeah, orange! The orange Lambo with “Awhhhsum” on the license plate. Yeah, that guy’s just blending into traffic, for sure. [Laughs]

So, a little something for everyone. A great show. There’s got to be a fee to get into the show, no?

Benedict Castle Concours Cost

Professor:  There is a fee. It’s only $10, general admission.

Tom:  No, that’s reasonable!

Professor:  It’s very reasonable, yeah. It’s only $10, general admission.

Tom:  And then they had all these different genres. Now, it’s a Concours, that means that it was competitive.

Professor:  Yes, there are awards.

Tom: There are awards in…

Professor:  Yes. There’s an award ceremony.

Orange Lamborghini Murcielago @ Benedict Castle Concours

Professor Clinton Quan and our Associate Professor, Christian

Tom:  And the awards are just bragging rights, ribbon, cheap trophy, right?

Professor:  Yeah.

Tom:  It’s not like any kind of valuable award, right?

Benedict Castle Car Show Awards

Professor:  What is cool about this one is they have all these really customized trophies, custom trophies that they do, which looks really, really cool.

Tom:  Custom in such a way that…

Professor:  It honors the Benedict.

Tom:  Benedict Castle?

Professor:  I didn’t stay for the award ceremony.

Tom:  It’s got an iDriveSoCal logo on it?

Professor:  I wish it did.

[Laughter]

Tom:  No, not yet.

Professor:  But yeah, that’s a big part of the show as well, the awards. And then this year they actually had bleachers set up and then they reversed the stage for this year. I think they did that due to the weather as well.

Tom:  Reversed the stage. I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Professor:  Well, usually the stage is set on the other side and then they switched it around and then they put bleachers. They normally don’t have bleachers there. This way, the award ceremony, it takes a long time. So, people can sit.

Tom:  They made it comfortable for people to sit through the award ceremony this year?

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  That was good of them. That was good of them. That’s some good event planning there, I’ll tell you.

Annual Benedict Castle Concours 

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  All right, Professor Quan, on the—what annual is it? The sixth annual? Seventh annual?

Professor:  This is The 6th Annual Benedict Castle Concours.

Tom:  The 6th Annual Benedict Castle Concours. Sounds like it’s for a good cause, for troubled teens, yeah?

Gray First Generation Acura NSX @ Benedict Castle Concours

Acura NSX @ the Benedict Castle Concours

Professor:  Yes, yeah.

Tom:  Let’s go on out and promote that again next year.

Professor:  Yes, absolutely.

Tom:  We’ll keep it on the iDriveSoCal.com events calendar, on an ongoing regular basis.

Professor Quan, thank you, as always, for your expert analysis and for iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. Thank you, as always, for tuning in.

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For the past 6-years, the Benedict Castle Concours has brought together automotive enthusiasts for a great local cause. - And that cause is the Teen Challenge substance abuse and recovery program.  It’s a non-profit with centers across all of Southern... For the past 6-years, the Benedict Castle Concours has brought together automotive enthusiasts for a great local cause.<br /> <br /> And that cause is the Teen Challenge substance abuse and recovery program.  It’s a non-profit with centers across all of Southern California.<br /> <br /> Additionally, the annual Inland Empire car show plays host to a wide variety of cars and car lovers.<br /> <br /> iDriveSoCal’s Professor, Clinton Quan, attended this year’s soiree.  Click play below to hear his complete review and scroll through the gorgeous pics of automotive excellence below.<br /> <br /> <br /> 6th Annual Benedict Castle Benefit Car Show<br /> Clinton "The Professor" Quan: This Concours is a little bit more unique and I think the organizers of the event, they really wanted to capture the automotive community of Southern California and not just a specific genre of vehicle.<br /> <br /> The type of vehicles that you normally wouldn’t see at a Concours d’Elegance. This is the reason why it’s, I think, why it’s called just a Concours. <br /> <br /> Classic Woody @ Benedict Castle Concours<br /> <br /> Tom Smith:  Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the good Professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Hey, Tom!<br /> <br /> Tom:  Hello, my friend! This podcast, as you know, because you clicked play, is on the Benedict Castle Concours. And what the Professor just explained to me—and I didn’t know, but he knows these things, that’s why I call him the Professor, that’s why we keep him around—the Benedict Castle Concours is not a Concours d’Elegance. A Concours d’Elegance and a Concours are apparently two different things.<br /> <br /> "...the Benedict Castle Concours is not a Concours d’Elegance. A Concours d’Elegance and a Concours are apparently two different things."<br /> <br /> Professor:  Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom:  And I did not know that. So, Professor, please enlighten us.<br /> Difference Between Concours and Concours d'Elegance<br /> Professor:  Well, most car shows that are a Concours, it is called a Concours d’Elegance, which translates to a competition of elegance, in French. So, usually, you’ll see very elegant automobiles on display. There could be 20, 25, 30 different classes of vehicles, and you’ll see a lot of the owners of the vehicles, they’ll dress up in that same time period as their vehicles.<br /> <br /> Chevrolet Corvette<br /> <br /> This Concours is a little bit more unique and I think the organizers of the event, they really wanted to capture the automotive community of Southern California and not just a specific genre of vehicle.<br /> <br /> Tom:  Okay.<br /> <br /> Professor:  They’re looking for muscle cars and exotics and hot rods, all types of vehicles. Maybe the type of vehicles that you normally wouldn’t see at a Concours d’Elegance. This is the reason why it’s, I think, why it’s called just a Concours.<br /> <br /> "They’re looking for muscle cars and exotics and hot rods, all types of vehicles. Maybe the type of vehicles that you normally wouldn’t see at a Concours d’Elegance."<br /> <br /> Tom:  And we just scrolled through the pictures that you took and some gorgeous automobiles, as always.<br /> <br /> Professor: There are a lot more cars there. That doesn’t really showcase all the vehicles that were on display, yes.<br /> <br /> Tom:  I’m sure you can’t picture all of them, right?<br /> <br /> Professor:  Yeah.<br /> <br /> Custom Volkswagen Bus<br /> Cars at the Benedict Castle Concours<br /> Tom:  So, give some examples of vehicles that are going to be at a Concours d’Elegance as opposed to a Concours.<br /> <br /> Professor:  A Concours d’Elegance, you’re really talking about some of the most expensive vehicles in the world. Vehicles that are just in tip-top condition. Tom Smith clean 15:36
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Review https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-chevrolet-blazer-review/ Wed, 15 May 2019 14:30:18 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=10717 We've reviewed the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer and have found it to be a stylish and fun to drive crossover SUV. Most of us recall the Blazer name. Because Chevy has used it in a couple of previous versions. There was the compact S-10 Blazer and then going way back there was the full-sized K-5 Blazer. You'll see in our 2019 Chevy Blazer review that this car is now more of a crossover. Whereas its predecessors were definitely more of SUVs. But, that's really only in the more serious off-road department. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Top-3 Features 1. Styling 2. Tech 3. Power My friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA recently gave me a 2019 Blazer for a day of fun-driving around Southern California. Continue reading below or click play to listen to my review while scrolling through my '19 Chevy Blazer photo shoot. 2019 Chevy Blazer review All-New 2019 Chevy Blazer The rebooted 2019 Chevrolet Blazer that we reviewed comes in three primary trim options.  There's the base, the RS and the Premier.  If you go with the base then you have a few additional, call them sub-trim, options to chose from. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Trims & MSRPs: Base/L $29,995 RS $41,795 Premier $43,895 As always, don't worry about MSRP.  The manufacturer's suggested retail price is only that.  The two things that are important. 2019 Chevy Blazer review - front fender/bumper First, be sure to review your 2019 Chevrolet Blazer and get it equipped the way you want.  We spend way too much time in our cars here in Southern California to not love what we drive! Where to Buy - 2019 Chevy Blazer And second, go to Martin Chevrolet.  Hands down, this is the best place to buy a Chevy.  Of course, your price will be the best.  But Martin Chevy is led by my friend Lewis Cook. Talking w/ Lewis Cook, GM, Martin Chevy And I love his no-nonsense straightforwardness.  The first thing Lewis suggests when helping customers buy or lease cars is to get what you want!  (Of course, we all have a budget we need to work within.)  But getting the features you want is key to automotive happiness! .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } Get 3-Years FREE Maintenance - no joke!  It's a $1,300 value!  EXCLUSIVELY from iDriveSoCal & Martin Chevrolet!  Subscribe to our newsletter and we'll email the offer! Send it & Subscribe! We’ve reviewed the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer and have found it to be a stylish and fun to drive crossover SUV.

Most of us recall the Blazer name. Because Chevy has used it in a couple of previous versions. There was the compact S-10 Blazer and then going way back there was the full-sized K-5 Blazer.

You’ll see in our 2019 Chevy Blazer review that this car is now more of a crossover. Whereas its predecessors were definitely more of SUVs. But, that’s really only in the more serious off-road department.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Top-3 Features
1. Styling
2. Tech
3. Power

My friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA recently gave me a 2019 Blazer for a day of fun-driving around Southern California. Continue reading below or click play to listen to my review while scrolling through my ’19 Chevy Blazer photo shoot.

2019 Chevy Blazer review

2019 Chevy Blazer review

All-New 2019 Chevy Blazer

The rebooted 2019 Chevrolet Blazer that we reviewed comes in three primary trim options.  There’s the base, the RS and the Premier.  If you go with the base then you have a few additional, call them sub-trim, options to chose from.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Trims & MSRPs:

As always, don’t worry about MSRP.  The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is only that.  The two things that are important.

2019 Chevy Blazer review - front fender/bumper

2019 Chevy Blazer review – front fender/bumper

First, be sure to review your 2019 Chevrolet Blazer and get it equipped the way you want.  We spend way too much time in our cars here in Southern California to not love what we drive!

Where to Buy – 2019 Chevy Blazer

And second, go to Martin Chevrolet.  Hands down, this is the best place to buy a Chevy.  Of course, your price will be the best.  But Martin Chevy is led by my friend Lewis Cook.

Tom Smith talks with Lewis Cook of Martin Chevrolet

Talking w/ Lewis Cook, GM, Martin Chevy

And I love his no-nonsense straightforwardness.  The first thing Lewis suggests when helping customers buy or lease cars is to get what you want!  (Of course, we all have a budget we need to work within.)  But getting the features you want is key to automotive happiness!

Blazer Powertrains & MPG

The all-new 2019 Blazer comes with two different engine options.  There’s a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that produces 193-horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque.  And the bigger 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 308-hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.

Black 2019 Chevrolet Blazer review

Black 2019 Chevrolet Blazer review

Going with the 4-cylinder will require you to stick to a version of the base model ’19 Blazer.  But you can get the base model with the V6 as well.  And when you step up to the RS and or the Premier your only option is the V6.

Black 2019 Chevrolet Blazer review - passenger rear

Black 2019 Chevrolet Blazer review – passenger rear

Another key difference between the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer and Blazers of the past is standard front-wheel drive.  Previous Blazers were rear-wheel drive.

2019 Chevy Blazer review - center stack & console

2019 Chevy Blazer review – center stack & console

But like previous Blazers, the ’19 Blazer offers all-wheel drive.  And of course, this is expected in any crossover SUV.

“…the bigger 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 308-hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.”

Whatever your overall configuration, our review of the 2019 Chevy Blazer shows that the fuel economy is rated respectably.  The base Blazer with only front-wheel drive and the 4-cylinder will give you 22 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer review - dashboard/instrument cluster

2019 Chevrolet Blazer review – dashboard/instrument cluster

And a load-up Premier with all-wheel drive and the bigger V6 will deliver only slightly different numbers with 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer review - driver rear

2019 Chevrolet Blazer review – driver rear

And the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer’s towing capacity is also respectable.  Up to 4,500 pounds with the V6 and AWD.

2019 Chevy Blazer Exterior

Because Chevrolet has used the ‘Blazer’ name in the past it’s natural to expect the vehicle will look a certain way.  And I don’t think I’m alone in saying it’s not what I expected.  But it’s very, very good looking.

 

Black 2019 Chevy Blazer review - driver side profile

Black 2019 Chevy Blazer review – driver side profile

This all-new Chevy Blazer is sexy, bold and stylish looking in every trim level.  Because it’s sweeping lines and bold stance seem to take its cues from the Camaro – surprisingly.

Black 2019 Chevrolet Blazer review - driver front

Black 2019 Chevrolet Blazer review – driver front

My test driver was the base model and it looks great.  But when you add the sporty accents of the RS and or the more upscale accents of the Premier the result is eye-popping.

“…when you add the sporty accents of the RS and or the more upscale accents of the Premier the result is eye-popping.” 

Because you wind up with what looks, feels and drives like a luxury vehicle.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Trim Options

The interior of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer we reviewed is spacious and modern.  There’s plenty of room throughout for both people and our stuff.

Gray 2019 Chevrolet Blazer cockpit

All-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer cockpit

There are lots of storage nooks to keep all the various items that might interest would be thieves out of sight.

Gray 2019 Chevrolet Blazer cargo area w. backseat down

2019 Chevrolet Blazer cargo area w. backseat down

Even my test driver, again base model, had heated front seats.  And ventilated front seats are also an option when you jump up to the RS trim.  Heat and ventilated front seats are standard on the Premier trim.

“…the outside dial of the vent turns to either increase or decrease the cabin temperature.”

And speaking of heating and ventilation the circular vents both look cool and are functional.  Because the outside dial of the vent turns to either increase or decrease the cabin temperature.  Great design!

Gray 2019 Chevy Blazer - circular vents

Gray 2019 Chevy Blazer – circular vents

The 2019 Blazer seats up to 5 adults.   Plus, if you’re in the backseat and in the middle, you still get to enjoy a flat floor!

Gray 2019 Chevy Blazer - backseat

Gray 2019 Chevy Blazer – backseat

And with the backseat up you have an ample 30.5 cubic-feet of cargo space.  Drop the backseats down and you wind up with a generous 64.2 cu-ft.

Technology & Safety

The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is packed with technology features.  For instance, the 8-inch touchscreen is standard across all trim levels.

Gray 2019 Chevy Blazer - steering wheel and dash

Gray 2019 Chevy Blazer – steering wheel and dash

And that touchscreen, along with the rest of the ’19 Blazer controls are all well laid out and highly functional.  The intuitive and user-friendly design makes all the features, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a cinch to master.

2019 Chevy Blazer - 8.inch touch screen

2019 Chevy Blazer – 8.inch touch screen

And the 2019 Chevy Blazer offers all the driver assisted safety technology that we’ve come to expect.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer review – Safety Technology:

    • Adaptive Cruise Control
    • Lane Keep Assist
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Automatic Braking

The Drive

Being more crossover than SUV, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is smooth.  But it’s also powerful and fun.  I love the upright seating position giving you a great view and command for the road.

“I love the upright seating position giving you a great view and command for the road.” 

Confidence behind the wheel is a key factor.  Especially when you’re dealing with the insane traffic we live with here in Southern California!