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Supercar Sunday gives car enthusiasts a close-up look at rare autos

Supercar Sunday offers a little somethign for everyone at the Westfield Promenade Mall, Woodland Hills

Supercar Sunday offers a little something for everyone at the Westfield Promenade Mall, Woodland Hills.

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Car collectors and auto enthusiasts pack into what’s known as “Supercar Sunday” every weekend, at the Westfield Promenade Mall parking lot, Woodland Hills, CA.  From 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., hundreds of fans and serious auto collectors show up at what at first appears to be a used car lot. But a closer look reveals scores of 2016 models of Ford Mustangs with modified engines and body parts to vintage muscle cars like a 1972 Ferrari and 1937 ford luxury sedan with an LS1 Chevy Corvette engine. Car enthusiasts Bob Gouch, who owns the 1937 Ford comes often to the “Supercar show” and found a good spot for his red, candy wine auto.

From classics like this '57 Bel-Air Chevy wagon to 2016 Mustangs, the car show has it all.

From classics like this ’57 Bel-Air Chevy wagon to 2016 Mustangs, the car show has it all.

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“It has a new paint job,” he said. “I bought it about a month ago, and it was a 2008 build. I tried to buy it five years ago and couldn’t afford it, then five months ago I found for sale and got it.” Gouch said if he had to sell it he could easily earn $85,000 for it, but added the car is “priceless.” It sits on airbags and has a road clearance of about 2.5 inches. When he comes upon potholes, he said he lifts the ford frame up and drives right through them.

Bob Gouch put a Chevy Corvette engine in this candy, wine red 1937 Ford luxury sedan.

Bob Gouch put a Chevy Corvette engine in this candy, wine red 1937 Ford luxury sedan.

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Auto Collector Jamie Howard and son Phillip were also on hand to show off their 1972 Ferrari, which has been in the family for 27 years. “I bought this original Ferrari in New York 27 years ago and put in a fresh new engine and rims and tires,” said Jamie Howard.  And Jamie’s son Phillip Howard added, “It’s fun to drive, and you don’t get to drive many stick shifts cars like these anymore. This one is a five speed.

A 2002 Mustang with 1,000 horspower and a parachute attached to back end just in case the owner needs to slow down.

A 2002 Mustang with 1,000 horspower and a parachute attached to back end just in case the owner needs to slow down or prevent the modified Ford from crashing.

IMG_1753Supercar Sunday is the only weekly car show in the world that offers such amazing automotive diversity and passion. It was founded and organized by Dustin Troyan. From the rarest and most exotic cars from the world over, to the hottest hot rods, muscle cars, imports, “one offs” and just about everything else, they all visit Supercar Sunday weekly,” explained Troyan. “Supercar Sunday illustrates the passion for the automobile and amazing camaraderie of the automotive community. You never know who will attend and with what; from celebrities to race car drivers, to designers to us, regular guys, at Supercar Sunday is always full of surprises. It is the place to be see and be seen if you are an automotive enthusiast,” he said.

Lots of rare cars were on display at Supercar Sunday.

Lots of rare cars were on display at Supercar Sunday.

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The car show is free and allows fans to get close-up view hot rods, old and new luxury sports cars and modified muscle cars. The star of the show this Sunday (Jan. 17, 2016) was a dark blue, 2002 Ford Mustang with a 1,000 horsepower and a parachute mounted on the back. The owner slowly drove through the aisles of cars on display turning heads at every turn. Just idling sounded like a speedboat in the water.

Loads of roadsters and classic sportscars at the show.

Loads of roadsters and classic sportscars at the show.

IMG_1795If you have a roadster and would like to show it off, feel free to come early and park in a good location. The volunteers coordinating the free event ask that you show courtesy by keeping your care music low, not burning your tires or revving up your engines. The event coordinators prefer that you register at www.DrivenWorld.com before coming, so they can make room for the expected number of cars that will be on display.

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A variety of makes and models can be found every Sunday at the Supercar Sunday auto show.

Each week is different. You might see a lot of McLaren’s one week or Corvettes the next time around. Antique and new sports cars like Mustangs GT’s and Corvettes are always there, but if you have a special make or model in mind check out the website for each Super Sunday at http://www.supercarsunday.com/. Supercar Sunday is a free, family community event, but organizers have costs in putting it all together, so they do accept donations via PayPal on their website to help reduce expenses. Don’t forget to bring your camera, many of these cars on display are not only rare, but you may never see them again. This car show is a five on a scale of five. If you attend, let us know what you think.

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LA Auto Show is a real crowd pleaser showcasing advanced 2016 tech and designs

The 2016

The 2016 Chevrolet Stingray Z06 debuts at the LA Auto show on through Sunday.

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The LA Auto Show, on through the weekend drew record crowds and show-stopping new hybrids and 2016 models of America’s favorite cars and trucks. The new Jeep Wrangler has a rough and tough look that with eye-popping features galore.

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The 2016 electric Porshe was on display among the many Porsche styles.

On display were classic and old favorites to concepts cars with the so many interesting designs of the automotive industry. The 12-day Auto show takes a few hours if you visit each display, which has brand new models in BMW, Mercedes to really classic cars like the 1970 Camaro. Chrysler brought back the design from the 1950’s with a Chrysler 300c Platinum, said spokesperson Chelsea Watts.

The 2016 Jeep looks rough and tough for the offroading this year at the LA Auto Show.

The 2016 Jeep looks rough and tough for offroading this year at the LA Auto Show.

“This is the top of the line luxury sedan, with heated ventilated leather seats inside. There’s also genuine wood inlays and other luxury features. It still has the iconic body design of the 300 and it even has more rounded edges in the front. It has incredible power under the hood, a 3.5 liter, a V-8 engine that gets 25 MPG on the highway with new powerful transmissions,” said Watts.

Some attendees like Jim Schwartz, Playa Vista, CA came to see the new SUV’s he’s shopping for right now. “I’ve really been focused on the new Chevy Colorado because I own a 2013 model, and the dealer sent me a really good deal,” said Schwartz. “I checked out the High Sierra, and I really wasn’t impressed, because it looks like an old retro truck with a lot of wood paneling in it. I also looked at the Malibu, where they changed the back end, which changed the whole look of the car, which I thought was pretty cool.”

Swartz also noted that many of the new cars and trucks are so uniquely designed and he believes, all dealers are targeting the younger people. “I noticed that Chevrolet is actually thinking about restoring the 70’ Camaro,” said Schwartz. “I don’t believe that Chevy is targeting our age bracket anymore. Everywhere I drive you see the Mustangs and Camaro’s with designs and features of the 1970’s and there are a lot of young people driving them.”

Suburu displayed some new prototypes targeting the younger drivers.

Subaru displayed some new prototypes targeting the younger drivers.

One exciting feature of the LA Auto show you might want to check out is getting behind the wheel and test driving nearly 100 of the latest models.  – Registration for all of this year’s test drives will take place onsite during the LA Auto Show (slots are available at a first-come, first-serve basis). Note: registration at each test drive kiosk/desk will close 30-60 minutes prior to the hours posted Requirements to participate: You will have to present your 2015 LA Auto Show ticket stub prior to signing up; drivers must meet age requirements for each manufacturer and have a valid driver’s license;  passengers are allowed and must be at least eight years of age; drivers and passengers must sign a waiver of liability and may be asked to provide follow-up information; you may be asked to pass a Breathalyzer test in order to participate.

LA Auto offers these tips:  Saturdays and Sundays tend to have the most participating vehicles. Rather than wait until later in the day, they recommend signing up to test drive your favorite vehicles upon your arrival to the show. Ride and drive models will be posted online before the show are subject to change without notice at the discretion of each participating brand.

The 2016 BMW was a showstopper along with the Mercedes Benz.

2016 BMW was a showstopper along with the Mercedes-Benz.

Some of concept cars on display through Sunday (Saturday, Nov. 28: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm) (Sunday, Nov. 29: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm) include: Aston Martin DB10, Scion Concept, Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept, Volvo Concept 26 and Volkswagen Golf GTE to name a few. One drawback if you wanted to sit in the driver’s seat, you had get in line, which had scores of children sitting in the front seat for quite a while with the parents in just about all of the show cars. The parking is steep, too at $20.00, so you might want to grab a parking spot a few blocks away for $10.00 if you don’t mind walking. A better way would be to take the Metro Red Line, and get off at stops nearby for $8.00 a roundtrip pass. The food and drinks are pricey, but if you walk north of the LA Convention Center, around the downtown area, you can find some great, inexpensive place to dine out.

Tickets are a little steep, too, but you spend all day at the auto show and it’s the Disneyland of car shows. Tickets cost General Admission Saturday – Sunday Admission Ages 13 & up: $15; child Admission Ages 6-12: $5 (children 5 and under are free when accompanied by an adult) and seniors ages 65 & up: $10. For more about the LA Auto Show visit: http:// http://laautoshow.com/.