America’s “Mother Road,” stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, was the first of its kind in many respects. For starters, it was the first diagonal highway covering a long stretch of land in the 1920s. But more importantly, it was a pioneer in connecting small, rural towns in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas with larger, urban regions, which helped farmers ship their goods to the big cities. When it was officially commissioned in 1926, Route 66 included 2,448 miles of road. And even though only 800 of those miles were paved, it still served as the nation’s primary junction between the east and west.
To celebrate their presence on American roads since 1955, Volvo hosted a 60th Anniversary Celebration at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California on October 24, 2015. At the event, there was a vintage Volvo cars showcase, history museum, drive-in movie theater and Bowers & Wilkins listening room, featuring a state-of-the-art sound system from the high-grade speaker manufacturers. Guests also enjoyed authentic Swedish eats (meatballs, of course!) and beverages, as well as a surprise visit from Jay Leno, who later spoke at the event.Continue reading “Volvo 60th Anniversary Celebration” »
Los Angeles’s Petersen Automotive Museum reopened to the public on Monday, December 7, 2015 after a 14-month-long, $90 million renovation. When it originally opened in 1994, Robert E. Petersen said, “This museum is about the role the automobile has played in defining our past and present, as well as shaping our future.” Continue reading “Petersen Automotive Museum Reopens” »
The SUV has symbolized many things, from rugged individualism to crass ignorance, from the ideal of suburban family life to gaudy celebrity wealth. But despite their ability to carry cultural baggage as well as literal luggage, SUVs remain a practical choice for many in need of spacious or off-road capable vehicles.