USA Today has 10 Best lists, including several in the automotive field. The Weekly Driver and the site’s podcast was contacted by the newspaper to give my opinion in four categories — car show, NASCAR track, motorsports, favorite experience — for a contest.
I hadn’t thought about the topics much, but it’s one of several areas, Bruce Aldrich and I discuss during episode No. 90 of The Weekly Driver Podcast.
My choices in the various areas included: The Los Angeles Auto Show, Monterey Auto Week and Pacific Coast Dream Machines among auto shows as well as watching MotoGP and reviewing two Bentleys. Bruce had similar answers but also cited Daytona Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
While I was on assignment, Bruce hosts the show from our base in Sacramento. I contribute from Pebble Beach, California, during a break from reporting on the recent U.S. Open golf tournament.
Additionally, Bruce and I discuss the recently announced innovation from Rivian, the pending all-electric sport utility vehicle and pickup. Its latest innovation is vehicle-to-vehicle recharging and auxiliary battery packs. Both ideas are among the manufacturer’s marketing initiatives while the much-touted vehicles are still pending.
And Bruce and I also discuss a few other trends in the automotive industry.
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Article Last Updated: June 21, 2019.
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A sports, travel and business journalist for more than 45 years, James has written the new car review column The Weekly Driver since 2004.
In addition to this site, James writes a Sunday automotive column for The San Jose Mercury and East Bay Times in Walnut Creek, Calif., and a monthly auto review column for Gulfshore Business, a magazine in Southwest Florida.
An author and contributor to many newspapers, magazines and online publications, James has co-hosted The Weekly Driver Podcast since 2017.