“Westward Ho” (#1218)

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  1. PLAYING: Entire Show

  2. Segment 1: California: The Market

    Panel:

    • John McElroy, Host, Autoline Detroit
    • Dan Neil, Los Angeles Times
    • Mark Rechtin, Automotive News
    • Mark Vaughn, AutoWeek
    (6:47)
  3. Segment 2: California: The Invisible Auto Industry

    Panel:

    • John McElroy, Host, Autoline Detroit
    • Dan Neil, Los Angeles Times
    • Mark Rechtin, Automotive News
    • Mark Vaughn, AutoWeek
    (6:17)
  4. Segment 3: California: Emissions & Alternatives

    Panel:

    • John McElroy, Host, Autoline Detroit
    • Dan Neil, Los Angeles Times
    • Mark Rechtin, Automotive News
    • Mark Vaughn, AutoWeek
    (6:00)
  5. EXTRA: Dan Neil, Los Angeles Times, Mark Rechtin, Automotive News, Mark Vaughn, AutoWeek


    (8:12)

Synopsis

Horses, wagon trains and John Wayne's white hat were the basics for early film classics like "Westward Ho." But cowboys took a backseat when Hollywood found another favorite; one that would prove to be more enduring, more marketable, and a tad lovelier. And that star was the car.

From Bogie to "Bullitt" to The Beach Boys, the car and California have become synonymous, touching nearly everything in the entertainment industry. But since the '60s, the car has reached beyond films, music and the SoCal culture to become an integral building block of the entire California economy. And that's why Autoline heeded those famous words of Horace Greeley and headed west.

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Welcome to "Autoline in LA" -- a special eleven-part series exploring the auto industry and car culture of Southern California. No television show to date has committed the time and resources to spotlight the state and its automotive impact as Autoline has done here. From OEM campuses to secret design studios to incredible retail operations, ALA, as we're calling it, looks at everything industry-related. But to learn more about the entire series as well as the upcoming schedule, we invite you to visit the dedicated "Autoline in LA" page of our website. If you click on the link below, it will take you directly there.

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But this week we get the ALA rig rolling at the famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. And what better way to get a feel for LA, the OC and all that is auto in-between than our first guests...three of the best automotive journalists in the business, all with deep roots in SoCal who are equally at home analyzing the auto industry as they are describing the timeless treasures and fabulous fantasy cars that crowd the streets of Southern California.

For more than fifteen years Pasadena native Mark Rechtin has been the eyes and ears for Automotive News, fourteen of them as LA Bureau Chief. Meanwhile, AutoWeek's Senior Editor on the West Coast, Mark Vaughn, for nearly two decades has had the job of evaluating everything on wheels from the exotic to the hypnotic to the symphonic. Then rounding out our SoCal trio is the Los Angeles Times' award-winning automotive columnist, Mr. Rumble Seat himself, Dan Neil.

So get ready for the first of eleven fascinating shows about life in the diamond lane of Southern California on "Autoline in LA"...We think Horace Greeley would've been proud.

For more from our LA series visit www.autolinedetroit.tv/LA