Irvine Cars and Coffee – New Year’s Eve

It was a cold morning, but I managed to grab a few good pictures of some Ferrari, Porsche, and Lotus cars while the morning fog was still dense.

 

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2011 LA Auto Show

I stopped by the LA Auto Show on opening day this past weekend, and the crowds were in full force to see the latest 2012 models, check out some exotic cars in Kentia Hall, and drool over the latest manufacturer concepts. Overall, the booths were nicely done. I had a hard time getting great shots due to poor lighting conditions and constant swarms of kids running up to the cars. Patience was a virtue. I might go back for round 2 this week when its a little slower to get some detail shots, but onto the pics for now.

 

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audi etron spyder tb 2011 LA Auto Show

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subaru brz tb 2011 LA Auto Show

Exotic Cars and Their Toxic Dangers

 

Guest post by Brian Turner:

There are many beautiful cars in the world today. Mostly everyone has a dream car that they desire, especially car enthusiasts. When talking about car safety, most people think of airbags and crash test ratings. However, there’s another danger to keep in mind: toxins. One of the most notorious substances is asbestos, but cars also contain harmful PBDEs and phthalates.

Asbestos

For decades, cars have been built with asbestos-containing brake linings and pads, clutch facings, gaskets, and hoodliners. Millions of these cars are still on the roads today; this means that auto mechanics are at a high risk of asbestos exposure. Anytime a part with asbestos is disturbed, microscopic asbestos fibers are released into the air. Breathing this in can cause health conditions such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and pleural mesothelioma, which is a particularly aggressive and painful type of cancer.

What makes asbestos especially insidious is that symptoms may not develop for 15 to 50 years after initial exposure. By the time someone realizes that he has been exposed, it’s often too late. Even worse, many people mistakenly believe that asbestos has been banned and is no longer in use; they do not realize that exposure is even possible.

PBDEs

These are often used as fire retardants both in the vehicle cabin and in the car’s interior. Passengers are potentially exposed to PBDEs from seat cushions, armrests, and floor coverings when the car interior becomes hot enough and when UV rays from the sun enhance chemical breakdown. Exposure typically occurs through inhalation and physical contact with dust.

Laboratory studies on animals has linked PBDE exposure to thyroid dysfunction and liver toxicity.

Phthalates

These chemicals are mostly used to soften PVC plastics and are partly responsible for the “new car smell.” As with PBDEs, inhalation and contact with dust are the primary means of exposure.

Animal studies indicate that one type of commonly used phthalate, DEHP, is linked to reproductive problems, premature birth, and early puberty.

Given that the average American spends over 1.5 hours in a car each day, not to mention auto mechanics who spend eight or more hours a day buried in a car’s interior, having toxic materials floating around is a real danger. Several associations and legislations are urging auto manufacturers to phase out these chemicals from production, but it’s a slow process. Clearing older cars from the roads will take even longer.

So what can people do right now to minimize their risk? Whenever possible, ventilate car interiors, use solar reflectors, and park away from sunlight.

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Ferrari/Nissan Street Spotting

There’s a reason I live on the top floor of a complex that overlooks one of the busiest intersections in Orange County. As car guys, we can tell when an exotic is coming simply by the way the exhaust sounds. Typically, I have plenty of time to grab my camera and head outside before it’s too late. This is the result (minus the last picture, decided to throw that one in for kicks):

 

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Street Cars Meet Race Cars – Aventador & Red Bull Racing

The matte bianco Aventador returns this week in black and white, while Sebastian Vettel’s 2010 Formula 1 Renault made an appearance thanks to Infiniti.

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