Scenic 2006 Calendars in Time for Holiday Gifts

First Auto Club Calendar Features Vintage California Photos from WESTWAYS

(LOS ANGELES, October 10, 2005) — The Automobile Club of Southern California has released two scenic wall calendars for 2006 that illustrate the state's outdoor grandeur and rich automotive history in time to give as holiday gifts for outdoors enthusiasts or history buffs.

The two wall calendars are available at Auto Club offices and are priced to be affordable for gift-givers who are watching their holiday budgets. One calendar features the work of the late, internationally acclaimed photographer Galen Rowell, called "California the Beautiful." The other calendar is the first ever to highlight dramatic, black and white images used in the Auto Club's acclaimed WESTWAYS travel and lifestyle magazine.

The Auto Club's WESTWAYS calendar vintage photographs are culled from the Auto Club's Corporate Archives. The photos and extended captions are in the same style of the travel magazine's popular Off Ramp feature and they cover every corner of Southern California.

Each month the calendar depicts a different scene or local attraction. January depicts the Los Angeles County Courthouse in 1900. March shows men and women strolling along The Pike at Long Beach in 1928. A motorist kneeling next to the old San Diego Plank Road in 1922 is featured in May. Midway through the year, July shows beachgoers trailer camping in 1937 on Laguna Beach. Location descriptions are included on the 11 inches x 8½ inches calendar. The price for AAA members is $3.99 and $4.99 for the public.

"The Auto Club's WESTWAYS calendar is a great gift for anyone who's interested in California history and the mystique that surrounds unique places," said Auto Club Editorial Director John Austerman. "The Rowell calendar is perfect for anyone who loves spectacular scenery."

Rowell's calendar, in its sixth edition, celebrates the Golden State's natural beauty, from snow-covered Yosemite to the sunset on the Santa Cruz Mountains. Rowell, who died in a plane crash in 2002, was world-renowned for how he captured the state's breathtaking vistas. The calendar is priced at $9.95 for AAA members and $13.95 for the public.

The Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest AAA affiliate, has served members since 1900. Today, Auto Club members benefit by the organization's roadside assistance, financial products, travel agency and trip planning services, highway and transportation safety programs, insurance products and services and automotive pricing, buying and financing programs. Information about these products and services is available at www.aaa.com.

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