17 photos of James at the 2015 Just Jared Summer Bash have been added to the gallery.
Big news, James fans! Looks like our boy will be performing at Stream Con NYC on October 31st. There’s a ton of information out there just yet but, according to the Stream Con NYC twitter page, James will be performing as well as having a meet & greet with the fans. For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, be sure to head over to StreamConNYC.com.
Quick Stats: James Maslow, actor
Daily Driver: 2014 Mercedes CLS63 AMG (James’ rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Favorite road trip: Los Angeles to San Diego
Car he learned to drive in: 1994 Infiniti J30
First car bought: 2005 Ford Mustang
Former Nickelodeon actor and “Dancing With the Stars” finalist James Maslow participated in his first Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity race recently and quickly got the racing bug. “They asked me to do it, and I jumped at saying ‘yes’ because I’ve always loved cars but I’ve never raced before,” he says. After training in Scions at Willow Springs Raceway, Maslow got in his 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG for the drive home and found himself still thinking about the new skills learned on the track. “Going into my AMG, I actually had to be very careful the first time I got on the freeway because I’m looking at the turn, I’m seeing the apex, and I’m looking at it the same way that I’m thinking about racing in every turn,” he says. “But you hit the gas in my car, and it accelerates three times as fast, so it made me be a little more careful when I was driving my car.” Maslow gives his CLS63 high marks, and he likes the matte color he chose, as well. “I’d honestly give it a 9 for the most spoiled daily driver you can have,” he says.
He originally wanted a two-door sports car. The 6-foot-2-inch actor got into a friend’s Porsches and notes that although they’re one of the best-handling cars he’s driven, it didn’t fit as a daily driver for him. “I got in, I went to put the seat back, and I wanted to adjust another inch or two of legroom, and it was as far back as it could go,” Maslow says. “It just seems a little small for an everyday car. I thought I might need four doors, so I looked into a sporty car that would have four doors and still be able to lug some stuff around, and I came up with the CLS and it’s really been fantastic.” Maslow likes that it can feel like a normal daily driver, but then he can click it into Sport mode. “All of a sudden, you do have a race car, so it’s nice you can live in both comfort and sport,” he says. “What’s nice about it is that you can keep it in Comfort and in Eco, and it drives like a normal car. It’s still got a lot of power, but it starts in second gear. It’s not too aggressive. I’ve noticed when I’ve driven some M’s, just comparing to a BMW because I’ve had BMWs before, it’s always punchy and always feels like a race car.”
1972 Ford Bronco
Maslow says it’s nice to have an SUV, especially when living in an area with rough roads, and that’s where his restored Ford Bronco comes in. He worked on this labor of love as much as he could on his own. “Living in Los Angeles, some of these roads are so terrible that it’s nice to have an SUV. I like having a sports car, but it still rides pretty stiff, which I prefer,” He says. “The Bronco to me is more unique. Anybody can buy a fancy car if you have the funds, and that’s great, and I was able to customize some things on the Mercedes, but to me the Bronco’s just that much cooler because you can’t buy one and you really can’t buy one in the shape that mine’s in.” He drives the Bronco closer to home, but for longer trips to the other side of Los Angeles, Maslow opts for the Mercedes. “I live in Venice, and I do my best not to leave when I can help it,” he says. “I just like the weather. But when I have to go into Valley, go into Hollywood sometimes, the Bronco isn’t as conducive to that, so then I’ll take the Mercedes. The CLS63 is probably my daily driver. The Bronco’s my favorite. It’s more of a weekend car. Any time I’m not going more than five miles, I prefer that car. So I drive it two or three times a week at least. When I’m moving, it’s actually my main car because it’s easier to lug boxes.”