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Annual Fabulous Fords Forever show recapped

April 19, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, Transportation

This past weekend I woke early and made tracks for the biggest Single Manufacturer car show in So Cal.  Yup, not much gets me up early on sleep in day quite like a good car show.  This show is not one to disappoint.  From survivors to customs to the ridiculous you’ll find a good cross section of Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Edsels to delight and amaze.  Or just have a nice stroll down memory lane remembering Grandpa’s old Ford.

The run away favorite for me was the incredile Thunderbird Low Rider that claimed title of Best of Show for me. Through much effort mechanically and with shocking paint treatment turned this old classic into an amazing custom that looks more like some sort of science fiction transport than what the original did.

Thunderbird Low Rider...my personal choice as Best of Show

Thunderbird Low Rider…my personal choice as Best of Show

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Sunday 4/24 is Concorso Ferrari in Pasadena

April 9, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

The video is from last years Concorso Ferrari and a good teaser on what you’ll get to see at this years show set for Sunday April 24. 10AM-3PM.  There will be classic rare Ferraris to the newer yet uber rare La Ferraris at this special showing of 140 Ferraris on Colorado Boulevard between Raymond and Pasadena Avenues in Old Town Pasadena.

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Fabulous Fords Forever set for April 17

April 5, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, History, News, Transportation

FFF2016Two Thousand plus Ford, Edsel, Mercury, Lincoln and assorted oddball European Ford products will grace the huge lot to the east of Knott’s Berry Farm Sunday April 17.  Admission is FREE!

This is probably one of my most favorite single vendor shows here in the LA Metro Area.  You’ll see everything from the earliest survivor Model T’s to the completely restored to the custom chop top low riders.  You name it you’ll see it.

Deets: 10-6, Sunday April 7, Beach and La Palma Blvd, Buena Park CA  MAP HERE.

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Weekend Shuttle Service from Monrovia Gold Line Station to Old Town starts Friday

March 10, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Mass Transit, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

shutle posterBig news, and something that will liven up Old Town Monrovia with new faces is the for a buck ride on a shuttle from the Gold Line Station in Station Square to Library Park in the heart of Old Town Monrovia.  From there its an easy walk to the Krikorian Theatre, and a boat load of mid to high end restaurants and bars in Old Town.  The shuttle will run Fridays and Saturdays during prime, 5PM-10PM, time evening fun in Old Town.  The Shuttle will be clearly marked and easy to identify.

The shuttle will start at the Round about by the station platforms and Parking garage in Monrovia’s Station Square and end at Library Park about 10 minutes later.  The fare will be one thin buck and FREE if you have a TAP card.  This sure beats walking, especially when summer hits and its 100+ in the evening still.

Also note, barring rain, Friday nights are “Family Festival” nights in Old Town Monrovia from 5PM-9PM.  Family Fesitval is a Farmers market, flea market and stuff for kids like Pony Rides, petting zoo and bounce houses.  Numerous restaurants have sidewalk dining set up, add in a host of food vendors and live music you have a real party going on.

In the future they hope to expand advertising for the community Dial a Ride program to include passengers at Station Square so those evenings you desperately need happy hour during the week you can still get  into Old Town without a hike.

Full Press Release from City Manager Oliver Chi after the Jump. Read the rest of this entry →

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Gold Line extension opens Saturday March 5

March 2, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Mass Transit, Music, News, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

Last fall the Foothill Extension signed over the tracks to Metro and testing began.  Testing is nearly over and the grand opening is set for this saturday. Duarte station is the site of the official ribbon cutting and opening at the midway point between Pasadena and the end at Azusa.  With the ribbon cutting trains start rolling at noon to the new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and finally Azusa.

Monrovia plans on making a day of it.   Bands, food tents, craft tents in the area around the train depot known officially as “Station Square”  Their ceremony is set to start at 11AM Saturday with ribbon cutting at 11:30 and first train rolling in at noon.  To ensure the community can get to the fun down at Station Square they will be running a free shuttle from Old Town Monrovia down to the station activities.

Metro to celebrate the day has made the Gold Line a free ride from noon to midnight on Saturday.  This could be your chance to visit the SGV and cities along the route to see what makes them different and special.  Just remember if traveling here from other lines you will need to have your TAP card filled and loaded as those lines will not be free.  Failing to tap your TAP can be a big fine.

 

 

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Traffic jam from hell this weekend DTLA

February 5, 2016 in Downtown, Driving, Mass Transit, News, Transportation

Detour route outlined around DTLA starting tonight.

Detour route outlined around DTLA starting tonight.

I know they’re calling it #101slowjam where a section of the 101 on the east side is closed for the demo of the 6th street bridge.  However, last I took the 110 around DTLA, which is their intended detour route, things were at a standstill crawl and it wasn’t even a peak drive time.

My suggestion is if you need to be downtown this weekend during the 40 hour closure you use metro trains and buses as its going to be a hellish drive.  If the intent is catch the 5 or 60 from there find a better spot to grab it and avoid the congestion downtown.  This is going to be a long 40 hour closure.

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Happy New Year Los Angeles

January 3, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Mass Transit, News, Seasonal

B2 Bomber buzzes my 'hood

Its that time of year again.  The SGV just KNOWS its the New Year when a B2 bomber flies down over the Rose Parade route and on down the 210 before they turn it to its home base.  The rest of you get to watch it on TV.  Yeah, we’re special.

A lot of cool stuff is happening in Los Angeles this coming year.  Sometime this month the NFL is meeting to talk about moving not one but THREE teams to Los Angeles.  Feetball isn’t my thing except for the odd Packers game and the Superbowl but a ton of Angelenos are terribly excited by the prospect so I am for them.

The iconic 6th street bridge falls this month sometime to be replaced by something new spanning the Los Angeles River.  On the topic of the river…the Corp of Engineers signed off on a plan to turn the river back into a natural stream bed replete with trees and parkways along its course to the sea.

The Gold Line extension opens all the way to Azusa March 5.  The Expo line this spring makes it all the way to SaMo.  Progress in spite of ourselves.  Personally I can’t wait as it will be possible to make a quick jaunt to SaMo from the SGV to lunch with a dear friend instead of spending hours on the 10 trying to get there.

Of course this is a big city and room for lots of voices telling what they saw or did.  Care to join me in sharing your L.A stories?

 

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What you missed at L.A Auto Show Press Days

November 22, 2015 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, News, Seasonal, Shopping, Technology

One the things you get in Press Days of the Los Angeles Auto Show that you don’t get in the public days is the grand reveals and Green Car Drives. It is physically impossible as a party of one to hit every press conference so I have to pick and choose which to attend so I can get in and see all the cars on display and photograph them.  Trust me its a lot of work and not all party and booze and great food.  There is some of that, but the thrust of the 2 day event is press conferences and not all are wowsers.

Audi was a real surprise.  Instead of the ususal hype and bluster, they started with an apology for the current diesel kerfuffle with fudged testing vs operation parameters.  They promised to earn their customers respect back.  Then they went into the discussion on the future of Audi relying on electric cars, first to come is the A3 E-tron and soon to follow an all electric SUV the E-tron Quattro in a few years.  By 2025 Audi expects 25% of all cars they sell to be electric. Read the rest of this entry →

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2015 L.A. Auto Show Highlights

November 21, 2015 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, News, Technology, Transportation

First up…Chevy’s Volt took the green car of the year award in a ceremony held Thursday Morning.  Later I got to drive it and was impressed.  Smoother ride, smoother transition back and forth between EV and gas mode, with much more time in pure EV mode than the prior version.  Add in a much more refined, high end materials and fit in finish inside this car is nothing like its hard edged predecessor.  I can see easily why it won “Green Car of the Year” for its technilogical and creature comfort advancements.  Nice job Chevy.

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Elio P5 best kept secret to be revealed at L.A Auto Show

November 6, 2015 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, News, Shopping, Technology, Transportation

We know little of this car other than an entry on the schedule of premieres during Press Days of the L.A. Auto Show coming up in 2 short weeks.  Elio is a new car company the P5 is their debut car.  Little is known.  Rumors abound.  Its a 3 wheel car, .9liter 3 cylnder, 80+mpg, 0-60 in under 10 seconds, top speed over 100. This is either going to be the greatest thing since the Tesla to make us change how we think about cars or will will be another blip on the radar that we snicker over like the Dale.  I fear the latter as with “cheap” gas again and a resurgance of guzzing SUV sales and falling hybrid sales, but we’ll see.  It may just wow us.

The L. A. Auto Show is open to the public 11/20-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Buy your tickets now and avoid the lines at the ticket booths.  While there judge for yourself if the Elio Motors P5 is the future or a blip.

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L.A. Auto Show teasers….it opens next month

October 15, 2015 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, Seasonal, Shopping

Alfa Romeo 4c - click to embiggen

Alfa Romeo 4c – click to embiggen

Where to start…something new or something old?  Let’s start with the super new Alfa Romeo that is to be revealed at this years 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.  Will it be as sexy as the 4c they pulled the curtain from in Detroit in January?  My guess is yes.  My guess is that it will be a BMW 3 series competitor, because that’s what they all wanna have.  We shall see won’t we?  Lord knows a sexy 2 door sports car is a nice way to relaunch a brand, but they need more to sustain one.

To kick off the new Alfa the Motor Press Guild is organizing a retrospective of 35 collectible concours quality Alfas from the past to be displayed in the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza of the convention center. Those cars will be driven to the show from the Palm Springs Concorso held the weekend prior.  Additionally Alfa Romeo is bringing a few cars from their private collection to show there as well.  This will only be available to the press so I’ll take lots of pics for you.

The other news is that the Green Car of the Year finalists were named.  This goes to the car, usually a hybrid, though a traditional gasser was included one year and a now not so clean we learned the hard way diesel.  But I digress, the field this year is interesting and I’m not sure how it will go.  They’re all familiar names, two got complete makeovers.  Volt by Chevy is more mainstream looking and has doubled electic range, Prius…gets the funky face front intakes seen on their fuel cell car, not functional, funky for the sake of funky with the promise of better driving dynamics.  That’s like asking a toaster not to be a toaster.  The finalists up for judging by the Green Car Journal:

  1. Honda Civic
  2. Hyundai Sonata
  3. Chevy Volt
  4. Toyota Prius
  5. Audi A3 e-tron (my personal favorite)

Tickets are on sale now, grab yours early and avoid the crush outside waiting insufferable minutes in the ticket lines.  ORDER HERE.

Los Angeles Auto Show, Los Angeles Convention Center. November 20-29, 2015.  Check web for daily times.

Pic by me.  I’ll be at the show for press days 11/18-19 and share with you the winners and losers.

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C’mon Metro we only scored a C?

October 6, 2015 in Mass Transit, Transportation

metro logoI’m gonna snark on this one a bit.  We have to consider the source first.  Its based on a report from a Bay Area based firm and we know how they are loathe to say anything nice about us ever.  So a “C” rating for one station may be signs of the second coming or at least a thaw.

I do however take exception to their finding only one station in all of metro that fit their metrics to give it a good rating.  I’m no expert, not even a daily rider, but when I do use Metro I get where I need to be timely and hassle free.  Everything works.  Multiple lines from the SGV to the Science center as a snap to navigate and on time less than 45 minutes door to door. Ditto to Hollywood/Highland.  Ditto Olvera Street.  It just works well.

My wife travels the Red/Gold Line and loves it.  Easy way to her station from her office DTLA and quick connections most of the time at Union Station.  She’s been doing it since January and loves it…how bad can it be?  Plus we’re saving a solid $150 month on our fuel bill after you deduct out the cost of the monthly TAP car fill.  No small change.

Plus its not all grafitti covered…well the Red Line has its moments. But I digress, my last time around SF on BART the cars were dirty and graffiti filled.  Not a nice impression. My wife travels the Red/Gold Line and loves it.  Easy way to her station from her office DTLA and quick connections most of the time at Union Station.  She’s been doing it since January and loves it…how bad can it be?  Plus we’re saving a solid $150 month on our fuel bill after you deduct out the cost of the monthly TAP car fill.  No small change.

I’m not saying we’re perfect, but we’re growing and I like the direction we’re taking.  By Spring I’ll be able to metro it from my house in the SGV when the new gold line station opens, couple of train swaps and be in SAMO in time for lunch way faster than I can drive it.  Plus I don’t have to pay for parking to do it.

The full press release that triggered my praise of Metro after the jump.  I get it has a TOD bias, but not everyone wants to live that way like rats compressed into a cube and never drive a car again.  Read the rest of this entry →

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10th Annual Cruz’n for Roses classic car show in So Pas Sunday 9/27

September 24, 2015 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, San Gabriel Valley

1965 Thunderbird...and example of what you may find there...click to embiggen

1965 Thunderbird…and example of what you may find there…click to embiggen

There are a few hundred classic cars expected to line South Pasadena’s historic Mission Street for their 10th Annual Cruz’n for Roses classic car show. Car owners pay a fee to enter their cars and the proceeds go towards the cities Rose Parade float.

Also for the day the South Pas Fire and Police department will be hosting an open house if you want to check out their latest gear, cars and of course fire trucks.  The open house will take place at their station located at 1422 S Mission from 10AM-3PM

 

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Rancho Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance 2015 the overview

September 23, 2015 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, History, South Bay, Transportation

By far my most favorite auto show in the Los Angeles area has got to be the Rancho Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance.  This is a tightly curated show, few if any basic rides, it focuses on the premiere rides of days gone by.  Two categories, restored and survivors that they call “Preservation” that are all original and just detailed out to show quality.

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Souvenir from the ’32 Olympic games

September 21, 2015 in Driving, LA, Transportation, Vintage

License plate ornament from the 1932 games, click to ebmiggen

License plate ornament from the 1932 games, click to ebmiggen


Its no secret that I love to go to car shows, doesn’t matter what kind, new, old, collectible or survivors its all good.  Of late I’ve been into capturing details, mostly pot metal nomenclature as back in the day cars were named and the script font fulfilled the imagery.  One of the other details I like is grill badges and plate ornaments.  Imagine if you will the squeel I let out when I spotted this gem on a ’32 Franklin at yesterdays Rancho Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance.