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Nissan Adventure Drive open to public at Stub Hub this weekend

October 1, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, South Side, Transportation

Get yer trucker hats on and head on over to Stub Hub in Carson for the Nissan Titan Driving Adventure this weekend 10/1-2.  What you get is a chance to run the new Titan in a couple of different trims through its paces on a slalom course and burn off some rubber in the process.  AND you get to go on a simulated off-road course and marvel at the technology Nissan packed into the trucks.  Hills…not a problem from “zero gravity” seats that are support and comfy to tech like “Auto Hill Hold and Descent control its some pretty amazing stuff Nissan packed into the trucks.  Even if you aren’t in the market for a truck, its fun to slog them around a track or closed off-road course and see what they can do.

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2016 Japanese Car Show and debut of 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo

September 25, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Long Beach, Transportation

For anyone that that thinks an Asian Car Show would be a niche market, think again.  They even charged admission and people lined up for blocks at the Queen Mary yesterday to see it.  A crowd as diverse as all of Los Angeles was there for great cars and a trip down memory lane.  Something some would think not possible when these cars first started selling here in the 60s and 70s given the “buy ‘murican” attitude of the time.  A lot has changed and to say they are mainstream and dominant is an understatement.  Hence this show was also the Los Angeles debut for the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo. Read the rest of this entry →

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5th Annual Galpin Car Show Sunday September 18

September 13, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, The Valley, Transportation

Galpin Mark IV Mustang funny car to embiggen

Galpin Mark IV Mustang funny car dragster…click to embiggen

Mark your calendars for something a little bit different. Galpin Auto in the Valley is hosting a car show. Not just any car show, but one dedicated to rare custom automobiles of all makes.  There will be hundreds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind, unique show cars and exciting new activities for the whole family to see and enjoy!

The show will take place Sunday September 18 from 10AM-2PM at Galpin Auto.  Their address is 15505 Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys 91343.  This show is FREE to the public.  More information here at the FB Page.

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27th Annual Street Rods Forever Car Show

September 11, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

It was quite the car show yesterday.  Very heavy with the customs and one that stood out so far above the others I called it my personal favorite and named it “best of show”  The work this young man out into an old Mercury chopping, channeling, lowering and flaming was simply amazing.

Mercury low rider, chopped, channeled and flaimed, click to embiggen

Mercury low rider, chopped, channeled and flaimed, click to embiggen

More pics in my flickr album from the show.

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Car Show this Saturday in Monrovia…and its zipcode day too

September 8, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, LA, Mass Transit, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping, Transportation

Its debatable which is the bigger deal in Old Town Monrovia this Saturday. The Umpteenth Annual Street Rods Forever Car Show or Zipcode Day Celebrations…a local holiday celebrating the zip code and date coinciding 9/10/16 in the 91016.  My personal favorite is the Street Rods Forever car show as, well, its all about the cars.

Street Rods Forever will occupy Myrtle Avenue from the 300 South Block down to the 800 South Block in the heart of Old Town Monrovia from 9AM-2PM.

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210 closures in Pasadena again this weekend

August 10, 2016 in Driving, LA, News, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

map courtesy CalTrans twitter feed

map courtesy CalTrans twitter feed

We’ll call this PASAGEDDON part 3 and 4.  Short version is the 210 closures will affect those trying to sneak into town from the valley on the 118/210EB this weekend for fun in Old Town.

Beginning 7PM Saturday August 13, 2016 until 5AM August 15 the 210 East Bound will be closed at Mountain Avenue to Lake Avenue.  The 134 West transition road from the 210 East will also be closed.  The exit ramps at Mountain/Lincoln will also be closed.

These closures will be repeated again August 27 at 7PM until August 29 at 5AM.

The easiest, but likely congested work around detour will be to follow 210EB to the 2SB then transition to the 134EB and reconnect with the 210 in Pasadena.

Cabinet of Curiosities unveils mysterious worlds viewed through peepholes at Union Station

August 2, 2016 in Art, Downtown, Mass Transit, Transportation

A peek inside artist David DiMichele's Cabinet​

A peek inside artist David DiMichele’s Cabinet​

DTLA’s iconic Union Station unveils the Cabinet of Curiosities, an original installation of mysterious worlds viewed through peepholes, created by a group of Los Angeles-based artists. The exhibit will open to the public on August 6 and remain on display during station operating hours through August 31. A special reception with the artists, open to the public, will be held on Sunday, August 7 from 3 – 6pm.

Curated by Carl Berg, the exhibit showcases original works from artists Tanya Brodsky, David DiMichele, Ashley Hagen, Noel Korten, Keith Lord, Cecilia Miniucchi and Andre Yi.

Cabinet of Curiosities will feature a visual glimpse into the artists’ world not on a grand scale but rather on a more personal level. Only one person can view the artworks in the exhibition at a time, giving the viewer his or her own intimate experience. It requires active participation by the viewer something often lost in a world of digital billboards, video screens at gas stations, and smart devices on which you can watch movies.

“We’re delighted to bring this intriguing installation to our Grand Waiting Room,” said Ken Pratt, Metro’s Director of Union Station Property Management. “Our goal is to surprise and engage commuters, tourists and others traveling through the station with an unexpected and fanciful art experience.”

“Cabinet of Curiosities” refers to a European practice from the 16th Century, also known as Kunstkabinett, Wunderkammer, Cabinets of Wonder, and wonder-rooms, which were encyclopedic collections of objects and were regarded as microcosms or theaters of the world and were a precursor to the first museums.

These unique worlds formed from an assemblage of objects and in many ways functioned as a library of these objects, not unlike computers and the Internet, by creating relationships between things.

The exhibition however is inherently not digital and the artworks created for this exhibition were mostly handmade by the artists themselves. A throw-back to an era were mystery was created by crafting objects that used visual phenomenon to trick the viewer into seeing something that is really not what is seems to be.

Cabinet of Curiosities is part of Union Station’s first-ever summer entertainment series that spans unique events, thought provoking cultural programs and live music, free to the public throughout the summer season. For more information on Cabinet of Curiosities and summer programs at Union Station visit

About Union Station:
Built in 1939, Union Station is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the station’s signature Mission Moderne style makes it one of L.A.’s architectural gems. Today, the station has evolved into a vibrant transportation center serving 75,000 passengers daily. Union Station is currently in the first phase of a Master Plan that will enable it to better handle the growing number of transit riders, accommodate high-speed rail and serve as one of L.A.’s premier public spaces while protecting the historic core of the station. For more information, visit Connect with Union Station on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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210 Freeway closures 7/15 and 7/29…its PASAGEDDON!

July 14, 2016 in Driving, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

pasageddonYou can see the full press release from CALTRANS HERE, but the short of it is the 210 West Bound will be closed two complete weekends in July for improvements and repaving.  TWO FULL Weekends.  The closure will be from Lake Avenue west to Mountain will be completely shut down.  Rerouting through city streets will be a joke…best is to transition to the 134 West then 2 north to rejoin the 210 in LaCrescenta.  With traffic stinking so bad my suggestion is if you absolutely need to be in Pasadena those weekends, take the Gold Line.

Added bonus is the EB 134 connector to the 210 will also be closed.

Weekend closures are as follows:

  • July 15 10PM through July 18 5AM
  • July 29 10PM through August 1 5 AM
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Arroyo Seco Freeway…L.A’s first to the ‘burbs

July 8, 2016 in Driving, History, LA, Transportation, Vintage

Hard to imagine this film is from 77 years ago…those old Kodachromes stood the test of time.  The freeway hasn’t changed much over the years, the grassy median is gone replace with concrete.  The sharp turns and those instant on and off ramps exist in many parts.  The individual lanes aren’t color coded but marked with botts dots nots, but every fun unbanked curve and straights still exists as it was when it opened.

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LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA Accepting Submissions For Its 2016 Top Ten Automotive Startup Competition

June 10, 2016 in Driving, LA, Mass Transit, Science, Technology, Transportation

L.A. Automobility logo

L.A. Automobility logo

Good morning all, as you are well aware Los Angeles is becoming a Tech giant in its own right and the L.A. Auto Show is looking for app developers working in the mobility field.  Any app you’ve developed that has to do with autos, mobility and transportation will be considered in this competition to be a feature at the  AutoMobilityLA , the auto industries private show  held just prior to the public L. A Auto Show.

The top 10 winners of this competition will get a few perks like inclusion i the L.A Mobility video’s, invitations to the 2 day L.A Mobility private show as well as breakfast with the movers and shakers in the auto industry.  For more information and how to enter do so click HERE.

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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 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.

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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.