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Solar powered cars – what will they think of next?

May 30, 2014 in Driving, environment, Social issues, Technology, Transportation, Utilities

While the rest of the city was chasing #hiddencash I was doing something a lot more entertaining yesterday. I learned about solar powered cars.  Then again, I nerd out on technology and cars so this was a double win for me.

I spent a nice chunk of yesterday listening to Mike Tinskey at Fords Los Angeles Regional office talk about the future of electric cars.  Mike is the Global Director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure so he knows a few things on the topic.   Read the rest of this entry →

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Ecoboost Tour…take on the competition in head to head driving

May 10, 2014 in Driving, Entertainment, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping, Transportation

I have to hand it to Ford.  It takes real chutzpah to invite people in to drive their cars and compare against the segment leaders.  They are doing just that today at Santa Anita Race Park in Arcadia here in the heart of the 626 with the Ecoboost Tour.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Its really a lot of fun.

I attended yesterday on a VIP Press Pass.  That ecoboost technology is pretty amazing stuff, twin turbos allowing a V6 to replace a V8, 4′s to replace V6 and even a 3cylinder to replace a 4.  All without giving up the performance you want while seeing gains in mileage of 10-20% over the larger engines. Read the rest of this entry →

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Mustang Madness at the Petersen

May 5, 2014 in Driving, Entertainment, History, LA, News, Transportation, Vintage, Which Side?

I can’t think of a better place in Los Angeles to hold a car show than the Petersen Autmotive Museum. The Petersen is all about the car, and this city is one of Mustang’s most important markets. Historically 20% of the Mustangs made are sold in California…with the lions share here.

This weekends show at the Petersen didn’t disappoint.  First up was a guided tour through the history of the Mustang by Dave Kinney, Publisher and Founder of Hagerty Price Guide, the bible of old car pricing and history for collectors.  His tour through the last 50 years of Mustang was both informative and fun.

We started with this 1965 Mustang Convertible with 16,000 miles on it from Ronald Reagan’s gubernatorial campaign.  This car was chosen over all the others around at the time as it was youthful, different and didn’t raise the bar of snobbery that would have alienated voters of the time.   Read the rest of this entry →

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Mustang Madness at the Peterson Museum

May 2, 2014 in Driving, Entertainment, LA, News, Transportation

The 50th Anniversary of the Mustang continues, this time with Mustang Madness at the Peterson Museum brought to us by the folks at Galpin Ford in the Valley. Its not just a one day event, but an entire weekend full of events.

For me its a toss up which event will be the best. Could it be the rally from Galpin in the Valley with a couple hundred Mustangs? Maybe the screening of either the 1974 or 2000 versions of “Gone in 60 Seconds”? All I know is that Sunday is the day to be at the Peterson as that will be the day folks bring their cars and voting is done for the People’s choice with cash prizes for the 3 best cars.

Deets: Saturday 5/3, 9AM-2PM, Sunday 5/4 10AM-4 PM  The Petersen, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036

 

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Oy…what a car show this was!

April 29, 2014 in Driving, Entertainment, News, Transportation

29th Fabulous Fords Forever

Not much out there will tempt me to venture beyond the Orange Curtain, a good car show is a big one to do just that.  This years show was nothing short of amazing.  To celebrate the 50th year of the Mustang they had over 1000 versions of it from its launch up to and including 1, 2015 Model that will go on sale in a few months.  An amazing collection.

Of course it was more than just the Mustang.  It encompassed models from Ford’s inception with a variety of Fords, Mercurys, Edsels and Lincolns.  Every owner there had a story to tell whether it be their first new car ever and drove it the last 40 years, or a barn find they lovingly restored.  Even better…the customs.  Not always my cup-o-tea but I certainly appreciate the effort in making these one off automobiles. Read the rest of this entry →

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Mustangs Across America…comradery and cars

April 10, 2014 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, News, Transportation, Which Side?

Last night was the pre-rally party for the folks taking part in the Mustangs Across America rally that starts here in Los Angeles and will end up in Charlotte NC a week from now.  This event will be the pinnacle of activies surrounding the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang. Read the rest of this entry →

Planned Closure: Northbound I-405 in West L.A. Nights of April 7, 9

April 6, 2014 in Driving, LA, Transportation, West Side

Northbound I-405 Closure in West L.A. Between National Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard Planned Nights of April 7, 9

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 in West Los Angeles from National Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard to facilitate formal walk-throughs of the roadway project area in preparation for upcoming lane re-striping activities on Monday and Wednesday night, April 7 and 9. Closure information is as follows:

  • The night of Monday, April 7: midnight to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8
  • The night of Wednesday, April 9: midnight to 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 10

Ramps will be closed as early as 7 p.m., and lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m.

Ramp Closures:
-Westbound I-10 to Northbound I-405 connector
-Eastbound I-10 to Northbound I-405 connector
-Olympic Boulevard/Pico Boulevard Northbound I-405 on-ramp (on Cotner Avenue)

Detours:
-From Westbound I-10: Exit Bundy North, turn right to Northbound Bundy Drive, turn right on Eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, and turn left to enter the Northbound I-405 at the Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp.
-From Eastbound I-10: Exit at Overland Avenue off-ramp, turn right to Northbound Overland, turn left to Westbound Pico Boulevard, turn right to Northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn right to Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, and turn right to enter the Northbound I-405 at the Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard on-ramp.

What to expect:
-Work is dependent on favorable weather conditions.
-Emergency access will be maintained at all times.

For a listing of daily closures and latest updates visit our website at www.metro.net/405 or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/I_405 and Facebook at www.facebook.com/405project.

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Don’t say I never warned you – DUI arrests way up this year

December 27, 2013 in Driving, Holidays, Law, Law Enforcement, Mass Transit, Social issues, Transportation

1,520 DUI Arrests by LA County Policing Agencies Dec. 13-25

A couple of weeks ago I posted a warning that DUI check points were going to increase this year as the various local law enforcement agencies got Federal Grants to up enforcement.  Yikes…up over last year by 95 arrests.  AND New Years isn’t here yet.  Save yourself the hassle and HUGE expense and get a destignated driver, use AAA Tipsy Tow, call a taxi, use the UBER app, use METRO,  but don’t get behind the wheel as its not worth it.

In my corner of L.A, as well as the whole city there will be a huge increase in DUI Checkpoints starting this tonight through New Years.  The press releases with details after the jump.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Los Angeles as one of 6 host cities for 2015 Mustang Reveal

December 7, 2013 in Driving, Entertainment, LA, News, Transportation, West Side

Los Angeles is an important market for the Mustang, one of its biggest.  We were one of 6 host cities in the world to host a 2015 Mustang reveal.  Yes, world as the next generation Mustang will be a globlal car.  The other cities were Shanghai, Sydney, Barcelona, New York and Dearborn that held a reveal on December 5th.  The car is really nice looking, still every bit a Mustang with loads of design cues from the past layered onto a very modern body that holds many similarities with the newest Fords.

The Mustang Reveal in Los Angeles was a big deal.  It started with a big morning reveal then the car was shuffled off to the Hollywood Walk of Fame for its tire prints to be immortalized there.  I missed those two events because I simply have too much going on.  What I did make was the Venice Beach reveal and that was a lot more intimate and spectactular. Read the rest of this entry →

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LA Sheriff announces Holiday DUI Check Points

December 3, 2013 in Driving, Law, Law Enforcement, Social issues

The Holidays are here and with all of our festivities comes drinking. Unfortunately not every one has a designated driver which often leads to tragedy.  L.A. County Sheriff has some DUI enforcement nights already set aside to help catch the drunks before they can cause an accident.  The  press release with important dates and locations after the jump. Read the rest of this entry →

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Free stuff from Honda Black Friday until Christmas

November 27, 2013 in coffee, Driving, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Seasonal, Shopping

I don’t know which tagline to use for this post.  “Happy Honda Days” and “Helpful Honda Man” both apply here.  In short starting Black Friday through Christmas the Honda Dealers are sponsoring a fun promotion.  They’ll have guys in blue Honda shirts working the malls handing out free hot cocoa and coffee.  They’ll be passing out mints too to kill the coffee breath.  Drive a Honda?  Really look for their big blue Honda gas truck…they’ll fill you for free!  They did it last year and worked the city from The Valley to the South Bay…probably the same range again this year so do be on the look out.

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Press Days of the LA Auto Show

November 24, 2013 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, environment, Events, Fashion, Food & Drink, Media, Technology

I can’t begin to tell you the fun I have at Press Days for the L.A. Auto Show.  Yes, its a lot of work but a lot of fun is interspersed during it too.  You get to meet some really interesting people from all over the world, both media and manufacturer types.  The reveals are 20 minutes long and 5 minutes apart.  You have two choices…hustle to each or pick and chose the ones you want to stake out and really see.  I always take the latter approach and have time to photo the exhibits with minimal people in the way.

Most of the manufacturers have some sort of refreshment set up.  Audi and Porsche each set up pop-up restaurants with free wifi.  Jaguar did a nice cafe this year too.  However, hands down my favorite was the food trucks AND beer truck at the Nissan stand.  Yes.   A beer truck dispensing ice cold beer, ipa and ale from Stone Brewing.  I had a nice cold glass of Arrogant Bastard thank you very much.

There are tons of other things going on during Press Days as well.  There are receptions and happy hours.  Notable ones were for the Design LA and Aftermarket Halls at the show. There is also the opportunity to get in and drive cars, mostly green cars on the last day (Thursday).   Read the rest of this entry →

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2013 L.A. Auto Show – winners and losers

November 22, 2013 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, History, LA, News, Seasonal, Shopping

Entire Honda Accord Line named “Green Car of the Year”

The rain may have slowed down the award show start yesterday, but the end result was a lot of folks at Honda’s Torrance headquarters must have been elated.  Celebratory even.  In a crowded field of worthy competitors Honda’s Accord line, not just a single model, but the entire line of 4cyl, V6, hybrid and plug-in hybrid Accords with their “Earth Dreams” technology won Green Car of the Year. Quite an accomplishment and hats off to the folks in the South Bay for bringing the award home.

The 2013 LA Auto Show is without a doubt the best I’ve seen since I started covering it in 2007 for blogging.la  There were some 50 World Premiere’s at this years show of some really stunning cars.  BMW chose us as the auto show to introduce us to their new “i” program, that will in time be as recognized and as important as the “M” series is to them.  For a pic of my winners and losers for this years show you need to make the jump. Read the rest of this entry →

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2013 LA Auto Show opens Friday

November 18, 2013 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, Transportation

Its that time of year. I lose my mind and go car crazy all over the web, its time for the L.A Auto Show!

It opens this Friday, November 22 and runs through Sunday December 1st.  Its really a big deal show and its been fun watching it morph into one of the big deal shows on the international circuit.  I dare say, I think its even nicer than Detroit which was the biggest in the country for decades. “Was” as the past tense simply because they don’t have hall dedicated to aftermarket and tuners like we do here in L.A.

The show this year is being changed up a bit in terms of layout.  Bentley moves to the south hall, GM spreads its brands more in the center of the South Hall.  For a complete list of the brands and where to find them check this MAP.  Conspicuous by their absence is the exotics (Ferrari, Lambo) or high zoot (Rolls and Bugatti).  But then again we are billed as the “Green Car” show and do award the “Green Car” of the year here so I guess I can’t complain too much. Read the rest of this entry →

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Free diesel at Cloverfield and the 10???

November 13, 2013 in Driving, Shopping, West Side

audi clean diesel

Hat tip to my friend @Ruth666 who spotted this around 8AM today. I have no details other than its Audi plugging its clean diesels (which they really are) and may or may not be giving free diesel today.