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.
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Blogging leads to adventures and fun soirees. Last night I was invited to a pretty swanky affair celebrating 50 years of Mustang and Fashion. It was held at The Standard Hotel on Sunset in WeHo. This shirt was worn by the wait staff from the hotel’s Event Department and we couldn’t get them to give one up for us.
The event is documented in my flickr set, and was actually a lot of fun. Great food, nice cocktails and cars with pretty models next to them. The Standard itself is quite the place. I remember it as the Golden Crest Hotel, then a retirement home when I first moved here, then it was abandoned for a while. Quite the come back as you will note from the pictures.
The show itself was a fun bit of high zoot fashion history intermingled with a particular generation of the Mustang. The speakers were L.A.’s own Christos Garkinos an expert in all things vintage along with Ford Design Director Joel Piaskowski who talked about the cars. Read the rest of this entry →
Yes, water falling from the sky is a rarity but its not entirely unheard of. Its called rain. I just checked sigalert.com and it appears the city has lost its collective mind. I have a doctors appt in Hollywood a bit later this morning. The freeways between here and there are littered with accidents and sigalerts. As long as I’ve been here I’ve never understood why folks continue to drive fast and try to stop short on wet roads, it doesn’t work. Could we all agree to slow down and not run into each other causing more massive traffic jams? Please?
Just about a year ago CA allowed driverless cars. Google has a few out there, mostly in the Bay Area. Or so I thought. Coming back from the desert yesterday I spotted this one on the 10 somewhere around the 15. It was in the slower lanes and well, I wasn’t so I lost sight of it and continued my trek into the city.
Imagine my surprize as I was merging onto the 57 North when it suddenly appeared to my left and behind me. It was coming fast and passed me with signal on and the damn thing cut me off. I had to brake to keep a decent following distance, then it braked and moved over one more lane. WTF. Can’t they program it to keep decent following distances and not cut others off too?
Gawd as my witness,it happened. I even have a witness, my daughter Kari was with me and she grabbed the picture. All I gotta say is watch for them. They have giant spinning thing on top and look kinda dorky.
Let me be up front, I see this car often as it belongs to a friend and fellow photographer, author and general bon vivant, Steve McCarthy.
The car is a 1960 Triumph named the Blue Meaniel. Its a driver, more specifically a Road Trippin‘ car that he goes on excursions with and jots every twist in turn for his blog and in books. Blue Meanie made it to Seattle and back last year, this last month it made it to Yellowstone and back.
I love living in the land that rust forgot, you see great little sports cars like this still in use and well loved.
This show is one of my all time favorites, not because its where I live, its because its a terrific show focused on one type of car…street rods and other customs. Every car has a story and the owner will gladly tell you how he took it from who-knows-what-condition to the street rod or custom you see now. Seriously, they love to talk about the trials and tribulations of getting that car to show quality or at least driveable. Read the rest of this entry →
Or how to drive a tank fast on bias ply tires!
This film is a hoot. The tips apply if you drive a rear wheel drive tank on bias ply tires. The commentary is still sorta relevant when it comes to fast driving a car with rear wheel drive. I love the brown haze they called sky back in the day, my how things have improved!
Tip o the hat to Sergeant Tom LeVeque at Arcadia Pd who found this old video.
If you know me, you know by now I’m a car guy. Not trucks, suv’s or anything else with 4 wheels. Cars. Cars that handle well and are fun get my blood pumping. Yesterday was just such a day.
If you were terrorized by a bunch of new Fiesta STs yesterday, it was me and I apologize.
Got a hot hatch of your own and want some fun? Take the route I took yesterday starting in Santa Monica into the hills and canyons above Malibu. The route is just drop dead gorgeous with the Cornell Winery as a mid point in the route to stop for some libations and just catch your breath. It will take you up PCH from SaMo to Malibu where you make an abrupt right up Malibu Canyon, across Mulholland and then down Decker Canyon to Leo Carillo State Beach. About an hour for each leg if you follow the entire route.
What you get on the route is some really exciting hills and curves to test your driving ability. I’ve done a similar route in the past and on non-school days you do need to have your wits about you are there are kids on skate boards running the canyon without regard to lane maintenance. And bicycles. All that is part of the territory I guess, weekdays are the best bet for canyon carving when traffic is light and the kids are in school. Read the rest of this entry →
And you park funny too!
Here I am sitting in the rather fast moving drive through line with a few cars behind me. Behind me is this Twenty-something with a kidlet. Suddenly she dives over to the side and goes into a Handicapped Parking Space…clearly signed and delineated in blue paint. She hops out, grabs a kid from the back seat who SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN A CAR SEAT and runs into the store. Seriously, having had a parent that was handicapped prior to his passing I know those spots are precious to those who need them. I wish a pox upon that little chirpy for taking the spot from one who could have used it.
It bears repeating, you meet the coolest people blogging. This time around it was LA vlogger Austin Null an Agent with the Fiesta Movement. The Fiesta Movement is a social media program with Ford that gives folks who blog and vlog 2014 Ford Fiestas to take on missions, adventures if you will, and do posts about the cars they are given. It involves monthly missions from when they get the car in April until the program ends in December or January of next year.
I met up with Austin recently here in Culver City at Fullscreen where he is a “Social Engagement Strategist”. He also blogs and vlogs with his own YouTube channel. Austin is a recent transplant to the Los Angeles area living in the West LA area. The Fiesta Movement has given him missions that have allowed him to explore more of L.A and sunny SoCal. Read the rest of this entry →
Ok…I’m in as much a hurry as anyone. Today was my neuro appt at Kaiser Sunset. Parking was always rough there until 2 years ago when they instituted complimentary valet parking. Its well signed too.
So…I left early to allow for parking dilemmas, and knew that if all else failed I could use the handy valet service. Zipping around the corner in my nifty new compact I came across this idiot hogging 2 compact spaces. Absolute genius. Didn’t even make an effort to fit in one compact space, but angled in blocking another. It was clearly marked as they pulled in “small car” and “compact car” only, a redundancy that escaped them. The worst thing was that if they followed the signs up one more level they would have had the use of free valet service.
There’s an app being tried somewhere in Canada that will PAY people to report parking ‘tards such as this one. Not sure when or if ever it will make it to L.A. But when it does I will be rich.
Pic by me…love how the license plate glows in the dark.
The absolute biggest single make auto show on the west coast is the Fabulous Fords Forever show. It got started here at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center at Griffith Park in 1984. It has grown so big its since been moved to Knott’s Berry Farm. It is one of my all time favorite shows. Its about a lot of cars, fun people and celebrities. I had the chance to meet the legendary racer/builder Carroll Shelby two years ago, Henry Ford III last year. Hell, I even absent-minded walked right into Jack Nicholson while I was all agog over the cars.
Every year there is a new theme to the show with new guests as well. This year among the 2000+ cars, it will be celebrating 110 years of Ford Motor Company with a display of milestone cars. Additional features are 85 years of the Ford Model A, 45 years of the Torino and 20 years of SVT. They have cars registered from 13 states and Canada, covering 55 classes of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars and trucks, plus several displays of the latest from Ford and Ford Racing.
The guest of honor is the celebrated Formula Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin, Jr., who will have his latest drifting Mustang on display along with his RTR Mustang stable. Linda Vaughn will be in attendance with a team of legendary 1960’s drag racers of California fame. Meet and greets will be available with them.
Deets: Sunday April 21, 2013 from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Knott’s Berry Farm,8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620 MAP HERE
No matter how cute and romantic it is DON’T POST IT ON YOUTUBE if its illegal
The full details of the arrests is on the KTLA website. For the life of me I can’t imagine why they posted it on youtube and bragged about it on other social media. It was just dropping clues as to where they can be found for the arrests. I give these guys an “A” for creativity, a “C” for the idea to do it on a Sunday morning where traffic is light, and an “F” for getting caught.