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.
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.
Sometimes it is more than the car, its the perfect mix of ambition and heart.
Last night started out like any other manufacturer party. This time hosted by Dodge. It was different as instead of rolling out a red carpet for a shiny new car, it was to give a gift to suburban Los Angeles based “A Walk on Water“. AWOW for short.
Until last night I hadn’t heard of them or their mission. AWOW is there to support families with autistic members. They provide the entire family, not just the person with autism, with the chance to spend a fun day together learning to surf. They believe in the theraputic powers of the ocean and surfing as a way to bridge the communication gap and give a family with special needs a fun learning experience they can share.
Actor Danny Trejo gave a moving introduction to the group and shared how is own family is affected by autism. Its just not the person with special needs that needs help, but the entire family that is affected and need help with coping and learning. The board members of AWOW also shared with us their personal stories on why what they do is important to them and the families they help. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house after one board member talked about how his non-verbal son spoke his first words after his first surf ride. He’s skilled now on the board that he’s ready to be a teacher in the group. The power in belief in abilities and that you can make always find a way to make a positive out of a challenge.
The big news dropped at the end of the presentations is that Dodge, a division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was donating $20,000 to AWOW to kick start their growth and expand beyond the Los Angeles area. Dodge/FCA together are also pledging an additional $50 for every test drive at authorized dealerships in the coming days up to $5,000 additional for AWOW. (list of authorized dealers after the jump). It was hinted that Danny Trejo himself will be at some of the dealerships during their day of sponsored test drives to meet and greet those helping out AWOW by taking drive in a shiny new Dodge.
To further sweeten the pot, Nacional Records, our host for the evening festivities, is going to give away 2 tickets per test drive to the October 3 Supersonico Festival at the Palladium.
High Res photo attached. Picture credit: DiMora Motors
Only 25 examples of this car will be hand crafted. Its Los Angeles showing will be at the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance on September 20. (Full details on the car after the jump).
The Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance is one of my most favorite shows in all of Southern California. IT IS without a doubt the best curated show out there and you can’t go wrong with the location –
General Parking for Concours d’Elegance
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
General Parking is Free
Location: Promenade Shopping Center & Peninsula Center – Rolling Hills Estates
See map, below for parking entrances
Shuttle access is at the Peninsula Center parking area.
We are happy to be able to provide FREE general parking for this year’s Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance through the generosity of Promenade on the Peninsula and Peninsula Shopping Center. Constantly running buses, courtesy of L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, will shuttle you to and from the Concours venue—about a 7 minute drive.
From either Hawthorne or Crenshaw Blvds., turn onto Indian Peak Road.
Signage will direct you to parking entrances
Volunteers will help guide you to a parking spot.
At Promenade on the Peninsula parking structure:
Please use ONLY the parking entrance next to the Norris Theater.
Please do not use any other parking entrance for Concours parking. These areas are reserved for shopping center patrons. Be courteous.
After parking, walk across the street to Peninsula Shopping Center to board the Shuttle.
A detective loses his Dodge Patrol car with a hemi and cries…
Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck announce a year long test of a BMW i3 electric vehicle at a City of Los Angeles press conference in Los Angeles, Sept. 11, 2015. Photo by Danny Moloshok/Newscast courtesy BMW PR
I could add a few more snarks, but bottom line a few electric cars in the LAPD make sense in the right applications. No I can’t imagine them used in a high speed pursuit, but contrary to local TV that is not a constant occurrence. There’s plenty of things they do that involves just slogging around town and idling in traffic that an electric car and its zero emissions at the tail pipe make sense. Detectives cold calling witnesses and victims on follow up doesn’t need speed nor lights flaring. Parking meter slugs idling around town issuing tickets is another area that kinda makes sense.
Regardless of what you think of the EV, they make sense in some applications and if we can save some gas money swapped for electrons cheaper off the grid to power these little beasts its better for the cities bottom line.
Personally, I like the BMW i3, Drives very much like what you expect from BMW, with its aggressive regeneratvie braking systems a quick lift of the throttle feels more like downshifting a gasser than just idle coasting. My full review from a few years ago HERE that included an interview with the BMW i project manager.
Free subscription to blogging.la for the first person who captures a pic of the BMW i3 in action on the streets of L.A.
Ford Custom Coupe…my personal best of show, click to embiggen
Yesterday was the 25th annual Monrovia Car Show and it wasn’t a disappointment. No sirree. It was side by side both sides of the street and some side streets in Old Town Monrovia jam packed with more old cars in every stage of repair and customization you could imagine. Focused primarily on domestics, there were the few odd imports…a Pantera here, an Anglia there, an Austin Healy there…you get the idea. A car show.
Of course there were all sorts of cars and trucks that defied description and you have to see them in person to grasp their importance. Or silliness. to see them you need to make the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
The cars start lining up at 8AM and by 10AM South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia from Palm to Olive is a massive sea of cars. MASSIVE. As in hundreds of classic cars in every state of restoration, customization or just in need of some TLC and stock original. Its limited to pre-malaise era cars so pretty much anything prior to 1980 is there.
With Myrtle Avenue blocked I’d suggest getting off at Myrtle Ave and head north from the 210. At that point turn right at Huntington Drive and then left at Ivy and park in a free city parking lot off Ivy. Or…turn left then right up Primrose and park in one of the free lots off that street.
Arrive early and do dress for heat. Crowds peak around the lunch hour and if its too hard to see the cars, well pop into Jakes Roadhouse or one of the many other restaurants in Old Town Monrovia, grab a bite and wait for the crowds to die down.
You don’t have to take my word for it that this is a not to be missed classic car show. Check my flickr albums from 2013 and 2014 from the event as a good teaser and prep of what to expect.
For the final edition of 626 Night Market there as a few new tricks to keep it fun and fresh. First up is Saturday Nights open Mike with the kids from ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” and then there is the dancing competiton. Full details HERE Even if the new stuff doesn’t entice, the old standbys…incredible food, street vendors and music should keep you entertained and satiated.
Having been a few times, its easy access just a few blocks south of the 210 in Arcadia. You can enter from the gates on Baldwin, but traffic is bad there with the mall. The other and better option is to exit Santa Anita, head south to Hungtington Dr and turn right (west) on to Huntington and enter in the massive gates there.
Deets Friday 9/4, Saturday 9/5 and Sunday 9/6 4PM to 1AM. Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia CA MAP HERE
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Every now and then I get stuff in my inbox thats just too cool not to share. This infographic from Sparefoot shows just how freaking BIG Griffith Park is compared to other cities of the world. At over 4000 acres its one of the biggest city park in the world. No one else comes close, heck its even larger than some national parks. But I digress, when Brian Shreckengast of Sparefoot reached out and asked if I would be interested in sharing with all of you the answer was an emphatic YES!
Click to embiggen the pic to the right to get the whole effect. Using some special mapping software Brian mapped the outlines of Griffith Park and then used that map to superimpose it over some of the worlds cities to show just how big and special Griffith Park is. Massive is an understatement. The full story on how they did it and larger maps can be seen on their WEB SITE.
I have always loved this park. When I was a valley dweller, Valley Village to be precise, this was my go to place to hike, walk, or just clear my head. I miss the road that once was open from the observatory to Travel Town as it gave excellent spots to stop and and soak in the city sights and vistas. But thats been closed at least 20 years at this point and I doubt they’ll reopen which is sad as it makes so much of the park out of reach for a quick walk on the trails.
What’s your favorite spot in the park?
Image courtesy Brian Shreckengast of Sparefoot and used with permission.
I see the most amazing stuff when I meander off the beaten path. This refugee from the Mad Max set, an art car gone mad if you will, was spotted in an alley just off Myrtle/Lime in Old Town Monrovia. Too bizarre for words.
Tip of the hat to my friend Darlene Powells over at KCBS for finding and sharing this video from artist Vadim Tereshchenko. It took over 2 years of a few frames at a time to produce the final product. What a truly beautiful city we are.
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Hat tip to my facebookie friend Will Campbell for this righteous find. Los Angeles, the good the bad the ugly and the truly magnificent in a drone’s eye view. How cool is this. And if you have ample bandwidth you can watch without buffering full screen.
Last year was awesome fun. This year promises more of the same at the 626 Night Market held at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Its one of the biggest events of the year in the SGV…second to maybe the Rose Parade thingy, but that has no food, bands or stuff. This, the 626 Night Market has tons, TONS of food, live bands and all sorts of stuff you didn’t know you needed for sale. Cheap.
Friday August 7,4PM-1AM, Saturday August 8, 4PM-1AM, Sunday August 9, 4PM-11PM
Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia. MAP HERE.
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Cora Kidder Cable as Patsy and Nikki D’Amico as Louise. click to embiggen
Always-Patsy Cline the production kicking off the 2015-2016 season at the Sierra Madre Playhouse officially opens this weekend to a sold out crowd. SOLD OUT.
As a board member I’m involved in a lot of aspects behind the scene’s. JozJozJoz, metblogs/blogging.la CEO is an official tweeter for the L.A. Opera and that was the germ of the idea for the blogathon for the soft opening, last rehearsal of Always-Patsy Cline. But more on that a bit later.
This is a wonderful story of an overly zealous fan and the star she adored becoming accidental friends and pen pals. The play itself is about how Louise Seger, a Houston housewife played by Nikki D’Amico who is best characterized as a spitfire hellcat fun loving divorcee, reminiscing over the night she first heard Pasty Cline on the radio and how she followed her career until they met a club outside Houston. They became best of friends, Louise and Pasty became penpals and wrote each other until Patsy’s untimely death at the age of 30. Those letters to Louise ended with the salutation “Always-Patsy Cline”. That story, and the story of Patsy’s life are intertwined and told through 27 songs by Patsy Cline beautifully recreated by Cori Cable Kidder and backed up by a live band. Read the rest of this entry →
Santiago Heredia will be among the artists doing live demonstrations at this Saturday’s Art Walk in Monrovia sponsored by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts. Santiago works in acrylic and cranks out paintings full of character and fun live before his audience.
Also demonstrating at the Art Walk will be Elizabeth Butterfield who will show her torn paper collage techniques. Monrovia High School Ceramics under the direction of Saul Perez will be demonstrating on the potters wheel.
All told there will be 10 (possibly more in the works still) artists on the 400 and 500 block of South Myrtle Avenue. These artists will include photographers, painters, jewelry sculptures at the Art Walk. Last. and not least, the Empty Bowls Monrovia project led by Meaghan McCarthy will be there selling the last of the bowls with 100% of the proceeds going to help the Foothill Unity Center feed the homeless and needy here in the SGV.
Lastly, adding to the festive atmosphere there will be live music.
Might I suggest…make a night of it. Visit one of the many restaurants in Old Town Monrovia, or take in a movie then hit the Art Walk to round out your night.
Deets. MAFA ART WALK, Saturday 7//25/2015, 7PM-10PM. 400/500 Block S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 MAP HERE