As a Northern Californian I am obliged to hate on Los Angeles, a squid-armed traffic garbage pile, but I can’t deny that in its sprawling spaghetti of jammed highways, there are all sorts of car cultures. Aussie F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo got to do them all in one day. At least, he tried.
According to the LA Times in 1923, it took streetcars 30 minutes to move just six blocks in downtown LA that summer. The automobile had invaded the city, and the streetcars were owned by private companies that didn’t want to spend any money on improvements. The dream? Elevating mass transit, like in the 1923 model…
Stop lights and stop signs are normally considered the bane of all car-loving existence. But clearly we need them. The alternative is terrifying, fraught with chaos and also possibly wanton destruction. As the annoying guy shooting the video says, “this is what happens when you let humanity use judgement.”
Last weekend the L.A. Summer Concours put about $50 million worth of exotics on the pavement outside Los Angeles’ Staples Center. For $250 a ticket you could walk among them and eat some fancy food, but if you missed the shindig you can still drool on the cars in this little gallery.
A couple of comedians left this Nissan Leaf on a Los Angeles street during the weekly two-hour period reserved for street sweeping. And then they narrated a 40 minute live stake-out waiting to see how long it’d take to get a parking ticket, which an astounding 13,000 people sat tuned in for.
The Los Angeles Police Department is ostensibly evaluating two $100,000 Tesla Model S P85Ds as cop cars right now. The police know it’s an impractical vehicle for the application, but they’re not about to turn down free futuristic luxury cars.
Smooth-rollin’ silent-running Segway spotted off-roading “at least three or four miles” up a hiking trail in Santa Monica, California reports LAist.
Ask anyone that has to perform on stage or present things on live TV or radio: it’s hard. However, it doesn’t have to be when you simply stop giving a shit. This news reporter commentary, taken from yesterday’s crazy Ford Mustang police chase through Los Angeles, is a prime example of exactly that. Can you even?…
I’m not sure why racing on a public road full of other cars and trucks doesn’t seem like a terrible idea to people, but it is. If simple logic doesn’t get the concept across, maybe this wreck, caused by a race between a Challenger and a Charger, will. Three are dead, and the carnage of the multi-car wreck closed…
If you say you’ve never crashed, many people will say that you just haven’t crashed yet. Those people are assholes, but they’re also right. This past weekend, I got my number called—and I lived to tell the tale.
Do you have about $250,000 worth of paintings, prints, and sculptures by artists like Marc Chagall, Keith Haring, Henri Matisse, and Leroy Neiman? Sure you do. It’s hard to find places for all that stuff, so I bet you’re probably thinking of shoving them in a trailer on the street. Some advice? Don’t. Incredibly, they…
Ninety percent of the human population, give or take, already regards the automobile as an appliance. At best. The Petersen Automotive Museum, newly emerged from the most radical of transformations, is the 10 percent showing the 90 percent why it isn’t.
Reports flooded in today stating that the warning areas off the coast of Southern California—around the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range—would be activated, causing noise issues associated with re-routed LAX operations. Theories flew, some being totally absurd. In the end, it was exactly what it should have been—a Trident…
Seen through the AH-64 Apache’s TADS/PNVS (Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor) located on the nose of the helicopter, a flight of six of the attack choppers cruise around LA, buzzing the Hollywood sign for good measure.
I was an LA driver for over 20 years. I’ve driven down twisty Laurel Canyon road, and always enjoyed it, in all kinds of cars. I never thought to myself “Gee, what good fun this is. I’d sure like to try it backwards!” Because, surprisingly, I’m not an idiot. I’m not so sure about our Audi-driving friend here.
Yesterday, a Super Hornet crashed on takeoff from the USS Theodore Roosevelt , a UH-1Y went missing during disaster relief operations in Nepal, a Cobra made an emergency landing in the LA River canal and the NAS Corpus Christi flight line was inundated with water. It was a rough Tuesday for America’s air forces.
By day, Los Angeles is a traffic-choked nightmare for cars, a never-ending maze of bumper-to-bumper congestion. But at night, if you have a cool car, that’s the time to come out and play.