What Makes a Man Smoke Tires? Gasoline, Petrol, Benzin or Benzina?

On the occasion of the day after D. Boon's birthday, and having had all manner of fuel scents drift in from the harbor over the last few days, we started wondering why what we yanks call "gasoline" has so many names around the world. The Germans refer to it as "Benzin," based on the fuel's benzene quotient. The… » 4/02/07 2:15pm 4/02/07 2:15pm

More Fun With Jackstands: The Great White Whale of Pedro

While not quite the quad-flat Merc Limo of 'Gundo, this Cadillac's been sitting on 22nd Street right next to the sidewalk for the last couple of weeks or so. Sure, it's missing a couple of wheels, but since it's for sale, this display tactic allows potential buyers to check out the brakes. Nearby sits a primered El… » 1/26/07 10:45pm 1/26/07 10:45pm

Transport Revolution! The Great Hoverchair of San Pedro!

Despite what y'all think, we at Jalopnik to do not spend our days tearing around in Torino Talladegas playing the Angry Samoans at high volume, outrunning the Los Angeles Police Department and California Highway Patrol, mowing down sidewalk fruit stands and supping on the finest lobster bisque at sunset on the beach… » 1/25/07 8:45pm 1/25/07 8:45pm

Transport in Los Angeles: It Exists!

The Pacific Electric Red Cars were legendary in prewar Los Angeles part of a 1,500-mile streetcar network that enabled the city to grow before everyone had sixteen cars and a Mike Brady-designed ranch house. A few years back they restored one of the old streetcars and used it as a model to construct replicas which run… » 12/18/06 8:45pm 12/18/06 8:45pm

Toyota Hybrid Exec David Hermance Dies In Plane Crash Off Cali Coast

There's an bit of space in the air off of the SoCal coast, right near our West Coast office in San Pedro, that's reserved for aeronautic acrobatic stunts. David Hermance, 59, Toyota's top American exec for alt-fuel vehicles and emissions tech, was well known as a pilot who enjoyed a bit of the loop-de-looping in this… » 11/26/06 2:24pm 11/26/06 2:24pm

Peterbilt Goes Hybrid, We Applaud Peterbilt

In San Pedro there is problem. And the problem is transport. We hammer on this point like Sweet Peet on his "product, product, product" mantra, but the movement of goods in and out of the harbor has created a massive air-pollution problem. One application where we see hybrid technology as especially beneficial is in… » 11/10/06 10:30pm 11/10/06 10:30pm

Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Revise Environmental Plans

Yesterday was one of the hottest November Sixths we can remember. According to the owner of the bodega, it hit 93 in LA, although we're sure it was a bit cooler in Pedro. Nevertheless, it resulted in some of the worst harbor smog we've seen in the year Jalopnik's Los Angeles bureau has been in operation. » 11/07/06 3:43am 11/07/06 3:43am

David Johansen is Making Out With ParanoidAndroid07

We really thought the Loverman would nail this one, but apparently, commenter ParanoidAndroid07's taste in experimental rock ranges beyond mopey Brit-types and into at-all-costs San Pedro corndogs obsessed with politics, poetry and brevity. Here's the winning comment: "Because it is the Daihatsu Boon and has a D on… » 8/10/06 6:00pm 8/10/06 6:00pm

Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to Clean Up

The other day, Bumbeck said to us, "Man, I may as well just go back to smoking," in reference to the air quality in LA. He's up in the hills, while we're at the tip of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. We're also three blocks from the Port of Los Angeles, which, combined with the Port of Long Beach, create the busiest port… » 6/29/06 10:00pm 6/29/06 10:00pm

These Are the Vehicles in Your Neighborhood: More of San Pedro's Lost…

A few months ago, we rocked a set of photos of the random vehicles we found down by the marina. Now, here's a random sampling of what can be found by merely walking from our house to Louie's Chinese Restaurant #2, known around these parts as "Dollar Chinese"...for good reason. Sit back, relax, put on your headgear,… » 6/13/06 10:30pm 6/13/06 10:30pm

This World is Big, And So Are We: Trans-Americas Journey

When Ray and Austin crashed the parade in Indy and ended up in a car with Karen Catchpole and her husband Eric Mohl, the masterminds behind Transamericas Journey, for some reason, it didn't click. And then in some sort of delayed reaction, we hear from the mighty Lew last night, saying "Karen Catchpole!" And it still… » 6/10/06 12:28am 6/10/06 12:28am

Perfect for Pedro: The GMC MotorHome

As we were walking back from supper at Louie's Chinese Restaurant #2, we spied a white GMC MotorHome that looked like it'd been painted with a brush. Pedro, with its salt air, light breeze, Southern California sun and "Trespassers Will Be Eaten" signs, is the perfect place for such a vehicle. In fact, it would be the… » 5/31/06 10:23pm 5/31/06 10:23pm