February 14, 1995 |
Stanton hot-rod builder Boyd Coddington has won his fifth Best of Show Award at the annual Grand National Roadster Show in Oakland for his "Smoothster" customized 1937 Ford convertible. The actual trophy is for Most Beautiful Roadster and no other hot-rod builder has won more than twice.
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April 3, 2000 |
More than 50 classic car owners showed off their candy-colored, gleaming-rimmed best at a Sunday fund-raiser for the Wildlife Waystation. To go with all the Jaguars and Mustangs at the car show, animal handlers brought a tiger and a golden eagle from the Waystation, an animal refuge north of Sunland in Angeles National Forest. "We are going to have to expand," Martine Colette, founder of the Waystation, said of her 160-acre refuge.
October 13, 1995
Mazda Motors of America, the Irvine importer and distributor of Mazda cars and trucks, launches its new $200-million advertising campaign Sunday on prime-time network television. The new ads use the tagline "passion for the road" to promote Mazda's core offerings: the Millenia luxury sedan, 626 sport sedan, Protege compact sedan and Mazda-designed, Ford-built B-Series compact pickups.
January 24, 2001 |
For anyone with a weakness for old flames, the Grand National Roadster Show lights a fire. Visiting this granddaddy of hot-rod shows is a rite of passage for those whose passions run to American hot rods and custom cars and motorcycles. What started as the Oakland Roadster Show in 1950 showcased 270 vehicles last weekend in San Mateo, where it landed several years ago after outgrowing its longtime Oakland digs and changing its name.
January 1, 1992 |
Hyundai Motor America ended 1991 by recalling nearly 900,000 of its Excel models--the car that enabled the company to set sales records in its first two years in the United States. The recall, announced Tuesday, affects all 1986-89 Excels and all 1987-89 Mitsubishi Precis sold in this country. The Korean car maker builds the Precis for Mitsubishi.
July 12, 1995 |
For the third straight year, Lexus, Infiniti and Saturn took the top three rankings in the 1995 J.D. Power & Associates' annual survey of driver's satisfaction. Acura, a unit of Honda Motor Co., and Sweden's AB Volvo tied for the fourth spot. The influential Agoura Hills-based marketing firm said Tuesday that the car business as a whole improved its performance three points on Power's Customer Satisfaction Index, scoring 138 of a possible 202.
August 22, 2001 |
Insurance companies "total" millions of vehicles every year, giving policyholders a lump sum that is supposed to represent the true market value of their wrecked cars and trucks. In many cases, however, motorists charge that their insurers low-ball them. With billions of dollars at stake, determining the value of totaled vehicles can sometimes become contentious. All too often, motorists say, settlements fall far short of the prices of comparable vehicles for sale in the used-vehicle market.
July 12, 1994 |
Charles W. O. Ellwood, an English-born car designer who has spent the bulk of his career in Germany, had an automotive epiphany when he arrived in Southern California last October to take the helm at Volkswagen's Simi Valley design studio. American drivers' fascination with cup holders, he says, suddenly made sense. "You can't drive the speeds we drive in Europe and use cup holders. It's just too dangerous," says Ellwood, 39, formerly chief of interior design at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany.
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June 18, 1995 |
In the city of freeways and money, there are plenty of car collectors but few who employed a curator. That rare yet so very L.A. title was held for 26 years by James B. Duffy III, who lovingly and painstakingly took care of the late Willet H. Brown's collection of antique cars, celebrity-owned cars and rare sports cars.
January 12, 1995 |
Newborns have come home from the hospital in Ed Grech's limousines. His custom-made cars have also transported dressed-to-the-nines teen-agers to the prom, brought brides to the church and carried celebrating couples to their 50th anniversary parties. Now, Grech is closing the circle. Krystal Koach Co., Grech's 12-year-old company and the nation's largest stretch limo maker, has begun building hearses. You'll rarely hear that word in use around Krystal's four-building complex, though.