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October 31, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS -- Jonathan Ward, founder of ICON autos in Chatsworth, likes to take iconic utility vehicles and give it a new spin. The Toyota Land Cruiser . The Willys CJ3B . The Ford Bronco . On the latest project, the crew at ICON took on the 1965 Dodge crew cab. ICON unveiled a special one-off Power Wagon D200 Reformer at the Optima booth at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show in Las Vegas. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show Painted in glossy white with black accent, the truck has a new chassis and mechanical systems taken from a modern-day Dodge Ram 3500 series pickup.
January 12, 1988
Three cheers for the Los Angeles City Council in its efforts to clear gridlock by enacting an ordinance to deal with the blocking of intersections by autos trapped by clogged streets. It sounds wonderful, but how long will diligent enforcement last? While we are at it, how about enforcement in the area of illegal parking in bus stop zones and in other red curb areas downtown? Two bus stops for immediate action are (1) Temple Street eastbound in front of the County Hall of Administration and (2)
November 16, 1986
John F. Lawrence's Nov. 2 column must have been made in Japan and shipped to the United States along with the products he describes. It's chilling to think that we are trading our most precious commodity, U.S. real estate, for autos and videocassette recorders. This system of avoiding inflation seems to me a more subtle and insidious Pearl Harbor than we had in 1941. NORMAN W. PERLUSS La Quinta
July 2, 1992
Why can the state senators and assemblymen drive around in Cadillacs with free gas credit cards while the state is going downhill? How much would the state save if they gave up their cars? Let them furnish their own autos and insurance and gasoline. They do not need a personal state-financed auto; they should stay in Sacramento and do something constructive for the welfare of the people. DAVID C. ARMIJO San Gabriel
October 19, 1986 | Robert Hanley
The slick brochure proclaimed that the Zoes were coming. The 1985 models of the "ultra low-cost" three-wheeled English cars, the flyer said, were "now invading the American marketplace." But the only real invasion was that of more than 99 million shares of penny stock issued by Zoe Products Inc., of Irvine. Now that stock appears to be worthless, and investors--like investors in the many other public companies that fade from sight each year--are stuck. But all is not lost.
April 12, 2009
Re: "Cash-for-clunkers bills aim to rev up auto sales," April 2: Legislation that would provide motorists cash vouchers to buy new, more fuel-efficient autos to "help save the automakers and the environment" would do a much better job of fulfilling the second -- and more important -- objective if the $3,000-to-$5,000 vouchers were offered for multi-decade or lifetime passes on any public transit system in the United States. Gregory Wright Sherman Oaks
January 31, 1993
After reading about the 70 or so Marine aircraft being inundated at Pendleton ("O.C. Soaked, Sliding in Storms' Wake" Jan. 19), I was reminded of an incident in 1954 at Quonset Point N.A.S. A hurricane was bearing down on Rhode Island. Off-base airmen were called to move the planes. There was little time so cars were left on the Tarmac. The planes fared well, but many of the fliers' autos didn't. Shame on the Marines for not acting more resourcefully to protect the aircraft. A.A. JOHNSON Anaheim
November 19, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Online spending for October grew at the slowest pace since at least 2001, an Internet research company said -- the latest evidence that Web shopping is being dragged down by the deteriorating economy. According to the ComScore Inc. report, online spending increased a meager 1% last month from the year-earlier period, marking the slowest sales pace for any month since the company began tracking the data seven years ago. The results exclude business from auctions, autos and travel.
March 27, 1998
"Two-Wheelin' Down the Highway" (March 15) presents an interesting look at bikeways, past and future, but the first sentence seems to indicate some rather biased thinking. Apparently bicycle fanatics, those of us who believe in energy-efficient, nonpolluting, healthy means of transport, are "anarchists, rosy-cheeked environmentalists, punk couriers, thrill seekers." Conversely, I suppose, those who spend inordinate amounts of their lives paying for or driving their autos, almost surgically attached to their internal combustion engines, slaves to Big Oil and Big Auto, must be fine upstanding citizens and normal, fully functional people.
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