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October 31, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS - The 1931 Ford Roadster was familiar to Duane Mayer. He originally oversaw the construction of the brilliant red pickup truck in 2006 back when he was project manager for legendary Southern California hot rod designer Boyd Coddington.    But in the years that have passed, Coddington died and the Ford fell in disrepair. It was an emotional event when the truck's owners came to Mayer and asked him to refurbish it. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show “There's a lot of memories tied up in Boyd's cars,” Mayer said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2013 | By Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
During his nearly 40 years as a columnist for this newspaper, my late father occasionally tweaked his readers - quite disingenuously - by belittling his cat, knowing the slur would stir invective so passionate and erudite that he could fill another column without having to do much writing of his own. I had no intention of employing that device when I recently wrote - quite sincerely - in defense of motorcyclists who navigate the space between cars...
NEWS
December 2, 1990 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't worry about Joanna--she'll be warm tonight. She'll park in her old neighborhood, on a street with no security patrol and tall hedges in front of the houses, so no one will notice her car. She'll open the window a crack, lock the doors, curl up in warm clothes beneath blankets. Tomorrow she'll do the Beverly Center. Or maybe Westside Pavilion. She'll wash her hair and underwear in Nordstrom's ladies' room, dry them under the hand blower, apply makeup from testers at the cosmetic counter downstairs.
AUTOS
October 1, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
It was a Scottish team with a French name racing British cars. In the 1950s and early 1960s Ecurie Ecosse (French for Team Scotland) was a small private racing team that took on some of the world's largest professional powerhouses -- and won. Now a collection of cars from this historic effort is headed to auction at the end of the year. PHOTOS: Ecurie Ecosse collection headed to auction Bonhams announced it would offer seven of the team's cars and one transport truck in a London auction  Dec. 1. The collection is a "definitive representation of perhaps Britain's best-loved motor racing team," James Knight, Bonhams' group motoring director said.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Women prefer to purchase small cars and crossovers, typically from foreign automakers. That's the finding of a study of 13 million U.S. vehicle registrations over the last two years by TrueCar.com, the Santa Monica auto pricing information company. Volkswagen's Beetle was the auto most likely to be purchased by a woman. Just over 56% of the buyers registering a new Beetle were women, the study found. But after that, female buyers tended toward small sport utility vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A camel that escaped from a Palmdale property and began charging people and cars is now in the custody of animal control officials. Investigators are trying to determine how the camel got loose. The camel's capture was recorded by TV crews. The L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control said in a statement to KTLA-TV Channel 5 that the "alleged owner is known not to be permitted to have the camel. The camel will be held as evidence and will be in the care of the Lancaster shelter.” A call reporting the camel, which broke loose about 8:38 a.m., came from a person in one of the cars that the animal charged, said sheriff's Deputy John Cereoli.
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Two consecutive lawsuits and three plans and we still haven't properly resolved the Yosemite Valley dilemma. It's one of the most gorgeous spots in the world, but that can be hard to appreciate in summertime when you spend most of your time staring at the rear bumper of the car in front of you because of traffic so intense that people can walk faster than you can drive. And that's saying something, because the throngs of people are so dense that getting from Point A to Point B on foot can involve a fair amount of pedestrian maneuvering, braking and cutting in front.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Cut-up photographs of a black Ford F-150 lie scattered across George Barris' desk, forming a mosaic of fenders, headlamps and rear-quarter panels. Barris' eyes flicker over each fragment as he rearranges the parts of a normal-looking pickup truck and transforms it into the lunatic hot rod vision he has bouncing around in his head. He dabs glue onto one scrap and sets it on paper. Then, another and another. Finally, he stands back and examines what has come together.
WORLD
July 3, 2010 | By Usama Redha and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
In a dangerous country, it may be one of the quickest tickets to the afterlife. Those driving white or gray Nissan Sunny sedans flirt with the very real possibility of being hit with a spray of gunfire, or their vehicle being rigged with a bomb. At least 28 such assaults have occurred since March, police say, five of them in the last 10 days. What makes the Sunny such an appealing target? It's a model the Iraqi government provides to its intelligence services, military and police forces.
BUSINESS
April 25, 1989 | DIRK SUTRO
On a recent Saturday afternoon, Nick Karoly, the top salesman at Hoehn Motors Mercedes Porsche in Carlsbad, roamed the lot. Saturday being the busiest day of the week for car dealers, there was a steady stream of potential buyers. Karoly's smooth sales approach earns him as much as $160,000 in a good year, meaning a year when he sells 170 cars or more. Hoehn is the top dealer of both Porsches and Mercedeses in San Diego County. Last year, the dealership sold 762 Mercedeses and 156 Porsches.
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