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February 9, 2002 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charles Gray Baskerville, whose colorful reportage in Hot Rod magazine brought the world of custom cars and high-speed racing alive for thousands of readers every month for 28 years, died Feb. 1 of complications from prostate cancer. He was 66. A fixture at hot rod shows, drag races and speed trials across the continent, Baskerville was easily recognizable to his legions of fans in his trademark rubber flip-flop sandals and baggy shorts.
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February 29, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Boyd Coddington, a renowned Southern California hot rod and custom car designer and builder who starred in the cable reality-TV series "American Hot Rod," has died. He was 63. Coddington, a longtime diabetic, died Wednesday at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier of complications stemming from a recent surgery, said publicist Brad Fanshaw.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ray Brock, a longtime editor and writer for Hot Rod magazine who later published Rod Action magazine, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his home in Newport Beach. He was 75. * Nellie Cross, Iowa's oldest resident, died Wednesday in Des Moines. She was 112. Cross worked at an ordnance plant and later as a waitress. She had five children, 11 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, 104 great-great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-great-grandchildren.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2007 | Shav Glick, Special to The Times
Wally Parks, the hot-rodder and entrepreneur who curbed drag racing on city streets by steering drivers onto legal racing strips and founded the National Hot Rod Assn., has died. He was 94. Parks died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, the NHRA announced, without specifying the cause of death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Boyd Coddington, a renowned Southern California hot rod and custom car designer and builder who starred in the cable reality-TV series "American Hot Rod," has died. He was 63. Coddington, a longtime diabetic, died Wednesday at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier of complications stemming from a recent surgery, said publicist Brad Fanshaw.
NEWS
May 9, 1999
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
Ak Miller, a pioneer drag racer who had a career as a driver and car builder in many facets of motor racing for six decades, died Dec. 15 of a heart attack in a rest home in Pico Rivera. He was 84. Miller began his racing career on Southern California's dry lakes in the 1930s as a charter member of the Roadrunners, one of a group of car clubs that created the Southern California Timing Assn. and the National Hot Rod Assn.
BUSINESS
May 19, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL
As America's baby boom generation ages and the twentysomethings start making money, a change is occurring in the car world. Hot rods, those quintessential American road rockets lovingly crafted from Fords and Chevys and Plymouths, are rolling off the roads and into collections while a new crop of speedsters--lovingly crafted from Hondas and Toyotas and Mazdas--are beginning to show up at the Sunday afternoon drag races. The folks at Toyo Tire Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2007 | Shav Glick, Special to The Times
Wally Parks, the hot-rodder and entrepreneur who curbed drag racing on city streets by steering drivers onto legal racing strips and founded the National Hot Rod Assn., has died. He was 94. Parks died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, the NHRA announced, without specifying the cause of death.
NEWS
January 4, 1998 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has been a wicked, wonderful drag race. And in a half century of hot rodding, an adolescent passion for squeezing speed from discarded cars has risen from back-street activity to accepted Americana. Once an outlaw sport of midnight felonies on Colorado Boulevard, it has graduated to national championships and an industry pitching power packages and six-figure replicas to Beverly Hills buyers.
AUTOS
December 28, 2005 | DAN NEIL
IN its search for fresh, edgy attitude that will resonate with Generation iPod, Chevy has turned, inevitably, to the Truman administration. The styling of the HHR -- it stands for "Heritage High Roof" -- is inspired, so they tell me, by the 1949 Chevy Suburban. One must be particular in these matters, since Plymouth and Dodge built Suburbans in those years too.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
Ak Miller, a pioneer drag racer who had a career as a driver and car builder in many facets of motor racing for six decades, died Dec. 15 of a heart attack in a rest home in Pico Rivera. He was 84. Miller began his racing career on Southern California's dry lakes in the 1930s as a charter member of the Roadrunners, one of a group of car clubs that created the Southern California Timing Assn. and the National Hot Rod Assn.
SPORTS
July 23, 2004 | SHAV GLICK
Four enthusiastic Southern California hot-rodders, in a red Dodge station wagon pulling a camper-style Viking trailer, set out 50 years ago on a 17-week odyssey to spread the gospel of organized drag racing -- National Hot Rod Assn. style -- to the street racers of America who had gone car crazy after World War II. "Speed we take for granted. Safety is our goal," was their slogan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ray Brock, a longtime editor and writer for Hot Rod magazine who later published Rod Action magazine, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his home in Newport Beach. He was 75. * Nellie Cross, Iowa's oldest resident, died Wednesday in Des Moines. She was 112. Cross worked at an ordnance plant and later as a waitress. She had five children, 11 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, 104 great-great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-great-grandchildren.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2002 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charles Gray Baskerville, whose colorful reportage in Hot Rod magazine brought the world of custom cars and high-speed racing alive for thousands of readers every month for 28 years, died Feb. 1 of complications from prostate cancer. He was 66. A fixture at hot rod shows, drag races and speed trials across the continent, Baskerville was easily recognizable to his legions of fans in his trademark rubber flip-flop sandals and baggy shorts.
SPORTS
April 28, 2001 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its purest form, racing is about two competitors lining up side by side to see which is faster. Few are faster than the drivers of the National Hot Rod Assn., who travel more than 300 mph down a short stretch of asphalt. Still, Wally Parks has a soft spot for the sportsman classes and the shade-tree mechanic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1996
The National Hot Rod Power Tour may be the ultimate car lover's dream. A caravan of custom-built hot rods will make its way across the country, starting today at 9 a.m. from the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Hundreds of cars parked Thursday at the museum, while the car owners prepared for the tour. The drivers will wind their way from the West Coast to Ohio, where a hot rod festival will is scheduled next weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1996
The National Hot Rod Power Tour may be the ultimate car lover's dream. A caravan of custom-built hot rods began making its way across the country Friday from the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Hundreds of cars parked at the museum last week while the car owners prepared for the tour. The drivers are winding their way from the West Coast to Ohio, where a hot rod festival is scheduled this weekend.
NEWS
July 29, 1999 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whazzat? In these days of DaimlerChrysler, Renault-Nissan and Hyundai-Kia, there are constant rumblings about more auto industry mergers. One that raised at least one set of eyebrows (ours) came to us recently by way of an L.A. newscaster's uncorrected gaffe.
MAGAZINE
June 13, 1999
Compiled by Leilah Bernstein 1900s Katherine Tingley, a.k.a. the Purple Mother, establishes the Point Loma Theosophical Community near San Diego. Theosophists are dedicated to discovering the "ancient truths" that link all religions. (1900) * The Los Angeles City Directory lists three car dealerships: E.H. Crippen Cycle and Supply House, Locomobile Co. of the Pacific and Pacific Automobile Co.
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