November 5, 2013 |
$250,000 buys a lot exotic curb candy. This kind of cash will net a nice Lamborghini Gallardo. Perhaps an Aston Martin DB9 Volante. A Ferrari 458 Italia is even possible. Or, $250,000 can buy a hand-built pickup truck with gobs more exclusivity than these three, and a cloak of anonymity they don't offer. Icon, the Chatsworth-based shop known for custom replica Broncos, FJ Cruisers and CJ-style Jeeps, unveiled such a truck Tuesday at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas. PHOTOS: Icon's new Thriftmaster pickup Dubbed the Thriftmaster, the truck is a modern -- and powerful -- interpretation of a postwar icon.
October 31, 2012 |
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.
September 1, 2013
Re "Tower foes sue city, developer," Aug. 29 Several times a week I drive through the Cahuenga Pass toward Hollywood. Twice a week I take the shuttle bus to the Hollywood Bowl, and as we approach the 101 offramp at Cahuenga, I point out the Capitol Records building to fellow riders and ask them to envision it being dwarfed by two massive buildings surrounding it. They shake their heads. For most of my life, the Capitol Records building and the Hollywood sign have been icons for this area.
September 25, 2011 |
Felicia Day is a sort of famous person, by which I do not mean that she is moderately famous but that her fame is of a particular type. "People are very excited about meeting me, or they're absolutely confused," Day said one recent morning over breakfast by a pool at a hotel at which she was not a guest. "It's a very specific recognition factor. I actually like that. " Among other things, Day is an actress, a writer, a nerd world pin-up and an Internet icon. (The other things include, but are not limited to: violinist, singer, dancer, math major and college valedictorian — she is something of an overachiever.)
December 2, 2010 |
It's long been said there are only seven basic story lines in all of literature. Increasingly, the same might be said about cars, whose styles are becoming more of a monoculture with each model year. Sedan or subcompact, each genre seems to be defined by a single, rather predictable silhouette. But not in Van Nuys, where Icon builds low-volume custom automobiles that take classic car shapes and updates them with modern, under-the-hood technologies and stylish in-the-cabin appointments pulled from aircraft, boats and fine watches.
June 27, 2009
Re "King of Pop is dead at 50," June 26 For a great many years, people have been making all sorts of snide remarks and nasty jokes about Michael Jackson. But suddenly, now that he's shockingly dead, he's become a great icon -- showered with tears and flowers. The turmoil in Iran, and Farrah Fawcett too, have been quickly pushed offstage. What's going on here? What would Jackson think if he could look down on all this sentimental commotion that belies the apparent disrespect he received for so long?