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August 30, 1997 | ROB FERNAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Southern California car culture depicted in movies and popular songs became a pulse-quickening reality for Jim Belardi when he moved from Wisconsin to Los Angeles in 1957. All over town, he saw sleek, two-seat roadsters of the kind actor Ralph Meeker drove through L.A. streets in his role as private investigator Mike Hammer in the 1955 film noir classic, "Kiss Me Deadly." "When I came out here there were so many sports cars," Belardi said. "I just went crazy. I had to have one."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1997
After a shaky debut two days ago, the Los Angeles Grand Prix went off without a hitch Sunday, giving thousands of racing enthusiasts the opportunity to see hundreds of vintage sports cars speed through the streets of downtown. All of the scheduled 20 races were successfully run Sunday, unlike the day before when 10 races were canceled due to delays in setting up the 1.6-mile, 11-turn course. Racing is also scheduled for today.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1997
Vintage cars will race along downtown Los Angeles streets today through Monday in the inaugural Los Angeles Grand Prix. A street fair will be held at Olvera Street, with food concesssions throughout the area. On Sunday only, the MTA will host an exhibit of classic Ferraris. Times: Sunday and Monday: practice runs, 8 a.m.-noon; races, noon-5 p.m.; Monday: practice runs, 8-10:30 a.m.; ceremonies and races, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1997 | JOE MOZINGO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Los Angeles Grand Prix sputtered to a start Saturday as construction crews rushed to finish fencing the track, only leaving time for practice runs as all 10 official races were canceled late in the day. Practice runs began almost four hours late as drivers wound out their engines through the stifling downtown air. Spectators in the half-filled bleachers had to wait still longer as crews cleaned up an oil spill from the first group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1997
After a shaky debut two days ago, the Los Angeles Grand Prix went off without a hitch Sunday, giving thousands of racing enthusiasts the opportunity to see hundreds of vintage sports cars speed through the streets of downtown. All of the scheduled 20 races were successfully run Sunday, unlike the day before when 10 races were canceled due to delays in setting up the 1.6-mile, 11-turn course. Racing is also scheduled for today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1997 | JOE MOZINGO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Los Angeles Grand Prix sputtered to a start Saturday as construction crews rushed to finish fencing the track, only leaving time for practice runs as all 10 official races were canceled late in the day. Practice runs began almost four hours late as drivers wound out their engines through the stifling downtown air. Spectators in the half-filled bleachers had to wait still longer as crews cleaned up an oil spill from the first group.
SPORTS
August 30, 1997 | ROB FERNAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Southern California car culture depicted in movies and popular songs became a pulse-quickening reality for Jim Belardi when he moved from Wisconsin to Los Angeles in 1957. All over town, he saw sleek, two-seat roadsters of the kind actor Ralph Meeker drove through L.A. streets in his role as private investigator Mike Hammer in the 1955 film noir classic, "Kiss Me Deadly." "When I came out here there were so many sports cars," Belardi said. "I just went crazy. I had to have one."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1997
Vintage cars will race along downtown Los Angeles streets today through Monday in the inaugural Los Angeles Grand Prix. A street fair will be held at Olvera Street, with food concesssions throughout the area. On Sunday only, the MTA will host an exhibit of classic Ferraris. Times: Sunday and Monday: practice runs, 8 a.m.-noon; races, noon-5 p.m.; Monday: practice runs, 8-10:30 a.m.; ceremonies and races, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
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