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March 12, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The classic car market continued to cruise in high gear over the weekend at the annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Nearly $67 million worth of rare machinery changed hands at auction while a pair of lesser-known, ultra-rare marques took home the show's most prestigious trophies. The Amelia concours event has been held on the Florida island every year since 1996, and has donated over $2.25 million to charity in that time. Although not quite on par with the Pebble Beach auto week held in August, the Amelia event is considered one of the more prestigious classic car shows in the U.S. This year, attendance grew to more than 29,000 people -- up from 25,000 in 2013 -- and featured 325 cars on display during the show, organizers said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
An ex-convict who was free on probation has been arrested after police discovered tens of thousands of dollars' worth of items they say he may have stolen from cars parked near movie studios. Police believe Sean C. Ray, 35, of Los Angeles rented a Mercedes-Benz convertible to avoid calling attention to himself while driving the streets and scouting cars to burglarize. Ray was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of receiving stolen property, LAPD Det. Jim Hays said at a news conference in front of the Hollywood Community Police Station.
AUTOS
July 29, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Honda UK's Mean Mower can outrun some high-end sports cars -- and, yes, still cut the grass. “They know we're capable of design, but this was something outside of our normal line of experience,” said Peter Crolla of Team Dynamics Motorsport, which developed the mower for Honda. More than a PR stunt, the project emphasized Honda's credentials as a “sporty brand,” Crolla said. Two zippier cars, the Civic Type-R and NSX, are due out in the British market soon. PHOTOS: 10 cheapest cars that get 35 mpg or better The team set to work overhauling the guts of a traditional riding mower.
SPORTS
April 21, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Erich Zakowski, owner and technical head of West Germany's only Formula One race car, the "Zakspeed," said his only goal was to qualify for the today's Portuguese Grand Prix. "We will set ourselves up somewhere in the back rows, since 1985 is primarily a year of testing under competitive conditions," Zakowski said. That's just what happened Saturday as the Zakspeed, officially designated the Zak 84-101, qualified 23rd at 1:28.11 .
SPORTS
April 21, 1985 | From Deutsche Presse-Agentur
"Our goal is just to qualify. We will set ourselves up somewhere in the back rows, since 1985 is primarily a year of testing under competitive conditions." The man speaking is Erich Zakowski, owner and technical head of West Germany's only Formula One race car, the "Zakspeed," officially designated the "Zak 84-101."
SPORTS
June 12, 1989 | From Associated Press
Mercedes, which left Le Mans in tragedy 34 years ago, returned victorious Sunday as Joachen Mass, Manuel Reuter and Stanley Dickens led a 1-2 finish in the Le Mans 24-Hour race. West Germany's Mass finished the race as the team covered 3,271 miles, an average of 137.5 m.p.h., over the 8.41-mile circuit. The Mercedes finished five laps ahead of the car driven by teammates Mauro Baldi and Gianfranco Brancatelli of Italy and Ken Acheson of Great Britain. Another Mercedes finished fifth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1986 | DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Werner Ruegger could have arrived home from work with a wallet stuffed with thousands of dollars. Instead, he won't get much more than a thank-you note. The 40-year-old West Los Angeles man was driving home from his office in Marina del Rey on Friday night when his 1984 Peugeot was rammed from behind as he waited at a stop light.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1987 | DOUG BROWN, Times Staff Writer
A Laguna Niguel judge Wednesday limited the driving hours of Gary Haw, who is accused of hitting and killing a bicyclist while at the wheel of a speeding Porsche and then pretending his father was the driver. At first, Municipal Judge Pamela Iles told Haw that she was suspending his license indefinitely "until I know more about this case." But Haw's attorney, Paul Meyer, said that "would drastically reduce my client's ability to earn a living."
SPORTS
November 15, 1986 | ERIC BAILEY, Times Staff Writer
Not only does LaMarr Hoyt, the San Diego Padres pitcher, face from 60 days to one year in jail and possible expulsion from major league baseball after pleading guilty Thursday to drug charges, but he'll be without his wheels. Hoyt's car, a 1986 Porsche 944 seized after the pitcher tried to cross the U.S.-Mexican border with an assortment of pills, is now the property of the U.S. Government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1987 | MARCIDA DODSON and JONATHAN WEISMAN, Times Staff Writers
Police arrested one youth and sought two others suspected of firing shots into a man's car on Interstate 5 in Irvine on Tuesday night, ending a wild chase that began in northern San Diego County. In another shooting on the same freeway Wednesday, a Buena Park computer software consultant swerved in front of a yellow Porsche in the Santa Ana area to avoid hitting a disabled car and was fired upon by the Porsche's driver, the California Highway Patrol said.
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