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February 18, 1988 | DONNA DOWLING, Times Staff Writer
A one-legged, 73-year-old Port Hueneme racing car driver has died after crashing in an exhibition race at the Willow Springs track in Rosamond. Cal Niday, who had been racing with one wooden leg since he was 17, was injured Sunday during a race of vintage sprint and midget cars when a driver lost control and spun into his 1960 midget car, causing it to flip and spin. He was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center and pronounced dead two hours later.
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AUTOS
November 21, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The hot-rod maker that bears the name of late automotive icon Carroll Shelby announced it is bringing back Shelby GT Mustangs after a five-year hiatus. Shelby American Inc. announced its plans to build the car, which is based on Ford Mustang GT, on Thursday at the L.A. Auto Show. “The Shelby GT was one of the most important vehicles in modern-day Shelby history,” said John Luft , president of Shelby American. “It kicked off Shelby's rebirth in Las Vegas by putting a Mustang-based small block car into Ford dealerships.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Race car driver Rocky Moran, who a few months ago was beaten by teen-agers in his neighborhood, suffered another misfortune when fire spread through his home, authorities said Wednesday. The source of the fire Tuesday night was apparently a propane barbecue attached to the house, which had been used an hour earlier. It spread to the second, third and fourth floors, causing the fourth-floor ceiling to collapse and injure four firefighters.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
The former Marina del Rey headquarters of automotive legend Carroll Shelby was sold along with two office buildings for $10.7 million. Santa Monica investment firm Luzzatto Co. bought the properties on Princeton Drive from a limited liability company, real estate brokerage Lee & Associates said. The previous owners acquired them in early 2012 for $6.7 million and set out to remodel the buildings and reposition them as offices for creative firms. The buildings at 1038 and 1040 Princeton are still vacant, but the former Shelby headquarters at 1042 Princeton is fully leased to online vendor Blowfish Shoes, architecture firm Mix StudioWorks and film production company Kennedy Marshall Co. Built in the 1950s, the buildings are made of red brick and have high ceilings, Lee & Associates said.
SPORTS
June 29, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Here we go again. The debate about whether the hype surrounding Danica Patrick outweighs her skill as a race-car driver has lingered in the background ever since she reached racing's big leagues several years ago. Yet as Patrick, 32, muddles through her first full season in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, the argument has jumped to the fore yet again. Kyle Petty -- son of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, himself a driver for 30 years and now a NASCAR television analyst -- rekindled matters Thursday by saying Patrick was "not a race-car driver.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A Lower Lake race car driver was killed when she lost control of her car and slammed into a wall at the Lake County Fairgrounds speedway, officials said. Marlene Baker crashed during a women's race Saturday. It was the track's first fatal accident. Baker's son, who was a passenger in the car, was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with a severe concussion. The crash occurred on the last lap of the last race of the evening on the quarter-mile oval track.
SPORTS
September 22, 1989 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Richie Ginther, a retired race car driver, died Wednesday in France, apparently of a heart attack. He was 59. Ginther was stricken while on vacation in Touzac, a village near Bordeaux. After beginning his career in Southern California sports car racing in 1951, Ginther eventually moved to the international Formula One circuit, where he drove for Ferrari, BRM and Honda. A mechanic for a Southern California Ferrari importer, Ginther got into Formula One racing almost by accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1995 | STEPHANIE BROMMER
Race car driver Dave Rosenblum spoke Thursday to about 400 Oxnard youths about drug abuse, chronicling his own battle and warning of the perils of addiction. "This is not something I'm real proud to admit, but I'm a recovering drug addict," Rosenblum told fourth- through sixth-graders at Oxnard's Driffill elementary school. "I am 46 years old, and I spent the best years of my life--from the age of 17 to 34--screwing up my life. I wasted the best years of my life."
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November 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Don Freeland, 82, a Torrance race car driver who competed at the Indianapolis 500 eight times and finished third in 1956, died Friday in San Diego after a period of declining health, Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Tuesday. A Navy veteran during World War II, Freeland began racing roadsters in Southern California shortly after the war and moved up to AAA and USAC competition in 1952. He had 36 top-10 finishes and was third in the 1956 USAC championship points.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2001
Bill Homeier, 82, a native of Pasadena who drove in three Indianapolis 500s, died May 2 in Houston. Homeier began racing midget cars around Southern California after World War II and was second in national rankings in 1953. Homeier holds one of the more unusual Indy track records. No other last-place finisher in the Indy 500 drove more laps than Homeier before dropping out of the race.
WORLD
October 11, 2013 | By Lauren Frayer
MADRID -- The Spanish race car driver Maria de Villota, famous for pushing the Formula One gender barrier and for the velvet patch she wore after losing her right eye in a crash last year, was found dead Friday in her hotel room in southern Spain. She was 33. Police said there were no signs of foul play or drug use, and that it appeared that De Villota died of natural causes. An autopsy will be conducted in the coming days, they said. Spanish media quoted unidentified police sources as saying the cause of death was a heart attack, possibly related to trauma from the crash in July 2012.
SPORTS
June 29, 2013 | By David Wharton
The tweet from Michelle Wie says it all. The 23-year-old former phenom withdrew from the U.S. Women's Open on Saturday morning, citing illness. Wie was scheduled to finish the last hole of the fog-suspended second round at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Her premature departure might also have had something to do with the fact that, at 11 over par, she wasn't going to make the cut. There are no words to explain how disappointed I am in myself right now... - Michelle Wie (@themichellewie)
SPORTS
June 29, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Here we go again. The debate about whether the hype surrounding Danica Patrick outweighs her skill as a race-car driver has lingered in the background ever since she reached racing's big leagues several years ago. Yet as Patrick, 32, muddles through her first full season in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, the argument has jumped to the fore yet again. Kyle Petty -- son of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, himself a driver for 30 years and now a NASCAR television analyst -- rekindled matters Thursday by saying Patrick was "not a race-car driver.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Sam Adams
Executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey had lofty aspirations for their miniseries "The Bible," but the Twitter fans who dubbed Diogo Morgado "Hot Jesus" found more earthly pleasures in the History program as well. Morgado wasn't well known outside his native Portugal before the first of his five episodes aired on the History Channel, but given that the series' ratings topped 13 million U.S. viewers some weeks, it's safe to say he's a recognizable face nowadays. ("I know you from somewhere ... church?"
SPORTS
March 18, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Authorities have identified the victims of a California raceway crash as a race car owner and the 14-year-old cousin of the teenage driver. The Yuba County Sheriff's office said the crash occurred at Marysville Raceway Park in Santa Rosa when the race car driven by Chase Johnson careened off the track and into the pit row, striking and killing 68-year-old Dale Wondergem Jr. and 14-year-old Marcus Johnson on Saturday. Chase Johnson, 17, was not injured in the accident.
BUSINESS
December 31, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Race car driver Ken Block speeds down a narrow band of asphalt in his souped-up Ford Fiesta, careening through the "Back to the Future" set on Universal Studios' back lot. The speedometer flies toward 80. Block's eyes are fixed on the road as he accelerates toward an invitation-only crowd of gear heads in town for the Los Angeles Auto Show. When he whips around the corner toward Courthouse Square in Marty McFly's hometown, Block sees a sea of undistinguishable faces. He plants his foot on the accelerator, then pulls back on a massive hand brake on his right side.
SPORTS
October 21, 1988 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Athl e te: "One who takes part in . . . exercises, sports or games requiring mental agility, endurance or strength." --Webster's Third New International Dictionary Are race drivers athletes? Derek Daly of Ireland and Geoff Brabham, long removed from Australia, have their own ways of answering that old question. They are teammates with Team Nissan. Brabham has already clinched the International Motor Sports Assn.'
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2012 | John Horn, Rebecca Keegan and Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
With films such as"Unstoppable"and "Man on Fire," Tony Scott told adrenaline-filled stories about fearless men - spies and cops, race car drivers and fighter pilots - who live by a code and face death on their own terms. He filled his cinematic landscape with intrigue and action, avoiding computer effects in favor of real-life stunts with speeding trains and screaming jets, even once shutting down the Mississippi River to blow up a ferryboat. In life, the British director-producer shared many characteristics with his alpha-male action heroes.
TRAVEL
February 14, 2010 | By Jay Jones
As NASCAR drivers take their warm-up lap around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb. 28, a shiny Shelby GT350 will lead the way. The pace car's trip to the racetrack will be remarkably short because it was built -- or, more precisely, modified -- right across the street at Shelby American, where workers convert Ford Mustangs into Shelby GTs and assemble the legendary Cobras from scratch. Former race car driver Carroll Shelby began making sports cars in Los Angeles nearly 50 years ago but relocated to three buildings just off Interstate 15 -- about 20 minutes north of the Strip, on Speedway Boulevard -- in 1998.
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