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November 30, 1986 | Nancy Reed, Times Staff Writer
Barry Gruer, 40, knew at age 9 that he wanted to be a dentist. He noticed his manual dexterity early on. Most dentists are perfectionists and detail-oriented, says Gruer, who has practiced pediatric dentistry in San Diego for 14 years and is a clinical associate professor at UC San Diego Medical School, assisting in reconstructive surgery. It is no wonder, then, that a worn bushing in his 1957 Mercedes-Benz led to a car restoration project that became a four-year obsession.
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AUTOS
February 12, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Fans of America's favorite sports car should probably avert their eyes. The National Corvette Museum -- which watched eight Chevy Corvettes fall into a sinkhole estimated to be 30 feet deep Wednesday morning -- has released a pair of videos showing new details of the incident. The first is footage from a security camera from within the Skydome on the museum's property. The building housed between 25 and 30 rare Corvettes, including the eight that were swallowed by the 40-foot-wide sinkhole.
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SPORTS
August 6, 2002 | Associated Press
The pink Barbie-sponsored Formula Ford driven by Ashley Taws was stolen while the 18-year-old driver and the rest of her AIM Autosport team slept in a motel. Taws and teammate Louis-Phillipe Dumoulin raced Sunday in Trois Rivieres, Canada. The entire team stayed near the track Sunday night and planned to head home to Toronto on Monday morning. They woke up to find the team's truck and trailer gone, along with the race cars, a scooter, tools and equipment.
AUTOS
February 12, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
A massive sinkhole in western Kentucky opened up early Wednesday morning below the National Corvette Museum, swallowing eight rare and historic Chevrolet Corvettes that were on display to the public. No one was hurt in the incident, which was recorded at 5:44 a.m. by motion sensors at the museum in Bowling Green, just miles from the General Motors plant that builds new Corvettes. Six of the cars had been donated to the museum by enthusiasts, while two were on long-term loan from GM. “It's just kind of a sad day in the Corvette mecca of the world,” said Wendell Strode, executive director of the museum, which is home to roughly 80 Corvettes in total and attracts about 150,000 visitors a year.
NEWS
August 3, 1999 | KASTLE WASERMAN
They've been so busy with the Blessing of the Cars, they haven't had time to work on their own hot rod. But Gabriel and Stephanie Baltierra, promoters of last Saturday's event celebrating hot rods and custom classic cars, haven't lost one bit of enthusiasm for the annual auto blessing, now in its sixth year. Question: What prompted you to start the Blessing of the Cars? Stephanie: The Catholics have a book of blessings. They'll bless everything from strip malls to blenders!
AUTOS
February 7, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
One is real, one is Super, and one is the future. Such were KiaÂ"s offerings at ThursdayÂ"s Chicago Auto Show. The automaker used its news conference to unveil the all-new Kia Forte Hatchback, a special edition Superman-inspired Optima Hybrid show car, and the Cross GT Concept. Photos: Kia's trio of vehicles at 2013 Chicago Auto Show Only the Forte Hatchback is confirmed for production. The Optima Hybrid was created in conjunction with DC Comics to raise awareness for DC Entertainment'Â's "Â"We Can Be HeroesÂ"" charitable campaign, while the Cross GT was created to tease the design direction of a future Kia product.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS -- Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys brought a range of vehicles to this year's Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show, but two of them stand out. In front of the the Galpin booth sits a custom baby blue and orange 1966 Ford Bronco. Painted as homage to Ford's victory at the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race with the GT40, the Bronco features a modified chassis. The new suspension allows 17-inches of travel in the front and 15-inches of travel in the rear. The Galpin Bronco is powered by a 540-hp Ford 377-stroker engine and a Hughes auto overdrive transmission.
NEWS
April 25, 2001 | ROBERT BEAMESDERFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The future of California's car culture is easy to see: Just visit the International Auto Salon and talk to the enthusiasts who crowd the aisles, gawking at nitrous-oxide injection units, 20-inch custom wheels, 5,000-watt stereos and everything in between. They are young, they drive imports and a few small domestic models, and they like to look good, sound loud and go fast.
NEWS
June 25, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of force-feeding consumers a stream of look-alike cars, auto makers have started listening to the market again--and the result is a revolution in the making. From Ford Motor Co.'s redesigned Thunderbird to Mercedes-Benz's futuristic Maybach show car, the industry is about to launch a new fleet of posh luxury cars, sporty roadsters and classy coupes that will reintroduce the concept of style to the market.
AUTOS
February 12, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Fans of America's favorite sports car should probably avert their eyes. The National Corvette Museum -- which watched eight Chevy Corvettes fall into a sinkhole estimated to be 30 feet deep Wednesday morning -- has released a pair of videos showing new details of the incident. The first is footage from a security camera from within the Skydome on the museum's property. The building housed between 25 and 30 rare Corvettes, including the eight that were swallowed by the 40-foot-wide sinkhole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
A video taken by a security camera on the Los Angeles Times building captured the scene at Spring and 2nd streets on Tuesday when an LAPD vehicle carrying Mayor Eric Garcetti allegedly struck a pedestrian. The mayor was a passenger and was talking on a cellphone when the accident occured, city officials said. The woman was hospitalized overnight and her condition was stable, a USC County Medical Center spokeswoman said. Accident investigators took a copy of the jerky video as part of their examination, according to a Times security official.
AUTOS
November 22, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Automakers want to build as much functionality into dashboard screens as possible so that users never need to pick up their smartphones while driving. But along the way, a few very odd and unnecessary features have caught on in the infotainment systems of cars. Here's a look at silly features spotted in cars displayed on the Los Angeles Auto Show floor. Picture navigation. Audi kicked things off at the Auto Show on Tuesday by unveiling the A3 , the first vehicle that can connect directly to a 4G LTE mobile network.
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
The brilliant brains of many new cars can share their secrets through the Internet, allowing car owners to be alerted through their smartphones about when exactly to fill up with gas, what might be causing that funky engine noise and when their children are taking out the family car for joy rides. Now, several companies are trying to give owners of many older cars the same ability to constantly and wirelessly access the knowledge hidden in on-board diagnostics units. The companies are building gadgets somewhere in between a Fitbit-like health monitor, a motion sensor and Google Chromecast.
AUTOS
February 7, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
One is real, one is Super, and one is the future. Such were KiaÂ"s offerings at ThursdayÂ"s Chicago Auto Show. The automaker used its news conference to unveil the all-new Kia Forte Hatchback, a special edition Superman-inspired Optima Hybrid show car, and the Cross GT Concept. Photos: Kia's trio of vehicles at 2013 Chicago Auto Show Only the Forte Hatchback is confirmed for production. The Optima Hybrid was created in conjunction with DC Comics to raise awareness for DC Entertainment'Â's "Â"We Can Be HeroesÂ"" charitable campaign, while the Cross GT was created to tease the design direction of a future Kia product.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
A variety of cars churned out by Shelby American Inc. are set to hit the block at next year's Barrett-Jackson auction, including a 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback and a 2012 Super Snake. The 14 Shelbys are consigned for Jan. 19 auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. at no reserve. The following vehicles will go on the block: 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback - This original, unrestored vehicle is one of the lowest mileage Shelbys in existence. Powered by a 428-cubic-inch V-8 engine with a four-speed transmission and complete documentation.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS -- Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys brought a range of vehicles to this year's Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show, but two of them stand out. In front of the the Galpin booth sits a custom baby blue and orange 1966 Ford Bronco. Painted as homage to Ford's victory at the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race with the GT40, the Bronco features a modified chassis. The new suspension allows 17-inches of travel in the front and 15-inches of travel in the rear. The Galpin Bronco is powered by a 540-hp Ford 377-stroker engine and a Hughes auto overdrive transmission.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
A variety of cars churned out by Shelby American Inc. are set to hit the block at next year's Barrett-Jackson auction, including a 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback and a 2012 Super Snake. The 14 Shelbys are consigned for Jan. 19 auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. at no reserve. The following vehicles will go on the block: 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback - This original, unrestored vehicle is one of the lowest mileage Shelbys in existence. Powered by a 428-cubic-inch V-8 engine with a four-speed transmission and complete documentation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1992 | LARRY SPEER
Gary Wales proudly told anyone who asked on Sunday that he has single-mindedly devoted the last 12 years of his life to the painstaking restoration of a car. When questioned about his reasons for making such a tremendous commitment, Wales, a former Woodland Hills stockbroker who now restores cars full time, pointed out that his shiny black, chrome-covered, frog-leather-upholstered 1947 Rolls-Royce Bentley is much more than a souped-up vehicle.
SPORTS
June 30, 2010 | From staff and wire reports
The spokesman for the nightclub where Michael Vick held his birthday bash says the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback left in a car minutes before a shooting outside, contradicting the timeline of Vick's attorney. Larry Woodward told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Vick left the establishment at least 10 minutes, and perhaps as many as 20 minutes, before the shooting. Allen Fabijan, spokesman for Guadalajara Mexican restaurant and nightclub in Virginia Beach, Va., said Wednesday that time-stamped footage from a surveillance camera outside the entrance of the club shows a car with Vick inside leaving at 2:07 a.m. Friday -- about four minutes before the shooting a block away.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
With the very survival of the nation's largest carmaker in question, General Motors Corp. is selling pieces of its history. This week, GM will auction about 100 of its prized antique and show cars to raise cash and trim warehousing costs. The company seeks to cut its specialty fleet by nearly half. It once numbered 1,000. Admittedly, what GM has raised so far this year -- more than $9 million -- is a drop in the bucket compared with the $13.4 billion in emergency loans that the U.S.
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