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Luis Puente doesn't consider himself a hero. And at 18, he really is just an ordinary guy who earns a living handing out promotional fliers on the sidewalk in front of an Oxnard Boulevard pawn shop. That is what he was doing Wednesday morning when his ordinary life took a heroic turn. Looking down the busy boulevard in front of Saul's Loan & Jewelry, Puente saw a slow-moving black Honda Accord veer onto the sidewalk and head toward a row of shops.
August 22, 1988 | BETTINA BOXALL, Times Staff Writer
Two quick-witted passengers steered an RTD bus to safety on the Harbor Freeway on Sunday morning after an airborne car wheel smashed through the bus' windshield, fatally injuring the driver. An unidentified woman and a Rancho Palos Verdes pharmacist, who said he had not driven anything larger than a car for 25 years, grabbed the steering wheel and brought the bus to a stop after it swerved into an embankment south of Rosecrans Avenue.
August 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Now that he's won his first IndyCar race, Charlie Kimball sees no reason that he can't do it again Sunday when the series visits Sonoma Raceway. His victory at the Mid-Ohio track Aug. 4 "gives us a lot of confidence as a team that we can keep winning," Kimball, 28, said in an interview. Born in Britain and raised in Camarillo, Kimball is in his third year in the Izod IndyCar Series driving for the powerhouse team of Chip Ganassi Racing, whose other drivers are four-time champion Dario Franchitti and two-time title winner Scott Dixon.
November 16, 2011 | By David Undercoffler
Not content with introducing to North American audiences a complete revision of one of the most iconic sports cars of all time, Porsche used the L.A. Auto Show to unveil a beast of quite a different nature. Yet ostensibly, the company sees it in a similar light as the new 991. It's the Panamera GTS. GTS is a moniker the automaker has used as a designation of sport-tuned characteristics paired with a naturally aspirated engine. It was last seen on the final iteration of the departed 997, but also used on an earlier version of the company's Cayenne SUV. (Go way back into Porsche lore and you'll find that the Porsche GTS was also a street-legal variant of a race car made in 1964 and 1965, but let's not tell this new Panamera GTS about that, lest it suffer an identity crisis.)
April 23, 2003 | Barry Stavro, Times Staff Writer
Does the "cheap" Mercedes-Benz C230 hatchback sports coupe, with a sticker price of about $25,000, drive like a real Benz? I found the answer while chasing a motorcycle on a side road high up into the Santa Monica Mountains. The cyclist was attacking the S-curves so hard he almost scraped the leather off his pants at the knee, but I kept pace with him in the C230 for about a mile and the race sold me on the car.
April 15, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
Other than driving a race car 200 mph while monitoring a life-threatening illness, Charlie Kimball is a normal guy. Kimball will drive in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday. He is 26 and is two races into his rookie season on the Izod IndyCar circuit. He already has a top-10 finish, and is somebody with almost unlimited promise for a lucrative racing future on the highest level. Except for the diabetes. "It was Oct. 16, 2007," Kimball recalls. "I went to a doctor because I had a skin rash.
August 27, 1999 | DAN ARRITT
Paige Adler honed her driving skills long before she was licensed to drive. Adler, a 17-year-old Laguna Niguel resident, first grabbed a steering wheel at age 7, spinning circles with her father and older sister at Adams Kart Track in Riverside. Her racing abilities grew sharp enough that at 15 she earned a scholarship from Ford Motor Co. to attend the Lyn St. James Driver Development Program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
September 6, 2013 | By Carrie Friedman
I am running errands on a rare free afternoon when I drive past the restaurant Little Door on 3rd Street and surprise myself by having an anxiety attack, pronounced enough that I have to pull over. I can't get a good breath. My hands are so sweaty they slip on the steering wheel. I was last here a decade ago with my boyfriend at the time. We were together for six years, and for most of those years I felt like a disheveled beauty queen, my sash out of whack, Vaseline smeared on my teeth, trying so hard to win his love.
July 15, 2011 | Hector Tobar
You're driving down the Hollywood Freeway and you see a guy in a two-ton SUV, somehow holding the steering wheel while texting at 65 mph. A few minutes later, you pull off onto Sunset Boulevard. While you're waiting at a signal, a skinny guy on a four-pound touring bike speeds past and runs the red light. Which of these two men is the greater threat to public safety? To me, the answer is obvious. But to many of my readers, it's the guy on the bike who's the menace. "I, personally, find most cyclists on the streets of Los Angeles to be perfectly obnoxious," Liz White, a resident of the Village Green, wrote to me last week.
October 7, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Many a time, we've woken up to the sound of squealing tires. So it was difficult not to feel like a jerk as I cranked hard on the wheel for a tight left turn one evening, careening around my neighborhood traffic circle doing donuts in a new Nissan Juke. The Juke responded with compliance, hugging the curb with little effort. There's nothing like an adrenaline appetizer before dinner. With the Juke, Nissan Motor Co. is introducing a new concept: a "sport cross," or small, SUV-style alternative to the many compact hatchbacks that are coming on the market to lure tight-fisted, forcibly downsizing consumers.
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