CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2002 |
Not even "Hubcap Lucy," as Lucy Pearson likes to be known, can tell you exactly how many hubcaps are stacked and strewn about Pearsonville, Calif., the one-stop town she founded on a forlorn stretch of U.S. 395. Her current estimate--200,000--reflects an obsession that Andy, her late husband, once likened to madness. "He said, 'Jan, I've got to talk to you--the old lady's lost her mind,' " their daughter Janice Pearson recalled.
January 19, 2000 |
Carson Muffler's nondescript cinder-block building is just a blip on a bustling street in downtown Carson, a few doors down from Midas. A potential customer looking for the 41-year-old shop is likely to zoom right by. That's because something is missing: the 9-foot-tall, silver-painted "robot" made of old muffler parts that has been a local landmark for decades. Inside, the two bays are empty. No cars, nobody working.
March 18, 1993 |
A raid last week on a Highland Park "chop shop," a garage where stolen cars are dismantled, led police to a Rosemead auto body shop and a continuing investigation into what police say may be a sophisticated car theft ring. One person has been charged with receiving stolen property and another faces arraignment, said Harold Bowman, a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast station.
August 9, 2003 |
In the world of auto parts, "generic" has become a dirty word. That has made things tough for Keystone Automotive Industries Inc., the leader in so-called aftermarket vehicle collision parts. It sells non-brand-name bumpers, grilles, lights, wheels and paint to about half of the nation's 53,000 auto body shops. Over the last four years, the company's fortunes -- and stock price -- have zigzagged as customers have reacted to a class-action lawsuit, which claims that State Farm Insurance Cos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2008 |
This holiday season has seen an explosion in thefts of expensive, platinum-laced catalytic converters from parked cars, and authorities report that high-clearance sport utility vehicles are the targets of choice for thieves. With a common socket wrench and 90 seconds, they leave drivers stuck with cars that sound like Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and facing repair bills topping $1,000. "It's an epidemic. It's everywhere," said Lt. Bob Turnbull of the El Segundo Police Department.
June 6, 2001 |
Once you've got a full set of hubcaps again, how likely is it that one will be stolen? There are no hard numbers, according to Officer Don Cox, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. Police agencies don't spend time and talent tracking such mundane incidents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2005 |
Disturbed by a blaring car alarm in the neighborhood, a Simi Valley man decided to do something about it. Shortly after the incessant screeching began about 10 p.m. Tuesday outside the Yosemite Avenue apartment, the man identified the source of the noise as a white Toyota Camry and shot it. At least three times. Police arrested David Owen Rye, 48, without incident after a neighbor called to report gunshots.
October 28, 1998 |
Those who were there for the CART FedEx championship race at Michigan Speedway in July are almost unanimous in declaring it the most exciting and competitive race in the history of Indy cars--or champ cars as CART cars are now labeled. There were 62 lead changes, more than twice as many as at any previous race. And that only counted changes at the start-finish line. On many laps, three or four drivers took turns in front as the cars shuffled back and forth.
January 11, 2008 |
A coalition of automobile trade groups has sued the California Air Resources Board over a new regulation that extends warranties on some vehicle emissions equipment, claiming it could cost its members billions of dollars. The suit was filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court by 11 organizations that represent the aftermarket car parts and service industry. At issue is a rule, approved Jan.
March 2, 2005 |
I remember a time when if a vehicle with dark tinted windows rolled by, you'd figure the passengers were celebrities, gangsters or politicians. Today, tinted car windows are so in vogue, you never know if behind those smoky windows is a rapper or a soccer mom. They are called "privacy windows," says Steve Mazor of the Auto Club of Southern California. The question is: "Privacy to do what?"