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BUSINESS
June 28, 1987 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., Times Staff Writer
Aided by motorists' seeming insatiable appetite for electronic devices that blink, blare and warn, automotive gadgets have come a long way since the days of curb feelers and cruise control. But the market is a turbulent one, due to changing consumer tastes and styles.
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BUSINESS
November 4, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American motorists spent almost $20 billion last year to improve the appearance, power and performance of the vehicles that inhabit their garages, a new study reports. Fueled in part by a growing number of new enthusiasts whose loyalties lie with imported cars, the boom in so-called specialty automotive aftermarket spending has outpaced inflation for most of the last decade.
AUTOS
April 30, 2003 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
The AAA is collecting old batteries nationwide as part of its campaign to protect public health and the environment from potentially dangerous injuries and contamination from used batteries. Last year AAA clubs collected more than 15,000 batteries. The current AAA Great Battery Roundup has been extended through Saturday at 65 drop-off sites in Southern California. A list of locations can be found on the club's Web site, www.aaa-calif.com, or call (800) 400-4222 for more information.
BUSINESS
February 5, 1989 | JEFF YIP, Times Staff Writer
CHATSWORTH Six summers ago, Jim Davis, president of B&M Automotive Products, settled into the driver's seat of a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle and stomped on the gas pedal. Under the hood was a supercharger, a pump that forces extra air into the engine and can boost the horsepower by 40% to 60%. He still remembers the exhilarating speed and raw power. "The first thing that impressed me was that when you just barely touched the throttle, you could literally feel the horsepower," said Davis, 54.
NEWS
May 20, 1990 | DEAN MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Passengers on a charter bus that crashed in the eastern Sierra Nevada said Saturday that the bus had broken down several times before it tumbled off a narrow mountain highway, killing one and injuring 46. "I think they should have sent a new bus," said passenger Hector Lopez, a businessman from Puerto Rico vacationing with his wife. "I am not a mechanic, but we should not have been on that bus."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2004 | Regine Labossiere, Times Staff Writer
Ryan Friedlinghaus had a love for transforming ordinary cars into flamboyant metal sculptures with supercharged engines, $8,000 tire rims and intricate, airbrushed paint jobs. So, six years ago, Friedlinghaus opened his car-customizing garage, hoping to find customers desiring souped-up cars in a city popularized by famous rappers and movies featuring tricked-out rides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1989 | EDWARD E. DUENSING, Duensing is a free-lance writer based in Milford, N.J
In the near future, motorists may see something entirely new when they look at their windshields--a television show that appears to float above the road. It may sound farfetched, but Jay Schiffman, an electrical engineer at Auto Vision Associates in Ferndale, Mich., has recently received a patent for a device that could make it possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1992 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Ask for The Club," goes one promotion for locks to prevent auto theft. But some car owners say that when they attach such devices to their steering wheels, what they have to ask for is help. Call it the lock that sometimes works too well. Lauren Clarke found that out this week when she got into her car, thinking that she was going to the tanning salon and the bank. She was as thwarted as any thief. "I went to unlock it and it wouldn't turn," the 27-year-old Van Nuys resident said.
NEWS
November 9, 1990 | CHARLES HILLINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sign approaching town proclaims: "Pearsonville--Hub Cap Capital of the World." This is the home of "Hubcap Lucy" Pearson, 63, the "Hubcap Queen." Hubcap Lucy has been collecting hubcaps since she and her husband, Andy, 65, founded Pearsonville in 1959. Pearsonville is a wide spot in the middle of the desert on U.S. 395 in Inyo County, 60 miles north of Mojave. Hubcap aficionados all over America know about Hubcap Lucy. She has 80,000 used hubcaps all over the place in Pearsonville.
SPORTS
August 29, 1991 | TOM HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every time top fuel dragster Joe Amato makes a successful run down a quarter-mile strip, he can thank Tom Cirello. Whenever speedway motorcyclists Bobby Schwartz or Phil Collins takes a checkered flag, Cirello should get an assist. Cirello, owner of Cirello Racing in Costa Mesa, builds and recharges magnetos for most of the top drivers competing on the National Hot Rod Assn. circuit. A magneto is a self-contained energy source that powers the high-performance engines in drag racing.
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