CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1992 |
"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.
November 9, 1990 |
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.
August 29, 1991 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1990 |
A jury last week awarded $5.3 million to an Encino teacher who was severely injured in a traffic accident when a pickup truck's brakes failed, and the teacher's attorney contends that there are dangerous design flaws in thousands of the trucks still on the road. Beverly Hills attorney A. Tod Hindin urged a recall of an estimated 200,000 1977 General Motors heavy- and medium-duty trucks with single hydraulic brake systems, calling them "time bombs waiting to go off."
December 13, 2000 |
Drivers beware. Are those real air bags in your vehicle, or are they fakes? Next time you consider buying a used vehicle or have to replace your air bags after a collision, make sure the safety restraint system you are relying on to save your life is genuine. Dangerous air-bag repair scams are on the rise, insurance experts warn.
January 14, 2004 |
For 25 years, children have seen the world -- or napped as it passed them by -- from inside Burley bicycle trailers. Tom Jacobs of Eugene, Ore., regularly tows his two children around town in a Burley. He uses the trailer like a car, loading it with kids and groceries. "I often consider it my other vehicle," said Jacobs, a multimedia producer who commutes to work by bicycle. "I'd like a bumper sticker that says, 'My other car is a Burley trailer.'
January 17, 2001 |
Southern Californians are generally more adept at roller-blading than driving in the snow, particularly when it comes to negotiating the icy mountain roads around Big Bear or in the Sierra Nevada. Taking on treacherous winter roads in the mountains almost always calls for a set of tire chains, not only as a matter of common sense but also because law enforcement typically requires them when snow starts to fall.
March 3, 1998 |
Officials at bankrupt Boyds Wheels Inc. said Monday they have shut down the custom wheel maker's manufacturing operations, dismissed about 130 workers, and will ask the federal Bankruptcy Court this morning for permission to auction its assets, including the company's name and its designs. A profitable subsidiary, Hot Rods by Boyd--one of the world's leading custom hot rod builders--will continue operating while the parent company's financial advisors seek a buyer that would keep it intact.
November 27, 1993 |
Paula Alexander landed at Los Angeles International Airport after a 12-hour flight from Barcelona, Spain, and did what she always had done before: She hopped into a shuttle van, the cheapest way home. But Alexander, 48, never reached her destination. Only eight miles from her Arcadia house, the van she was riding in collided with a car that ran a stop sign, killing her instantly.
November 20, 2000 |
Freda Kay Hall died in the crash of a Ford Bronco II that flipped over after the tread peeled off one of its General GT52S tires. A 48-year-old Missouri schoolteacher, Hall was visiting Atlanta for the Olympic Games at the time of her death in August 1996. Her family is now pressing a lawsuit in Georgia against Ford Motor Co. and Continental General Tire Inc.