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December 16, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Internal Revenue Service, selling off vintage cars seized in drug cases, netted $157,800 in an auction Thursday that drew 1,000 potential bidders and will help compensate the agency for unpaid taxes. Many of the prized automobiles were confiscated in drug seizures. Seven of the cars belonged to Rudy Henderson, a millionaire imprisoned on drug charges. One of the seven vehicles included a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette that went for $24,500, the highest of the sale.
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HOME & GARDEN
August 30, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Remember when engines were measured in cubic inches? Remember when cars had chrome kissers that looked like psycho sharks? And when you flashed your headlights, the gum-popping carhop would come take your order - grudgingly, as if she had better things to do? I do. Or did I just dream all that? Well, this dream sequence lives on at Bob's Big Boy in Burbank, near Warner Bros. How to describe this buzzy, retro scene? It goes back forever, or a few years before. On a recent Friday night, Beach Boy Brian Wilson shows up to take in the weekly car show, full of the little deuce coupes he used to write about.
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AUTOS
August 17, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
The only thing better than looking at some of the fastest and most beautiful classic cars is seeing -- and hearing -- them in action. That's what drew hundreds of racers and thousands of spectators to Saturday's Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif. Highway 1 profiled one such vintage-car racer recently: Lynn Park, who has a dozen Shelby Cobras . Check out this quick video of some behind-the-scenes action from Saturday's races.
AUTOS
August 17, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
The only thing better than looking at some of the fastest and most beautiful classic cars is seeing -- and hearing -- them in action. That's what drew hundreds of racers and thousands of spectators to Saturday's Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif. Highway 1 profiled one such vintage-car racer recently: Lynn Park, who has a dozen Shelby Cobras . Check out this quick video of some behind-the-scenes action from Saturday's races.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1991 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
An Orange County Superior Court judge on Monday upheld a City Council ruling that former restaurateur Sid Soffer violated city parking ordinances by placing half a dozen vintage cars on his property. Soffer, 59, has 30 days to remove five of the six cars that fill a long driveway on his property at 900 Arbor St., or the city will have the right to have the vehicles towed and charge him for the costs, according to the order issued by Judge Richard O. Frazee Sr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1994 | MATT LAIT
Thousands of spectators in Huntington Beach watched as more than 80 drivers of pre-World War II cars cranked up their old engines Sunday and took off on a 14-day, 4,300-mile automobile race across the country. Cars ranging in age from a 1910 Knox to a 1933 SS-100 Jaguar were participating the 12th annual Great American Race, competing for $250,000 in cash and prizes. The cars, which must not go faster than 50 miles per hour, must be at least 50 years old to compete.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1985 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., Times Staff Writer
Owners of old and classic cars, already hard-pressed to find parts and high-octane fuel for their machines, said Tuesday that the federal government's decision to cut maximum lead levels in gasoline more than 90% by Jan. 1 will make their vehicles even more costly to maintain. "I just don't like the idea at all," said Paul Yont, secretary of the Polo, Ill.-based International Edsel Club. "We're going to have to redo the engines and see if we can change the valve system to put in harder seats.
TRAVEL
August 24, 2008 | Jay Jones, Special to The Times
Carol Voss will never forget her first cross-country train trip, in the front seat of the Vista Dome on the new California Zephyr. That was in the summer of 1949, when automobiles and airplanes had yet to lure many transcontinental travelers off trains. A young girl at the time, Voss and her family were among the first to ride the shiny Zephyr, which had been launched just four months earlier. "Everyone was dressed up," Voss says. "The men were wearing suits and hats." She wore a hat, too, and a new dress.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2011
FAMILY The folksy Father's Day weekend event Huck Finn's Jubilee provides an escape into a timeless summer, when families pack the camper with kids, banjos and fishing poles. Entertainment includes Mark Twain Live, a Route 66 Car Show and the California State Arm Wrestling Championships. Mojave Narrows Regional Park, 18000 Yates Road, Victorville. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Daily admission: Adults, $20; children, $5. Weekend festival pass (includes camping), $85-$95.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1989 | THOMAS BECHER, Times Staff Writer
Main Street U.S.A. became the main drag Friday. More than 100 vintage cars paraded through Disneyland to mark the end of the seventh annual Great American Race, a 12-day, 3,660-mile transcontinental rally that tests precision driving and endurance--in cars often older than their crews. Thousands of park visitors lined the turn-of-the-century street to watch the cars, some more than 80 years old, file past Goofy and Mickey Mouse after crossing 10 states in pursuit of $250,000 in prizes.
AUTOS
August 10, 2013 | David Undercoffler
Blasting toward the notorious Corkscrew at the Laguna Seca raceway in his Shelby Cobra, Lynn Park took a stab at the brakes -- and came up short. The front-brake failure left him hurtling through one of the nation's most daunting stretches of asphalt -- a one-two punch of tight turns, compounded by a steep drop-off -- with little to slow the 400-horsepower two-seat convertible. Park yanked the wheel. Momentum took over. "And there I was, going backwards down the Corkscrew," Park recalled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The cherry-red 1989 Corvette convertible that Corky Rice has is in cherry condition. It ought to be. It still has its original new car invoice sticker on its windshield and a mere 67 miles on its odometer. The shiny two-seater was stolen in 1989 from the new car sales lot at what was then called C & M Chevrolet in San Diego and driven straight to a nearby self-storage facility, where it was locked in a garage-size unit and left there - for 23 years. The rent on the unit started at $50 a month.
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | By Jay Jones
If you're still searching for that perfect present, a visit to a sale of vintage automobiles (an aqua 1955 Cadillac, perhaps?) on Saturday in Las Vegas may provide some inspiration. Best of all, buyers will be helping fulfill the dreams of seriously-ill children because 10% of the proceeds willb e donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada .  The one-day car show and sale will feature vehicles owned by the Amazing Johnathan , a comedian/magician who performs nightly at Bally's . When he's not grossing out audiences for laughs, Johnathan buys old cars.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2012 | By Katherine Tulich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If the thought of Bugattis, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Alfa Romeos gets your heart revving, then the classic car gawk-fest of the third annual Concours D'Elegance at Greystone Mansion on Sunday could be your speed. Hosted by the City of Beverly Hills as a fundraiser for the restored historic setting once owned by the Doheny family, the upscale auto show is becoming one of Southern California's premier car events. It was recently endorsed by the world's vintage car watchdog, FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2011
FAMILY The folksy Father's Day weekend event Huck Finn's Jubilee provides an escape into a timeless summer, when families pack the camper with kids, banjos and fishing poles. Entertainment includes Mark Twain Live, a Route 66 Car Show and the California State Arm Wrestling Championships. Mojave Narrows Regional Park, 18000 Yates Road, Victorville. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Daily admission: Adults, $20; children, $5. Weekend festival pass (includes camping), $85-$95.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2008 | PATRICK KEVIN DAY
Though the production crew of "Changeling" used some digital effects to make Los Angeles look like it did in 1928, one thing that didn't need faking was the traffic. According to production designer James J. Murakami, 150 vintage cars from 1918 to 1928 were gathered from collectors all over Southern California for the film. "A lot of time, the cars would be too clean or all cherried out," Murakami said.
SPORTS
December 1, 1986 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Refinements in space-age technology have come so fast in Formula One racing that even a six-year-old car is considered eligible for vintage races. On a Sunday so filled with nostalgia that one of the highlights of the Palm Springs Vintage Grand Prix was the sight of a 1934 Alfa Romeo running alongside a 1950 Talbot-Lago, Gary Gove drove a 1980 Williams to victory in the Victory Lane Formula One Invitational race.
NEWS
October 5, 1989 | JAMES F. PELTZ, Times Staff Writer
Several years ago, Claus Mees of Palo Alto paid $18,000 for a dismantled 1955 Mercedes gullwing he found in Oklahoma. The two-seat roadster, whose doors open up like gulls' wings, have become collectors' items because of their innovative styling and because only 1,400 of the cars were built between 1954 and 1957. But Mees' car was a bit short of pristine condition.
TRAVEL
August 24, 2008 | Jay Jones, Special to The Times
Carol Voss will never forget her first cross-country train trip, in the front seat of the Vista Dome on the new California Zephyr. That was in the summer of 1949, when automobiles and airplanes had yet to lure many transcontinental travelers off trains. A young girl at the time, Voss and her family were among the first to ride the shiny Zephyr, which had been launched just four months earlier. "Everyone was dressed up," Voss says. "The men were wearing suits and hats." She wore a hat, too, and a new dress.
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