CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1995 |
A Marine helicopter flying 2,000 feet over an Irvine neighborhood Monday afternoon lost its front wheels, which bounced within feet of homes. "It sounded like something hit the house," said Katherine Kroger, 49, who lives on Racing Wind in Woodbridge. "I ran out to see what happened, and there it was: a tire hissing out front." The Super Stallion helicopter was flying home to the Tustin Marine Corps Air Station from a routine training flight at 3:30 p.m.
July 30, 1998 |
Now you've really gone and done it. You've decided to change both the appearance and the performance of your car or truck, and do it in the quickest way possible--by adding custom tires and wheels. You aren't alone in your decision to spiff up your vehicle. The aftermarket, or custom auto and truck industry, in this country is valued at an incredible $19.3 billion a year.
September 17, 2001 |
A small city has sprung up at a Pentagon parking lot in Arlington to offer hot food, clean clothes and comforting conversation to those enduring the grim task of combing the rubble on the other side of the crippled building. "Some of them [rescue workers] are having some real problems," said Ronald Hester of Asheboro, N.C. At the compound are trucks full of underwear and shirts for the workers. Under a Red Cross tent they can get treatment for minor injuries.
March 30, 2003 |
If your path to enlightenment leads through London, there's transportation on a higher celestial plane than one of the city's traditional black taxi cabs. These days the nirvana of car services is Karma Kars, a five-car fleet of classic Ambassador cars imported from India and individually decorated--or "karma-ized"--by Heather Allan, wife of proprietor Tobias Moss.
April 14, 1993
Your automotive writer who reviewed the new Chrysler LHS apparently has some myopia where older drivers are concerned ("For a Younger Crowd," April 2). Not all of us in an advanced state of age prefer to drive living rooms on wheels. As an almost-68-year-old, I drive a Ford Taurus SHO, which is anything but a barge and I still think can outperform your writer and his Chrysler. LOREN P. SAGON Tarzana
September 27, 1999 |
A decade ago, Anthony Munoz was hired to set up an export division for American Racing Custom Wheels, based in Rancho Dominguez. Munoz speaks Spanish, so his boss suggested he might start by exporting the company's customized auto wheels to Latin America. But Munoz ignored that suggestion and took aim at a bigger market: Europe. He was attracted to Europe's strong economy, its political stability and Europeans' love affair with their automobiles.
August 18, 1992 |
The General Motors plant in Van Nuys will close this month, but Superior Industries, its nearby supplier of aluminum wheels, isn't fretting. In fact, Superior will get even more work when GM shifts production of Camaros and Firebirds, long made in Van Nuys, to its new home in Canada. So it has been for Superior Industries International Inc. of Van Nuys, which continues to spin out more wheels even while its biggest customer produces fewer cars at fewer plants. Indeed, despite the U. S.
October 11, 2013 |
The folding bike is riding the cycling commuter wave, and the clever engineering is making it quicker than ever to carry on a subway or in a car trunk. Now found in some regular bike shops as well as specialty urban-transportation stores, better designs are helping the bikes shrug off a nerdy-professor stereotype of being ugly, tiny-wheeled, poor-riding machines. Breakthrough models come with chainless belt drives, electric engines and even recumbent formats. Most sport 20-inch wheels to make the bikes compact when folded, with elegant frames that hinge and lock at mid-frame.
March 16, 1986 |
For Salvador Soto and Ray Lopez, the fun begins when they get on the freeway. Passing drivers do a double take when they notice that Soto's Mercedes and Lopez's Porsche have two tires on each wheel. But the two men are hoping the eight-wheel concept for passenger cars will draw more than long looks--they recently opened a shop in Cypress and became the nation's first retailers of the twin-tire wheels.
January 17, 2014 |
You'd think, after 125 years, that the simple bicycle wouldn't have many radical new ideas left. Well, the glacial pace of change on two wheels is a thing of the past. The 2014 models showcase at least four huge and practical changes: mountain-bike-style braking that has broken into road bikes, new and improved mountain-bike wheel sizes, built-in lighting for commuter bikes, and even extra water and tool-storage capacity for mountain bikes. It's just too bad you can't get them all on one bike.