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July 30, 1998 | STEVE PARKER
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | RENEE VOGEL
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
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.
February 7, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Toyota turned to Thursday's Chicago Auto Show to get dirty. No, the cleaning staff wasn't snowed in, and risque photos weren't part of the press conference. Instead the brand better known for milquetoast appliance sedans introduced a new line of off-road packages for 4X4 versions of its 2015 Tundra and Tacoma trucks and its 4Runner SUV. Dubbed the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Pro Series, these factory-installed editions bolt on items like Bilstein brand shocks, lifted springs, skid plates, wheels, tires and exhaust to the underside of the vehicles.
January 17, 2014 | Roy Wallack, Gear
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.
January 24, 2013 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
In the late 1940s, Enzo Ferrari reluctantly agreed to build road cars as a way to finance his racing outfit. One has to wonder, though, whether he would have signed his name to today's Ferrari FF, a four-seat, all-wheel-drive hatchback intended to broaden the brand and boost global sales. Designed to lure a new kind of customer, the FF comfortably totes four passengers and their luggage without worrying mortal drivers about landing wheels up in a ditch. Ferrari calls the body a shooting-brake design, which probably plays better than "hatchback" on the lot in Beverly Hills.
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.
March 16, 1986 | JEFF ROWE, Jeff Rowe is a free-lance writer
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.
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