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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.
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
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.
October 10, 1989 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
It looks like a Ferris wheel without seats. It's Charlie Spurlock's "perpetual motion wheel," a towering landmark in this small San Joaquin Valley farm center. Spurlock, 75, has worked on and off for 37 years in his spare time trying to get the wheel to spin without stopping. "It's all a matter of getting it perfectly counterbalanced. I think I've been close, but close doesn't count," sighed Spurlock as he turned the wheel.
October 2, 2002 | Sonia Nazario
He lies in bed No. 1 of the trauma unit at Hospital Civil in the town of Arriaga in southern Mexico. Four days before he was brought in, Carlos Roberto Diaz Osorto, 17, of Honduras had seen a man get both legs cut off by a freight train. But he pushed fear out of his mind. He was going to the United States to find work. At a curve near Arriaga, where the trains brake, Carlos races alongside, asking himself, "Should I get on or not?" His cousins have grabbed on to the sixth car from the end. Carlos panics.
December 4, 2011 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Louis Borick, the founder and longtime chairman of Van Nuys-headquartered Superior Industries International, one of the world's largest manufacturers of aluminum wheels for the automotive industry, has died. He was 87. Borick died of natural causes Monday, two days before his 88th birthday, at his home in Beverly Hills, said his son, Steven. A onetime used-car salesman who sold his half of a business that made clear plastic seat covers in St. Paul, Minn., before moving to Encino in 1956, Borick founded Superior Industries in a 4,000-square-foot plant in North Hollywood a year later.
January 24, 2013 | David Undercoffler
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.
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