January 24, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 |
A throbbing hip-hop beat spilled from the speakers, and ceiling lights splashed colorful mosaic dots across the darkened maple planks. Skaters -- four here, six there, maybe eight ahead of them -- grabbed one another's hands and formed circles. Like miniature planets orbiting a sun, the groups glided counterclockwise around the oval rink, occasionally caroming off other skaters. The regulars' ecstatic smiles masked a pervasive sadness. World on Wheels, the last full-fledged indoor roller skating rink in the city of Los Angeles, will hold its final lace-up Sunday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 |
World on Wheels, the last full-fledged indoor roller skating rink in the city of Los Angeles, will hold its final lace-up Sunday night. For three decades, the Mid-City institution has won loyalists as an indoor amusement park, party venue, fitness center, haven for young people and hip-hop incubator. It has even played matchmaker. But a bankruptcy proceeding, a change in ownership and evolving neighborhood tastes have conspired to end its free-wheeling days. "It's like losing a member of the family," said Nelson Bracamonte, 55, a weekly regular at the rink since its opening on Halloween 1981.
April 23, 1998 |
When beat cop Tony Lamacchio pulled on his in-line skates for the first time, he was pretty sure he'd be a flop. And he was. "Bad" is the word he uses to describe his debut on wheels several weeks ago. Front Page Cafe manager Steve Trowl said that when he first saw Lamacchio pass by, "Frankly, I was worried. He was terrible. He could hardly move and he was looking down. So he couldn't see if anything was happening." What's worse, Lincoln Road Mall is no place for uncool.
December 27, 2004 |
The childhood memory might go something like this: A cold Christmas morning. You take your first bicycle, shining with brand-spanking-newness, out for a solo spin. The air is silent as you whiz along hushed streets, the sound of dead leaves under your tires punctuating the quiet. And then it hits you: The world is yours. You can go anywhere you want. The intoxicating feel of utter freedom mixes with the first taste of speed and self-mobility to forge a moment you'll never forget.
January 8, 2012 |
Even the police are driving Porsches. Chinese officials love their cars - big, fancy, expensive cars. A chocolate-colored Bentley worth $560,000 is cruising the streets of Beijing with license plates indicating it is registered to Zhongnanhai, the Communist Party headquarters. The armed police, who handle riots and crowd control, have the same model of Bentley in blue. And just in case it needs to go racing off to war, the Chinese army has a black Maserati that sells in China for $330,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2011 |
I felt a little out of place on Sunday as I unloaded my creaky beach cruiser from the trunk of my car and strapped on a helmet so new it still had the price tag attached. I hadn't ridden a bike in years; there was rust on my fenders and in my knees. But it didn't take more than a few wobbly blocks for me to realize that I fit in just fine with the thousands of bicyclists who turned out at Sunday's CicLAvia in downtown Los Angeles. There were plenty of pros in padded shorts on bikes that cost more than my first car. But there were also kids with training wheels, middle-aged couples on tandem bikes and plenty of folks whose labored breathing on modest inclines suggested that they hadn't been out in a while.
March 22, 2013 |
Don't worry, baby boomers, Chevrolet hasn't forgotten about you. GM's everyman brand has in recent years launched one impressive small car after another. The compact Cruze, subcompact Sonic and tiny Spark have all done well for the company, both in terms of sales and in capturing younger buyers. Photos: First drive of 2014 Chevy Impala Now Chevy brings us the all-new 2014 Impala, a full-size, front-wheel-drive sedan. The Impala is aimed at competitors such as the Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera, both of which were recently overhauled.
October 31, 2012 |
Why should Ford's Raptor have all the fun? That's the thinking behind an aftermarket kit shown at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show in Las Vegas for 2009 to 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks. Made by Michigan-based VWerks, the kit is available in two levels and turns an ordinary Ram into a high-speed, off-road terror. Photos: VWerks Ram Baja KTS The first stage is called the Baja Series conversion. It includes a 1.75-inch leveling kit that brings the nose of the truck up, 20-inch wheels with BFG tires, a rear-tire carrier, KTS front and rear fenders and front bumper with light bar, a Flowmaster cat-back exhaust and leather seats.
August 11, 2012 |
The car: 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Mk II The power: 271 horsepower and 312 pound-feet of torque from a 289-cubic-inch V-8 (about 4.7 liters). Power is routed to the rear wheels via four-speed manual transmission. The photos: Shelby 289 Cobra Mk II The speed: Motor Trend tested a 289 Cobra in 1963 and hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, but claimed that time would probably drop with the addition of better tires in the rear to combat wheel spin. The price: Estimated at $600,000 to $700,000.