All Night Menu Volume Two is a book by Sam Sweet that explores the hidden histories of Los Angeles through addresses. Unknown legends, almost forgotten memories, and unearthed remains of micro-cultures populate its pages, including the following story the author has been gracious enough to share with us. The book was written, edited, and published in Los Angeles. Read our interview with Sam Sweet from last year, or visit his website at allnight-menu.com.
7003 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
When Bud Browne’s On Any Sunday opened in 1971, Mel Stoutsenberger and his friends rode their Schwinn Stingrays to every weekend matinee at the Topanga Theater to soak in spectacular footage of Belgian dirt bike idol Roger De Coster. Browne’s first non-surf film heralded the arrival of motocross in California. Incited by De Coster, the Valley kids would pedal west on Vanowen or Roscoe, where paved neighborhoods gave way to the rock-strewn hills above Canoga Park and Chatsworth. This terrain was sacred to the Chumash, whose lore told of Munits, the vanished shaman that haunted its caves. In the 19th century, Mexican usurpers renamed it Rancho El Escorpión. The vast ranchland was sold and apportioned in the 1960s, though suburban development was slow to arrive, leaving old horse trails open to bikes. “Once you crossed Valley Circle,” said Stoutsenberger, “you were in Ventura County and the cops would give up on you.”
Everyone knows that the wizards at Rockstar Games did an incredible job with their version of Los Angeles (Los Santos) GTA V, but now the people at Corridor Digital have returned the favor. Using just the right physics, camera work, and locations, they’ve recreated GTA in real life. Shot at iconic locations in Los Angeles like Venice Beach, Griffith Park Observatory, and the Arts District, any fan of the game will be blown away by this 3:22 experience.
This video, which at the time of this writing has been viewed 561,000 times since it was published, shows a confrontation between a motorcyclist and BMW driver near Beverly Hills on March 26th. The incident starts when the guy on the moto, who made the video, tells the driver “put down your fucking phone”. The driver did not appreciate the remark and drives aggressively near the motorcycle, culminating in the motorcyclist getting knocked off his bike in the middle of the street. Here’s how the motorcyclist describes what happened:
Joe Strummer’s 1963 Chalfont Blue Ford Thunderbird, originally purchased by Strummer in 1987 for $4,200 is now for sale on Ebay. The press release contains some interesting info on Joe’s life in LA along with some nice photos of a cherry T-bird. It’s cool to imagine Strummer cruising the streets of Los Angeles in this ride, humming tunes and listening to the radio.
WOLFPACK HUSTLE has taken an underground bike racing event and turned it into a legit international competition that will rock the streets around City Hall next weekend. The head-to-head battle on the closed-course bike race in Downtown Los Angeles is known as the Civic Center Crit, and is drawing racers from all over the world.
The highlight of the Wolfpack Hustle Unified Race Title, the Civic Center Crit will lead racers through the streets of L.A., with a ceremonious start and finish in front of the historic City Hall building. The second annual Crit has a racer list that reads as the who’s who of the underground urban racing world, with entrants from Chicago, New York, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Switzerland and many other cities and countries. Entrants will converge on Downtown L.A. on July 12th to compete against local talent for a chance at claiming a set of Wolfpack Hustle dog tags.
Entrepreneur and restaurant owner Fernando Lopez was at dinner about a year ago, talking about plans to market his new instant Michelada mix. “You know what I’m going to do, I’m going to get a vintage Volkswagen bus and turn it into a mobile michelada party station. Roll up to parties with my own taps, speakers, everything…” Everyone laughed but the seed was planted. A bright green shiny seed in the mind of someone who doesn’t give up easily. After weeks of fruitless searching the internet and the streets of Los Angeles for the right base vehicle, a perfect candidate was spotted less than a mile from the Lopez family restaurant, La Guelaguetza, in Koreatown. The asking price was too high, but Fernando managed to win the seller over with a combination of persistence, charm, and an all cash offer in crisp $100 bills.
Vehicle in hand, Lopez knew where to take it– S. Dominguez Coachworks of Bell Gardens. Over the past 9 months, he and the shop’s owner, Sebastian, have worked the vehicle over by hand, taking it down to its basic elements and building it back up again with hundreds of small details and touches to make it the ultimate party wagon. This VW has a full DJ booth inside, complete with two turntables, a mixer, high-end speakers, and video output to a flatscreen monitor mounted on the flip-up media sail. There are four taps allowing for ice-cold kegs to be kept inside the vehicle. The interior stereo system is also functional, with amps, a subwoofer, and speakers to make getting from party to party fun and comfortable for the I Love Micheladas team. The interior is perforated leather, which when finished will completely wrap the vehicle in crisp white perfection. The stock engine was completely rebuilt and shines like it just can’t wait to get out on the open road. (Continued)
John Kilduff, who you may remember from Let’s Paint, Exercise, and Make Blended Drinks on TV, has now become an entrepreneur in the automotive space. His recycled cardboard, gluten-free cars are both environmentally friendly and very safe (as long as you don’t actually take them out of the dealership or attempt to drive them in any way). Each car is normally $18,889, but this weekend prices are being slashed to give you a chance to take home the latest in cardboard automotive technology. There will also be free hot dogs.
“Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” was just one of the songs sung by Jim Nabors in May of 1988 at the wedding of his close personal friends Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson. People Magazine described the nuptials, which included only 65 invited guests and took place at Burt’s 160-acre horse ranch in Jupiter, Florida, thusly:
The reception turned out to be one of Reynolds’ most successful productions in years. The ranch’s 72 foot by 80 foot helicopter hangar was emptied of aircraft and festooned with nearly 100 trees and plants—ficus, ferns and eucalyptus. Each of 12 tables had centerpieces of white dogwood, lilacs and tulips. Gardenia bushes were clustered by the champagne tables, and the three-tiered, heart-shaped wedding cake—yellow layers, white frosting—had a specially constructed gazebo all to itself. Burt requested a repast along “country buffet” lines. Translation: coconut shrimp; baby beef Wellington; Belgian endive with caviar; a seafood bar with raw oysters, crab claws, shrimp and clams; Brie baked in pastry served with kiwi; salmon mousse cake; ham served with mango chutney; corn muffins and biscuits; vegetables; and fresh strawberries with chocolate fondue for dessert.
After the newlyweds arrived at the hangar in a motorized stagecoach, guests went searching for hankies as Burt toasted his bride. “I’m a very lucky man,” he beamed. “I’m surrounded by love and dear friends, and I married my best friend today.” Loni didn’t miss a beat. “I feel like Cinderella,” she returned. “I married Prince Charming.”
Santa Fe Dam hosted the Majestics Car Show 2014 on New Year’s Day in Irwindale, California. Erwin Recinos accompanied Spirit Car Club’s Arizona & Los Angeles chapters to document the journey to the event, which was a special experience in and of itself. Lowriders from Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado come from out of state to participate in this yearly event that is one of the standouts in the lowrider community. Majestics ups the ante every year with both the quality and amount of truly amazing cars on display. Please enjoy these photos from the show and the beautiful drive to get there.
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. K. Youabian had a dream- to design a car that is unlike anything ever made before at the very top of the exotic luxury market. That car is the Youabian Puma, pictured above. That picture doesn’t quite show the size of this exotic wild beast, so check out the image from Jason Torchinsky of Jalopnik, who described the car, which costs $1.1m as “terrifying”, below: