Monday, September 8, 2014
Photo by Tom Andrews.
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.
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:
Photo by the master TRUE2DEATH. You simply must click to see the larger version.
There’s always so much happening in every corner of the arts world of this bustling, creative city that it makes sense to make plans to attend art openings, events and museums. That said, a lot of the most interesting things going on are those you stumble upon, or find completely by accident. One of the best of those is coming across some live graffiti art. This last Saturday L.A. Taco’s Desilu was able to catch the artists as they brought life to this once dull box truck in a parking lot in East L.A.. Check out the gallery below for more…