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We Went Carspotting In Stupid Perfect Los Angeles

Last week we subjected ourselves to the torture of carspotting in Los Angeles to show you how stupid, annoying, hurtful, dumb and perfect cars live here. Here is what we found.

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Here’s Your Preview Of The All New Petersen Automotive Museum 

8:00 AM sharp, that’s what time the doors opened. 8:17, that’s what time I arrived, and by 8:30 I was already reeling from the amount of gorgeousness that lay before me.

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LA is Going to Have the Largest Electric Vehicle Fleet in the Nation

Los Angeles is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint, and a new city-operated fleet of electric vehicles is going to help it do so. Mayor Eric Garcetti has just announced his intentions to lease 160 pure battery EVs — a move that would position LA as proud owner of the largest electric fleet in the nation.

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Peak Retrofuturism and the Man Responsible for the Ford GT

The retrofuturism movement among American car companies in the early 2000s spawned some truly awful looking cars, chief among them was of course the Chrysler PT Cruiser. The PT Cruiser, and by extension the Chevy HHR, became the wayback machines of choice for boomers desperately looking for any way to relive their past without actually having to deal with the problems inherent with owning a classic car. Slightly higher on the retrofuturist food chain would be the fifth-generation Ford Mustang, again, with a design that seemed modern yet still harkened back to a rosier past that with every passing year begins to run together with half-remembered scenes from American Graffiti. Then, at the far right end of the continuum you have the Ford GT. The GT represented the platonic ideal of what retrofuturism, taken to its logical conclusion, could have been had the movement lacked the cynicism that seemed so baked in from the start. The Ford GT was a higher truth. The man behind that higher truth was Camilo Pardo.

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Investigation Calls Out LA Fire Department For Rampant Nepotism

Investigation Calls Out LA Fire Department For Rampant Nepotism

It’s exceedingly difficult to become a professional firefighter. But in Los Angeles County, it seems one insurmountable hurdle may be standing between hundreds of would-be applicants before they’re even allowed to attempt rigorous entrance exams: nepotism.

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Bear In A Lamborghini Shuts Down LA Traffic

Bear In A Lamborghini Shuts Down LA Traffic

A man driving around with a pet bear in his Lamborghini shut down traffic on an LA street yesterday because he was driving around with a bear, a real bear, in his Lamborghini.

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If You Hit A Person In An LA Car Show, Your Car Is Getting Trashed

Here we see a Toyota Camry hit a lady crossing the street in the middle of the Crenshaw Takeover sideshow last Saturday night. It’s not long before a crowd of people smash in the Camry’s windshield, and things go downhill from there.

First we see the Camry hit a woman crossing the street, knocking her to the ground. A few people mob the car, running up the hood, and smashing in the windshield. As more people cluster around the car, the Toyota driver takes off, only to smash into another car in the intersection.

There are two morals to this story:

  • Don’t hit people with your car. We would suggest you try looking where you’re going.
  • If you see someone else get hit by a car, don’t smash up the offending car. It never ends well. Help the injured person instead.

Basically, everyone in this video was an idiot on all sides. Don’t be this stupid.

Mercedes-Benz SLS: Once Upon A Time In Mexico

Let’s cut to the chase: This is a 563-hp Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG , those are its amazing doors, and I took this picture in Mexico while hanging out of the car at 50 mph. Safety is for pansies. Viva velocidad!

Oh, the doors. They are quite possibly the coolest thing on the car, the one feature that makes up for any of the SLS’s faults. Yes, the SLS is nice to drive — it is both far quicker and far more nimble than you expect, lunging into corners like a machine half its size — but it is ultimately a large and powerful grand-touring car, the kind of thing that middle-eastern royalty will undoubtedly use to traverse huge expanses of desert in great comfort. Behind the wheel, you tend to be less interested in driving involvement and more interested in chewing through miles. Satisfaction comes from fast prowl, not full-on attack.

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