Author: Roy Nakano (Roy Nakano)

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LOOK DOWN THE ROAD: The Writings of Len Frank

LOOK DOWN THE ROAD: The Writings of Len Frank

The lost Len Frank collection is found, and now on LACar in all its glory. The collection was thought to have been lost, after a major overhaul of the LACar website resulted in having a number of the older postings go by the wayside. That included “Look Down the Road: The Writings of Len Frank”—a collection of...

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VISIONS OF THE EMERALD BEYOND

VISIONS OF THE EMERALD BEYOND

The biggest news out of the LA Auto Show wasn’t even a car Above: Automotive journalists surround Hyundai’s new electric plug-in hybrid concept crossover SUV, the Vision T, at the Los Angeles Auto Show’s press preview on November 20, 2019 (R. Nakano) If you’re a gearhead reading Sri Chinmoy’s 1973 poem “Visions of the Emerald...

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Miracles on Myrtle Avenue

Miracles on Myrtle Avenue

It’s one thing to have a hot rod and custom car show. It’s quite another when the backdrop matches the time period of the cars on display… It was a beautiful day on Myrtle Avenue for the 29th Annual Old Town Monrovia Car Show. It’s one thing to have a hot rod and custom car...

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Toyota Delivers a Prius in Corolla Clothing

Toyota Delivers a Prius in Corolla Clothing

The Toyota Corolla Hybrid returns 52 mpg, carries a highway range of 730 miles, and is $1000 cheaper than the Prius LE. A Corolla with gas mileage comparable to the Prius—let’s ponder on that for a moment. Now ponder this: Its MSRP is $23,880. By comparison, the Prius LE will run you $24,980. It’s the...

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The Life Altering Magic of the Kona EV

The Life Altering Magic of the Kona EV

Is this the Marie Kondo of the automotive world? First of all, let’s applaud Hyundai for coming out with a $36,450 all-electric SUV with an EPA-rated range of 258 miles ($28,950 after factoring in the $7500 federal tax credit). That beats the previous top dog of affordable EVs, the $36,620 Chevrolet Bolt EV with its...

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Traveling through the past and present of the Green Book

Traveling through the past and present of the Green Book

There’s the movie, the book, and then there’s the local backstory: For 30 years, Victor Green helped travelers navigate their way through a segregated America—including a segregated Los Angeles. Top image: Viggo Mortensen (as Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga) and Mahershala Ali (as “Doc” Don Shirley) riding in a 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, from the 2018...

 

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