Tag: Look Down the Road

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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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Leonard (MNI) Frank

Leonard (MNI) Frank

In a Message From Stefan Frank, Len’s Offspring Speaks… On the 1st of September, 1935 , the second son of two Russian immigrants was born, in the then, unwashed armpit of the industrial belt of the U.S.,Youngstown , Ohio. They named him Leonard (nmi) Frank. He always told me he had no middle initial because...

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About Len

Matt Stone on Len Frank Writer. Amateur racer. Pundit. Comedian. Teacher. Husband. Radio personality. Father. Friend. Above all, and always, a fried. I, perhaps like you, am just one soul whose life was touched and indeed bettered by knowing Len Frank. Our friendship, in fact, impacted my career, and ultimately altered the course of my...

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Letters about Len

Letters about Len

In this section, we’re please to reprint letters, emails, and other commentary from those of you who knew Len Frank, or have enjoyed this web site. Please feel free to contact us anytime at [email protected] Thanks… Thanks, Stefan, Matt, John (Retsek), John (Clinard) and all the rest of you. I think about, and miss, Len all...

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Len Frank, Automotive Photographer

Len Frank, Automotive Photographer

Matt Stone on the writer as shooter. Above: Len loved Alfa Romeos. He sold them, wrote about them, raced them, worked on them, and of course photographed them (Alfa Abarth photo by Len Frank) The late Len Frank was not an automotive photographer, at least not in the classical sense. His camera equipment was old...

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Coffee Spoons

Coffee Spoons

“T.S. knew that life passed on. Passed us by. Went away too soon. Measured by coffee spoons, he said.” – Len Frank. T.S. Knew,That life passed onPassed us byWent awaytoo soonMeasured by coffee spoons,He said,A small measure thoughA lifetime longCan you dance to it? A foolish manA funny manHeKnew he was,AndMeasured his lifein coffee spoonsin...

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Does Route 66 lead to Belgium?

Does Route 66 lead to Belgium?

To the best of our knowledge, this work by the late Len Frank is previously unpublished.Date written: unknown Our first real national road was the Lincoln Highway. A bunch of citizens, Carl Fisher, the man who built the Indianapolis Motor Speedway among them, had to get together and lever the various governments and property owners...

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KPFK’s “The Car Show”

KPFK’s “The Car Show”

“If you’re new, this will sort of let you know who we are; if you’re not so new, it will come as no shock.” – Len Frank. This is Len’s 1994 piece on 90.7 FM KPFK’s “The Car Show“, which he and John Retsek hosted for decades. The show is currently hosted by ABC7 Eyewitness...

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The Gull-Winged Monument

The Gull-Winged Monument

Len Frank on the classic 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gull-Wing” The real landmark cars of the Motor Age have, for the most part, been mass-produced economy cars—the Ford T, the VW, Fiat Topolino, Citroen 2CV, Austin/Morris Mini. They represented unique solutions to complex problems and have provided the impetus to the infrastructure that allowed any real...

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To Become An Anglophile, Say “Jag-U-Are”

To Become An Anglophile, Say “Jag-U-Are”

Originally published in Len’s column for the LA Reader newspaper, 1995. I was writing, in the last column, about the first time that I ever saw a Jaguar and the impact that it made on me. Jaguars have continued to have some special appeal, some extraordinary effect that isn’t exactly a part, a function, of...

 

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