IRWINDALE IS BACK!
Irwindale Speedway and Drag Strip remain open under new management team

HOT WIRE—It was announced on Thursday evening that Irwindale Event Center, the home of Irwindale Speedway and Irwindale Drag Strip, will remain open and in full operation under a new multi-year agreement with a group of motorsports enthusiasts led by Tim Huddleston and Justice Brothers and the property owners.

STOP ME IF YOU’VE INSTALLED THIS ONE… (With an added commentary on automated common sense)

But the rear brakes … the standard-issue rear drum brakes were tiny, faded flat black bottle caps, so small and spindly that you could just barely make them out hiding behind the Fiesta’s spiffy alloy 5-spoke wheels. My rear brakes were in a word: murky, miniscule, featureless, and (the worst sin of all for a fun runabout) dull … Editor Stokes adds a bit more slowdown to his ride.

AUTOFEST 2017
LA’s own automotive festivus for the rest of us, Sunday, June 25th

EVENT—Originally called the “Literature Faire”, AutoFest2017 carries on a decades-old annual LA tradition that mixes an amazing array of automotive memorabilia into one magic morning in June when memories are stirred, old friends meet, treasures are found, and automobiles in all their variations are celebrated, (and where some of us find copies of the Road & Track magazines that our Moms threw out when we were in college). Like Brigadoon, (or more “LA” perhaps a LudoBites pop-up), AutoFest is real for only one day of the year. Editor Stokes invites LA Car readers to an event that they’ll doubtless feel very comfortable attending.

THE GIRLS IN THE GARAGE
Hands-on automotive workshops for women at El Camino College

EVENT—’Girls in the Garage’ is a series of free hands-on automotive workshops for women held about once a month at El Camino College in the South Bay. The workshops were created in 2010 by auto collision repair instructor Pati Fairchild to help women feel more confident around cars, and to encourage them to enroll in automotive classes that lead to a college degree and a lucrative career.

HARLEY OF THE HOLY
Pope Francis sells his Harley-Davidson

HOT WIRE—Former janitor, nightclub bouncer, chemical technician and literature teacher—now add to that, former Harley-Davidson owner. Pope Francis, named after the famous Saint Francis of Assisi, has been raising eyebrows with the church’s emphasis as humble servant and comforter to people who are hurting. Today, he sold his Harley-Davidson Super Glide Custom to raise funds for a soup kitchen and a homeless hostel.

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