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.

MEN IN BLACK
Women like men in black Ford pickups

HOT WIRE—Women believe that attractive men drive black Ford pickup trucks. That’s according to a survey conducted by Insure.com. The fact that black Ford pickups are the vehicle of choice of the Mexican drug cartels is purely coincidental. What do the least attractive men drive? Mail trucks, evidently (sorry, postal carriers). The same survey says men believe attractive women drive red BMW sports cars, while unattractive women drive green minivans.

RODS N WHEELS
Reality TV invades the So Cal car culture

HOT WIRE—Billy Derian and Steve Reck have been friends for years with the same dream – working in a garage that fixes up and restores vintage cars and hot rods. Now their dream has become a reality with Da Rod Shop, located in the heart of Southern California’s car culture. RODS N WHEELS is a new Discovery Channel series.

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