GALLERY—Los Angelenos are familiar with Carmageddon and Jamzilla. Here’s another one for the local lexicon: Carcadia. It’s Arcadia’s equivalent to an automotive flash mob that happens every fourth Sunday of the month at 7:30 a.m., right off of Route 66, in the lot behind the windmill-laden Denny’s restaurant that once served as a Van de Kamp Bakery store.
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.
AUTO SHOW—Detroit was in a polar vortex, but that didn’t stop the automotive aficionados from going to the most important show of the western hemisphere—The 2014 North American American International Auto Show. These were not mere grease monkeys, these were arctic monkeys—engine engineers, car crafters, exhibiters, exhibitionists, and journeying journalists—braving the snow, sleet, wind, and freezing temperatures for a glimpse into the future. We turned to our NAIAS correspondents. While the weather may faze most, for Motown Merlo and Detroit Dapoz, it’s just another fine day in the land of Lions and Tigers.
GALLERY—Our report on the Detroit show, otherwise known as the North American International Auto Show, looms. In the meantime, we want to showcase 24 perspectives on the new Toyota FT-1 concept that just debuted. If you think Toyota is all about conservative styling, be prepared to have your notions blown away. Some are calling this a three-handkerchief design: arguable the best design to come out of Toyota since the 1967 2000GT and one to bring tears to your eyes.
HOT WIRE—A recent study finds that women who ride their own motorcycles are noticeably happier – in life, in relationships, and even in the bedroom – than women who don’t ride. The study, conducted by Kelton and commissioned by Harley-Davidson, interviewed adult female riders and adult female non-riders. Kelton says the findings make it clear that riding a motorcycle greatly improves a woman’s feelings of overall self-worth.