Archive | July, 2011

Pontiacs now at the San Diego Automotive Museum

Check out Mark Maynard’s story on the Pontiac show at the SD Automotive Museum:

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ComicCon Food Truck Food Court — A Quick Look

One of the new things this year at the ComicCon in San Diego is a food court made up of local gourmet food trucks. There are seven trucks all in a circle at the corner of First and Island avenues, just across from the Convention Center and the First Avenue trolley station. I’ve been able […]

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Food (truck) court at ComiCon

That’s my condo building on the right. It’s packed here even on the first day!

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Out of Town: Hearst’s Hacienda is Perfect Base for Central Coast Adventure

Here’s the most popular destination on my website, Hearst’s Hacienda, the Hacienda Guest Lodge on Ft. Hunter Liggett near King City, along California’s Central Coast. Built in 1929 by William Randolph Hearst, of Hearst’s Castle fame, it was a guest house and ranch headquarters for what was the northern half of the newspaper magnate’s ranch. […]

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Trip For This Weekend: Summer Strand Is a Great Beach Drive

Here’s one of my all-time favorites… in fact a friend and I just cruised down the Strand from Coronado to Imperial Beach on Friday night. Want to take a beach drive in Southern California with no traffic? Well, this is the place for you. The Silver Strand is about eight miles of sand that separate […]

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Hyundai Genesis Coupe a Blast

I really had mixed feelings about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Here’s a beautifully and very distinctively styled car, equipped with an eager 3.8 liter V-6 engine that puts out a V-8-like growl, six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters pushing power to the rear wheels, big brakes and sticky tires that keep the car on the […]

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My ride for this weekend… a Mazda 2

It’s a roller skate! Fun! Driving some twisty roads around Ramona today for a future column.

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The first motel.

The story of the first motel… from the LA Times

  The story of the first motel, in San Luis Obispo, and how you can find what’s left of it:,0,1271731.story

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Video trip: A Look Back At the First Beachin’ 101 Cruise

For your July 4th weekend viewing, here’s a look back at the first Beachin’ 101 Cruise. Great cars and great views of the Pacific coast. Watch for the bumper cars!

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