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German classics – Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica

March 9th, 2010 by Mike

I’m not sure what it is about the Venice/Santa Monica border but it’s like a magnet for independent German auto mechanics. Including the guy I use, there are 7-8 indy establishments within walking distance from my house, usually with interesting cars on the lot. This spot in particular, called Glassers Auto Body, always catches my eye, mainly because of the aging Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 and rotting BMW 2800 that have been sitting 3 millimeters from each other for years now. It’s a shame that two cars with so much historical significance are left in this condition, but even more of a shame that they’re not being driven. Oh well, at least they look pretty, even in this state.

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Ariel Atom – Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

January 6th, 2010 by Mike

Ariel Atom - Wilshire BLVD, Santa Monica

An Ariel Atom casually parked curbside will cause a double take, even in LA. Very close to the top of my wish-to-drive list, every sighting of an AA brings to mind images of Jeremy Clarkson’s face flapping in the wind as he flies around the track, thoroughly enjoying the car’s insane power-to-weight ratio and Enzo-rivalling performance.