A real stock car roars around a banked oval track as a coach's voice crackles in the driver's ear. This isn?t the Indy 500; it's L.A. Racing. Featured on NBC Today in L.A., L.A. Racing's Adventure programs let would-be racers grip the wheel during fast-forward laps around a real track. This video shows the rubber meeting the road at Irwindale Speedway.
Inside, L.A. Racing's instructors educate new drivers, helping them get a feel for new tracks and learn to follow the proper line through turns. These practice cars feature realistic racing effects?engine vibrations and road-surface texture, for example. Competition courses are available for drivers who want to take racing to the next level and master advanced techniques such as throttle control, trail braking, and passing.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, can trace their auto-repair roots back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop?just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with more than 30 locations, dozens of employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
Nu-Way Hand Car Wash's dirt disputants employ a slew of services and tender hands to efficiently purge filth from roadsters of all types. During each 20-minute expert wash, expert muck-busters soap up metal chassis by hand, eschewing automatic cleaners that scar vehicles with scratch-prone clumsiness and unmanicured robotic hands. Next, a shower washes away suds-encased gunk before a thorough drying renders exteriors radiant and ready for reflecting sunlight in Morse code. As a clean-certifying bonus, each wash finishes with an interior cleansing, which vacuums away dirt and crumbs, wipes down dusty dashboards, and cleans cup holders left sticky from turn-induced soda overflow.
Ward Service is a family owned and operated auto repair facility located in Monrovia, CA. We have been the dealer alternative since 1923. "The best job is the job done right the first time" is our motto. We work on all makes and models, foreign and domestic, old and new, restored and being restored.
The car-window experts at Doctor Auto Glass patch up chips at their facility and bravely journey to ailing autos for on-location windshield replacements, backing their services with a lifetime warranty. During the chip-restoration process, which takes 30 minutes per chip, expert glass-care technicians repair up to three dings in the car's front window, ensuring they won’t expand into full-grown cracks or start hiding behind tacky sunglasses. Doctor Auto's technicians also travel to car-owners’ homes or businesses to replace windshields ($250+) and keep fierce highway winds from gaining access to drivers’ faces; the wandering windshield swappers need about 2 hours to safely secure the new windshield.
VJ's, an assembly of expert, ASE-certified car technicians with more than 150 years of accumulated experience, executes AAA-approved car inspections and efficient oil changes. To prevent soot buildup and imp-filter failure, your car’s viscous, gremlin-drowning moat must be replaced at manufacturer-recommended intervals. VJ's ASE-certified technicians swap the oil, ensuring that your engine remains well lubricated and works as reliably as a German-engineered robo-dog. During the AAA inspection, deft car handlers also rotate tires, check, adjust, and check brakes, and attend to filters and fluids.