July 24, 2008
As one of the leaders on the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team, Kobe Bryant plans to use the same line he does with the Lakers when times get rough. The line he told reporters recently in Las Vegas he would use was “get your [butt] in gear.” For Bryant’s sake, he has the players around him capable of getting out of ruts, unlike his Lakers teammates showed in the NBA Finals. Team USA is counting on Bryant to help the country reclaim its global dominance in a sport it invented more than 100 years ago. The Newport Coast resident admits it won’t be easy next month at the Beijing Games.
December 27, 2007
Wheelbase Communications Is this what the new small Hummer will look like?: This General Motors division, which has staked a reputation as the builder of the largest off-road vehicles on the planet, has released several different design sketches of its HX Concept — the smallest Hummer — ahead of the vehicle’s Detroit Auto Show debut in early January. Designed for serious off-roading, the E85-capable HX (85 percent ethanol mixed with 15 percent gasoline) will offer removable roof panels, both front and rear.
April 19, 2010
Forget the bottled water and mints on the pillow. When Jeff Bootz of Scottsdale, Arizona recently checked into the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, the hotel?s General Manager Shaun Robinson flipped him the keys to a sleek 2010 Aston Martin Vantage convertible sports car that was adorning the hotel lobby. To his delight, Bootz learned that the hotel had arranged for him to enjoy the use of the car along with a complimentary weekend stay at the hotel on June 25-27 when the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company brings ?
April 28, 2011
COSTA MESA — Classic British cars dating to the 1930s, including models from automakers Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Bentley, will take over the parking lot Sunday at South Coast Plaza for the Barrett-Jackson British Classic Car Show. Vintage vehicles belonging to 100 collectors will be displayed from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Costa Mesa shopping center lot. This is the first year that the event has partnered with the British American Business Council as part of BritWeek, a statewide celebration of "all things British in California," said BABC Executive Director Valerie Blackholly.
March 23, 2012
A grand early spring festival of the grape, co-chaired by DeDe and Alex McKinnon , attracted some 300 wine lovers and raised an impressive $160,000 for the Pacific Symphony. Organizers billed the event, which unfolded at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, as the Pacific Coast Wine Festival. It showcased vintages from 30 wineries worldwide. Participants in the festival were selected by advanced sommelier Jim Houston from the renowned Charlie Palmer's dining rooms. The Saturday evening party began at sunset with a cocktail reception.
November 14, 2008
Let’s hear it for the girls. Last week 400 grown-up girls and their grown-up boys converged on the Island Hotel, Newport Beach for a “Strong, Smart and Bold” celebration on behalf of Girls Inc. of Orange County. Gianna and Dee Kerrison of Corona del Mar chaired the party working with Marta and Raj Bhathal serving as honorary chairs. Girls Inc., a nonprofit agency, sponsors programs designed to assist young women get a leg up on life through education, counseling, job training and life lessons.
January 24, 2005
Andrew Edwards They have the respect. They have the ideas. Only time will tell if they have enough. "They" are Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler, formerly of Ford Motor Co.'s Global Advanced Design Studio in Irvine. The two have worked together for more than a decade on high-powered speed demons and have set out on their own to start a new sports-car company in Newport Beach. The pair announced the formation of Fisker Coachbuild last week. Fisker, 41, lives in Newport Beach and said he and Koehler hope to have their creations on the road and in showrooms by 2006.
December 10, 2009
A Marine was convicted of second-degree murder Wednesday for drunkenly slamming into the back of a car on MacArthur Boulevard and killing the driver in Newport Beach last year. A jury Wednesday found Lance Cpl. Elijah Leigh Ferguson, 22, guilty of killing 63-year-old Newport Coast resident Michael Sein on Feb. 22, 2008, when he slammed his Dodge Caliber, traveling 75 mph in a 50 mph limit zone, into the back of Sein’s Aston Martin as it idled at a red light at MacArthur and Jamboree Road.
April 17, 2008
Hot off the press! Camaro Super Sport might get a 550-plus-horsepower supercharged V8: By now everyone knows about the look and shape of the new Chevrolet Camaro that’s due to hit dealer lots next year as a 2010 model. But the Sleuth has the real dirt on what comes after that. During testing at Germany’s famed Nürburgring race circuit, the Sleuth spotted the latest prototype: the range-topping Super Sport — or SS — model. It has Brembo brand brakes, a treatment normally reserved for very high-performance models, and an air intake sitting way out front of the engine in the cold air. Chevy parent General Motors is tight-lipped about what V8 will be used, but sources have indicated the car will get a version of the supercharged powerplant used in the Cadillac CTS-V and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Sounds like a winner as the car tries to gain back what was lost to the Ford Mustang when the last Camaro was dropped.