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Charles Fleming

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Charles Fleming writes about automobiles and motorcycles for the Los Angeles Times’ Business section. He also writes the urban hiking column LA Walks. A former staff writer for Newsweek, Variety and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, he is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller "High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess," the New York Times bestseller "My Lobotomy," and "Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles" and its sequel, “Secret Walks: A Walking Guide to the Hidden Trails of Los Angeles.”

Recent Articles

  • How does Lamborghini celebrate a birthday? With this $2-million Centenario

    How does Lamborghini celebrate a birthday? With this $2-million Centenario

    Lamborghini is honoring the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth with the introduction of a very fast, very expensive supercar. The Centenario, first revealed last month at the Geneva Motor Show, celebrates the centenary of Ferruccio Lamborghini, born in Northern Italy on April 28, 1916. The...

  • Chevrolet executive Shad Balch hopes Bolt will get more drivers to go electric

    Chevrolet executive Shad Balch hopes Bolt will get more drivers to go electric

    The feverish excitement about Tesla's promised Model 3, an all-electric plug-in sedan that will travel 200 miles or more a single charge and cost less than $35,000, has overshadowed Chevrolet's coming Bolt EV, which will have about the same range and price point as the Model 3 but is likely to...

  • New Porsche 911 Carrera goes turbo

    New Porsche 911 Carrera goes turbo

    Porsche has been making 911s since 1963. So a new one is no big deal. And outwardly the 2017 is just last year's model with a new paint job. But inwardly this is a dramatically different machine. The 911 has gone turbo. For this 911 Carrera 4S, the German car company has replaced the traditional...

  • Harley-Davidson adds Roadster to Sportster line

    Harley-Davidson adds Roadster to Sportster line

    Seeking to capitalize on the urban custom movement sweeping the street bike scene, Harley-Davidson has added a new Sportster-style motorcycle to its lineup. The Roadster, a 1200-cc V-Twin, features new suspension, drag-style handlebars and a chopped rear fender. Harley says this new addition to...

  • Fiat 500e electric vehicle is perky and fun, and it comes with an HOV lane sticker

    Fiat 500e electric vehicle is perky and fun, and it comes with an HOV lane sticker

    Despite the growing appeal of the Tesla Models S and X, and excitement about a coming 200-mile-range Chevy Bolt, plug-in electric vehicles still account for a scant fraction of U.S. auto sales. Though March marked the biggest electric vehicle sales month in history, according to industry publication...

  • L.A. Drives: Galloping off to Agua Dulce in a classic Mustang GT

    L.A. Drives: Galloping off to Agua Dulce in a classic Mustang GT

    The canyon roads between Burbank and Santa Clarita offer some of the region's most enticing driving routes. But which ones make the best L.A. Drive? To find out, we borrowed a customized 1965 Mustang GT 700S from the garage of Bodie Stroud — valued at about $275,000. Stroud is a Sun Valley-based...

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