Charles Fleming

Writer

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

  • Royal Enfield Himalayan: The Indian giant goes adventuring

    Royal Enfield Himalayan: The Indian giant goes adventuring

    Royal Enfield built its first motorcycle in 1901. Its Bullet is said to be the oldest continuously produced motorcycle in the world, and one of the most successful. But the venerable munitions and motorcycle company, formerly a British legend but now an Indian-owned subsidiary of automotive giant...

  • Ford unleashes a new Mustang GT for 2018

    Ford unleashes a new Mustang GT for 2018

    Ford has pulled the covers off a new 2018 Ford Mustang GT. Dressed in a color called “Orange Fury,” it’s a beauty. At a Los Angeles ceremony this week, the company said the 2018 pony car, to go on sale in late 2017, will be powered by Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder-engine as well as the...

  • Honda's 2017 Ridgeline pickup is cool, but is it really a truck?

    Honda's 2017 Ridgeline pickup is cool, but is it really a truck?

    Honda is a world champion in the sedan and SUV segments, but the Japanese giant has never been a truck contender. The company pulled its only truck, the slow-selling Ridgeline, from the market in 2014. Now it has brought the perky pickup back to America as a 2017 model. It’s a winner, but it’s...

  • 2017 Audi Q7: The pleasures of the pricier people mover

    2017 Audi Q7: The pleasures of the pricier people mover

    The German occupation of Silver Lake began with the SUVs. Driveways once filled with Honda Accords, Toyota Camrys and vintage Volvo station wagons began to sprout BMW X3s and X5s and Audi Q3s and Q5s. Though I myself had been part of an earlier wave of gentrification, when I moved into the area...

  • Best of 2016: Highway 1's top picks for the year

    Best of 2016: Highway 1's top picks for the year

    I drove, rode or reviewed almost 100 vehicles in 2016. The ones I liked best were... Porsche’s 911 Turbo S Equipped with a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, 6-cylinder engine that makes 580 horsepower and 553 pound feet of torque, it’s the quickest and fastest Porsche ever built for the general public, going...

  • Is flat track racing getting back on track?

    Is flat track racing getting back on track?

    Jared Mees squinted dubiously at the dirt motorcycle track. “That ain’t no mile,” the Grand National champion and X Games gold medalist said. Indeed, the short indoor course was a temporary track laid out by American Supercamp, a training academy that had come to Los Angeles with its techniques...

  • Puddle jumper: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

    Puddle jumper: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

    Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep division does well with its Grand Cherokee line, selling just under 200,000 of them last year in the U.S. So it’s only logical the company would expand the line to include the Trailhawk badge, which signifies increased eagerness to hit the trail. For 2017, Jeep has reintroduced...

  • 2017 Corvette Grand Sport: Great, but how great?

    2017 Corvette Grand Sport: Great, but how great?

    Chevrolet’s Corvette has been recognized for more than 60 years as one of the finest American sports cars ever built. Because it has consistently stuck to its roots, the Corvette inevitably feels like both an icon and a throwback — a mighty, meaty machine built for sucking fuel and burning rubber....

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