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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

  • Take a hike into a ghost town — not far from DTLA

    Take a hike into a ghost town — not far from DTLA

    Even people who know Los Angeles well (or think they do, like me) may be surprised to learn there is a well preserved ghost town, the site of Southern California’s first commercial oil well, freeway-close in nearby Valencia. But Mentryville is all that and more — including a movie set and a great...

  • McLaren 570GT: Laughing all the way through the bank account

    McLaren 570GT: Laughing all the way through the bank account

    McLaren decided a while back that it wanted to increase sales by offering a more affordable sports car. It worked — at least for people who think a base price of $200,000 is affordable. The addition of the 570 “sports” series to its 670 “super” series and P1 "ultimate” series vehicles doubled McLaren...

  • L.A., meet EV: New partnership will enable Angelenos to borrow Bolt EV electric cars

    L.A., meet EV: New partnership will enable Angelenos to borrow Bolt EV electric cars

    General Motors’ Maven ride-sharing service has partnered with the city of Los Angeles to enable Angelenos and tourists to borrow Bolt EV electric cars to get around town.  The partnership, announced Thursday morning at a Union Station ceremony, will put 100 of GM’s Bolt EV all-electric sedans into...

  • Rare Jaguar XKSS to be offered at Amelia Island

    Rare Jaguar XKSS to be offered at Amelia Island

    If you like British sports cars, and you are going to Amelia Island, Fla., for the upcoming car auctions, bring a big wallet. Santa Monica auction house Gooding & Co. will be offering an extremely rare 1957 Jaguar XKSS, one of only 16 known to exist, and the first one to appear at public auction...

  • Ducati zooms into adventure bike market with Mighty Multistrada Enduro

    Ducati zooms into adventure bike market with Mighty Multistrada Enduro

    It has been my good fortune to ride a number of modern Ducati motorcycles. They’re all terrific. I really like Monsters. I like the Scramblers. I’m dangerously attracted to the hooligan Hyperstradas. I even grudgingly admire the Diavel — even though the sleek, sophisticated cruiser isn’t a bike...

  • Porsche's new Panamera Turbo delivers plush power

    Porsche's new Panamera Turbo delivers plush power

    Porsche's restyled Panamera is either the world’s sportiest luxury car or the world’s most luxurious sports car. Does it matter which? The German automotive firm has retooled the larger, wider sports sedan to more closely resemble its smaller, sleeker 911 sports cars. The roof line is lower, and...

  • Harley-Davidson Road King Special: a new look for an old standard

    Harley-Davidson Road King Special: a new look for an old standard

    Seeking to broaden its appeal while maintaining its heritage, Harley-Davidson will offer its traditional Road King motorcycle in new, nontraditional livery. The Road King Special, which will start appearing soon in H-D dealerships, features new styling and design elements wrapped around the motorcycle...

  • Tesla’s newest X is a crazy amazing SUV

    Tesla’s newest X is a crazy amazing SUV

    Tesla’s Model X P100D is the safest, quickest and most sophisticated SUV ever built. It’s equipped with an Autopilot system that allows the car to essentially drive itself — with a driver behind the wheel. It features an air-filtration system that will protect the occupants in the event of a bio-chemical...

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