With its foot planted firmly in pop culture, the infamous DeLorean is making a comeback from just the “Back to the Future” car. At the DMC or DeLorean Motor Company, they run a very tight and clean ship. Not a spot of oil or even water lay on the ground, tools were in the proper place and the entire shop was extremely organized.
The DMC started back in 1980 in Ireland. John Delorean worked for GM or General Motors and came up with some of the inventions we take for granted in our cars now a days. He also went behind GM’s back and produced the Pontiac GTO. GM had standards for every car the produced; a certain size car would only get an engine with a certain amount of horse power. Mr. Delorean didn’t like that and so he took an aggressively large engine and stuck it into a small coupe. The later became the GTO that people love today.
John Delorean broke away and started his own company, the DeLorean Motor Company. With intentions of produce 30,000 of his DMC-12 or as the majority of people know it as a DeLorean, seeing as it was the only car produced by his company, the company closed down after John Delorean spent all the money and then was later charged with drug trafficking charges.
Back in 1997, the DMC started up again, but just as a few shop throughout the USA. Dan Botkin, shop manager of the DMC in Garden Grove, had been working at the shop alongside Don Steger, the last remaining DeLorean Certified Tech, since the shop was called the DeLorean Motor Center.
The DMC does mostly repair work, replacing dented panels and making the cars run smoothly again; considering, they are almost 30 year old cars. They also do performance modifications and overall modification. They have re-created the popular “time machine” from Back to the Future 3 times and now they are on number 4. Don has also been hard at work, trying to make the stock 130 horsepower 2.8 liter V6 into a monster with almost double the brake horsepower! He is basically installing his own fabricated parts into the stock motor that will give the engine a huge gain in performance.
This year, the DMC started coming out with new cars! Technically, they have the VIN of an older DeLorean, but with such high goals of 30,000 cars and only creating close to 9,000, they have a huge amount of unused, virtually brand new parts that they can use to create new DMC-12s. A couple months ago the Back to the Future ride closed at Universal Studios. This obviously gained the attention of the media and interviews with the DMC sparked interest in the now Collector Car again. I hope that things only become busier for this shop, Dan and Don are two of the most genuine and kind people I have ever met. I can only fathom what the future might hold for them, but I would guess that we will be seeing a lot more of the DeLorean on the street. (MIKEC)
When a company grows solely by word of mouth, it proves the overall quality of the work. EuroCode in Torrance has been tuning European cars for 5 years and have done almost zero advertisement. Working on Audis and Volkswagens, they have gained the attention of people all across the world. They have serviced and tuned cars from the US as well as Saudi Arabia, Europe and Africa. There fame has been passed through online forums by extremely happy customers.
They pride themselves on their work, as they should. The EuroCode shop was very small, they can only fit 2 cars (one behind another) into their working area, yet they are able to keep the place very organized and quite clean. They are a full service shop, from small repairs and oil changes to tuning and chip flashing; it’s your one stop shop if you own any European car.
With 6 full time employees, EuroCode is able to take a number of jobs and crank them out. David is the most experienced there, with 15 years under his belt, he has been working under the hood of cars since he was a young boy. They had numerous extremely fast cars sitting outside. An Audi A4 with 800 brake horsepower and an A6 with 900 horsepower that was having a couple issues but they were currently getting it running again. They were also doing a whole engine and transmission swap on Volkswagen Jetta, which they said had the potential to get up to, and possibly above, 400 horsepower.
Business has been extremely busy for them, and it continues to grow immensely day by day. In the very near future, EuroCode plans on moving into a much bigger shop which will allow them to grow into an auto shop powerhouse. They have extremely high goals which they will most definitely reach, very soon. EuroCode is for sure one of the top shops, and fastest growing companies in all of the South Bay. (MIKEC)
Much like Wilshire Boulevard, Sunset stretches from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. However, the personality of these two streets could not be any more different. Whereas Wilshire is full of culture and museums, Sunset is lined with nightclubs and multi-million dollar homes that give it a bit of a split personality. Sunset Boulevard has been immortalized in many Hollywood feature films as well as infamous incidents such as River Phoenix’s death in front of a popular night club, and Hugh Grant’s arrest for solicitation of a prostitute in 1995. With the rejuvenation of the Hollywood area the dark days of Sunset Boulevard are in the past, and now the famous street is enjoying a renaissance of sorts that continues today. The best place to start is always the beginning and that is in the heart of Los Angeles on the corner of Figueroa and Sunset.
Echo Park is the gateway to 22-mile long Sunset Boulevard. Within a few blocks is Dodger stadium, home to the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball sports franchise. If you fortunate enough to get a ticket to a game, you will enjoy what has become a mandatory experience for any Los Angelino. That is of course eating a Dodger Dog while watching the game inside the beautiful Dodger stadium. Echo Parks’ neighbor to the west is Silverlake. Silverlake is an eclectic mix of young urban “hipsters” and long time residents comprised of mostly Asians and Latinos. This is a great place if you want to shop for trendy clothes drink at interesting coffee shops. Once outside the heart of Los Angeles, Sunset Boulevard penetrates the world famous city of Hollywood.
It is here that the landscape dramatically changes to include many bars, nightclubs, tourist traps, guitar shops, and all of the interesting people that make Hollywood such a unique place to visit. During the day Sunset Boulevard is congested with heavy traffic and it makes travel somewhat difficult. The good part is that there is a lot to see while you are in your car. The best time to visit this portion of Sunset is at night when the street really comes alive. Some of the most famous clubs in the world are located on what is called the, “Sunset Strip” which starts on Fairfax and ends on Doheny. Amongst some of the more famous clubs include, “Whiskey-a-go-go”, “Viper Room”, “Key Club”, and the “Rainbow Room”. If you like live rock and roll music then you will be very happy at any of these locations. Once you pass a street by the name of Doheny, Sunset once again completely changes character.
With the bright lights past you heading west you enter into the super luxury of Beverly Hills. Multi-million dollar homes are the minimum in this neighborhood. Sunset takes a leisurely stroll through lush green lawns and portions of the city that you would never have imagined to be there. If you fancy a great meal I highly suggest stopping by the ultra-hip Polo Club inside the Beverly Hills Hotel off of Coldwater Canyon. Many celebrities stop by there and enjoy a club sandwich, so bring your cameras. Once past some of the highest property values in the country Sunset Boulevard winds itself through beautiful landscapes and twisty hills. You will eventually come across the world renowned University of California Los Angeles, otherwise known as UCLA. The school is nestled right in between Bel-Air and Beverly Hills. If you want to see what a world-class school looks like, this is the place to go. There is always something happening in this part of town which also includes Westwood Village.
Once past the UCLA campus you come across the “parking lot” that is the 405 freeway. This freeway is busy all day and I highly advise staying on Sunset and continuing west. The reward is passing through Pacific Palisades which is like Beverly Hills, but very near the Ocean. 22 miles after leaving Downtown Los Angeles Sunset Boulevard will lead you directly into the Pacific Ocean and everything that it has to offer. To the north is Malibu and the south is Santa Monica. Traveling on Sunset can take a whole day to travel through, but it shows you an amazing glimpse of Los Angeles life. Whether it be urban coffee shops, Hollywood nightlife, exquisite homes, or the beach…Sunset Boulevard will reward you with plenty of opportunities for excitement and adventure. (Henry)