Automobiles

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On her run this morning, Menlo Park resident Robin Tobias spotted this car on Burns Avenue near Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton. She emailed: “It was painted on the inside too! Wish I knew who the Jackson Pollock protege is!”

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What is that truck doing on the ground? Menlo Fire Captain Seth Johnson explains

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We were on assignment with InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles when we came upon an astonishing — and puzzling — sight. Parked in the driveway of the new fire station on Oak Grove Avenue was an old Chevy truck whose chassis was completely touching the ground. We’d seen “low riders,” but this was taking it […]

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Spotted: Batmobile in downtown Menlo Park

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InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles stumbled upon this Batmobile Saturday in downtown Menlo Park on Santa Cruz Ave near El Camino. She assembled her favorite shots in one image. Does anyone know what the Batmobile was doing in town? And who owns it?

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New traffic/automobile laws to be mindful of in 2017

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The Atherton Police Department reminds people that a number of new state laws went into effect on January 1. Among them: Hands Free While Driving Californians are no longer allowed to use a handheld wireless phone or wireless electronic device while driving, unless the device is mounted on the vehicle windshield or dashboard in a way […]

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Renato Iwersen talks cars – and morphing emotions and video

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We first encountered Renato Iwersen in downtown Menlo Park. It was the automobile that he was standing next to that got our attention — a 1947 Chrysler Windsor. We wanted to know more, both about the car and his Menlo Park-based startup, Cynny Inc. Renato acknowledged that he’s always been into old cars. “I’ve had the Chrysler […]

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M-A grad Dick Burns recounts career in food, restaurants, wine and cars

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Dick Burns grew up on Middle Avenue in Menlo Park in a house built in the 1940s. Born in Argentina, he came with his family to the Bay Area when his father, who was in his 60s when Dick was born, retired. “I spoke Spanish before English, and the kids would chase me around Fremont […]

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Spotted: Dad’s Day dream car in downtown Menlo Park

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Our hope is that a happy Dad is driving this vintage ’56 Corvette around downtown Menlo Park with a happy kid in the passenger seat.

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Betsy Sergeant Snow travels to Cuba with cameras in hand – and “oh those cars!”

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M-A digital arts teacher Betsy Sergeant Snow, currently on sabbatical, thought she’d travel to Cuba to photograph windows. And she did, a bit. But what filled more frames was the country’s famous old cars — the topic of this post — and the wonderful faces of the Cuban people (to come at a later time). Betsy was in […]

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Another automobile lands in the channel along Marsh Road resulting in partial road closure on Aug. 26

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Monday night (Aug. 24) at approximately 11:30 p.m., a vehicle went into the Marsh Road channel near Middlefield taking out about 200 feet of fence. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Stanford Hospital ER for medical treatment. There was a passenger in the vehicle that escaped without injuries. Captain Seth Johnson and other firefighters […]

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Artist James Caldwell paints portraits of automobiles

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By artist James Caldwell’s own admission, “Cars are my thing. It’s hard to say when my obsession started,” he explains, standing amidst a studio jam-packed with portraits of automobiles. “Painting cars is fascinating to me. Reflective objects are some of the hardest to capture.” James, who grew up in Woodside and now lives in Menlo Park, has […]

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Classic car auto show at M-A today through 2:00 pm – and it’s free!

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We stopped by the Menlo-Atherton High School campus this morning where the America’s Pastime Car Show is running today through 2:00 pm. Admission is free. A fundraiser for the school’s baseball team (the frosh-soph team is pictured below), there’s a raffle and BBQ lunch as well as the chance to see some great classic automobiles, hot […]

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