America’s automotive passion is proving as relentless and innovative as its technological initiative, as evidenced by the transformation of the traditional Father’s Day Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance into the inaugural Beverly Hills Tour d’Elegance yesterday, June 20.
By turning the usual static display of automotive treasures into a moving display of automotive art, the integrity of the Father’s Day tradition was maintained with a view to returning to the Rodeo Drive Concours in 2022.
“The Tour allowed us to find a socially distanced alternative to the much-loved Concours and reconnect with the community after an incredibly trying year, all while supporting our local first responders,” said event founder Bruce Meyer.
The parade began at the Petersen Automotive Museum, traveling up Wilshire Boulevard, through Beverly Hills, up Beverly Drive to the Beverly Hills Hotel and down Rodeo Drive.
The special event benefited both the Beverly Hills Police Officers Association and the Beverly Hills Firefighters’ Association, non-profit charities that provide assistance to first responders injured in the line of duty, maintain scholarship funds for their children and provide other support.
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100copies New Bicycle Art Print #48 – Journey To Zen
Sometimes, taking our bike out for a ride brings us on an inward journey. Almost like a form of Zen meditation, the noise fades, our mind clears, and all we are focused on is the path before us. The longer and further we go, the more we learn about ourselves and the nature of our mind.
In these uncertain times, cycling has helped many reduce stress and anxiety, and even regain a sense of clarity. There’s much to be gained, so keep calm, and keep riding.
This artwork is inspired by Japanese Zen gardens. Its fluid strokes are created with a bold rake brush to simulate the continuous lines or samon (砂紋) in the gravel, and represent the journey each rider takes.
Sheet size: 500mm X 700mm
Print Quality: Offset Lithographic Printing using spot Pantone Black. Printed on 250gsm Tangerine White Paper. Suitable for archival use.
Princeton CarbonWorks PEAK 4550 A New Milestone in Performance Cycling Wheels Exceptional Handling. Ultra Lightweight. King of the Mountain.
Princeton CarbonWorks announces their all new PEAK 4550, developed in conjunction with the top cyclists in the world; a lighter, stiffer, stronger, and more aerodynamic solution directly targeted at world tour and grand tour racing.
Available in every configuration, (tubular, tubeless ready clincher, rim and disk brake) the PEAK 4550 set weighs as little as 1071g in tubular rim brake guise, with standard tubeless ready clincher versions weighing 1297g for rim brake and 1348g for disc brake.
Development priorities were to create an all-around race ready wheel with exceptional aerodynamic characteristics and the strength and stiffness to transfer high wattages to the ground. The performance characteristics of grand tour riding are perhaps the most difficult to synthesize in a single wheelset. Riders need a wheelset that is light and responsive for the climbs. On the descents, they need predictable and sharp handing. In the valleys, the wheelset needs to be aerodynamic and impervious to crosswinds. And above all of that, the wheels need to hold up to thousands of kilometers of full gas racing.
PCW’s standard non-drilled tire bed facilitates a stiffer outer rim and transfers some material away from the tire bed to other critical areas in the wheel, helping to keep wheel weight low while maintaining high stiffness values.
A limited Launch Edition will be available starting June 26th; standard black graphics and custom options and hub choices will become available later in 2021.
I know we are in a pandemic. So, let’s teach a child how to ride a bike! You can do it safely at or near your home with nobody around.
Bike riding is important, too, a veritable rite of passage for children and parents alike. The child moves light years ahead in mobility and independence. The parent no longer has to push the child around in a stroller or drag or coax them as they amble along. Instead, parent and child can now ride together as equals, side by side, and for long distances in a reasonable amount of time.
And to top it off, you can teach them in about 15 minutes with this method.
The old-fashioned method
Here is what bike-riding teachers have done for time immemorial: Get the child up on the seat of the two-wheeler, his or her hands on the handlebars, feet on the pedals, and then you hold onto the seat so the child doesn’t tip over immediately. Then you walk alongside while telling the child to turn the handlebars a little left and right to keep the bike upright and going straight.
At some point you take the leap of faith, give the bike a little push, let go of the seat and holler at the child to pedal and steer, somehow thinking that divine intervention will keep the kid upright. Of course, God does not intervene, and the poor child falls over and gets skinned up and cries.
So, what do you do but try again with the same method? You give the child another push and pick the boy or girl up crying again, and you do it repeatedly maybe over a period of days.
What really goes into riding a bike
The essential element of bike riding is balance. Therefore, balance should be taught first before ever thinking of feet on the pedals and pedaling.
To teach balance, find an extended, gradual downward slope, I mean, just a little more than being flat. It could be your driveway, a nearby parking lot or even a fairway on a golf course with nobody around in the evening and the grass cut short enough that the bike can roll through without pedaling. The main thing is to reduce the fear of going too fast or of falling.
Now, put the seat down all the way and have the child sit on the bike with his or her feet touching the ground on both sides of the bike. The instruction, then, to the child is as follows: “Give the bike a little push with both feet and see how far you can go with your feet off the ground. If you start to fall to one side or the other, just put your foot down momentarily to catch yourself, and then go back to trying to keep both feet off the ground.”
With the assurance that they can always put their feet down to catch themselves, they can try coasting without fear of
As one of the city’s largest and most iconic annual events, the Houston Art Car Parade has celebrated the artist in everyone for each of the past 33 years, showcasing hundreds of mobile masterpieces designed and created by a vast array of trained and untrained artists, student groups, non-profit organizations, and anyone with a spark of creativity and “the drive to create.” It has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to Art Car artists and artist teams and has become an important and inspiring art program for many schools across the Greater Houston area.
Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, and the restrictions currently in place by the City of Houston and Harris County regarding public events, the Board of Directors of the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art has decided to cancel the 2020 Houston Art Car Parade. This will include all events associated with Houston Art Car Parade Weekend scheduled to take place April 16-19, including the Main Street Drag, the Sneak Peek at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, The Legendary Art Car Ball, The VIPit Experience, and the Houston Art Car Parade Awards Ceremony.
A statement from Orange Show Founder & Chairman Marilyn Oshman:
“While cancelling this year’s events was a difficult decision, we remain absolutely committed to supporting and highlighting this unique and exciting form of art. To that end, plans are already underway for a city-wide Art Car Festival to take place this summer, featuring many of the incredible Art Cars that would have participated in this year’s parade.”
The event’s date and location will be announced in the near future, and information will be found at www.thehoustonartcarparade.com.
We wish to thank those patrons who have purchased tickets to any of the events that will be cancelled. Ticket holders can expect to hear from the Orange Show soon regarding their purchases.
Houston Art Car Parade Weekend Cancellation Information