• Sep 7, 2009
We already heard about the bike and car mecca Hidden Springs Cafe burning down, and now it looks like another Los Angeles auto treasure has succumbed to the flames. Years ago, when the then new Shelby GT500 came out, we pounded up about half of Angeles Crest's 66 miles before stopping to take photos. Despite that uber-Stang's propensity to get a bit squirrelly when the going got rough, the glass-smooth Angeles Crest pavement proved to be an ideal place to test out man vs. snake. While our shutter was snapping away, a tow truck pulled up and the driver got out to ogle the Shelby.
"How many accidents do you get up here a day?" we asked, knowing that before they repaved and smoothed Angeles Crest Highway it held the infamous title of most dangerous road in California. "Ten" he responded, his head examining the chemistry set lurking in front of the GT500's 5.4-liter supercharged mill. "How many of those involve motorcycles?" we asked, remembering a grade school friend losing both her bike-riding parents to Angeles Crest. "Ten" he said.

Looks like our tow trucker friend is going to have some time off. Due to the Station Fire, more than 40 miles have been closed "indefinitely" due to "burned off road stripping and destroyed guard rails and signage." As far as the pavement goes, it's "largely intact" but CalTrans has no idea how long before everything else gets patched up. Also of note to LA area drivers and riders – looks like the fire hit both Big and Little Tujunga Canyons. Its going to be a dull autumn.

[Source: Los Angeles Times | Image: Kevork Djansezian/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Just imagine the impact on California's budget this year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, a very dull autumn. But a very exciting winter--when the rains begin and the mudslides begin to cover the entire roadway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can always hit up the Malibu Area. Topanga, Tuna, Las Flores, Decker, etc...
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least it'll mean an awesome wildflower spring come next year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah, that is what to write about, be upset about. loss of use of a highway, the important stuff.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's always the whole Azusa / Baldy area, too... Road up to Crystal Lake's supposed to be back open eventually...
      • 5 Years Ago
      After the fires. I'd call it the Angeles Crust Highway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Angeles Crisp Highway would be more...appropriate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Zing!
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well seeing as California spent itself into oblivion I think the answer for the foreseeable future is a resounding NEVER. Either that or they'll pay with IOU's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        No problem, while you wait you can go enjoy some of the twisties in Florida or Nebraska.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        what twisties in Florida?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Highway to Hell!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      suffer a little for allowing Bush and other presidents spend so much on wars instead of PREVENTION or EDUCATION that is much needed in USA
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