Archive for March, 2012

Parnelli Jones to Serve as Ford-Cobra-Shelby-Reunion Grand Marshall in Pomona on April 21st

Friday, March 30th, 2012

On Saturday, April 21, legendary racer and Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion (FCSR) Grand Marshal Parnelli Jones will be joined by a stellar group of contemporaries on the panel discussion as part of the FCSR festivities at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California.

Parnelli Jones wins the Riverside L.A. Times Grand Prix in Nov. 1964 in this King Cobra. During the FCS Reunion, a rare King Cobra will be on display.

Parnelli Jones wins the Riverside L.A. Times Grand Prix in Nov. 1964 in this King Cobra. During the FCS Reunion, a rare King Cobra will be on display.

“We have a great line up of racing celebrities for our FCSR Panel Discussion,” said Event Director Tony Thacker. “Grand Marshal Parnelli Jones will be joined by Bob Bondurant, Pete Brock, Jerry Grant, Sherry MacDonald and John Morton—all of whom played an important role in the birth of the Cobra legend.”

“Also in the room for the panel discussion will be many former employees of Shelby American who will no doubt add some spice to the proceedings,” concluded Thacker.

The Panel Discussion is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Hall of Champions inside the NHRA Motorsports Museum. The cost is just $20.

Scheduled for April 21, the Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion is an event for all Cobras, Ford and Ford-powered vehicles, including GT40s and Ford GTs as well as all Shelby vehicles.

Southern California’s 39th Annual Summer Pro League, presented by and1

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The Summer Pro League announced that presenting sponsor “and1 basketball company” has joined the team.
Southern California Summer Pro League presented by and1
The Summer Pro League has had some very enticing sponsorship positions available, and as the league takes shape for July 2012, one of the best places has been taken.

There are still sponsorship positions available, but And1 has definitely capitalized on a great opportunity.

And1 is a phenomenal business that has recently gone through reinvention. It’s hard to imagine a better way for a company to display its products than to the up-and-coming basketball stars of next year through a partnership with Summer Pro League.

And1, welcome to the team! 3/21 Launches as The Best Place to Learn About Coin Deals Online

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Today, Rusty Scropper, proprietor and Numismatist behind launched his new site as a resource for coin collectors on a budget. - The Best Place to Learn About Coin Deals Online
“Eventually, I’d like to run some coin auctions on the site, but for the mean time we’ve got to build traffic.” Rusty’s solution to growing the site is to start with a fantastic grouping of resources for coin collectors. He’s also added a forums section where he’ll scour the Internet for good coin deals and auctions. “I want collectors to associate with great deals for coins on the Internet, as that is after all the whole idea.”

In the Numismatic Learning Center, Rusty’s written introductory articles about grading and valuing coins, along with some of the other things that should be of concern to collectors. In the Forums, there are current listings of coin deals he’s found, and the Coin Auction listing is probably the most complete listing of Internet Auctions selling coins anywhere online. Rusty and have no affiliations with any other dealers or auction houses, so these listings are the best he can find.

Rusty will be updating CoinSniper’s facebook page with Numismatic News in an attempt to spur discussion. He’s tweeting away at @CoinSniper also, sharing deals and news for collectors to find.

Congrats on a fantastic site, Rusty! We hope you can start selling coins profitably soon!

Roni Feldman –
Another Excellent Exhibition

Friday, March 16th, 2012

In the past, the GARBOUSHIAN has had the privilege of hosting Roni Feldman’s work, but this time the entire gallery is dedicated to the latest from the monochromatic master.

Roni Feldman at GARBOUSHIAN Gallery from March 23 - April 28, 2012

The works are not simply black and white, but are reflective in a way that draws the viewer in, enchants them, and entices them to keep searching.

Works of incredible detail, Feldman’s paintings feature many layers of paint creating many layers of social interrogative.

GARBOUSHIAN‘s opening reception happens Friday, March 23rd at 7pm.

IBL partners with legendary Summer Pro League

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

From the IBL:The Southern California Summer Pro League Partners with the International Basketball League

Vancouver, Wash.: The International Basketball League is excited to announce a new partnership with the prestigious Southern California Summer Pro League (SPL) for the 2012 season.

Summer Pro LeagueThe Southern California Summer Pro League (SPL) was originally founded in 1970 and is entering its 39th year as a premier showcase for some of basketball’s greatest teams and players during the summer. The league gives both raw and experienced players an opportunity to maintain and develop their skills with competitive play. Every NBA team has participated in the SPL as some point during its illustrious history, and over 800 current and former NBA players have competed in the league.

The IBL-SPL partnership means the two leagues will work together, collaborate and align with strategic partners as they continue to provide a platform for undiscovered talent. IBL All-Star and international teams will participate in the SPL this summer, with both sides sharing the opportunities they provide with each other’s audience.

“The IBL is very proud to announce an exclusive partnership between our two leagues as we both enable opportunities for undiscovered players to shine and keep developing their game in front of the best teams, agents and scouts in professional basketball, internationally. With our shared vision the synergies and opportunities will continue as we look forward to the 39th annual SPL season, where the IBL All-Star team and Japan team will compete this July,” IBL Commissioner Graf shared.

Summer Pro League Owner and CEO John Younesi shares the Commissioner’s optimism, stating “The SPL is proud to partner with the IBL in an effort to provide the best venue for accomplished basketball players to showcase their skills. The SPL has played host to basketball players from more than 60 countries. In some instances, some of the greatest foreign players made their debut in the Summer League. The IBL has been a mainstay in the realm of International and domestic basketball. Together, I believe the SPL and the IBL will make a dynamic team that will help develop and launch the careers of many basketball players with lofty dreams.”

“We look forward to a long and auspicious association, one that will make a difference in the global world of basketball,” Younesi concluded.

The 2012 SPL season will run from July 15-30, with games taking place at the Roybal Center in Los Angeles.

About International Basketball League (IBL)
The International Basketball League (IBL) is a professional sports association based in Vancouver, Wash., that engages high level basketball talent. The league is dedicated to fostering international basketball talent and focuses on providing family friendly events as well as helping players find positions in international leagues such as the BJ League, Basketball Bundesliga (BBL), and the Portuguese Basketball League (LCB). The IBL is in its eighth year of operation with teams across the United States and Canada. To learn more about the International Basketball League visit:

About the Summer Pro League (SPL)
The Southern California Summer Pro League (SPL) is entering its 39th year as the premier summer showcase for basketball’s greatest teams and showmen. The League is the summer stage where undiscovered players perform. It is the medium through which both raw and experienced basketball talent can maintain and hone their skills through competitive league play. Every NBA team has participated in the SPL throughout its unprecedented history and it has served as a launching pad for many great NBA careers. Over 800 current and former NBA players have participated in the League. No basketball organization in the world possesses the quality and diversity of great competitors that the League has enjoyed for over three decades.


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If You Need Frontage on Hawthorne, Talk to Sheri Messerlian

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Commercial Real Estate Agent Sheri Messerlian is a Senior Vice President at NIA Capital and a member of the Company’s Elite Platinum Club. She also has 32,000 sqft available on Hawthorne Boulevard, in Torrance, CA – if you’re interested.

Sheri currently has about 100,000 sqft for sale around the South Bay, and about 75,000 sqft for lease.Sheri Messerlian offers the Thomas International Building - 32,000 sqft with huge frontage on Hawthorne Boulevard Torrance Recently, she’s leased over 62,000 feet and sold close to 40,000 sqft.

Among the more impressive properties that Sheri is brokering is 32,000 sqft of frontage on Hawthorne Boulevard near the intersection with Sepulveda. It’s a large retail space with a loading dock and more than ample parking. If you need something smaller, she’s leased spaces as small as 175 feet all the way up to the tens of thousands, and everything in between.

Perhaps the most impressive tell of her book is the demographics and the frontage she offers. She’s got a huge variety on offer for every budget.

So if you’re looking for a new office, or if you have a hot business plan for a great restaurant, or if you’re looking to open a large retail chain, talk to Sheri Messerlian. If somehow she doesn’t have exactly what you’re looking for, she’ll get you pointed in the right direction with her over 30 years of industry contacts.

Congrats on bringing your site up to date, Sheri!

Checkered Past Racing Announces Ambitious Schedule for 2012

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Chris Locke of Checkered Past Racing has informed fans through his website,, that this year’s racing schedule will be nearly as ambitious as the Professional Formula One calendar, giving fans of the awesome Lotus 76 the opportunity to see the car in person from the middle of March at Laguna Seca all the way until the end of November at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX if the US Grand Prix is to happen there this year.

Fans of the Lotus 76 should be able to see the car… not in person, but greatly enlarged… sometime next year.

Chris’ stable of Loti now has an interloper in the form of a Formula 2 Chevron B39. Chris allowed the car to be campaigned last year its original driver Indycar racer Lyn St. James to the great delight of racing fans everywhere. Chris intends to use the car himself this year, not to the great delight of Lyn St. James. She may get another go if Chris gets too busy with his 76, or with Classic Team Lotus’ incredible Lotus 79.

A few highlights of the schedule include the normal races in Monterey and Napa, but also Monaco (pending acceptance), Portland, Limerock, both Goodwoods, and as mentioned before, perhaps the United States Grand Prix, if that event comes to pass.

We wish Chris luck in 2012!