Ravi Ghataode and His Gold Star Auto Sound Allegedly Sells Bogus Auto-Performance Device

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gforcechips.com
Prosecutors say this is a bogus device.
The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) last week detailed its allegations against an Irvine company that supposedly hawked a "bogus" auto-performance device, but an attorney for the accused vehemently denied the charges.

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10 Worst Orange County Roadways, Mostly According to OC Weekly Staffers

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OCTA
A welcome sight coming back from LA.
Others use official crash statistics to come up with Orange County's most dangerous roads, but we here at the Weekly are relying on our own lying eyes to single out streets, roads, highways and freeways where we have (hopefully) avoided near-death experiences.

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Cars and Coffee Became America's Most Famous Auto Meet-up--And That Is Why It's Now Gone

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Bruce Benedict

It's a few hours before dawn on Dec. 20--a Saturday--and the 405 and 5 freeways around Irvine are slammed. Porsches and Lamborghinis and other exotic cars are clipping along, some at speeds and RPMs normally reserved for a racetrack, until they hit the gridlock, all headed toward the same Alton Parkway, Irvine Center Drive and 133 exits lit up red on Waze and Google Maps.

As the clock clicks closer to 7 a.m., the traffic gets heavier, briefly forming a solid row of cars stretching to a large parking lot just north of the El Toro Y that's shared by Ford's California design team and Mazda's corporate offices. As the cars idle while waiting to get in, their engines produce a symphony of roars, purrs, putters, growls and zooms. These are special cars--restored bombs, gleaming land yachts, Italian sports coupes, Asian imports, Beamers, school projects, a military troop carrier, a collection of Volkswagen buses and beetles, and dozens of other pretties for weekend warriors to gawk at and praise.

They all eventually pull single file into the Ford/Mazda lot, slowly crawling as the drivers follow signs and volunteers to empty spots. Drivers and passengers--older white men wearing bomber jackets; wealthy foreign-born Asians, Asian Americans and Middle Eastern men; and a handful of women, children and dogs--get out of their cars and start to wander, walking the lot and literally kicking the tires of the cars that have gathered.

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Bad Walking, Bicycling and Motorcycling Gets Police Attention in Corona del Mar SATURDAY

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Photo by flickr user Adam Baker
Nothing to see here, officer.
Special patrols aimed at impaired drivers are common in Orange County (especially this weekend), but operations that target pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists? That is who the Newport Beach Police Department is concentrating on Saturday, at least along East Coast Highway east of Macarthur Boulevard in Corona del Mar.


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A Formula Style Street Legal One Seater Electric or Hybrid Kit Car ... with a New Name: Update

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Predator's Ltd. Egoista Motors
Pre-orders for Predator's PC010 ST Egoista's EM01 Stradale are available for as low as $10,000.
UPDATE, DEC. 9, 2:59 P.M.: The Italian company taking pre-orders on a street-legal, formula-style, one-seat, electric or hybrid kit car have already changed the name of the company and the car. (See the letter on the next page.)


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Newport Beach Police Scope Out Bicyclists, Motorcyclists and Pedestrians (Oh My!)

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Super Streetbike Magazine
Probably not the one doling out punishment.
The Newport Beach Police Department is targeting bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians Sunday--that is, BAD bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

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Knott's Berry Farm Will Have Guests Saving the Park via 4-D Attraction Voyage to the Iron Reef

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Triotech
But I was looking for Camp Snoopy.
Knott's Berry Farm announced plans Thursday for a new interactive 4-D attraction for 2015 that has guests saving the theme park from mysterious creatures emerging from the seas beneath the Boardwalk. Which must mean the Big One or a killer tsunami just hit because I'm next to positive the seas didn't used to extend to Buena Park.

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Orange County Boasts Best Roads in California

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Wikipedia Commons
Sorry, gotta bounce.

The roads around the former Weekly world headquarters not withstanding, Orange County has the best roads in California. That's not fair: I have not been back to that area of Santa Ana in a couple months, when I had a hankering for a taco off the truck that parks on Sycamore Street. But then and the whole five years or whatever it was our offices were near there, the crack-, crevice- and pothole-filled surface streets jarred many a front-end alignment. Lowriders didn't need hydraulics to bounce!

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Activists Want Knott's Scary Farm to Scrap Dia de los Muertos-Themed "Scare Zone"

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EDM + Día de los Muertos = SCARY!

What's scarier than scurrying cockroaches closing Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant for a day? For petitioning activists, the answer is Knott's Scary Farm's Día de los Muertos-inspired "Fiesta de los Muertos" scare zone!

"I hope you join me in asking Knott's Scary Farm to discontinue this sacred holiday as a theme," writes Hesperia resident Armando Cruz Velasco on Change.org. "Please sign this petition with me, letting Knott's know that, until they change once and for all this 'Scare Zone' to something less culturally insensitive and offensive, you will not/no longer be a patron--and will encourage others to do the same."

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Dozens of Electric Cars You Can Drive Zap Into Surf City for Saturday's EV Fest

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Photo by Matt Coker/OC Weekly
This Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE is lonely no more as many more electric car models come to Surf City.

I suddenly find myself in the market for a car again, which means I will again want an electric car to offset the large carbon footprint I created by driving a Caddy Eldo convertible for years. My quest takes me Saturday morning to Huntington Beach, a one-stop shopping destination for different models of electric vehicles (or EVs, as the cool kids call them).

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