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Villa Riviera. circa 1929. Long Beach, California

Situated along the shoreline of Long Beach, California, the 16-story Villa Riviera has been one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks since its completion in 1929.

Designed by architect Richard D. King, the 130-unit building, recognizable for its roof of oxidized green copper, is based on the Chateauesque architecture style, inspired by the French chateaus of the 16th century in the Loire Valley of France.

The Pacific Tower to the south of Villa Riviera sits on the site of the legendary Pacific Coast Club, which mimicked a 14th Century French castle and was torn down in 1980s to make way for the current building.

Catalina Ski Race 2021

This past weekend marked my first visit to the race in 24 years!

The thrill of watching the world’s best water skiers make the round-trip from Long Beach Harbor to Catalina Island… and back non-stop… is as exciting as ever. What a treat to see it again.

These are a few fav snaps I took at the race this year. If you’re ever in Long Beach – or Catalina Island when the annual race takes place, be sure to check it out!

Spotted in the wild: Rare Hertz/Team Hendrick Camaro

Spotted in the wild on the streets of Palm Springs: This rare Hertz/ Team Hendrick custom Camaro is one of just 224 created.

Based on the Camaro SS, the Hendrick/Hertz Camaro’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine is modified to produce 480 horsepower, thanks to #Chevrolet’s cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust system. This hot rod rental was photographed last year driving past the historic Tramway Enco gas station on the fun road out of town.