Cadillac Chase: an automobile cross section of los angeles
The cadillac chase began on a
sunday morning in West Los Angeles. As one cadillac was lost another was
picked up and followed unitll it too was lost. Photographs document the
am By a coin laundry on Westwood Blvd.
a.m. At a car wash stand at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Westwood
a.m. on a residential street in Westwood
9:50 a.m. Near Los Angeles Country Club
Photographing Cadillacs along the way, I followed
a Cadillac going east to Beverly Hills. The Cadillac went north through
rediential area of Beverly Hills, led me to Sunset Blvd. There I lost the
car. As well as in Westwood, one finds many Cadillacs in this part of Beverly
a.m. By Beverly Hills Hotel
10:15 a.m. on residential streets in Beverly Hills
a.m.Chasing another Cadillac that came out of a residential street in Beverly
Hills, led me to antigue shop district on Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood.
There I saw a few older Cadillacs.
10:45 a.m. A black Cadillac was going west on Sunset
Blvd. The car went into a residential block in Westwood and parked near
a church. It seemed that Sunday mass was just about to start.
11:55 a.m....in the parking lot of a church in
“...I have been driving this car for 11 years. How is it? It is absolutely
the most excellent car! Do you want me to be in the picture? Sure......
but I hope I do not break your camera!”
12:05 p.m.A Cadillac left the church went east
on Sunset Blvd. It entered freeway 405 south. The car disappeared from freeway
near Los Angeles Airport exit..
12:42 p.m. Near El Segundo exit, a Cadillac passed
by, heading for Imperial Freeway 105 jjunction in a high speed. Going several
miles east on 105,
the car exited at Prairie Ave and disappeared into a residential block on
112th st. The area I landed is called Inglewood, a town of black middle
class. There were many Cadillacs on the streets in Inglewood.
1:00 p.m. At a gas station on Prairie Ave.“...Which
year is my Cadillac? It is ‘88. It is an old car. By the way, what brought
you to this town? If you wanna take pictures of Cadillac, don’t you find
many of them around UCLA? I tell you, you see so many Cadillacs here, but
people often buy them even though they really can not afford. Why? Because
girls want to ride in such cars. In 60s, they liked Jaguar. Guys bought
those cars to pick uip girls. That is where the force come from.”
p.m. Another Cadillac was going north on Prairie Ave. The car entered the
parking lot of Hollywood Park, one of the largest Casino /Race track in
the region. Above the building, a jet was approaching LAX.
Back on Century Blvd.
1:30 p.m.An old model of Cadillac led me to a residential
area on Western Ave, a few blocks north from Century Blvd.
p.m. Cadillacs found on Century blvd. A Cadillac for sale. Price $625
one for $800
1:50 p.m. Following a cadillac led to east of Century
Blvd to a town called Watts.
...Customized cadillacs repainted in metallic pink,
lowered and with custom size wheels.
2:20 p.m. A Cadillac with a ladder on its roof
was going north on Crenshaw Ave. The car stopped by Rite Aid pharmacy mall
near Jefferson Blvd. In the parking lot I saw a number of Cadillacs.
finishing his ice cream in the car, the old man in the car said he is on
his way to next painting job.
“I bought this car three years ago... How is it?
It is O.K. It eats a lot of gas, though...Well, I’ve got to go to work.”
p.m. Another Cadillac in the parking lot. the owners in this part of Los
Angeles were more careful in letting their Cadillacs photographed than Westside.
Moire than half the time I was not given permit.
p.m. “...aren’t you really one of those sales people keep mailing me weard
“What is this for? Are you F.B.I.?Or Police?”
p.m. The pharmacy mall shared the parking lot with the adjacent grocery
mall. On Sunday afternoon, people were doing big grocery shopping.
“You want to take a picture of my car!? Ah... go ahead, but not my license
3:05 p.m Just south of the pharmacy there was a
bowling alley and coffee shop. There were three Cadillacs parked in front
of the building.Surprisingly,
the coffee shop in the alley was offering some authentic Japanese dishes
as well as typical diner’s menu.
p.m. From the grocery mall an old, lowered Cadillac went north on Florence
Ave. The car disappeared into an industrial neighborhood near Alameda Street.
On the corner of Avalon Blvd and Florence Ave., I saw several Cadillacs
displayed in a used car dealer’s lot.
p.m. Another Cadillac in a used car lot on South Broadway
4:07 p.m.A young couple and their daughter were
going south on Western Ave. They drove about a mile down to Jesse Owens
Community Park located on the corner of Western Ave. and Century
Blvd....the park was filled with young kids and their parents enjoying Sunday
afternoon. A sound DJ was providing dance music for them. Another jet noise
erased the music momentarily.
4:45 p.m Four women driving up Normandi they stop
a Babtist Church.
End of Journey. See maps for path of travel.
All photographs © Shinya Yamada 2001