Weird Scenes Inside the Deathstar . . .
This week, we’ve given you a peek at some of the awesome rigs you’d find around our ‘hood. Today, we thought we’d take you inside the inner sanctum of four wheeling----the former Petersen Building in L.A, a.k.a. The Wilshire Deathstar, to give you a glimpse, behind the scenes, where the Four Wheeler brain trust produces its own version of four-wheeling alchemy each month in our plush and palatial environs. (If you need to relieve yourself, the men’s room is three doors down to the right---watch out for the roaches.)
Security is air-tight at the Wilshire Proving Grounds; all visitors must provide three forms of ID, be digitally scanned for fingerprints, and sign an affidavit swearing not to abandon any more non-working project rigs in our parking lot-cum-junkyard.
Lushly landscaped after the style of an English country garden, the grounds surrounding our offices look just like what you’d expect from someone who’s never spent any time in an actual English garden.
Modeled after the famed Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, the stately Hall of Elevators in the lobby is the first architectural marvel to greet visitors at the Wilshire Design Center.
It’s too small by half, dimly lit, utterly dissheveled, and reeking of 45 year’s worth of musty and mildewed magazines---it could only be the Bossman’s office. Hey, he’s the boss---you didn’t expect him to be organized, did you?
Tech Editor Holman’s workspace is filled with all manner of technical minutiae---log books, shop manuals, and page after page of vehicle specs. Note the examples of vehicular roadkill on the wall.
Feature Editor Stover has the office with the most space, the most available amibent light, and the best unbroken view of the Hollywood hills. Naturally, he seldom works here.
From the land where corn is king, the Four Wheeler Midwest Bureau is no-nonsense and strictly business---not unlike Senior Editor Brubaker, who mans it. Funny how none of our editors seem to be actually working in their offices today . . . hmmmmmm.