2012 Subaru Impreza: The Road from Cars Land
August 09, 2012
As Mark noted, we had a fun assignment Wednesday: In-depth reporting on Cars Land from our perspective as the Car People. For the drive home, I skipped the freeways and took the Impreza along Katella Avenue -- a 13-mile trip from Anaheim to Long Beach.
I grew up in Southern California and we went to Disneyland at least a couple times a year for most of my childhood. We always took Katella, a straight-as-an-arrow street that's known as Willow Street in Long Beach and runs through five Orange County towns before it deposits you at Harbor Boulevard and the Disney properties. In those days, you saw burgeoning suburban developments and plenty of orange groves on the way to the Magic Kingdom.
The orange groves, of course, are long gone. Instead, there are minimalls, maxi-malls and corporate office parks. In the city of Cypress, Katella Avenue is home to both Mitsubishi Motors North America and Yamaha Motor Corporation USA.
Orange County was a white-bread kind of place when I was a kid. There is a wider array of cultural influences along the street now. If you get tired of all-American Wienerschnitzel dogs and Pittsburgh Broasted Chicken, you can have falafel at Ararat Armenian restaurant and pupusas at El Carbonero No. 2.
The Los Alamitos Rack Track is another Katella Avenue landmark, and across the street from it is this motel, with its cool vintage sign. I took the Impreza into the carport for a picture, but since I didn't check in, there was no chance to enjoy the pool. The Impreza's icy air conditioning made up for it.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @4,663 miles