Skip to main content
The largest online newspaper archive

Independent from Long Beach, California • 38

Long Beach, California
Issue Date:
Extracted Article Text (OCR)

Lena Sesch, Call a Sunder, October 1908 MOTORLOG OCoTILLO LODGE F-85 AT OCOTILLO Eddie Davidson, manager his first look at resort grounds. LODGE of luxurious Ocotillo Oldsmobile's new small. car, the Lodge in Palm Springs, gets F-85, as tour car enters F-85 Oldsmobile Tours Desert By ART STEPHAN we were at our Auto Editor the famed Palm Springs-104 Every year at the first rustle of autumn, our feath- home. ered friends put their wings in gear and gracefully soar Southward. Well, liking to think we flock of geese, last weekend heading south to the fabulous Springs.

And, our "wings" on this Motorlog was a new name on the nation's automotive roster Oldsmobile's smart small car--the F-85, a newcomer to the Olds line which took us to the desert resort in comfort and class. It seemed only fitting that we use a member of the Olds family for our first trip in a '61 car, for it was back in January 18, 1958, that we did the very first Motorlog for the paper and the car used was a new 1958 Oldsmobile from C. Standlee Martin and our destination then Palm Springs. But times and names have changed" and now it was OLDS AT DESERT INN F-85 leaves palatial grounds of Palm Springs famed Desert Inn. the F-85 will be heard from sales-wise in the year ahead.

Getting back to our weekend home. Broadly speaking, there are two types of accommodations in Palm Springs. There's the ultramodern motel with its plush furniture, built-in radio and TV, swimming pool a few feet from the door overly luxurious. Then there's a few places left with extra-large, comfortably furnished rooms, acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and an overall setting of peaceful charm. Such a place is the Desert Inn, the 51-year-old hostelry right in the heart of the city, which was our two-day home: Started in 1909 by Nellie Coffman on a two- site she purchased for $2,500, the little city of tents grew into the famed Desert Inn which just recently sold for 000.

And if you want to enjoy the historic charm of the famous spa, better do it this winter as the Desert Inn is to be torn down next year to be replaced by a new luxury hotel and shopping center. So what do you do on a Palm Springs weekend? Well, here's the way it went for our Motorlog party of two -the missus and me. First, it was time for lunch so we pointed our smart F-85 to the plush Ocotillo Lodge on Palm Canyon Drive, a few miles east of town. Having sampled their culinary wares on our previous trip, we knew this was THE place to dine. Over a tasty lunch (white meat chicken sandwich, $1.25 -chef's salad, $1.50) we re: newed our acquaintance with 263-genial manager Eddie Davidson who told us the Ocotillo lti its have as many brains as a found us doing likewisedesert climate of Palm youthful, aggressive, Dick Browning, new owner of the 1227 Long Beach Blvd.

Olds agency, who put is in the powder blue F-85 four-door for our enjoyable desert jaunt. Leaving town at 9:15 Saturday morning it was an easy two-hour and 20-minute drive. Leaving our Naples home via 101 through Seal Beach to the Net Depot, we left-turned onto Blvd. to Highway 39. Then left again to Carson, or Lincoln as it's known here, on to Magnolia, then left to the Riverside Freeway and it was clear sailing.

Corona, Riverside, Beaumont and Banning dropped behind us and soon A hundred-mile drive is a nice distance to get the feel of a car. Sure, all new models seem to perform nicely but the Olds F-85 seemed like a little jewel. The Olds ads say, "The F-85, Every Inch an Oldsmobile," and the car is unmistakably just that. Not too big, not to small, the car seemed to have all the class of its big brother. It had plenty of hustle when I asked for it--provided by that 155- hp V-8 aluminum engine had good, solid brakes and a very comfortable ride.

Even without power steering, the F-85 handled with extreme ease, undoubtedly due to 1500 pounds than the bigger car. And, as to mileage, a speedometer check when we returned to. the Browning agency showed a good 20.1 miles per gallon on the mile round trip. I'd venture Hot New Number in the Low-Price Field -F-85 NICE PERFORMER and Every Inch an OLDSMOBILE! This is Oldsmobile's entry in the Low Price Field. Check it for beauty Check it for comfort check it for ease of handling check it for low cost field see check and it drive for low the price.

and. check our easy terms. Before you buy any car in the low price F-85 STATION WAGONS, TOO FAMILY SIZE! Four big doors and room for six in either Sedan or Wagon. Wide seats, stretch-out leg-room and ample height for hats! Sedan packs over 25 cu. ft.

of luggage wagon, holds over 73 cu. ft. DRIVE THEM AT desert retreat Desert Inn at miles from One of the few that still thinks of you 1227 LONG BEACH BIVD. In LONG BEACH HE 696-21 or 696-24 DICK BROWNING OLDSMOBILE- (desert flower) Lodge is now owned by the Doric the same firm which just completed the 6-story Doric Capri Hotel at the foot of Atlantic Avenue here in Long Beach. This is the company which is planning the future development on the present Desert Inn site, we learned.

BEAUTIFUL SETTING Dining in the Ocotillo's Candlewood Room is like dining poolside only indoors. The huge, hourglass-shaped pool comes almost to the edge, of the dining room windows and it's a most pleasing effect as you munch a leisurely lunch. A lot of sun-seekers were lying poolside as we ate and Davidson explained most of them were on the White House staff or members of Eisenhower's press group. Ike was in Palm Springs this weekend but was staying at a private residence and his 3 poor staff had to put up with the plebian accommodations of the Ocotillo Lodge. Tough duty.

After our late lunch it was back to our own Desert Inn with its big pool where we read, lounged and dozed in the Then at balmy dusk 85-degree heat. a stroll along Palm Desert Drive was in order. to window-shop the many exclusive stores. Although we did have a little informal two-person cocktail party and open house before we left, Ike never did show up at our suite. Do you suppose he peeked through the window and thought my boutonierre was a Kennedy button? It was 7:30 now and once more our thoughts turned to DICK BROWNING This Sparkling $2384 PAYMENTS AS $49 PER MONTH For These Prices and Terms AN OLDSMOBILE! MOUNTAIN- SIDE VIEW OF PALM SPRINGS Motorlog party member gets unique view of Palm Springs from mountain terrace on the south side of the city.

In foreground is O'Donnell Golf Course while to far right is grounds of Desert Inn. that wonderful' Ocotillo food. So back in our spritely little F-85 to the Candle wood Room's soft lights and sweet music. There is a very talented musician playing in the lounge and as you sip an excellent drink and listen to his piano meanderings, Monday morning seems far away. dinner menu at the Ocotillo Lodge offers an array of epicurean delights and, while the prices would not be called modest, the food, the preparation and the service are of the very best.

DESERT NIGHT By now it was 10:30 and although there's plenty of night life in the Springs, our choice was a return to the Desert Inn and a half hour of do-nothing relaxation in one of the many garden swings that dot the grounds of the Inn. It was a beautiful, balmy desert night but as we chatted away a big meandering cloud passed over, a soft rain fell in huge drops for a matter of minutes, then it was over and the stars sparkled in the sky again. It was like Ma Nature saying, "Sure, I'll give you the desert, the At DICK BROWNING OLDSMOBILE Can Put New F-85 Plus Destination Charge LOW AS Unusually You Can Be and sky to enjoy, Unlike the birds, we could don't forget who's boss, and only stay a weekend while here's just a little reminder." those no-goods spend the Morning found us rising whole winter in the south. late, then cruising up a little Oh, well. It was a pleasant.

used mountain road in back change and a chance to drive of the Desert Inn for some one of America's sure-to-be Motorlog photos. A brunch at success cars the F-85. the Ocotillo and then an Thanks, Dick Browning, we Thelearly afternoon ride home. enjoyed the ride. DINING IN CANDLEWOOD ROOM Mountain backdrop and huge pool provide unique desert mural for diners in Ocotillo Lodge's famed Candlewood Room.

price. NOW 12,000 Mile Warranty on All OLDSMOBILES1 And You in FOR AS LITTLE AS WITH Remember Small DRIVING FINAL CLEARANCE 1960 OLDSMOBILES Demonstrators, Executive Cars and a Few Brand New Models AT TO DISCOUNTS $118719 And. Every Car Carries a Complete New Car Dealer Warranty- FOR ONE LOW. DRIVE AS AS HOME $199 DOWN ONLY 13 LEFT! SEE THEM NOWI.

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 300+ newspapers from the 1700's - 2000's
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

About Independent Archive

Pages Available:
Years Available: