Spent the day watching the racing, have caught the salt fever & I now will probably return as a competitor. These people are so friendly & this is a true "grass roots, home grown" sport. Tomorrow drive back to Sacramento as I have work to do (ok, wrecking yards to visit).
Car show season is heavy from early March until late October in Nor Cal.
In So Cal it runs all year round. I attend cruises in the LA area all through winter.
One group have been meeting at a donut shop in Huntington Beach ever Sat morning at 6 am since the late 1940's. Called "The Derelict Donuts", they are a great bunch of old rods & custom cars that always have an influx of new people attending. Last time I went, there was 2 rods that were still owned by the same guys that unwrapped their cars they had built before WW2. They still have tech stickers from Bonneville racing in the 50's & 60's on the crude roll bars installed. I will post from there next time I am down that way & able to get there.
Went to a bone yard today that had over 150 Mustangs in it. Most were 69/70 fastbacks with a smattering of 67 convertibles, 64 1/2 D code coupes. $ Boss 302's, at least 10 Cobra Jets Q & R codes. All basket cases, extreme rust, some in two pieces. The guy has a collection of over 300, did have 400. The good ones (his opinion) were not there.
Guy wants top money & will have them forever, so don't even think of asking, if they were decent prices, I would own them.
I will be back there next week so will take pics then.
Had lunch today with the hot rod boys at Morgan Hill. they meet for lunch every Wednesday & have always welcomed me. Interesting bunch, eg; 1 retired Vice President of a Ford Division, another a millionaire car collector, a Pom that has a resto shop nearby (Pebble Beach cars), an NHRA safety chief, etc. Back to the shop for the short afternoon, then off to a cruise in San Jose.
Got to love the USA, here I am sitting in a restaurant, having a steak, downloading pics & reading the forum, how does it get any better than this?????
This is a 69 that visited the shop today. Nice car, he had "ghost stripes" made which suited the car well. I apologize for the shots as it was very bright & the car was not staying long. Could not find any shade.
The car was originally Indian Fire with white upholstery, a really beautiful colour combination.
Had to add the Torino NASCAR shot. We had it outside (open headers, very loud) & I could not resist the front on shot.
I had a great day today with Andre Capella (Gessner). My friend & I went to his house to pick up some old mechanics display cabinets & came away with so much stuff it is hard to describe here.
Although Andre is now in his late 70's, he has not lost the spark when talking about the race cars he built.
He is an ex Shelby American employee from the 60's & was the man responsible for the 427 Cobra. He assembled the first one, then had all the pieces he made, copied & machined & those parts became the inventory for the complete production. He oversaw, as foreman, the complete production run of these vehicles.
Interesting chatting about the race cars & the things that went wrong over the time he was there. For all those that have read up on the Shelby years, there were many race, practice stories & other issues.
Here are some links to him, found very easy by Googling both the names he used.
Spent his early life racing bikes then cars. He showed us hundreds of trophies of his drag racing bike & car days from the mid 50's, then road racing cars through the 60's. He worked for Shelby during the early to mid 60's but was still campaigning his own car, some of that technology found its way into the 427 Cobra. He spent years gold mining in Alaska & California, so has experienced it all. Fascinating stories.
Another MG, this time an NB, of the same guy here, I have been involved with this one from the beginning. Bob has an MG TD, 2 MG TC's & the MG NB. Some of the readers here already know Bob as he flies into Sydney a couple of times a month. I will be in Hong Kong with him early November, before heading up to the factory in DongGuan.
I am in LA at the moment, attending the Pomona Swap Meet. Went to Maeco Motorsport on the way, met Jim Francis & took the pics below.
That is their stuff up to the Ford tow rig. Awesome truck & trailer.
They have the 68 Shelby that was featured in a thread here, the car that fell off the truck in Sacramento. My friend with me knows the car well as he finished it for the auction (Russo & Steele) before its mishap. Took pics but not appropriate to post here. lets just say it is in a bad way. No I did not offer to repair it, but it would have been a nice job to do!
Then went to the shipping yard (Montana Exports), met Al Montana, he is an Aussie, neat guy. Seems many Aussies use him to ship including our own Lee (foresight). Good to check out his Q code 69 before it arrived at my place.
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