OORAH! For an old Marine like me it's a great day. The 243rd birthday of the Corps.
On this brisk morning I headed South with my Old "Nasty Boy", but it wasn't brisk for long, as soon as that Chevy V-8 warmed up on the 405. It was a nice, fast ride to San Clemente Cars and Coffee show at the Outlet Mall. I went there to meet my nephew Cameron from Carlsbad for breakfast at Ruby's Diner and to deliver some front grill parts he needed for his 1949 Dodge Pick Up. I built this pick up a few years ago for Cameron as a gift. We had made an agreement about two years into his studies at UC Santa Cruz, that if he maintained and graduated with a 4.0 average, I would build him a Dodge pickup. So I was very happy to honor the agreement and so is he!
We had a nice breakfast prior to the show opening and afterward we strolled over to the big parking lot to scope out all the vehicles; we didn't see any fellow Healey members (a big surprise), but many lovely cars were seen.
Mostly we started seeing all the new Super Cars, then a big group of nice Triumph TR6's, some Corvettes, one in particular that looks like a 1954 Corvette/ Nomad??, a 1956 Nomad.
We then spotted a beautiful early 30's black Cord, a clean blue VW 23 window bus, many varied muscle cars, lots of early and late Porsches, about four 1950 Ford coupes (shoe boxes), some wild off-road Baja Bugs and Dune Buggies, a 1948 to 50 Ford Milk delivery truck, a few Ford Panteras and many other interesting vehicles.
We made our way to the last part of the show and sure enough, we finally spotted two nice Jensen Healey's, of course the Black 1974 JH belongs to our member Chuck Lakowski, the other Red JH belongs to Steve Johnson. We spotted Chuck and Steve and of course the tall tales started to flow.
Cameron said good by to all and headed South. I left also and headed North to the ADM Orphan Car Show in El Segundo to meet up with some of our members (Tim, Greg, Mike, Jay,Mike Biss and my old Paisan Ron Di Salvo with his nice Morgan. We all chatted a while and then it was lunch time. Of course, we don't miss many meals!! The pictures for this story were taken by my very nice nephew Cameron.
Tomorrow, Veterans Day --- Dexter, Mike Scroggie, Chuck Lakowski, and I will be attending The Surf City Veterans Day Car Show in Huntington Beach. It will be another LOVELY day.
Keep those Healey's rolling…Ciao