I drove my newest 1966 Austin-Healey BJ8 with my nephew Ryun, who is visiting from Costa Rica and bound for Dallas, Texas to attend SMU (Southern Methodist University), with a short stay in Hermosa Beach and Monterey camping with Nancy and me for the Monterey Speed Week festivities. We met up with Chuck Lakowski, in his 1974 Jensen Healey, and Sandy Bettlema with his Stage One Shelby Cobra, at 0630 at the exit of Moraga Rd. and the north bound 405 Freeway.
We briskly drove north on the 405 and merged East onto the 101 Fwy to Pierce College for the Super Car Sunday. They had a good showing of various street legal track race cars and high-power autos with a good sprinkling of Italian and German exotics present. Soon Dexter Kaytis and his granddaughter Paige showed up with his newly re-powered Bug Eye Sprite. After about forty-Nive minutes of wandering through the show we headed out and no sooner than we departed than my Paisan, Tim McNiff, showed up with his nice Red Big Healey; we were sorry to have missed him.
We headed for the coast via Kanan Dune Rd. to Paradise Cove Cars and Coffee and encountered even more wonderful exotic Cars. We regrouped with our gang from the South Bay Area, Frank Nesta in his Morgan, Bruce Hand with his Cosworth powered Lotus Seven, Greg Aden with a Spridget, a trio of friends with MG TD - TF'S. Lots of old friends and recurring attendees with their awesome cars. A serious number of vintage Ferraris but in particular, a stunning small Ferrari that I was told only two examples were ever produced, Maseratis, an interesting AC/Bristol with a modern touch that I had not seen before, a few early Alfa Romeos, a gorgeous Bizzarini Ghilbi and of course a gaggle of different Porsches, plus a few Nine early Hot Rods. This venue always has some of the Ninest cars on hand, but it is by invitation only! Around 0930 our group travelled north on PCH to the Trancas Canyon Vintage Market for our usual “Bacon Run”. We arrived a few minutes later with about fifteen lovely sports cars to enjoy the Bacon Breakfast get together and tell a few stories and kick some tires. Chuck, my nephew, and I returned home via southbound PCH and had a very nice drive with not much traffic. But, it stated to get pretty warm by the time we arrived home.
My nephew Ryun got a good taste of how our group enjoys driving and I believe and hope he will become one of our future young, Car Crazy Guy's.
Cheers and Ciao