I guess you can call me a motorhead for my love of unique and vintage automobiles. This all started because I grew up with a father who owned and operated a specialty auto repair garage in the bay area peninsula. In fact when he arrived from Switzerland in 1960 he was the only mechanic certified in the repair of Maserati and Ferrari cars in the region.
In my own history of automobile ownership I had the fun of driving a 1968 MGB/GT, a 1975 Cadillac Seville and a 1976 Porsche 914 all before the age of 26. Although true car collectors will state the Porsche 914 does not count has a sports car. Why do I tell you all this?
The California Mille has an extraordinary free car show on the last Sunday in April atop Nob Hill in San Francisco in the driveway of the historic Fairmont Hotel. Last Sunday, April 29th in very unusual 78-degree San Francisco weather my husband and I walked the red carpet to view the race participants. A traditional count of roughly 60 glorious pre-1958 racing cars were on public view: mostly Alfa Romeos, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar and Bentley gleaming in the sunlight, crowded by camera clicking collectors, enthusiasts and casual passers by. This year's 1000 kilometer race will tour California gold rush country from San Francisco to Incline Village, west to Colusa, southwest to the ocean shores of Bodega Bay and end in the natural hot springs of Calistoga.
Here is my 5 min. 33 sec. video of this years' racing field:
CLICK VIDEO LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrYQCeimWNI&feature=plcp
A few interesting highlights of mouthwatering metal and rubber delights.
|1958 Porsche Carrera GT|
|1957 Jaguar MkVIIM|
|1958 Ferrari 250GT Spider|
|1957 Ferrari Special Coachbuilt|
The AC Ace Bristol was the basis for the future AC Cobra also known as the Shelby Cobra built between 1961 to 1967. The AC Cobra used the AC Bristol body and installed a Ford V8 engine. (above)
|1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL gullwing|
I saved the best for last,
no one can resist a Mercedes
Benz gullwing....it's so James Bond.
Mark your calendar for the last Sunday in April at San Francisco's Nob Hill in front of the Fairmont Hotel for the 23rd California Mille gorgeous vintage car extravaganza. See you there!