Friday night, a few of us met up at Clay's to catch up before the big shindig on Saturday.
Mr. Clayton Slaughter, at home in the workplace...
Galli Sr. rockin' a 40, thanks to Jr. The 5 window is theirs, and the story behind it is... well, just one of those stories.
In short, it goes like this: Son Mikey was being taken out to dinner for his birthday in Boulder Creek. While waiting to get in to the restaurant, Mike spots something under a tarp adjacent to the place. After many trips back and forth, he eventually succeeds in convincing his dad that it is indeed a '32, and it looked untouched. The car's inheritor eventually caved to their requests for purchase, and they bought the car and took it to Mr. Vern Tardel. Vern did most of the work, (swapped the B motor for a flathead V8, suspension, steering, etc.) to get it where it sits today. Much of the car is as they bought it, including WWII gas rationing stickers.
Neely Farrel and Alisha Slaughter, still smilin' after spending countless hours of setting up for this shindig.
The next day, at the start point, about 35 cars showed up for the reliability run. Both quality and quantity impressed.
John Forbes' monster... It's a good thing that the roads we were about to drive were pretty much in his front yard. It'd be pretty challenging to pilot his rig blind through them twisties, but after all, John has worked for Bonney Doon Fire Department for long time.
Greg Lazzarini's ol' racecar. He's meeting up with the builder of some years ago soon, so I'm eager to find out more about this beautiful old coupe.
This was Lars Mapstead's first cruise in this car, and he said it drove quite nicely.
The Galli '32
The first time I saw Mark Nelson's 5-window, it was a primer grey daily driver that he'd built in like 2 weeks or something. Pretty cool daily driver I thought, well it's still driven daily, but it's a whole lot nicer now.
Pachi and Nikki drove this beautiful little (roofless) roadster all the way from Winnemucca to Santa Cruz the day before the run, drove the run on Saturday, then drove it all the way back on Sunday. I suppose that if I'd built something this nice I'd be prone to spending as much time in it as possible, too.
On Bonney Doon Road...
Hot rods takin' over the Canepa complex...
Bruce Canepa's showroom and museum goodies...
Yeah, that is the real So-Cal Coupe.
Canepa's Shop, right side...
...and left side.
And... the storage room. Let's see... which one today? How about B-3?
This is the So-Cal/Canepa LSR car which had been wrecked at Bonneville, but not that you could tell now.
Okay, so I don't know the whole story or anything, but someone told me that this Dusenburg sports the chassis #001. Ummm....
After we left the Canepa compound, we headed up to the Slaughter ranch, where it was BBQ, beer, a little rock and roll, and dropping a car from a 60-foot crane, all in the company of friends and family.
The car drop: Thanks tons Charley Chesleigh for donating your ol' racecar. It's in a better place, now...
This'd be the car Curt Williams' dad built and raced at the famed Half Moon Bay strip way back when. After his dad's sad passing, Curt and Clay revived the coupe and Curt drives it much as his dad left it. And why would anyone change it?
I'm glad they're all laughin' it up, as they seemed frustrated by Sid's roadster Thursday night.
Midtown reunion: L to R, Tosh Woods, Lee Faraola, Craig Meakin, Curt Williams, Zeb Nevins, Clayton Slaughter
Lars brought this little jem for us to drool on, too. It's a '27 model T with an injected Ardun flathead, wrapped in actual signed VonDutch pinstriping. I believe it set some records at Bonneville and the dry lakes before a drag outfit bought the car and ran it with some success.
Next day: Curt pullin' his coupe into the garage.
All in, and just before it started raining.
I had one helluva time. Thanks, Slaughters and everyone else who made this such a great time. If you happen to get an invite for this event next year, I'd strongly suggest you attend. A good time will be had by all.