Car Guys of Los Gatos June 9, 2015 Recap

June 10th, 2015
Ron Fowler & Jim LaMaack

Ron Fowler & Jim LaMaack

67 Benz SE

67 Benz SE

66 vette, 40 Plymouth PU, 59 Tbird

66 vette, 40 Plymouth PU, 59 Tbird

47 Lincoln Traveler

47 Lincoln Traveler

29 Ford Leatherback

29 Ford Leatherback

31 Caddie

31 Caddie

32 Ford PU

32 Ford PU

34 Bentley

34 Bentley

40 Mercury, 85 El Camino

40 Mercury, 85 El Camino

28 indian scout police special

28 indian scout police special

Good morning all:

Under warm and humid skies the Car Guys of Los Gatos assembled yesterday for our monthly car show and luncheon held at Aldo’s Ristorante on Winchester. The event was made even more special as it was the eve of the groups founding member, Rubin Jurman’s 88th Birthday which we celebrated with a cake presented by Aldo and a singing rendition of Happy Birthday by the group led by choral director, Milt Wheeler.

We all had a good time and Rubin, who was accompanied by his granddaughter Sadie, seemed to enjoy himself immensely.

Yesterdays lineup of members and their classic rides was outstanding as well. The attendees included the following:

Robert Manley – 1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
Ralph Moceo – 1958 Fiat 1200 TV
Mike Knipp – 33 Franklin
Austin Kilburn – 64 Austin Healey 3000 – owned by Austin since new!
Bill Baum – 1985 El Camino
Bill Brooks – 67 Mercedes Benz 300SE
Dave Gitin – 48 Buick
Dennis Bryon Studebaker Champ
Forrest Straight – 65 Shelby Cobra
Gary Goeringer – 289 Cobra
Mike Cesario – 69 Jaguar KE 2+2
Milt Wheeler – 48 Packard
Roger Zimmerman – 66 Corvette
Rubin Jurman – 34 Derby Bentley
Steve Pedoni – 47 Lincoln Traveler
Teresa Mills – 40 Plymouth Pickup
Bob Jacobsen – 91 Mercedes
Roy Brett – 40 Mercury Tudor
Jim LaMaack – 1929 Ford Leatherback
Chic Cannon – 1932 Ford Pickup – Chic was a first time attendee and interestingly one of the four original founders of the NHRA.
Dave Jensen – 55 Jaguar XK140
George Graveline – 1959 Thunderbird
Gary Allison – 1964 Porsche 356C
Matt Pumphrey – 1931 Cadillac
Dick Tuttle – 1928 Indian Scout Police Special

I have attached a few pictures to this email courtesy of Teresa Mills. Roy Brett also took quite a few pictures and
here’s the link to the pictures which Roy Brett provided.

https://www.dropbox.com/…/mi12nk…/AABcyMp6tD6pRyU7L9FklT0la…

The next gathering of the Car Guys of Los Gatos will be Tuesday July 14th. Please RSVP your intentions to attend.

Thank you.

Michael Cesario
408-220-3167

Car Guys of Los Gatos founder Rubin Jurman smiles during his 88th Birthday Celebration at Aldo's

Car Guys of Los Gatos founder Rubin Jurman smiles during his 88th Birthday Celebration at Aldo’s

Racers Drive 1969 Series 2 E Type 2+2 is ready to run!

May 17th, 2015

We are going through the Jag with an attention to detail this car deserves. It gets prettier every day and I’m getting more attached to this baby. I may need to back off and get some perspective . . . . Oh – watch for pictures soon of the working electric sunroof. (Factory or very close -reportedly these are very, very rare and were installed in England at a shop down the street.) Thank to Steve Kiefer “The Moonroof Master” for his magic fingers, experience & patience and for getting it working perfectly.

jcc - passengers side rear view

passengers side rear view

jcc drivers side rear closeup

drivers side rear closeup

Car Guys of Los Gatos Gather at Aldo’s

May 12th, 2015
1960 TR3

1960 TR3

The engine bay of Brian Richardson's1960 TR3A

The engine bay of Brian Richardson’s1960 TR3A

1966 Ducati Mach 1 - TJ Noto

1966 Ducati Mach 1 – TJ Noto

Bill Hyland's 73 MGB

Bill Hyland’s 73 MGB

Dave Gitin's 75 Buick Riviera

Dave Gitin’s 75 Buick Riviera

Factory Mustang race car next to the 91 Ford Ranger of Mike Menesini

Factory Mustang race car next to the 91 Ford Ranger of Mike Menesini

Bruce Bettancourts Lotus Elise

Bruce Bettancourts Lotus Elise

2005 996/911 C4S Porsche

2005 996/911 C4S Porsche

1969 XKE 2+2

1969 XKE 2+2

Doug Kings ERA Shelby Cobra

Doug Kings ERA Shelby Cobra

Milt Wheelers 1948 Packard Super 8 Convertible

Milt Wheelers 1948 Packard Super 8 Convertible

Jim LaMaack's 56 Ford Pickup

Jim LaMaack’s 56 Ford Pickup

British bookends

British bookends

Neil Kirkhams 1934 Bentley 3 Post Drophead Coupe

Neil Kirkhams 1934 Bentley 3 Post Drophead Coupe

Passenger side view of the engine bay of Rubin's 34 Darby Bentley

Passenger side view of the engine bay of Rubin’s 34 Darby Bentley

Drivers side view of the engine bay of Rubin's 34 Darby Bentley

Drivers side view of the engine bay of Rubin’s 34 Darby Bentley

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Good look grill on a 34 Bentley

Good looking grill on a 34 Bentley

Rubin Jurman's 1934 Bentley 3 Post Drophead Coupe (in BRG)

Rubin Jurman’s 1934 Bentley 3 Post Drophead Coupe (in BRG)

Car Guys of Los Gatos at Aldo’s of Los Gatos.

Great weather and an excellent field of cars showed up at Aldo’s of Los Gatos today for the club’s monthly car show and luncheon.

The stars of the gathering looked to be Rubin Jurman and Neil Kirkham with their matching 1934 Bentley 3 Post Drophead Coupe’s.

Other notable attendees included the following:

Bill Baum –  93 Jag XJS
Bruce Betancourt  Lotus Elise Dave Gitin – 75 Buick Riviera Riviera
Glenn Roberts 1973 Jag XJ6
John McCue 1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Sport
Bill Hyland  - 73 MGB
Milton Wheeler 1948 Packard Super 8 Convertible
Mike Cesario & Steve Kiefer (Racers Drive) 69 Jag XKE 2+2 and a 2005 Porsche C4S
Steve Marciaggani – 58 Bentley
Ron Fowler – 84 F150
Jim Lamaack – 56 ford pickup
First time attendee Mike Menesini – 91 Ford Ranger
TJ Noto – 66 Ducati Mach 1
Mike Kniep – 39 Ford Coupe
Heinz Schu –  41 Lincoln
Forrest Straight – 05 Mustang Challenge race car
Dennis Byron – 70 MGB
Doug Boyer – 49 Ford Convertible
Doug King – ERA Shelby Cobra
Andrew Weinberg –  99 XJ6

Joining the group for lunch were Ken and Ken Jr. Rodriguez, Mel Basuimi, John Collendich & John Davis.

The next gathering of the Car Guys of Los Gatos will be at Aldo’s on Tuesday, June 9 followed shortly afterwards by an invitation to show our cars and have lunch at Club Auto Sport on Saturday, June 13.  Please RSVP for both events.  Thank you.

Mike Cesario
408–220-3167

Car Guys of Los Gatos Visit Canepa’s Cars and Coffee in Scotts Valley

May 9th, 2015

It was a British weather type of morning as an intrepid crew of Car Guys of Los Gatos members braved the elements and vigorously mastered Highway 17 on the drive over the hill to the Canepa Cars and Coffee show in Scotts Valley.

We had a special area with room for 25-30 vehicles and we put forth a quality show rather than the big numbers we were hoping for this morning.

As an early arriver Lord Byron’s elegant Rolls presided in our paddock alongside Jim LaMaacks’s consistent award winning 56 Tbird in Thunderbird green . Both played nicely together to help highlight the aged but rich in depth of color of my 69 E Type 2+2.  Larry Simon rolled in in his 1971 Series 2 Toronado followed closely by Brad McClure in his 74 Porsche Carrera and Larry Battista in a recently acquired and refreshed 1978 Porsche SCR.

The Porsche onslaught continued (we are hardy souls – we drive in any condition) with the arrival of John and Reid Bertolotti in dueling Porsche’s – John had a serene 72 Leaf Green 911T and Reid rumbled in in his mocha brown Ducktail draped 74 Carrera.  Rolling in after the Bertolotti’s were Jim Weager and Greg Smith in their individual Porsche Boxter’s.

Grabbing a lot of attention was Luke Rizzutos’s 1918 Chevy V8 which has competed in a number of long distance races including the New York to San Francisco event in 2008.  Amazingly cool piece of automotive history still going strong.

Perennial show winner Neil Kirkham expected to arrive in his 1934 Bentley 3 Position Drop Head Coupe but he encountered some fuel starvation issues so returned  to arrive a bit delayed “on Italian time”  in his son’s 1961 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato.

Thanks also to master machinist and CGLG member Ron Fowler for attending and joining the party.

Im sorry more of you couldn’t attend as the Canepa restoration shops and museum is a world class facility and was open for any and all to check out.

Next event for the Car Guys of Los Gatos is our regularly scheduled 2nd Tuesday of each month at Aldo’s of Los Gatos on Winchester on the 12th.  Cars can start roiling in at 10:00 with seating for lunch to begin at 11:45.  $25 Inclusive

Thank you for your support.

Mike Cesario

mike@racersdrive.com

69 Jag, 56 Tbird, RR

69 Jag, 56 Tbird, RR

Brad McClure led Porsche lineup

Brad McClure led Porsche lineup

74 Carrera

74 Carrera

drivers side front view of luke's 1918

drivers side front view of luke’s 1918

drivers side rear with friendly guard dog

drivers side rear with friendly guard dog

Jim Lamaack's 56 Tbird draws an admirer

Jim Lamaack’s 56 Tbird draws an admirer

5:9 canepa - jim weagher's Boxter

Jim Weagher’s Boxter

5:9 canepa - john bertolotti's 72 Leaf green 911T

John Bertolotti’s 72 Leaf green 911T

5:9 canepa - Larry Simon's 71 Olds Toronado

Larry Simon’s 71 Olds Toronado

5:9 canepa - luke's 1918 Chevrolote V8 front view

Luke’s 1918 Chevrolote V8 front view

5:9 canepa - mike c's 69 Etype 2+2 with working electric sunroof.

Mike C’s 69 Etype 2+2 with working electric sunroof.

5:9 canepa Reid Bertolotti's 74 Carrera

Reid Bertolotti’s 74 Carrera

5:9 canepa - luke's NY to SF plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beaten by the Ex-Wife this 1977 911S is Secured, Tuned Up and Ready for the Body Shop

May 8th, 2015
A woman scorned!

A woman scorned!

 

77 911S passenger side rear quarter 77 911S passenger side front quarter 77 911 passenger side viewHere’s an interesting little 1977 Porsche 911S which was caught in the middle of a marital breakup and scored by a number of  hammer blows and screw driver scratches from a scorned young lady.

Racers Drive secured this sporty machine gave the engine a bit of a freshening up all the while confirming that it might not be real pretty right now but that it was a sound machine and had plenty of potential.

Now its been sold to an investor/collector in Colorado and its ready for Pickup and delivery to the body and paint shop

1977 911S

1977 911S

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Aaron Brown’s “Uncatchable” 39 Ford Rat Rod Sets the Land Speed World Record on The Ohio Mile!

May 3rd, 2015
parachute deployed at 186 MPH

parachute deployed at 186 MPH

Aaron Brown’s “Uncatchable” 1939 Ford Pickup Rat Rod set the Land Speed World Record in its class today at The Ohio mile.

186 MPH is the new record and Aarons 1939 Ford is now officially the Worlds Fastest Rat Rod!

Aaron’s “Uncatchable” 39 Ford was built in large part with racing products supplied by Roush Yates Performance Products with additional support coming from Racers Drive and Call Family Distillery, artisan producers of Uncatchable” Moonshine.

Aaron is planning to make two more runs tomorrow with the prediction that he will go in excess of 200 miles an hour on Sunday.

Congratulations and best of luck tomorrow Aaron! 11125496_815025928585674_1809084357_n 11198588_815025971919003_117149173_n 11198953_815041861917414_167458559_n 11180100_815062215248712_342163073_n 11128407_815062185248715_1468744308_n 11198762_815062235248710_2046643018_n 11173571_815062261915374_988230291_n 11088996_815065098581757_434912940_n 11178414_815025858585681_1204057665_n

parachute deployed after Aarons record setting run at 186 MPH!

parachute deployed after Aarons record setting run at 186 MPH!

Blake Jones & Paul Andrews win at Talladega

May 2nd, 2015

Very nice to see Alan Kulwicki’s former crew chief, Paul Andrews, in victory lane at Talladega after Paul’s Cunningham Motorsports driver, Blake Jones, won his first ARCA race.

Congratulations to Paul and Blake and best wishes for many more

Paul Andrews, General Manager of Cunningham Motorsports.

Paul Andrews, General Manager of Cunningham Motorsports.

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Riverside International Raceway by Pete Lyons

April 28th, 2015

Book Review

Riverside International Raceway by Pete Lyons

A photographic tour of the historic track, it’s legendary races, and unforgettable drivers

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and reviewing Pete’s newest book, Riverside International Raceway.

This hardbound copy, coffee table addition is one you can peruse and enjoy the book’s great pictures or take more time and delve into the details and personal stories that Pete remembers and recalls.

Every facet of the tracks history, is discussed, with every kind of motor sports activity recapped in separate chapters from its 1957 opening day until its final demise in 1988.

This is a trip down memory lane which will satisfy the interests of anyone from the most casual fan to the racers themselves.

Riverside – Gone, but not forgotten.

Good job Pete – fantastic pictures and great story lines.

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Car Guys of Los Gatos Event Photos – Courtesy of Roy Brett

April 16th, 2015

Car Guys of Los Gatos member and Packard collector Roy Brett has shared some excellent pictures taken at this past Tuesday’s  car show and luncheon at Aldo’s.

Check out the link below and Enjoy!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mtyesgurtkffr6n/AAC_5mX-O77qTWXFPqMt7DxZa?dl=0

This Grill says it all.

This Grill says it all.

 

 

Car Guys of Los Gatos – April 14th Event at Aldo’s

April 15th, 2015
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Jerry Gurley stands proudly by his 1951 Bentley Mark VI

Dueling Packards

Dueling Packards

1969 Series 2 Jaguar XKE 2+2

1969 Series 2 Jaguar XKE 2+2

This Grill says it all.

This Grill says it all.

Jerry Gurley and his 1951 Bentley Mark VI "Wedding Car".

Jerry Gurley and his 1951 Bentley Mark VI “Wedding Car”.

1967 Series 1 1/2 Jaguar XKE

1967 Series 1 1/2 Jaguar XKE

austin Kilburns 66 Austin Healey 3000

austin Kilburns 66 Austin Healey 3000

Neil Kirkhams's very rare 1961 Alfa Sprint Zagato

Neil Kirkhams’s very rare 1961 Alfa Sprint Zagato

Salute’ Tutto’

Tom Schatzel's 1978 930 Porsche

Tom Schatzel’s 1978 930 Porsche

Our monthly gathering and luncheon at Aldo’s started a bit slow today but by the time 11:00 rolled around the parking lot was full of some very nice cars, appreciative fans and members new and old.

Among the first time attendees was John McCue of Half Moon Bay who had one of his two 2000 Bentley Arnage Red Badge rides on display.  Originally owned by Goldie Hawn and her husband Kurt Russell, this is a beautiful car and for anyone hankering for some style & speed along with a celebrity history, John is looking to find a new and good home for this baby.

Also on hand for the first time were Juan Villareal, Ferrari engine and chassis expert extraordinaire, who owns Grand Prix Motors and his technical assistant, Chris Negron.  Juan and Chris arrived in a one-owner 1967 Series 1 1/2 XKE convertible which has been in storage for years and whose owner was Western Movie star William Bryant.

Sporting a classy looking 41 Packard Clipper was first time attendee, Rory Brett who joined long time member and Pebble Beach judge, Milt Wheeler, who had his own Packard keeping Rory’s company in the parking lot at Aldo’s.

My favorite car and story attached to it was Jerry Gurley’s 51 Mark VI Bentley which he calls “The Wedding Car”.  It seems that 33 years apart from each other both his daughter and his granddaughter were couched in comfort and style as they were transported to their individiual weddings in this very pretty, pale blue, elegant old girl.

Among the other noteworthy members and their cars on hand were the following:

Tom Schatzel – 78 Porsche 930 Turbo

Austin Kilburn – 66 Austin Healey 3000 – which he has owned since new!

Brian Richardson – 1963 Corvette

Dave Allen – 1960 Buick

Jim Weager – Porsche Boxter

Kirby Hollis – beautiful beige Porsche 356C

Mike Cesario – 69 Jaguar XKE 2+2

Neil Kirkham – 61 Alfa Sprint Zagato

Robert Reid – 72 Mercedes

Roger Zimmerman – 65 Corvette

Rubin Jurman – Feeling a bit tired after his trip to Hawaii but on hand with his 72 Rolls Royce

Steve Marchiaggiani – 58 Bentley

Dennis Byron – 59 Rolls Royce

John D. Carey – Volvo 544

Forrest Straight – Mustang Challenge Race Car

Bruce Bettancourt – Lotus Elise

I apologize for anyone or for any cars which I missed.

Everyone seemd to enjoy lunch which included several excellent courses courtesy of Aldo and his professional staff

Our next regularly scheduled Second Tuesday of every month gathering, car show and lunch at Aldo’s will be May 12th. As usual we will start to line up cars around 10:00 with seating for lunch to follow at 11:45-12:00.  The price (including Tip) is $25/person and we appreciate the members who attend and show their cars to join us for lunch, if they can.  We are a social group and its about appreciating the cars and getting to know the other members.

As previously announced, on Saturday May 16th The Car Guys of Los Gatos have been invited to participate in the Canepa Design and Museum “Cars and Caffeine” car show in Scotts Valley.  The event runs from 8:00 – 12:00 and we will have space reserved for 20 cars from our group and expect to have a strong presence at the show.

Some of you have already RSVP’d and we urge anyone planning to bring something special to RSVP to this email address ASAP as we have to give Canepa a list of the significant cars expected to participate a week in advance.  We will manage the space so that the members who RSVP can come when they can and leave when they please.

That’s all for now.  We’ll have plenty of tme between now and June to discuss both our regular second Tuesday of each month event at Aldo on June 9th as well as the CLub Auto Sport “Cars and Coffee” show and Luncheon on Saturday June 13rh.

Regards,

Michael