Tim Evjenth – 1955 Buick Special
Every day we massage and give this Cold War Classic ride some TLC we appreciate even more the quality of the build and the artistry of the design of the 1800E. Technician, Roobic Abramian uses his “Old World Inspired” attention to detail to address a few honorably earned chips in the paint and is bringing this 45 year old paint job back to life. Really pretty car!
We’re on the hunt for some cars to buy and to see a number of old friends this week as we head to Reno for Hot August Nights and the Barrett Jackson Auction.
After living on a horse ranch just outside of Reno for 10 years while my boys were growing up it is nice to go back up there, check on the property and enjoy the whole rocking and rolling scene that will be Reno/Sparks this week. No telling who or what we might turn up.
Ellie and I had a great drive this morning in our newly acquired 1971 Volvo 1800 E.
This original & unmolested baby is a one-owner which was picked up at the factory in Sweden and then driven by the husband and wife owners across the Soviet Union during the middle of the Cold War. This active couple then had the car shipped to the States where they enjoyed it for the next 45 years from their secure and garaged base in Los Gatos, CA. With great memories intact but with her husband having passed on the widow agreed that the car should be driven, refreshed and enjoyed by a new generation of owners. Racers Drive was glad to oblige and took over ownership this past week.
As part of the Racers Drive Motorsports process we have gone through the car and will drive it on a regular basis to uncover any secrets, problems and/or idiosyncrasy’s that we can correct and or identify for the enthusiast who wishes to own the car. As I cruised to Alice’s this morning, visions abound in my mind of the skinny ties and carefully coifed hair sported by Roger Moore, The Saint.
From Los Gatos we traveled up Rt 85 to 280 and then took Sand Hill Road over to La Honda to the restaurant. There were a number of great cars (Cobra’s, Porsche’s & a McLaren MP4-12c in the parking lot. However despite all the newer bling on hand our little Volvo attracted a great deal attention. Surprisingly much of the attention came from younger riders and drivers who marveled at its look and sound of the 1800.
Breakfast followed, which was great, and then we went south for a twisty drive on Skyline Drive plummeting down from the ridge line into the heart of Saratoga and then cruised on Route 9 into Los Gatos and home again.
Excellent (highly recommended) drive and great way to spend a Sunday morning with my beautiful wife.
Great event and excellent turnout today as over 40 Car Guys of Los Gatos members and their classic rides gathered for their monthly car show and Luncheon at Aldo’s of Los Gatos.
Everyone seemed to have a good time and we expect a large turnout at the next gathering of the club which will be at Aldo’s on Tuesday August 11th.
Please RSVP your intentions to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A partial list of the members attending and cars on display are listed below:
Aldo Maresco – 1949 Packard
Austin Kilburn – 62 Austin Healey 3000
Bill Baum – Jaguar XjS
Bruce Bettancourt – Lotus Exige
Bud & Pam Flesher – 68 327 Cmaro
Dave Gitin – 48 Buick
Dave Kurdelski – no car
Dennis Byron – MGB
Garth Norton -69 EType Series 2 Convertible
Gary Goeringer – Shelby Backdraft Cobra
George Graveline – 1939 Cadillac
Jim Weagher – Green Porsche Boxter
Jan Van Der Line – Citroen DCV
Jim LaMaack – 1957 Thunderbird
John Baldwin -Rolls Royce
John A. Carey – 1963 Jaguar XKE FHC
John Perkins – 1932 Packard Club Sedan
John Ransom – 1964 Chevrolet Impala
Kevin Enderby – Ferrari 308
Kirby Hollis – 1965 Porsche 356C
Lorraine Blackburn – 1942 Packard
Milt Wheeler – 1941 Packard
Mike Cesario – 69 XKE 2+2
Mike Knipp – 1933 Packard
Neal Kirkham – 1934 Bentley 3 Position Drophead Coupe
Ralph Flynn – 1937 Rolls Royce
Robert Jacobson – 34 Pierce Arrow
Robert Manley – 1958 Rolls Royce
Ron Fowler – Ford PU
Rubin Jurman 72 Rolls Royce
Steve Bonner – 1962 Triumph TR4
Steve & Vickie Kellogg – 73 MGB & 55 MGTF 1500
Steve Marchigianni – Rolls Royce
Teresa Mills – 1940 Plymouth Pickup
Steve McQueen – Full-Throttle Cool
Written by Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Artwork by Greg Scott
After reading Full-Throttle Cool I have even more appreciation for the life that Steve lead and the type of man that he became after his own personal Great Escape from his early years dominated by abandonment, abuse, trouble with the law & reform school which followed.
This 87 page easy read on Steve’s life, on and off the track, in and out of the movies, is done in a unique compact, comic book format, with artwork by Gregg Scott, which provides maximum information and pop in a minimum of space and time.
I loved the format and the personal insights the book provides and highly recommend it to all
Steve McQueen – Full Throttle Cool – Now available from Motorbooks.com for $19.95.
Mike Cesario, Racers Drive Motorsports
Cobra – The Snake that Conquered the World
By Colin Comer
With a forward by Carroll Shelby
Not just another Cobra book!
Colin’s rendition of the Cobra and Carroll Shelby story is punctuated with personal memories by Vintage racer and restorer Colin Comer and a steady stream of trips down memory lane from past & present Cobra employees like Phil Remington, Peter Brock, Gary Patterson & John Morton.
Tributes from long time Cobra owners/supporters like Barry Robles, Rick Kopec, Nick Scudder, Lynn Park, Tom Cotter, Henry Ford III and Don Roberts make for interesting, insider reading.
There are plenty of previously unpublished action shots on the track, in the pits and in the garages to satisfy any fan of the breed.
Foldout renditions of Cobra’s in action from Hector Cademartori add an artistic bent to the book with my favorite chapter being “Step into the Ring – Famous Cobra Rivalries” which documents the Cobra versus Corvette, Shelby versus Chevrolet & Shelby versus Ferrari battles.
The continuation of the marque is well documented with pictures and stories of the original cars now either on display with many still driven on the street and on the track
Cobra – The Snake that Conquered the World even includes a whole chapter on Costly Cobra Trinkets which demonstrates that the cars, in some cases, are not the most valuable of Shelby’s creations.
The final chapter deals with the tribute and continuation cars (some of them in kit form) by which the current lover of the Cobra can feel like he has his or her own piece of automotive history.
Overall an enjoyable book for any fan of the Cobra and a must buy for anyone who has or intends to own a Cobra – real or tribute.
Mike Cesario, Racers Drive