Cold War Classic – 1971 Volvo 1800E takes a magical drive to Alice’s Restaurant on Skyline Drive

August 2nd, 2015
Ellie sparkles up the backdrop at Alice's as she stands next to our 1971 Volvo 1800E

Ellie sparkles up the backdrop at Alice’s as she stands next to our 1971 Volvo 1800E

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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.

7/14/15 – Car Guys of Los Gatos Car Show & Luncheon at Aldo’s

July 14th, 2015

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 mike@racersdrive.com.

Thank you.

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

 

 

 

39 caddie

40 plymouth, 49 packard

40 plymouth, 49 packard

1962 Triumph TR4

1962 Triumph TR4

1963 FHC E Type

1963 FHC E Type

63 FHC XKE - open wide

63 FHC XKE – open wide

64 Healey, 69 XKE

64 Healey, 69 XKE

65 356C

65 356C

Classic British Lineup

Classic British Lineup

Citroen DCV

Citroen DCV

Dueling Rolls

Dueling Rolls

franklin, 34 Pierce arrow

franklin, 34 Pierce arrow

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1934 Pierce Arrow

1934 Pierce Arrow

pierce arrow, caddie

Shelby Backdraft Cobra

Shelby Backdraft Cobra

Book Review – Steve McQueen – Full-Throttle Cool

July 9th, 2015

Book Review

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

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NASCAR K&N Results From Sonoma – Mayhew Conquers the Field!

June 28th, 2015

 

David Mayhew drinks the wine in Victory Lane.

David Mayhew drinks the wine in Victory Lane.

http://hometracks.nascar.com/nknps-west_Mayhew_Captures_Sonoma_Win_On_GWC_Finish

NASCAR K&N Pro Series – East meets West At Sonoma this weekend.

June 24th, 2015

http://hometracks.nascar.com/nknps-west_story_notes_Sonoma_062315

Chris Eggleston

Chris Eggleston

Cobra – The Snake that Conquered the World.

June 16th, 2015
Cobra - The Snake that Conquered the World

Cobra – The Snake that Conquered the World

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

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.

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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