Car Guys of Los Gatos at Aldo’s – Event Recap – Tuesday August 11

August 11th, 2015
Car Guys of Los Gatos Show
Todays gathering of the Car Guys of Los Gatos at Aldo’s was a big success.
Headlined by Rubin Jurmans Murphy bodied 1927 Rolls Royce, a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB (Daytona) brought by Juan Villareal and Henry Arciega’s 1950 Mercury, the members and their guests were treated to an eclectic mix of classic automobiles.
I have included a sampling of pictures of the cars that were on hand today for your review.  The complete list of members and their cars on hand were as follows:
Alan Ralph – 2015 Maserati Ghibli
Andrew Weinberg – 98 Jaguar XK8
Austin Kilburn – 1972 Jaguar XKE Series 2, 2+2
Bill Baum
Brian Richardson – Vintage Royal Enfield (1954) English Motorcycle
Bruce Powell - 1976 JAG XJ12C
Dave Gitin – 49  Buick
Dave Jensen – 1972 Datsun 240Z
Dave Kurdelski
Garth Norton – Jaguar Mark II Saloon
Glenn Roberts – 67 Mustang Fastback GTA
Gregg Smith – 2008 Boxster
Henry Arciega – 1950 Mercury
Jim Lamaack – 56 TBird
Jim Weager + Ivan Gallo & Jerry Stalder  - Porsche Boxster
John Baldwin – Bentley
John Carey – Volvo 544
John Ransom – 1964 Chevy Impala SS
Juan Villareal – 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB Daytona
Lorraine Blackburn – 1947 Cadillac Convertible
Mike Cesario – 1971 Volvo 1800E
Mike Knipps – 1933 Franklin
Ralph Flynn  - 37 Rolls 25/30 Hopper Sports Saloon
Rob Guzzetta & Frank Giordano – 34 Chevy
Robert Manley – 58 Rolls Royce
Roger Zimmerman – 65 Corvair Convertible (Yellow)
Rubin Jurman – 1927 Murphy bodied Rolls Royce
Steve Marchiaggani – Bentley

Tim Evjenth – 1955 Buick Special

We had 33 members, including first time attendees Tim Evjenth, Alan Ralph, Jerry Stalder, Bob Guzzetta, Frank Giordano, Jan De Carli and Andrew Weinberg, assemble for the lunch which followed and we all enjoyed a four course meal and great conversation courtesy of Aldo Maresco and the staff at Aldo’s.
Overall it was a great car show and luncheon.  Thank you to all who participated.
Our next Monthly gathering of the Car Guys of Los Gatos will be Tuesday, September 8.  Please RSVP your intentions to attend to mike@racersdrive.com.
Hope to see as many of you as possible next month at Aldo’s.
Thank you.
Mike Cesario
408-220-3167

64 Chevy Impala SS

64 Chevy Impala SS

1971 Volvo 1800 E

1971 Volvo 1800 E

1950 Mercury

1950 Mercury

Rolls or Franklin - take your pick.

Rolls or Franklin – take your pick.

1958 Rolls Royce

1958 Rolls Royce

2015 Maserati Ghibli

2015 Maserati Ghibli

1972 Datsun 240Z

1972 Datsun 240Z

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1947 Cadillac Convertible

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Jaguar Mk II and a Rolls

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1937 Rolls Royce 25/30 Hopper Sports Saloon

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Porsche Boxster and a Rolls

 

1998 Jaguar XK8

1998 Jaguar XK8

1976 Jaguar XJ12C

1976 Jaguar XJ12C

1034 Chevy

1934 Chevy

72 E Type 2+2 & a 56 Thunderbird

72 E Type 2+2 & a 56 Thunderbird

1950 Mercury

1950 Mercury

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1927 Rolls Royce and a 1971 Volvo 1800 E

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1949 Buick

 

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB Daytona

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB Daytona

1971 Volvo 1800 E – Spruced up and Getting Ready to Go!

August 6th, 2015

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!

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1971 Volvo 1800 E

1971 Volvo 1800 E

Racers Drive is Heading to Reno for Hot August Nights and Barrett Jackson

August 5th, 2015
Cold War Classic - 1971 Volvo 1800E

Cold War Classic – 1971 Volvo 1800E

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.

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Tommy Baldwin and Mike Cesario

cobra front view

1965 Superformance Mark III Cobra

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

1969 Jaguar XKE 2+2

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.

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The World’s Fastest Rat Rod – Aaron Brown’s “Uncatchable” 1939 Ford Pickup

1959 Rytune Scorpion Formula Jr Historic Race Car.

1959 Rytune Scorpion Formula Jr Historic Race Car.

1979 911SC Coupe

1979 911SC Coupe

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Mike Cesario dives Alan Kulwicki’s #7, Chassis #007, Hooters Thunderbird through the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca during the 2012 Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

 

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

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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

Steve McQueen - Full-Throttle Cool Cover

 

 

 

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