Car Guys of Los Gatos Club Brings out the Sun Today!

February 10th, 2015
63 XKE Engine Bay

63 XKE Engine Bay

63 XKE FHC Rear view

63 XKE FHC Rear view

63 xke side view

63 XKE side view

Austin's 72 XKE 2+2

Austin’s 72 XKE 2+2

Bill Hilands 72 XKE V12 2+2

Bill Hilands 72 XKE V12 2+2

Milt & Austin's 67 & 732 XKE's

Milt & Austin’s 67 & 732 XKE’s

Garth Norton's 63 Jaguar Mark II

Garth Norton’s 63 Jaguar Mark II

Rubins RR, Milt Wheelers 67 XKE 2+2

Rubins RR, Milt Wheelers 67 XKE 2+2

 

Well the skies cleared and the sun came out and the February gathering of the Car Guys of Los Gatos turned into an excellent event held on a beautiful Northern California February day with over 30 cars and members on hand for the car show and lunch.

Thanks to our intrepid long time member and Pebble Beach judge, Milton Wheeler, it turned into a day dominated by the might and right of the British empire as a number of Jaguars were proudly waving the Union Jack.
These included Milt’s own white/with red interior 67 XKE 2+2, new attendee John A. Carey with his immaculate graphite grey 63 XKE Fixed coupe, Garth Norton’s very pretty 1963 Mark II, Dave Jensen’s 56 XK140, Bill Hiland’s 72 V12 XKE Coupe and Austin Kilburn complementing Bill with his own white 72 12 Cylinder 2+2.
The rest of the cars on hand were outstanding in their own right.
Bob Semichi had his 31 Plymouth, Kirby Hollis displayed his Arena Red “last of the air-cooled” Porsche 993/911, Dennis Bryron’s beautiful silver Rolls Royce is always a treat to see and “Mr. Buick” Dave Gitin had his 48 Buick alongside Dave Allen who was looking for a wide boulevard to cruise in his 1960 Buick LeSabre Convertible with Doug Bowyer waving the GM flag in his 1938 Master Deluxe Sports Sedan Chevrolet.
I personally loved George Graveline’s Burgundy 1939 Cadillac which looked like it was going 90 when it was sitting still, Hal Chase’s spruced up 36 Chevy Pickup, along with Mike Knips more utilitarian 1939 Ford or for the Grey Poupon crowd, Steve Marciaggiani’s Rolls Royce Silver Spur.  Jan Van der Linde had his 1973 Citroen DCV parked next to and in marked contrast to the 85 Testarossa of Brian Richardson.
For fans of cars from this millenium Bruce Bettencourt brought his Lotus Elise, Jim Weager drove his Porsche Boxter and Forrest Straight had a 2005 Mustang SCCA race car still sporting and looking real mean with its sponsorship decals and safety equipment.
All in all everyone seemed to enjoy the selection of cars on hand, the company and lunch which followed inside Aldo’s.
It is our intention to have our next regularly scheduled gathering of the Car Guys of Los Gatos will be held at Aldo’s on Tuesday March 10th.  We’ll hae somone there to help park cars by 10:00 with lunch sit-down scheduled for 11:45.
Please RSVP your intentions to mike@racersdrive.com and include the details on any car you would like to bring to display on the 10th.
Thank you.
Mike Cesario
408-220-3167
mike@racersdrive.com

 

Rocklin, CA Native, Justin Marks to Race at Daytona with American Made Moonshine on Board!

February 10th, 2015

http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/nascar/sprint-cup-nascar/marks-to-attempt-triple-at-daytona/

Support American Made Moonshine, a brand co-funded by Iraqi War Veteran Sean Koffel!

Justin Marks

Justin Marks

Sitting on the corner in Sicily – 1970 Targa Floria – Courtesy of The Chicane

February 5th, 2015

http://thechicaneblog.com/2015/02/04/sitting-on-the-corner-in-sicily/

1970 Targa Floria

1970 Targa Floria

NASCAR #28 – From Baker to Lorenzen to Davey Allison – Quite a History!

February 4th, 2015

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/remembering-no-28-from-buddy-baker-to-fred-lorenzen-and-davey-allison-012515

Buddy Baker on the High Banks in the #28 Grey Ghost.

Buddy Baker on the High Banks in the #28 Grey Ghost.

Robust Regional NASCAR TV Schedule on NBCSN This Year

February 4th, 2015

http://hometracks.nascar.com/release_020415_NASCAR_NBCSN_Reveal_Robust_Broadcast_Schedulenbcsn_package_1000

Alan Kulwicki Driver Development Program Board Deciding on 2015 Motorsports Scholarship Winners.

January 31st, 2015

The Kulwicki Driver Development Program Directors are now meeting to determine which 7 applications will be chosen, from amongst the hundreds of candidates, as their 2015 motorsports scholarship aware winners.

http://www.speedwaydigest.com/index.php/news/racing-news/21760-kulwicki-driver-development-program-driver-selection-in-full-swing

Scotts Valley, 15 year old High School Sophomore and NASCAR Racer Bryce Napier is under consideration by the board to be one of the award winners.

Bryce who was Stock 99 Speedway’s 2014 Rookie of the Year plans on running a full season of Late Model races on the West Coast as he takes the next steps in his plan to become a full time NASCAR Sprint Cup racer.

Marketing partnerships are available for any team oriented, performance appreciative and “driven to win” organization with a passion for racing.

Contact Mike Cesario at Mike@racersdrive.com or cal 408-220-3167 for more details.

Bryce Napier stands beside his #88 SupportMilitary.Org late model stock car.

Bryce Napier stands beside his #88 SupportMilitary.Org late model stock car.

1992 NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki

1992 NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki

Alex Bowman to Race the #7 This Year for Tommy Baldwin Racing

January 31st, 2015

Congratulations TBR and Alex! Lets hope this is a marriage made in heaven and that the results for the team and driver are out of this world!

Please join us in welcoming the driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet SS, Alex Bowman Racing! #TBR7in7</p>
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Please join us in welcoming the driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet SS, Alex Bowman Racing‪#‎TBR7in7‬

Read more — http://goo.gl/RFDG2H

 

Bill McAnally Racing to Expand Operations on Both Coasts in 2015

January 29th, 2015

http://www.bmrnapa.com/bmr-racing/bmr-announces-expansion-2015-builds-success.html

Brandan McReynolds

Brandan McReynolds

16-Car-at-Phoenix-resized-e1422464045987

January 26th, 2015
Kenzie Ruston

Kenzie Ruston

 

Jay Beasley

Jay Beasley

 

Colin Cabre

Colin Cabre

 

Natalie Decker

Natalie Decker

 

Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith

New Names Fill 2015 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Roster

Six Drivers Will Compete In Diverse Driver Development Program 

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (Jan. 26, 2015) – NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D), the leading developmental platform for female and multicultural drivers and pit crew members, announced its 2015 class today. The program welcomes four talented program newcomers to the roster of six drivers striving to transition into the sport’s national series spotlight. Rev Racing, the program’s competition arm, has played a key role in the development of 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez.

“Taking steps to find and develop young female and multicultural athletes who could represent the future of NASCAR is at the core of our organization’s mission,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We were impressed by the talent displayed at the Combine [in October of 2014], and are eager to help this group develop their strengths on and off the track.”

Rev Racing will field four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and two in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The 2015 class is led by returning K&N Pro Series East driver Jay Beasley and Devon Amos, who after an impressive 2014 performance in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series earned a spot in the K&N Pro Series East.

The 2015 NASCAR D4D roster includes:

Devon Amos: Returning to the team, the 23-year-old Rio Rancho, New Mexico, native will make the jump to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East after two full seasons in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Jay Beasley: Finishing 13th overall and sixth in a loaded Sunoco Rookie of the Year field in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East last season, the 23-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada will return for a second season, aiming to best his rookie campaign.

Collin Cabre: After an impressive NASCAR D4D Combine performance, the 21-year-old Thonotosassa, Florida, native will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in his first year with Rev Racing. Cabre has spent the past five years racing asphalt and dirt sprint cars.

Natalie Decker: A 17-year-old newcomer to the Rev Racing roster from Eagle River, Wisconsin, Decker collected feature wins in a limited late model and super late model, as well as earning Rookie and Sportsman of the Year honors in ARCA SCAG Midwest Truck Tour. She will compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2015.

Kenzie Ruston: Entering her third season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and first with Rev Racing, the 22-year-old El Reno, Oklahoma, native is also a member of NASCAR Next, an industry initiative to identify tomorrow’s stars. Ruston broke her own record in 2014 as the highest finishing female driver in the K&N Pro Series East with a runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway on her way to finishing ninth in points.

Dylan Smith: The 22-year-old from Randolph, Vermont earned a spot with Rev Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series after competing in his own Late Model last year. The Stewart-Haas Racing employee ran 15 races and finished 38th in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national standings.

Under Rev Racing owner and CEO Max Siegel’s leadership, the development program aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping NASCAR D4D drivers achieve career successes; thus, improving their goal of  reaching one of NASCAR’s three national series.

“NASCAR Drive for Diversity goes much deeper than putting drivers behind the wheel of race cars,” said Siegel. “The program is all encompassing, providing competition, athletic training and professional development opportunities for drivers who have the determination and talent to reach NASCAR’s top levels. We’ve seen this with Larson, Suarez and Wallace Jr. and are excited about the potential of this talented group of drivers.”

Growth of the program extends to pit crew members under the NASCAR D4D Crew Member Development Program, also managed by Siegel. In 2014, more than 30 multicultural athletes pitted fulltime for teams across all three national series.

Jacklyne Ramos

Devon Amos

Devon Amos

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications 

jramos@nascar.com
(386) 310-5490

 

Cameron Baker
Rev Racing
cbaker@revracing.net
(704) 455-7551

XKE Shifter Ball & Hunters Special Wine Stopper

January 25th, 2015
jerry alfaro oak bottle stopper

jerry alfaro oak bottle stopper

wine barrel stopper

12 gauge wine barrel stopper

12 gauge wine barrel stopper

XKE shift ball

XKE shift ball

rear view front view jaguar passenger side view in Colorado

I needed a new AT shifter knob for a 1969 Jaguar XKE and I turned to my good friend and master wood maker, Jerry Alfaro at Live Edge Design in Livermore for his assistance.

Here’s what he created – The wood came from from branches dropped from Black Locust trees planted in the Livermore Valley over 150 years ago.

I love it!

Hunters Special Wine Stopper
As a bonus Jerry showed me some of his other handiwork including wine barrel, wine bottle stoppers he crafts himself made from live oak prunings from his ranch up in the Sierra Foothills in Jackson, SC.

These are made using the base of a 12 gauge shotgun shell and I think they make the perfect wine stopper for any wine meant to be served with Game or rich meats.

No two wood barrels are exactly the same with unique graining just like on a real wine barrel.

Company logos or your name can be etched into the oak barrel.

What hunter who likes wine with his game wouldn’t like one of these?

Contact Mike Cesario at Mike@racersdrive.com, or call me at 408-220-3167 for more details.