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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Support for the team is coming from Roush – Yates Performance Products Division and the Call Family Distillery makers of “Uncatchable” Moonshine – the World’s Fastest Moonshine!