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  1. Wow ! You drove a Ferrari in High School !?! Now that must’ve been beyond cool. Was it a 250 or 330 ?
  2. Well, with few hundred thousand miles all over Europe and US in large variety of vintage cars, most of those drives/rides have been quite memorable and would be impossible to define which one to qualify above others, especially when considering all experiences involving x-rated content/encounters, etc…
  3. Over the years & decades I’ve driven this car at various elevations* and sometimes (but not always), she seems to exhibit signs of running a bit rich in thinner air, especially when getting above 5,000 - 6,000 or so ft. I’ve also noticed barometric pressures, humidity and temperatures or various combinations of those affecting her at times a little, but never enough to do or worry much about it. * On our honeymoon trip (chronicled earlier on this thread), we got to above 10,000 ft. and she was loading up quite heavily, but still manageable and since it was going to be only temporary, I didn’t do anything about it, just kept cruising.
  4. Well, my trip up to the mountains turned out little longer than I initially expected and extended the mileage on the odometer another +/-175 miles. After taking the back road (Hwy 38), i.e. the long way to Big Bear, I got a friends place around 9 am yesterday, chewed some fat about old cars for an hour or so and headed out (in my Roadster) to get something little to eat at one of the local places. After this we decided to go for a drive around the lake and on some of the other scenic roads in the area. Since we took my Roadster, I used the opportunity and invited him to drive it, which he seemed glad to accept. At one point, on a twisty section of the road on the North shore, suddenly a deer jumped straight across the road, right in front of us and barely missed the grille and front tires. Had my friend been driving just a mile or two an hour faster, it would’ve caused an impact. After about couple of hours enjoying the ride as a passenger in my own car, I felt thirsty enough for an “Eldorado” so he steered us to a nice little place with a patio overlooking the lake. Later we went back to his house, chewed more fat (mostly about vintage cars, of course) while enjoying couple of adult beverages (him an IPA beer, whiskey for me) and cigars on his front patio. Then, in early evening, back to town (although now in his SUV) for a nice steak dinner, back to the house for more fat chewing and tall stories (mostly about vintage cars again) accompanied by more adult beverages and cigars. We called it quits around 9 pm and retired for the night. This morning, as always, I got up early and since it had been raining all night (& still was), I decided to set the top up before heading back home. Got on the road around 8am and chose the same way as I had come with, mainly due to it likely having a lot less traffic and especially because of the rain. I’d been driving for about half an hour and was maybe a mile or two east of Barton Flats, when yet another almost surreal incident suddenly happened. The road was winding through some fairly thick forest when I noticed a group of maybe 10-15 young ladies perhaps high school or college age, about 100+ feet off the road, presumably hiking (in the rain) and they all just stopped on their tracks, some of them pointing toward me (or perhaps more specifically, my Roadster) and suddenly they all appeared to burst into some excitement, jumping, shaking, smiling, waving, hollering/screaming/whistling, etc when I drove by. It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments I wish some had been there to capture it on video. There were also several stretches on that rainy and wet highway that I wish I could’ve been able to see the “rooster tails” my non-fendered tires were creating at 50-60 mph. Yesterday morning: This morning:
  5. Heading out and up to Big Bear in few minutes and will meet some friends living up there for a brunch.. Anyone else heading for a drive ?
  6. Having used all of those routes at various times for leisure (vintage car) travel over the years/decades I’m fairly familiar with them. Studying and figuring out which to use is important part of the fun of such travel, sort of like the reference to journey itself being as (or more) important as/than the destination.
  7. No idea either, but also, not a big deal. Interestingly enough perhaps, but just couple of weeks ago I sold and shipped a vintage car part to someone in Witchta Falls, TX and briefly wondered if you and this person know each other. 🤔
  8. Based on my limited experience and general observations, above assessment probably fits 90% (or more) of self-proclaimed/so-called car collectors, to a “T”.
  9. While I agree with this topic having gotten off track (which apparently is more than common on discussion forums, regardless of topic) and myself having (partially) contributed to such, I’m not sure beating the proverbial dead horses of “current pricing trends”, let alone future values of old cars, is going to reveal anything new or noteworthy, but then again, that is just my “opinion”.
  10. Ben, I’m located in Riverside, CA. While the distance between here and Monterey is only about 375 miles and could easily be covered in 6-7 hrs using “conveyor belts” (but what’s the fun in that ?), I prefer more enjoyable, leisurely (vintage) drives using scenic back roads and secondary by- or highways, which there are plenty to choose from, but often require two days and 400-500 miles of travel each way (and there’s nothing wrong with that in my world). I often also stop for an overnight stay at some friends home(s) along the way.
  11. Little more than two weeks until Monterey Car events. Who’s going and what are you driving to get (& while) there ? I’ll likely take the Roadster (again), but might drive up there (& back) with a couple of 50+ year old Italian stallions. You know, sort of like providing them a sense of roadside assistance safety. 😉 Honk & wave if you see me (or us), although we’re likely taking mostly scenic back/rural roads with little or no other traffic. Expecting to rack up another 1000+ miles on that trip. P.S. Hoping to do a small, +/-100 mile day, or more specifically early morning, drive tomorrow as the temps have been reasonably cool in last few mornings.
  12. Well, in our household, 50/60 means she’s not going to need my approval to spend her hard earned $$$’s on things she chooses to or vice a versa and we’re both OK with that. I know either of us wouldn’t have it any other way.
  13. ... and any vintage car restoration shop or professional worth their hourly rate should be able adjust/sort them for you.
  14. With all due respect, but being under 60 myself, I don’t quite get your reference ? Besides, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I became involved with this hobby in my mid-teens, i.e. 40+ years ago. As for getting or staying married, I didn’t even try until I was absolutely sure of being able to comprehend and deal with consequences such commitment involves, not to mention until I found someone with same mindset. We both have our own hobbies, friends and equally support (or tolerate ?) those of each others. Rest of our shared time we do things together we both equally enjoy. 😉
  15. While I take your comment as humor, it touches subject references I made earlier, i.e. financial considerations and consequences. If one has to get a spousal (or peer) approval for their hobby, whatever it may be, it’s probably not a right hobby for them to begin with.
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