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O' yee of little faith. I was trying to build anticipation and excitement for the event.

The 2019 West Coast gathering will be June 7th, 8th, and 9th.

The host hotel is:

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

25 rooms at the rate of $229.00 have been secured for us for this event. You must call and reserve your room before April 29th, 2019. After that there is no guarantee you'll get a room. When you are booking your room tell them it is for the Speedster Owners Group. If you call after that date let them know you're with the group and you may still get the price. If you book and need to cancel later on post it here first and maybe you can transfer the room to someone else.

There is no obligation to stay at the host hotel, it just makes it easier to socialize, mix, mingle, party, drink, or whatever it is you want to do. If you want to stay somewhere else that's fine just make sure you make it there Friday evening to pick up your cruise packets with lunch and dinner tickets, t-shirts, cruise maps, and etc.

I'll be posting more information later regarding t-shirts, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday night dinner.

As always if you'd like to bring an item for the raffle it'd be greatly appreciated.

@Terry Nuckels @MusbJim @Troy Sloan @Teby S @arajani @Ryan in NorCal @Theron @Kevin - Bay Area @RacerX @Dan Stewart @majorkahuna @Bob Hampton @Karyadi @Trevor P. @GERD @OCC @goofer @Tom Murtaugh @*LongFella @Fast Eddy @Larry Bull @ChrissyB @Rusty S @I'm Les @Markos @Dave (Speedster "D") Galvan @Newbie Danny @Will Hesch @slofuzz @SLOTUB @Pat Downs @TheMayoMachine @TRP @Barry S (Goofycat) @Napa Paul@Dave Mitchell @RONSTR @Sacto Mitch @sherco_chris @Anthony @BADSPD - Stephen @Dutch @JohnKaufman @VSpyder @Cory McCloskey @PaulEllis @IMDoug @aircooled

I tried to remember everyone's screen names but as I get older I tend to forget things so if I left someone off the list and you remember them send them an @ invite.

I'd like to keep everything regarding the cruise to one thread so let's try not to start multiple ones. If I have to I will repost the hotel information so it stays near the top of the thread. 

Once your hotel is booked send me an email at robert dot mcewen@comcast.net

 

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Booked. June 7-9.

Some notes for others trying to book a room:

  • The receptionist did not find "Speedster Owners Group" in the list, but did find "SOG".
  • They said they'd email me a confirmation, but nothing yet.
  • Don't click Robert's email directly. You need to type it in: `robert dot mcewen at comcast dot net` (@Theron can you remove the auto-link to the wrong address for Robert?)
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Ryan in NorCal posted:

Booked. June 7-9.

Some notes for others trying to book a room:

  • The receptionist did not find "Speedster Owners Group" in the list, but did find "SOG".
  • They said they'd email me a confirmation, but nothing yet.
  • Don't click Robert's email directly. You need to type it in: `robert dot mcewen at comcast dot net` (@Theron can you remove the auto-link to the wrong address for Robert?)

I just left the hotel and the group rate is under “SOC”. 

The 2019 West Coast gathering will be June 7th, 8th, and 9th.

The host hotel is:

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

25 rooms at the rate of $229.00 have been secured for us for this event. You must call and reserve your room before April 29th, 2019. After that there is no guarantee you'll get a room. When you are booking your room tell them it is for the SOC.  If you call after that date let them know you're with the group and you MIGHT still get the price but is based on availability so book early.  If you book and need to cancel later on post it here first and maybe you can transfer the room to someone else.

There is no obligation to stay at the host hotel, it just makes it easier to socialize, mix, mingle, party, drink or whatever it is you want to do, and keep track of who is attending. If you want to stay somewhere else that's fine just make sure you make it there Friday evening to pick up your cruise packets with lunch and dinner tickets, t-shirts, cruise maps, and etc.

I'll be posting more information later regarding t-shirts, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday night dinner.

As always if you'd like to bring an item for the raffle it'd be greatly appreciated.

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Terry Nuckels posted:
Rick99GSX posted:

Sounds great @Terry Nuckels... Now at I know not everyone would be willing to do this... but how about going down route 1 this year? No need to ask @Ryan in NorCal as I'm sure I know the answer to that one 

I'm open to that. However, we'll have to put up with those Winnebago bastards 

Last year, I woke up in Monterey on Friday morning for the trip down the 1 (and Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd). Doing the whole trip in one day is very aggressive. I was planning on leaving a day early to get me closer to Monterey again this year.

But aren't you all retired? Take Thursday off from your Bridge Club and join me.

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I see. With that route and an early start you could be down to Bug Sur by noon. That leg is roughly 4.5-5hrs from us. And it’s only another 3 hrs from Bug Sur to SLO.

I drove 8hrs+ on both days down last year. But I took an adventurous route. And took a thousand photos.

Count me interested. Fair warning, should you let me in the 1-day caravan, I will stop you for photos all the time. The first 4hrs you can race. But once we hit Big Sur all bets are off.

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If I can join your parade, I'd jump in at Monterey. That many one day hours and miles, in Speedie, does a number on my joints...such that I'd not be able to "rally" on Saturday. Instead, I'd leisurely saunter on down to Monterey Thursday, and spend the night there. I could meet you at the Del Monte Shopping Center Starbucks (Soledad Dr. exit off Hwy #1) - where you might stop for a potty break - and then we'd be off en masse to follow the Yellow Brick Road down #1.

I just left the hotel and the group rate is under “SOC”. 

The 2019 West Coast gathering will be June 7th, 8th, and 9th.

The host hotel is:

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

25 rooms at the rate of $229.00 have been secured for us for this event. You must call and reserve your room before April 29th, 2019. After that there is no guarantee you'll get a room. When you are booking your room tell them it is for the SOC.  If you call after that date let them know you're with the group and you MIGHT still get the price but is based on availability so book early.  If you book and need to cancel later on post it here first and maybe you can transfer the room to someone else.

There is no obligation to stay at the host hotel, it just makes it easier to socialize, mix, mingle, party, drink or whatever it is you want to do, and keep track of who is attending. If you want to stay somewhere else that's fine just make sure you make it there Friday evening to pick up your cruise packets with lunch and dinner tickets, t-shirts, cruise maps, and etc.

I'll be posting more information later regarding t-shirts, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday night dinner.

As always if you'd like to bring an item for the raffle it'd be greatly appreciated.

Robert M posted:

I just left the hotel and the group rate is under “SOC”. 

The 2019 West Coast gathering will be June 7th, 8th, and 9th.

The host hotel is:

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

25 rooms at the rate of $229.00 have been secured for us for this event. You must call and reserve your room before April 29th, 2019. After that there is no guarantee you'll get a room. When you are booking your room tell them it is for the SOC.  If you call after that date let them know you're with the group and you MIGHT still get the price but is based on availability so book early.  If you book and need to cancel later on post it here first and maybe you can transfer the room to someone else.

There is no obligation to stay at the host hotel, it just makes it easier to socialize, mix, mingle, party, drink or whatever it is you want to do, and keep track of who is attending. If you want to stay somewhere else that's fine just make sure you make it there Friday evening to pick up your cruise packets with lunch and dinner tickets, t-shirts, cruise maps, and etc.

I'll be posting more information later regarding t-shirts, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday night dinner.

As always if you'd like to bring an item for the raffle it'd be greatly appreciated.

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Robert M posted:
Robert M posted:

I just left the hotel and the group rate is under “SOC”. 

The 2019 West Coast gathering will be June 7th, 8th, and 9th.

The host hotel is:

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

25 rooms at the rate of $229.00 have been secured for us for this event. You must call and reserve your room before April 29th, 2019. After that there is no guarantee you'll get a room. When you are booking your room tell them it is for the SOC.  If you call after that date let them know you're with the group and you MIGHT still get the price but is based on availability so book early.  If you book and need to cancel later on post it here first and maybe you can transfer the room to someone else.

There is no obligation to stay at the host hotel, it just makes it easier to socialize, mix, mingle, party, drink or whatever it is you want to do, and keep track of who is attending. If you want to stay somewhere else that's fine just make sure you make it there Friday evening to pick up your cruise packets with lunch and dinner tickets, t-shirts, cruise maps, and etc.

I'll be posting more information later regarding t-shirts, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday night dinner.

As always if you'd like to bring an item for the raffle it'd be greatly appreciated.

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I, too, will be attending this year's soiree...so put me in the lineup. However, like last year, being the old retired guy on a fixed income, I'll be racking up the street at the University Inn @ almost half the price ($129/nt.).  We should have another exceptional weekend - especially the NorCal PCH caravan - just keep chanting the mantra: "No Slides...Open Road, No Slides...Open Road, No Slides...Open Road." Someone might want to kill a chicken or two, though, for good luck in that regard! 

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Terry Nuckels posted:

We've been doing it at this hotel since 2013 at least. Before that we were at Morro Bay for a few years and Paso Robles before that.

All of these events were light years ahead of the original meets at Knotts Berry Farm starting in 2004...

John Leader Alfenito and Bruce Williams did the first one.

I was at '05 at Knotts. 

It was a weird car show in an amusement park parking lot- good people, good idea, but an unfortunate place for a "Replica Rendezvous".

Stan Galat posted:
Terry Nuckels posted:

We've been doing it at this hotel since 2013 at least. Before that we were at Morro Bay for a few years and Paso Robles before that.

All of these events were light years ahead of the original meets at Knotts Berry Farm starting in 2004...

John Leader Alfenito and Bruce Williams did the first one.

I was at '05 at Knotts. 

It was a weird car show in an amusement park parking lot- good people, good idea, but an unfortunate place for a "Replica Rendezvous".

I was fortunate enough to make your acquaintance there, Stan. Buddies ever since.

Panhandle Bob posted:

I lived one block south of Knott's growing up. There were no fences, admission fees or charges for parking back then. Great place to go play cowboys and indigenuous peoples growing up. 

Now you're really bringing back some old memories and, fortunately, they're all good! My Dad had already been working 12 years for the Southern Pacific RR (Brakeman/Conductor), when he took me to Knott's for the Grand Opening of their railroad in 1952. I'm sure his being the Union Local President (Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen) "greased the skids," because we rode that train on its inaugural trip around the Farm - they even had the "always kid pleasing" train robbers shooting and whooping! Thanks, Bob, for helping me pry this recollection from my rusted old memory bank.

 

In the fall we meet in Auburn, CA and head to South Lake Tahoe. Otherwise drive to the Central Valley in the spring or later in the fall and you can follow me around on one of my One Tank Adventures through the Sierra Nevadas. It's an easy 200 mile day with some fantastic views.

 

I may have to organize a hometown adventure for the West Coast crowd one year just to get in some extra driving.

Robert M posted:

In the fall we meet in Auburn, CA and head to South Lake Tahoe. Otherwise drive to the Central Valley in the spring or later in the fall and you can follow me around on one of my One Tank Adventures through the Sierra Nevadas. It's an easy 200 mile day with some fantastic views.

 

I may have to organize a hometown adventure for the West Coast crowd one year just to get in some extra driving.

Come on up, @Robert M. You, Teby and I can have a grand time up here for a full weekend of driving.

We'll leave the light on.

Terry Nuckels posted:
Robert M posted:

In the fall we meet in Auburn, CA and head to South Lake Tahoe. Otherwise drive to the Central Valley in the spring or later in the fall and you can follow me around on one of my One Tank Adventures through the Sierra Nevadas. It's an easy 200 mile day with some fantastic views.

 

I may have to organize a hometown adventure for the West Coast crowd one year just to get in some extra driving.

Come on up, @Robert M. You, Teby and I can have a grand time up here for a full weekend of driving.

We'll leave the light on.

You know I will. 

I have some friends that take part of a few of the classic car rally's/tours here in the US.  Each year, I drive over to the Fairmont in San Francisco to see the cars of the California Mille before they start their tour around California.  One thing all these tours seem to have in common is a name (Rallye Monte Carlo, Mille, Copperstate 1000, Colorado Grand, Peak to Peak, etc), and a way to identify the cars (meatballs or window stickers).  Perhaps this group isn't about that, and that's cool.  
That said, I have been thinking about our West Coast gathering for the past few days, and if there's any way some of these concepts could be used.  For starters, a name to identify this function.  With a few exceptions, one thing I thought was interesting about the route most of us take to get to SLO resembles the famous Amtrak Coast Starlight route from Seattle to LA.  Therefore, I simply borrowed that route for a tour name, the Coast Starlight.
The other thing was to come up with either a window decal or a meatball for the side of our cars.  Option 1 was inspired by a lot of the poster art / decals from the Mille Miglia; just relating it to our event.  Option 2 borrows from the graphics/logos of the railways of yesteryear.  Option 3 simplifies it all together.
Feel free to sing praises, fling insults (tell me this is the stupidest thing you've heard), scribble on the PDFs, etc.  I won't get butt-hurt.  

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I've been asking for a couple of weeks about Left Coast cruises and this is exactly what I've been looking for, I'll do my best to make it, even though I'll be out there in the early part of May for my brother's funeral service.  Of course another big IF is if I can get Carey to release my car from The Transplant Plant in Indiana . The snows have been so bad that they haven't been able to complete many cars this past winter.  They've had my car for about 6 months and said that it will be ready, possibly, in May.  It's cutting it kinda close but I'm going to try to make it.  

My mother used to live in SLO, up on the hill overlooking "The Rock" and the bay.

It is a great idea. I have been going through posts and videos from these type of events in Europe ( Tunnelrun, Targa Cannibale) and it looks like a good time. Some are focused on P-cars,  but welcomes everybody with something sporty to drive. Being a non-P-car, non-VW, the feeling of being on the Island of misfit toys pops up often. 

@Kevin - Bay Area, you'll see and feel the vibe when you come this year. The ebb and flow of new and old attendees seems to have no effect on the pace  or mood from year to year. We meet, we congregate, we drink, we eat, we drive a bit and laugh alot. But the cars and the drive aren't  what it's all about...you'll see.

That said, having a purpose event would be fun. We could easily do a West Coast event that would highlight the central valley, or the gold country, wine country, etc.. That event could easily replace Tour d'Hoe in September. It could be like the Spring Thaw from the great northwest. Perhaps this could be discussed starting another thread?

 

7D47F8F3-36B4-434D-B572-6A18DE36FA520FFE37F9-8997-40FC-B465-67393125C677Can’t wait to see all of you!

This is my third try at our West Coast event, having had major motor failures the last two Mays. 🙄

However, St. Paul Ellis has loaned me one of his engines while I’m having a fresh one built, so I will not miss this year!  Each of you should have a friend as kind-hearted and generous as Paul in your town… He and I love our cars, but only he  has the skills to keep them alive! 

 On another note, I enjoyed the usual phenomenon (one that I know we’ve all experienced) at the massive Scottsdale Cars and Coffee event this past Saturday – that is, even when her neighbor is pretty fancy, my little girl always seems to draw the crowd… 

See you all soon!

 

 

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Ryan in NorCal posted:

See you all in 95 days.

@Robert M, do you have all the help you need?

So far:

Me - Plan and confirm the route, @Ryan in NorCal - route packets and photo poker rules, @Teby S - t-shirt design, @OCC - waiting on t-shirt design to print t-shirts, koozies, stickers, etc., I haven't talked to him yet but maybe @Troy Sloan could bring some oil, tools, and common spare parts and help with SAG (support and gear),  my brother - BBQ at the lunch spot, Nancy's friends - cater Saturday night dinner, and the rest of the West Coast and beyond SOCers will just need to come and hang out and have fun. Oh, and bring some cool prizes for the raffle.

So far I have the following people: @OCC, @MusbJim, @Terry Nuckels, @TheMayoMachine, @Kevin - Bay Area, @RacerX, @sherco_chris, @Ryan in NorCal, @goofer, @Troy Sloan, @Rick99GSX, @Napa Paul, @*LongFella, @Roy, @Todd M, @Tom Murtaugh, @ChrissyB, @Karyadi, @IMDoug, @majorkahuna, @PaulEllis, @Cory McCloskey, @GERD@BlakeAndJen, Vinny, Bill Nash (Does anyone know Bill's screen name??) and maybe @aircooled but he's not sure yet. @Meade has expressed an interest but nothing definitive.

Also sounds like we have some other interested parties as well. I think @Carlo and @curtissb are looking to attend as well.

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Here's the info again for those who don't want to look through the whole thread:

The host hotel is:

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

25 rooms at the rate of $229.00 have been secured for us for this event. You must call and reserve your room before April 29th, 2019. After that there is no guarantee you'll get a room. When you are booking your room tell them it is for the SOC.  If you call after that date let them know you're with the group and you MIGHT still get the price but is based on availability so book early.  If you book and need to cancel later on post it here first and maybe you can transfer the room to someone else.

There is no obligation to stay at the host hotel, it just makes it easier to socialize, mix, mingle, party, drink or whatever it is you want to do, and keep track of who is attending. If you want to stay somewhere else that's fine just make sure you make it there Friday evening to pick up your route packets with lunch and dinner tickets, t-shirts, cruise maps, and etc.

I'll be posting more information later regarding t-shirts, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday night dinner.

As always if you'd like to bring an item for the raffle it'd be greatly appreciated.

@Robert M has planned a legendary route through the central coast. Here are just a few of the sights you'll drive through on our adventure. Unreal.

If you're on the fence about joining us this year, this should make the decision easier.

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The route winds it's way through deserted coast and country roads — from tight and twisty to fast open sweepers. The scenery is spectacular, the bends second to none, and the roads, just about empty. I cannot wait.

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@Rick99GSX you have no idea. This year is as adventurous as it is ambitious. I can’t wait to follow you through some of these turns.

I’ve been googling epic drives Robert missed and have yet to find one. This route is going to check a lot off the bucket list.

Note: The route is not yet ready for publication, but there’s plenty of time to make sure it’s perfect. Next step is Robert driving the entire route to finalize. But you’ll have the route and map prior to the start so you can study it in advance.

It’s never too early to download offline maps from Google Maps, as cell service may be limited on some of the roads. Instructions: https://support.google.com/map...form%3DiOS&hl=en

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Rick99GSX posted:

@Ryan in NorCal we should get together once the rain clears and do a Napa/Sonoma run. It will give us a chance to dust of the cobwebs 😁

Are you kidding, Rick? There are no longer any cobwebs in either county. All the "cobs" have drowned and the rain has washed the "webs" away! 

That said, though, I agree a local "inter-valley" run would be - to quote that felon Martha Stewart - "a good thing," and I'd like to join you! 

Robert M posted:

27 rooms booked so far. Because it's early the hotel is still giving the reduced rate. As we get closer to the deadline the special price may not be available.

@Dan Stewart has booked a room.

Yay, Shannon will be joining us!!

I mean, yay, Dan and Shannon will be joining us.

@Robert M Ha, Ha, Ha...if you can't see it from there I will show you my one finger salute I am giving you when WE, yes WE arrive in SLO 

Dan Stewart posted:
Robert M posted:

27 rooms booked so far. Because it's early the hotel is still giving the reduced rate. As we get closer to the deadline the special price may not be available.

@Dan Stewart has booked a room.

Yay, Shannon will be joining us!!

I mean, yay, Dan and Shannon will be joining us.

@Robert M Ha, Ha, Ha...if you can't see it from there I will show you my one finger salute I am giving you when WE, yes WE arrive in SLO 

@Dan Stewart

I’ll have to see it in my rear view mirror. Bwaaa Haaaa

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aircooled posted:

I hear Paul is coming too !  Are you both driving your cars over here ?  I won't have a car by then so I'm debating on attending this year.  I will be donating a set of Wind Wings again. Your car would look even better with a set of them to go with your WSW tires. Maybe you'll get lucky at the drawing !  ......Bruce

Hey, buddy...

Looks like Paul and I will both be trailering over, and saving all that mileage for the California scenery...

And I hope I AM lucky at the drawing — your wings are terrific!

**NEWS ALERT**    Deja Vu All Over Again

As of Friday morning, March 8th, Hwy 1 is closed 25 mi. south of Carmel due to weathered related road damage (buckling). CALTRANS gives no estimate as to when repairs might be completed, and the PCH reopened to traffic. Any of you/us who have been looking forward to driving this route from Monterey south to SLO should have a backup plan "B" in place. If June comes around with Hwy #1 still closed, that Plan "B" will certainly become Plan "A".

Remember: Don't kill the Messenger!

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Thanks @Napa Paul. Looks like it's the same stretch as the giant Mud Creek landslide in 2017.

Here's a link where we can stay up to date on conditions:

Current State Route 1 Conditions

[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA]
IS CLOSED FROM 10.2 MI NORTH TO 11.6 MI NORTH OF RAGGED POINT INN
(MONTEREY CO) - DUE TO EMERGENCY REPAIRS - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

I don't see the Carmel closure you mention here, so maybe that's already cleared up.

I've done plan "B" a few times, in and out. It's not so bad. I was already planning to sneak back up this year, just for the climb. It's worth it.

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For sure! The PCH from Carmel to Morro Bay is great, but in a Porsche it's spectacular. I did it in '84 in my '64-1/2 SC in August (you could see Japan) from my house at Pillar Point all the way down to Santa Barbara...in one day!  Ugh!  I thought I was going to die the next day...but at the time (being young and stupid) I thought it was worth it. Being a lot older, but only a little wiser, I now really want to do the short version (Monterey - SLO) in the Speedie. I am familiar with a few of the "go-arounds" and, that said, I hope they will allow a Speedster convoy a way around the right places. With more rains to come, though, in the next 60 days we can only cross our fingers and hope Caltrans gets off their cumulative asses!

Thanks for the vote of confidence, @Terry Nuckels, but I think Paul is a better fit for this role. His eagle eyes spotted an "Hourly Update" feed I missed — and the result is not favorable: Mud Creek area is still closed.

New Bookmark: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/Hourly

HIGHWAY CONDITIONS REPORT AT 0945 HRS ON 3/9/19

SR 1 IS CLOSED FROM 10.2 MI NORTH TO 11.6 MI NORTH OF RAGGED POINT INN (MONTEREY CO) - DUE TO EMERGENCY REPAIRS - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

 

"Local" news has also picked up the story: https://www.mercurynews.com/20...ek-south-of-big-sur/

The good news is that Caltrans has 90 days to fix it. I'm rooting for them. They're only predicting 1-day to fix. But acknowledge the big landslides happen when the area starts drying out. That's what we'll have to watch for.

Worst case scenario: we jump that lil' pothole!

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Turning numbers into nouns by putting an article in front is peculiar to So. Cal. You are from Chicago where you take the Dan Ryan Expressway. Or in N.Cal you take I80. Only other place I can think of that treats numbers as nouns is the UK. As in take the M1. When I spend a lot of time in So Cal I succumb to the habit. For this trip we will be taking Hwy 1. Below SLO it is the 1 or more likely the PCH.

This and other worthless pieces of trivia can be yours for a couple of beers. 

 

I believe this all started in the early days of the So Cal freeway system. All freeways were given names and most still have names today. For example The Pasadena Fwy, The San Diego Fwy, The Golden State Fwy, etc. At some point they became so numerous people shorted the names to numbers but keep the article in front. Imagine navigating LA as an outsider, looking for names without the aid of GPS. Now that is complicated. Given the average speed on The 405 you will have plenty of time. 

 

I've always thought that a peculiar local vernacular as well, Noel.

Putting "the" in front of the highway number always sounds like football payers who played for "THE Ohio State University", as if there were two and I might get confused otherwise.

In the Midwest (Chicago included) we take "Highway 101" or "101". If it's got a name (like "the Dan Ryan", for example), it'll sometimes get used with "the" in front of it.

Otherwise, we're "out on 74", but never "out on the 74"

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Hi Guys, hey I've  enjoyed following the threads as a newbie, I've never posted before or attended any events. As a long time Monterey resident I've  I made countless trips down the coast in my rides. I currently have a vintage speedster in silver on black with the fake fuchs and a nice greg mcnair 2 liter with webers on it. My question is this, my friend wants to buy my speedster and my other friend has a freshly built thunder ranch 718 rsk spyder that he wants to sell me. Is that car acceptable for the cruise? it doesn't have a top, or windows, or radio and all it has under the bonnet is a 225 hp subie engine with a custom built rancho transaxle. It was hand built by Greg mcnair and pebble beach Butch, 2 of the craziest guys I've ever seen behind the wheel. Anyways Butch said he'd sell me the rsk and I'd like to come on the cruise as long as you guys wont be embarrassed and make me obey all the traffic laws and stuff. Thanks, MontereyBrian.

@montereybrian @Todd M

Brian, the West Coast SOC Cruise started out 14 years ago primarily as an SOC Speedster event. Over the years, members that no longer have their Speedsters (for whatever reason) continued to attend the West Coast Cruise because it had evolved from a car-specific event to a friends-getting-together event. So now, it's actually a Run-What-You-Brung-Cruise (El Camino's, '32 Ford Hot rod truck, '57 T-bird, Range Rover HSE, Caddy Allente, etc.).

That would be cool to see both the Speedster & RSK join the shenanigans in SLO this June! 

Hi guys, per Troy's question. Yes the car is a thunder ranch roller from a few years back. My friends finished it off here and originally it had a type 1- 2 liter with a standard type transaxle in it. After just a few miles the exhaust melted one of the rear axle boots and butch (previous owner) got mad and yanked the whole power train out and replaced it with a non turbo subie motor backed up with a custom rancho transaxle, right down to the gear ratios. My friend wound up with the  type 1 motor and butch bought a nice 911 cabriolet  and decided to part ways with the rsk, that's when I learned about it. He took me for a drive around Pebble beach and scared the crap out of me, never got out of second gear. I got out after the test ride, knees shaking, and hurriedly exclaimed, "i'll take it", and how much for the 911? super nice car. Now im just waiting for my friend to buy my speedster so I can make the deal go thru. I need another car like I need another hole in the head. So I posted a pic of the rsk in "my cars" section, I cant figure out how to get it over in this section for everyone to see it.

Well, I just got off the phone with CB Performance and the engine for the Spyder will take at least 14-15 weeks before is built (I'm like number 35 on the engine list). Needles to say the Spyder will be missing at the event but Vanessa and I will still go on the daily driver. What makes this worse is that I'm not sure the Spyder will be ready for Tour d' Hoe either :-(

majorkahuna posted:

I am planning on staying in Monterey on Thursday 6/6. Paul Watts will be there as well but in the Spook Housing on the Post. I will be somewhere near Del Monte Center. The current plan is to meet up @ 12pm at the Starbucks at Del Monte center. 

Paul and I are planning on dinner Thursday evening. I expect to arrive 3PM.

@majorkahuna, Can you update the NorCal Caravan Thread with the new details?

I'm also planning on arriving in Monterey on the 6th. You're welcome to join me for a full morning of extracurriculars on the 7th while the rest of our NorCal Caravan races down to meet us. It includes 2hrs of Big Sur Coast and a quick bite at Nepenthe. 9am Carmel start. Just an extra 50 miles.

And if your schedule is a bit more flexible, consider joining me for a more ambitious route down from NorCal to Carmel on June 6th. This includes the Sacramento Delta, Mines Road (the "Nürburgring of the Bay Area"), and Mount Hamilton / Lick Observatory. Let me know if you're interested and we can coordinate times.

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HEY KIDS:

Man this is going to be a great turn out.  SOOO  looking forward to it..

Sorry for my absence @Robert M had me lock away in my home office until I came up with the shirt design.  NO Food no water!!!   Well I did, so I have been released to send inspirational messages about the west coast cruise.  

I'm sure @Robert M will post the shirts soon so you can pick your flavor.  

Thank you to Mitch  and Scott Norton they both did a Super Fantastic job with  the art hope you all like what was created.  

As I read through the post I noticed 27 rooms were booked.  That must be for the  @Tom Murtaugh group alone.  LOL!!

Again looking forward to this weekend,  It will be my first drive down from Sacramento, which I now call home, with the Northern Cal Crazies..

Oh and all of you newbies that are coming..  I'm looking forward to buying you all a drink, beer and wine, at the Hotel during the Friday night reception 530 - 7.  My treat !!  

          More to come..

Best Regards

Tebs 

 

majorkahuna posted:

Here is my route. Going to try to make it pre-heat time. Arrive by 3ish. This is the scenic route avoiding a lot of freeways and arriving 1 minute later. Avoiding BA freewa