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Hopefully everyone who attended the post COVID 2021 WCC had a great time. Our scaled down event went off without a hitch. We ended up with 12 cars and 20 people in attendance. The lower number obviously made it a much more intimate affair. On Friday evening we took over one corner of the hotel courtyard and talked into the late hours of the evening enjoying adult beverages from the hotel bar. I put all of the drinks on @Teby S's tab so the drinks were free all night. Saturday morning most everyone had the free breakfast and coffee and at 9:00 am we met at the San Luis Obispo Veterans' Hall for the pre-rally meeting. I was talking to someone and when @Troy Sloan pulled onto the lot I could hear the familiar sounds of a foreign object in a tire. i looked over and saw he had a low rear tire so we had to get that fixed pre-rally. A big thanks to Dave aka @Butcher Boy  for loading up the ruined tire and Troy Salon and getting them over to the tire shop for a repair. Musbjim took lots of photos and Sally Sloan was doing video as we all departed. I realize now we forgot to take our group photo, bummer.

We left the VFW Hall at about 9:45 am and did the first 55 miles in about an hour and 10 minutes. The drive meandered through the Paso Robles countryside with views of pastureland, grape vineyards, orchards, vast fields of hay, stables, more vineyards, windmills, and numerous wineries.

At about 11:15 am we arrived at California Coast Brewing Company to stretch our legs and fill our tummies with some delicious Mexican food cooked onsite by one of the local eateries. We also enjoyed some tasty craft beer and local wine. We hit the road again at about 1:00 pm traversing through the city streets and out the west end of town toward the coastal mountain range. Once we hit the coastline the temperatures dropped into the low 70's, maybe high 60's, and the warmer weather was behind us.

Once back at the hotel everyone got showered and cleaned up and we all met back in the courtyard in the same spot we took over the night before. Musbjim and I bought pizza for the whole crew and we broke bread and shared our experiences from the day. @Napa Paul and a few more of us brought some SWAG so we had a mini-raffle. $20.00 got you 5 tickets and winners chose their prize. There was a nice silver helmet and googles so @Ryan in NorCal bought A LOT of tickets so he could win it. And once again at the end of the raffle all the tickets went back in the hat and we raffled off the cash. $40 third prize, $60 second prize, and $100 first prize.

Everyone will post some photos soon and Musbjim will put together a 2021 WCC video for us.

I want to thank @OCC, @Ryan in NorCal, and @Napa Paul for helping round out the activities and make this year a success AGAIN.

@MusbJim and Ginny @Troy Sloan and Sally Sloan @Napa Paul @Butcher Boy @gary boyle and a friend who was in his own VS Speedster @Ryan in NorCal and his son Quinn @Speedster Marc and Jeff Brumett @OCC Scott Norton and his dad Tom @SimplifyTALightness Marcel and his wife Michelle who drove her Lotus Elise @curtissb

If you're not living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!

 

 

 

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I would like to thank all the SOC folks who worked to put on the event in SLO. Even though I couldn't make the run on Saturday, I enjoyed the drive down Hwy 1 with Paul, Antonio, Troy and Sally. It was great to finally meet the people who post on the SOC site and put a face to their names. The stories and laughter made for a great time and with food and adult beverages, it was a blast. I can't wait to get my speedster I ordered from Greg. Should be ready in 2022 while I will be on Maui again. LOL  But for sure I will be driving it to the next SLO gathering.

I hope Troy made it ok on the rest of the run. Flat tires are no fun especially when the car you're driving has a tire with the cords showing. No fault of Troy's he just bought it and was having a good time. Glad I could help get you back on all fours on rolling.

Here are a few photo's from Saturday morning.



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Big thanks to @Robert M for putting another successful cruise together, especially during these crazy times. The only thing better than driving our little car through the California coastal ranges is driving it all with you.

To add to the lore, and to make sure we don't repeat past mistakes...

Robert put together a great route through the coastal ranges. He took us up Rossi's Driveway (CA-229), over glass pavement on Adelaida, and up Turri Rd into Prefumo Canyon.

Unfortunately a couple of locals scared most of the group off of the route at Santa Rosa Creek Rd.

"It's washed away," they said.

"Filled with potholes," they said.

"I'm not going up there," they said.

Sounds scary.

Like the plot of every horror film, my son and I ignored local wisdom and braved the dirt road between Adelaida & Santa Rosa Creek Rd — Klau Mine to Cypress Mountain.

We slid past the, "closed to through traffic" sign on Cypress Mountain Dr, based on earlier research proving the sign inaccurate. And found a beautifully groomed hard-pack gravel fire road weaving through the coastal forest, dumping us out at the summit of Santa Rosa Creek Rd.

Prepared for the worst, we backtracked a bit to make sure we got the whole experience. But the monsters of Santa Rosa Creek never appeared. There were patched battle wounds scattered throughout the pavement, but nothing @MusbJim's slammed ride couldn't handle. 20 miles without seeing another car!

I'm left to conclude the locals are very protective of this diamond of a road, and want to make sure the riff-raff like us never learns of its beauty. Well, representing the riff-raff community, I'm here to report that our little go-karts can handle it. Ignore the local FUD. The dirt road may have been a bit much for the trailer queens, but the paved beauty of Santa Rosa Creek has to be on your bucket list of drives.

For penance, I was going to challenge @gary boyle to make a Santa Rosa Creek trip on our behalf, making sure to document the scariest portions. But instead I suggest they stay off of it until we're back next year to do it as a team.

In the end, my son and I conquered the 2021 WCC Route, allowing for an adventurous shortcut.

Robert's 2021 WCC Route:

Ryan's Stage 2 unpaved shortcut through the mountains.

From the top the hard-packed gravel at Cypress Mountain Drive, with the paved & patched Santa Rosa Creek Road between us and the ocean:

We're still smiling. No goggles necessary.

A few more from the day. (I'll send the full-res to Jim)

Our trip covered many of my favorite roads, but stand-outs include:

  • Old Coast Road, behind Bixby Creek Bridge
  • Hwy 1, through Big Sur
  • Klau Mine & Cypress Mountain Rd, between Adelaida and Santa Rosa Creek. (WCC Route Shortcut)
  • Prefumo Canyon / See Canyon (on the WCC Route)
  • Lake Nacimiento & Interlake Rd (Credit to @Will Hesch for showing me this one! We took it on the way home.)
  • CA-25 through Bitterwater & Pinnacles

Unfortunately Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd was closed at both ends by CalFire, but we saw the gates from both sides. Next time!

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I know I tease the locals above, but in actuality we need their help… I’d love to get preferred route roads for future WCC trips from the locals. If any one of the routes can be crossed by @SimplifyTALightness in his Lotus, or @gary boyle and his crew, it should be good enough for the group. You’re also more familiar with other local rally routes that come through town.

Can you all share your absolute favorite runs you’d like to see in coming years?

Out of curiosity, @gary boyle, what route did you take home when I saw you In Cambria? I’m interested to compare timing the route since I left you all at Vineyard.

Did you go down Oak Creek with the rest of the crew? (You had to of, right? There’s no way we did Cypress Mountain and Santa Rosa Creek the same time you did Vineyard to 46 to 1, right?)

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To all the folks that missed out this year, you were missed. I hope to see you all safely back at the cruise next year. To those who lost their cars due to the insane appreciation, @Terry Nuckels, @Will Hesch, and others, I hope to find you a right seat next time.

2022 WCC is going to be even better, as decided around the campfire…

@Robert M and @OCC even have dates already.

And @Speedster Marc is doing merch design with @OCC.

@Napa Paul is offloading some serious merch at the raffle. (Please keep it up! With my new helmet & goggles, can I join you at one of your Sonoma Raceway adventures? I hope I get to join you, @Kevin - Bay Area and @Rick99GSX on one of your coastal adventures. Let’s do Skaggs one day.)

And locals @gary boyle and @SimplifyTALightness and @curtissb will coordinate with @Robert M on next years route. (And by sharing your favorite roads here! I want to know too!)

2022 is going to be great.

Ryan, it's Old Creek not Oak Creek. Bob and I headed down 46 to 1 and onto Main St. By the way we "locals" don't give a flying ... if you use Santa Rosa Cr road. Just gave advice with what I knew to be true in April. I would have checked it out if I'd known it was that important. On another note, any one going to Laguna Seca Sat morning for cars and coffee? It should be pretty good since they haven't had one for over a year. Leaving Cambria in the speedster at 545 am going 101 returning either coast of inland G14 and G16 to Vinyard and home.

Perfect. Thanks @gary boyle! And I'm already onto new roads... G14 & G16. It looks to me like we took G14 home yesterday. Beautiful drive. I've only been on portions of G16. But it's added to my route list now!

Any other favorites around your neck of the woods? We did Peachy Canyon two years ago. That's another glass road. And the twisties out near Pozo.

It's crazy how we ended up in Cambria at the same time. It's supposed to take twice as long. It is 7 miles shorter!

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I would like to thank all the SOC folks who worked to put on the event in SLO. Even though I couldn't make the run on Saturday, I enjoyed the drive down Hwy 1 with Paul, Antonio, Troy and Sally. It was great to finally meet the people who post on the SOC site and put a face to their names. The stories and laughter made for a great time and with food and adult beverages, it was a blast. I can't wait to get my speedster I ordered from Greg. Should be ready in 2022 while I will be on Maui again. LOL  But for sure I will be driving it to the next SLO gathering.

I hope Troy made it ok on the rest of the run. Flat tires are no fun especially when the car you're driving has a tire with the cords showing. No fault of Troy's he just bought it and was having a good time. Glad I could help get you back on all fours on rolling.

Here are a few photo's from Saturday morning.



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Thanks to Dave for the quick trip to the tire shop to have my flat repaired.  We caught up with the group at the brewery and the rest of our trip was great.  It was great to finally get back together with everyone and actually be able to hug them!

I have to chuckle a little about the fact that nobody mentioned what it was that we were driving when we had the flat.  With their escalating values, we can't afford to own a Speedster anymore, so we followed in the steps of Terry Knuckles and bought a Black 2010 Mazda Miata MX-5 with a retractable hardtop and an automatic transmission.  Great little car, just doesn't have the coolness of a Speedster, but it has everything else and more!20210429_15494820210610_105641

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@Troy Sloan and Sally counted up what the MX-5 has that the Speedster doesn't. They came up with at least 20 things his MX-5 has that our cars don't have. I'm sure there are many more but he didn't want us to feel bad I think. LOL

But who needs air bags and 4 wheel disk brakes with ABS anyway.  It was Nancy who pointed out that it just didn't have the "Speedster coolness" factor.

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Well, well...this is team Cambria. Just drove the wife (birthday) and Luke the dog up Santa Rosa Creek Road. I wish someone would have asked to have it checked out before the ride. It, as Robert said , great. Best if fifteen years. Hundreds of patches and smooth sections. All must have been done after March. A year from now it could be impassable . So, next time ask and I will scout it. See ya, GB

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Well, well...this is team Cambria. Just drove the wife (birthday) and Luke the dog up Santa Rosa Creek Road. I wish someone would have asked to have it checked out before the ride. It, as Robert said , great. Best if fifteen years. Hundreds of patches and smooth sections. All must have been done after March. A year from now it could be impassable . So, next time ask and I will scout it. See ya, GB

I need to campaign the SLO County supervisors to fix that rod for good. It could double tourism dollars in SLO County.

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