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  1. #11
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    We moved out to LA from Connecticut when the grandchildren started to appear. I was much more into racing back there (PCA Club racing in a 944). New England is laced with great roads and wonderful drives. The backroad drives are about all my friends back there are doing now. I guess I shouldnít complain considering the alternatives.


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    Quote Originally Posted by papak View Post
    This pandemic experience is really starting to get to me (understatement!). Southern California may be the Cars & Coffee capital of the country (no geographic offense intended) but nearly all of the usual events have been formally cancelled for the time being. Personally, I am among those who just donít want to risk the exposure to even the few informal meet-ups that I see occurring but I certainly miss the shared social experience.
    Yeah, I know the feeling. We're starting to experience cabin fever too. We have been pretty much on self-isolation since 8 March. although I did organize a drive this past Sunday morning up to the Mount Palomar summit with some friends as part of the Drive at Dawn with Hagerty. If you aren't aware, Hagerty sent out a note to members offering a free Hagerty baseball cap to anyone who sent in a picture taken on Sunday morning, 16 August, to try to generate some enjoyment in lieu of the cancelled Monterey Car Week. We all practiced social distancing and in general we're responsible. It was the 1st time in months to see others in person. A very nice, if fleeting, break from being home solitary. But it did cause me to reminisce WRT Car Week. This year is the first time in many years that we have missed it. It prompted me to put together this little video as a result:


    http://vimeo.com/448151206
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    Quote Originally Posted by papak View Post
    As an alternative, I have been doing long early morning drives through the hills above Malibu on the weekends. This opportunity is one of the true blessings of living out here.
    Same here, either in one of the cars or on my mountain bike on the local trails. While the great roads here in San Diego County are inland (all of the costal areas are too populated for spirited driving), a truly fantastic ribbon of asphalt, Highland Valley Road is only 5 minutes from our front door. I venture out every few days. If a little more time is available a short run up to Julian to take in Wynola Road is a fantastic morning experience. Here you can get a good feeling for heading uphill in the early morning sunlight:


    https://vimeo.com/143489743


    Quote Originally Posted by papak View Post
    When I finally arrive home, the first question my wife asks is “You didn’t stop anywhere, did you?"
    Before departure, my lovely bride cautions me to carry and wear a mask. Likewise upon my return she wants to know if I have been mask diligent and did I have any contact while I was out.


    Quote Originally Posted by papak View Post
    I can’t wait for a vaccine!
    Concur. Some food for thought: If we manage to be able to vaccinate 1,000,000 people per day nationwide, 7 days per week, it will only take a year to get everyone in the U.S. vaccinated.
    Last edited by escondidoron; 08-19-2020 at 01:52 PM.
    Ron

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    '84 Turbo Esprit
    '77 S1 (deceased)
    '62 Lotus Seven S2 109E Cosworth

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    Three of us got out for the Drive at Dawn. Saw hardly anyone while taking Mulholland up to the county line. Splendid drive though. One of the fellows had a Caterham CSR with a turboed 2.0l Ecotec. 301 hp at the rear wheels. Impressive installation.

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    "...got out for the Drive at Dawn...."

    Yeah, I like Hagerty for all the little stuff they have done lately. I sent the Dawn Patrol photo with the Birkin and look forward to the cap. I only went that early once at Pebble Beach (the mrs. can't handle such hours). 6:30 is really the only way to go. You can see each car without 50 people crowded around it. Later,
    it is so hard to get a complete view of something special. Bringing them over from the truck lot, and seeing most of them running is fun, especially if some nut like Michael Sheehan spins the Ferrari tires on the green. I do miss our little picnic and wine at the end of the ramp. Maybe next year.

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