The route for the PPG / STREET RODDER Road Tour #6 reads like an excerpt from a California tour guide. It doesn't get much more beautiful than the Pacific Coast Highway. And we have some great stops planned along the way.
Our week started out Sunday morning in Pomona at the NHRA Museum at the Fairplex. New museum director Tony Thacker greeted us at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts. We were treated to a look at the fantastic facility that tells the history of hot rodding and drag racing in America. The museum is filled with cars and memorabilia that give visitors a feel for where our hobby has come from in over 60 years. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
From Pomona, we headed north and west on I-210 and then on to Route 101 to Oxnard and the Vintage Museum, which houses an incredible collection of classic cars and motorcycles amassed by Otis Chandler, the late owner of the Los Angeles Times. Bob Mosher, who has been involved with the museum from the beginning and was Chandler's good friend, gave us a tour of the mind-boggling collection of rare and one-off classic cars and motorcycles. Chandler passed away earlier this year, so the collection is to be auctioned off later this month, as was his wish. It was a rare treat for our Road Tour group to be some of the last folks to see this amazing collection all together. Thanks to Bob and the museum staff for welcoming us on a Sunday morning.
From Oxnard we headed north on 101, and then the unimaginable happened! It started to rain. What? In Southern California? What about that song? No problem. The Road Tourians are a tough bunch and we kept right on rolling, roadsters and all. We stopped in Solvang for lunch and then on to the beautiful beach town of Cambria for the evening. Our hotel was right on the beach and we were treated to a classic California sunset, which more than made up for the rain earlier in the day.
Monday morning, 16 street rods with 23 passengers made a stop at a little home on the coast called the Hearst Castle. Words cannot describe this mansion that was William Randolph Hearst's dream. It is a required stop for anyone traveling up the coast of California. We took an hour tour and came away with a small sense of what it must have been like to be American royalty in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s.
The next two hours took us along what is considered by many to be the most beautiful drive in America, if not the world. Highway 1 took us up the rugged California coast from Cambria to Monterey. We stopped at a restaurant just south of Big Sur and enjoyed lunch with a breathtaking view. It was then on to our evening stop in Pacific Grove, just south of Monterey.
Tour #6 is just getting started and we have many more stops to make before we reach our weekend destination of Sacramento and the NSRA Golden State Nationals. Check back here soon, and I will keep you informed on the travels of the Road Tourians.
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