I Â just returned home from one of the most successful road trips I have been involved in since driving the Back Roads. We were blessed with a beautiful day and decent traffic on our “Adventure to Solvang.” We had a total of 34 cars and 50 people for the event and everyone made the trip without incident. The people at the River Grill, in Alisal Ranch and Resort, were most accommodating and deserve a big hug from all of us. Serving that many people in a beautiful outdoor setting overlooking the golf course and mountains is no small task â€” and they handled it flawlessly. After lunch, we were invited to visit Steve’s Deuce Garage and see his collection of 1940 Fords and his stunning AMBR contender Deuce RPU. He and his wife were the most gracious hosts and all of us really enjoying looking at his immaculate estate. He also explained his new Deuce pickup project which is going to be another winner from the Deuce Garage. The Central Coast Roadsters and all of us from the Back Road Boys would like to thank you for a memorable day in the quaint Danish town of Solvang.
The road home through the very dry mountains proved to be very hot and required the A/C for those of us who were in closed cars. In my old age, I am not too proud to turn on the A/C and roll up the windows (Jane is happier). We soon were back down to the magnificent Pacific and stopped at our favorite Foster Freeze for a chocolate malt and a chocolate dipped cone (Jane’s favorite). We spent some time reviewing the day and soon were back in the heavy traffic in Santa Barbara. The stop and go traffic allowed me to reflect back on our wonderful trip with some great friends and fellow auto enthusiasts who made the effort to make it successful. I want to personally thank all of you who attended and our special hosts â€” Steve and wife. Memories are what keep most of us smiling as we move through our life and this trip will most certainly be in my mind for many years to come.
Thought for the day â€” Life often becomes difficult and keeps us from enjoying the things we love, so while we can, we need to make the effort to realize our dreams.
Here is our group photo at the Hyatt Westlake just after my driver’s meeting. I am on the far left while Jane is taking the photo.
The ladies like Rich’s Deuce with the roll up windows. LS3 powered.
We arrived in Solvang on schedule and headed out to the resort without stopping for the ladies to shop. Miracles do happen!
The scenery was breathtaking and provided all of us with some photo opportunities.
We were the first group to arrive and took time to say hello to Steve and his friends. Jane is directing traffic.
Next came the Central Coast Roadsters and the parking lot started to fill up with these beautiful roadsters.
The 34 Tub belongs to Mike and has a real sinister look. Love those tubs.
Some of the CCR’s drove their beautiful Hot Rods to the event.
Our group occupied the entire outside patio where we enjoyed the camaraderie of the group and some gourmet food. The River Grille!
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This is the line up in front of Steve’s Deuce Garage. The black hiboy is Syd’s former roadster built by Brizio. My favorite!
Steve has a large estate where he builds and houses his cars. The grass is normally perfect but they have not been able to water in 4 months is his area. Pray for rain.
He had four of his many 40’s on display for all of us to view. The convertible used to be mine.
The woody is a long time possession of Steve’s and is all original and collector quality.
A Deuce pickup will be mounted atop this chassis.
The RPU is one fine Hot Rod and he does drive it around town.
We thanked Steve and his wife and headed back to LA with all of our friends ending a perfect day traveling the roads less traveled.
My good friend Steve made the trip in his flamed 40. He was nursing a bad hip which will soon be repaired so he can buy a roadster and drive with the CCR’s. Thanks Steve for you assistance on the trip.