Sunday, March 3, 2013

Californian Cars PTIII: Highway One

Between San Luis Obispo and Carmel-By-The-Sea we came across a magnificent old fire engine at Hearst Castle.

Below: Hearst Castle's pool which is perfect for a dip after driving your Hollywood starlet for a drive along the coast road.

I imagine.

An enviable AC Cobra was parked where an enormous mass of calving Elephant Seals were lazing with their new pups at San Simeon.

We hit the road in the Dodge Challenger R/T Classic. Highway 1 is an incredible drive and the scenery is stunning but I must admit the painfully slow driving through necessity (slow traffic, terrifying corners etc) means a couple of hours on Highway 1 can be a very tiring experience. Next time we'll give ourselves more overnight stop-overs!

We hit Big Sur at sunset and hit Carmel-By-The-Sea just after dark. Trivia: Clint Eastwood was the Mayor of Carmel from 1986-1988. So I guess what I'm trying to say you feel lucky, punk?

Leaving Carmel, we drove to Pebble Beach and 17 Mile Drive. This is a whole 'nother World. I would kill to be at Pebble Beach for the Concours d'Elegance. Another time. 

Below: Someone's monogrammed gate and driveway on 17 Mile Drive. Ka-ching!

Below: One of the display cases at the Clubhouse at Pebble Beach Golf Club. 

Below: Lost in Translation. This company name will give any Aussie a chuckle I'm sure.

Below: 17 Mile Drive is definitely worth a trip.

Suse and I were fascinated by the very proud car culture in California. This carries through the murals, signage and the myriad customising shops, panel beating, dealerships etc. Cars seem to be very close to the heart in the US. I can understand that!

Below: This is the mural down the side wall of Andy's Auto Supply in Santa Cruz.

Below: Another mural in Santa Cruz.

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