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Wanting to do a Road trip

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Wanting to do a Road trip

Hi Garry is my name & I live in Australia a group of us are thinking of doing a road trip through California & Vegas. We are wanting to include Muscle car shows I found a good one at Pismo Beach which will be the Centre piece of the Holiday. I am now looking for suggestions where else we can go & what direction there will be 20 of us & we will be renting 10 cars for a 14 day holiday any suggestions will be helpfull.

Regards Garry

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1. Re: Wanting to do a Road trip

Hi Garry,

Check online for the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Another gem is Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, CA. It's nickname is San Sylmar and it used to be the Merle Norman Museum. It has a beautiful collection of vintage cars. Last time I was there, they were adding a train. This one is an appointment only tour so be sure to book a time.

If you want a piece of Americana and a meal, in Burbank, CA there is a restaurant called Bob's Big Boy that is a family restaurant/burger joint that has been restored to look like it did in the 60's. Every Friday night, they have a drive in car show. The Road Kings car club fills the parking lot with their classic cars. From this location, you are only 10 minutes away from Universal Studios, Hollywood.


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Hi Lynette.

Thank you for your helpfull advise I will look into them, the burger place sounds great will make sure we get to that one.

Regards Garry.

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Hi Garry. Well, I know nothing about cars, but I live in the Monterey area--a beautiful place to visit. Laguna Seca Raceway, about 20 minutes from here has classic car races--www.laguna-seca.com. Also, there Cherry's Jubilee (www.cherrysjubilee.org/venues_mty.html) and Concours d"Elegance (http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/). People like their cars around here! Have fun planning your trip.

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There are numerous car clubs here in the states and many focus on muscle cars. Most of the concourses do not feature muscle cars simply because they are not old enough. The shows mentioned in the earlier post tend to focus on exotics or cars that are pre 1960. Many of the car clubs here rent days at local race tracks or have special events that are not open to the public so you may want to tap into the local LA or Northern CA car clubs.

Here are a couple sites just to give you a flavor....you can do some additional searching.

contact clubs the clubs you might be interested in connecting with during your visit. They should be able to tell you of events that might not yet be posted.







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5. Re: Wanting to do a Road trip

If you land in LA - then you might want to drive the coast to San Francisco - stopping at Pismo Beach - you really need a big dune buggy there or something with wheel wells 6ft off the ground.

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Then go up to San Francisco. Blackhawk Motor Museum near Danville has some shiny very expensive old cars. Can drive up Mt Diablo for a view.

You could go up the coast further - Golden Gate - Muir Woods - up Mt Tamalpais - best view near San Francisco - take road to Bolinas Lagoon - go to Bodega Bay - Mendocino - stay in Fort Bragg - go to see big Redwoods north on 101 - down 101 to Ukiah.

Then go up 101 to Ukiah and take Talmage Road on the left to Clear Lake - there's Cow Mountain and it has dirt tracks at the top - I drove an ordinary Nissan 200SX over it from 101 to Clear Lake - it was like a sand dune at the top and the road ended in a river bed - we just about made it - it was like driving on snow.

Another adventure is Anthony's Peak - somewhere between Covelo and Redding. You take the Mendocino Pass Road out of Covelo - again I didn't see anything but motor bikes and 4-wheel drives- but if you like an adventure - sort of like those outback roads except sans dead roos.

Then go to Napa Valley - get some wine - take Rte 12 to Central Valley cross it to either Rte 80 (in which case you can get there more efficiently by not going all the way to Napa - see maps) - or go to either Rte 89 or 4 or Yosemite and Tioga Pass over the passes to 395 - Bodie, Mono Lake - some rough roads around there - then off to Mammoth - Bishop has many motels and you can pick up vouchers for them in books en route - then up to left to Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (gas up before you go) then down again to 395 to Lone Pine to Death Valley - then Vegas then back via London Bridge and Palm Springs to LA. You can go up Mt Palomar if you want another good ride and to Temecula, Wild Animal Park (belongs to San Diego Zoo) and San Diego if you are so inclined before getting back to LA.

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Great advices. Visiting Las Vegas and not visiting Grand Canyon NP would be a miss but it takes time. At least one overnight stay at the south rim. (5 hours drive from Las Vegas) Don't miss Death Valley either. London Bridge mentioned by the previous poster is in Lake Havasu City, Arizona and it's interesting but on a short visit like this maybe better try GCNP first. You didnot say what time of year you are coming.


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