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Here it is, July 27th, and I'm still without a test vehicle to drive. I guess we all have our burdens. If only the lack of a test car were my only burden. As most of you know, I am an employee of the State of California. My biggest burden is trying to make do on 15% less income.
While I am new-carless, I am driving my '87 Toyota truck; I sold the Celica. I had to go to Sacramento three times last week and as much as I love the Toy, a torn up I80 and 112 degree temps diminished the drive. Without a/c the Toy was like a freakin' oven. CalTrans is repaving I80 and there is about a five mile stretch east of Fairfield that is like an old, rutted dirt road. On the plus side, the 200,000-mile truck averaged 25-mpg. Not bad for something 22 years old.
If there's anyone out there with any money, it's almost time for Monterey. What once was a 3-day weekend of historic car races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the preeminent historic car show, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elgance, is now a full week of car shows, auctions, races, and all-round car excitment on the Monterey Peninsula.
The big question this year is will people show up? The economy is terrible, people are hurting, and I'm sure some of the venues are worried. Tickets for all 3-days of the Monterey Historics are $125, which is really a good deal. You can get a one-day ticket for either Friday or Sunday for $50. Tickets for Pebble Beach are $150 in advance or $175 at the gate.
There is so much to see and do in Monterey, and so many charities benefit from all the events, that it would be a shame if you don't go. I'll write more in the Pacifica Tribune the second Wednesday of August - just before all the main events.