After leaving San Dimas on our first full day in California, we drove North to Bakersfield, arriving at the hotel Thursday evening, so as to have a full day at the track on the Friday. We had several missions to complete while there, a book to deliver to ex-pat Dave Molloy, and we’d also brought out some end of the line, limited edition prints for Max Grundy. As usual at the Reunion, there were plenty of Brits present, and we saw several familiar faces while wandering around, as well as friends Phil Vickery and his Father, Don, from Holly Springs, Mississippi, the two of them having road- tripped out to California via old Route 66.
We had also arranged to hook up with some more friends that we’d made on a previous trip, Jason and Rochelle Pall who own and run Bear Metal Kustoms, over at Morro Bay, on the Central Coast. Jason had brought his cool traditional Model A Roadster, complete with built ‘B’ Motor, the little roadster attracting a lot of attention at the Reunion. It was good to catch up with them and also hang out with some of their local hot rod friends from the Bako area. We’d be spending more time with Jason and Rochelle, later in the trip.
A lot of hot rods and customs turned up over the weekend, filling the Grove behind the stands, with many cars parked beyond the 1/4 mile on the rough ground next to the swap meet. Speaking of the swap meet, we were quite taken by this A on ’32 rails that was for sale. If I had another rod to the fleet, it will probably look something like this one. (See pic on Right).
Saturday evening, we stayed for the Cacklefest as usual, though we have to say it wasn’t as spectacular as previous ones we have seen. The fuel cars were paraded up the track and the push started back towards the start line as before, but were then through the sart linbe area and lined up from mid-track, rather than from the start line. This meant that cars were running low on fuel by the time they were parked. As they soon ran dry, fewer cars were cackling at any one time than at previous events. Still, any nitro display is a good thing, so we’re not complaining, especially when you also get to see the Winged Express make a run under the lights.