Jun 13, 2010

Merlin Rides

Iron MerlinSometimes, the road trip comes to Merlin. Every spring classic cars roll into San Rafael for auto events and admiration. Merlin sniffed out a Model T that drove the Great Race across the Bonneville Speed Flats, several futurama Rocket 88s, a pristine El Dorado, and an intriguing Delorean. The longest running street car show in Northern California, May Madness draws hundreds of vintage Iron Horse Merlinrides for a Fourth Street cruise. Merlin supervises from his usual perch on the curb in front of Art Works Downtown, home of the Pavlinac Photo studio and 2nd Friday Art Walks/Cheese Receptions. This year everyone in the afternoon cruising parade pointed and clicked as they drove past Merlin. He smiled politely at his admirers, dwarfed by a giant Iron Horse vehicle taking up two parking spaces in front of the art center. Created out of recycled car parts by Scottie Collinson, it is a Burning Man Art Car and a pun; the horseless carriage horse-shaped vehicle.Merlin Sport Pose

A sporty race car zipped in right before the parade to squeeze behind the Iron Horse. Merlin approved of the open air maximum wind-in-your-ears styling, but decided the seat was too buckety for a proper road trip. WestiesCougars, Impalas, Mustangs, Vipers, Roadrunners, and Coyotes rolled past, honking and laughing. And snapping photos with cameras, video, and phones of Merlin, and the giant horseless carriage horse and sporty roadster.

The following weekend the Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance gathered several hundred Hwy 1 Driveclassy classics in fog shrouded Mill Valley at 7am on Saturday morning for The Drive. Hwy1 DrivePorches had their own route over Mount Tam while the pre-1978s roared along the Hwy 1 Pacific coast. Merlin zipped up the freeway to head them off and after a bit of a delay in Petaluma's annual Salute to American Graffiti, we arrived in position for photos as they drove past. Everyone was amused as they began to recognize the big, red, non vintage, but still classic Saturn Merlinmobile. Porsche LunchWe all rendezvoused on a private ranch/air strip/boat launch for catered lunch and lavish auto mutual appreciation.

Sunday found us on the Concours green with historic autos, hot rods, more Porches, and vintage delivery trucks. Good Humor DogMerlin especially enjoyed the Good Humor Ice Cream Truck sign inviting dogs to run off with ice cream bars. Merlin's chauffeur drooled over the lime sorbet 1954 Kaiser Darrin Roadster, built in Michigan, which won a Best in Class Award. Janis PorscheJanis Joplin's psychedelic 1965 Porsche was surrounded all day by enthusiastic reminiscers. Merlin's too young to remember the Summer of Love but he experiences the delight of driving freedom, the open road, the journey, his own trippy road trip.

Pontiac Hood What's your favorite ride for your road trip? Merlin hops into his mighty Merlinmobile, where his dog blankets cushion the entire back seat and the windows wind all the way down.
Merlinmobile Dogs remind us to pay attention to the journey, nose to the wind, ears swept back, blissfully drinking in life, full each moment. Enjoy!

The Drive: 150 miles
The Cars: Just over a Century.

1 comment:

Carol Bryant said...

What a fun read and terrific pic. Makes me want to go there now. ;)