Fulvia cam
Melee ix, San Francisco and points North.
September 10-11, 2005
Fulvia cam > Melee ix, San Francisco and points North.
The California Melee: a Northern California rally for pre-1975 cars-of-interest. Fifty odd (some very odd) cars and their drivers/navigators (ditto) on a two day non-competitive rally through some of the prettiest roads Northern California has to offer.

I'd heard about it and wanted to go for years, but didn't have a suitable vehicle, or at least a suitable running vehicle, until we picked up the Fulvia in July of '05.

Due to a poor career choice on my part, Candy and I were only able to do the first day and a half, so our Melee pix end somewhere on Hwy 36 early afternoon on Sunday.

Next year I'm taking vacation time (or quitting) to avoid the ignominy of another DNF...
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The parking lot before the start.


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Blue Truck = Farley's = Great Coffee. Thanks, Farley!


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Early hopes to add a cat to the tally were foiled by mechanical issues...


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Even the well-wishers machinery was cool...


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One of Candy's favorite cars...


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Le Depart


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Bugeye coming...


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...and going


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1st gas stop...a beautiful Fiat 850


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Rrrough rrroad...


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lunch stop


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Un petit detour/navigation issue around Clearlake after lunch...


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...corrected when we spotted a TR3 being driven with verve and dispatch.


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Home (actually Last Resting Place) of the 8th Largest Tule Elk in California...


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Next year's route: tracking down #1 through #7


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open road (and bug smeared windshield)


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The clouds were cool...


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Maybe less so for the roadsters...but it didn't rain very much.


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Dirt roads! Later, at the motel, we discovered that Lancia trunks aren't dustproof.


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The motel


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One of these things is not like the others...


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The one I want. Not sure I'd fit, though...


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Allons enfants...


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Simply red


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Lame attempt to capture the festivities on Saturday night.


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The new brochure photo for the Lamplighter Lodge...


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2000CS and 2002Tii


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Breakfast of champions: mini donuts!


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Candy's other favorite car...I'm thinking she wants a roadster.


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Starbucks' parking lot


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Brilliant route, brilliant weather.


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Impromptu Italian conclave.


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Bye!


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Hi! Bye!


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Why did they bother making Mustangs, when Falcons move so well?