What do you get when you host a car show outside of a Citroen-friendly auto shop in the middle of Oakland? A bunch of weirdos, that’s what. August’s Seconds Saturdays proved to be twice the show the first was – in both attendance and temperature. Highlights included two electric cars of very distinct character, a Model A, a race car pulling a trailer, and an emergency tire repair involving both duct tape and zip ties.
We’ll cut right to the chase Citroens. Someone was cool enough to bring an 80s-tastic CX, a pair of Traction Avants were spotted, and DSs abounded. Plush was looking especially photogenic in the shop.
The Falcon’s been running like a champ since last month’s oil leak was sorted out, so The Missus and Junior made the trip in it, whilst I manned the helm of the newest member of our fleet: a 1969 Jeep Wagoneer. It drove great, except for the whole almost-no-brakes thing and (sigh…) a massive oil leak of its own.
Petey Pete was there in the Zombee MGB, complete with his one-wheeled trailer in tow and a spare motor riding shotgun. Not sure I’ve ever seen a car so thoroughly beat, but simultaneously intact. It seems my son has a thing for ill-conceived little yellow cars.
Next to the Bee was this flat-black MGA. British cars are Greek to me, but this was one handsome Grecian.
I’ve long contended 6-series BMWs make great budget beater driver sports cars, provided you’re ok with fading paint, cracking leather and slightly wonky electronics. None of those three were present on this ridiculously clean, gorgeous 635csi.
This Suburban just rolled back into town from the lake and 1969. The clean green paint complimented the vintage wooden rowboat to just ooze rustic class.
Hooniverse Commenter Monsieur David W. was cool enough to come whirring up in his Tesla, which was joined in electric brotherhood by this homebrew early Civic EV. Basically, the historical perception of an electric vehicle, and the one that’s trying to change that stereotype, side-by-side.
Rounding out the attendees (that I have pictures of) were a returning Monster Benz, a very track-y looking Miata, a 4-speed equipped Stingray, and one hell of a vintage Land Rover (which just happens to be for sale).
Oh yeah…heroic fix: on the way out I rolled into the shop to fill up a low left-front tire. The second the air chuck hit the valve stem, it was obvious where the leak was coming from: a valve stem hanging on by a thread. If pushed on just so it would (mostly) seal, but in all other positions it was an open wound. With at 4 LeMons racers in attendence, it took all of 45 seconds to put together a fix that’d hold long enough to get to the local tire shop to get it replaced.
Thanks again to our gracious hosts: Hanzel’s Auto Body Works, as well as whoever made those delicious scones. Be sure to check out the rest of the set on flickr, as well as Chris Hanzel’s writeup and shots on Picasa.