Most hoons like to drive, and many of us never get the chance to set tire to track. But that doesn’t stop us from enjoying a fine-handling car, and even at legal speeds there’s many a road that can be both challenging and entertaining- in the right car.
One of my favorites is Hwy 1- the Pacific Coast Highway, through the central coast. Starting just outside of Cambria there are rolling hills, gentle curves and lots of passing lanes. But once you get north of San Simeon the road takes on a decidedly different flavor, cutting back and forth along the mountainside in a seemingly endless series of sweeping S-curves and blind corners, all the way up to Monterey. Along the way there’s a number of posh places to stop for a refreshment – like the Ventana Spa and Nepenthe restaurant. Additionally, there’s spectacular vistas almost the entire drive. Having once made this drive in a ’67 Maserati Mistral spider, I can attest to its sports car-taxing creds.
So, I’ve shown you mine, now it’s time to reciprocate and show us yours. What’s your favorite road? It could be little more than an on-ramp on the way to work that you can take balls-out Or, like my PCH, it might be a reverential slice of asphalt that proves that while the crow’s route may be more direct, he isn’t having half as much fun.