Thursday, November 21, 2013

Two Auto Nuts

Ok, ok - so I'm a little late in getting my posts going for this trip. Got on the road last Friday - made it to Indio without incident (always a good thing). The next day was spent cleaning the patio, casita, boat, finish setting up and getting the RV washed (by a the Exotic Washers not us personally). The casita was quite dirty after sitting for 6 months - the dust there gets into everything. Sunday we finally   got out on the golf course, took our walk/bike ride in the morning and got into our usual routine. We had dinner at the restaurant Sat. (lobster and steak) and Sunday (rib night).

Took off for Anaheim on Tues. late morning (2 hour drive) for the Mecum Auto Auction. We are staying at the Sheraton right next to the the convention center (where the auction is located) which is across the street from Disneyland.
 We are at the Club Level (because of our Starwood Platinum status) so we get to partake in the Club Lounge which provides continental breakfast every morning but more importantly is the happy hour from 5-7 every evening with free drinks and plenty of munchies (enough that you can make a meal out of it, which we did last night).
Tues. night we went to Morton's Steakhouse for dinner (great food). Jim was inquiring about the 6 liter (which is equal to 8 regular bottles) Silver Oak bottle of wine, so they set the bottle on our table trying to tempt us in purchasing it for $1200.
 Here's the happy couple enjoying their dinner.
Wed. morning we went to Amada Industries about 15 miles from the hotel for Jim to look at and get demonstrations of some laser press breaks and punches. It was fascinating what these machines can do, especially for me since I've never witnessed this before.

We had the afternoon free so we took a drive to Newport Beach and had lunch at Billy's on the Beach.
 From our table we were overlooking the harbor.
 The decor was Hawaiian and was quite pleasant. Our fish & chips were very good - ate too much but was content. From Newport Beach we drove up the coast through Huntington Beach then back to our hotel.
The rest of the afternoon was spent looking at the cars going up for auction. This is a 1967 GT500 Eleanor - would make a perfect addition to our collection (at this point we don't have a collection, but it could be started at any point). The original Eleanor went for over 1 mil, the other Eleanor went for over $200k in Reno, so imagine this one will go for about the same as the Reno one. We will see on Saturday.

 Now, don't you think Jim would look good in this BRIGHT PINK TBird?
 Here's another 67 GT500 at the auction that would be a good buy. Even though it's only a replica (meaning Shelby didn't build it) it's still in fine shape.
 Greg - I'm driving your Rolls home for you! Hope it fits in your garage.
The auction starts today at 1pm so we are heading over there now to check out any new cars they've added since yesterday. There are only 4 cars being auctioned off today that might be of interest. Most of the cars we are interested in go on Sat.

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