A Perfect Day for a Road Trip

Have you ever had one of those days when all your plans start to fall apart……………and you are faced with making a new plan or just throwing in the  towel………… well we didn’t throw in the towel and it turned out to be a perfect day for a road trip!!

A Perfect Day for a Road Trip – Route

I’ve been wanting to do a review of a Porsche 911, one of the most iconic sports cars of our generation. I had the opportunity to drive a 2019 911 with a manual transmission a couple of weeks back at a local dealership………… though it was just a short trip around the block………… it was just enough to get a taste and want more. We were scheduled to rent a Porsche 911 from Enterprise exotic car rental three weeks prior to our road trip. The day before they called to let me know the 911 had come back from its last rental outing damaged and was not available………..now what?

The next morning was the day of our trip. I decided to try the Turo rental app and see if there was anything exciting available…….and found a Nissan GTR (Godzilla) that was available. I’ve always wanted to drive the GTR………. so I reached out and tried to book it. The owner had 90 minutes to respond and never did…………… Hey Dude, you need to do a little better than that if you what to be successful on Turo……….

The Z06 in Georgetown

Well, we had the hotel booked and dinner reservations later that night so we decided to hit the road anyway…………. oh darn….. we had to take the Z06…………..and that’s why this was a perfect day for a road trip.

The Plan

We had planned on taking a drive up to Georgetown and then heading back to Roseville for the evening. We were so looking forward to our dinner plans that night at Ruth Chris Steak House. Our county is still shut down because of COVID and does not allow for inside dining but Roseville was in Placer County which had just recently opened back up. It was amazing how excited we were to be able to eat inside at a nice restaurant.

Hwy 88

We headed up Hwy 88 and turned off toward Ione where we would take Hwy 49 to Placerville and stop for lunch. After lunch, we would head up Hwy 193 to Georgetown. Just outside of Georgetown is Wentworth Springs Road which runs 35 miles to Ice House Road, where we would turn around and head back to Georgetown.

The weather was absolutely perfect………. between 75 and 82 degrees all day with beautiful sun filled skies. This was especially nice as we hadn’t seen the sun in a couple of weeks because of all the fires and smoke here in Northern California. This truly was a perfect day for a road trip!!

The Car

Here we are again in the Corvette Z06…………. I really do love this car!! One of the things that makes the Z06 so cool is the removable targa top (OK, Porsche has a trademark on the term Targa top…… I’ll talk more about this when I do that review on the 911). Both of the cars I was trying to rent, the 911 and GTR were both hardtop coupes……..it would have been a shame not to be able to enjoy the beautiful day by taking the top off because we where in a hardtop.

I Love this Car

The combination of power, world-class handling, removable top, room for luggage and that manual transmission were all prefect for the day. When I drive with the guys “chasing twisties” we drive hard with hard braking, big acceleration and hard turns…….not exactly smooth. With the beautiful Miss Linda by my side I try to practice being smooth……. smooth shifting, braking and smooth around those corners while still driving at an aggressive pace. The word “swoopy” kept coming to mind turn after turn. I wasn’t sure if swoopy was even a word……. so I looked it up…..the definition is “having smooth flowing curves”………perfect!!

The Road

The original plan was to pick up the 911 in Roseville and then head up to Auburn and catch Hwy 49 to Georgetown. Since we didn’t have a car to pick up, we decided to head up Hwy 88 to Ione and then to Placerville for Lunch. This drive really began after lunch on Hwy 193 from Placerville to Georgetown.

Hwy 49 to Placerville

It’s about 16 miles from Placerville to Georgetown on Hwy 193. This is a great road that was just recently repaved and is super smooth……. The road has plenty of nice tight turns and hills as we headed toward the mountains. The road, as I said, is nice and smooth, but it’s also a pretty narrow two lane. There were a couple of spots were the edge of the road comes up against you with a steep drop off down to the canyon below………. with no guardrail. These drop offs, which were on the passenger side gave Miss Linda a little anxiety at times………. another good reason to work on being swoopy!! Once we got to Georgetown, it was time to stop in at the Georgetown Hotel and Saloon for a shot before heading out Wentworth Springs Road to Ice house Road and back.

Hwy 193 to Georgetown

Wentworth Springs Road is a great two lane road that runs about 35 miles to Ice House Road. The first half of this road is really nice with forests and trees on both sides along with some little towns and residential areas. There are some camping spots along the way and some Logging going on in the forest. You can still get a bit aggressive here, though you need to be a little cautious and keep an eye out for the occasional logging truck.

About halfway down Wentworth Springs road, you pass Stumpy Meadows Reservoir. This is somewhat significant as the next 14 miles to Ice House Road are empty. No camping, no little towns, no logging, no little residential areas………. it is just barren out here and you are free to go………and because there is nothing here………. there are no cars up here either. It is a great place to be fast and swoopy at the same time. It’s not exactly pretty up here and even a bit eerie……….this area had previously been a logging area and they had some fires a couple of years ago as well…………which adds to the eerie barren feeling.

Wentworth Springs Road

Once you reach Ice House Road, we simply turn around and head back down Wentworth Springs Road back to Georgetown and another stop at the Georgetown Hotel and Saloon. I’m always amazed by the lack of traffic up here. I would expect all kinds of nice cars up here enjoying this great stretch of road………….. but no, they are never here. We do see some motorcycles but no other cars. What you see the most of up here are Jeeps on Trailers. About 8 miles down Wentworth Springs Road is the turn off to the “Rubicon Trail”, one of the most famous destinations for those who love to go 4-wheeling. Most of the Jeeps up here are not street legal and designed for the Rubicon Trail.

The Destination

We did have a place to stay the night and dinner reservations at the end of the day………….. but the road is always the destination along with the unexpected places you find along the way.

Old Town Grill

We planned on stopping in Placerville for lunch. We always enjoy finding a cool little place for a good sandwich or Burger and a beer. Placerville was pretty busy on this gorgeous sunny Friday afternoon. We did find a little hole in the wall place on the main drag called the Old Town Grill and we’re fortunate to find a place to park close by. The burgers were great, however this place did not serve alcohol, so we had to go without our beer.

After leaving Placerville we decided to stop at the Historic Georgetown Hotel and Saloon. Georgetown was considered the Hub of the great California Gold Rush. The first minors looking for gold arrived in early 1848, with the town of Georgetown being established in August 1849. The Georgetown Hotel and Saloon was established in 1856 and is still open today.

Georgetown Hotel and Saloon

The Hotel has a cool vibe as you walk through the swinging Saloon doors and walk across the old hardwood floor. Miss Linda and I shared a “shot” of tequila and headed out to Wentworth Springs Road. On the way back we stopped in again and finally had our beer.

Ruth Chris Steak House

We had dinner that night at the Ruth Chris Steakhouse in Roseville. This is a great steak house that serves USDA Prime steaks. Only 2% of all steaks are rated as USDA Prime. We brought a bottle of Justin Wine with us, it was their Isosceles Reserve, which is absolutely my favorite bottle of wine. You may remember my post on our road trip to Justin Winery. Nothing better than a nice steak dinner and a great bottle of Wine.

Conclusion

We had thought about canceling this trip when the 911 wasn’t available, luckily we already had a hotel booked and dinner reservation which helped motivate us to head out anyway. The car, the weather, the road and great food and drinks……. what could be better!! This was indeed a perfect day for road trip!!

Please leave comments below and enjoy the road!!

Wes

Exotic Cars and Road Trips

Audi R8

A naturally aspirated V-10 that revs to 8500 RPM’s………that’s exotic!! The sound of the V-10 as you reach 8500 RPM’s is something everyone should hear while you still can. There are basically only two cars left out there that offer the V-10, the Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Huracan (which are both owned by the Volkswagen Group) are the last two cars out there you can get with a V-10. The Audi R8 with its naturally aspirated V-10 definitely belongs on my Exotic Car Reviews!!

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The Lamborghini and the Audi are basically the same car as they both share the same engine and drive train. The Audi is a little more plush inside, with a more compliant suspension and slightly detuned with a little less horsepower than the Huracan. The Audi R8 is more of a Grand Tourer, while the Lamborghini is a little more focused for the track……… otherwise the same car.

This time I actually rented a 2020 Audi R8 from Enterprise Exotic Car Rental to enjoy for the day……….. I might need to add a post to my website and give some reviews about Exotic Car Rental companies as there are a lot of them out there. Renting an Exotic Car from Enterprise was like buying a Lexus from a Toyota Dealership………… I got the car, however I did not get that luxury exotic car buying experience………………

Lamborghini Huracan

We picked up the R8 in Roseville Ca, and then headed up to Georgetown Ca about 40 miles away. You may remember Georgetown from my post Day Trip Georgetown Ca. Just outside of Georgetown is Wentworth Springs Road which runs about 35 miles to Ice House Rd. This is a great well maintained two lane road, with some great elevation changes, big sweepers, tight twistys and some nice straight aways……………. best of all, it never has much traffic. A great road to enjoy an exotic car.

They say the only way to get a 100% performance from an exotic car is on the race track, if your lucky you may reach 7/10ths performance on the road if you are really good. On this trip, with Miss Linda in the passenger seat I would say we were at about 5/10ths. I was driving as hard and aggressive as I could while being considerate of Miss Linda. The tires squealed a couple of times but we never lost traction.

This car was a big difference from my manual transmission, front engine, rear wheel drive Z06. The Audi is a V-10, mid engine, automatic (dual clutch) transmission with all wheel drive. Though I have driven some mid engine cars, I do not have a lot of experience with them. I was concerned that I might experience some understeer (when you turn the wheel and the cars keeps going straight) as I have in other mid engine cars I have driven. With the engine in the back, there is less weight on the front wheels to aid traction. The R8 handled great, I never felt any understeer and the handling overall was awesome.

After we picked up the car we had some freeway driving to get to Georgetown, so we put the R8 in “comfort” mode which was just that. The Audi R8 was amazingly quiet with the windows up and the ride was very smooth. The Transmission was also very smooth, though it felt super lazy!! On the freeway when I went to pass someone and smashed the right peddle to the floor, it felt like it took forever to downshift and go………the delay was surprising. Once we got in the mountains, we switched the Audi to “dynamic” mode. This changed everything…………the all wheel drive system shifted most of the power to rear wheels, the suspension stiffened up and you could feel the road in a good way. The steering started communicating more and the transmission came alive. the shifts became instant and the rev matching on the down shifts with all the crackles and pops from the exhaust was super cool!!

The Road Ahead

The biggest disappointment with the Audi were the paddle shifters………. they were so small that if you were not looking for them you would not notice them. They were also hard to reach and if your hand position was slightly off you could not reach them at all. They did work well and the gear changes were super quick, however after a while is was just easier to put back in automatic mode and let the dual clutch do its thing. Overall it was a great drive and a great day!!

A Little History

Audi AG is a German automobile manufacturer that designs, engineers, produces, markets and distributes luxury vehicles. Audi is a member of the Volkswagen Group and has its roots at Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany. Audi-branded vehicles are produced in nine production facilities worldwide.

Audi F103

The company name is based on the Latin translation of the surname of the founder, August Horch. “Horch”, meaning “listen” in German, becomes “audi” in Latin. The four rings of the Audi logo each represent one of four car companies that banded together to create Audi’s predecessor company, Auto Union in 1932. The modern era of Audi essentially began in the 1960s when Auto Union was acquired by Volkswagen from Daimler-Benz. After relaunching the Audi brand with the 1965 introduction of the Audi F103 series, Volkswagen merged Auto Union with NSU Motorenwerke in 1969, thus creating the present day form of the company. Audi, is among the best-selling luxury automobile brands in the world.

The Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car (designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig) first appeared at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show and the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on September 30, 2006. There was some confusion with the name, which the car shares with the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning R8 Le Mans Prototype (LMP). Initial models included the R8 4.2 FSI coupe (with a V8 engine) and R8 5.2 FSI coupe (with a V10 engine). It was offered with both a manual and automatic transmission. The manual transmission and the V-8 were both dropped in 2013. Convertible models, called the Spyder by the manufacturer, were introduced in 2008. Followed by the high-performance GT model introduced in 2011. The Motorsport variants of the R8 were also subsequently introduced from 2008 onwards. Jacky Ickx a 6-time 24 hours of Le mans winner described the R8 as the best handling car today.

Audi R8 Le Mans Prototype

The R8 became the personal vehicle for Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) throughout six films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Type 42 models were used in the Iron Man Trilogy with a V8 in Iron Man, a V10 Spyder in Iron Man 2, and an e-tron prototype in Iron Man 3. Type 4S models appeared in later Marvel Studios movies with 2016 V10 Plus models in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War and a Spyder model in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Some Specs

The Audi R8 gets a full refresh for the 2020 model year, with revised styling, more power and a host of new technology. Audi says the new R8 shares around 50 per cent of its parts with the R8 LMS GT3 race car. The exterior restyling is subtle: The updated front bumper includes a new honeycomb grille with R8 badge, front spoiler lip, and lateral air intakes. The updated rear bumper continues with honeycomb air outlets, oval exhaust pipes (which are definitely over sized), and a new rear diffuser. The headlights have also been darkened, and the rocker panel has been redesigned and includes an inlay. The R8 V-10 Coupe (that we drove) and Spyder get their speed from a 562-horsepower, 5.2-litre V-10 engine mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission that can shift gears in as little as 120 milliseconds. The R8 V-10 performance Coupe and Spyder see their V-10s pump out 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. All R8 models now achieve a top track speed of 199 mph.

Our Audi R8 for the Day

Audi says there is now a greater difference between the R8’s driving modes, and in the “Comfort” setting, the R8 is definitely a comfortable ride over long distances. When you switch to “Dynamic” mode, however, you get to enjoy the R8 at its fullest. The rear-biased Quattro system gives the car a mostly rear-wheel-drive feel, but with the benefit of all-wheel-drive grip when you need it. Carbon ceramic brakes come standard on the V10 Performance, with giant, six-pot calipers that can scrub off speed remarkably well, without being too grabby at lower speeds.

Comfort and Practicality

The Audi R8 is an Exotic Car that is truly comfortable for a long drive in its “comfort” mode setting and a willing super car for the track or a nice winding mountain road in its “dynamic setting. The R8 will probably win out here against most other 2 seater exotic cars, in the comfort category. It was very comfortable, smooth and surprisingly quiet…. we really had to roll the windows down to hear that great V-10 singing. I could easily envision a long cross-country trip in this car except for one thing………….

Audi R8 Frunk

This car has no room for enough luggage for a true get away………… You have a small shelf behind the seats that is good for a couple jackets, but not much else. You then only have approx 4 cubic ft of space in the “frunk” in the front of the car. You might be able to fit one carry on size piece of luggage or maybe a couple of back packs……..and that’s about it. If your wife has a shoe bag…………. forget about it, we have no room.

Conclusion

This was a great day and something we will definitely be doing again. We love cars here at Exotic Cars and Road Trips and the joy of experiencing great roads in great cars. Each car has its unique strengths, weaknesses and character. Each car will provide a difference experience and adventure that will we continue to explore.

It was a Great Day

The Audi R8 was a great car and we had a great day!! I would recommend the Audi R8 as a great Grand Tourer that would be very comfortable on a long drive in comfort mode…………………with the ability to become a great back road performer in dynamic mode!! Just don’t go too far depending on the luggage you were able to fit in.

Please leave comments below and come back for more Exotic Car Reviews.

Wes

Exotic Cars and Road Trips

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Yes, it has four doors and 4 seats………..and Yes, with its Ferrari sourced 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 pushing 505 HP, it definitely needs to be included in my exotic car reviews!! This site is about exotic cars and road trips and the Alfa is a great road trip car with the flair and performance of an Italian exotic!! You may remember from my “Next 140 Miles” post that one of the cars on that trip was in fact an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (Giulia QV) driven by our friend Alex. Trust me when I say we all had to be on our toes and ready to go or the Alfa and Alex would leave us behind…………. Please look for his video of that trip and the Alfa below.

Exotic Car Reviews
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I had read some about the Alfa prior to our trip, however I had never seen one……….. it was a very sexy car!! It is much more exotic than its competitors, a BMW M4, an Audi RS5 or an AMG C63 S. One aspect of an exotic car is its rarity…….. how many Alfa’s do you see on the road………..not many. There are so many BMW’s on the road, they have become a common site along with the Audi and Mercedes…………….. not exotic. None of these cars can quite match the power and performance of the QV and none of them have that sexy Italian style. You can say the Quadrifoglio is in the same class as these other cars, however the reality is the QV is a class of one, it stands alone!!

What would you rather drive…………… a BMW M4 with 425 HP……………… boring, or a Sexy Italian Alfa Romeo with 505 HP. Not only is it sexy and powerful, it also handles better than the others and is able to pull .98 G on the skid pad. Everything you will ever read about the Alfa will mention the steering feel. How quick and responsive it is and the amazing communication it provides the driver.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

We are all about road trips here and the pure joy of aggressive driving on those windy mountain roads while still enjoying the sites and sounds of our trip, along with the practicality of a good road trip car……………. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio hits the mark big time!!

A Little History

There is a lot of history, far more than we can cover here. Alfa Romeo Automobiles is an Italian luxury car manufacturer, founded by Frenchman Alexandre Darracq, a company that would produce and sell special Darracq models for Italy. In late 1909, the Italian Darracq cars were selling slowly, and the Italian partners of the company hired Giuseppe Merosi to design new cars. On June 24, 1910, a new company was founded named A.L.F.A., in Milan (initially still in partnership with Darracq). The company’s current name is a combination of the original name, “A.L.F.A.” (“Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobile”), and the last name of entrepreneur Nicola Romeo, who took control of the company in 1915. The brand is known for sporty vehicles and has been involved in car racing since 1911.

1925 Alfa Romeo P2
1925 Alfa Romeo P2

Alfa Romeo has competed successfully in Grand Prix motor racing, Formula One, sports car racing, touring car racing, and rallies. It has competed both as a constructor and an engine supplier, via works entries (usually under the name Alfa Corse or Autodelta), and private entries. The first racing car was made in 1913, three years after the foundation of the company, the Alfa Romeo won the inaugural world championship for Grand Prix cars in 1925. The race victories gave a sporty image to the marque, and Enzo Ferrari founded the Scuderia Ferrari racing team in 1929 as an Alfa Romeo racing team, before becoming independent in 1939. It has had the most wins of any marque in the world.

Alfa Romeo was imported to the United States by Max Hoffman from the mid-1950s. In 1961 Alfa Romeo started exporting cars to the United States through its own dealer network. In 1995, Alfa Romeo stopped exporting cars to the United States. On May 5, 2006, Alfa Romeo announced its return to the US Market. Sales resumed in October 2008, with the launch of the limited production 8C Competizione coupe.

Alfa Romeo 8C
Alfa Romeo 8C

The next significant milestones in Alfa Romeo’s North American return occurred in 2014, with the launch of the more affordable two-seater 4C coupe. In 2015, Alfa Romeo’s return to the market was further bolstered by the automaker’s display of the new Giulia at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The top-of-the-line Giulia Quadrifoglio (Italian for “four-leaf clover”) was the first model in the new Giulia range. It was unveiled in Italy in June 2015. It made its official international debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, with market launch scheduled for February 2016.

Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa Romeo 4C

Some Specs

The Quadrifoglio is powered by an all-aluminum alloy, twin-turbocharged gasoline direct injection 90° V6 engine, with a single-cylinder displacement of just under half a liter, for a total of 2,891 cc (176.4 cu in; 2.9 L). This engine was developed exclusively for the Quadrifoglio by Ferrari technicians and is related to Ferrari’s own twin-turbocharged F154 CB V8 engine, sharing the California T’s bore x stroke of 86.5 mm × 82 mm (3.41 in × 3.23 in). The engine has a maximum power output of 505 HP at 6,500 rpm, and 443 lb⋅ft of torque between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm. The turbochargers are single-scroll compressor IHI units integrated into the manifold, with water-charge air coolers. It has side-mounted direct fuel injection and the peak turbo boost pressure reaches up to 35 psi.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Engine
Giulia Quadrifoglio Engine

The Quadrifoglio weighs 3,360 lb and has a power-to-weight ratio of 6.6 lb. This is achieved courtesy of the Quadrifoglio having composite and light alloy construction, as well as featuring a roof and hood made of carbon fiber.

The front has a carbon fiber splitter and enlarged air intakes for the twin intercoolers and for the brakes — the hood features two cooling outlets for the engine bay. On the sides, the front wings also have outlets to extract air from the wheel wells, and has the Quadrifoglio badges (four-leaf clover); the side skirts are specific to the model, as are the 19-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, a low-profile carbon fiber lip-spoiler is applied to the trunk lid, and a rear diffuser makes up the lower half of the bumper, flanked by quadruple exhaust tips. Working in conjunction with the flared-in underside, the diffuser is fully functional in generating downforce — as the front is the “Active Aero Splitter”, which can vary its angle of attack by 10°, moved by electric motors. The manufacturer claims these active aero elements are the firsts in the Giulia’s market segment and are able to generate up to 220 lb of downforce at 186 mph.

Alfa Front Splitter
Alfa Front Splitter

Mechanically, this model is fitted with a torque vectoring rear differential which is able to send 100% of the torque to the left or right wheel, and an 8-speed automatic transmission manufactured by ZF. The braking system uses carbon ceramic rotors, along with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers and auxiliary rear calipers for the parking brake. The electronic stability control and the traditional brake booster are combined in a single electromechanical system. Driving modes include “Dynamic”, “Natural” and “Advanced Efficiency” modes (the last one uses cylinder deactivation for increased fuel economy), and “Race” (for high performance — with louder exhaust note and all electronic stability control systems turned off).

Rear Diffuser
Rear Diffuser

According to Alfa Romeo, the Giulia Quadrifoglio can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and come to a standstill from that speed in 105 feet. The Quadrifoglio can attain a top speed of 191 mph. This Quadrifoglio also completed the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit in 7 minutes 32 seconds, a record for a 4 door sedan.

Comfort and Practicality

I think the Alfa is going to win this category. Of course, we have four doors and 4 seats which could be used for either extra people or extra luggage. We also have an actual trunk with approx 13 cubic feet of storage.

Alfa Trunk
Alfa Trunk

The Qaudrifoglio comes equipped with most of your modern day options. You can also add their Active Driver Assist Package for $2,000 which includes a level II tech bundle that features adaptive cruise control with lane centering, lane-keep assist and active blind spot montering.

Alfa Interior
Alfa Interior

“This might be the best handling sedan I have driven in 25 years of automotive journalism. The way it puts down power, the way it reacts with a snap to attention, the way it never seems to be caught unaware. Be wary of soft brakes when the car is cold, which can catch you out. It’s a little bit turbulent over frost heaves. But that is just part of the fun. You can’t believe a sedan is actually doing this level of work; there is so much room behind the driver for passengers, plus a Costco-ready trunk. And yet the Giulia is going toe to toe with world-class supercars.” – Mark Rechtin – Motor Trend 2017 Best Driver’s Car

 

Conclusion

If you are looking for a nice exotic road trip car, look no further than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. It is comfortable, roomy with room for four plus a trunk…………….. and trust me, you will not have any trouble keeping up with the Ferrari or Lamborghini!! I posted the video that Alex put together for us in my post “Next 140 Miles” and I am going to post here again as well…………. take look and enjoy!!

Alfa Road Trip
Alfa Road Trip

So, if you happen to see an Alfa Romeo with that Quadrifoglio badge on the side……that four leaf clover, slow down, you are looking at something special!!

Please leave comments below,

Wes

Exotic Cars and Road Trips

 

Day Trip Georgetown, CA

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This was just a quick little 1 day trip up to Georgetown Ca. It was a Sunday morning in mid February, the sun was out and the sky’s were clear……. a beautiful day. The temperature was in the mid to high 50s, so it was still a little nippy out. A little ice on the road would make for bit of a nervous and cautious adventure. We planned on leaving around 10:00 AM that morning and getting to Georgetown around lunchtime as it would take between about two hours to get there. With that we were off to another in our series of Best California Road Trips.

The Route

The Plan

A day trip does not require a lot of planning. So this plan came together Sunday morning and a little later we were on the road. We would leave at about 10:00 AM and get to Georgetown about noon and find a place to eat. After that, we would head out to Wentworth Springs Rd. This starts out as Main Street in Georgetown and heads east. As you are leaving Georgetown it becomes Wentworth Springs Rd.

Wentworth Springs Rd is Approximately 35 miles until you reach a fork in the road that is Ice House Rd. Our plan was to drive to Ice House Rd and then turn around and come back. Today our trip was more about the driving than the destination.

 

The Car

Of course we are in the Z06 again. We were able to take the top off the car today as it was a beautiful clear sunny day. We did have sweatshirts and the heater on as it was only about 58 degrees outside. It was so nice to feel the cool crisp air, the rumble of the car as we enjoyed the nice mountain road.

As much as I love this car, it and I are “fair weather” road trippers. My wife and I try to avoid rain, ice and snow. On this day we would find some ice on the road.

The car has many driving modes, one of them being a weather mode. I was able to try out weather mode on a track day when they were showing us driving skills. They put us out on a wide open patch of pavement covered in water. They had us try to maintain control as we made high speed turns on the wet surface………… needless to say it was difficult to maintain control of the car and most of us were doing donuts. The instructors had us put the car in “weather mode” and we tried again. It was completely impossible to make the car spin out or do a donut…………….. so it does work. Even with that great feature we still try to avoid those days when the weather is not great.

Stumpy Meadow Lake

The Road

The road of course is the reason for the trip. Wentworth Springs Rd is about 35 miles from Georgetown to Ice House Rd. Wentworth Springs Rd does continue on after Ice House Rd, though our plan was to turn around at Ice House Rd and enjoy the road some more on the return trip.

As you know by now I really hate driving on the freeway. I always get nervous and uptight as all the cars are weaving in and out traffic trying to get somewhere………….. I just slow down and watch. It is somewhat strange to some that as I find those nice two lane winding roads, I start driving faster with an aggressive intent, that I actually start to relax and enjoy the road.

We did have about an hour of freeway driving on this trip until we got off of Hwy 50 at the Ponderosa exit which took us to Hwy 193, which is a nice two lane winding road to Georgetown.

Wentworth Springs Rd is a nice two lane mountain road. It is a nice wide well maintained Rd that has some nice tight turns, big sweepers and some nice hills and drops. As we were about 15 miles along we passed by Stumpy Meadow Lake. Then as we get to the higher elevations we can also see the remains of a California forest fire. There is a lot of evidence of fire with some barren land and burnt remains of the trees that stood in the distance.

On this day our trip was cut short. Though the weather was great, it was still the middle of February. There had not been any snow in the area for over a month and we did not expect any issues. We did notice about 5 miles into our drive that there were a lot of wet patches in the shade and then about 15 miles in we saw some ice on the shoulder of the road. This of course caused us to slow down a bit and not be as aggressive with our driving, though we would continue on. Then about 20 miles in we came to a section of the road were about three quarters of the road was covered with ice………….. this made us a little more cautious. In fact at this point we decided it would be best to turn around and not press our luck.

The Divide

The destination

Well, the destination was Georgetown where Wentworth Springs Rd begins. My lovely wife Miss Linda as she usually does was checking out Yelp as we drove to Georgetown. She found a nice little place called “The Divide”. This turned out to be a great little local favorite. They served an array of burgers and sandwiches. My wife had a BLT with parmesan crusted sour dough bread that was great. I had a grilled cheese with bacon also on the parmesan crusted sourdough bread that was also great. One of the joys of our road trips are these little places that we find that you would never know about.

Conclusion

Such a great day!!! A trip such as this is so nice as it does not take a lot of planning and is a great way to spend a day. The joy of the road, the beautiful weather, my lovely wife Miss Linda and the wind blowing through our hair……… or across my shiny head………….Even with the drive being cut short because of some ice in the road, it was still a great way to spend the day. Always enjoy the road!!

Please leave comments below!!

Wes

Justin Winery

Best California Road Trips series –

This is an annual trip we have been taking since about 2010. It has turned into one of our favorite “Road Trips”. It was around 2016 when a friend told us about Hwy 198, that is when every thing changed.

Route

My wife had discovered Justin Wines on a girls weekend get-a-way to the Paso Robles wine region. She liked it so much she became a wine club member which has led to our annual trips for a variety of Justin Wine Events. Justin Wine’s Isosceles has become my very favorite wine!!

When our friend told us about Hwy 198 and how much she thought I would enjoy the road, we had to incorporate this road on our annual trip. Since the discovery of Hwy 198, this has become one of our favorite Best California Road Trips.

The Plan

This year we decided to go down for Justin Wine’s “Vineyard View Dinner”. This was going to be in August. We asked our friends Mike and Jill if they would like join us this year (Mike’s a “car guy”). They agreed and we made our plans. Our trip would begin in Monterey Ca. Once again we will not talk about the 2 to 3 hours of traffic on the interstate to get to Monterey.

We planned on getting to Monterey around Lunch time and then head down Hwy 1 along the California Coast to Cambria Ca where we would stay for this two night trip. The drive home would take us east on Hwy 46 to Hwy 101 which would take us to Hwy 198, which is about 50 miles of some of the best driving roads anywhere………… Lets Go!!

Cambria Boardwalk

The Cars

Yes, we are in the Z06 again. This trip is a perfect example of why I love this car so much. As I have said before we could have some debate on the Z06 being an “exotic car”. Exotic cars are typically rare, expensive and impractical while being great performance cars. The Z06 is not rare and it is not overly expensive. The Z06 can match almost any exotic car in performance and is more practical then most exotic cars. On this trip we were able to travel with the top roof removed and stowed in the back with two pieces of luggage and of course the shoe bag.

Cayman & Z06 at Paso Winery

Our friends, Mike and Jill were in their 2015 Porsche Cayman. I love these cars, they are so great for road trips. Mike’s Cayman has the good six cylinder engine, before the Cayman went to the turbocharged 4 cylinder version. The Cayman is also a great road trip car with storage available in the front and in the rear. If I was to have another favorite road trip car it would be a Porsche Cayman, in fact the 2020 Porsche Cayman GT4 with a six speed manual is the new car I am most interested in driving. When I get my chance to drive this car I will tell you all about it.

The Road

Hwy 1 can have overcast skies and fogging days most of the summer months of June, July and August. This trip was taking place in August which means the weather could be good or bad. On this trip the weather was perfect with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine

Hwy 1

This was also Pebble Beach car week for the 2019 Concours d’Elegance. We had thoughts of checking out one of the cas shows on the way………… but after realizing that the line for the car show was taking 3 hours to get in we decided to just head down Hwy 1 to our destination. This turned out to be a great car show on its own, there were cars everywhere as we began our trip. Pretty sure we saw Clint Eastwood in a blue Ferrari as we were leaving the Monterey area. As we headed south on Hwy 1, almost every car heading north was some type of exotic or vintage car heading to Pebble Beach. The weather this day was spectacular with the ocean crashing against the jagged rocks below and blue skies above. Hwy 1 could be a spectacular driving road, however it typically does not happen, Hwy 1 is almost always busy and the views are such that it makes the most since to enjoy the views and have a safe drive.

Hwy 198 was a great discovery. This is about 50 miles of some of the best driving roads anywhere………… it is definitely one of my favorites! In fact, Motor Trend uses this road for their annual “Best Driver’s Car” competition with the track portion taking place at Laguna Seca. Motor Trend actually closes off about a 4-mile section of the road with the assistance of the California Hwy Patrol.

We take Hwy 198 on our return trip home. We leave Cambria and head East on Hwy 46 for about 20 miles to Hwy 101 and then north about 30 miles to the exit for Hwy 198. The exit for Hwy 198 off Hwy 101 has no services……. no gas station, no convenience store…….. nothing. This is fantastic because hardly anyone takes this exit. It is about 50 miles on Hwy 198 to Coalinga Ca. Coalinga is a small farming community………….. the bottom line, there are very few cars on this road. We will typically not see more than 4 cars for the entire 50 miles. Hwy 198 is a wide well maintained two lane road, with big sweeping turns, some great twisties and several elevation changes. It offers some of the best opportunities for some aggressive driving anywhere you can find!!

Hwy 198

The Destination

There are a lot of places to see and enjoy on this trip as you travel down the coast. Along the way about 6 miles north of Cambria is Hearst Castle. If you have never stopped there it is a must see! The property is over 250,000 acres and it truly is a Castle!! The view from the top is amazing. It is almost impossible to see everything in one trip. The year we stopped by they were refurbishing the “Neptune pool” so we will definitely be going back to see it again.

Neptune Pool

We stayed at the Cambria Landing Inns & Suites. This is a great place to stay right on the Ocean’s edge with great views. Right next door is the Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill, we’ve had a many great meals here!

There are almost 200 wineries in the Paso Robles Wine Country, you could spend days finding them all. We enjoyed some really good wine at the Tooth and Nail Winery, which has a “castle” theme with an actual mote.

The Justin Wine Dinner was an amazing event. It was one of the best wine pairing dinners we have ever had. Our wives had the Reserve Wine selection while Mike and I had the regular………. it didn’t matter as all of Justin wines are spectacular!! Though the reserve wines are just a little better.

Justin Wine

 

On the way home we typically stop for lunch at the Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant in Coalinga after our drive on Hwy 198. It always hits the spot.

After Coalinga, it is about 10 miles east to I -5 and the boring 3 hours drive on the interstate home.

Another Great Trip

As with most of our trips the road is the star and the reason, however this one is a little different as the destination was great before we discovered what a great driving road experience it could be. We look forward to this trip every year as we know how much we enjoy the road and there are so many more places along the way to discover!!

Enjoy The Road!!

Wes

Need for Speed (Almost)

Best California Road Trips series –

We actually did this road trip in May 2019. It was inspired by the movie “Need For Speed”. At the end of the movie was an epic race through the majestic Redwood Forrest and the Northern California coast. The road and the scenery looked amazing and something we needed to try. Ever since the movie came out in 2014 I had wanted to drive this road and now was our opportunity.

Route

This should be an excellent addition to our series of Best California Road Trips as with most of our trips the places we find along the way and the destination were more than we expected.

The Plan

As it happens with most of our trips, it starts with the Road. I did some research to find out which roads were used in the movie for that final race scene. It turned out that it was in Northern California not to far from where we live in the Central Valley. The final race scene in the movie actually starts on Hwy 253 just south of Ukiah, California heading southwest were it ends at Hwy 128. You then take Hwy 128 northwest where it runs into Hwy 1 were you turn south and head down Hwy 1 to the Point Arena Lighthouse where the race ends.

As with most of our road trips, I have picked the road and Miss Linda finds places to stay along the way. Sometimes our trip will vary just a bit depending on the places we find on the way. This is the Need for Speed (almost) part. We missed Ukiah and Hwy 253 on this trip and we did not make it to the Point Arena Lighthouse were the race ended until day 2 of our trip.

With our trip now planned we headed out for what would be one of our favorite adventures!

The Cars

We are in our C7 Corvette Z06 again on this trip as I am daydreaming about the cars that were in the movie. The weather for this trip was excellent. It was bright and sunny around 80 degrees when we left the valley and around 65 when we reached the coast. We had the top off the car for most of the trip which is always nice.

It was pretty amazing to watch the cars in the movie as they flew down Hwy 128 as the sun was streaking through the big Redwoods trees as the sounds filled the air. There were six cars in the final race of the movie. The combined value of these six cars was just under $9,000,000. The cars, A Saleen S7 Twin Turbo V-8 with 750 HP, A Lamborghini Sesto Elemento V-10 with 570 HP, A McLaren P-1 Twin Turbo V-8 Hybrid with 903 HP, A GTA Spano V-10 with 900 HP, A Begatti Veyron Super Sport W-16 with 1200 HP and a Koenigsegg Agera Twin Turbo V-8 with 950 HP. In this final race of the movie, five of the six cars were basically destroyed with one lone winner. If you haven’t seen the movie I recommend it as a fun and entertaining movie especially if you like exotic cars. If you have already seen it, great, if not watch to find out who wins

Koenigsegg Agera
Koenigsegg Agera

The Road

Hwy 128 was the road for the race in the movie. They pick up Hwy 128 from Hwy 253 in the movie. Hwy 128 actually goes right through the Napa Valley in the Heart of wine country. It took us about an hour and half to get to Winters, California from our house where Hwy 128 begins. The road is a nice two lane twisty road that goes around Lake Berryessa which is the largest lake in Napa County, California. This reservoir in the Vaca Mountains was formed following the construction of the Monticello Dam on Putah Creek in the 1950s. Since the early 1960s, this reservoir has provided water and hydroelectricity to the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

As you come down out of the Vaca mountains Hwy 128 comes to Hwy 29 which is also known as the Silverado Trail which is home to some amazing Napa Winery’s just south of St Helena. This was not a wine tasting trip, so we continued on to Calistoga where Hwy 29 meets up with Hwy 128 again. We continued on 128 toward Healsburg where we stopped for Lunch. We then hit Hwy 101 North for a few miles to find 128 as we head NorthWest toward Hwy 1 and our destination,

Hwy 128
Hwy 128

The Destination

Where will the Road take us this time…………. as Linda did her research she found a place called the Little River Inn which was just a couple miles north of where Hwy 128 meets with Hwy 1. We decided to head north to the Little River Inn and decided to head South on Hwy 1 to the Point Arena Light House on the drive home. The Little River Inn was an amazing place with incredible views of the Pacifc Ocean with a great restaurant and Bar. We decided to stay at the bar for dinner as going to the dinning room would end our view of the Ocean. We had a good time at the bar as their are a lot of locals that hang out their as well. It was a great evening, though felt a little tired the next morning………

Little River Inn
View from our room at the Little River Inn

The next day we headed about 15 miles north to Ft Bragg were we had lunch down on the warf. We actually watched as fisherman came in to clean and drop off their catch. We had some of the freshest fish and chips we have ever tasted.

This area is home to the Alexander Valley which is another great California wine region. We had received many recommendations for wineries in the area, however we have so many wineries were we live we where looking for something different. When we were having lunch in Ft Bragg, I simply typed in “wineries close by” and three popped up. One looked to be about 13 miles north of Ft Bragg on Hwy 1. No one had told us about this place…… but we decided to check it out. This was the find of the trip. As we headed north on Hwy 1 along the coast we saw the winery. No big signs and not a lot of people

Pacific Star Winery
Relaxing at Pacific Star Winery

as we turned in.

The owner who is a Napa Valley wine maker transplant started the winery in 1998. She does not grow her own grapes but buys then from the surrounding Alexander Valley. She makes the wine right their on the property overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The owner was the one who was pouring our wine as we tasted as she told the story of how the winery sits right on the San Andreas Fault.

This was an unforgettable experience. The weather this day in May was perfect. It was 65 degrees with little to no breeze and clear blue skies. We bought a bottle of Red Wine and took at seat in the adirondack chairs sitting right on the cliffs with the waves crashing below our feet. It was one of the best bottles of wine we have ever had even though I don’t remember exactly which wine we had. The weather, the views and the wine caused us to stay for over 3 hours just enjoying the entire experience……….. it must have been the location. You have got to check this place out.

The following day on our way home we headed south on Hwy 1 to Point Arena Lighthouse. This is where the race from the movie ended. We parked the Vette next to the lighthouse. This lighthouse was originally built in 1870 and was damaged by an earthquake in 1906 as it sits along the a fore mentioned San Andrea Fault. It was rebuilt in 1908 and still stands today.

Point Arena
Point Arena Lighthouse

You Never Know what you will find

This is definitely a trip we will probably take every year. The drive was great, the food was great, the unexpected find of a winery sitting right on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean will be hard to top.

Wes

Santa Cruz

Best California Road Trips series –

So it was Thursday morning January 2nd and I was back at the office after the New Years day holiday. I did not have a lot on my calendar for the day and Friday was not busy either due to the holiday. I checked with my wife, Linda (we do work together) and her calendar was slow as well. Hey, lets go on a road trip!! I said. She looked at me funny and rolled her eyes a bit and said sure………. and with that one of our best California road trips was about to begin.

Route

In this blog I am going to share with you how a plan comes together, in this case last minute and leaving the next day, the car, which is a big part of the motivation for the trip, along with the road we will be driving. Of course, we will also talk about the destination which is actually secondary to the decision as the “Road” dictates the reason for the trip and the destination as a result of where the road takes us. In almost every case we find something special and unique about the destination that makes the trip that much better.

How a plan comes together

When my wife had finished rolling her eyes she finally asked me where we were going. A friend of mine, who is an avid surfer in the Santa Cruz area, had told me about this nice two lane winding road between Saratoga, Ca and Santa, Cruz Ca. I am always looking for nicely paved, winding road for a great driving experience and my wife is a great co-pilot who also enjoys the adventure and destination. Santa Cruz is close enough to where we live that we decided to make it a two-day one night trip

With route and destination determined, Linda did her thing. She got online and started checking for a place to stay in Santa Cruz for our one night stay along with some cool places to eat………… our own little Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives adventure.

The Car

Yes, that is my car on the Home page. It is a 2016 Corvette Z06. I absolutely love this car and it is so much fun to drive as well as being a great road trip car. It has 650 HP and a 7 speed manual transmission. There is nothing I enjoy more then flying into a corner, hitting the brakes hard, down shifting, hitting the corner and then getting back on the gas hard upshifting as we head to the next corner and then braking hard to do it all over again. Linda is great as a passenger and enjoys the aggressive driving as long as I don’t do something

Z06
Z06

stupid…………

The car is also extremely practical in how comfortable it is and easy to drive. It has plenty of room for luggage which a lot of exotic cars don’t have. In our Z06 we can even remove the roof panel for the open air experience and we are still able to store two suit cases and a shoe bag (yes, we must always have the shoe bag) in the back.

The Road

Highway 9 was the reason for this road trip. We hope to have a series of the best California road trips in future blogs. Highway 9 is a little over 30 miles of nicely paved and maintained road winding through the Santa Cruz mountains taking you near redwood forests and many small towns, such as Boulder  Creek, Ben Lamond and Felton.

Hwy 9 to Santa Cruz
Hwy 9 to Santa Cruz

We live in the Central Valley of California where it is so flat that the only hills we have are the freeway overpasses. The nice thing about the Central Valley is that we are less then the 2 hours from the Sierra Mountains to the east or the Pacific Ocean to the West. We won’t spend any time talking about our boring drive on I-5, 205, 580, 680 and 880 and the typical crowded bay area traffic to get us to our starting point of Saratoga Ca.

Highway 9 is a little known road even by the locals in Saratoga. We had stopped for Lunch at the Big Bison Burger Barn in Saratoga which was on Big Bison Way. As road signage was vague and we were not a 100% sure where Hwy 9 was, we asked two workers at the restaurant. One had no idea and the other directed us to take 880 to Santa Cruz………….eeek, 880 is a terrible congested bay area freeway. As it turns our, Big Bison Way where the restaurant was located, is in fact Hwy 9.

When we headed our after lunch on Hwy 9, it was about 1:00 PM. It was beautiful sunny day, about 60 degrees. The road was great!! It was a nice wide two lane road and our first 4 to 5 miles we had no traffic and I was able to get in some nice aggressive driving in the “twistys”!! The redwood forest added to the beauty of the road, however it also provided some shady areas to the road that had some moisture from the morning fog, so you need to be a little careful.

We did run into some traffic after our first 4 to 5 miles. It was not super crowed even then, just a couple of cars, however there are not a lot of places to pass. The road is a little more populated then I would have thought, with various residences (some really beautiful and big homes) along with some of those other small towns I mentioned. We did not stop at any of those small towns on this trip but have plans to go back and check them our. Probably the best time to take this road would be in the spring or summer early in the morning.

We had not even given any thought to the drive home at this point as our trip was all about getting there. We thought about going back the same way on Hwy 9 and checking our some those small towns but after looking at the map (I still like pulling our the old paper map and spreading it our over the table) it hit me that we were right at Hwy 1 which runs most of the length of the state right on the coast. So we decided to take Hwy 1 north from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay Ca and then take Hwy 92 East back to the Central Valley.

Hwy 1 near Santa Cruz

Saturday was another beautiful day as we headed our with sunny skies and a high temperature for the day of 63. We have driven most of Hwy 1 in the state, however we had not driven this particular section before. Hwy 1 is always beautiful and winding with amazing scenery of the ocean and cliffs. I don’t know if there is ever a good time to take this road to avoid traffic………. traffic is always there so we just slow down and enjoy the view. It is a little over 40 miles from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay and this section of Hwy 1 was mostly a straight road with a few winding sections, however the views of the ocean and cliffs were amazing.

After leaving Half Moon Bay we headed east on Hwy 92 for about 14 miles toward San Mateo where we would find all of our crowded Bay Area freeways to begin the boring part of our trip home. Hwy 92 turns our to be another nice well maintained two lane twisty road through the Bay Area mountain forests. It would be one of the best driving roads our there, though it is hard to say when that would be as it was super crowed and hard to imagine a time when it’s not.

The Destination

Highway 9 was the reason for the trip which took us to Santa Cruz, however sometimes the best part of the road trip is the destination or the places along the way. Our first stop along the way was the Big Bison Burger Barn in Saratoga which I mentioned previously. It is nice place with an extensive craft beer selection and of course burgers. It was a great place to stop for lunch

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz

before heading off on Hwy 9.

We arrived in Santa Cruz in the mid-afternoon, again the weather was great at about 60 degrees and sunny. We checked in at the “Dream Inn” which is the only beach front hotel in Santa Cruz. The four star hotel offers great views from the room’s balcony of ocean sunsets and the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk which has been in existence since 1907 along with the historic “Big Dipper” roller coaster which was built in 1924 and is a National Historical landmark. It is one of the most popular wooden roller coasters in the world. Linda and I enjoyed a nice walk along the boardwalk.

For dinner, Linda had found a place called the Water Street Grill in Santa Cruz. This may have been the find of the trip. When our Uber driver dropped us off our front we were a little worried as we thought it looked like a take our place. As we walked in the door we saw a nice small dinning area off to the side which helped us relax. The Water Street Grill is a local family owned farm to table restaurant. This was a 5 star experience from the service, the presentation and the food. We highly recommend this place if you are in the area.

Saturday morning we had breakfast at the Beach Street Cafe. This is a local breakfast and lunch only cafe just across the street from the Boardwalk. This was within walking distance of our room at the Dream Inn.

As we headed home on Hwy 1 we noticed a lighthouse ahead which was unexpected treat because we love lighthouse’s!! They are always set our on a point on a cliff to protect the ships from getting to close to shore and crashing on the rocky reefs. The scenery at a lighthouse is always full of jagged cliffs and gorgeous views. This was the Pigeon Point Light Station which is one of

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

the tallest in the country, built in 1872.

As we continued on to Hwy 1 to Half Moon Bay, we stopped at the Half Moon Bay Brewery for Lunch. They had nice outdoor seating overlooking the harbor and the weather was great!! After lunch, we headed our Hwy 92 toward home.

Great Trip

This trip was a perfect example of why we love road trips. A great, enjoyable road to drive, great weather and great new places to discover and enjoy along with creating great memories!!

Stay tuned for more of California’s Best Road Trips!!

Wes

About Me

Hello and welcome to my website. My goal is to have a site that car enthusiasts can go to for information on great driving roads and the great experience and destinations along the way, including travel agencies that specialize in setting up these trips and exotic car rental providing great cars to drive. We will also have content on “track days” where you can go to enjoy your exotic cars as they were intended to be used and of course lots of contents on great exotic cars to enjoy on your drive.

Why Exotic cars and Road Trips

I became extremely interested in cars when I was in the 7th grade, primarily corvettes. I told myself I would have one someday. I got my first corvette in 1993 I could not believe how lucky I was that I had achieved my dream. Though I enjoyed the car and I’ve owned a couple more over the years, it was in 2006 when I got my C6 Corvette Z06. This was the first time in my opinion that the corvette could truly compete with true exotic cars from a performance standpoint. I can accept some debate on the Z06 not being an “exotic car”. Exotic cars are typically rare, expensive and impractical while being great performance cars. The Z06 is not rare and it is not overly expensive. The Z06 can match almost any exotic car in performance and is more practical then most exotic cars. I have had the opportunity since then to drive many exotic cars from Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and even an Indy race car. It was then that I started enjoying track days and my wife Linda and I enjoy planning road trips based on the road taken rather than the destination. My wife and I have a great partnership……. I find the road and destination and then she finds the little nuggets along the way such as great places to eat (our own little diners, drive-ins and dives) and fun places to stay.

Wes and Linda
Wes and Linda

 

Why This Site

Though I have enjoyed many great road trips and track days, I have found it difficult at times to find good information about great road trips, track days and exotic cars in one place. There are a lot of individual sites you can go to, however there is really nothing out there that you can go to and get most of this content in one place. Most of our road trips have been pulling out an old paper map, finding what looks like a good road and heading out.

 

What we hope to provide

We hope to provide a place for car enthusiasts to go and find information on great road trips, cool destinations and great cars. We will also provide content on great track day locations and events. I am from Northern California and so as we get started we may have more content in California, however we will definetly expand as we continue. We also want to provide a place for others to share their adventures of great road trips, track days and cool exotic cars. Please check in often and see wants new as we are just getting started.

All the best,

Wesley

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