January 2011

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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I felt like I had entered a tinkerer’s medieval blacksmith shop. Vintage Gran Prix Bugattis from the 1920s and ’30s were strewn haphazardly about the courtyard of the tony Chaminade Resort and Spa in Santa Cruz, CA, and seemingly half of them were being taken apart and put back together.

The tap, tap, tap of a hammer came from one car as a front suspension was taken apart. Another Bug had its engine out and dismantled, and a new crankshaft that had been flown in from England was installed, the mechanic carefully turning it to seat it properly in its Babbitt bearings.

Canadian SCMer Robert Follows greeted me and asked if I happened to have a brass mallet with me. “I’ve got a few adjustments to make on my Type 44,” Follows said.