My Dream Machine: In Their Own Words
Photos and details from just a few of our many exhibitors.
Sean Ricci, 2004 BMW R1150 RT Motorcycle
Redesigned as an R-51 and modeled after Don Gentile’s P-51, circa 1944….was tired of motorcycles looking like all the others. Modified body, lighting and fenders. All markings in paint and hand painted/airbrushed by AVG Garage in Hangtown, California. Extensive powder coating. Modified exhaust (stock appearance). Fuel injected, six speed, drive shaft. Electric Windscreen, heated grips. Head turning scheme, but still an excellent long distance touring machine with detachable hard luggage and BMW motorcycle reliability.
Tony Leopardo, 1962 Corvette Roadster
This beauty has the original 327 V/8 engine, 4-bbl carb, factory 4 speed transmission and rear axle assembly. Polo white paint just like the original 1953 Corvettes color. Still has the original steel wheels, dual exhausts and factory wheel covers. Just a very nice, super clean, daily driver with an ugraded Hurst shifter and a Retro-Sound AM/FM radio. It just sounds, looks and drives great!
David Russel, 1951 Tatra
My unique car is a Tatra, from Czechoslovakia. It is a 1951 Tatraplan T600, a model that was built with a rear mounted 4 cylinder air-cooled boxer engine, not the rear mounted V-8 air cooled engines found in the preceding T77 & T88 models or the subsequent T603 and T613 models. It caught the eye of Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld, both of whom were intrigued when they spotted it at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.
Trent Ostrander, 1972 Ford F-250, Cummins Diesel Swap, 5-speed manual transmission, Grabber Blue paint
This 1972 Ford F-250 was the transformation of an old Sonoma county farm truck into a high performing shop truck. We performed an engine swap and complete body restoration, took the car down to bare metal and rebuilt entire body and added a moderate lift with new all-terrain tires. We upgraded suspension, brakes, interior, transmission and electronics. The engine conversion took us from the original 72 era gas engine with a 10 MPG to a 25 MPG diesel upon installing the Cummins engine. We also benefitted from an increase in horsepower and torque. This truck will now be able to haul a lot more than just wine grapes!
Rick Suarez, 1957 Chevy Bel Air 2-Door Hard Top
I purchased this 1957 Bel Air about 15 years ago from a guy who started the restoration and had been working on it for about 4 years then gave up on it. When I purchased it, the body was stripped from all its moldings – just the windows were intact and the rest of the car was in boxes! When I started working on it, it didn’t take but one day to think, “What the heck did I get self into?” These projects do not come with directions! I was definitely way in over my head. So, after few years of saving money to start my restoration and buying 2 of my boys a vehicle each 3 years apart as they went through high school and college respectively, a '68 Cougar & '66 Chevelle, not to mention college tuitions again, there was not enough money left in the piggy bank for me. So, as always my ’57 Bel Air was on hold, again due to, “family needs coming first.”. After a few more years of saving and encouragement from a really good friend and making some good contacts to help with my project, I finally started working on it. First the car color, then the interior and then the rest of it “slowly” fell into place. There is plenty of more work to be done as any car owner knows, it is never completely finished as there is always something else that could be added. Would I do it all over again, probably not, but I found my dream car and I am loving every minute of driving it as well as, the smiles, compliments, stories and all the thumbs up signs whenever I take her out!
Kimberly Kreigh, 2014 Maserati Granturismo Sport
You might laugh, but this is our “family car”. Not the first thing that would come to mind when you see this car go by! This car has been a dream to each of us in our family, the stylish looks won over my heart (mom), the speed has captivated my husband, and the sound and power make both our son and daughter giggle! We enjoy doing everything together as a family, and hard work from all of us has helped to make this dream for us a reality. Many a weekend is spent together in this beauty; from drives down the coast, beach picnics, and dinners are spent enjoying this wonderful machine and most importantly each other’s company. A sports car with a back seat to accommodate a family. Most of all we enjoy meeting people and taking our “family car” to local car shows.
David Rojas aka Nacho, 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7
I'm the 2nd owner since 1992, I bought it from the original owner out of New Castle California, but the car is originally purchased from a dealer in Chico, California. When our daughter was born we brought her home from the hospital in it. She's now going to be 21 this September and when she graduates from college it will go to her as a promise from the day she was born and as a graduation present to her. The car is an original AC car and has a 351c, 4bbl with a c6 transmission and a 8 inch rear-end. As far as the paint and interior goes we got it just like you see her. I've only done minor details to the interior over the years so she still has the original leather seats as well. It also has a sticker under the trunk lid showing the Laguna Seca J-Wax Can-Am Monterey Castro Grand Prix October 10th, 11th and 12th of 1969, but we're not sure if it was on the track at that time. This car has been a joy over the years for us and has taken us all over Northern California to many shows over the past 25 years.
Adam Noone, 35th Anniversary Camaro
It’s a 2002 35th anniversary Camaro loaded with:
- A fully built LS6
- Biggest cam that would fit in the motor from EPS cams
- Ported 243 heads
- Ported fast 102 intake and Throttle body
- FTP 104mm intake lid with a Chris 1313 ram air kit
- Nitrous outlet hardline kit with 175hp jets which put the car at 605hp 624tq
- Stage 2 built 6 speed transmission
- Moser 9" rear end with 4:10 gears 35 spline axles with Qa1 adjustable rear shocks with full supporting suspension with race star drag wheels 18x5 up front and 15x10.5 out back