Travel: Drive Tastefully: Barker Hangar Was A Celebration of Speed & Style

Drive Tastefully: Barker Hangar Was A Celebration of Speed & Style

By Michael Banovsky
June 30, 2015
35 comments

Photography by Afshin Behnia, Chris Gonzalez, Jonathan W.C. Mills

Above all else, Petrolicious is a celebration of driving—and on Saturday, the Drive Tastefully: Barker Hangar Rally was the place for enthusiasts to explore some of the most exciting roads in California.

The third Petrolicious driving event (and my first), the rally featured more than 80 vehicles, with some participants traveling as far as seven hours away, from Arizona. Beginning in Malibu, the lineup of cars was spectacular—and soon filled the start line with jaw-dropping classics.

As I was to be riding shotgun for the duration of the event, it was soon apparent it’d be difficult to choose which driver and car to run with. Right away, it was evident that everyone was at the event to appreciate each others’ cars, with many both surprised and delighted at what had shown up.

From heavy-hitters like a Ferrari 250 GT “Lusso”, Lancia Flaminia Super Sport by Zagato, and Magnus Walker in his #277 Porsche 911 Carrera, it was also a chance to get up close and personal with some oddball vehicles. The Petersen Museum brought two atypical selections, the Volkswagen Bus from Little Miss Sunshine, as well as Steve McQueen’s daily-driven Hudson Wasp!

In the cars-you-don’t-see-often category, look out for photos of a beautiful orange Lancia Fulvia Rallye 1.6 HF (with a number of ex-Works parts!), two Morgan 3-Wheelers (one of which was driven by Alex Roy), and three Facels!

Which one sounded the best, you ask? I was partial to a stripped out, rally-prepared Lincoln Capri that not only sounded incredible but was—amazingly, considering the narrow roads—one of the quickest cars on the event. Equally cool, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, was a stunning green Austin Mini Cooper S that looked like it’d just been rolled out of a Manchester showroom.

So who did I ride with first? With Jurgen, who’d driven all the way from Arizona in his daily driver, a 1978 Porsche 911 Targa. With the flat-6 behind our heads and period classics in front, it felt for a few hours like we were taking part in some sort of game of cat-and-mouse on the thrilling canyon roads.

After the first rest stop, I realized that Edward’s Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF lacked a passenger—and so I hopped in for both a thrilling drive and a great conversation that, inevitably, quickly turned to the world of cars.

Once underway, I think many would describe it as either the most tasteful moving concours in California or a car show that stretched across exciting ribbons of asphalt for miles. Many cyclists on the route stopped to stare and take pictures, fellow motorists were amazed at being caught up with a seemingly endless line of interesting vehicles.

Most importantly, for a few hours, at least, Petrolisti were able to share an enthusiasm for the classic car hobby among friends, both new and old.

We’d like to extend special thanks to all of our participants, as well as our event sponsors, Auctions America, Classics & Exotics, and Classic Car Capital.

 

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Nathan Leland
Nathan Leland(@fb_1021010292)
6 years ago

Great event Team Petrolicious. I put my photos here… https://www.flickr.com/photos/nathanleland/sets/72157655099199436

Brett Cambern
Brett Cambern(@brettcambern)
6 years ago

Looks like it was a great event. I can’t believe that no one has mentioned that is Bruce Meyer driving the 300SL.

Edward Levin
Edward Levin(@edl)
6 years ago
Reply to  Brett Cambern

If no one mentioned it, it’s because it doesn’t seem remarkable to the locals…

Brett Cambern
Brett Cambern(@brettcambern)
6 years ago
Reply to  Edward Levin

Good point! 🙂

Riccardo
Riccardo(@riccardo)
6 years ago

Looks like a fantastic event! Wish I was back in California even more now… Petrolicious, how about organising this in the UK next?? 😉

Seems like a nice bunch of people too, loved seeing the three damsels in the 64 Mustang, full marks for effort!!!

Jack B
Jack B(@jack-the-lad)
6 years ago
Reply to  Riccardo

No….East coast before UK, please.:)

Rudolf Wesseln
Rudolf Wesseln(@wuseln)
6 years ago

What a really beautiful group of cars! Slowly I get this feeling missing something by living on the other side of the Atlantic.

Edward Levin
Edward Levin(@edl)
6 years ago

Oh–and, Michael, I really enjoyed having you as a navigator. I drive it solo so much of the time that I tend to forget how good it is to have another car guy in the second seat.

Edward Levin
Edward Levin(@edl)
6 years ago

Terrific event, Afshin! Great group of cars and equally great group of people.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
6 years ago
Reply to  Edward Levin

Thanks Ed! Always great to see you and your Lancia.

Simon Tuman
Simon Tuman(@2man)
6 years ago

Is there pics from the Jeep that was capturing everyone leaving? Its probably the only shot of my white E30 before I broke my subframe mount on Muholland…

and was I the only one who was a little disappointed by Magnus’ driving?

Michael Martin
Michael Martin(@fb_100002319218890)
6 years ago
Reply to  Simon Tuman

What was disappointing about Magnus’ driving? Just curious.

Simon Tuman
Simon Tuman(@2man)
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Martin

For lack of a better word, reckless

Michael Martin
Michael Martin(@fb_100002319218890)
6 years ago
Reply to  Simon Tuman

That’s pretty vague. If your going to make some noise make it loud so we can hear it. To me reckless is somebody holding up a group of cars at a snails pace and refusing to pull into a turnout and let the others by. You brought it up, tell your story.

Simon Tuman
Simon Tuman(@2man)
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Martin

Sure, I have no problem and will describe it as I saw it. To begin with, on PCH he blocked both lanes because as he was speeding past everyone he missed the turn and simply stopped in the middle of the two lanes until the group of cyclists passed. Once on the canyon road, he seemed determined to be ahead of everyone and was passing in the oncoming traffic lane around blind corners. He put himself, his occupant and the whole event at risk had someone been coming in the opposite direction. With someone as well known as himself, you’d think he ought to be a little more restrained, and careful.

Michael Martin
Michael Martin(@fb_100002319218890)
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Martin

Simon, the episode on PCH does seem reckless. I’m sure he was trying to pass as many cars on the 2 lane to avoid passing in the canyon. Certainly backfired. The passing on blind corners is reckless also, but with most the Rallys I’ve been on it seems to have become an accepted practice. I’ll pass on a solid double line as long as I can see far enough ahead, but try to refrain from the blind corners. Not that it matters, but did this passing happen before or after Paramount Ranch and here’s why I ask.

After the drivers meeting, my wife and I walked to the car, sorted some things, belted up and left out the back to PCH. Once on the road the only car I noticed was a brown widebody 911. We both turned up Latigo and I throttled up expecting to see the 911/930 close behind but it wasn’t. Before the little community on Latigo I came up on a white 356 meandering along, wouldn’t pull over, wouldn’t move to the right, wouldn’t wave us by, nothing. I looked in the mirror and there is Magnus. I moved to the right and when it looked like a clear spot I waved him by and he passed both myself and the 356. A little further up Latigo I got a spot to get around the 356 and took it. After that magnus and I pretty much ran alone until Paramount Ranch.

After Paramount Magnus pulled out with 8 or 10 911’s behind him. I rolled out after them, my wife reading the directions. I knew they were wrong as soon as she read them so I pulled over to look at them for myself. Sure enough, should have been a right out of Paramount, not a left. I made a u-turn and got back on coarse. I did not see another car until the bottom of Tuna Canyon.

Not to make excuses, but some times when your running hard and you get behind a cruiser that won’t give you a little “courtesy” we make bad judgements. maybe we get upset because of a bad direction on the chart and we make bad judgements. At this point nobody got hurt, we had a pretty good time and it’s over. What if next drive we shake hands, laugh about it a bit, and have another good drive? Mike.

Ed Arango
Ed Arango(@edarango)
6 years ago

What a great event! My wife and I had a blast. So many beautiful cars and so many nice people. It truly was a great day! Will there be any more photos or videos posted from the event? Would love to see what photos people took! Thanks!

Aaron McKenzie
Aaron McKenzie(@aaronmckenzie)
6 years ago
Reply to  Ed Arango

As you may have seen by now, we have posted another photo gallery from this event so check that out. In addition, folks have been tagging their Instagram shots with our #drivetastefullyrally tag. Check those out [url=”http://www.enjoygram.com/tag/drivetastefullyrally”][b]here[/b][/url] if you haven’t already seen them.

Michael Martin
Michael Martin(@fb_100002319218890)
6 years ago

You might remember this from a few years back. Targa California 2012.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Martin

I certainly remember that beast.

Michael Martin
Michael Martin(@fb_100002319218890)
6 years ago

1953 Lincoln Capri at Chuckwalla.

John Tennyson
John Tennyson(@johntennyson)
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Martin

Thanks!

John Tennyson
John Tennyson(@johntennyson)
6 years ago

Once again, the wrong end of the state! Arrgh.

Can that Capri get some face time on here?

Michael Martin
Michael Martin(@fb_100002319218890)
6 years ago
Reply to  John Tennyson

Here you go John.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger(@gtrslngr)
6 years ago

Well I gotta tell you , for all the wonderful exotics , ex-competition cars , American muscle , Resto-Mods etc that showed up the one that gets my vote is the one you’re not showing that although from the movie ” Little Miss Sunshine ” inadvertently paid tribute to a slightly more significant event going on right up the road from y’alls little get together .

Of course I’m talking about the VW Bus the Peterson brought over and the ” Fare Thee Well ” concert happening up Santa Clara way .

So two thumbs up to the Peterson for having the blatant audacity to bring a Beetle Bus to the party and another two for the unintentional tribute they were paying [ or was it ? ]

And as great a day as this looks to of been three guesses which one I was attending : remembering a little something those of us of a certain age have been saying lately ; ” What a strange trip is been ” … and what an even stranger and perhaps more dangerous trip its all promising to be .

As a request , a photo or two of the Bus if you please gentlemen ?

Rock On – Drive On – Remain Calm ( despite it all ) and please for goodness sake … Carry On ..

… my wayward sons [ sorry .. couldn’t resist the cultural reference ]

Edward Levin
Edward Levin(@edl)
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

GS, the Petersen guys just truly love cars–all of them. They were also going to bring Steve McQueen’s Hudson Wasp, but it wasn’t cooperative that morning. You can always count on them bringing something unexpected to events like this–like the van.

Dennis White
Dennis White(@alfa66)
6 years ago

Another first class event by the Petrolicious team! Let’s do it again this weekend!!

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
6 years ago

Looks like a great day out

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
6 years ago
Reply to  Matthew Lange

You, Danielle, and your Daytona would’ve made for a much welcomed addition.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
6 years ago
Reply to  Afshin Behnia

Would love too, not sure my Euro spec Daytona would get through CA smog regs though. 😉

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger(@gtrslngr)
6 years ago
Reply to  Matthew Lange

I’ll bet you’re being a bit sarcastic and already know this but just in case : even in The Peoples Republic of California you can get a temporary guest permit for the Daytona . Trust me our smog regs in CO are almost as severe yet everything from Ferrari GTO’s [ largest gathering of GTO’s in the world ] right on down has come across the pond for the Colorado Grand so I’m sure the GTB/4’d be welcome as well

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

It’s even easier than that. Anything 1975 or older is exempt from smog regs.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger(@gtrslngr)
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

Yeah but not from the National Safety Gestapo regs Afshin . Remembering that the regs for import vs temporary stay are somewhat different and regardless of CA’s rules he would need to get it thru US Customs . Which errr … at this moment in history may be more difficult than any of us can imagine even for a classic Ferrari coming from the UK seeing as how customs of late has become less than friendly .Unless of course the good Mr Lange’s family is ‘ connected ‘ politically in which case maybe it might be ok . Maybe .

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

There seems to be plenty of Classics being shipped between Europe and the States (the direction seems to be largely dependent on the currency rates). To be honest for a rally in CA I would more likely look to rent or buy a suitable car there anyway.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

This could be your solution: https://classicsandexotics.com/