Journal: How Friendly Is Your City Toward Vintage Cars?

How Friendly Is Your City Toward Vintage Cars?

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
April 16, 2013
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While some towns are almost paradise for vintage car enthusiasts, others are downright hostile place  for our beloved cars. Use our highly scientific Petrolicious questionnaire to grade your city in its vintage-car friendliness.

On a scale of 0 to 10 (10 being best), grade each of the following attributes of your city, and then sum up the ten scores to come up with a total score out of a possible 100. Leave a comment to let us know how your city ranks.

We did the questionnaire and came up with our score for Los Angeles, California. If you live in the LA area, do you agree with our results below? Do you disagree?

Now we’d love to hear from you. How friendly is your city toward vintage cars? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Pez
Pez

Ciao, Bergamo Northern Italy just in the middle between Monza autodrome and Brescia (Mille miglia start city)! plenty of beautiful roads both if you want to go to the mountains Alps as well as the lakes (Como , Iseo or Garda). score 9 maintainence poor, we are not in the best shape of our history !! score 5 Traffic, is a big problem, skip the cities during working days and holidays places during week ends, which means that if you want to enjoy your car you should go for one day off from the office !!! not easy for me,… Read more »

Brian Driggs
Brian Driggs

Phoenix Metro (Maricopa County, includes Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, et al.) = 69 1. 4 – We’re on a fairly straight grid layout, but there are still a few winders w/ elevation changes. Excellent runs within an hour of town. 2. 6 – Plenty of crap pavement, but most of the freeway in-town is rubberized, making for easy windows-down chat at 75mph. 3. 5 – Rush hour is nothing like SoCal, but unrestricted HOV lane changes mean constantly getting cut-off by mouth-breather. 4. 8 – Longest running weekly car show in the country. Pavilions in Scottsdale. It’s like Cars n Coffee… Read more »

Tyler
Tyler

Seattle, WA – fun road = 3, the city is terrible. Any decent looking road is a residential zone. The outlying areas have some decent ones but you have to drive a decent amount to get there. – quality = 5, some good but most below average. I-5 is cobblestone – traffic = 4, it’s bad and the water only allows for certain routes when you need to go to certain areas – culture = 8, kind of a biased rating here. I’ve mostly been in the Subaru scene but I think there are good clubs in Porsche, BMW, Alfa,… Read more »

Andy Gondorf
Andy Gondorf

Inverness, Scotland verdict: 1: 10. Anywhere and everywhere except the A9. Don’t believe me? Come and try! 2: 7, although can be highly variable. Especially after frost damage in the last three years or so coupled with a council road budget of zero. 3: 9 What’s traffic? (the occasional exception from a blocked road which can result in a massive detour due to huge areas being free of anything but mountains. However, this can force an excursion to some fun new areas never seen before) 4: 7 People love unusual cars and bikes, coupled with semi regular meetings of both… Read more »

Gary Rand
Gary Rand

LA = 81, you guys were way too tough on quality of roads “3” and fun roads only an “8”. Really?

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Hi Gary,
I’m the one guilty of being harsh on grading LA and I stick by my scores 😉 . Seriously, the number of potholes, corroded roads, mini fault-lines, etc that dot all our roads is too much. Sunset Bvld from Beverly Hills to PCH is such a beautiful drive, but the right lanes in both directions are completely unusable due to the ever present corrosion and poor pavement, for example. LA can do much better.

Jim Stevenson
Jim Stevenson

Made the same mistake! Columbus, Ohio is an 82!

Jim Stevenson
Jim Stevenson

Columbus, Ohio 1. Fun to Drive Roads = 7 While there are a few, because of the rather boring terrain, the roads don’t feel like they “go anywhere”. With that said, Old State Route 315 is quite good although getting littered with large SUV’s, Alum Creek State Park has some views, you really have to get out of town by about 45 minutes to an hour to get some real entertainment driving. Big Pine Road in the Hocking Hills Region of southeast Ohio is absolutely brilliant! 2. Quality of Roads = 8 I have to say despite our crappy winters… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson

North London (can’t remember the last time I drove across the river!) = 68 Driving Roads: 5 You’ll never get above 30, unless you get up very early on a Sunday but driving slowly through town in a comfy old car is a great way to see the sights. Road Quality: 5 there are some well maintained roads in the centre of town, but they are mostly strune with spring breaking speed bumps and potholes everywhere else. Traffic: 6 Horrific during the week even with congestion charging. I never drive in town during weekdays (use public transport) but driving is… Read more »

Brooks Wade
Brooks Wade

Destin/Santa Rosa Beach Fl Fun to drive roads: 1 – flat narrow strip of land bordered by water on all sides… Quality of roads: 6 – main roads are all smooth as a baby’s bottom, some of the back roads are more like a 15year olds face. Traffic: 5 – tourists suck and there is literally 2 east west rds on a strip of land that is less than 5 miles wide Culture: 8 – lots of rich people = lots of nice cars and car guys, would be 10 but most are porsche guys Weather: 9 – it’s never… Read more »

Brooks Wade
Brooks Wade

Oops! Total: 73

mmoi
mmoi

Seoul, South Korea: – fun road = 4 (not great, need to get out of town, just a couple of nice hills) – quality = 4 (not good, maybe should rate it lower) – driving = 3 (always pretty bad, except if you know what roads to avoid, if you drive after midnight, or on sunday) – culture = 0 (no vintage car here at all) – weather = 3 (abt 4 months a year you can take your hat off) – gaz quality = 5 (not sure about this one) – car maintenance = 6 (doable) – tax =… Read more »

Fiat124
Fiat124

Salt Lake City, Utah

9 fun roads, plenty of canyons and scenic drives
7 nice wide streets
5 need alternatives to I-15
7 I am surprised by the number of classic cars just in my suburban neighborhood
6 for the number of months I usually drove my Spider
7 based on price which is usually lower than average
5 probably average for shops
7 pretty low fees and taxes
6 emissions is required back to ’65 in the most populous counties
9 parking is nearly free

67 total

Gabriel Tomass
Gabriel Tomass

Here’s my score for: Curitiba – Parana – Brazil (The score was kinda low, only 56 points) 1. 8 – There are many nice roads in the region; 2. 2 – I did give it a 4, but after reading in the comments people giving a 4 for California’s roads, I had to take the score down… haha; 3. 3 – Took score down from 5. Again, after seeing people complain about California’s traffic; 4. 7 – There are some meets, weekly, around the city, for vintage car collectors. Nothing fancy though; 5. 8 – It rains a lot and… Read more »

Wesley Borden
Wesley Borden

1. Fun-to-Drive Roads: 5
2. Quality of Roads: 3
3. Traffic Problems: 5
4. Culture: 2
5. Driving Weather: 5
6. Gas Quality: 7
7. Car Maintenance: 6
8. Taxes and Fees: 6
9. Legislation: 8
10. Parking: 7

Grand Total for Milwaukee: 54

Jason Owen Gray
Jason Owen Gray

South Wales UK 1.10 lots of fast coutry lanes and moutain passes. Used by loads of car mags. 2.4 The moutain roads are sweet. Ironically it’s the roads getting there that are awful. 3.4 Most have clocked on so bikers and caravaners (ugh) are everywhere. 4.2 unfortunately it just doesn’t exsist. 5.1 if you love rain you’ll love it here! We get sun for 10 minutes once a year. 6.7. Lots of shell v power stations popping up. If your not fussed your fine. 7.6 Theres an attitude of if its a car, a local garage will fix it. There’s… Read more »

Simon Lockie
Simon Lockie

Auckland, New Zealand: Based on the above I give it a solid 86… but then looking at the other comments, perhaps it should be higher? 1. We have a lot of great roads. 2. The roads are generally very well maintained. 3. Traffic is bad in rush hour, if you need to go into the city. But otherwise it’s usually free flowing. 4. We have a big car culture. Vintage American is best represented in older cars. 5. It never snows, so even in the depth of winter there are still good driving days. But it does rain quite often.… Read more »

Leucea Alexandru
Leucea Alexandru

Bucharest, Romania, Eastern Europe. Fun to drive roads, i would give it an 8, because there are plenty of good roads, especially in the center and on the outskirts of the town. Crowded during the day, but acceptable on weekends or at night. An interesting landscape as well, a mixture between interwar architecture, a communist stamp and a modern influence provides something unique and interesting. There are numerous narrow streets which resemble the ones in France or Italy. But the wide boulevards are truly fantastic to cruise on. Plenty of traffic lights though. Quality of roads, not far from Russia… Read more »

Walter Moore
Walter Moore

Saint Petersburg, FL scores well on many of these measures – clean gas, classic car clubs, mechanics.. the downfall is our dreadfully boring, straight roads. The best I can offer in town is a nice slow-speed cruise down the beach.

For proper fun driving I go 600 miles to the Georgia/North Carolina border… ad some of the most exciting roads on Earth..

Jonathon Glazebrook
Jonathon Glazebrook

Here we go then…San Francisco Bay Area: [list=1] [b]Fun to drive roads: 9[/b] – Head North, South or West out of the city and you’re in for fun. Since San Francisco is hemmed in by mountains, there is no shortage of fantastic twisty roads. Whether you’re looking for a solitary strip of twisties, or a more casual cruise down HWY 1, there’s something for everyone. Not to mention, you’re in driving distance to a number of great closed circuits for track day fun! [b]Quality of roads: 2[/b] – LA, you have nothing on the roads in SF and Oakland…third world?… Read more »

WhatDaFunk
WhatDaFunk

I think you mean East, not a lot of driving options West of San Francisco 😉

I agree with your assessment except for one thing: parking. San Francisco is one of these worst places to park, hard to find parking anywhere, and people are constantly bumping into other cars while trying to parallel park. Scuffed and paint chipped bumpers abound.

Jonathon Glazebrook
Jonathon Glazebrook

And to think I re-read that and consciously thought to myself, “west, yeah, that’s right”. Comes from years of living at the beach in NC where west was headed away from the beach…and yes, I’ve made that mistake in conversation as well.

I guess it depends where you park; I’m lucky to have garage parking so I don’t futz with it much. But, I also spend a lot of time in NYC, so by comparison, SF is actually a 13….

Vince Vaitiekunas
Vince Vaitiekunas

Toronto, ON Canada = TOTAL = 42 Fun roads to drive = 4 ( some places, Don Valley Parkway is fun when it’s not rush hour, so that would be 4am) Quality of Roads = 2 (this is Canada right..so our potholes can accommodate trolls and groundhogs very easily) Traffic = 2 (total grid-lock, best to bring either Moby Dick, War & Peace or some other short story to read when stuck in traffic..) Culture = 2 (oldies but goodies are rare in this city, they emerge form storage in June. Pedestrians stop and stare blankly) Weather = 4 (Canada,… Read more »

Terrence Dorsey
Terrence Dorsey

Rural Vermont gets an 80.

Long, cold winters, salty roads and (apparent) lack of specialty garages offset by amazing roads, no traffic, fall colors, great car culture (Hemmings is right down the road) and good old Yankee ingenuity.

(Scores: 10, 10, 10, 7, 4, 7, 6, 8, 9 10)

felix
felix

Maurik, the Netherlands,:( I know boring place.
1: 2
2: 8
3: 10
4: 0
5: 0
6: 5
7: 3
8: 2
9: 8
10: 10

Terrible village as you can see

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

London (actually Greater London incorporating everything within the M25) total score 64 Fun to drive roads – 3 Not many good roads in the area and those that are have low speed limits and speed cameras Quality of roads – 5 Mostly good but post winter a lot of pot holes need filling in Traffic problems – 6 As with LA not good you need to be up early on a Sunday to enjoy the best of them Culture – 7 Some good events in London like Chelsea Autolegends, and there is the Ace cafe for meets. Need to get… Read more »

john tolle
john tolle

Columbus, OH

Total Score 71

GasMan
GasMan

Atlanta GA 1. 9. North Georgia Mountains have some great roads. Avoid the leaf-peepers. 2. 6. City roads can be bad but in the country all is pretty good. 3. 6. Same as LA. Avoid the crowds and you are ok. 4. 3. There is an appreciation for vintage cars but not a culture like LA. 5. 7. We get some rain but not snow. Spring and Fall are great. 6. 8. Good gas is available but ethanol mix is a problem in the city. 7. 6. There are a few good shops. 8. 6. GA just passed a sales… Read more »

Nicholas Little
Nicholas Little

Santa Barbara, CA = 80 Driving Roads: 7 Lots of long roads with fun twisty bits, and it only gets better in the Santa Ynez mountains. Road Quality: 6 Great Downtown, Bad as you get far up into the mountains. Most vintage cars wouldn’t make the hillclimb anyways. Traffic: 7 Things can get a little hairy at times, but everyone can find that sweet time to get a good few drives in. Culture: 10 On a nice day, its impossible to not see multiple classics around town, or just cruising up and down State Street. The local Cars and Coffee… Read more »

Inigo Loy Colmenar
Inigo Loy Colmenar

How friendly is your local code compliance unit when it comes to having project cars and vintage cars on your property?
How friendly are your neighbors when they see a few older cars on and around your property?
Mine are nazis!