Featured: We Drove Tastefully in Malibu
Shop

We Drove Tastefully in Malibu

By Jonathan WC Mills
June 2, 2014
11 comments

Photography by Otis Blank, Jonathan WC Mills, and Saam Gabbay for Petrolicious

Sunday was a day of firsts. It was my first vintage car rally and Petrolicious’s first offline event. I would say, with no reservations, it was a successful experience for us both.

The rally was organized as a celebration of many of the cars and drivers whose stories have been featured on the most popular Petrolicious films. So, on Sunday morning I woke up early, got my coffee, woke my co-pilot; my ten-year-old son, and off we went. We were driving a black, 1965 Mustang convertible—a perfect car for the occasion.

We arrived at the edge of the Pacific and watched the rest of the cars arrive. One by one the cool ocean air was broken by a diverse group of engine noises: roaring Ferrari and Lamborghini V-12s, shrieking Nissan I-6s, a waffling Porsche flat-6, a plethora of high-strung Alfa Romeo fourbangers, and our own thumping V8 American beat. A grey morning turned into a riot of color, sound, and motion, and we hadn’t even begun to drive!

As we watched the arrivals, my son was particularly impressed with Resident Petrolista and star of three Petrolicious films, Mr. James Chen. James arrived in his Lamborghini Countach and proceeded to wow the crowd by popping up a scissor door and executing a perfect, ‘Countach Reverse’—while sitting on the sill and looking over the back of the car. It was cool to see generations collide as that same car was certainly a favorite of mine at a similar age.

Other notable arrivals included television star and Porsche collector, Mr. Jerry Seinfeld, who brought a former ‘ice racing’ Porsche 356, and our own Drive Tastefully Malibu event winners, Sumner Norman and his beautiful Mini Cooper as well as Greg Vargas in his black Corvair, who won spots to the event courtesy of our event sponsors, Autodromo and Hagerty.

For me, it was inspiring to see so many familiar faces and unique cars all in one place. In fact, our site and its success is due in no small part to the cars and drivers who offer a glimpse into their lives and their passions. This made our event more like a reunion, and less like a gathering of strangers.

After some brief words and suggestions from head Petrolista, Afshin Behnia, it was time to head off. As the sound of forty engines lit up the air, we pulled out behind Mark Lundquist’s Chevelle. Yet, I am embarrassed to admit only three turns later, we were lost. With my son, Jacob’s, help, along with the rally map, we were able to turn things around. (Note: read the rally map before rallying!) Back on track, I pushed the 1965 Mustang hard in order to catch up.

Even while driving fast I had time to note the beauty all around us: shaded glades of live oak, boulder-strewn fields, and wide-open vistas. As we pushed the big V8 hard, we passed through a few clouds of puffy blue smoke, so we knew we were getting close to the pack! A few corners more and the colorful rears of a trio of Alfas appeared. We caught up! My son was delighted as we eased back into the line of cars.

In truth, I was surprised most of the cars made the rally with no major mechanical issues, however, as you would expect on any adventure of this sort, there were one or two stops along the way. Yet, every time we passed a broken-down car, there were two or three other cars there to help. The spirit of camaraderie was high, as were many of the participants’ mechanical skills.

When we finally reached our destination, Rosenthal Estate (a vineyard and estate in the Malibu hills) pulling through the gates onto the crushed rock driveway was like entering a different era. The small road wound its way past grape vines and sculptures to a low-slung Spanish-style building tucked into a hillside. It was a perfect setting for this amazing collection of cars.   

It was a wonderful day for me. I was able to share a unique experience with my son, pilot a fantastic vintage car, and spend a beautiful morning making new friends.

This event was made possible thanks to support from Autodromo and Hagerty.

Join the Conversation
Related

Leave a Reply

11 Comments on "We Drove Tastefully in Malibu"

avatar
Photo and Image Files
 
 
 
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Randy Hartmann
Randy Hartmann

I made this quick vid on the rally. As you can see, my editing skills and equipment is not of professional grade but hope this gives you guys a little taste of the wonderful day. I had some settings issues with my new DSLR but thank goodness my back up Gopro attached to the fender of my M5 saved the day. Enjoy [url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN9cYgQvD3o”]Mailibu Rally 2014[/url]

Jono51
Jono51

Are you sure you’ve got your tag line right? There are many words one can use to describe a white Countach, but tasteful doesn’t quite spring to mind … this is not intended as a criticism of the Countach, which is a styling landmark, but precisely because it wasn’t designed to appeal to good taste, but to shock.

Saam Gabbay
Saam Gabbay

Highlight of the event was pretty acoustic for me. Just one of these engines is usually enough, but to have them all fire up in sequence as we took off- it was a heck-of-a sense experience.

Alexander Bermudez
Alexander Bermudez

I’m sorry I missed this… Especially considering its close proximity to me… Next time hopefully!

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

little datsun roadster vs bambi ?

Scott Fisher

Yeah, but the Datsun won. I’m trying to make the best of the damage at the moment, but I’ve almost got all the necessary repair parts collected now. The rally was fantastic, and hopefully the little 1600 will show up to the next one a bit prettier.

Will G
Will G

Looks great, so when are we doing a UK one…? 🙂

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

I’d be up for it if there was one 😉

Anne Kromhout
Anne Kromhout

Even though an event in continental Europe would make more sense… I’d take the drive to the UK for a petrolicious event there.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

And likewise anywhere within half a days drive of the channel tunnel is doable 🙂

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Looks like a great event. The header picture of the screen less Giulietta would make a great downloadable wallpaper just sayin… 🙂

wpDiscuz