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Made To Drive | S04 E09

Father And Son Make Peerless Racing Duo

When Mr. Paul Cressey hits the track at Laguna Seca for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (aka The Monterey Historics) in his 1959 Peerless GT, he faces plenty of tough competition. For Paul, however, that competition is especially personal, including as it does his father, Ron, who is known for running his own 1959 Corvette in the same race.
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Matt Brown
Matt Brown

Beautiful video. I’m wondering what roads you shot? It looks like alternate roads near the Sierra Nevada mountains. I’d love to find them.

Nathan Leland
Nathan Leland

This car is just a pretty in the flesh. Definitely the poor man’s Aston, good luck in Monterey!

Craig Oesterling
Craig Oesterling

You have completely upped your game with the new drone. That title shot where it pulls up and over the car—fabulous! Then that shot from high up over the trees @ 1:36 . . . so great.
What camera/copter combination are you using?

Paul Cressey
Paul Cressey

Craig,

They used a DJI Phantom quadcopter with a GoPro HERO3+. The quadcopter had a few upgrades, such as an FPV screen to see realtime video from the GoPro. I have attached a photo I took of the quad filming our car.

Tsvetan Tsekov
Tsvetan Tsekov

Nice car and story. Too bad I’m not the lucky kid. But there’s still the hope of one day being the lucky dad. 🙂

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Great video as always, and another excellent Father and Son story. The Peerless GT and it’s quasi follow on the Gordon Keeble must be the only cool things ever to come out of the town of Slough (for the Americans it’s an ugly industrial town west of London and also where my office is).

Paul
Paul

Had one of these, 1976 – loved it – drove it very illegally for a summer aged 19. Bought it from a front garden for £200. Loved the TR engine and overdrive on all four gears, the dials and steering, loved the tanks in the sills (rocker panels), loved the slots in the bucket seats and the rear buckets, loved the quick drop side windows. Sold it for £200 and got a Corvair for £50, then a Zephyr Farnham estate, then an Elan. Gosh this one picture takes me on a journey through my early cars. Miss it

Paul
Paul

Had one of these, 1976 – loved it – drove it very illegally for a summer aged 19. Bought it from a front garden for £200. Loved the TR engine and overdrive on all four gears, the dials and steering, loved the tanks in the sills (rocker panels), loved the slots in the bucket seats and the rear buckets, loved the quick drop side windows. Sold it for £200 and got a Corvair for £50, then a Zephyr Farnham estate, then an Elan. Gosh this one picture takes me on a journey through my early cars. Miss it.

Doug Avery
Doug Avery

The greenhouse looks as if it was clipped off of a Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint of the same vintage.

RoverMike
RoverMike

Wonderful video, lovely British sound, and a remarkable story. In my case, it is my daughter that has shown interest in my passion for cars. Thanks for the great work you all do here at this site. Keep driving!

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Vincent P
Vincent P

This is my dream for my son and I as he grows older. He is only 4 but his favorite place in the world is in the back seat of our old 911. Lets hope he shares that same love for the front seat when he is ready.

Stephen Fitzgerald

I think this one is my new favorite. I know that is easy to say, but the combination of the unique car, gorgeous setting, beautiful light, and the back story all combine just-so. Chapeau!

TJ Martin
TJ Martin

Very nice . Both the car , video , the history as well as the backstory

econti
econti

Great video. It’s a shame that my dad had to pay for those pesky children, or he’d probably still be racing. I’m going to try my best to get him behind the wheel on a track sometime

FW Brit
FW Brit

Such a classic design…and something of a vintage aston look to them – shame they were only in production for two years. Does anyone know where this was filmed. Assuming somewhere in the Bay Area?

Paul Cressey
Paul Cressey

Fraser,

This was filmed up in Pine Mount Club, CA, about 1.5 hours north of Los Angeles. A lot of the shots were filmed at the top of Mt. Pinos, and the others were on the 95 heading west out to the 33 (which heads to Ojai).

Here is the map: http://goo.gl/He5N3e

// Paul

FW Brit
FW Brit

Thanks for the info and map!
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Jim Valcarcel
Jim Valcarcel

Just watched it on my iPhone. Great video!

Drew
Drew

Someone didn’t double check their work…easy mistake to make. Hope to see this fixed and the video available soon

Paul Cressey
Paul Cressey

Same with me… they must be doing more updates before making it “Public.” Waiting anxiously. 🙂

I have attached a photo of the car when my dad found it back in 1992.

Emerson Shaw
Emerson Shaw

Hi Paul,
Great video and great story! I’m very curious about your shifter boot configuration. Is that the original boot and placement or was it OEM? Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I’m going for the same look for a BMW 635csi resto-mod I’m currently in the process of planning and researching. Thanks!

Paul Cressey
Paul Cressey

Emerson,

That is a standard OEM Triumph TR3 shifter boot. You can find them online.

Emerson Shaw
Emerson Shaw

Great, thanks for the info!

Erik Olson
Erik Olson

Same for me?

Greg Price
Greg Price

I cannot get the video to play. It says it is private. Any suggestions?