Davis, CA: Recently I heard about a monthly meet-up of local classic automobile enthusiasts in the parking lot of a shopping mall a couple of blocks from where I live in north Davis. So off I popped, at about that time when the Sun is about to call it a day. It's nice to draw old vehicles with their enthusiastic owners there to talk about them. Of course they don't always talk much but they don't mind sketchers like me admiring their pride and joy with a sketchbook. The car on top is a racecar, which races locally for Team Tinyvette (they have a Facebook page) and races in something called 24 Hours of LeMons (this is a vehicular urban sketchers dream if ever there was). I understand the pun 'LeMons' because my son's a big fan of Cars 2. Anyway the driver of this car is called Mike.
This beauty is an Austin Healey. The owner (Dave) was very happy to find out that I was British, and talked about the history of Austin Healey and how the guy who made them refused the make any more after the powers that were decided in the 70s to make several safety features (such as shoulder seatbelts) mandatory. I don't know much about any of that but this is a gorgeous car, classic old British style.
Finally, one drawn at a meet-up in September, a massive slice of Americana. This is a 1956 Mercury Montclair, shiny and well-kept. The owner told me it had been in his family since 1977. It was his first car in fact. It has those seats you see in American films where three or four people can sit in the front. That always confused me as a kid, and a grown-up, and even now, but these cars apparently prove it to be the case. Movie world is so different from real world. Where for example are all these drive-in movies America was supposed to have? It was always my ambition to move to America and go to drive-ins every week, well, that didn't happen. Drive-thrus, and occasionally drive-bys, but no more drive-ins. Don't believe Happy Days and the Flintstones, man, it was all a big lie.