North of San Francisco you can find some of the best driving roads anywhere. Between the wild, wet coast and the heat and vineyards of the inland valleys are miles of magnificent redwood forests etched with twisting rivers and fantastic American asphalt.
While it’s not too hard to find these roads, there are other treasures up here almost as rare as ewoks. Scattered in barns, workshops and garages are some fine examples of traditional early Ford hot-rods. Most built and cherished by owners who’ve seen hot-rodding trends come and go and will still be driving flathead-powered roadsters long after the cool kids move on to the next hot topic.
Last Saturday one group of local Northern Californians got together for a laid back 150-mile drive on small roads from Cloverdale to the coast and back while we were lucky enough to tag along.
Roadsters in the early morning.
We made it to the coast. Noyo harbor at Fort Bragg.
The Pacific Coast Highway. AKA HWY 1. Even on a Saturday in summer not much traffic up here. Shhhh……