NorCal Roadster Run

Romping through the redwoods in hopped-up early Fords.

Noyo Harbor Roadsters

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.
Enjoy!

roadsters and donuts
If you’re meeting up at 7am, it’s good to have donuts.

  • NorCal Roadster Run Meetup

Roadsters in the early morning.
  • Driver's Meeting
    Driver's Meeting

And off we go!
And off we go!

Joe's T RPU
Joe’s Model A RPU

Johnny and Justin
Johnny and Justin

Wine country
Wine country

First break
First break

Heading to the coast on HWY 20.
Heading to the coast on HWY 20.

We made it to the coast. Noyo harbor at Fort Bragg.
  • Noyo Harbor

  • John's 36 Roadster
    John's 36 roadster. Columbia rear, chrome dash and super-charged flathead. Nice.

Supercharged 1939 Mercury Flathead
McCulloch supercharged, twin-plugged ’39 Mercury V8 flathead in the ’36 roadster that wandered over to Noyo harbor after seeing us pull in. Amazing the people you meet. John the owner also owns Sea Pal restaurant down the street where you can get some of the best prawns’n’chips you’ll ever have.

  • Sea Pal Restaurant

Lunch break.
Itty Bitty Kitty
Itty bitty kitty has the life. Living at a fish’n’chips shop in a fishing harbor. Even better than being a one-eyed cat in a sea-food store.

Noyo
So long Noyo harbor. Time to get back on the road.

PCH
The Pacific Coast Highway. AKA HWY 1. Even on a Saturday in summer not much traffic up here. Shhhh……
  • Hwy 1 Roadsters

Roadside bullshit session
Roadside bullshit session

Side of the Roadsters
Side of the Roadsters

Dave and Justin
Dave and Justin

Back home through the redwoods
Back home through the redwoods

Hwy 128 in Northern California is one of the funnest roads around.
Hwy 128 in Northern California is one of the funnest roads around.


4 thoughts on “NorCal Roadster Run”

  1. Sweet ride you boys encountered! Would of loved to have been on this Run with our 34 Ford Roadster and my hubby Gene. Dave, i assume put this together, that Lucky Bastard! He always does such a great trip. It’s been in the past a bit fast for Gene’s liking but I dig it!
    Really enjoyed the quality pictures indeed, thank you.

  2. Looks like another amazing day with the NorCal boys! Sorry I couldn’t make it this time around,but thanks to these photos,I feel like I was there..

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