Right Place. Right Time.
I just got home from a whirlwind car event trip of a lifetime. It started at the Concorso Italiano on Friday, the Monterey Motorsports Reunion on Saturday, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Sunday, then flying into Salt Lake for a few days watching racing at Bonneville. Man, I’m tired, but what a killer 6 day journey of amazing cars and some of the nicest people on earth- Hot Rodders and car collectors!
On Sunday morning, I was walking along the historic hot rod section of cars at Pebble, when I came across the So Cal Belly Tanker, now owned by historic hot rod collector Bruce Meyer. As I’m looking over all the original details of the famous racer, I look up to see Alex Xydias just hanging out modestly in the back ground. The man who actually piloted this tin can back in 1948 is there with the car. Bruce’s daughter got coaxed into the tanker as he and Pete Chapouris Jr. lowered the plexiglass over her. She’s obviously a little nervous to be put in this claustrophobic metal tube with a bunch of spectators watching her, but the deal is done and she’s a good sport about it. Bruce actually had to scoop and lift her entire body just to get her out of there. How did Alex do it???
Sometimes you realize your in the right place, in the right time. Just a little snapshot of hot rod history as three generations all crossed on a piece of lawn somewhere on the left coast on a cloudy Sunday morning.