Where did you DRIVE this weekend? (Roadsters only!)

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Re: Where did you DRIVE this weekend? (Roadsters only!)

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Roadster Drive Today. 3-17-21. Wednesday. Prowler. 160 miles. Arlington.
Very warm day, Around 60!, Some overcast clouds.
Drove the Arlington Loop, North along the Cascade Foothills. Snohomish-Granite Falls-Arlington-Sultan.
Found a roadside beaver dam and bathtub/toilet flower planters!

Ted.

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Re: Where did you DRIVE this weekend? (Roadsters only!)

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I'll bet I speak for most of us that you are the most fortunate guy out there to be able to enjoy your various roadsters probably more often than a lot of us! The wife and I are anxious to get out and drive with 57 degrees today and tomorrow but snow forcast for Saturday! We will be bundled up, top down soon though.
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Joined my friend Geoff in his 1963 Lotus 7 for a day of driving. We started off headed to Mt. Hamilton but it was just too wet/slippery. We ended up driving up to Mt. Umunhum. The road up to the summit is so much fun we did it twice!
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I'm proud of this shot, check out the speed sign!
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This video shows our ascent to the summit of Mt. Umunhum from two points of view:
1) Following the Lotus (camera inside of Datsun)
2) Following the Datsun (camera on Lotus roll-bar)




Enjoy!

I wanted to capture how smooth and how technical it is from the park gates to the very top. There's a bit of everything here from nice sweepers, switchbacks and multiple connect-the-dot turn sections. The road itself is relatively short: only 5.5 miles, but you gain ~3,500 feet of elevation.
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The 7 is fun to watch, Geoff wears ballistic-spec goggles and the interior gets littered with rocks/pebbles:
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After our fun in San Jose we split and I drove 90 miles to explore Sunol Regional Wilderness. Another beautiful and different landscape out there. Not a road for driving, but Welch Creek is single lane cruising.
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Roadster was filthy, and in the grime a subtle design cue was revealed...have you noticed the slight outward flare of the rear fender near the door sill?
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It was a great day for driving and exlporing!
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Those are some of the best drives... fun roads, nobody in your way, new area to explore... so looking forward to a running car and some sunshine!
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Roadster Drive Today. Tuesday. 3-30-21. Datshond. 132 miles. Enumclaw/Mud Mt.
Cool. low 50's, mostly sunny, Turbo Teds Family Drive.
The scenic Enumclaw and Mud Mt. area along the Cascade foothills east of Tacoma.

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On Sunday I drove to Calaveras Rd.
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On the way back visited the shop where photographer Larry Chen was picking up his 1970 Datsun 240Z.
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I'll have a full report on it soon. It's the first SR-powered S30 I've driven. Larry gave me a neat sticker, 1 year after he shot the roadster for an episode of Hoonigan Autofocus. Its proudly displayed near the AF sticker
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I still say Alvin's car is one of the best looking and inspiring roadsters that im aware of. No offense to the other amazing cars here, but DAMN!
Ive seen normal. It aint pretty.
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DROPS Roadster drive today. Wednesday. 3-31-21. Datshond. Skagit Valley Loop. 186 miles.
Very nice warm sunny day. Low 60's and clear.
Good drive to Edison along the usual loop route. N. along the ocean side and S. along the Cascades Foothills.
Arlington, Stanwood, La Conner, Bay View, Edison, Sedro Woolley, Big Lake, Arlington.
Joined by DROPS Drivers, Dan R, John V and Santosh, David N.

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bajaroadster wrote: Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:36 pm I still say Alvin's car is one of the best looking and inspiring roadsters that im aware of. No offense to the other amazing cars here, but DAMN!
AWWW! It is not beautiful in its current, dirty state :lol:
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Roadster Drive today. Monday 4-5-21. 64 1500. 206 miles. Skagit Valley Daffodils.
Beautiful cool, mid 50's, sunny day.
Back roads to and from the Skagit Valley, near Mt. Vernon, to see the daffodil fields.

Ted.

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Roadster Drive today. Tuesday. 4-6-21. 64 1500. 84 miles. Fall City Cherry Blossoms.
Beautiful Spring like day. Mid 60's. Sunny. Warm!
With DROPS members Rick H, 69 1600 and Ted Jr, 68 SR20DET.
In search of Cherry blossoms and the trees lining the river at Fall City were perfect.
Lunch at our favorite Mt. Si view stop.
Nice 57 444 Volvo wagon at the Costco when we gassed up.

Ted

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Washed the roadster post last weekend's rain/mud excursion. She's nice and clean again! Fueled up and went for a spin in the foothills on Saturday.

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Let me add to Ted's drive report. Other wise known as "Looking for chewy blossoms".

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Yep, the PNW is hard to beat on a beautiful day. Only have the Z3 to drive right now... maybe Roadster time by the end of the month, fingers crossed... nice pics!
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Not the best weather in the mid to upper 40s with occasional drizzles. Decided to stay warm and dry with the top up.

A quick stop for supplies at Uwajimaya. I always forget how small the roadsters are until I park next to other cars.

The blooms are out at cherry park near Mt. Si. A quick stop at the blue berry farm and then lunch with a view. There had been a light dusting of snow on the mountains since the drive to Mt. Si on Tuesday with ‘The Teds’. I am surprised that the cherries still look good in Fall City.

Just north of Carnation Farm we came upon a road hog. It was out of the pen and I was glad it didn’t run across the road in front of me. I don’t think the roadster would do well hitting all that bacon.

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