Despite living in California for most of my life, I've somehow never been to Trancas Country Mart, let alone the car show there. Since it's my last month in LA for a long while, I knew I had to make a stop over at the show.
I woke up on Sunday at an ungodly hour, even for a week day: 5:15AM. My batteries were charged, my SD cards empty, and my mental state was groggy at best. The rest of the drive was, upon reflection, one rather big blur. I honestly can't remember what happened between leaving the house and getting on Kanan Road, not that it was very important to the day anyways. As I followed a beautiful Terracotta Porsche 911 through the mountain roads, we passed through layers and layers of clouds. As we passed from leeward to windward our visibility became almost nonexistent. We glided in neutral rather smoothly down the mountain down to PCH, where the temp had dropped around a dozen degrees.
Unsurprisingly, we had most of PCH to ourselves for the last two miles of our journey. In fact, we only ever passed one car: a rather cheerful looking Austin-Healey Sprite, broken down on the side of the road. The owner, needless to say, was not as happy looking as the wide-eyed Sprite.
As we both rolled up to the show, the 911 took the very last spot in the main lot, save for the area reserved for pre-1973 vehicles. I still don't know exactly when the show was supposed to start, but many arrived there before the assumed 7:00AM start time. The sun crept ever so slowly over the dissipating clouds, shining just enough golden light on the vintage vehicles to let me shoot at base ISO.
Cars continued to pour in by the dozens as various motor groups and clubs arrived, swarming the main parking lot and pushing much of the show over to a secondary lot. There I found possibly my favorite cars at the meet: an absolutely titanic, blacked out Unimog (owned by the Director of Marketing at Petrolicious), a stunning blue Alfa Romeo 1900 parked by itself, and a Porsche crew VW bus.
Many other much newer vehicles, which would normally be featured up front at your average show, dotted the overflow lot. A Ferrari F12 Tour de France, a BMW M4 GTS, and a gold clad Lamborghini Huracan were some of the most notable of those resigned to the back of the show. The owners, needless to say, were not entirely pleased. It really does pay to be first at this event.
The pre-73 section, for most of the show, was where the real show stealers were. In addition to a few rat rods there were two immaculate Mercedes-Benz 300SLs in addition to a handful of classic Ferraris drew quite a crowd. The crowd turned into into a mob scene when auto collector Bruce Meyer arrived in his Iso Grifo A3/C Bizzarrini No. 0222. With design cues from the some of the best, the Bertone influenced Le Mans racer was drop-dead gorgeous. It, without a doubt, is one of the most beautiful GT cars I've ever seen. Unsurprisingly, this car took part in the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance.
You can find more pictures of the Iso Grifo as well as the rest of the vehicles in attendance down in the gallery below, in addition to a few vehicles seen after the event.