It was a sunny day and the Yosemite gang, including the Pierce’s, the Swanberg’s, the Hatfields, Don Compton and Don Chaisson, met at Ron Tinkey’s home in Lodi. He had graciously offered his home as the starting point for this event. Laurie Tinkey had a yummy spread of donuts and pastries, coffee and hospitality for everyone as they arrived. We had time to chat, introduce new members (e.g. Don Compton — see below) and get caught up on anything new.
Then, off to Ron’s garage! Ron has a collection of older American sedans, including a 1938 Cadillac V-16 Fleetwood Towncar — and a garage to die for !!
Ron has a number of “projects” in work. Just the thought of sourcing parts for these auto-gems is mind blowing. His attention to detail inspiring — for example, just replacing a rear brake like “lens” — had to source the lens plus various gaskets, plus period screws. Amazing.
Don Compton, recently rejoining the Porsche family, came and showed off his new 718 Cayman S, in lava orange. Chuck Pierce and Don Chaisson parked their “caymans” in line with the 718, so we had all three Cayman model/body styles: 718, 987 and 981 in one spot. Interesting evolution in body panels, not to mention motors!
We lined up to depart for our leisurely trip to and up River Road. George Hatfield was “Porsche-less” and driving his other family car. No problem, but he felt a bit underpowered when behind Ron’s 911 Turbo S. We had to tell him that we all felt that way!@!
The drive to Al the Wop’s was interesting, running along the levee road into Locke. Locke is this classic river town that is below the water level and full of architectural gems (well, in some cases, “challenges”!).
The first stop will be lunch at Al’s place, more commonly known as Al the Wop’s, in Locke. This place has been around for a long, long time. We got to Al’s sort of right after they opened for lunch, in time to watch it start to fill up with both people for lunch and bikers enjoying a beverage, or two, at the bar.
You can see that the decor is, well, Al’s design. Pretty basic.The food was great, if not eclectic! Seems that a jar of Jif creamy peanut butter was on every table because locals and tradition use it on the steaks and “Al’s Grilled Bread”.
Sure looks like Laurie’s sandwich is a work of art!
As it turned out, most of the crowd had other things to attend to for the rest of Sunday, and so the hard core remaining folks did what hard core folks do: go shopping in the cute tourist shops of Locke.
After all, we had already been to an “auto museum” at the start of the event!!