Kerbside Plus – Interesting Cars Street parked

When writing the previous Kerbside – interesting cars street parked – story, I realized I had more material than I had anticipated – enough for a second post, infact!

Audi S8 (D2)

Street Parked in San Francisco, October 2019

Cortina Mk2 GT

Cars and Coffee, Novato, California – not strictly “kerbside” parked….

69 GMC

Somewhere in the Gold Country, near Murphy’s California, driving home from Ironstone Concours, September 2019

Don’t call this guy, I took these photos 12 months ago

Taruffi’s Carrera Panamerica Lancia D24, at the 2019 Danville Concours

Again, not quite “Kerbside” but this pinnacle classic sat alongside the gussied up MGBs and replica Shelby Mustangs and was attracting no more attention.

GMC

’71 Camaro

And the CBR track bike

ProStreet ’57 Chevy

Summer 2019, one of the last Cars and Coffee at the Blackhawk Museum, Danville CA. The event became a victim of its own success, over-flowing the designated car parks. It was a M3 dufus, not the usual Mustang guy, who ended things, by managing to cross a raised, cobbled center divider into oncoming traffic while failing to execute a burnout. The Police contacted the museum the next day, and the event, already hanging in the balance, was cancelled.

2000 Suzuki Hayabusa

Not just interesting cars street parked, but bikes too. This is one of the de-restricted, 200mph-off-the-showroom-floor ones.

I was offered this bike for $3000.

The sense of loss I still feel is ameliorated by the eventual story of the sale of the bike.

Apparently the buyer turned up to see the bike without his kit. “Nevermind”, said the seller, offering his helmet as they both climbed aboard, the buyer taking the pillion, the seller, a married father of three, riding helmetless. The street you see pictured is in San Francisco, seismically active San Francisco, and as is typical, part of this street has subsided, in this case giving a nice little divet, ideal for launching the front wheel of a sportsbike, should one crack open the throttle at the right moment.

The report I heard was the buyer, who no doubt was unaware of the divet prior to the test ride, but now probably will never forget it as long as he lives, had paid for the bike ashen faced, without negotiating on the price.

The Bullitt Mustang, at the Fabricators place in LA circa 2012