Thursday, April 02, 2009


From Gerie Bledsoe's desk;


I am making plans for a "Carrera Corral" at the Dream Machines show in Half Moon Bay airport on Sunday, April 26 -- 10:00 AM -- 4:00 PM.

Here is the web site for the event

As most of you from the Bay Area know, this is probably the largest show in the country of any machine that can drive, fly, plow, or saw wood.

One year they had a flight of P-51 Mustangs that strafed the airport, plus B-17 rides. Last year they offered B-25 rides. Other planes are available for rides, too.

It would be great to put our Carrera cars or other cars together under the Carrera banner, catch up, and see some of the fine machinery that comes to this show. It is all very informal. There is no judging, and food is available, of course.

The entry fee for each vehicle is $30, and that includes two tickets to the event. The standard admission at the gate is $20 per person, and there are deep discounts for children and senior citizens.

For those of you who do not know the Half Moon Bay area, it is a wonderful stretch of California coastline, which includes long sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. We are 30 miles south of the city of San Francisco, and about 30 minutes "over the hill" from the San Francisco International Airport.

We have a Ritz Carleton Hotel with a great golf course (LPGA quality at least), and the usual assortment of hotels and restaurants along the beach from Pacifica down to Santa Cruz. The famous surf break, Maverick's, and Pillar Point Harbor, with hotels and restaurants, are short walk from the airfield.

Dream Machines is a fundraiser for the Coastside Senior Center. If you wait until after April 15 to enter, the fee goes up to $35. The only rub is -- our cars must be at the airport early on Sunday morning, otherwise we park in the parking lot with the 100,000 spectators.

After we drop our cars or bikes off Sunday AM, we can have brunch somewhere with that special someone and then return later for the show. She can check out the machines or the boutiques along main street in HMB.

I live about 4 miles south of the airport, just off Highway #1, and have parking on the street for anyone towing a trailer queen to the show. If you plan to spend the night in HMB or live close by, please feel free to drop over come over at 7 PM for a beer. RSVP please!

Also, there is a NASA High Performance Driving Event at Sears Point (Infineon Raceway) that weekend (, and I will be there on Saturday, if anyone wants to test their car or get some driving instruction before they show it on Sunday. Lots of options this weekend!

So far five or six people have responded favorably to the corral idea, so it's a go. Please let me know if you plan to exhibit a car or just stop by as a spectator.

The show has only been canceled once because of the weather since I have lived here.



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