atitude: 37.801 Longitude: -121.920
As a boy fifty years ago I roamed the manicured turf of the Pebble Beach Country Club drooling over a herd of classic cars assembled : a Dusenberg boat tail speedster, a bat wing Alfa Romeo, a red Ferrari, and the Reventlow Scarab, the race car that had dominated the weekend competition at Laguna Seca raceway.
Fifty years later, the Blackhawk Museum in Danville hosted a free open house at the end of a race weekend in Monterey. This museum houses a very nice selection of automobiles that neither you nor I will ever own. Most date from the early days of automobiles up to 1970. I doubt there is a computer chip in any of the cars on display. They are displayed in such a way that you are not overwhelmed by the others nearby, and you can get close enough to see the details but not touch them.
What is surprising is how relatively inexpensive they seemed to be: an Aston Martin that cost less than $7,000--but those were 1967 dollars. I remember seeing a Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe for less than $5000 used, but that was a long, long time ago. Most of the people attending the open house were over fifty. The only young men were workers or volunteers at the museum. This place is located about five miles from the Interstate, back in the hills near Mount Diablo. It is surrounded by McMansions and a high end mall with a lot of empty storefronts. Admission is $5 to $8.