In Northern California 


After a long productive stay at Chino, I have packed up and driven 500 miles north to prep for Corvair College #38.


I took the coastal route out of LA for the first time in 24 years. I got to know Malibu in 1982, when is still had  elements of the world that inspired Brian Wilson, In 1992, they were faded thoughts. As I drove through on Saturday afternoon, there was nothing detectable left, and perhaps no one left to care about it either. 


Things got better by the Ventura County line,  Oxnard had changed little, but Santa Barbara looked overbuilt, and I made a good decision to take the very steep route 154 over the coastal mountains and travel inland to a more desolate part of the state.


154 leads into Los Padres National Forrest, and from there you can hook up with 101 again and run 160 miles north to Salinas, through rolling golden hills , broken only by vineyards and little farm towns. The contrast to Malibu was astounding, it was hard to picture them on the same planet far less in the same state.  It was pretty enough that I stopped at a quiet rest area at mile marker 256 at sunset, in a few hours there were a billion stars out, and I camped  out right there, enjoying a solitary night that brought back a lot of what I love about the most geographically diverse state in the nation. 5 am brought first light, and I drove on to Vacaville to meet Woody Harris, the local host of CC 38.



Above, Woody stand with his grandson at the historical NutTree airport in Vacaville. CC 38 is two hours north at Cloverdale. Woody is holding the Cherry Grove Trophy, which he was awarded last year at CC 35.  His grandson is experiencing at lot of success racing karts on road race tracks. He is a very sharp kid, but some of it may be attributable to his Grandfather having ‘car jobs’ like heading up McLarens North American efforts. Sometimes it isn’t who you know, but who loves you.




Above, sunrise on 101, near Bradley.




About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at and in more than 50 magazine articles.

3 Responses to In Northern California 

  1. Marvin Haught says:

    LOL! Looks like the “Beast”. Lost a little more paint on the trip! Glad things are going well! I certainly enjoyed the CC in San Marcos, and learned a ton! Travel well!

  2. Harold Bickford says:

    Edi and I know the route well. It is scenic if ever changing in some places. Enjoy the run on the CC tour.

  3. Bill Newkirk says:

    Is there a schedule for Cloverdale? I sent in my registration on the first day it opened, but have not heard back from anyone. I plan to arrive Friday morning.

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