Labor of Love

Have you ever wanted to drive across the United States? I know I’m not the only one harboring that fantasy.

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Robin, the owner of this 12C Spider, always had a dream of driving across the country, preferably in a convertible. So after acquiring this McLaren and realizing that his job could easily accept a long-term spell of him “working from home”, he packed his bags and headed west.

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He began in Virginia, so it took a couple of weeks until he reached beautiful sunny California. But when he did, myself and a few forum buddies decided to give him a warm welcome by showing him around our local backroads.

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It wasn’t a large meet by any means; two McLarens joined in, plus me in the Boxster, Brendan in his E9, and another TCLer in the BRZ who I met for the first time. Not pictured is Drew in his VOLOLVO, who was a bit delayed because he had to drive from San Leandro. Oh, and did I mention it was Labor Day??

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We hung out and BS’d for a while as we waited for Drew to roll up. Brendan always has some interesting car tales, complete with the requisite demonstrative hand signals.

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His car is actually on the market, so I figured I should take as many snaps as possible before he gets rid of it.

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Notice anything about the Boxster? I took the top off! It’s so nice cruising with the top down; in fact, I actually don’t really like the design of the 986 hardtop anyway. There are really only two reasons I always run the hardtop. The first one is that I share an apartment, and I literally have nowhere to put the top. I don’t think my roommate would be happy with a top in the kitchen or living room…

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The other reason is right there: the original plastic rear window has turned out like all original plastic windows: totally oxidized and gross, with a big crack covered in clear tape.

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Our little tour ended in San Gregorio, where we hung out and had a snack. Looking over these pics, I realized that I completely forgot to get any close-up shots of Dave’s newly wrapped 12C.

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Well, you can see the crowd around the bright blue McLaren, so that probably explains it.

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Across from the general store we stopped at is a long barbed wire fence, with…dead fish on it? If they did that to creep people out—it worked!

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