Snow on Mt. Hamilton

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For a Californian, that white lump of ice is practically a pile of gold coins in Aladdin’s cave. Multiple signs warn “THIS AREA IS OFF LIMITS” and “SNOW PLAY IS PROHIBITED AT LICK OBSERVATORY” which is a bit of a tragedy when snow is more of a curiosity than an annoyance to us in the SF Bay Area.

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Closer to sea level, note the short sleeves. A small group had gathered on this particular Sunday for a drive and, well, to see snow. Yep, a true novelty.

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There were some modern sports cars (and sporty cars) out there.

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Gen, the quintessential Guy Who Drives His Cars, brought two 911’s.

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How about this understated 1974 Euro Carrera?

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Or would you prefer the flamboyant Bahama Yellow 1967 911S?

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Dogleg 5 speed. This is one of the best sounding cars I’ve ever had the pleasure of following, and it runs like a top. Most carb’d cars are disgusting, but this car is tuned to perfection, apparently.

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Maybe it’s automotive Stockholm Syndrome since I spend so much time with it, but I actually like the looks of the Chevy SS. Plus, I have a soft spot for old school halogen lights.

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Although I’m still glad to have full LED’s front and rear on my car.

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Oh, and there was even more variety on the drive.

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If you’ve been to a Radwood anywhere in California, you’ve probably seen this lovely Laguna Blue Miata on Kosei K1’s.

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Another Radwood stalwart as well as a cornerstone of the Driving While Awesome NorCal community, Jon brought his sweet turbo Rabbit all the way from the central valley, which he does quite often.

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This SQ5 is kinda bulky in the turns compared to the other cars here, but…well, let’s just say he carries a jerry can of E85 in the trunk of this thing.

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Just a few corners later, voila! The unusually wet winter in California had combined with northerly winds and dropped a coating of snow over the tallest peaks in the region, something which rarely happens despite peaks of 3-4000 feet (the observatory is at about 4200 feet above sea level).

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If I had one regret over the past year, it would be that you can see the snowy observatory all the way from San Jose, and I never took a photo of it from down there.

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However, I did fulfill one of my goals: taking a photo of my own car in the snow. Okay, okay, the car isn’t really in the snow, just near it, but it was still pretty exciting for me.

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Yes–I’m near snow! How novel! Also, I have since replaced the stock 215’s with 225 width Pilot Sport 4S. Despite the 7.5″ wheels, Subaru still used the same 215/45/17 Primacy HP’s that every other 7″ wheel 86/BRZ uses which–as you see here–were kinda stretched and definitely hideous.

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Back near ocean level and once again the right to bare arms was exercised. And of course, who doesn’t want to see the engine bay of a 30 year old Volkswagen?

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It was an idyllic scene, with the type of green hills one imagines from a Windows XP desktop. (but sadly not the accompanying deep blue skies)

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One thing about that wet winter was that most of us didn’t wash our cars for months.

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Okay…maybe it was just Brendan and me. Dammit.

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Horses for courses, and all that. See y’all on the next ride.

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