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Old 01/26/2011, 10:56 PM   #1
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Another Cal Special spotted in Sacramento area

So I'm going into my local gas station tonight, and as I come out I see a red Cal Special at the pumps. The gentleman driving is in his car talking on his cell phone, and I mouth the words "I have a California Special too". He ends his conversation, and gets out and we talk about the cars for about 10 minutes.

It seems he has owned this car for over 30 years, handed it down to his daughter and his son as a car to drive while in school (lucky kids), and is now driving it occasionally. He lives in the Roseville area, northeast of Sacramento. The Special is very clean and straight, with a nice paint job, 289 and automatic, center console, Lucas fog lamps, and that is about it for the options.

He has a cracked lens on one of his fog lamps and has been somewhat looking to replace the lens. I mentioned this site as a place where he ought to visit and check in, and maybe someone can direct him to where he can get a replacement.

Anyway, I just had to run home and get the story out. Renee would be proud of me!

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Old 01/26/2011, 11:26 PM   #2
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You know, one of the amazing things I noticed while I was attempting to pull my CS out of California. I NEVER spotted another 68 CS. Never. In the land they were born in too.

So Robert, good for you! You get that Special!

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Old 01/26/2011, 11:27 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure I have some extra lenses.
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Old 01/26/2011, 11:54 PM   #4
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Thanks Arlie, I was telling the owner what a great site this was, and how I was sure someone here could point him in the right direction. Now all he has to do is visit.

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Old 01/27/2011, 02:05 AM   #5
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Way to go Sarge! The one Renee chased down was a long-time owner from Roseville area as well :-)

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Amy, Aside from a mother / daughter here in Grass Valley in a red w/ black top, I never see them driving around either. Once in awhile a friend will say they spotted one that wasn't mine... It's neat how the exposure has our good friends watching and mentioning other sightings with enthusiasm :-) I always grill them on color, stripes and tail lights... and they're getting better about spotting the details. Our UPS driver who's a Chevy guy is among the best!

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Old 01/27/2011, 07:47 AM   #6
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Way to go Sarge! The one Renee chased down was a long-time owner from Roseville area as well :-)

http://californiaspecial.com/forums/...ead.php?t=8814

Amy, Aside from a mother / daughter here in Grass Valley in a red w/ black top, I never see them driving around either. Once in awhile a friend will say they spotted one that wasn't mine... It's neat how the exposure has our good friends watching and mentioning other sightings with enthusiasm :-) I always grill them on color, stripes and tail lights... and they're getting better about spotting the details. Our UPS driver who's a Chevy guy is among the best!
I think anyone that visits your house on a regular basis would become an excellent CS spotter, be hard to get them out of your head, like a song you can't quit singing.

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Old 01/27/2011, 09:37 AM   #7
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I think anyone that visits your house on a regular basis would become an excellent CS spotter, be hard to get them out of your head, like a song you can't quit singing.
...Well, there's little more rewarding than the casual gatherings and symposiums that are along the lines of your book, Cory! You set the table for a wonderful "California Special Way of Life"! Now with kind hearted ambassadors like Robert & Renee, we'll go a long way to insure "GT/CS" is here to stay!

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Old 01/30/2011, 06:53 PM   #8
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So I'm going into my local gas station tonight, and as I come out I see a red Cal Special at the pumps. The gentleman driving is in his car talking on his cell phone, and I mouth the words "I have a California Special too". He ends his conversation, and gets out and we talk about the cars for about 10 minutes.

It seems he has owned this car for over 30 years, handed it down to his daughter and his son as a car to drive while in school (lucky kids), and is now driving it occasionally. He lives in the Roseville area, northeast of Sacramento. The Special is very clean and straight, with a nice paint job, 289 and automatic, center console, Lucas fog lamps, and that is about it for the options.

He has a cracked lens on one of his fog lamps and has been somewhat looking to replace the lens. I mentioned this site as a place where he ought to visit and check in, and maybe someone can direct him to where he can get a replacement.

Anyway, I just had to run home and get the story out. Renee would be proud of me!

Robert
Hey Robert,

The guy's name wasn't Mark was it?? If so, it is the same one I spotted a few months ago. If not, there is a new one out there and it is great to know that. Don't see them very often, but when we do it is so good to chat with a fellow owner.

Did you tell the guy about this website and ask him to come out and join us? You didn't happen to get any pictures did you?

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Old 02/01/2011, 09:18 PM   #9
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...Got an e-mail from a friend that a "Gold w/ black stripe was seen in McClellan Park near Sacramento today...

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Old 02/02/2011, 06:37 AM   #10
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That was me in McClellan Park yesterday. I was in the Copper GT/CS. Mike
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Very well, Mike. 'Mystery solved... I also remember Renee chasing down & speaking with another copper/gold CS owner near Folsom about a year ago...

(neat! 'almost twins;-)
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Old 02/03/2011, 09:31 PM   #12
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That's right Tim. I did spot another copper colored CS last year. His name was Roosevelt and I told him about this website and encouraged him to join us. Guess he decided not to

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Old 02/04/2011, 12:15 AM   #13
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That is so cool you guys run into other CS an HCS cars out there. I'm in SoCal and last time I saw another CS other than mine was at the 40th gathering at Galpin a few yrs ago. Did I say I am in SoCal? I know Dave Athans is in the SFV and Doug is in Valencia and I recall someone saying there was a CS in Oxnard but I've not seen any on the road or anywhere else, guess I need to get out more eh. With the global interest in these cars I suppose they are just so spread out around the world, oh yea and a small number of them in Tim's stable.

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Old 02/04/2011, 03:20 AM   #14
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Oscar, what makes it interesting to me are the ones you catch who don't belong to any clubs, don't know or care about a registry, are gracious about invitation but don't join the group.... yet, they have been passionate long-term owners who still love their cars as though they picked 'em up from their dealers yesterday! And for the same reasons as people who bought them in 1968. They are the quiet private & types living their individual dreams with no apparent desire to be "corralled" into competition, comparison and car,car,car..., but instead light up like Christmas trees when the conversation diverts to kindred experiences common with original thought. I can honestly respect that having talked to a few of them, while being reminded once again that it's people who make them "Special"... Not the other way around.

In that regard (as with other classics), there will always be GT/CSs running around that we'll collectively know very little about, but for the chance encounter and brief and pleasant moments...

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Oscar, what makes it interesting to me are the ones you catch who don't belong to any clubs, don't know or care about a registry, are gracious about invitation but don't join the group.... yet, they have been passionate long-term owners who still love their cars as though they picked 'em up from their dealers yesterday! And for the same reasons as people who bought them in 1968. They are the quiet private & types living their individual dreams with no apparent desire to be "corralled" into competition, comparison and car,car,car..., but instead light up like Christmas trees when the conversation diverts to kindred experiences common with original thought. I can honestly respect that having talked to a few of them, while being reminded once again that it's people who make them "Special"... Not the other way around.

In that regard (as with other classics), there will always be GT/CSs running around that we'll collectively know very little about, but for the chance encounter and brief and pleasant moments...
I agree Tim. There are so many owners out there who don't care about clubs or registering their car, and more power to them. Their Special is what they care about and enjoy driving them. I remember when Renee chased down the other copper car. With the two photos together, it does look like they are twins. WOW. Mike
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