2012 Wavecrest Woodie Meet
A road trip from Santa Cruz to Encinitas is always daunting. Especially in a 75 year old car. At some point you must pass through the belly of the beast that is Los Angeles. These days the LA suburbs begin somewhere north of Santa Barbara and continue south to the Mexican border. There’s no “good time” anymore to pass through it.
The Wavecrest Woodie Meet is worth the trip. Held each year in mid-September, it’s a good time to be on the road in California. The kids are back in school, the tourists have turned in their rented motor homes, and the weather is as good as it gets. I changed the oil on my ’38, repacked the wheel bearings, and hit the road.
Friday morning a number of us meet at San Onofre for the annual Santa Cruz vs So Cal surf-out. We’ve been getting together for years and this was one of the best. It was pushing 90 degrees on the beach with water in the 70s, glassy conditions, and chest high waves.
After the surf contest it’s back to Encinitas to grab a parking space in the Wavecrest lot. In recent years they’ve allowed woodie owners to move in on Friday, the day before the actual event. This has turned into a mini-party of its own and by sundown the lot is nearly full of cars tucked in for the night.
Corbin Taylor’s chopped, flathead-powered shoebox has been around for years. While a lot of woodie people don’t “get it” this car has always been one of my favorites. It’s on the market for around $75K.