Sunday, August 12, 2007

Stop #17 - Newcomb's Ranch for Lunch

At this point it was about 100 degrees, time to stop the silly photoshoots and get some lunch + a gallon or two of ice water. Newcomb's Ranch is a great little cafe/biker bar on the Crest near the top of the mountain.

After lunch (and we talked Jason into ditching his racing suit, since he looked like he was about to succumb to heat stroke), a couple of guys riding Harleys came over and asked "What's with the V-Dubs?".

Turns out one of them worked with Wax Balchowsky preparing the souped-up camera car "Old Yeller" and other motorhead bits from "The Love Bug". I don't think he was quite prepared for the level of Herbie nerdiness he was to encounter in our questioning, and asked Jerry (a machinist) if he had ever kept any metal chips in response to our question if he had kept anything from filming. After that, the questions became a little less detailed!

The fomer crew member then gave us the location of "Old Yeller" and the fate of the two Thorndyke (Buick Apollo) cars and wished us well on our way to the top of the mountain.

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