The CCs Of My Neighborhood: A Thanksgiving Morning Walk


My wife is a notorious night owl, and my three high-schoolers have spent the last three months up late doing homework. (Either they get more than I did, or they are a heck of a lot more dedicated than I was!)  Plus my sister-in-law is hosting Thanksgiving dinner. The result is that no one else was up this morning, so I decided to take a walk. Living in a San Diego suburb, there are plenty of potential CCs to share … plus I thought some of you might want to vicariously share in our weather. It’s 90 degrees and less than 5% humidity today, so rather than a winter weather advisory, we have a fire weather warning.  But on to the cars. Every one of these was taken today, Thanksgiving, within three blocks of my house.


The first one I came across, perhaps 10 houses down the street, was this Chevelle.  I’ve met the owner of this car – his son and #1Son are classmates — and he has restored other similar cars in the past, and somehow he looks like he’s still in the 70’s.  Perhaps one of you can identify the exact year – I haven’t taken the time on any of these.


A few houses down was this relatively rare two-door Blazer. At the time I liked the look, but it seemed kind of primitive (so I bought a YJ Cherokee instead – go figure).


This is arguably my favorite of the walk. I see it from my driveway every morning, at the opposite end of the street. Hopefully the owner will get it back on the road soon.


BMWs are anything but rare here, but most of them are newer (leased) ones, not at all interesting. This one is from 1990 or so judging by the license plate number. (My 87 Mustang had a 2G.. plate; my wife’s 91 Miata started with 2Z, so this with a 2V is right between them.) It’s in very nice condition, even with an SDSU student decal on the front.


This GT is the same age but somewhat rattier. But it does have a 5-speed. I didn’t notice the F150 in the background when I took the picture, but I rather like that too.


The next street over from the Gladiator has this Satellite. Judging by the amount of rust on the roof roof, and the 5E license plate, this is a (relatively) recent California transplant. Either that or it spent quite a few years unregistered in a field.


This is a somewhat less desirable Mopar, but still pretty rare now. There’s also a mint daily-driven Omni around somewhere in the neighborhood, but it is apparently garaged as I have never seen it parked.



This Nova is certainly more interesting. Rather looks like a car from my high school parking lot. No, scratch that, this one’s too nice.


I love this generation of Chevy truck, though I would prefer a 67 Ford. But this one is kept up nicely and still used (see the stuff in the bed?).  I am not as familiar with the numbering scheme for truck license plates, but I do think it has been re-registered relatively recently.


And now for something completely different… Three doors from the pickup lives this pair of Brits. I never realized just how small a Midget is until I saw it next to this B.  I hope the B gets to live again.


Actually, *this* is my favorite car of the walk. It’s in great condition except for the hood paint. It lives in a house with another Nova and a more recent Mustang.


You can’t see it here, but there is a missing panel on the floor of the bed that covers what would be the back-seat fott well in a wagon version.


Oddly enough, this is registered as a truck. (“Car” license plates start with a number followed by three letters; while trucks have only the one letter.)


Even here in the land of minimal rust you don’t see many Rams of the pre “mini-18-wheeler” generation.



These first-gen Odysseys are pretty rare too, though their progeny are almost as ubiquitous as Explorers once were.


I’ll close with a pair of XJs. This white one is being slowly fixed up by my neighbor. I had its twin for a while, though without the lift kit and with a 5-speed.


This one’s a little rougher, but it will probably soldier on in our sunshine.

I hope you enjoyed my walk. Time to go eat some turkey!