More CCs Of My Neighborhood: A Christmas Eve Walk

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Like it is for Gerardo and our Antipodean contingent, the weather outside in Poway California is anything but frightful – 75 degrees (F) and sunny; we’ve had enough rain that the fire danger is low.  I have lived here for nearly 30 years and I still can’t get used to being able to wash your car on Christmas day. Once again my family is taking advantage of a holiday to sleep in – and deservedly so. But I can’t sleep like that; my body’s clock is too strong. So this morning I took another walk around a different part of the neighborhood.

We are only an hour or so from the desert, so I wasn’t too surprised to see the pair of real SUVs in the first picture. I am always surprised by how many 1st generation Broncos there are here.


Here’s another one I saw up the street a few days ago.

Of course we’re not only close to the desert; we’re also only a few minutes from the beach.

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I wonder if this will ever see the water again. It is looking kind of sad and lonely. (I didn’t see any snowmobiles, though you can get to the snow with a 45 minute drive. I have an acquaintance who makes a point to go surfing, skiing, and off-roading all on the same day at least once a year, presumably so he can rub it in to his family back in the Midwest.)

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Across the cul-de-sac from the Bronco and Cherokee was this pair, distinctly more appropriate for the city.

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Either one would be a nice daily driver, though the BMW would be a bit more fun, I suspect that the cost of maintenance would make the Intrepid more practical.

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A block or so away I found this hiding. Obviously 60s and American, but beyond that, hard to tell under the cover.


A quick peak under the front of the cover gives a partial answer.Can any of you give a more detailed identification with this little info?

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Here are some Christmas lights. This is truly a daily driver, and the owner has been slowly fixing trim pieces over the last year that I have seen it parked here.

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Looks like it as a fresh wax job too. It’s parked in front of a relatively inexpensive apartment complex. Seems like the owner has his (or her) priorities straight.


In a more affluent part of the neighborhood, the Dodge would have been garaged, like this ’55 I saw a few weeks ago. The owner had just moved it out of the garage to get to his Christmas decorations. The Dodge is in better condition though, at least superficially. The “eyebrows” on the Chevy are rusting through, and it has a dent on the left rear.


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A few cars down from the Dodge is it’s early 90’s family car equivalent. These are pretty rare here, as IIRC they weren’t typically Toyota bulletproof and didn’t have a great safety record.

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Somewhat unusually for Southern California, someone has love for a GM vehicle that isn’t a Suburban or Tahoe. When was the last time you saw a matched pair of 90’s Oldsmobiles?

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Are they both Intrigues? I am not up on my Oldsmobiles.

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Up the street a little is another matched pair — I did say I see lot of Broncos! One blue, one green. The Broncos are both running, but the panel van is currently without engine or transmission.

One last stop at the local park, on my way home to start cooking with my daughter (Swedish meatballs.. yum!)

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The Poway Midland Railroad has a 1903 Baldwin that they run a few times a month.

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One of these days I’ll do a full CC on it. It’s had a fascinating life.


Hope you all have a great Holiday. See you next year!