What to do in Northern California between two fantastic events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca? Visit the Bruce Canepa Classic Cars & Motorsports Museum in Scotts Valley near Santa Cruz of course…
Who’s Bruce Canepa?
I did not know before this trip, even though I’ve been to this part of California many times… but when it comes to Motorsport legends I’m still an obvious newb… Apparently Bruce was a car designer and a professional race car driver. But to me he’s a hero because of an amazing place he’s got in Scotts Valley that I was able to visit and enjoy for over an hour… roaming around gawking, and taking lots of pictures to share here.
The dealership downstairs has some gems. The free museum upstairs is fantastic and I had the whole place to myself when I visited on a weekday in late morning. And the garage area had some unique cars being worked on as well, which you can watch from a bird’s eye view without interfering with the mechanics.
What a place! Go visit now… if you can. I wish I knew about it sooner.
(I learned about it during the Miata’s dinner when people mentioned Canepa hosts regular Cars & Coffee events in this region of Cali)
Level 1: The Classic Car Dealership
Wanna buy a Porsche Carrera GT Prototype? apparently you can…
Level 2: Canepa Motorsports Museum
And my favorite Racing Porsche’s: the 962
And the other Porsche… the baby blue Gulf-Porsche
A Porsche powered Pikes Peak racer
And even on my way out of the museum I couldn’t help but enjoy the scenery and take some more pix:
What an amazing place!
Seriously, if you live in California or are visiting the area near Monterey or San Francisco, do stop by and visit Canepa!
Great place to visit is nearby Santa Cruz too…
This is the fifth or sixth Holden badged Commodore I’ve been seeing on the roads in the US.
Oh and while I’m on the subject of visiting California be sure to hang out at In n Out… get an animal style fry with your double-double, and I’m a big fan of the shakes too, especially when you mix flavors.