Enjoying the Bay Area coast for a good cause — The California Gold RallyeBy Jonathan Haswell In Major Events
The Simraceway Performance Driving School was honored to be invited to attend the 2nd Annual California Gold Rallye on October 16th by the Friends of Laguna Honda (FLH) which provides programs and equipment to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. With Audi of America’s kind permission, we brought our top gun from the Audi sportscar experience fleet, the R8 V10 Competition—the fastest R8 to come off the line. With its 570hp, this beast can run all the way up to 200mph! Not that we could use all that speed since this was more of a celebration of motoring enthusiasts taking advantage of the beautiful winding roads up the coast of Northern California’s Wine Country for a very good cause rather than a remake of the gumball rally.
From classic Porsche 911’s to Ferrari F12’s, the train turned heads wherever it went. The group started out at the bay and drove out to the coast, then headed north past the renowned Nick’s Cove Restaurant. Then it was on to a local secret sweet spot: Wild Flour Bakery, where the cars made a lovely picture in the forecourt as drivers and passengers stopped for a little espresso and fresh baked pastry. Some car swapping incurred as the group set off in search of the final stop at Landmark Winery, a top tier winery & vineyard Located at the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains.
Put on by the venerable host and organizer Porter Felton, we hope this event can grow and grow in the years to come as we never want to miss an opportunity to talk cars and share our automotive passion whilst taking on the sweeping and undulating roads of the bay area in the name of a great charity. What could be better!