Next morning: Jeff Guzaitis mans the check in station at the start.
Starting elevation: 25 feet about sea level.
Rallyists get their first look at the route.
Newly weds Adriana and Jay Lamm.
Rally veterans Steve Peterson, Matt Hamilton, and Kjell Nelin
Supercharged MGA, Bugeye, Ferrrari, MGB; lots of interesting machinery around the park.
Leslie Yuen's Duetto went keyless the morning of the start, so he just left the motor running. Later: some push starts.
At the Snowball, they don't just TALK about diversity. Luc Blondeau's '70 Citroen Mehari.
The very clean (and quick) "Bring a Trailer" '69 Porsche 911T of Gentry Underwood and Randy Nonnenberg.
The rally also experienced outbreaks of sartorial style. E.g. : David Agretelis and Keith McArthur, dressed to suit their 220SEb.
E.g., Stephen Weathersby, dressed for alien abduction.
Norman Weinfield's stalwart Jaguar XK140.
Peter Bergman's gorgeous '54 Jaguar XK120.
Dan Noyola's '73 Alfa Romeo Spider.
Steve Peterson's '57 Lancia Applia Berlina. 1100cc V4. A couple of years ago, Steve went coast to coast in it, so the ~500 miles of this rally should be a doodle.
Nick Pons' '69 MGB GT next to Jeff Guzaitis' '59 AH 100/6
Jon Fox and James Hunt in a lovely '68 Datsun 2000 roadster. Jim Huff (r) strikes a pose.
Jay and Adriana Lamm in the "Hammerite" Alfa Romeo GTV.
Jason McCandless and his '64 Porsche 356C.
The Drivers' Meeting. Jeff explains while the crowd grins.
And then we're off. 60+ cars, so the 1st stage is a traffic jam getting out of the starting area.
Armand Bengle fires up his '62 Sunbeam Alpine.
Kenyon Will's '72 Chrysler Imperial GT. Trick. Fast. Has a gravitation field akin to Jupiter.
Michael Ashby's clean '69 Volvo 122S.
The ever stylish Karyn Johnson and Stephanie Hamilton, next to Stephanie's Sprint.
Now motoring out of Sacramento, heading west towards the Sierras.
Michael Clark and Jack Staggs, looking happy to be on the road in their '61 Porsche 356 b Coupe.
Marty chats with a long distance sidehack rider at a stoplight.
Finally out of Sac and into the foothills. It's a glorious Spring day.
Chasing Stacey Sutton in her '72 Fiat 124 Spider.
Other interestin' machinery is out and about in the foothills today.
Roadside stop in the foothills, at about 3000 ft. Candy Pond makes a kissy face at the photographer.
Debra Kadner attempts, unsuccessfully, to hide her joy at being on the Snowball.
Gratuitous Lancia snapshot. If you're new to this site, it's a '67 "Fulvia Coupe Rallye 1.3". And a great car for events like this.
Luc Blondeau & Peter Engle flash past in the Mehari.
Perhaps "flash" isn't quite the word I want. But full marks to Luc and Peter for doing a mountain event with 600ccs.
Brian Bliven's '59 Austin Healey Sprite.
Lisa Ferrari and Curt Ingraham in their '72 BMW 2002 Tii.
Weather control on the rally was superb. It had snowed 3 days before...
...but we got clear skies and temps in the 50s-60s on Saturday.
After Carson Pass (8573 ft), a brief stop at an overlook.
Tracy Drummond's '60 Austin Healy 3000 Mk I.
Someone has left a 3" high painted rock as an offering at the overlook.
Markleeville (elevation 5501 ft.), the lunch stop on Day One.
Some of us opted for a picnic, rather than add to the crush at the restaurant.
Off again, burping occasionally. The sign needs updating.