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Seabiscuit Tour

at Santa Anita Race Track

and the

 Aaron Weiss Car Collection

at the Flying "A" Garage

April 5, 2009

(by Dave Ventresca)

Our day started with the Seabiscuit Tour to give our club members a close-up look at Santa Anita’s stable area, including “Barn 38,” where Seabiscuit was stabled while he ran at Santa Anita from 1937 to 1940. The tour also included locations where the movie Seabiscuit was filmed.

Although it is more than 60 years since Seabiscuit exploits captured the hearts of America, the legend of Seabiscuit and Santa Anita remain inexorably intertwined.

After our visit to Santa Anita Park, we then went on an excursion to Aaron Weiss' "Flying A Garage" which turned out to be the most interesting, eclectic collection of classic cars,  mixed with a bit of humor, levity, and anecdotes on Aaron's part.

His collection ranges from several Rolls-Royces to American classics from the 30's through the 60's. 

The main focus is GM cars, but he also has a few Chrysler and Ford products.  His primary interest seems to be focused on V-16 Cadillacs.  We particularly enjoyed the quip he made about the "whore car", his 1933 V-16 Cadillac rumble seat roadster.  That brought a lot of laughs, as well as the story of his acquiring his first Rolls-Royce, a 1979 Camargue with a Pininfarina body.

He felt that the sail panel resembles a 1970 Chevy Caprice 2 door. I particularly liked the 1942 Packard Darrin roadster in dark blue,  a super rare car. His collection also consists of several Chrysler Town and Country woodies, which are always a knock-out. 

The shop itself is spotless, with a work area, car lift, and complement of tools for servicing all the cars.  We enjoyed the luncheon provided and the camaraderie of everyone was great.

A very relaxing Sunday.

Pictures by Dave Ventresca & Tom Hall


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