New Years day 2011. Met up with friends in Malibu at 9:00 am on one of the coldest days of the year for a drive in the Santa Monica Mountains. It warmed up quickly due to the proximity of the ocean and it turned into a perfectly nice day. Below was our route. Click where it says “view full route” and you’ll see some photos and more information.

We had a bit of a scare when Ken’s oil filler cap went missing from his recently purchased 1964 Lotus Elan. After trying some McGiver magic we headed back down the road in hopes of spotting the missing cap. This was successful and soon Ken was back in business. Though I don’t envy him the task of making his engine compartment all nice again.

Lots of fellow car enthusiasts were in the canyons enjoying the day and no doubt avoiding football on TV. We had a great lunch at the Reel Inn in Malibu, then it was my chance to take another run across the mountains while my friends headed south. Once I made it back to the Valley and traveled east towards lower elevations I found some of the coldest air I’d felt all day. The San Fernando Valley was apparently a big pool of cold air.

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