Sunday, October 18, 2009

Opel GT

Another sweet little car to catch my eye at the Birdwood Classic was this dear little Opel GT, still with its California number plates and the plate surround declaring "Sonoma Valley, where great wines begin". The Sonoma region, only 45 miles from SF, is indeed a premier wine area and I noticed on Jane's blog only last week that she was relaxing at home in Santa Cruz, after a busy day, with a glass of Sonoma Valley wine. The sticker on the left hand rear window says "Wombat Racing, Australia". I imagine the owner having been an ex-pat Aussie over there. Here, there wouldn't be a need to include the word "Australia" on such a sticker - or to explain the references to "eats roots, shoots and leaves".

1 comment:

John L said...

Heard from Graeme, a mate of the owner, Noel. Graeme is from Adelaide, Noel is from Mooroopna, Victoria. According to the song, that's where Archie Roach was born, only they were moved out of town when the queen came to visit. Anyway, the Opel is a 1973 model and Noel imported it from the US and "the B to B was its first outing after paint and a general tidy up and adding a weber as the solex originals are very ordinary." Wombat Racing is a team of about 6 or 7 HQ racers. One member lives in Mannum, another in Mt. Gambier and the rest in Victoria. Graeme has a white 1970 Opel GT arriving in mid-November. He's a bit nervous because he's buying it sight unseen.