I live a rather frugal life, but one frivolous activity I enjoy is cars. I’m a member of the Wine Country Car Club and the North Bay British Car Club. I’ve owned or restored some fascinating vehicles, and below is a sampling of some of my favorites.

To see photos of a recent Wine Country car club ride, click here.

For a decade, my wife Christine and I hosted the annual Valentine’s Day British Car Club Ride. To see photos of the 2011 ride, click here.


Cadillac Eldorado convertible, 1984

I loved this car and drove it in many parades such as the annual Santa Rosa Rose Parade.


Volvo P1800, 1971

This is one of the most esthetically beautiful designs. I enjoyed restoring this car, but it drove like a tank, so I sold it.


Lotus Eclat, 1976

I bought this car after it sat in the former owner’s garage for 15 years with a blown head gasket. With 160 hp driving 2,150 lbs, it was a kick to drive.


Chevrolet Corvair convertible, 1964.

The car was an older restoration. It handled pretty well, and though I sold it as a research fundraiser, I”ll probably buy another someday.