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6th Annual CAM Car Cruise

Date/Time: August 9th (Sunday) 4pm


Gorgeous cars will cruise on through from Sac State to Fulton Avenue on a regulated route with no stops this August 9th for what’s known as Sacramento’s BEST Car Cruise and Show. Spectators of all ages are welcome to cheer Cruisers along the path from Sac State to Fulton Avenue, then walk freely around Fulton to enjoy some summer fun! Cruise begins at 4:00 pm, ending in a car show and music festival 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Fulton. Keep scrolling to fill out the Cruiser Registration Form!

Pre-registration for vehicles closes on Thursday, August 7 at 5:00 pm.

The California Automobile Museum has partnered with ClearPlex and the Fulton Avenue Business Association to ensure a steady regulated Cruise along the route, making this cruise the BEST in Sacramento, and quite the spectacle. Led by a siren-happy vintage fire truck, the cruise is packed full with cars from all eras! The Model T Club has made a fun addition in the past as the drivers and passengers dressed as gangsters and flappers. This non-stop cruise happens only once a year in August to complement the famed Reno event, Hot August Nights! The cruise is open to all year, make, and model vehicles.

Paul Robins – California Automobile Museum Car Cruise


We have added some great entertainment this year the Cruisers and spectators can all enjoy on Fulton Avenue. The Cruise will end on Fulton Avenue in a huge car show between El Camino and Marconi for a huge event emceed by our special guest Paul Robins of FOX40 News. Everyone will enjoy a music festival starring Tattooed Love Dogs, beer garden, vendor booths, kids activities and gorgeous cars along Fulton. This is the BEST way for the entire family to spend the afternoon among beautiful cars!

Other bands include The Tick-Tock Men, Vibrocounts, Todd Morgan and the Emblems, and Last Two Standing. Expect to see these bands and more along Fulton Avenue during the car show!

Car Show Awards presented by our sponsors

1. Favorite Muscle Car … Specialty Sales Classics
2. Favorite GM … Big O Tires
3. Favorite Mopar … Visor Guard
4. Favorite Ford … Tracklogic Motorsports
5. Favorite Street Rod … Victory Lines
6. Favorite Truck … Xilinx
7. Favorite Orphan … First Northern Bank
8. Favorite Foreign … Fantasy Junction
9. Favorite Sports Car … Canepa
10. Favorite Original/Un-restored …Fantasy Junction
11. Favorite Lowrider …
12. Favorite Vintage Motorcycle … Fantasy Junction
13. Favorite Rockabilly/Suede/Rat Rod … Batteries Plus
14. Favorite Convertible … 2WorkingforYou
15. Favorite Ford Model T/A …
16. Young Gun … Folsom Glenn Car Wash

Registration is open for cruisers and vendors! Spectators are Free.
Scroll further for the online registration form.

Cruisers: Cruiser registration is $49 ($44 for Gearhead Members). Use the form below to register as a cruiser, or you can call the museum or register in person.
Vendors: If you would like to become a vendor at this year’s Cruise, please fill out and submit the 2014 Cruise Vendor Application.
Sponsors: If you would like to help sponsor this year’s, check out our 2014 Cruise Sponsor Application.
Need help? Contact the Museum at 916-442-6802

Mt Hamilton Cruise

Date/Time: June 22nd (Sunday) 9:30am

Group 1 Meet Location:
Patterson, Ca (15051 Rodgers Rd, Patterson, CA)

Group 2 Meet Location:
North Livermore Chevron (2186 Las Positas Court, Livermore, CA)

Both groups will meet at 9:30 and hit the road at 10:30 on the dot. We will join up at the Junction Bar and Grill and then off to the Observatory. After that we head down the mountain to San Jose for lunch.


Trinity Cruise: Stage 2

Date/Time: July 27th (Saturday) Meet at 8:30am (departing at 9am sharp!)
Start Location: San Mateo County Community College – “Beethoven” Parking Lot #2 (Corner of Perimeter Rd and CSM Dr., Burlingame, CA)

This is Stage 2 of a three part rally. The route is focused in the South Bay and will run for ~1.5 hours. At the end of the cruise we will be stopping at the Canepa Motorsports Museum (4900 Scotts Valley Drive,Scotts Valley, CA).



As always, please fill-up with gas before arriving and bring two-way radios (aka. walkie-talkies) if you have them.

If you are planning to attend please RSVP in the LS1GTO thread so no one is left behind at the starting location.


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Trinity Cruise: Stage 1

Date/Time: July 14th (Sunday) depart 9am
Location: Chabot Staging Area (Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA)

This is Stage 1 of a three part rally. The route is focused in the East Bay and will run for ~2 hours. These roads are familiar to some, but it’s been quite a while since we’ve driven them as a group. As always, please fill-up with gas before arriving and bring two-way radios (aka. walkie-talkies) if you have them.

If you are planning to attend please RSVP in the LS1GTO thread so no one is left behind at the starting location.

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Golden Gate Photo Shoot & Cruise

Date/Time: June 15th (Saturday) depart at 9:00am
Location: Corner of Tamalpais Dr and Madera Blvd

Event Details:
We will be making a short drive to the Coast Guard station just North of the Golden Gate Bridge for a photo shoot. After the photo shoot we’ll be doing a cruise across the GGB and down the coast towards Half Moon Bay.

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Camaro’s & GTO’s: Folsom Lake Meet

Today was the first, of hopefully many, GTO and Camaro get-togethers. The meeting location was at the Folsom Sports Garage around 1pm, which was nice for those who were making the drive from the Bay Area.


The turnout was good, with a total of three Camaros, four GTO’s, and a G8. Most members were from Sacramento or the East Bay, but the diehard award goes to the member who drove from Tracy to Dublin, to Concord, to Folsom!

After car and driver introductions, and the involuntary drooling period, we headed-out on the cruise.

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The route around Folsom Lake was excellent! Despite being later in the afternoon, with a bit of weekend traffic, the group was able to stick together. The road was smooth and had plenty of turns/elevation changes for those who wanted to partake in spirited driving, but was also relaxed enough for a Saturday afternoon cruise to take-in the scenery.


After the cruise we returned to the Folsom Sports Garage for food and happy hour pitchers. The Camaro and GTO owners all did a great job mingling as we ate; sharing stories and talking about cars/modifications.

Today was a great success! It was nice to make some new friends and the cruise was a reminder of all the beautiful and fun roads that are to be had around the Sacramento area. The phrase I heard most often at the event was, “We have to do this again soon”!

Spontaneous Cruise: Napa

With these sorts of short-notice events it’s always a toss-up when it comes to participation; in the end we had two GTO’s and a G8. It would have been nicer to have a couple more cars… none the less, those of us who came out had a total blast!

We had several different options on routes for the cruise. The group decided on the “Short Route” (~2.5hrs) and we headed out…

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Our first stop was at the Monticello Dam for some photos.

We then proceeded towards Lake Berryessa, the site of one of the Zodiac killings (remind us not to stop there for a picnic!). Before turning off onto Knoxville Rd. we stopped at the Turtle Rock to stretch our legs… boy were we surprised at what we found!

This is the sort of place we love to find on cruises. Just like The Junction out past Mines Rd. in Livermore, it’s the sort of “hole in the wall” watering hole only known to locals. There is a certain type of “character” in these places that makes them fun. We will for sure be stopping here again the next time we come through (I hear they have “world famous egg rolls” too).

The road to Lake Berryessa was nearly devoid of traffic, which made the drive very enjoyable. The lead cars did a great job keeping the group together. It would have been nice to get a little more “spirited”, but the relaxed pace added an extra element to the cruise. It was nice to just slow down to just enjoy the atmosphere…

Since we started the cruise early today the sun was still fairly low in the sky by the time we arrived at Lake Berryessa. Finding a good location for photos would be possible, but also a bit difficult. At a deserted picnic area we pulled over to try and find a good shooting location. It was a bit awkward to get a clear view of the lake, and there were quite a few nasty speed bumps, but we found a decent spot.

After taking far too many photos of the individual cars, then group shots, we eventually got back on the road. The rest of the drive was nice, but the road started to get a bit more rough/bumpy so wasn’t as much fun. We also started to get more traffic, including a semi hauling grapes who had zero respect for the center-line, so the speeds slowed dramatically in some places. Fortunately the views of Lake Hennessey and the various vineyards around the area made-up for it.

The final destination for the cruise was the Beaulieu Vineyards (BV) tasting room. We had the option to stop for lunch or wine tasting, but today everyone seemed to have more pressing engagements.

Overall the day was a success. It was great to see some friends and spend some time cruising on the backroads of California’s wine country. With all the positive comments about the route and scenery I’m sure we’ll be back up here again soon!

Santa Cruz Cruise

The end of the year is packed with holidays that can make travel a nightmare, but it’s always enjoyable to get out for a cruise with the Nor-Cal Goats!

A group of us met-up in Saratoga and headed out into towards Santa Cruz.

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The roads in the South Bay hills are really some of the best in the Country. At times there can be some annoying traffic, but today most of the people were courteous and pulled aside when they saw us approaching.

Normally we would have driven North on Skyline Dr. to Alice’s before turning onto La Honda Rd. for the journey to Pescadero Creek Rd. At the suggestion of one of those going on the cruise, and because we didn’t have a big group, we decided to take Alpine Rd. instead.

Several of us had never driven Alpine Rd. before, but based on the Google Street View anticipated it to be quite tight/twisty… boy was it! While there was a painted center line, the road was only one-and-a-half lanes wide. Fortunately there was zero traffic on the road (not another car or even a bicycle)! While it was fun, the road was a bit too tight/twisty for a large car like a GTO/G8.

Pescadero Creek Rd. is truly the ideal place for our cars to play… perfect pavement and fast sweeping corners. This trip we were no cars to slow us down and we made great time! We made such great time that we had to wait a couple extra minutes at Highway 1 for one of the GTOs that was meeting-up with us after work. We took the opportunity to take some photos and talk-shop about our cars.

When we first arrived at the coast it was fairly cool and overcast, but it didn’t take long for the sun to burn through the clouds and really make the scenery beautiful.There is nothing line a sunny day driving down Highway 1 to make you realize why you live in California!

Once the final GTO arrived we headed out along Highway 1 towards Santa Cruz.

The plan was to simply drive along the coast into Santa Cruz, but we found ourselves stuck behind some slow cars/trucks. Someone suggested we take an alternate route, so they went to the head of the pack and took the lead.

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The improvised route was very enjoyable, definitely roads that deserve to be driven again!

Due to the detour we were running a little behind schedule, but that just made lunch that much better. We stopped at a small BBQ joint that has a really incredible menu. The Tri-Tip Sandwitch with garlic fries was delicious!

Everyone who attended the cruise seemed to be happy with the way the day turned-out. The choice of roads, planned and improvised, combined with the good weather made for a very enjoyable drive.

Weekend Cruise: Sunday

Yesterday we had a cruise through the South Bay, so why should today be any different!?! Today several Nor-Cal Goats came out for the drive over to Half Moon Bay for lunch. Again, it would have been nice to have a few more cars… but having fewer cars to be concerned about made leading the cruise more enjoyable.

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We headed out up Highway 9 to Skyline Blvd. and over to the “4 Corners”. The drive was fairly routine and quite enjoyable… like we experienced yesterday, Skyline is one of the favorite roads in this area for being so consistently fun. A drive along Skyline wouldn’t be complete without a stop-off at the 4 Corners (where Skyline crosses Highway 84). This is a favorite stopping point for cyclists (both motor and peddle varieties) and car owners… you are guaranteed to see some great eye-candy there!

After a short pit-stop we headed out down Highway 84 towards the coast. Without much other road traffic the descent was very enjoyable.

Rather than take Highway 84 all the way to the coast, which is the most direct route, we turned off onto Pescadero Rd. for real some twists and turns. Pescadero is a road that many really wish was closer to home. The pavement is well maintained and the corners flow together very well. At this point we couldn’t hold-back any longer, and started to push things a bit harder. Unfortunately, a large dump truck decided to spoil our fun and I had to slow down.

Before getting to the coast the group stopped off at the Arcangelli Grocery Co. so people could get some fresh baked bread (and so the old folks could visit the restroom… again…). This also gave us a chance to stop in at church (it was a Sunday after-all). To my surprise we even had a visitor before the service who stopped to ask us questions about our Pontiacs.

The drive up Highway 1 to Half Moon Bay was decent, but it would have been much better if the view wasn’t fogged-in. Traffic on Highway 1 made the drive unexciting, but at this point people seemed to just want to eat (there was a reoccurring request for Fish & Chips coming over the radios). We ate lunch at Ketch Joanne (and it seemed like everyone had Fish & Chips).

After lunch we headed back towards the Bay Area on Highway 92 and Skyline Blvd. The trip back to Saratoga was the much like the trip out… until we rounded a corner to find a fellow automotive enthusiast waiting at a stop sign. Most of the time when approaching an intersection on a cruise we’re dreadful of a slower vehicle pulling-out in front of us… but this one time we would have made an exception. Why? The car was a Bugatti Veryon Grand Sport (aka. a 1001HP, €1.4 million, monster)! It was even cooler when the Bugatti pulled-in behind us for the remainder of the cruise. Unfortunately the drive down Highway 9 was nothing like yesterday, and we got stuck behind slow moving cars.

Much like yesterday it was a great day out on the road with friends. Sometimes it would be nice if some of the roads were less populated, but overall it was a fun cruise… and we hope to do it again soon!

Weekend Cruise: Saturday

While most of the Nor-Cal Goats will be going on a cruise tomorrow, there were a few G8’s that wanted to do something today. Sunday the cruise is planned to go to Half Moon Bay, so we figured something towards Santa Cruz on Saturday would be fun. There wasn’t enough interest to do the “long route” (~94 miles total), so we did the “shorter than a marathon route” instead:

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A total of three G8’s arrived for the cruise, all GT models. While it might have been nice to have a few more cars, the fewer the number of people trying to stick together on the roads the easier (and more enjoyable to lead) the drive becomes. Given the simplicity of the route, and that everyone had walkie-talkies, leading the cruise was fairly enjoyable… other than the slow cars and cyclists that wanted to become hood ornaments.

The first road we drove was the Page Mill Rd. as an up-hill. We knew there were some crazy cyclists in the Bay Area, but this is a very steep road… and other than the kamakazi downhill afterwards… we saw no reason why anyone would ever want to ride up this road. Unfortunately, the cyclists are crazy… and there were quite a few on the road today. Having to take the time to look around corners for cyclists crawling uphill really slowed things down, but not nearly as much as getting stuck behind a slow driver! Home come whenever we drive on a road a slow car gets in the way?

Once we reached Skyline Blvd. the slow car moved out of the way and we were able to have some fun. Skyline is one of the best driving roads in this area… not because it’s fast or technical, but because it is consistently fun. The posted speed limit is high enough that you don’t get stuck vehicles crawling along. The road has just enough twists/turns to keep things interesting, without being so tight that tourists have to slow down. Today was no different, and Skyline was a pleasure to drive.

Out biggest surprise came when we turned onto Hwy 9 for the return trip towards Saratoga… there were no cars in front of us. For the entire 5 mile decent we had open road to push things as hard as we desired… and push we did! At one point the lead car even had to slow to keep from catching air over a crest. We can only hope that the drive tomorrow will be anything close to as much fun!

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