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    Default Anyone ever make the Roadtrip to Pozo, Calif?

    It's know for a pure roadtrip destination.
    Ya know, "we wanna take a drive somewhere" kinda place.

    Probably be the first run when we get the new 'vette.

    The Pozo Saloon is the main arrival & hangout spot, and you can usually catch a good band there.
    Does anyone have a Pozo story? [More info here]
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 07-14-2007 at 10:54 AM. Reason: Preferred URL Format

  2. Default Pozo Saloon

    The Saloon is just about all that is out there, but the drive is really nice. Just make sure they are open when you get there (I didn't). Their hours can be a bit funky. There is a road, called High Mountain, that begins at Pozo and goes to San Luis Obispo. Calling it a road is being generous, 4WD is highly recommended.

    Not sure which direction you will be coming in from, but driving out Hwy 41 from hwy 101 toward Cholame is really nice and the James Dean Memorial is right there at Jack's Cafe. Dean's accident actually happened about a couple hundred yards away. Go there on the anniversary of his death and you will see hundreds of Vettes.

    The road to Parkfield is just down the hwy from Cholame. Famous for it earthquakes every 48 hours or so. The road is really nice, once you get passed the cows. Stop at the cafe for a bite to eat, or time it for one of their monthly rodeos.

    These last two places are in the same general area as Pozo.

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    Default Fantastic local info!

    Quote Originally Posted by DocFrog View Post
    Calling it a road is being generous, 4WD is highly recommended.
    Hey, these are some wonderful tips -- Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!
    Go there on the anniversary of his death and you will see hundreds of Vettes.
    This sounds like a photo opportunity we ought not to miss!
    The road to Parkfield is just down the hwy from Cholame. Famous for it earthquakes every 48 hours or so. The road is really nice, once you get passed the cows. Stop at the cafe for a bite to eat, or time it for one of their monthly rodeos.
    Great tips again!

    Thanks,

    Mark

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    Default Wasn't that a different car?

    Quote Originally Posted by DocFrog View Post
    ...the James Dean Memorial is right there at Jack's Cafe. Dean's accident actually happened about a couple hundred yards away. Go there on the anniversary of his death and you will see hundreds of Vettes.
    Hmm - I would expect to see more Porsches than Corvettes - or maybe they're afraid of being cursed?
    Last edited by Mass Tim; 07-17-2007 at 05:47 PM. Reason: Syntax

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    Default It was Porsche Spyder 550

    Quote Originally Posted by Mass Tim View Post
    Hmm - I would expect to see more Porsches than Corvettes -
    Yeah, I wondered about that too. If you have ever been to the crash site, you can see why it was nearly impossible for the young man who hit James Dean's car to see him. There is a monument that was erected in 1977 by a James Dean fan on the likely spot where the accident occurred. If you have ever seen the photos of the wrecked Spyder, it is amazing that Dean's passenger, Rolf Wutherich, survived.

    Mark

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    Rolf died a few years later in a car crash in Germany BTW.
    Cholome is pronounced; "Shaalamm" we were told.

    The actual roadbed of the accident has been re-configured/re-paved a bit by Cal-Trans, but a few markers indicate the actual spot.

    Also another marker is on US 1 at the spot Dean recieved his speeding ticket about an hour earlier.
    The issuing officer sometimes makes it to a few Dean functions we're told.

    Porsche clubs are in a differen't mindset was our impression.
    Hot-rodders of all styles and classes of cars seem to favor visiting the site more.
    Though a Classic repo of Deans Spyder did roll out for the event.

    Donald Turnipseed, the driver of the Ford that collided with Dean, died a few short years ago.
    His gravesite, or what became of his remains unknown.
    His family is super-protective, and perhaps we'll never know.
    Just like we may never know what became of Deans wrecked Porche.

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    Default Have you ever met this trooper?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ross & Alice View Post
    Also another marker is on US 1 at the spot Dean recieved his speeding ticket about an hour earlier.The issuing officer sometimes makes it to a few Dean functions we're told.
    I have heard of three different locations where this ticket was supposedly written, on three different highways. I personally know two of the researchers who have tried to track this story to ground. Have you ever met this trooper and, if so, where does he say the ticket was issued?

    One location has been identified as being: "...IT WAS ON A FLAT STRETCH OF 99--DEAN HAS BEEN > OBSERVED SPEEDING COMING DOWN WHEELER RIDGE (THE GRAPEVINE TODAY) AND WAS PULLED OVER SEVERAL MILES UP 99..."

    There is also this notice in the 12/26/1983 newspaper "The Bakersfield Californian" from the "Grapevine" column written by Gordon Anderson that quotes a retired CHP officer, Jack Rummel, who recalls giving
    Dean a speeding ticket on the old Ridge Route highway.
    Donald Turnipseed, the driver of the Ford that collided with Dean, died a few short years ago.
    Actually, his name was Donald Turnupseed....
    Just like we may never know what became of Deans wrecked Porsche.
    Hmmm, you are right -- I have heard some rumors, but have never seen anything documented on this...

    Mark

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    Turnupseeds grave.

    There is a lot of third hand info out there, and plenty of Dean fans to tell it.

    Damfino what is and what ain't, but it was an interesting trip
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