Nikolas Kolenich details the first day events of the Car Craft Anti Tour. Follow along right here and get the front row pass!
The day started out bright and early and the Car Craft Staff hit the road at 6am sharp. Doug and I cruising in the drop-top 2006 Mustang. Jeff Smith, Technical Editor, was in his flame covered 1966 El Camino and John McGann, Staff Editor, drove the 2002 Ford Crown Vic for the Car Craft Magazine Anti Tour. As we drove up the 101 North heading towards Wilwood engineering plant in Camarillo, CA, the sun began to creep over the horizon and we could tell it was going to be a nice day for a cruise.
We jammed out to the Police, The Cars, a little Queen, and then the Gorillaz at one point. As we drove, we could see plumes of smoke in the distance, the wildfires in Camarillo were still ablaze. Luckily, they had turned towards the ocean and weren’t a problem for the beginning of the tour. We finally arrived, avoiding any traffic, at the engineering facility around 7am to kick off the Anti Tour.
Wilwood has an amazing facility up in the mountains. The staff greeted us with breakfast and lots of coffee. I snagged a private tour with Dustin Burr; he runs marketing for Wilwood, and new lots of information. It was great to start the Ani Tour with such an exclusive, behind the scenes look at a performance brake specialists’ engineering facility. Everything is engineered and tested in-house. The company machines its own parts and has approximately 225 employees. Wilwood weathered the recession of 2008-2009 quite well and it’s doing better than ever! Quick note: Wilwood recycles 30 tons of aluminum each month!
After a few hours of talking brakes and waiting for cruisers to arrive, we hit the road again. Everyone was sporting new Ant Tour shirts, stickers, hats and Wilwood swag. The first stop was a gas station, where the whole Anti Tour just packed in, got out and popped hoods. It was like a rolling car show and that gas station didn’t stand a chance! We fueled up quickly and were back on the road in no time. The road winds up the canyon and the 33N is windy and intense. Everyone drove at a pretty good speed, leaving a few car lengths between us. We hustled our way to a camp ground where we stopped again to regroup, take pictures, meet some people and talk cars. Finally we were cruising once more.
The final leg of the trip was jam packed with more gas station stops, a food stop at the Burger Barn and then the final destination in Morro Bay. No cars were harmed in the making of this Tour, lots of burgers were consumed, and gallons of gas were justifiably burnt. Day one of the Anti Tour is down, here comes day two – packed with a car show and lots of gearheads!