Automobiles

Out walking the dog this morning, we came upon a spiffy looking white roadster parked near Oak Knoll School called a Spartan. Our companion immediately identified it as “a kit car,” and he was correct, even though neither of us had every heard of a Spartan before.

Here’s more thanks to Wikipedia: “Spartan Cars was a manufacturer of kit cars based in Pinxton, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, which operated from 1973 to 1995. The company was founded by Jim McIntyre.”

From an image search, we’re thinking this is a Spartan II Coupe, but please correct us if wrong. And love to hear how the car made it to Menlo Park!

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Overnight parking in Menlo Park is not enforced from Dec. 20 to Jan. 2

The City of Menlo Park is suspending residential overnight parking enforcement during the holidays. As a courtesy, the overnight parking ordinance will not be enforced beginning Friday morning, December 20, 2019, through Thursday morning, January 2, 2020. Overnight parking enforcement will resume at 2:00 am, Friday, January 3, 2020. If residents anticipate guests staying for […]

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Take a look at this gorgeous orange Oldsmobile 88

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M&R Automotive celebrates 50 years in Menlo Park

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Who owns this beautiful turquoise blue Nash automobile?

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Child Safety Seat inspection set for Sept. 23 at Burgess Park

Bring your child, their car seat and your vehicle to this free event on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Burgess Park. Your equipment will be checked by the Menlo Park Police Department personnel for recalls, proper fit, and help with the correct installation. No appointments are needed. For proper use […]

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Spotted: 1956 Chevrolet Corvette convertible in downtown Menlo Park

Update: We were incorrect! Paul Pollock, the Corvette Story Webmaster – http://corvettestory.com – tells us it’s a 1958 Corvette. See his full note in the comments section. At least we think it’s a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette convertible that was spotted parked on Santa Cruz Avenue this morning in downtown Menlo Park. A quick Wikipedia search says the ’56 […]

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Spotted: Car with a Jackson Pollock paint job

On her run this morning, Menlo Park resident Robin Tobias spotted this car on Burns Avenue near Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton. She emailed: “It was painted on the inside too! Wish I knew who the Jackson Pollock protege is!”

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What is that truck doing on the ground? Menlo Fire Captain Seth Johnson explains

We were on assignment with InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles when we came upon an astonishing — and puzzling — sight. Parked in the driveway of the new fire station on Oak Grove Avenue was an old Chevy truck whose chassis was completely touching the ground. We’d seen “low riders,” but this was taking it […]

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Spotted: Batmobile in downtown Menlo Park

InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles stumbled upon this Batmobile Saturday in downtown Menlo Park on Santa Cruz Ave near El Camino. She assembled her favorite shots in one image. Does anyone know what the Batmobile was doing in town? And who owns it?

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New traffic/automobile laws to be mindful of in 2017

The Atherton Police Department reminds people that a number of new state laws went into effect on January 1. Among them: Hands Free While Driving Californians are no longer allowed to use a handheld wireless phone or wireless electronic device while driving, unless the device is mounted on the vehicle windshield or dashboard in a way […]

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