Cars

On our way to the parade downtown we passed what we think it the perfect 4th of July car.  Alas, we didn’t catch the make, but it’s owner’s name is on the door – Menlo Park watchmaker Franz Lorist – so we’ll find out more about the car and its history next time we’re near his shop.

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M&R Automotive celebrates 50 years in Menlo Park

Take a quick look at the Yelp reviews and it’s clear why M&R Automotive has been in business for 50 years in Menlo Park — great mechanics, great service and fair prices. Today the repair business is overseen by Henry Ma, who first came to work there in 1992 under then owner Wes NcNay, who […]

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Who owns this beautiful turquoise blue Nash automobile?

Update: InMenlo reader Serena Torrey Roosevelt emailed: “It’s not a metropolitan. I think this is the Greenbriar wagon.” We spotted this beautifully-restored Nash twice today — first parked on Santa Cruz Avenue near the farmers market and then being driven on Oak Avenue going west. We weren’t the only ones who stopped to take photos […]

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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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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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Wow – the famous LincVolt makes an appearance in Menlo Park

Setting the stage on this one: Your spouse is parking at the Stanford Park Hotel in advance of dinner at the Menlo Grill in a space next to where the electric cars plug in. Both being of a certain age, they remember the boat-sized cars of the late 50s and early 60s, so take notice […]

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Spotted: Duke the dog riding high in 1928 Ford Model A

We spotted Duke, a big yellow Labrador Retriever, on our way to the farmers market this morning. Or rather we would saw we spotted his ride, a 1928 Ford Model A. His owner said the truck has been in his family for years and that he’d taken his driver’s license driving it. We think Duke did a […]

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Renato Iwersen talks cars – and morphing emotions and video

We first encountered Renato Iwersen in downtown Menlo Park. It was the automobile that he was standing next to that got our attention — a 1947 Chrysler Windsor. We wanted to know more, both about the car and his Menlo Park-based startup, Cynny Inc. Renato acknowledged that he’s always been into old cars. “I’ve had the Chrysler […]

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Bob Budelli motors about his home town of Menlo Park in 1937 Touring Cadillac

There’s a whole lot of Menlo Park in Bob Budelli. He lives today next door to the house where he grew up near downtown. When he went off to college at Arizona State, he roomed with M-A classmate Rob Dell’Ergo. His three boys all went through local schools. With his Dad, he stays active in […]

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Classic Color and Cars at the M-A Classic Car Show

I stopped by the Classic Car Show held Saturday at Menlo-Atherton High School, an annual benefit event for the high school’s baseball teams. Lots of beautiful old cars (and drivers!) in attendance again this year. I snapped a handful of photos while taking a walk through the display – shooting with my Fujifilm X100T rangefinder camera […]

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Holiday elves hang with the hot cars in Menlo Park parking lot

It was a bit of a surreal sight this morning in one of the downtown Menlo Park parking lots. On display were a couple dozen performance cars, many with their hoods open — all the better for inspection — along with a couple of sinister looking holiday elves. It was a meeting of the 100 Octane […]

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