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Here is a nugget from New Years Day, 2003. Thought you might enjoy it.

I decided against any parting last night, so I was able to wake up this morning, bright and early, and take Roxy for a real ‘drive’ over the Ortega Hwy. For those of you unfamiliar with the Ortega Hwy, it is a major west-east route that connects southeastern riverside county with orange county, california. From Lake Elsinore to San Juan Capistrano it is roughly 26 miles, but the best parts are the 15 miles from Lake Elsinore to the ranger station. And, it went a little something like this…

I started off up the mountain, hitting 4K RPM and shifting…1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th….speedo at 70mph, clear road ahead of me, clear skies above. we hit the first turn, and it was excellent! not a waver, tires didn’t even squeal. tossed her into the next turn and powered out. back and forth through the twisties…the engine humming along, and nice growl from the exhaust. never left 4th gear, except on the few straights where I went into 5th, careful not to exceed the 4500 RPM break in limit. Taking the 30MPH turns at 70 without breaking a sweat! coast in, power out, she sticks. even through some of the more challenging parts, very narrow, lots of changes, Roxy didn’t even waiver. she was just singing happily along. We got the ranger station on the Orange County side and turned around. Drove up a bit more to a wide turnout and I pulled over. Climbed out to admire the view this morning, which was unusually quiet and very peaceful. Roxy looked awesome framed by the mountains, her green matching nicely with the surroundings. After about 5 minutes, I just back in and repeated, but going west to east. This time was EVEN better. the turns got faster, and she loved it! the next 15 miles were truly awesome, driving a road that I’ve driven for almost 10 years at speeds that would send other cars off of the edge. Even got some waves from the crotch rocket set.

Just wanted to share! Happy New Year everyone!!! :D 8) :D 8)

Maybe I’ll get to do this again fairly soon?

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  1. Ahhhh, memories! Haven’t driven that road in maybe 12 years. When I would visit friends in Newport (me flying in from Boston), we’d hustle the Ortega to get to Palm Springs for our booze patrol.

    Back in 1989, I had rented a new Riveira (The early days of National car rental and cheap weekend rates of $19.99 or so for a Riv per day) and had major brake fade going down the switchbacks past the ranger station going down to Lake Elsinore. I guess I had “abused the brake pedal” a bit that morning along the road….I still have my bumper sticker “I Survived the Ortega Highway”.

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