The Wavecrest Woodie Festival was held today at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.
This is one of the largest festivals of its kind anywhere.
I was at an open house for the afternoon so I could not get there in time to see the majority of the festivities, but I did arrive in time to capture a few of the famed "woodies' still hanging around.
The sun was heading toward the horizon and the beach was mobbed - it was the prototypical beach afternoon in Southern California.
These cars are such a classic statement of beach life in California (and elsewhere I suppose) so it was a treat to see what I was able to capture at this late hour.
One woodie, in particular, despite being in less than pristine condition, is perhaps one of the most admired in the circle of woodie afficionados, because it has not been restored and remains in its original shape. Truly a work of art and so classic for the beach area.
I had a chance to talk with the owner, Gary Young, who, coincidentally, is a custom home builder in the San Diego area with more than 25 years under his belt. His specialty is Tropical Houses, but he will build any style from the ground up (traditional and Craftsman are particular interests) as well as custom remodel a room, add an addition, or gut and rebuild a seaside home to capture the best of the 21st century while preserving the integrity of the original structure and the surrounding community. You can reach him in Rancho Santa Fe at (858) 756-0193, by email at GaryYoung@sbcglobal.net, or visit his website Young Construction Company to get a feel for the quality work that he does. His car is a bit of history, and I hope you will appreciate this great vehicle in these photos.
I'm sorry I missed the whole show but it was a pleasure to capture a few moments, and to share the joy of ownership with one of the owners.