Cars & Coffee at PAG, then the Schnuerer Collection

March 29, 2008

Alfa Romeo will be the featured Marque at this annual visit to Cars & Coffee at Premier Auto Group in Irvine, and to a very large contingent of Alfas is expected to come and display their beauties. Give yours a bath and come early to show it off and see the others on display. There will be other cars there as well, so if your Alfa is indisposed, come in whatever else you can. When this show breaks up, around 9AM, we will travel south-west to Huntington Beach for a tour of the Gerhard Schnuerer Collection. Later, we will find a restaurant for lunch nearer to the freeway.

After our (early) morning at Cars and Coffee at the Ford/Mazda design center, we can complete a day of automotive history by making a visit to the extremely interesting collection of Gerhard Schnuerer in nearby Huntington Beach. Schnuerer specializes in German vehicles, but itís not just a room full of Mercedes-Benzes. There are several of those, but there are other interesting vehicles as well. Some of the vehicles are ones that were used by the German army during World War II, including the amphibious "jeep" and the half-track motorcycle. A room full of motorcycles also contains a lot of historical interest. This is the Kettenrad half-track motorcycle from World War II. Behind it is a Kubelwagen, the VW Jeep used in North Africa.

Directions from PAG to the Schnuerer Collection: 1. Return to Irvine Center Dr, turn left, for 0.5 mi 2. Merge onto I-405 N via the ramp to Long Beach and go 7.3 mi 3. Take exit 9A to merge onto CA-55 S and go 3.4 mi south 4. Take exit 3 toward Victoria St/22nd St, & merge onto Newport Blvd 5. After 0.2 mi turn right at Victoria St and go 2.5 mi 6. Continue straight on Hamilton Ave for 1.4 mi 7. Turn left at Surveyor Circle for 82 ft and arrive at #21532, HB 92646

In case the Valley-ites or other far-flung members wish to come down Friday evening, last year the Barretts looked on yellowpages.com real fast, and have three motels to suggest (Elyseís fave is the Laguna Hills Lodge).

Key Inn
$59 / double occupancy
1611 El Camino Real (just off I-5), Tustin
714.832.3220

Laguna Hills Lodge
$95 / dbl. occ.
23932 Paseo de Valencia (El Toro Rd.+ Avenida de la Carlota)
Laguna Hills
800.468.4470

Candlewood Suites - Orange County/Irvine Spectrum
$126 (AAA member discount)
16150 Sand Cyn.Ave.
Irvine
877.660.8545