2013 Lexus GS 350: Finding Car Heaven
July 8, 2013
A few weeks ago I drove our long-term 2013 Lexus GS 350 from Santa Monica to San Jose, CA and back. And on the way home I paid a visit to car heaven.
Canepa Design is car heaven. Located in sleepy Scott Valley, CA between Monterey and San Jose, Canepa is part restoration shop, part repair shop, part car lot and part museum. I can't pass through the region without stopping and checking it out.
Bruce Canepa is the man behind the heaven, and Bruce does it all; sports cars, race cars, classics, hot rods, exotics and even motorcycles. They'll build you anything you want any way you want. The work will be spectacular and the bill will be big.
Canepa's father was a car dealer in Santa Cruz, California, so Bruce grew up in car culture and ultimately raced everything from sprint cars to sports cars. Through racing, he became a Porsche enthusiast. And he still vintage-races his collection today which includes a 917, a 935, an RSR and an ex-Trans Am AMC Javelin.
We've reported on Canepa and his facility before. Back in 2010 we told you about Canepa's involvement with the legendary Porsche 959 and how the shop has become America's 959 headquarters. That's still the case. There were five examples of Porsche's supercar on the premises when I paid my visit; one in the showroom for sale and four in the shop for various repairs and upgrades.
I've always said that if I ever win the lottery, Bruce Canepa is my first phone call. I'd buy a few truck loads of cars before breakfast and few more after lunch. On this day that black Lamborghini Countach was yanking my lust, as was a Shelby Cobra Roadster (no stripes, no scoop, no pipes and no roll bar) and a vintage Trans Am raced 1970 Pontiac Trans Am.
If you're in the area, stop and check it out. You won't regret it.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief