Palm Springs Vintage Automotive Classic Car Enthusiasts

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Passionate collectors find thrills behind the wheels of rare and vintage cars

“I being able to re-create Palm Springs’ living in an mid-’50s convertible with the top at night. — John Boccardo


Car culture is as embedded as in the soul of Southern California. It be hard to imagine driving the Coachella Valley without vintage cars. Desert own a full spectrum of collector from sports cars and to hot rods and custom cars, expensive classic cars of the and ’30s and their humble counterparts to giant chromed from the ’50s. Palm Life visited five enthusiasts to see their vehicles and why they own them and how they use We were moved by the emotional they have with cars.

JOHN BOCCARDO Palm Springs roots run to the and ’60s, when his parents here and bought the Elvis Hideaway. His collection of 20 cars his preservationist spirit, ranging a rakish and sleek 1960 3500 Spider, the essence of Italian playboy “la vita” style, to a stately and 1940 Lincoln Zephyr The 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, an example of postwar Motors, sits next to a Citroën SM, a strange but wonderful sporting luxury coupe a Maserati engine.

Two themes Boccardo’s curatorial efforts: impact and driving characteristics. He every vehicle. If a car feels than desirable on the road, probably not long for the collection. had a 1965 Jaguar XKE about 10 ago, and it didn’t fit me very he says. “So I graduated to the 3500 Spider I have It is much more comfortable to

Boccardo drives in at least two vintage rally events year always with a car, from his finned Chrysler 300F convertible to a and powerful Maserati Bora.

His father, while not a vintage-car enjoyed interesting vehicles. The Boccardo ties his interest to the that passed through the as he was growing up including the 1956 Mark II his father bought new and in he took his driving test as a It remains in pristine condition in his he would never consider it. He feels “very fulfilled” his collection, but he is always on the lookout for interesting I’ve never such as a late-’50s or early-’60s

In addition to his home here, an architect born and raised in California, has residences in the Bay Area, Peninsula, and Arizona. The desert his collecting. “I love able to re-create ‘Old Springs’ living in an enormous, convertible with the top down at the sweet smell of the air, a moon and stars above, and the of the mountains in the distance. It’s the of that era of desert living a time.”

JUDY HEMLEY around Palm Springs in a Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet her gray convertible example of the luxury car the brand once The chrome trim, deep seats, and rich wood trim seem akin to a European salon on wheels or a chic miniature motor for the road.

A friend purchased the new, and Hemley a retired relations executive and Palm resident since 1996 admiring it every time he it to her home in Atherton. During a visit, she recalls, “He that he was bored with the car and if I might want to buy it.” a moment’s hesitation, the deal was Forty-seven years later, the car quickens her pulse. By the late she put the tired-looking vehicle into a restoration. Twenty years on, it to be an original, nicely maintained, and car.

When Hemley’s daughter, was born, Hemley took her from the hospital in the 220SE. has since bonded with the car and her mother to sell it. “My doesn’t like for anyone to drive the car,” Hemley “She considers it hers and the important part of any inheritance she receive.”

A native Angelino, has always understood car culture. She a collector at the age of 22, when she first They owned Mercedes-Benz Gullwings to classic Packards. Packard Boat Tail won Best in Show at the Silverado in Napa. When they 10 years later, Hemley involved with Newport Concours d’Elegance.

Her current Rogue, shares her enthusiasm and was a collector. A photo taken at Maryland home shows a Packard Woody station and a 1934 Packard Convertible alongside Rogue’s Mercedes-Benz coupe and her 220SE Cabriolet. The also has a home at Lake Nev. where they a 1963 Cadillac convertible.

driving for its own sake might the natural use for her car, Hemley likely drive Rogue’s coupe when visiting Beach. “I prefer to be with [the 220SE] she says, adding that she clear of rallies and shows. cars can be a rather ‘my better or rarer than car’ kind of thing, and who I have what I have and I what I have, and that’s why I show cars anymore. just for me and those who appreciate it I drive by.”

CARL was 14 when he bought his first a 1948 Plymouth, with his from caddying and delivering His father forbade him to drive it off the property and held the title and to sell the car if he disobeyed. Bomstead it almost daily and drove it to the end of the and back until he was old enough for his He then began customizing the lowering it, fitting ’53 taillights “frenched” into the and in general being a part of West Coast car culture. high school, Bomstead modified, and sold cars. he left for college, it “wasn’t to have cars like on campus.

When he met his wife, Christine, the bug bit again. Her father was the founder of the Northwest Region of the Classic Car of America, a vintage-car collecting that Bomstead has supported for than 40 years, having as a director for three terms and a member for longer than 20.

fun we have with cars is them,” he says. “Showing a car is not my The longtime Pebble Beach d’Elegance judge and vintage specialist relishes meeting a of people, from mail to CEOs. Living in Southern enhances his enjoyment, especially the Copperstate 1000 rally in and monthly events with Los Petersen Automotive Museum Flag 200 group.

“It’s how many old cars there are says Bomstead, who bought a in the desert in 2006 after from the computer industry in the Wash. area.

His taste all aspects of his automotive life: a Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, a Full Classic; a 1967 Italia, an Italian-designed and built, sports car with a big, American Ford V-8 engine; a midcentury ’63 Ford Sports Roadster; a thoroughbred exotic ’61 Maserati GT; and a wacky 1939 Whizzer bicycle.

The desert affords good weather to enjoy old but Bomstead cautions that important to stay alert driving during “season,” roads are most crowded. don’t have an idea of the of older cars, especially brakes,” he says. “You stop a vintage car the way you can a 2011

In the desert, he says, “I’d choose the Italia for a fast on our local twisty mountain but to go out to dinner on El Paseo, the Cadillac probably be the ride of choice.”

PINDLER was drawn to the Coachella for its quiet beauty and dramatic as well as golf, which his leisure time. He and an old friend and in their La Quinta community got to plan jaunts in the desert, their favorite local The friend introduced Pindler to the Flag 200, the top donor of Petersen Automotive Museum in Los The diversity of personalities and backgrounds the collectors appealed to him. meet five people Ford Model As, and you can go over and with them,” he says. as enthusiastic about their as someone with a $28 million 250 GTO.” It’s the same at the National Roadster Show, Pindler can spend time the “rat rod” guys who a primer finish as much as high-end enthusiasts covet shiny billet aluminum “It’s the opposite of an exclusive and I just love it,” he

He sees the same variety in the Valley, with events from the Rancho Mirage Classic Concours d’Elegance to the “drive in” at Spa Resort in Palm Springs a way for enthusiasts of all to gather and enjoy their Pindler has participated in a few U.S. and old-car rallies and intends to do

His interest traces to his family. was a car guy,” he says. “I most Sundays with him cars and handing him wrenches. He collected anything old, but he had the

’55 T-Bird on the West As I became more interested, I myself a Porsche.”

German cars remain special to who in 1968 paid $2,300 for the of several Speedster models he has He sold that car in 1982 for “I thought I had hit the lottery!” he He then began to collect and newer cars in earnest. A 328 GTS joined his 1960 Corvette, and aesthetic focus expanded to sports cars, muscle and hot rods. But he must get a thrill out of the car as well. He says, “1950s Romeos are beautiful, but they don’t do it for me behind the wheel.”

The racing days of his youth led to the of vintage British motorcycles, the of which is a Vincent Black These hand-built, two-wheeled were technically advanced and a relative to the Vincent Black that set a world speed at 150 mph at Bonneville in 1948.

The head of a decorative fabric manufacturing also has a home in Thousand “We’ve worked hard and our thing in life. Now it’s to enjoy what we have what most of this is [in the desert].” Pindler has a collection of than 20 cars that are year-round in Thousand Oaks. He different cars here year.

HAROLD MEYERMAN . a international banker and current of the Palm Springs Art Museum of trustees, is a detail guy an attribute came in handy as he restored a 1939 Maybach SW38 Sport Roadster.

Maybachs of the were finely engineered cars whose bare were “clothed” by the leading builders of the day for wealthy clients who thought the offerings of Mercedes-Benz, or Isotta Fraschini were too or common and for whom 12- or 16-cylinder were frivolous.

Meyerman hardly considers “a car guy, as such.” His purchased the Maybach in 1981. indicate the original owner it new in May 1939 through Wilhelm Co. of Hamburg, Germany.

While the was in running condition in 1981, stepfather, a nuclear engineer, its power plant to perfect But he died in 1991 before the cosmetic restoration. In 1992, and his wife, Dorothy, purchased the from his mother and began research before turning a lifting a paint gun, or a needle to the upholstery. The payoff was a in Class award at the Pebble Concours d’Elegance in 1997 and Best in Class and Best in awards.

The Meyermans recently the Maybach to an acquaintance who works in the field someone whom knew would give it a home. Meyerman had accomplished all he had set out to do the car. But it seems that his career may have only He now has his eyes on the 12-cylinder Packards of the

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