Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 30: Truck and Tractor Pull at Napa Valley Expo Fairgrounds

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Why do those fat-ass pickup trucks gunning around town need to be as loud as helicopters? In the cases of those who compete in the Truck and Tractor Pull, it’s because they actually are helicopters—under the hood, anyway. Though easy to resent on suburban streets, these blaring engines and plumes of black smoke hark back to Napa’s agricultural roots. Before flatscreen TVs, Italian-villa wineries and Michelin star restaurants, Napans gathered with their neighbors to entertain themselves the old-fashioned way: by revving the shit out of souped-up farm equipment. Bring your earplugs on Saturday, June 30, to the Napa Valley Expo Fairgrounds. 575 Third St., Napa. $16–$20. 5pm. 707.224.5403.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June 2-3: Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at Infineon Raceway

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I drive a 1964 Volvo, and it’s so recognizable and unlike other cars on the road that I often joke how I could never have an affair because someone would notice it driving away from the fleabag motel and call my wife. So you’ve got to really pity the drivers of the completely unique cars at the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival—that is, if they want to cheat on their wives. Which I don’t! Really! It’s just a way of showing that the 400-odd cars at Infineon this weekend—vintage Ferraris, Maseratis, Jaguars and more—aren’t like the other cars on the road. I’m just . . . There’s no writing my way out of this one, is there? Oh well. Check out old cars and don’t cheat on your wife on Saturday–Sunday, June 2–3, at Infineon Raceway. 8:30am each day. $20–$40. 800.870.RACE.

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