Brother Don enjoying
the November weather in Bocochibampo Bay, near Guaymas, Sonora, México.
this was one of those days when the water and air temperature were so close you
couldn't tell if your skin was above or below the surface. About 78°, I guessed.
A day or two later we left Margarita at her godmother's place in Ciudad Obregón,
Sonora, and drove the '66 Barracuda Formula S straight through 500 miles to Tepíc,
Nayarít. We spent the night there and then went to San Blas, on the Pacific
Coast. It was the weekend of the 1966 Grand Prix of Mexico. We decided to relax
on the shore and in the "jungle" rather than fight the additional 300
miles of driving and the entire Mexican Racing Madness thing.
return trip we were travelling north toward Mazatlán when we came up behind
a white brand-new full-size Chevy driven by a young fellow who was cruising just
a couple miles per hour slower than I wanted to go. When I pulled out to pass
him he speeded up. I hesitated to use too much throttle in a 10.5-to-one compression
engine on Mexican gasoline of questionable octane, but at the moment I was deciding
to back off and fall in behind, something else happened: we came upon an area
where road crews had just sprayed a mile of highway with fresh, oily tar. And
it was only on his side of the road. Hah! We zoomed along side-by-side until the
road turned and crested a hill, and I had to move back into the right lane just
a few yards before the oil ended.
It took me half a day to get the tar
out from under my wheel wells and off the lower body panels of that light yellow
Barracuda. I guessed that if anyone inspected
that white Chevy before they accepted delivery, my fellow racer must have had
to spend a couple days at his cleaning job.