My Car Quest

July 24, 2024

Malibu: The Car Show Goes On

by Wallace Wyss –

Photographs by Richard Barthlomew –

While some businesses in Los Angeles County are being shut down because of spiking infection rate, the sports car people are still continuing to flock to the sea each Sunday for an entirely impromptu meeting in a parking lot.


Racing Porsche from the Sixties best guess. This was from the era when they are no longer street driveable unless they are….

The site is actually a shopping center, immediately East of Starbucks, where Cross Creek Road meet Pacific Coast Highway. Your intrepid reporter went last Sunday and saw these unusual cars:

– a BMW Z1–a fiberglass bodied car where the doors sink down into the body sides


– an all black modern day Rolls, everything black including all the chrome

– an Alvis from England that looks like a re-war Bentley rival


– a Porsche 911 of undetermined vintage with rear tires as wide as those on a dragster

Early, say 8 am there were a dozen cafe racing motorcycles, but this sub-group meets early and takes off early, probably for the myriad of canyon roads that lead inland. Nobody has anything for sale except the Malibu Country Mart, a grocery store that sells snacks and Starbucks ’round the corner. But now the fancier restaurants are opening up around the perimeter, and it appears the only chance for a conflict between the local residents and the car fans, will come if the car fans don’t clear out in time when the regular shopping center patrons to arrive.

Alfa Romeo GTZ

Zagato reached a high point in Alfas with the GTZ, the “T” for tubolare, Bruce Meyer drove this over from his stable…

Since we left at 10:30 am. we don’t know how long the special cars keep arriving but it appears this cars-‘n-coffee dissipates fast after 10:30. Simultaneously, there was the Supercar Sunday event happening inland June 28th, an event which used to have hundreds of cars, but you can’t compare the allure of any inland location with Malibu Beach.

Wallace Wyss Jacket

Sara Dakarmen, who runs a Porsche dismantling business in Sun Valley, said she’d wear a Walace Wyss-modded denim only until I do one with a Porsche 911, her specialty.

Because this event has no organizer, I wouldn’t drive to it from a long way off since the kibosh may be put on it anytime soon. When we were there, though a fleet of Dodge muscle cars was there, there seemed to be no show-offs that, on their exit, acted unruly but as the character of the participants changes each week it’s hard to predict its longevity.

Porsche 911

A 911 that looked like it was ready for the Sahara

Without casting aspersions on American muscle cars I’m glad this event so far tilts toward foreign exotics, which somehow is natural in a town where every house is one million dollars up…

More photos are in the slide show below.

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Wallace Wyss

THE AUTHOR: Wallace Wyss is compiling an anthology of 25 car-based fiction stories. Interested publishers can reach him at


THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Richard Bartholomew is an artist and photographer based in Southern California. Visit his YouTube channel here. He is open to interesting consignments and can be reached at

Malibu: The Car Show Goes On
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Malibu: The Car Show Goes On
Without casting aspersions on American muscle cars I'm glad this Malibu Car Show tilts toward foreign exotics, which somehow is natural in a town where every house is one million dollars up...


  1. nadia aziz says

    maserati what is the model?

  2. Mike Kerns says

    The Maserati is a 1967 Sebring II..That was me driving it. What a great morning in Malibu..Great pics Wallace. Sorry I missed you..

  3. wallace wyss says

    All the good pictures are Rick’s, I shoot 50 pictures at an event. He shoots 500 with a Canon with detachable telephoto lens not just a point and shoot.

  4. Jack Shea says

    Can you tell me the serial number of the 200Si ?

  5. Wallace Wyss says

    I didn’t see a Maserati 200si but found online a reference to one in a neighboring town, a ref. 11 years old… Tony Schwartz & Miles Morris—Calabasas, CA 1956 Maserati 200Si ..

  6. Robb Northrup says

    The “racing Porsche” from the 1960s is a Carrera 6, created during the reign of Ferdinand Piech, Ferry Porsche’s nephew. It was nearly unbeatable in the 2.0 litre class at the time.

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