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Classic cars converge in Los Altos


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The parking plazas were packed with vintage vehicles at last month’s classic car show, above, part of the annual Los Altos Fall Festival, including this 1948 Lancia Aprilia owned by Neil Pering of Los Altos Hills.

We’ve often wondered what confluence of good fortune has brought so many automobile enthusiasts together in one geographic location. There is no question that Los Altos is an epicenter for the classic car hobby.

Every autumn for the past 18 years, when the classic car show serves as a centerpiece for the Los Altos Fall Festival, it demonstrates this phenomenon.

Local resident Bob Mabe organizes the show each year. The resulting show holds its own against nationally renowned concours d’elegance events, making up in diversity, charm and homegrown friendliness what it might lack in size.

The automobiles on display during this year’s Los Altos Fall Festival, held Oct. 6 and 7, featured cars within the area between San Jose and Redwood City, and with most from Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

If you missed the show, you still have an opportunity to view many of these vehicles Saturday mornings in the parking lot behind the Town Crier while the owners gather at Main Street Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos, to share their knowledge of – and enthusiasm for – old cars.

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