One block at a time Santa Clara has been destroying the “old character” of El Camino Real. It had been the big cruising spot (from Lawrence Expressway to Mustang Ranch) back in the ’70s until the City made cruising a crime. (Then you had to be more circumspect about it… drive, pause somewhere, drive back, have a plausible reason why you drove by twice – like a soda from a store at one end and fries from one at the other – “I like their fries better!”)
Now they have fully embraced the Agenda 21 “Make everywhere look like a nondescript place in Europe” 3 or 4 story apartments or apartments over shops. Along the way destroying the Strip Mall designs with front parking and storefronts, often as detached houses converted to shops.
The latest icon to fall looks to be Mustang Ranch. It was knocked down a couple of weeks ago:
Yelpers report this location has closed. Find a similar spot.
1375 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone number (408) 247-9005
Business website newmustangranch.com
Sunnyvale, United States
5.0 star rating
– Joe’s Partner passed away. This resulted in legal issues that forced them to close for 3 weeks so they could reincorporate.
– The owner of the building decided he could make more money building condos and forced them to move. I went over and helped them move some. It was a massive job. It literally took 100s of truck loads.
– He had multiple family tragedies.
I was there last night because a moron in a tour bus side swiped my 65 Mustang. Joe wrote up the estimate and gave it to the insurance adjuster. I don’t know about other cars but Joe’s knowledge of classic ford is 2nd to none. The insure adjuster did not even try to write the estimate. He just asked Joe to do it.
The racks are setup, the tons of parts are getting organized, and they are slowly getting their feet under them again. The front showroom is in the process of being painted and set up. The progress in the last month is massive. Hang in there and support your local classic car shop.
They are now at 1050 Martin Ave, Santa Clara. CA
Mustang Ranch is a play on names on the brothel in Nevada of the same name. An iconic business that has been here as long as I have. Now to be found somewhere else. Probably just as good with cars, but no longer the place to make the turn at the end of the cruise with your bucket of KFC…
I first cruised this strip in a 1972? or so white Chevy pickup truck. My “roomie” was very impressed when I beat some folks off the line as a sleeper. The valves needed adjusting so it idled badly, but foot down it roared as a BIG 8 with little weight to move. (He had a Mustang Mach One and was surprised at my speed off the line. I explained about pickups and their low first gears;-) As top speed “off the line” was about 35 before you hit something or got pulled over, I could usually hit that in about 1.x seconds ;-) MAYBE 2.x if I was not juicing the gas prior to the light change…
Fond Memories of a life style and time and place that is no more:
There’s nothing quite like a “Big 8”. Or a Mustang.
The Roomie had a Hobie Cat. 16 foot IIRC. Now these don’t weigh much at all (maybe 200 pounds) but they LOOK big. One day, coming back from the lake, a Chevy Camaro was next to us. He thought he was hot stuff and had not seen the boat being towed behind the Ford. The Mach One had a BIG engine… Motors revved at each other at the light. vroom Vroom, VROOOM VROOOM… Light changed, at about 50 MPH the Mach One had to leave first gear… Nothing like never missing a shift from 0 to 50 mph ;-) and we slowly pulled ahead of the Camaro… As his passenger saw the boat. Oh, the laughing!!!!
Not only was he being passed by the Mach One, but it was TOWING A BOAT! Something that Camaro driver would never ever live down. Never mind that I weigh as much as the boat. It’s a visual thing ;-)
All these things, and more, lost in time, like tears in the rain… (Blade Runner, more or less)
RIP Mustang Ranch… Long Live the NEW Mustang Ranch!