Annual 'Riverbank Bash'
California, Saturday, 26 July 2003. Photography and text by Curt
hosted/sponsored/choreographed by Janet & Jay Lamont
Motorsports' Third Annual Riverbank Bash on the bank of the fast-flowing
and beautiful Sacramento River. Every photo in this article is
hotlinked to a larger
of Cobras--more than a dozen serpents (and one fully-restored
1962 Cadillac DeVille convertible); you're facing downstream
(southeast) on the Sacramento River. Hotlinked photo gives
you another angle on this array of reptiles.
the above lineup above, right-to-left: Dave &
(Danville; canary yellow/black stripes Emerson);
(Palo Alto; dark blue/silver Superformance); Mike Whaley (Redding;
bright yellow Emerson); Jay &
(Redding; white/silver Emerson); Ron Widener (Shasta
Lake City; white/red Emerson); Gary Center (Brentwood;
Viking Blue Unique Motorcars 289FIA Cobra);
& Janet Geiser
(Berkeley; white/blue Emerson); Rich &
(Lakehead; Midnight Blue Emerson-produced Daytona
Coupe reproduction); David Rogers (Sacramento;
Emerson rolling/drivng chassis, obscured in this shot,
but you'll see it below in another photo); Vaughn Cartright
& Debbie Coyle
(Redding; black/silver Emerson); Chuck Lindquist (Danville;
red 289 "slabside" Cobra, obscured in this shot,
but you'll see it below in another photo); Jay &
(Redding; fully-restored 1962 white/maroon Cadillac DeVille convertible).
Jay Lamont with his Emerson Cobra. Hotlinked photo gives
you a closeup of his crowd-stopping under-hood "Roentgen
reptile" artwork. You've
seen that X-ray reptile in previous photo-features on CobraCountry.
above: Terry Geiser
in his Emerson race-ready roadster; this beauty boasts
an over-700 bhp all-aluminum RDI dry-sump powerplant, and
weighs in at 1835 lbs dry. Terry's an active member of the (San
Francisco) Bay Area Cobra Club. Hotlinked photo gives
you a dazzling shot of Terry's car outlined against the river.
Sacramento's Dave Rogers in his Emerson Cobra (and Chuck
red slabside 289 right behind him).
a poignant story lurking here:
after all the disposable income Dave shelled out for his drivin'
machine and especially his multi-hued Mystique paint job,
his snake shed its megadollar skin.
Dave directed the paint shop to clearcoat his car... but he forgot
to specify that they paint it in some color first. Coachwork
of Dave's can't-see-it serpent is hotlinked to a view
of Ron Widener
(Shasta Lake City, California) and his white/red Emerson roadster.
at the pool patio: Jackie Kennedy, "Superformance Joe"
Nene Emerson. We told you that every photo in this article is
hotlinked to another, larger photo.
We lied. This one isn't.
Cobra-event choreographer Janet Lamont at left, ferrying
the guests' hors d'oeuvres, aperitifs and haute
cuisine (Beluga caviar, Loire Valley truffles, Maine lobster
bisque, fresh-caught/hearth-baked Columbia River salmon,
and for dessert Baked Alaskan and assorted chocolates
flown in from Harrod's... the entire ensemble personally
delivered by Wolfgang Puck.
refreshments were limited to Perrier water, Starbucks
designer/boutique coffees (17 flavors), Black Forest-faerie-brewed
Hefeweizen direct from München's Hofbräuhaus,
1977 Charente Cognac, 1929 Chateau Lafite Rothschild from
François Mitterand's private reserve, and Dom Perignon...
all on draft).
kidding aside, one couldn't ask for more gracious hosts: the
buffet would've inspired Nero himself to break out his violin
(did they really have violins back in 64 AD?); Jay
Lamont devoted hours to stage-managing the charcoal roasting
of Santa Gertrudis tri-tips, and Janet hardly ever paused
from her voluntary rounds of bringing folks food and refreshments.
above is hotlinked to a spectacular
shot of the hosts' and guests' Cobras, shot from (neighbor) Mike
Davis' new 496-Chevy-powered jetboat (a bona fide
water-borne musclecraft); that's Mike's house you see at the
far right of the photo above and in the center of the hotlinked
photo. Great guy, directed me to walk the gangplank only twice.
Were you aware that a gangplank is a popular option on jetboats?
Choosing prudence over valor, I didn't ask about the yardarm.
Cartright's black Emerson roadster. Hotlinked to a riverside
Mike Whaley's gorgeous yellow roadster.
above: Rich &
Judy Dederian's (Lakehead, California) beautiful blue Daytona
Coupe reproduction, nose-to-nose with Jay Lamont's white Emerson
roadster. Hotlinked to an splendid
close-up sundown shot of Rich's coupe.
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above: Jay Lamont's
"Roentgen reptile" Emerson Cobra cockpit...
hotlinked to a larger view of the same photo.
above: Mike Whaley's
Emerson Cobra cockpit... hotlinked to a larger view of
the same photo.
above: Under the
hood of Gary Center's Unique Motorcars 289FIA roadster.
Gary equipped it with an Emerson-engineered front suspension
setup to give it more precise control. Hotlinked to a larger
view of the same photo.