Cruising the Santa Rosa strip in style

1937 Ford Phaeton

Vintage Filming '37 Ford Phaeton Convertible

For car buffs of vintage vehicles, especially Fords, Santa Rosa, California is the place to be. I returned to wine country this week to follow up shooting a historical documentary about the town. To make things interesting, the producer tossed me into the passenger seat of a buffed and waxed 1937 Ford Phaeton convertible to shoot an interview with the driver. (Many thanks to my Top Gear boyfriend that I even know that.)

We cruised past dozens of beloved historical landmarks, many in the heart of “Old Town,” like Railroad Square, the Hotel La Rose, grammar and elementary schools and department stores. We even stopped at a number of Victorian mansions where classic movies were filmed like Walt Disney’s “Pollyanna,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt,” and Kathleen Turner’s best “Peggy Sue Got Married.”

After several hours of showboating the owner’s restored antique a strong engine oder reminded us that she might be getting tired and due for a break. The Northern California sun was also getting the best of my driver and producer so we turned for home, but not before gathering a few creative shots with the GoPro cameras and drones. The nostalgic time capsule makes its’ debut later this summer but, alas, you have to fly to Santa Rosa to see it, an adventure in itself.

Time stands still at the house where Charlotte "Charlie" Newton (played by Teresa Wright) lived for the psychological thriller "Shadow of a Doubt," filmed in 1943.
Time stands still at the house where Charlotte “Charlie” Newton (played by Teresa Wright) lived for the psychological thriller “Shadow of a Doubt,” filmed in 1943.

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