Out & About—All auto clinics are not created equal

Out & About San Diego

Ocean Beach is a quaint little neighborhood of San Diego. They believe in themselves, so much so that they want to remain stuck in the twentieth century, and the earlier the better.

The homes along Sunset Cliffs are beautiful ocean-view homes, and many of the businesses at ground level on one side are at the top of the sandstone beach bluffs on the other side. Occasionally, when Mother & Father Nature are fighting, the waves will crash against the bluffs and cause large sections to fall to the beach. Such was the case a few months ago, so I went out to see if I could get some pictures. Nope. The only way the bluffs there were accessible is by boat, and I didn’t have a boat. So I wandered around taking pictures of businesses.

That’s when I found Cliffside Auto Clinic. You might think, “Auto repair shop. Meh.”, but look what’s sitting in front of Cliffiside Auto Clinic:

Cliffside Auto Clinic in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Cliffside Auto Clinic in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Cliffside Auto Clinic in Ocean Beach, San Diego

One might think, “Gosh, it takes them six decades to repair a car. The owners are probably dead by now!”

Nope.

Cliffside Auto Clinic specializes in restoring cars. How cool!

The “Horseless Carriage” really got my attention because it was in such bad shape:

Cliffside Auto Clinic in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Cliffside Auto Clinic in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Cliffside Auto Clinic in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Cliffside Auto Clinic in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Cliffside Auto Clinic in Ocean Beach, San Diego

I think the owner, whom I talked to that morning, said the Horseless Carriage was a 1909 Ford Model T but I’m not 100% sure.

There were other historic car-related items, too:

Cliffside Auto Clinic in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Cliffside Auto Clinic in Ocean Beach, San Diego

I also found two early Fidget Spinner prototypes:

Cliffside Auto Clinic in Ocean Beach, San Diego

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10 thoughts on “Out & About—All auto clinics are not created equal

  1. The Emu

    Fantastic Russell, definitely my dream world, every car tells a story and that Horseless Carriage is a veritable treasure, thanks for sharing an excellent journey back into history when the world was a different place.

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  2. theressomethingaboutnancy

    Love the photos of the old vehicles. Such treasures. We have an annual beach cruise for antique and vintage cars every summer. I got quite a few photos this past summer. I love taking photos and work with green screens. I have been doing it for a couple of years now. The photos you have edited digitally in your posts are awesome! Isn’t it great to have the computer to let our creative minds flow? Thank you for posting this.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Our summers around here get quite busy with various classic car cruises. Seems that each city now is trying to outdo their neighboring cities with weekly cruises. I finally had to cut down on attending the weekly cruises because there are just too many of them. There’s no telling what I’m missing, though, because I’m not there to see it.

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