GT-42: On the California Mission Trail

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You probably know that most MGAs made were exported to the United States. You may know that the majority of those came to California. But did you ever wonder why they came to California?

The MGAs came when they were new because California has the best year-round driving conditions, some of the most famous roads in the country, and a seemingly endless list of places to see. Come to GT-42 and you’ll discover that all those reasons still apply today.

GT-42’s base is Solvang, a Danish town on the central California coast. Founded in 1911 by Danes that left the Midwest and its harsh winters, Solvang is now famous for the traditional Danish-style architecture of many of its downtown façades and buildings. And getting to Solvang requires driving along part of California’s famous State Highway One.

After you arrive, you can relax at the host hotel, stroll through the Danish village, or visit the restored Santa Inés Mission. The Mission, founded in 1804, is located next door to our hotel. The car show will be on the Mission grounds.

Santa Inés Mission was one of the last of the 21 Spanish missions built along El Camino Real, stretching over 500 miles along the California coast. Santa Inés is about 30 miles from Mission Santa Barbara to the south, and Mission La Purísima Concepción to the north. If you’re interested in history, it’s a worthwhile and scenic trip to both missions.

The Central Coast is one of California’s premier wine regions, and there will be tours so you can drive through the Santa Ynez Valley and visit vineyards and wineries. If you’d like to drive along the ocean or up in to the coast mountains, you can do that too. Hearst Castle is about two hours up the Pacific coast along Highway One.


Come to GT-42 and find out for yourself why so many MGAs started out in California.

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Last updated on November 28, 2016.