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San Mateo, California, in 1958. My cousins Gary and Dan standing on the left. My brother doing 110 in his head, and my sister apparently realizing she could have had a V8. Uncle Walt appears to be preoccupied by the little blonde and Aunt Rita has a thermos of Starbucks. Strike that. "Chock Full 'O Nuts." My uncle loved anything with an engine that flew, floated or had four wheels. My brother can be seen in all photos of this era with a Giants cap as they had just arrived in San Francisco that year. BONUS: vintage background cars. View full size.