Call it a reliability run, a rod run, or whatever, getting out and driving hot rods and customs is what we build 'em for, and the Hot Rod Roundabout is one of the best we've had the pleasure of attending. Following on the success of last year's inaugural event, flyers went out for the second Roundabout a couple of months before the date, set for the Saturday of Easter weekend.

The route was different, though still around 100 miles, but the ethos was the same—no hard and fast rules on traditional-only participating cars, but just a bunch of like-minded hot rodders who enjoy driving their cars. That said, the majority were traditional, but there was also a smattering of radial tires and alloy wheels, and even one independently suspended roadster, though being a legitimate 200-plus mph Bonneville racer, the organizers were keen to have that car on the run. Keeping things invite-only meant numbers could be capped, making things manageable.

Speaking of organizers, just three guys organized what is for us one of the most fun events on the calendar. Meeting at a respectable 9 a.m. on private property some 50 miles north of San Diego, there was time for coffee and doughnuts before a brief drivers' meeting, and we were off. With one stop to regroup, and another for gas, the route took in the beautiful spring time scenery of North San Diego County and South Riverside County, on mainly two-lane back roads through spectacular countryside, through mountains and valleys, and even a dirt road on one section.

We lost a couple of participants to mechanical gremlins (a fuel pump and wheel cylinder) but everyone else made it to the final destination, where barbecue, beer, soda and a live band waited, while everyone swapped stories. Our only regret is this is an annual deal, as we're ready to go again!