The Caccavo family takes their cars seriously. It's rare to find a family in which every member is unquestioningly dedicated to the automotive lifestyle, but here we are. Austin and his family may have only recently moved to Northern California, but they have wasted no time immersing themselves into the car culture here. Austin in particular spends much of his time working on his vehicles, and finding new roads to explore.
On this day, my husband and I went out to explore the mountainous range of El Dorado and the surrounding region with Austin in his E28 M5. This car has been in his family since 2004, and it has lived a life that many would call unusual for an M5. Think: 100k miles on the clock when purchased by the Caccavos, daily driven, given a fully rebuilt 3.6L transplant at 293k miles, and still driven today. In 2017, Austin's father decided he no longer wanted the car, but instead of shipping it away, offered it to his son to purchase. It was an easy choice for Austin.
Not many M5s have the privilege to see this amount of road time, as most people try to follow a "low mileage, high value" mantra. Austin however has run over 14,000 miles on the car in the last eight months of ownership, so I don't need to tell you that he drives it. A lot. We spent most of this day driving up winding, vast mountain roads, cruising the freeways in between, and stopping at a couple of Austin's favorite spots.
Once we reached a high point on the mountain, Austin took a quick stop to clean up the bug casualties on the front of the car. Austin uses Turtle Wax ICE Spray Detailer for on-the-go spot cleanings.
Our next stop was at the base of the mountain, where we took some time to photograph Austin doing what he loves most: driving. Most of us aren't fortunate enough to hear an S38 at wide open throttle every weekend, so I have to say that there may be a tint of jealousy somewhere behind these photos...
Our next stop was another region a short drive away. This space fell victim to a wild fire some years ago, and it's rather eerie to see the resulting landscape even after years of healing.
In addition to the ICE products that Austin carries with him, he also has the Turtle Wax Express Shine Carnauba Spray Wax for deeper cleaning after washes.
We wrapped up our day of driving at a nearby historical bridge (scantily built yet surprisingly sturdy, might I add). Beneath the bridge were incredible river rock formations, crafted by the water over decades of time.
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