Michael Cooper and the Steve Castelli Collection
by Jerry Dixey
Sunday morning it was time to roll down the highway on the Sherm’s Custom Plating Tour. Our destination for the morning was Napa Valley. It was a beautiful drive through the rolling hills of the wine country. Our first destination for the day was the home and studio of artist Michael Cooper. We had stopped at Michaels on previous Road Tours and it is always a unique experience. Michael combines wood and steel and a vivid imagination and incredible talent. The combination of these elements creates some amazing pieces of art. We also got a chance to see Michael’s wild 1934 Ford pick-up truck called the Tubester. It too is a piece of art. An added bonus was that it was Michael’s birthday on Sunday. Many thanks to Michael and his wife Gayle for welcoming us to their home on that special day.
From Michael Cooper’s it was a short drive to the home of Steve and Glenda Castelli. Steve’s collection of auto, automobila, gas station and wheel goods collectibles is unequaled. It is always fun to take folks to Steve’s collection and watch their faces. It is an amazing collection. Steve and Glenda not only shared their fantastic collections they also treated us to an amazing dinner served on the back porch of their beautiful home. With the help of the Windsor High School culinary class we were treated to a four course meal. It was delicious to say the least. The appreciative Road Tourians chipped in and made a substantial donation to the culinary class in honor of our fantastic meal. It was quite a Sunday on the AMSOIL/Street Rodder Sherm’s Plating Tour. Check back later for more photos.