|Rich Gordon's bumpy parade ride|
Reviewing the city police blotter for last week, I saw a report of reckless driving citing a driver for burning out, spinning his car tires in an unsafe manner.
At first glance, it seemed like a standard story of a hothead driver showing off his fancy wheels — in this case, a beautifully preserved ’56 Corvette convertible.
But what that story didn’t say was that Pescadero resident George Bristol — the driver who was cited — was steering the third car from the front in the downtown Fourth of July parade on the day he was issued the ticket. And here’s the real kicker: County Supervisor Rich Gordon was sitting right in the back of the Corvette, waving to constituents.
Numerous people watching the parade have described Gordon, waving to the crowd one moment and then gripping the car for dear life the next, as Bristol revved his engine to jackrabbit the car forward as the parade made its way down Main Street. Sitting on the back of the car, Gordon didn’t have the luxury of a seatbelt or even the back of a carseat to hold him in.
Gordon says he had never met Bristol before.
“It was just the car I was assigned,” Gordon said. “When the driver was going to do jackrabbit starts, he always warned me, ‘I’m going to rev up.’”
The county supervisor said he never felt his safety threatened and said he thought the city police felt the same way.
“My sense of it was that it was good humor,” he said. “At no point while I was with him was he cited or reprimanded.”
But city police later had a different perspective, saying Bristol’s antics were endangering pedestrians nearby.