The Great Wall of Cars

by Michael Satterfield

I had heard for some time about the wall of cars tucked away in the foothills of above Corona, California. After asking around, I discovered that I actually knew the property owner and made a trip out to Mabey Canyon to see the retaining wall built out of classic cars.

Mabey Canyon road is a private road that leads to what was once the country home of a prominent Doctor from Los Angeles. The property was a working avocado orchard and the Dr. would often fly in from the city in his personal plane. This is where the cars come in.

Put in place to protect the property's airstrip from the rains that washed through the canyon each winter. The cars, many more which are buried completely, are strung together with a massive cable like a macaroni noodle necklace you might have made in kindergarten. While part of the airstrip and the foundation for the hanger are still visible, they are mostly overgrown, leaving this odd site of dozens of cars stuck halfway into the side of the hill.

Over the years people have stripped the bumpers, engine parts, grilles tail lamps, and other exposed bits from what were once mostly complete cars. The area is still remote and a bit of a local legend, kids used to say that the estate is actually a haunted mental hospital and those cars belonged to the victims of the Dr. who would experiment on stranded motorists.

The Foothill Parkway passes through the canyon and developers are looking to build more housing in the Corona area, so the odd wall of cars might soon be getting uprooted and sent back to the scrap yard.

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