Mulholland Drive, California, USA

This Great Road was initially published in issue 98 of Total 911.

The majority of American Total 911 readers will have heard of this stretch of winding tarmac located in Southern California. Extremely popular among sportsbike enthusiasts, you will also find many sportscar drivers attacking the curves of the Mulholland Highway. One such regular visitor is Magnus Walker, who made for an ideal compatriot as Total 911 again took in the adoring sights of this esteemed West Coast route.

The Mulholland Highway is located in the hills high above Malibu, between the Ventura freeway (101) and the Pacific Ocean. The plan was to meet Magnus in his 1976 911 Turbo before setting off from downtown Los Angeles. From there, it’s not too far to the Calabasas Hills, where the Mulholland road begins. From here, we took the Mulholland Drive exit, which leads to the Mulholland Highway and the start of our zig zag through the Santa Monica Mountains, going from east to west.

The eastern part contains many fast sections with long sweeping corners. Just past the Peter Strauss Ranch, ‘the Snake’ will get you in an endless rollercoaster of twists and hairpins, all the way to the Kanan Road intersection. It’s here that the Rock Store can be found, a place very popular with car and bike enthusiasts as a stop-off point. You’ll even find photographers set up down the Snake, from who you can buy photos of yourself on the route. After the Snake, Mulholland keeps its curvy shapes and takes you all the way to the ocean, where you’ll eventually end up at the Pacific Coast Highway.

Location: Southern California

Latitude: N 34° 6’ 2.5325” – W 118° 47’ 36.4951”

Length of drive:  30 miles

Points of interest:
Malibu Lake
Peter Strauss Ranch

Food and accommodation:
The Rock Store

An interesting diversion is Stunt Road, which turns into Piuma Road. Fast and curvy, rollercoaster-like sections take you back to the regular Mulholland route.

Although weekdays are the best time to visit, we went back on Sunday with Magnus’ #277 car. We first met up with Chad McQueen to check out his 911 hot rod, and he even gave me a ride in his father’s ’58 Speedster. After that, Magnus and I drove down from PCH, through the Snake and to the Rock Store, and finished the rest afterwards. Another morning well spent on a great road – I can’t wait for the next trip to LA!

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