Presidents Boot - October 2011

17 Oct 2011 11:51 AM | Bill Scott (Administrator)

Our club’s signature event, The British Legends Weekend, is now history. All of us should be proud of how successfully the weekend went together and the number of people and great British cars that assembled to make the weekend successful.  We were blest with unbelievably great weather which added much to the weekend as it was just like summer with the tinged of fall freshness in the air.

The Friday evening Meet & Greet was well attended even with the absence of many of our regulars, who for all legitimate reasons could not attend this year. We missed them, but know that they will be back next year. Bruce Turner took on the role of flipping burgers and dogs and doing what Bruce does best, entertain the crowd. We all huddled around the grill while cooking and telling stories as the grill also provided the necessary heat needed for the cool evening. As usual, many pitched in with the usual great side dishes which provided for more food than we could eat, so we stored it away for Saturday evening, another success, this time with Bill Scott flipping the burgers, and less entertainment and more congenial conversations with members and guest alike.

Mike Daley ran a wonderful road tour on Saturday. It took us around 80 miles of shoreline around the edges of the Upper Cape, a term that is sometimes misleading. Upper, meaning the part of the Cape closest to the canal and mainland. So we toured beautiful areas of Falmouth, Woods Hole, Quissett, Sippewisset, Sagamore and Sandy Neck. Then we went cross the Cape to Hyannis for lunch at the Hyannis BBC. We resumed the tour with Hyannisport, Wianno, Osterville, Cotuit, Waquoit and back to Falmouth Harbor. We had at least 34 cars, beautiful views of shorelines and wonderful homes and a perfect day for a drive.

Sunday started early for some of us with Kevin Thompson taking the heat for the pre set up breakfast plans that were elaborately spelled out, but found not to be open at 6: AM on Sunday. We eventually all arrived at our usual meeting spot for a quick breakfast and then off to set up the show. This being our 11th year, the routine is pretty down pat. Equipment that has been stored arrives, things go up and the field is staked off with class signs hung and the people start to arrive for car registration. We had 114 cars on the field along with our favorite vendors and sponsors. I think we must have registered as many cars that day as we had cars preregistered. They certainly filled the field and there were many interesting cars in the parking lot, not registered in the show. The good food and drinks were provided by the Falmouth Band Parents organization. The parents and students do a great job for us each year. Oh yes, there was the restored Good Humor truck selling ice cream again this year as well.

Rocker Box Racing provided the pre-awards excitement with stiff competition ending with three top contenders, Piper Smith, Freddy Rosen and Steve Harris. Piper experienced a wheel failure, and Freddy and Steve battled it out with a three times tie using a photo finish and instant replay declaring Steve finally winning the event. Look out next year Steve, there will be heightened competition.

The awards kicked off with our Special awards. The Dick Hopfner Award went to Berta Rousseau for her enthusiasm and above and beyond effort for the club. The Jerry Gougen award for Maintaining the Breed went to Rick Johnson for his dedication to assisting in LBC repair as needed. Our Bar Maid award was judged by none other than our favorite bar maid from the Sandwich BBC, Mary McCarthy and awarded to Bill Dunn and his lovely Jaguar 140 OTS. The Prince of Darkness award went to Rick Poole, 2nd year in a row. Rick had startup electrical issues, and received road side assistance from Charlie Frink who as a consequence developed mechanical issues – earning Charlie, the Rusty Nuts Award! That a way guys!

Thanks to all who made this 11th BLW event one to remember.

Coming up, is the November Martha’s Vineyard weekend on Nov 5th & 6th lead by Mary and Brian Nickerson. This is always a fantastic enjoyable weekend which I am looking forward to attending again this year. The other upcoming event is the Freezen Fun Run 4 Kids put on through the efforts of Rick & Gini Johnson and Rich Finlay. It will be on Nov 13th with more detail to follow. Please check the web home page for details. This event raises money and gift cards for “Independence House” providing needy families with much needed funds and gifts for the holiday season. So come out and enjoy the last official run of the season.

Till then, Bill Scott, President C C B C

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