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  • 27 Feb 2012 9:58 AM | Bill Scott (Administrator)

    March truly sounds like the first bit of hope for spring, but here during this very mild Cape winter, mostly it’s been feeling like spring. Until that is, sitting down to write this March Blog for the Club web page. There was a sudden (and thankfully brief) hail storm this afternoon and a light dusting of snow is expected in the morning. All this makes me think “cold”. Cold makes me think of Bob Vogel, our past president and solid member, a seemingly normal person, well sort of normal, who somehow has this desire to drive his MINI as far north towards the North Pole as possible. And when would one plan a trip to drive up into the far cold north? In late February and early March, when else! Makes sense I guess when you would be driving on frozen rivers and water that you would want it to be cold, very cold! Did I just mention that Bob was “sort of” normal? Well this is not his first trip up to the great north, it is his third trip, and I rest my case?

    All teasing aside, we are actually proud of Bob, one of our members, who ventures to do such a trip, go places and see things that most of us would not dare do, but secretly long for the experience. The trip is the Alcan Winter Rally, and for Bob living here on the Cape, the trip is an adventure before it begins. He will drive all the way to Vancouver to begin the official rally. That is a 3,000 mile trip just to get to the official “trip”. Then the rally drives all the way north through British Columbia to Whitehorse in the Northwest Territories. That is just about the first third of the trip, as they then drive all the way north until they arrive at Tuktoyaktuk on the Beaufort Sea (you all know where that is…. OK, I’ll give you a minute to Google it). When I last spoke to Bob about this trip, he mentioned that there were no Hampton Inns in Tuktoyaktuk! Accommodations and food during this trip are not what most of us want while traveling, a little wine, a hot tub followed by a good meal to relax the tired muscles from such a long drive. No, more like a slightly warm bunk house and some rationed food before they start the long drive back down and a detour west to Anchorage, where I believe the rally officially ends. Not for our Bob however. It’s back in the car for the drive all the way back home to the Cape. When he returns, we will all want to know all about the trip and his experiences. In the mean time, we wish him a safe trip and hope that he stays warm.

    Bob told me that he would probably not be home in time to attend our March 10th Motor Madness event in Plymouth. Truth is that even if he did make it home in time, he probably couldn’t be encouraged to get back into the car and drive to Plymouth. I wouldn’t blame him, but for the rest of our members, you all need to make the trip to enjoy the good food and fun celebrating together.  The Yankee Swap is always fun and the more the merrier, so if you have not yet registered for this event, immediately after reading this, go to “EVENTS” and “click” on Motor Madness and register on-line. We hope to see you all there.

    Next up will be the “A” Team event, our first driving event of the year. Check the home page and events often so that you won’t miss any of the upcoming exciting events ahead for this season. 

    Till then,

    Bill Scott

    President, CCBCC

  • 17 Feb 2012 8:08 PM | Bill Scott (Administrator)

    The meeting will be held February 21st at 7:00 in the Sun Room at the BBC Sandwich. As the meeting attendance increases we will take advantage of the larger/cooler room for everyone's comfort and convience. Please come and enjoy the ambiance, food and good time with other club members. See you there.

    Bill Scott, President CCBCC

  • 04 Feb 2012 8:50 AM | Deleted user
    The January 31st BOG Meeting minutes have been posted to the member's only section of the web-site.
  • 31 Jan 2012 10:59 AM | Bill Scott (Administrator)

    I like fresh starts, the first of things; they always seem so hopeful and full of possibilities. The Holidays, parties and polar plunges are behind us now (except for Valentine’s Day, don’t forget it guys) and some realities have set in, like paying down the holiday bills and trying to lose those extra pounds, etc. Most resolutions are already broken so you don’t have to worry about them anymore. There are very positive realities too, like having the early months of the winter to spend time planning and bringing the LBC up to snuff and ready for the upcoming driving season. You can take your time taking things apart, sending them out for repair and not feel hurried to get it all back together. Take the time to clean things up a bit so it shines and works like a new car come spring. It is a great opportunity to have a Tech Session, have a little company while you put things back to right. Tech Sessions are a shared experience, offering a bit of learning as well as the warmth of a friendly gathering. Sometimes even the car gets fixed! Think about holding one and post it on the Forum so we can all come, it will feel like a good thing.

    Our usual February activity, Winterfest, will not be in February this year; it will slip to March 10th and become “Motor Madness”. This is still a good time to hold an activity to break up the long winter. All of the details have not been worked out as of this writing, but it will be held at the Radisson Plymouth Harbor with the usual good amenities of food and lodging. I gather we will feature a Yankee Swap again but maybe with a new twist, and I have heard something about a car rally, a really small car rally! It will be a time focused on fun and a good evening among friends and club members rather than on cars and club stuff. So mark your calendars and sign up and let’s have a big turn out to make this a truly good event. Oh yeah, the club will help with the cost of the dinner, so rather than $35 each as last year, it will only be $20 for the same great quality dinner. Such a deal, so hurry and sign up!

    The January meeting took some time to block out our yearly events so we can post them on our website calendar. We are always open to members that want to add an event and February is not too late to list it. You can contact me or Charlie Bohm with the details and we will happily put it on the calendar. I encourage each of you to go to the club’s home page and click on the events where you can review our activities as a list or as a calendar page. Getting into the habit of doing this will keep you informed of all our activities and you won’t forget and miss any of them.

    Just a reminder; the nominating committee is working behind the scenes, seeking candidates for Officers and the BoG. They are preparing for the elections to be held at the May Annual Meeting. We are encouraging you to put your name in the hat for that election. You all have something to offer and this is your opportunity to get involved and do your part in steering this club in a positive direction. Give me a call and I’ll put your name in.

    Well, I am looking ahead for a great new season, anticipating returning to some of our traditional events; The “A” Team and Safety Fast, etc., as well as some of our newer events such as Paws to Love, Marion Band Concert, Chatham’s 4th of July Parade celebrating 300 years and other events yet undiscovered that will be added to the roster by you, our members.

    Till then,

    Bill Scott

    President, CCBCC

  • 28 Jan 2012 8:33 AM | Deleted user
    The November Monthly Meeting Minutes have been posted to the members only section of the web-site.
  • 04 Jan 2012 3:33 PM | Bill Scott (Administrator)

    The Holidays are behind us now, but from my perspective, it all went too fast! Barely a moment to sit and soak it all up with all the hustle and rush to get ready, events and gathering with friend before Christmas which included our annual trip to see the Revels in Cambridge with an overnight in a wonderful inn right there in the hub. Then it’s Christmas! Poof, it is over in a flash as we drove to Lansing, Michigan to spend time with our daughter and husband and our two grand kids, special as they are! That was great but then there was the long drive home just in time for New Year’s Eve and to welcome in the New Year with football. Now I just have to start the cut back and shed a few extra pounds that somehow just piled on while all that was going on. Who Knew! …. I hope all went as well with all of you, Happy New Year!

    Things will resume as usual with our first meeting of the year at the BBC on January 17th at 7:00. At that meeting we like to start listing the calendar events for the year, repeat many cherished events and have the opportunity to add some fresh new ideas for the upcoming season. So come prepared with your ideas and input to help plan your club’s activities. Doing a little work on your car? Great opportunity to hold a Tech Session and get a little help with the project and have a fun gathering at the same time. Bring a time and date and we’ll put it on the calendar.

    We know now that the Winterfest activity has moved to Saturday March 10th, a bit later than usual, but still in time for a much needed winter break and a fun activity. So be sure to mark this new date on your calendar and plan to attend. The more of us there, the more fun it will be! I am sure there will be more details at the January meeting.

     We are still looking for members who are interested in serving as an officer or running for the BoG. The nominating committee and I are still open for members to volunteer to put their name on the ballot and the committee and I will be calling some of you to encourage you participation. Don’t be timid about this, it is your club and you have something to offer so through your hat into the ring and get involved.

    Let’s all hope that 2012 will be a great new year for each of you and your families and also for the club. Start the club year off right by attending the January meeting.

    Till then,

    Bill Scott

    President, CCBCC

  • 30 Dec 2011 5:42 PM | Deleted user
    We had a little bump with our PayPal transactions that effected about 8 members renewals. You will most likely be credited back your initial renewal fee. I will contact the effected members to rectify the situation. All is now working properly.

    Along with your renewal applications, some of you have put in request for window decals. Just a heads up that we will get to these and have not forgotten your request.

    Happy New Year!
    Charlie Bohm
    Treasurer
    Cape Cod British Car Club
  • 19 Dec 2011 7:58 PM | Michael Daley
    The December Newsletter has been posted. You can view it by clicking here or going to our Newsletter Page.
  • 08 Dec 2011 2:42 PM | Bill Scott (Administrator)

    The British Marque combines their January/February issue so I am off the hook, so to speak, for publishing a regular January “Boot”. December is a light month as far as club activities goes, with the exception of the Dallaire’s open house party on December 17th. Mike and Pam have posted the invitation on the home page and I encourage everyone to enjoy the season together with other club members and friends at their home. I am sure it will be as enjoyable as always.

    Because this time of year is so full of events and activities building up to and including the Holidays that mostly involve families, CCBCC has always postponed our club activity until February. February usually needs a bit of a pick me up as the dust has settled from the holiday hustle and bustle and the dull grind of winter has set in with its short daylight hours and long nights and the weather…..well, is  frightful. So holding our “Winterfest” activity in mid February is a welcomed treat. Donna Lynn Greene and Pam Dallaire are planning the event this year and I encourage everyone to mark it on your calendar and plan to join in on that special winter occasion.

    Until then, think about the great times you had this season driving your LBCars and make a list of all the things you need to fix in preparation of the next driving season. You’ll want to be ready when that first spring day appears when you feel that inner call that says “let’s get the car out, put the top down and go for a ride”. Doesn’t seem so urgent now, but remembering struggling through the past few winters and springs in south eastern MA and the Cape, February, March and April can seem like an eternity. So here is one other thing that you can think about during those months, and that is to think about running for a BoG position or putting your name in the hat for an officer position. We are looking to elect up to 4 BoG positions and we need to elect a Vice President and a President at the Annual May Meeting. It is your club and each one of you has something special to offer. Being part of the leadership is a rewarding experience, a great way to know and work with other club members while you have the opportunity to steer the club into the future. Think about it and e-mail or give me a call to add your name or someone else’s name that might be too shy to volunteer themselves.

    Yes, don’t forget there will be the regular meeting at the Sandwich BBC on Jan. 17th.

    Till then,   Ho Ho Ho!  Have a wonderful Holiday Season, and enjoy the warmth of family and friends!

    Bill Scott
  • 26 Nov 2011 8:32 AM | Deleted user
    Hi Richard,

    What a great surprise when I opened the large envelope that came in the
    mail yesterday.  A formal "thank you"  will be sent out next week, but I
    just had to let you know that we were all so overwhelmed by the generosity
    of the British Car Club and your efforts to raise funds for our Holiday
    Helping program.

    We have over 30 families signed up for our program and your gift cards and
    check donation will go a long way in giving them an opportunity to shop
    for and enjoy the holidays.

    Again, I am overwhelmed by your kindness and thank you soooo much,

    have a wonderful holiday,
    Chris Morin
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Independence House

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