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They started arriving even before 10 AM and kept coming and coming. By 10:30 25 cars had congregated at the appointed rendezvous, the Diary Queen in Woolwich. The forecast had been a bit shaky earlier in the week, but by Friday it had improved to partly cloudy, seasonably warm temperature of 65F and just a slight chance of rain.

After some quick driving instructions the long caravan of multi-marque sports cars departed, heading down Rte 127, across the bridge with a view of Bath Iron Works across the river, through Arrowsic and then Georgetown. After a pleasant drive of 15 miles or so along a winding road lined with trees in bright orange and yellow fall foliage, we reached lands end at the Five Islands lobster co-op and promptly filled the parking lot for a break and some photo ops.

Then it was time to start up again and double back to our real destination, the home of Ricardo and Cathleen and an excited little hostess Miss Amelia, who welcomed everyone with a beaming smile as we arrived at their hilltop home in Georgetown. Ricardo gave a tour of his garage shop, featuring his beautiful Lotus Europa project while others found a place on the deck to have their picnic lunch. Amelia led those she could coax on a walk down a wooded path to her secret tree house. Thanks to our hosts for providing a most pleasant afternoon.

After lunch a sea breeze brought an overcast cloud cover and a few errant raindrops, causing those who had arrived top down to scramble to erect hoods or tonneau, by which time the rain had subsided. There were reports of encounters with rain by those who headed back home to the north, but my drive home to Harpswell was pleasant and just slightly cool.

It’s hard to believe it is almost November and another driving season has passed. Well, there’s always next year. DOOOOON’T MISS IT!

On a lovely mid summers day on Saturday July 16th a small but enthusiastic contingent of our club members made the drive to Paris Hill, Maine to attend the annual Founders Day to visit the fabulous Bill Bahre Auto Collection, open only one day a year to the public as a fundraiser for the Paris Hill Library. It’s not every day that you get to see a lineup of 5 perfectly restored and dazzling Dusenbergs, and then wander on through the building to take in maybe a dozen equally perfectly restored vintage Packards, with a few Alfa Romeos, Mercedes, Hispano Suizas,, Cadillacs and numerous other marques on display, which are rumored to be only a sampling of Bill’s entire collection. And as an added bonus, a quick glance at the western horizon from over the pool pavilion behind the Bahre mansion on this clear day provides a view all the way to MT Washington in New Hampshire. The reserved parking set up for our club’s cars gave the many visitors a chance to check out our lineup of well turned out Austin Healey, MGs, Jaguars and a Datzun 260Z.

After the show most of our clubs attendees decamped to the neighboring town of Norway for an outdoor but covered and shielded from the sun lunch at the Norway Brew Pub. And I even got a free ride, navigating for George in his recently acquired Jaguar 420 on its first major road trip. All went well and we returned home safe and sound with no kissing parts yet discovered.

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