FALL LEAF PEEPER TOUR ENDS MMSCC DRIVING SEASON EVENTS
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!
Rangeley Fall Tour
Thank you Albert for orchestrating a wonderful ride through the Rangely area, with visits to the Portage Heritage Museum and David Percival's BMW motorcycle exhibit.
Annual Camden Car Show
MMSCC’s favorite charity is expanding
MMSCC’s favorite charity is expanding into for-profit work, per this recent article from the Lewiston Sun Journal. Since the onset of the pandemic, the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine’s largest hunger-relief organization, which supplies more than 400 partner agencies, has received $1,250 in donations from our club (and more from individual members).
This fall, with $25 million in capital from MacKenzie Scott (ex-wife of Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos) and a direct investment of $2.5 million from Good Shepherd itself, the organization will launch a subsidiary called Harvesting Good, which will grow, process, freeze and distribute fresh vegetables. The first crop will be broccoli grown on Circle B Farms (photo) in Caribou.
The fresh-frozen broccoli will be sold across the Northeast (and appear in Good Shepherd’s local food banks) and the income will help support the not-for-profit parent organization. Harvesting Good will also create jobs in Maine and northern New England.
Good Shepherd already invests more than $1 million annually in some 80 Maine farms that last year grew 2.2 million pounds of produce. Harvesting Good aims to produce a million pounds of broccoli in 2023 and eventually introduce six frozen products in all, with a long-term goal of $15 million to $20 million in annual sales.
We are very happy to support Good Shepherd—food insecurity was a problem in Maine before Covid and will remain one after the virus has receded—and we are pleased that, in a small way, we have been able to contribute to the establishment of this creative new venture. —your MMSCC Board of Directors
Camden Classic Cup Regatta Car Show.
For the fourth year in a row, with a one year break when the event was cancelled in 2021 for Covid, our club has been invited to display our cars as part of the Camden Classic Cup Regatta, featuring classic sail boats. Our host, Lyman Morse Shipyard, reserves their parking lot on the far (East) side of Camden Harbor for us, which provides a pleasant venue for displaying our cars AND as a bonus gives us a front row seat, pier side, for the ‘Parade of Boats’ that starts in bound on the east side of the harbor, does a 180 at the end and goes outbound on the west side of the harbor.
This year, due to restrictions in the Lyman Morse parking lot were were limited to 21 cars, and the registration list filled up fast. Fortunately a few early registrants had to cancel out (unfortunately for them actually) so as it turned out everyone on the wait list was able to get one of the coveted parking slots on the eve of the event.
Once again, the club displayed a nice variety of sports cars from Aston Martin to Morgan to MG to Triumph, Morris, Austin Healey, Porsche and perhaps a few others I don’t recall. It was another lovely day and over 100 amazing vintage sailboats from numerous custom builders participated in the parade. The veterans even brought folding chairs for their front row seats—good thinking.
Since Camden was pretty crowded with event participants and tourists, the group decided on the good suggestion of several of our members, to proceed out of town a bit to the Ports of Italy restaurant for our typical event lunch. Which makes me wonder if we have become a car club, or a lunch club with cars? I guess both works.
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.
Northern Area Dustoff
Another group of MMSCC members (plus two intrepid drivers who arrived a bit late but also were in attendance at the Southern Dustoff the previous day) met at the home of John and Diane Woodruff in Blue Hill for the Northern Dustoff. It had been a while since the club had traveled this ‘farthest north’ territory of our club. After a meet and greet the attendees mounted up and headed south on a pleasant drive down through Brooklin and stopping for lunch at the dock in the lovely seaside town of Castine.
In the interim, the southern members, Frank and George Silvestri, arrived a bit late from Harpswell to make the drive. Feeling sorry for us, hostess Diane, who had stayed behind on the drive took the late arrivals (after coffee) for lunch at a local Blue Hill establishment.
After lunch the group proceeded to a back parking lot of the lovely Ledges retirement community where Malcolm Purvis resides for some wine and cheese and socializing. And of course inspecting and admiring the interesting assortment of lovely sports cars that turned out for the event. Another fine day and traditional fun MMSCC event.
Southern Area Dustoff
On Saturday May 21 our driving season started off strong, with 15 members and their navigators making their way to Arundel, Maine, several miles south of Biddeford on Rte 1, to tour the Maine Classic Car Museum. Our club was given special parking right in front of the museum for their classic cars before touring this small but impressive museum of meticulously detailed classic cars, both foreign and domestic. Our club had also invited members of the Northern New England Mercedes club, who added 10 or so very handsome Mercedes to the group.
Next on the agenda was to head just a few more miles down the road to visit a small shop called SL Tech, whose proprietor, Gernold, specializes in only high end restorations of Mercedes 280 SL roadsters. Several car in the shop ‘in work’ left no doubt of the meticulous attention to detail and absolute demand for quality of this man’s passion.
After the second leg of the tour was perhaps the highlight of the day, our luncheon at Bentley’s Roadhouse. Event co-ordinator Paul Barresi thought this establishment a perfect lunch venue, issuing the now famous quote “It’s not REALLY a biker bar anymore.” Well, that’s EXACTLY what it was. There must have been 200 bikes and bikers there, plus another group fo 20 or so Harleys that came roaring in just as we were parking. The place is huge, has 3 bars and numerous sitting areas, so we entered and just kept moving towards the back until we passed through a narrow passageway (the lavatories) and finally broke out into an open areas in back with picnics tables set up. To their credit, the staff was there in several minutes taking drink and lunch orders, which arrived promptly (we must have looked like a tough group). The food and drink was good and the atmosphere definitely . . . . unique. Biker bar . . . .been there, done that!
But the day did not end there. Completing the day’s event was the actual ‘dustoff’ drive down to the coast in Kennebunkport and then continuing north along the shore through Cape Porpoise, Biddeford Pool and eventually back into Biddeford. A lovely drive to end the day.
Railroad Museum Tour
Indian Trail and WWF Railway Museum Tour
The MMSCC season of events continued strong with a good turnout for an interesting tour of Charles Harris’ Indian Trail Antiques in Newcastle, where the group of 20 or so members meandered the multi floors of this interesting antique shop filled with many themes of memorabilia. From there the group made a short jaunt to nearby Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum, where a dedicated group of volunteers and museum staff maintain several unique narrow gauge (a mere 24 inches from rail to rail) locomotives and passenger cars and treated the group to a short ride on their several miles of restored track and toured the several outbuildings where the restoration work was in progress. (In reality this private narrow gauge railway never made it all the way to Waterville, never mind Farmington)
Ending the day the group continued on to, appropriately, the Reunion Station diner, built around an old railway caboose, for a pleasant and tasty lunch.