Mid Maine Sports Car Club  5/16/15

Leap into Spring Road Rally

Don and Molly Foster did an excellent job preparing the Leap into Spring Road Rally. Multiple trips along the route, including one photographing the answers to all the clues, point to a couple that understand being thorough. Thank you Don and Molly. 

The start took place at 1:00 PM at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. We then traveled towards Thomaston, turning left at the Sate Prison Store. Next came places like Spruce Head, Cushing and Port Clyde with a stop at Marshall Point Light before ending in Tenants Harbor. The roads were all paved, with some being lanes with no painted center line. The gorgeous waterfront parcels along the way reinforced the fact that coastal Maine is amongst the very best places to own a home. We were asked to search for blue tulips, painted ducks, the founding dates of towns and even a Trojan horse. It was a great ride.

Lew Prycl and Albert Aniel had volunteered to score the rally and present the awards. Since the answers to the questions were contained in a sealed envelope, there wasn't any reason for Lew and Albert to skip the rally and find a place to kill at least two hours. We sent them off ten minutes before everyone so they would reach the finish line in time for the earliest cars. We agreed to stay in touch by cell phone. 

Although the rally ended at the Eastward Inn in Tenants Harbor, awards and dinner took place at the Somoset Resort in Rockport. All of us sat together at a very large, bar height table with a full view of Penobscot Bay on one side, and a handsome fireplace on the other. The Samoset does an excellent job providing service, food and and a wide variety of drinks. 

Interestingly, when Lew and Albert presented the first place ribbon, they presented it to themselves. They did better than anyone answering the clues. In second place came Chuck Sim and his daughter in their red Alfa Romeo. Bud and Gail Woodworth were in third with their Jaguar XK 140 Roadster. By the time they reached the Samoset, Gail's hands were freezing. Bud was pleased to report, however, that the Jaguar runs best is damp cold weather. 

We were very pleased to meet Dave Akers and his partner Silvia for the first time. The Kennedys did fine in their handsome green MGB. Barbara and Jim Lea, with chaperone George Jennings, were stately in their Triumph Renown. Frank Wnek and Gordon Baxter did well in Frank's Morgan DHC. Our Morris Minor Traveller. "Stella Rose-Taupe," clattered along in good order with Carter Mann as our back seat driver. His legs may never recover, despite the decision to quit early for a cold beer. 

Everyone should be pleased to learn that Lew Prycl and Albert Aniel have agreed to become Board of members of the MMSCC. They are smart, friendly guys who can be relied upon to do a good job; and who will bring new energies to future events.

Safety fast. Tom

2016 Camden Foreign Car Show

For the Foreign Car Show in Camden to be a success three things are required. First, a crew of ten friendly volunteers is needed to greet, park, register and photograph owners and their cars. Secondly, those planning to show a car must be willing to preregister for the event. Attempting to park thirty or forty cars all at once as they attempt to turn into a narrow one way street at a busy intersection is a recipe for disaster without advanced planning. Finally, we need a bright sunny day.

All three elements were in place on Sunday, June 7th. The result was an excellent mix of interesting well prepared cars, volunteers who worked efficiently plus as nice a late spring day as anyone could ask for. Despite the fact that there is always competition amongst car clubs for June weekends, we actually had a better turn out than for the previous two years. In addition, we signed up several new members. This included the Powells from Orland. Their red MG TC has been in the family since new and is completely original including the paint.

The Camden Foreign Car Show features four different classes. Winners in each class are chosen through a popular voting system with a ballot being provided to each owner displaying a car. Once the four class winners have been identified, a panel of scrutineers chooses the Best in Show. 

In the Saloon and Touring Car Catagory, James Lea took the honors with his stately black Triumph Renown. In the Vintage Class, it was Sarah Rheault's snazzy Riley Imp that won first prize. The Traditional Sports Cars Early Period category went to Jim Begin and his lovely red Austin Healey 3000. Chris Milton-Hal won both first place in the Traditional Sports Cars Late Period category, as well as Best in Show. His light blue Jaguar XKE is remarkable. The Best in Show trophy was built by our own clock maker and club founder, James Lea.

Hidden around some corners in town but outside the show field were several handsome sports cars whose owners chose not to display their cars. The usual reason for not showing a car is not the ten dollar fee. The usual explanation is that the owner sees his or her car as a driver and, therefore, not good enough to be in a car show. 

Since the Mid Maine Sports Car Club places the highest premium on driving our cars, these owners are dead wrong about what we like to see in our Car Show. While all of us enjoy seeing the pampered and polished, everyone is welcome. After all, the most important trophy each year is awarded to the member that uses his or her car as intended. That is, to race, rally and tour. In addition, amongst the most popular cars on Sunday were two such cars. Rolph Frost's electric yellow Austin Seven complete with a bent wing was a treat for all. So too the flat black Citroen Deux Cheval. The Citroen came complete with a quartet of roof lamps, canvas panniers and lots of patina. Show spectators found it to be great fun when they noticed that the owner, needing a lawn chair, simply removed his lawn-chair-like front seat providing room for two. 

If you happen to see Molly Foster, Sarah Rheault, Gail Woodworth or Carol Latta be sure to thank them for their help with registration, memberships and photos. While you are at it, don't forget Don Foster, James Lea, Lew Prycl, Bud Woodworth and Albert Aniel. These gentlemen were the greeters and parkers. No one got mowed down, there was no unpleasant shouting and none of the cars suffered a fresh blemish. Don Foster came closest when he nudged our entry banner with his Jaguar S Type. 

By the way, you will also be pleased to learn that both Lew Prycl, Triumph TR 4, and Albert Aniel, Jaguar XKE coupe, have agreed to serve on the MMSCC Board of Directors. Thanks Lew and Albert. You are joining a winning team.


Our Camden Classics Cup Car Show was a success with fabulous weather, lots of beautiful sailing ships and 25 cars in attendance.    1st place went to to Bud Woodworth’s beautiful Jag XK 140; 2nd place to Alan Carr’s spectacular ’52 Mercedes 220 Cabriolet and 3rd place to Sarah Rheault’s historic ’26 Type 37 Bugatti.

For those of you in the Midcoast area, there is a “Cars and Coffee” get-together at 9am on Sunday, Aug. 6, at the DIY Garage, 100 Mt. Battie Street, Camden, operated by new club member Mike White.   DIY Garage is a fully equipped automotive garage that offers 24/7 access to lifts, tire machine, shop tools and space for motor heads who like to work on cars but don’t have the place and equipment to do it.   Check it out at:

British Invasion #27  ( takes place in Stowe VT on Sept. 15-17 and registrations are now open.   600+ vintage British cars from all over the US and Canada on one field.   If you are interested in joining a caravan to Stowe for this year’s  Invasion,  contact me at

Drive ‘em!