First Run of 2013

Breakfast at Dala Horse in KingsburgJanuary 26th, 2013; weather forecast; chance of rain, if not then a chance of tule fog or a combination of both. We were not sure what it was going to do this time of year, but we set up a breakfast run to Kingsburg anyway. Most of our members of VBAC come from Fresno or Visalia and Kingsburg is a midpoint to hook up. The Dala Horse Restaurant was the destination. They are well known for their Swedish Pancakes.

I set up a meeting spot for the Visalia group at a grocery store parking lot at the edge of town. The ride of choice on this morning was our ’71 MGB Roadster, my co-pilot (my lovely wife) prefers the top up, which was fine with me since it turned out to be a high fog with a constant drizzle coming down. Well, three other British cars were daring enough to show up, all three were Triumph TR6’s. I decided to take the long way into Kingsburg, vs. getting on the Freeway. I used to be into farming and love taking the country roads. I like to take my time and check everything out.

Well, after getting some introductions we headed off. One MGB and one TR6 (tops up, I think I heard wimps whispered), two of the TR’s had their tops down. The constant drizzle kept the roads wet and I needed to run my wipers. It still cracks my wife and I up when those three little wipers are doing their best to keep the wet off the wind screen. In order to keep the tire spray off their cars we kind of spread out a bit. In my mind it went like this; check out those TR6’s falling back and can’t keep up with my B. We all have dreams.

When we got into the Swedish Village of Kingsburg and pulled up to the Dala Horse we did see a few more Little British Cars outside, a good sign. When we got inside our group almost took up the whole place, albeit a small place. They added a couple more tables for our group to fit. As I mentioned they are famous for their Swedish pancakes and I had been drooling all the way there thinking about them, (of course I told the wife it was drizzle coming in from my window). My wife loves their oatmeal pancakes and I think she had the beginnings of drool breaking the edge of her mouth also.

Well, we ate and got to meet some new people. We also got to hear about some interesting projects that people had going on and I am hoping for some follow up on a few of those. I think a grand unveiling by one might be in order. After breakfast we took a few pics outside and the group headed off in their own direction. By now the sun was beginning to break, so the wife and I took more back roads home.

As always thanks to all those who showed up, no matter the weather, and those of you reading this from other states, where you drive in snow and have weather much worse than us here in central California, much respect.

Richard

Paso Robles – British Invasion at Vino Robles

In August a few members of the Valley British Auto Club headed to the coast. We were invited to the British Invasion at the Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. They were celebrating the 60’s with a live band, wine and fish and chips, with a display of British cars. Hey, whats not to like; entertainment, wine, cars, wine, and food and more wine. We drove over that morning checked in and rested before the event at 4 ish. They had us park our cars up and down the driveways. A TR3 and 2 MGB’s represented our club. There were about 40 cars in all.

British cars in Paso Robles

British cars in Paso Robles

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It’s About That Time of Year Again – Roundup Time 2012

It’s about that time of year again,

when the Valley British Auto Club puts on it’s “British Car Roundup” in “Old Town Clovis”, CA. This year’s show is the weekend of Sept. 29 and 30 and is open to all British cars.  Start the weekend off with a run into the Sierra mountains on Saturday with a wonderful catered lunch waiting for you put on by Fresno Wildlife and Rehabilitation for the benefit of the Valley Nature Education and Rehabilitation Center and a “meet and greet” dinner that night in the patio at the Yosemite Falls Restaurant.

Sunday, Sept. 30 is the car show. One of the good things about “Old Town Clovis” is that is located smack dab in the middle of California. This brings in British cars from as far north as the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento area and as far south as the  Los Angeles basin providing plenty of “eye candy”.  If your passenger seat occupant doesn’t really get a kick out of talking about carburetors, tires or engine compression, guess what, “Old Town Clovis” closes down it’s streets for the car show and an Antique and Collectable Show with around 100 antique vendors in the street along with the cars and the various stores, restaurants and art galleries.

If you want more to eat than a hot dog and a coke in a can, you can go to one of the many fine restaurants serving just about anything you want.
And of course there is our world famous “Oil Spot ” competition that can be won by applause, cheating, bribery or any other way, after all we have the best judges money can buy. Some of them may even run for congress.
This show grows every year and has everything except you and your car. For more information and entry form go to www.valleybritish.org. or call (559) 352-7968.

A British Car Birthday Wish Come True

CAMBRIA, CA – Valley British Auto Club member Richard Thornberry hit a milestone early this February, (i.e. he can now get his AARP card) Richard was granted a birthday wish, that wish was to meet our VBAC friends at the coast and do some driving with our British cars.  (Photos)

Richard selected Cambria as the center point for our festivities.  Richard and his wife Marta left Visalia Friday night in their MGB.  The Triumphs would meet them there on Saturday.  Betty and I packed the TR6 early Saturday morning and left for Lemore to meet up with Monica and Dennis in their TR7.  Russ and Tammy took their Triumph TR4 to Paso Robles where they overnighted at Bruce and Nancy’s house.  The TR6 and TR7 made Cambria at 10:30am, right on time.  We collected up the MG and made for Vineyard drive in Paso Robles.  We met up with Russ and Tammy’s TR4 and Bruce and Nancy’s TR250 at Adelaida Winery for a private wine tasting.  After enjoying some wine we took the tops down on our cars and drove north on Adelaida Drive with it’s moss covered trees and beautiful country roads to Starr Winery.

To be able to drive on the first week in February, top down in short sleeves was a real treat.  After Starry Winery we drove on the country roads west of Paso Robles stopping here and there until we drove back to Cambria for dinner.  Sunday was a free day.  Those that stayed in Cambria met for breakfast and a walk on the beach.  After breakfast we went our own ways.  Richard and Marta and the MG stayed in Cambria.  Monica and Dennis went to Morro Bay.  Betty and I went to San Simeon to see the elephant seals and then to Morro  Bay for some shopping.  All and all I hope Richard had a great birthday.  The weather was a “10″ . The cars loved the drive.  The TR7 tried to stay in Morro Bay, but I had a little talk with it, and it agreed to take Monica and Dennis home.  I am glad Richard and his MGB don’t mind driving around with a bunch of TR’s.   Thank you to VBAC club members Bruce and Nancy Pittman for planning Saturday’s driving festivities.