This week was pretty hectic. I had to fly down to Atlanta for a car club meeting on Thursday though I did get a chance to have dinner with our son Aaron. Then I had to fly back on Friday to help Jan finish getting ready for the Chicago indoor swap meet. We were leaving early Saturday for this event. I had a 4:30 flight out of Atlanta to arrive in Detroit at 6:30. The flight was delayed due to mechanical difficulties. Seems that on the sold out flight, the two coach class "loos" were not functioning.
After an hour’s wait, it was postponed again for another hour. A gentleman I was sitting next to happened to notice my Portland All British Field Meet shirt and we started to talk. Seems he has a few odd British vehicles, one of which is a Jaguar powered Spartan armored personnel carrier, vintage 1974. He seems to collect these offbeat British vehicles and has several varieties. This conversation did help to pass the time until finally they canceled the flight. The line to find out about other flights was very long as many folks were trying to make connections they had already missed. We tried to get on another flight at another location, but couldn’t as everything to Detroit seemed to be sold out.
All I could think of was Jan having to finish everything at home by herself as the worse case scenario loomed that she would have to take the QE3 & Big Honker to Chicago and I would have to get a flight to Chicago in the morning. Meanwhile, my new friend was on the phone to his office and luckily found us two seats on a Delta flight leaving at 6:45 PM. So, in a nutshell, I had to buy another ticket to get home as Northwest could not get us on that flight. In the end it all worked out and I arrived home to a nice crème brulee birthday dessert. Through all of this I had even forgotten it was my birthday.
Saturday morning we finished getting the trailer loaded and hooked up to the QE3 and off to Chicago a bit later then we had planned. We arrived at the event building under beautiful sunny skies and warm temperatures for this time of year (mid 50’s) and our son David, who had moved to Chicago last month came over to help us set up.
Sunday morning we were back in the building at 6 AM to finish preparing for the big swap meet. Every year this event is busy from the 8 AM opening to noon, when the crowds start to thin out. It was nice to see many faces we hadn’t seen for a few months. We also had a chance to talk to several people that are going on our England Adventure at the end of March. Two couples even came by and signed up for our 2005 Adventure (see below for more information.)
We did have one unfortunate mishap. A misguided enthusiast decided he preferred the five finger discount over our very reasonable LBCarCo price and took home one of our beautiful $200 wood Moto-Lita steering wheels. It really is a shame but unfortunately things like this do happen once in awhile. Last year our good friend Jerry LaBant had a very expensive vintage manual taken at the same swap meet. Keep your eyes open for someone looking for a Moto-Lita boss kit and not needing a steering wheel. ;)
Many thanks to the organizers in Chicago and the Chicagoland MG Club for putting on another exciting event for this large group of vendors and hundreds of enthusiasts.
After packing the trailer we made our usual post-swap meet stop and introduced David to our favorite Roosevelt Road eatery, the Seven Dwarfs. Then homeward bound we were, arriving just in time to catch the final minutes of the Oscars. You’ll probably get this newsletter on Monday or early Tuesday instead of Sunday.
Thursday of this week Guy St. John (the local mechanic I use and highly recommend) are off to Moss Motors in Goleta, California for the second annual British Motor Trade Association meeting. From what I understand, about 45 – 50 of the 70 + and growing membership will be in attendance. If you have a British car related business and are interested in joining the group, please visit the website at www.britcar.org for more information.
Until next week, which again may be Monday, enjoy your week and think spring. It is getting near!!!!
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EVENT LISTING - Your Events can Appear in This Newsletter!
June 27, 2004 - Buckeystown, MD. - 27th Annual Original British Car Day, Chesapeake Chapter, New England MG 'T' Register, John M. Tokar, 301-831-5300, email@example.com
June 29 - July 1, 2004 - Rockford IL - Mini Meet West meets East. Minis in Northern Illinois
September 25, 2004 - Bel Air, MD. - The 25h Annual 'MGs On the Rocks' Car Show & Parts Market at Rocks State Park 4-H Camp.
October 8-9, 2004 - Nashville, TN. - All British Motorcar / Motorbike Show, hosted by Nashville British Car Club at Pinkerton Park (New Location) (Visit LBCarCo and Say Hi to Jan and Jeff)
October 9-10, 2004 - Columbus, IN. - Abingdon Endurance Trials.
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