With spring just around the corner (the calendar says next Tuesday, even if I spent part of this morning clearing some residual snow from last week’s double-whammy storms), I realized that I had been remiss in updating my own “Calendar of Events”.
We car guys and gals patiently wait for those final traces of salt to be washed away so we can unhook the Battery Tenders, check fluid levels and tire pressures, and ease our old iron out into the early spring sunshine. It’s nice to be reminded that there will be plenty to do; here’s what’s on my calendar so far (and this is just the first two months of the season):
- March 31-April 8, 2018: the New York International Auto Show (Jacob Javits Center)
- April 18-22, 2018: Spring Carlisle Flea Market & Auction, Carlisle PA
- May 6, 2018: NJ Region AACA Annual Car Show, Morristown NJ (will enter my ’93 Miata)
- May 19-25, 2018: the New England 1000 Rally (will be rallying in my ’67 Alfa Romeo)
- May 26, 2018: NJ Region AACA – Hillsborough NJ Memorial Day Parade (will be driving either the Miata or the Alfa, TBD)
- June 2-3, 2018: the Greenwich CT Concours d’Elegance
Be sure to check this page frequently. Once show season starts, I’ll do my best to maintain this page and let you know what’s happening in the area.
All photographs copyright © 2018 Richard A. Reina. Photos may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission.
Rally brother Steve and I had earlier decided to make the trek on Saturday rather than Sunday, this to give us an extra day to relax, while being certain to join the informal concours on Sunday. We arrived on Saturday night just as any semblance of daylight was disappearing. If there was good news, it was that the car was running just fine, and, we anticipated no need for headlight usage during the upcoming week. Although I had not intended to work on the headlight issue during the rally, my trusty service manual was with me just in case.
The afternoon concours was a delight, helped in large part by stunning weather. The show was held in a park in town, and was therefore open to the public. The variety of cars was the best yet (and yes, I say that for every NE 1000). The photos in this case do provide evidence to support my claim.
Highlights of the week included two nights’ stay at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield NH (a wonderful backdrop for photography), and a visit to Hemmings World HQ in Bennington VT. Aside from some fog and frost in the (very) high elevations, sunshine was the order of the week, right through our return drive on Friday.
We didn’t know it at the time, but the 2007 rally would be the final time that my GT/CS would serve as a rally car. It would also be six long years before we returned as participants in the NE 1000. In the meantime, we were both glad that the wiring harness debacle of just one week ago did nothing to diminish our joy in participating once again in such a prestigious event with like-minded individuals.
All photographs copyright © 2017 Richard A. Reina. Photos may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission.