Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Lansing Kansas
Vehicle: 2012 SLK350 Black with black interior
Other Toys: 2013 GLK350
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After the club breakfast yesterday morning, the remainder of Saturday earmarked for prepping La Bęte for the car show on Sunday. Hot, muggy day; mid-90sşF. No rain in the forecast. Sunday was supposed to be cooler, but the weather report stated that the cold front was slowing down and now it wouldn’t arrive until after 1700 on Sunday. Okay, plan for a very hot, humid day on Sunday.
If you have ever seen the movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’, that was the treatment given to La Bęte that afternoon. Washing, waxing, buffing, vacuuming, glass cleaning, the works a la the Emerald City. I finished making the display boards, as I have learned over the years that the public like to read things and look at pictures. It makes the experience more interesting for them than just seeing cars with no information.
I was hot and exhausted. Two G&Ts with dinner, which was fresh fruit and melons wrapped in prosciutto. A cool, light meal. Watched ‘Midsommer Murders’ (why anyone would chose to live there is baffling. Same goes for living in Cabot Cove) and then to bed.
Arturo woke me up at 0500 by pulling on my beard.
“What is wrong Arty? Is Timmy trapped in a well?”
Then I heard it. That light trapping on the vent covers….
What the heck (or something to that effect). I got up (I had no choice as Arturo was ready for first breakfast) to see the damage.
A nice, steady rain. Good for the gardens and the yard, but not good for the car show. Checked the weather station, rain until 0800-0900. I had to arrive at the staging area at 0800. Pack extra microfiber cloths. Top up when driving to the event.
How many car owners would bail on the event? When I arrived at the staging area, nine of out of our twelve club cars were present. La Bęte made ten. Not bad.
We moved to the show area and many more cars were arriving. The rain had stopped and the ground was already drying out.
It was a nice day, Still quite humid, but mid 80sşF. Many cars and a lot of public out to see them. Not as many older cars as I would have liked, but the Auston Healey club had a great turn-out. Only one XK Jag, a XK140 OTS. A beautiful car, but my least favorite of the XK series.
One other SLK, a 1999 230.
As I suspected/planned, the fitted luggage for La Bęte drew people in to ask about the car. The public always enjoy learning about the extra bits of the cars on display. Next year I will have the tool set and the first aid kit out with a display board.
A few pictures from the event. Overall I would guess about 120 cars.
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SLKs: A true OTS: Engine in the front where it belongs; boot too small for anything except an adventure.
LTC Armor (retired)
Drives a SLK 350 named La Bęte (Beast)
Married to a Lady who drives a GLK 350 named Hoss
Never named my Jaguars, always called them 'The Jag' (in my best Jeremy Clarkson voice)