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Sunday Drives, "Sunday Fun Day" - Drive, Photoshoot, and Lunch

Sunday Drives, "Sunday Fun Day" - Drive, Photoshoot, and Lunch

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Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 12:00am
British Columbia

Never let it be said that we can't do things because of the weather. Our latest Sunday Drive event was a great success! Matthew Peck came up with his "Sunday Fun Day" event proposal, and he was eagerly taken up on it.
Matt combined a morning of coffee, cruising, photoshoots, and a satisfying hot brunch in trendy Kitsilano. 
Six cars met at Queensborough Landing Mall. Outside the Starbucks, it was still almost dark, and the rain was driving down in gusts. Overwhelmingly, we had decided to go ahead, rain or shine. Every one of us was looking forward to a chance to go for a drive as a group. Section V.P. Tony Millikin had just bought his "new" 2008 CLK350 Designo, the week before. We had a new member along with us as well. Peter De Witt joined us with his SL500, for his first event. The rest of us? Jeff Schindler is a diehard who doesn't baby his SL550, and I suspect Don Rutherford and I both can't resist putting our cars in front of a camera.
Matt has an eye for what works visually, and we followed his W124 AMG Coupe along River Road until we came across a rustic looking train trestle and swing bridge over the river to Lulu Island. Matt knew just what he wanted. Tripod and camera appeared, and before we could get out of our cars, and pass out umbrellas, he was already shooting and placing us where he wanted us. It was still a bit dark and gloomy out, but our car lights added colour and contrast.
Our group was relatively small. Five cars, plus Matt's, was deemed to be a manageable size, given our shooting venues, and our timeline. We were finished at the bridge quite quickly, and set off in our convoy to UBC and the next photo location. The rain started to lessen as we made our way along River Road, past the weathered old buildings, and the wooden vessels long past their usefulness. Crossing the river over the Oak Street Bridge, we were soon following  South West Marine Drive, past the magnificent mansions and posh homes of South Kerrisdale on our way to the University.
Matt led us on a delightful drive through the beautiful grounds of the campus, and then down the hill to a Spanish Banks parking lot by the sea.
The rain had nearly stopped by then, and we had a very picturesque backdrop of the Northshore for pictures of the individual cars. The lighting was just right for Matt's glamour photos. Some of us helped out as best we could, and Don with his movie-biz experience, helped "direct" part of the shoot.
It took a little while to shoot every car. We were starting to get a bit cold and hungry and we started to think of the brunch awaiting us. Quickly, we lined the cars up for a group photo, before the convoy left for food. Matt had booked a table for us at nearby Deacon's Corner, at Broadway and Trutch. The place was busy, and I was not surprised! The menu was pure 'comfort food'. My choice was Steak & Eggs, with baked beans, hash browns, and toast, and coffee - lots of hot coffee! We had a great time eating and recalling our day together.
Good food, great company, lots of fun, and the pictures to prove it!
Our thanks to Matt Peck for putting this together and taking the photographs. We look forward to seeing Matt's finished products, in the newsletter or on Facebook. It was such a "Fun Day", I think we're going to want to do this again.
In the meantime, enjoy Victor Chan's marvelous photo documentation of all the 'behind the scenes' action.
Photos by Matthew Peck and Victor Chan

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