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Whistler Run 2016

Whistler Run 2016

British Columbia
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 5:00pm to Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 12:00pm
Whistler
British Columbia

The Whistler Run, our season’s end drive. Once again, an impeccably organised and executed event by Marie and Manfred Stenzel. This year was a little different from previous years. Manfred arranged another super deal for us at the Pinnacle Hotel in Whistler. We all elected to drive straight up to Whistler on the sunny Friday afternoon and the early evening. What a great feeling to leave the city behind us and head up the highway with the top down! Our hosts, the Stenzels were on hand to meet us as we arrived, with an elegant selection of food and drinks in our own reception room, beautifully decorated by Marion and Don Rutherford. It was a wonderful greeting for our participants. As more of us arrived, Manfred appeared with frying pans of hot German sausages. It was a nice surprise, especially for our Seattle – German friends, Udo and Gabrielle Storck, who drove all the way to another country, just to discover a home-style treat. Matthew Peck brought his father Joe, from Los Angeles, for his second Whistler Tour with the Club. With cold and rain, the weather didn’t start out very kindly for us the next morning. We were determined, nonetheless, that nothing would stop our drive to Pemberton for coffee. Fortified by a lovely continental breakfast laid out Manfred and Marie, we were an optimistic group of nine cars, six of which were convertibles, but as it turned out, we did have at least eight umbrellas amongst us. We were fully prepared. Our MB “Rally Packs” were handed out to each car. Inside, the indispensable Joseph Anthony, Whistler Tour Guidebook, the nifty, new, and beautifully blue, rally plaques, by Matt Peck, a Mercedes water bottle, and a very appropriate gift from the MB Vancouver Retail Group, a very tasteful coffee mug! Thank you, all. Manfred led the pack, through the misty countryside, past lakes and mountains. Sleepy Pemberton was quiet, except for our destination, the Blackbird Bakery. What a great choice for a wet day. The coffee was dark and rich, and hot. The food was wonderful, too. As we drove back to Whistler, Matt Peck captured some magnificent shots of Udo Storck’s 1972 280 SE against a backdrop of towering mountains shrouded in clouds. In spite of the rain, we found a place along the highway to pose for some fun photos, of cars and umbrellas. By the time we ended our drive back to Whistler, the rain had almost stopped. Once again, Manfred had arranged for our exclusive parking along the storefronts and promenade by the Fairmont Whistler Hotel. It was a great spot to sit outside and chat while we wined and dined a bit. Some were lured away by beckoning stores, of course. Our Saturday night formal dinner was again at the delightful Caramba! Restaurant – best calamari, ever!! Many, many thanks to Manfred for setting that up. Nestor Balce and his MB Retail Group generously provided a number of exceptional door prizes – no umbrellas this time, but the scarf and glove sets were very well received. Thank you. On this occasion, our Club President took the time to thank Udo Storck for his gift to our Section, and Joseph Anthony in particular. Udo and Gabrielle enjoyed Joseph’s tours of Leavenworth WA and the Okanagan Wineries so much, that he painted a picture of the BC vineyards, to present to Joseph. Unfortunately, Joseph was unable to be there, personally. The following morning, we were once again treated to a wonderful light breakfast, before we bid our farewells. Some of us stayed on to enjoy a beautiful sunny day in Whistler. For the rest of us, it was lovely, relaxed drive home. I must thank everyone for their contributions, but I cannot thank Manfred and Marie enough, for their dedicated hard work and planning, to make this a memorable and exceptional event.

Photos by Matt Peck and Sean Clark

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