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Off Season MBCA BC Stars ‘Inter-Sectional’ Visit to the Vancouver Island Section

Off Season MBCA BC Stars ‘Inter-Sectional’ Visit to the Vancouver Island Section

British Columbia
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:30am to Monday, February 12, 2018 - 6:30pm
Victoria
British Columbia

BC Family Day Weekend, 2018. What a great opportunity to get away and visit our extended MBCA ‘family’. With a welcome break in the weather, and a warm invitation, my wife Saras and I, set off to visit our friends from the Club’s Vancouver Island Section. Marke Simmons and Carol Bird have been our guests in the past, on several of our Wine Tours and Whistler Runs. I think many of our Members have made good friends with visitors to our events. Each year, it’s great to see them once again, share a drive and experiences, and have a good chat over lunch or dinner. A simple motoring trip can be a nice little adventure, especially when it’s in a Mercedes-Benz Youngtimer-Classic 560SL. Who doesn’t enjoy a holiday ferry ride on a sunny day? It always feels good to watch the beautiful BC scenery slip by, from the deck of a ferry. Marke and Carol were there to greet us at Swartz Bay, with warm hospitality and lunch at their home. Saras and I booked our trip through BC Ferries Vacations www.bcferriesvacations.com . We found an excellent package price that included the ferry and two nights at the relaxing Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa. A beautiful spot, the rooms were large with a stone fireplace, and each had a spectacular view. Dinner was excellent, in the resort’s upscale dining room. The following morning, we Mercedes people met with Porsche and Corvette owners, at the Eagle Creek Starbucks. While Saras drove over in Carol’s new SLK, Marke and I headed there in his throaty Z06 Corvette. Vancouver Island is jammed full of collector and vintage cars. This Starbucks parking lot was no exception. Amidst lots of high-end Porsches and their friendly owners, there were a number of other fast cars, also.  Bob Wilson, Past President of the Vancouver Island Section, was sure to get up early that morning to come and see us. We had a very enjoyable chat about the future of cars and collectible Classics. There was some real excitement in the air, everyone talking cars. Even the local police noticed. They even drove a ‘ghost car’ slowly through the parking lot, to make sure we weren’t too excitable, or maybe just to make us feel better about ourselves. After lots of looking under hoods and telling tall tales, we took the time for a scenic drive, and a visit to the home of our hosts later, for dinner. We greatly enjoyed our weekend, the hospitality, and the camaraderie of our fellow enthusiasts. We’re looking forward to the next road trip, and catching up with our friends from other Sections once again. Our thanks to Marke and Carol, and Bob Wilson. Photo credits: Wyman Lee and Sean Clark

 

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