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BC Stars Visit the MBCA Regional Show & Shine in Seattle

BC Stars Visit the MBCA Regional Show & Shine in Seattle

British Columbia
Sunday, August 11, 2019 -
10:15am to 3:00pm

Each year, our MBCA Pacific Northwest Region has Regional Show & Shine in Seattle. Although our four Sections are neighbours, it’s particularly hard in this corner of North America to hold an event in which all can participate. Borders and ferries and vast distances make it a challenge in time and expense. However, our Vancouver based Section so appreciates our US visitors coming up to see us, we felt we should make a special effort to attend our one true annual Regional event.


The Show is held annually at the beautiful Nile Shrine Golf Course, in Lynnwood WA., this year being held Sunday August 11th. Seattle is centrally situated for all of us making it feasible to visit our friends there, and meet some of the Portland Section Members, also. Jeff Shindler, our Regional Director, headed down from Vancouver in one car, earlier in the week. Four more of us followed on the Saturday directly, from the Langley Dilawri Group MB Dealership. Section President Matt Peck, and Yen-Hsen Liem chose to take their W201 16-Valve Cosworths. Nick Liem, our oldest and longest Member, wanted a chance to drive his newly purchased R129 SL500 Silver Arrow, and Sean Clark followed in a 1987 R107 560SL.


We had a great drive, travelling down in convoy, arriving with time for a late lunch and a chance to detail our cars before dark. Nick very generously treated us “boys” to lunch and beers before we got to work cleaning our cars. One of the Seattle Members, Emmanuel Athans, very kindly invited us to come by and prepare our cars at his house that evening, before the next day’s show. Many thanks to Eman!


At 10:00 am, we rolled onto the grounds at Nile’s Golf Course. Event Organizer, Debbie Ward, had our registration packages already waiting for us. We were welcomed to our parking spots with the other “Youngtimers”, across from the colourful tents.


The Nile is a spectacular venue that lends itself well to displaying our elegant cars. There were certainly many beautiful examples of newer cars and a good number of regal, Classics. At one point, the unofficial count was a record attendance of over 84 cars.


Our Section ended up displaying six cars that made it down, with Don Rutherford and Gary Pullyblank, arriving in Don’s C55 on Sunday morning. Wei Jay was forced to turn back as his 2.5-16V Cosworth developed an undetermined coolant leak on the way. There was a very good showing from Portland, and of course, many fascinating Washington cars that we never see otherwise.


This event hosted people from three Sections from two States, one Province, and two countries, including a Regional Director and three Section Presidents. Representing their areas were, Seattle President Tony Andrews, David Abarr of Portland, and Matt Peck from Vancouver.


David Abarr took the opportunity to invite other Sections to an MBCA Safe Driving instructional track event in Portland. In turn, Matt Peck addressed all the participants, encouraging them to join us on September 1st for our Vancouver Show & Shine. Sean Clark presented the Seattle Section President with the now traditional gift of Canada’s, Hawkins Cheesies, otherwise unobtainable in the US. It was well received.


Amongst the many interesting cars on display, was an “Adenauer” limousine with flag regalia, the lovely white “fintail” of Jerry Cole, and a W108 convertible. The car that stole the show was Steve Geyer’s suicide-door, 1950 W170 Cabriolet, with its original fabric top. Finished in dark green with green leather interior, it rightly won Best of Show.


Our trip was thoroughly enjoyable. We saw some remarkable cars, shared some great Club camaraderie with many new people, and caught up with old friends. It was nice to see David and Joan Glass, and Jim Houk, and talk with Past President Jerry Cole. Steve Geyer was kind enough to allow Sean Clark to sit in his winning car and try it on for size. James Bambury introduced himself as Seattle’s Newsletter Editor.


Many thanks to Tony Andrews and to Debbie Ward for welcoming us and putting on a first-class show.


We look forward to our own turn to play the part of hosts, at our upcoming events.