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BC Stars Flight of Fancy

British Columbia
Saturday, August 29, 2020 -
9:15am to 1:15pm
Greater Vancouver
British Columbia

BC Stars Flight of Fancy, Aug 29th, 2020 Few of us will be jetting away anytime soon, but we have plenty of airports in the Lower mainland, just waiting for that day. As we yearned for the open roads and dreamt about far-off getaways, Joseph Anthony took us on a tour of the airports in our own backyard. YPK Fifteen cars gathered on a late summer’s morning at the Pitt Meadows Airport YPK. Stefan Hauser and Hamasa Amiry joined us as guests of the Club, in their CLK. Peter DeVries brought along his new W140 to show us. A fine group of many SL’s, coupes, and sedans. Saras Mudaliar and Linda Pullyblank handed out the Drivers Packages. Each contained Joseph’s wonderful guide and map book, with the whole route laid out. A beautiful event sticker was provided, designed by new Member, Elton Kwan. Elton also created the fantastic cover graphics for the guidebook. Thank you, Elton! All participants received a Quiz page to fill out along the route. Prize tickets to be awarded for correct answers. We set off East, towards our first stop. With so many cars driving through urban traffic, we did very well keeping everyone together, and not losing anyone. Once we left Maple Ridge, the scenic drive along Dewdney Trunk Road and past Stave Lake Dam, was very relaxing. At a leisurely pace, we arrived at the Fraser River Heritage Park, overlooking Mission. An excellent choice for “having tea and socializing”, the park provided a lot of room to spread out, and very importantly, it had public washrooms that were actually open! As the sun began coming out, it became quite a pleasant day. We stayed long enough for a few (distanced) group photos, and to hang out. Before getting underway again, we put down the windows and soft-tops of a few cars. YXX Joseph’s W140 S500 led us on our way to Abbotsford International Airport YXX. We followed the lightly travelled Harris Road, and mostly avoided the busy traffic of the city. As we approached the airport entrance, we pulled over to gather for a photo and receive instructions. We were reminded that we were to look for answers to the first part of the quiz near the entrance road that had an RCAF CF101 “Voodoo” jet fighter, on display. In normal times, it would not be suggested that a group of 15 cars should drive through the airport, past the Departures and Arrivals drop-off zone. These were not normal times. It was a very quick tour through the airport. YNJ Our route to the Langley Regional Airport took us as close to the United States of America as many of us would likely get, for the foreseeable future. The guidebook took us along Zero Avenue, the very edge of the Canadian side of the line. It was a little disconcerting to look across the narrow ditch to see a land that was a ‘Covid-restricted no-go zone’ quietly, but rigorously guarded. Indeed, there were Border Patrol SUV’s on both sides. A phenomenon of the times, we saw many small groups of masked people in lawnchairs, ‘visiting’ with their friends and family from the US side. Eventually, our drive took us away from the border, up 216th Street. Langley’s ‘wine country’ is a beautiful rural area. As we passed Chaberton Estates Winery, it was tempting for some, to stop off for a visit. In fact, Don Rutherford did just that, and joined us later at the airport. The Langley airport is notable in that it is home to the BC Museum of Flight, and their bright yellow WWII Harvard Trainer. Our participants were asked to look there, for the answer to the second part of the Quiz. ZBB By now, we were getting hungry. Joseph led the way to our next stop, Boundary Bay Airport, and the Skyhawk Restaurant ! According to the official Guidebook, we were running a little late. Joseph must have been particularly hungry himself, as he set a good pace on Highway 99 to the airport. We formed up in the airport parking lot. Saras and Linda collected the completed Quiz sheets, and checked the recorded aircraft registration numbers. Remarkably, everyone had the correct answers and a perfect score. Prize tickets were issued accordingly. There were a number of prizes courtesy of MB Canada, and MB Dilawri. Additionally, Gary Pullyblank and Peter DeVries were the lucky winners of two bottles of wine. It was a wonderful drive, and perfect weather. Above all, this was a great get together, and a reminder of how much we have enjoyed events past. It was a real pleasure to see everyone, again. Looking forward with hope, for next summer’s driving adventures. A big thank you, to Joseph Anthony for his efforts to organize this event. Thanks also to Elton Kwan, for volunteering his services. Photo credits: Viera Hold, Sean Clark, Saras Mudaliar