This has been an interesting and fun summer. Between all of the early rain, some seriously hot weather, and the recent hurricane threat, we have also had some pretty spectacular top down days and I hope you have all enjoyed them as we have. I usually remark that one runs the risk of having top down privileges revoked by driving with the top up on wonderful weather days!
We began the summer with a terrific Tech Seminar on 5.0l cars at Hunt Valley EuroCar by Ryan Wilson. It was a well-attended and extremely informative and interesting session. A really good time was had by all. Many thanks to Brendan O’Rourke, Ryan and the entire staff of Hunt Valley EuroCar.
The Friday gatherings at North Beach have also been fun and we have seen a number of members venture over for the informal car display, boardwalk view, great food, crafts and wonderful camaraderie. I also manage to take some interesting photos of nesting Osprey – so there is something for everyone.
John Larson, through dogged determination and lots of hard work almost single-handedly enabled NCJOC to hold our first ever slalom event. With strong sponsorship by Rosenthal Jaguar, members were able to drive and compete their own cars as well as the two provided by the dealership. We had rookie drivers who seemed to catch the “slalom bug” and who have now actually competed in other JCNA sponsored slaloms. In addition, John Larson has already secured the “track” again and we should be scheduling a fall slalom very soon.
Behind the scenes this summer there has been a very intense effort to make website improvements. I believe we will have a good plan that will be submitted for membership approval within the next month. I have nothing but admiration for all of the technically challenging and hard work that has gone into this effort.
Fall is shaping up to be busy period. In addition to the potential slalom, we will hold elections in November for 2017 officers so if you are interested please let us know.
NCJOC will again participate in the Scottish Walk parade which is scheduled for 12/3. We do this annually as a club charitable event and I can tell you from experience that there is nothing better than being part of the only invited car club that has the honor of carrying dignitaries, and most importantly, Santa and Mrs. Claus down the streets in front of 25,000 or so very happy spectators. Planning for this will be coordinated by Michelle Dawson Powell so please be on the lookout for announcements.
The final event of 2016 will be the annual holiday party which, once again, will be held at the FRC in Annapolis. In addition to installing the new officers we will once again present some special awards. It will be a fun time for all. Please look for details as we will also be identifying hotel accommodation options for those who must travel some distance. Once again this is a fun event for all.
You are probably wondering about the Concours. A small group of club members have quietly been working behind the scenes to make this a successful event. Nancy and Peter Deliso, club members and 868 Estate Vineyards owners have put together a great opportunity for NCJOC. Working with Clustered Spires British Car Club from the Frederick area we have expanded the Concours to include a British Car show. We will have judged Jaguar cars as well as other British cars on display.
Judged cars will compete for Concours awards and display cars will compete for people’s choice awards. This should be a great day for all. Despite the recent near miss with severe weather my weather crystal ball says clear with wonderful temperatures around 80. So, if you have not registered please at least think about displaying your wonderful car. I will display, as in other years, my 2002 XK8 that has over 150,000 miles on the odometer. It is not worthy of judging but it cleans up great and I am proud of it.
Please think about supporting this great event by planning to bring a car, enjoying the day and the wonderful camaraderie with Jaguar and British car owners. That said, we can use help to: set the field up on Saturday; set up for the reception event at the hotel in Harpers Ferry Saturday evening; register entrant cars Sunday morning; help with scoring; sell club regalia; participate in awards ceremony; clean up after the event is over Sunday afternoon. Please contact me soonest with your availability and for which area in which you would like to help.
A big turnout will make this an event to remember. I look forward to seeing you all there.