The morning started out cold and rainy and I hesitated at going to the show. However, I promised a BBQ so I was obliged to go regardless. The drive there was fairly wet but as I approached the Van Nuys area it started to clear. Despite a muddy lawn, the rest of the day was sunny, warm and beautiful. As has been the case the last few years, I spent most of the time around the gang and cooking up lunch. I’ve seen pretty much everything else on the lawn so this is more like a picnic with friends. Speaking of friends, one of our long-time XWeb buddies from the DFW made it out to the show. Albert Alvarez showed his passion for FIATs by flying in Sunday morning and leaving Sunday afternoon! Thanks for “stopping by”!
I had the opportunity to meet with a new friend, Eddy Tuason and his son Jeremy today over lunch. Both father and son are Lancia Scorpion owners – Eddy has several in fact. His current driver is a nice example with some special lighting treatments – HID Projector headlights and round Opel GT taillights. Jeremy’s project has a custom carbon fiber top and a super-clean motor paired with an Anza quad exhaust.
We hung out for a short time while I dropped off a turbo mirror for Eddy’s other project – I’m sure we’ll be seeing each other again at future gatherings, including Best of France & Italy in addition to Irvine Cars and Coffee.
Thanks for lunch Eddy!
So the gathering took place and there was a fairly decent showing! We had several X1/9′s in attendance and a few past and future owners who are always welcome with or without their cars. Tony had prepared his annual attendance awards and handed them out in grand fashion. Gilles brought down his new Porsche Cayman and gave a few of us test drives. Thank you all for another great meet!
As usual, these meets are more and more becomming more about the people than the cars…so this was all about hanging out, catching up and talking shop. Thanks again!
I have anticipated this day for many years – making it up to Washington State to visit my virtual friends of the PNW. This is where it all started as far as XWEB is concerned. “Mac”, as he is known on the forum, is the creator of the largest, most well-known X1/9 website on the planet and we had communicated for years; over email, chat room and discussion boards – but have never met in person. Today he made the trip down from Seattle and we finally shook hands. The day was filled with putting faces to names I have corresponded with on the forum; much in the same manner I met all the Oregon guys over the last 2 months.
Eric and I met in the hotel lobby for breakfast, then off to Chehalis we went. We spent the first hour or so trying to track down a car wash as we discovered my car got hit up pretty bad by some birds and that sh*t was starting the harden…so we took care of that, followed by a few rain showers on the way up north. I guess the rule is though, if you start a trip with the top off, it must remain off for the duration of the trip. So there we were, cruising the interstate in the rain, with no top on. This is not typically a problem in the X1/9, even in heavy rains, as long as you are continuously moving! When we finally arrived at Wayne’s, the weather cleared some, although it would start up again in the early afternoon. Not to be detered by a little rain, the event carried on as planned and people began arriving at various times.
We were the second ones there. Gregory Smith had already arrived and of course, Wayne was in full FIAT mode playing host. And a terrific host he is. Thank you to all who visited – it was truly my pleasure to have met you all.