British Car Club of WNC’s First 2015 Drive

We met members of the British Car Club of Western North Carolina for their first 2015 club ride. It was a cold spring morning when about 20 showed up in the parking lot at the J & S Cafeteria. Next to all those early British cars, my red MINI isn’t so mini…

British Car Club of WNC's First Ride of 2015

In fact, when I was riding behind a DeLorean I could actually see over it…

British Car Club of WNC Arrives at Jaguar-Land Rover of Asheville

The TVR is one of my favorite cars, and there was a beautiful example in the parking lot…

British Car Club of WNC Member's TVR

We took a one-hour ride through the countryside near Asheville, North Carolina…

British Car Club of WNC's First Drive of 2015

We reached the Asheville Jaguar-Land Rover dealership about lunch time…

Jaguar of Asheville Luncheon for the British Car Club of WNC

The staff and management at the Jaguar-Land Rover dealership prepared a nice luncheon with hamburgers, hot dogs, Bratwurst, salad, drinks and dessert…

Luncheon at the Asheville Jaguar and Land Rover Dealer

I was fascinated by the great condition of club owners’ cars. One that really caught my eye was a 1965 British Racing Green MGB…

1965 British Racing Green MGB-V8

It had an aluminum Buick V-8 motor (it weighs less than the original 4-cylinder MGB motor) with a Chevy transmission and a Ford rear end. The conversion appeared to be meticulously done. Notice the MG valve covers…

Under the hood of the 1965 MGB-V8

Special thanks to members of the British Car Club of WNC for graciously accepting us newbies. (Although our MINI was made in Britain, the car is manufactured by BMW of Germany). Also, special thanks to Jaguar-Land Rover of Asheville for the great lunch. We’re looking forward to more fun times with the club.

 

Winter Has Arrived on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Snow on the Craggy Gardens Hiking Trail

It’s winter time on the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially at altitudes above 4,000 ft., like the Craggy Gardens hiking trail pictured above, where snow doesn’t melt very fast. Fall weather hung around for one more day yesterday, so I took a nice ride up to Craggy Gardens…

Late Fall 2015 Visit at Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The views from Craggy Gardens are spectacular, even in the winter time…

View from Craggy Gardens Visitors Center, Fall 2015

The reservoir on the North Fork of the Swannanoa River is a pretty sight, too…

View of the North Fork Reservoir from Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed just north of the Craggy Gardens Visitors Center, so you can’t go through this tunnel…

Tunnel on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Craggy Gardens

If the Parkway is open (and the snow isn’t too deep) it’s worth the trip (and short hike) to see the amazing views from Craggy Gardens…

Craggy Gardens Winter Views

But before you head out to the Blue Ridge Parkway, be sure to visit the National Park Service’s interactive map of road closures here. I think it’s time to park my ride for the winter…

Cool November Ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway

 

Leaves are Reaching Peak Color for Fall 2015

2015 Fall Car Club Ride to Highlands, NC

We took a ride this weekend to Highlands, North Carolina, for the monthly outing of our community’s sports car club. It’s about an hour and a half trip, with lots of twists and turns, and beautiful fall leaves at their peak. The scenery was spectacular.

Sunrise Sun Beams, Fall, 2015-Leaves-Peaking

When we woke up and looked out our front window we were greeted with an amazing display of sunbeams and color. Our smart phone cameras couldn’t do it justice, of course. Then we met near the entrance to our community to coordinate our ride…

2015 October Carriage Park Sports Car Club

We headed out about 10:00 am and arrived just in time for an early lunch at Wild Thyme on Main Street in Highlands…

Downtown Highlands, NC, Fall 2015

We enjoyed our lunch at Wild Thyme, thanks to great friends, good food and terrific service. Our waitress treated us exceptionally well, despite the large number of guests with lots of special requests. If you haven’t taken the time to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains, try to do it this week. The leaves are gorgeous! Here’s what they look like today from my driveway…

Oct. 26, 2015 Fall Leaf Color

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1965 Ford GT40 at the Glass Onion Restaurant

Picture of 1965 Ford GT40 in Weaverville, NC

For our anniversary dinner last night we drove a few minutes north of Asheville, NC, to the Glass Onion restaurant in Weaverville. When we parked in front of the Glass Onion I saw something I hadn’t seen in a long time… what appeared to be an actual Ford GT40.

1965 NC License Plate on a Ford GT40

I’m no expert, so I don’t know for sure, but it had a 1965 North Carolina license plate. If it was the real thing, I understand why he left his tail lights on when he parked it on the street. The Hagerty classic car insurance website says a 1965 GT40 is valued over $3.5 million. I’m sure our new Mini felt a little jealous, and I think it may have turned even more red…

Rare 1965 Ford GT40 Humbles New Mini Cooper

In a little while I’ll tell you about our fantastic dinner at the Glass Onion. It was great…

Picture Outside the Glass Onion Restaurant near Asheville, NC

 

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