You Know, owning an old British car creates many wonderful
times. Most of these are spent cruising around discovering all the little nooks
and cranneys that one can find. Some days we drive for hours, barely speaking
with one another or our travelling companion for that matter,
because the wind noise pretty much makes a conversation almost impossible. We do
stop for a snack and laugh and tell stories but that takes up about an hour of
our day, then its back into our cars for our wind noise drive home. Today, due to
some great thinking by Peter and Sandy, "A Day At The Lake" was suggested. Blackett's Lake to be exact and we all know who lives there. Yes it's a day At
Barc's place. A day of chatter and laughs and why not throw in a BBQ. Read on to
see how the day went.
I arrived early to help set up a few things, one of which was
to plant the British Flag. I drove my stake into the ground and placed the flag
pole over it but I was a tad leery of the strong lake breeze. The flag
pole has a bit of and bend in it but the flag stood for the day. The breeze did hamper
something.... the flies feast... yeah! Not a fly to be seen all day! To tell the
truth, with a 25 degree day, the lake breeze sure felt nice. Lets get the day
started shall we.
Don arrived even earlier then me. Don's Black LE was parked
next to John Stevenson's MG RV8. Yeah you read right.... V8. This car is a show
piece for Barc's guests to see, not to mention all the other great looking cars
on display here today, such as a MG TD, a TC and a rare TF. The patio is the
place to be and when I finally got there, there was Don nestled under the
I had just sat down with a cold beverage when the growl of
the ever popular Lotus could be heard. Personally, I can never get tired of
looking at Paul and the lovely Estelle's Lotus. What a car. I believe James Bond drove a
Lotus in "The Spy Who Loved Me," and two different Lotus Esprit Turbos
in "For Your Eyes Only," one of which was destroyed. Next it's Lee and Sheila in their B.
In keeping with the James Bond theme, Mary Goodnight drove a tan MGB in "The Man
With The Golden Gun."
Hey! Joe and Jean are here! Don't they look happy waving for
my camera. Their Bugeye is a fun happy car but I was soooo hoping to see the
zero miles fresh from restoration Sunbeam Alpine. I believe a cranky calliper
was to blame for the Sunbeams absence today. Next, Peter and Sandy in their.......
Jag! No Morgan! I guess the hot temperature mixed with Kelly's Mountain pushed
the Morgan's Cooling system to her limit and to play safe, they brought the car
back home and took the Jag.
Peter, what a gentleman, always looking after the lovely
Sandy. It's only early and the patio is getting full. I have to say, after the
near continuous rain this month, this hot sunny day was quite the relief. I
think everybody was out taking advantage of this day.
Impressed yet? well this is Barc's driveway and there are
still at least six or seven more cars to come. What's this? Is that Alfred and
Donna pulling in with daytime running lights working? Yes it is, and the Daytime
running lights are now working, due to the mad scientist of electrical workings,
our very own Brian McKeigan.
Oh my goodness, is that Ray and Georgina? Well well, it
certainly is a pleasure to see these great folks once again. Nice to see that
beautiful white Triumph TR 6 again as well. Very busy people these two and a day at
the lake must have sounded appealing to have them slow down for a day to join
The patio is starting to fill up and this great day is just
going to get better. You couldn't hear a thing in this tranquil country setting
except the chatter and an odd British car gearing down and slipping out of third
just before pulling into the driveway.
Bill and Susan Just arrived, they snuck in the back way. I didn't hear a
B nor did I hear a ford, How in the heck did they get here. Knowing these two,
it could have been by bicycle or kayak. I asked if they came by kayak but Susan
said no, we did think about it though she said. The waterway behind Barc's goes
right past Bill and Susan's back door, this is why I thought they used a kayak.
Yes, that's the same waterway you see in the tranquil picture above with
Georgina and Donna standing near the river's edge
Here's something we don't see a lot of, Bobby and Anita in her pristine 1965
Triumph Spitfire. Bobby is sitting in the passenger seat today as I am sure
Anita wanted to navigate the great roads of Cape Breton. I am sure our roads are
much better and perhaps more scenic then the roads of the Dominican. In the next
photo we have Jean Renzi talking to John Inch and Joan Butts. John brought the
Dodge Magnum today as a steering knuckle sidelined his exceptional looking 1973
Lets have a quick look at the MGB RV8. John purchased this
overseas and had it shipped home. I believe it's a 1995. There should be a
bumper sticker on it that says "Mustang eater".
MG (then owned by
Rover Group) began production on this car in 1992. By producing
new body panels, they set out to create an updated version of the
old car. The suspension was only slightly updated, sharing the old
leaf spring rear of the MGB. The boot lid and doors were shared with
the original car, as were the rear drum brakes. However, the engine
was the 3.9-litre version of the respected aluminum Rove V8,
previously used in the MGB GT V8. A limited slip differential was
The interior was built to luxury standards, featuring
veneered burr elm woodwork and Connolly Leather.
Performance was good, with 190 bhp (142 kW) at 4,750 rpm and 0–60
mph (96 km/h) in 5.9 seconds. Largely due to the rear drum brakes
and rear leaf springs (perceived to be too old fashioned for a
modern performance car), the RV8 was not popular with road testers
at the time. However, this did not prevent the RV8 from being a
moderate sales success, and it paved the way for the introduction of
MGF a few years later.
Some dashing gentlemen and ladies of the BCCCB. First the host
with the most Barc Cunningham, Handsome Alonzo Garnier (reflection in the
window). Next the charming Peter Smith and the lovely Sandy Smith, talking to
the beautiful Estelle Voynovich and the talented Jean Renzi. Next we have the
lovely Moragh talking to Estelle and Sandy as well as good ole green thumb Susan
English. British cars aren't always the center of attention of a British Car
Club event, it may seem that way but the truth be told, it's the people
who own these cars who are the true stars of the show and today, here with these
fine folks, no truer words could be said. What a great bunch.
There's a treat for those passing Blacketts Lake today. Just
look at Barc's yard. Not everyone gets to see a site like this everyday. At one
point a couple of gentlemen and ladies strolled into the yard to look at the
cars. I love when people do that. From the front yard to the back yard we go.
Who would have ever though buying an old British Car would ever be a ticket to
an events such as this. Just relax, chat and laugh. No wrench spinning and the
only grease you'll see is that of drippings from a burger on the grill. This
event and so much more all for a mere pittance of membership dues. Oh, and
the price of a British car of course.
Sharon, Ricky and the lovely Marie stopped by to say hello.
With chairs in hand they made themselves comfortable on the hot patio. Looking
closer at the first photo you will see a few had taken shelter from the hot sun
in the car port. I can understand them seeking shelter from the sun, as we here in Cape Breton aren't
use to these strong sunrays, some of us even hung up our
sou'wester for the day. The sou'wester has been a part of our daily fashion
since the rains of June started. While some seeked shelter, others took the time
to check out the cars. While Jean Renzi and Bill MacDonald checked out the MG
RV8, yes Bill, right hand drive, Paul Voynovich and Joe Renzi checked out Bill
and Moragh's Great looking B and Brian and Arlene's fabulous and fresh MGA.
What a great venue for a BBQ. Barc has a huge Patio, plenty
of room for everybody. Kayaks, Canoes, and the odd speedboat passed by as well
as a few curious Eagles. I think all were hoping for a stray burger but there
was none to be had. Don even had to zip off to the local market for more burgers
and buns. Paula whipped up some potato salad and I seen coleslaw as well. A
Veggie tray chips and cookies were all there for the taking. I am thinking
all were happy..... Well almost. Did you ever see the commercial where the
driver of the Pepsi truck broke down and the good folks from Coke picked
him up? Well (not being quick enough with the camera) I almost caught good ole
Bobby with his hand in the competitions hamburger bun bag... lol. Explain that
to your Boss. lol Smoke bomb.
Have you ever been doing something and hear a noise behind
you. You stop immediately what you are doing, look straight ahead with a blank
stare on your face and say in your mind... "Lord Tunderin Geez"? Well I did
that very thing today (thanks to my Newfoundland heritage) as a chorus of Happy Birthday filled
the air. Please let it be someone else's birthday I thought. It wasn't, Alonzo
on the cake, surely there is no other Alonzos here today. 52 and thanks to some
quick thinking on Bill MacDonald's part, he switched the position of the 2.
Thanks big guy!
Good ole Jean did the rounds, talking to everybody and god love her for that.
She is surely a version of a Wal-Mart greeter for the BCCCB. Above, in one
of the last photos of the day, she is talking to the very lovely Georgina
MacIsaac. It's getting late and the afternoon has slipped by fast and the crowd
is starting to thin out. I think everyone had a hand into tidying up the patio
and kitchen and we all appreciate the help, As the last of us relaxed on the
patio we gazed over the lawn and though what a nice picture it was of Arlene and
Brian's fresh MGA. British on the greens I said and sure enough the picture
Perfect! What a great word to end this story. A day at the lake created a
memory for a lifetime. The weather was
Awesome, the venue was Exceptional
and the people were Amazing. If
mathematician was to formulate and equation to describe today it would look
something like this A +
E + A = PERFECT
There are plenty more events such as this to come. And in closing of the
stories, the phrase "If you weren't there, You missed it." can be seen. You
could always read about it but the truth be told ... "You missed it. Come along
Thanks Barc Cunningham for your hospitality and for everybody for making this
day that it was. "A Day At The Lake"