One of the highlights of this event is the enormous, enthusiastic crowd that gathered at the finish site each day. One of the main streets was cordoned off, a formal finish line set up, and race fans and old-car buffs by the hundreds lined the streets and cheered as the racers arrived. All the cars and crews remained at the site to mingle with the crowds until 9 PM. The receptions really were gracious and warm.
It was a great experience to share these cars and excitement with all the fans in the host cities. As you can imagine, nostalgia runs rampant. A typical conversation runs like this, "Oh, my Dad had a car just like this, …except it was a Ford, …and it had four doors, …and it didn’t have that wheel on the back, … and it was all black…"
We could not believe the incredible weather. We followed a cold front across the country, which kept the temperature moderate and in many cases downright cool. There was rain, but except for the monsoon at Haverhill, the rain seemed to stop on cue in time for the parc fermé at the end of the day, which allowed the cars and drivers to share their experiences with the local folks.
Here's a summary of our performance on all the days of competition:
The Trip Home
Winston’s work was not done once we loaded him on the trailer! As we traveled through the Virginia darkness, we stopped at yet another rest area to stretch our legs. Winston, who was already carrying the overflow luggage, was needed for an even more important task. At the rest area we noticed there were no lights on the trailer! A quick check of the wiring didn’t resolve the problem. So, we turned on Winston’s lights, and he protected us until we got to Staunton!
After we arrived home, we took the car out for several spins. He seemed to like his new life. We had a BIG party on July 18 to celebrate with crew, friends, and neighbors.
It was a great experience. Hope you have enjoyed sharing it with us.