GoF West at Santa Maria was a smashing success. Our hats are off to Joyce
and David Edgar, the organizers along with Jim and Karen Bull, and GoF
Chairman Larry Long. Jim and Larry found the site and were the local
liaisons. Jim led a most informative tour of the Santa Maria area. We
learned about the training of P38 pilots and the role the airport played in
World War II. Also, we became aware of hundreds of oil wells in the area
that are presently capped but could be activated. We visited the Guadalupe
dunes, site of the Cecil B DeMille’s classic movie “The Ten Commandments”.
We also thank the volunteer staff that Joyce and David enlisted namely the
TC Motoring Guild and Sorry Safa-ri., and their daughters who did so much to
make this a fun event for all.
One of our groups that drove to Santa Maria was a merry band of 10 cars. Six
cars met in Orange County, traveled on to LA to meet 3 more couples. We made
a stop at Cross Creek in Malibu and had lunch at Roxsbury Deli in Port
Hueneme where another car joined the group. We endeavored to stay off the
freeways as much as possible but because of the fires in the area we had to
travel 101 through Santa Barbara. We could see the fire in the distance and
also smell the smoke. We ended the day in Lompoc where we enjoyed Happy Hour
at the motel pool. Two more couples met us there. All in all, a happy group.
Monday we traveled the short trip to Santa Maria and the fun began.
As we mentioned before we did the tour of Santa Maria with Jim Bull. Got
checked into our rooms and walked to the First Timers Display and BBQ buffet
at a nearby park. Tues-day morning was the car display in the hotel parking
lot just a few steps from our rooms. In the afternoon we enjoyed a Bunco
Party or enjoyed a choice of three tech sessions. The evening was free for
us to explore the local ar-ea and it’s many restaurants.
Wednesday morning we embarked on The Rallye. The drive took us on
interesting roads in the area shuffling through several papers to follow
the directions and answer the pictured questions. It certainly exhausted
us , but no rest as there were two more tech sessions to take advantage
of. In the evening we attended the silent auction and delicious dinner
and then the main auction. As always we came away with a few goodies.
Thursday began with the Flea Market, another chance to find those
special parts. The Funkhana and Carless Funkhana where we could show off
our driving skills and parts knowledge. The Hospitality room was
available to stop for Natter and Noggin and look at and vote for the
photo, arts and crafts and MG models competitions The awards dinner in
the evening saw many VMG members receive awards and two of the Club
awards, Most Miles Accrued in MGs and Most Members in Attendance. Friday
morning we all said our good-byes while enjoying a buffet breakfast and
admiring the winning cars.
This was the first long trip for Barbara and Lynn Inskeep and a very
successful one indeed. We look forward to travelling with our merry band
again next year to the GoF West in Lake Tahoe, NV. Why don’t you plan on