From the Editors

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 joining us!




Pete & Fran


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