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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Car Show Day

Yesterday was almost perfect, if that's possible. We hadn't been out doing something fun for I don't know how long - long over due for many reasons. My husband has a love of cars and has had since he was young. He loves British cars and currently drives an older model Jaguar. I personally just love vehicles that go, and prefer to be higher off the ground which is handy when driving through our six to seven months of winter. He loves car shows and especially loves British car shows. I love to be out in my garden, but we each do things that make the other happy, so it was off to a British car show together yesterday.

The location was about an hour away from us and the route was a nice one. On the way there, we met these guys.


They were just tiny. We hoped Mama Raccoon was close by, ready to give the signal that it was safe.

The location of the car show was a "village" built around ski hills. Here is what ski hills look like in the summer.


Can you see the treeless strips on the side of the hill, past the houses? Husband and I are not skiers, but both our kids have skied here before.

The car show itself was set up in the middle of the "downtown" core of this ski village. We drove past some gorgeous condos and homes set inside the village. There are also hotels and convention centers and many rental places. All of it was neatly kept and very impressive.


In this picture, you can see some of the cars brought for the show, as well as some stores with rental accommodations above and an outdoor patio of a restaurant. You can also see the big long slope on which people were walking up and down the side of the hill. In the summer months, there are tons of mountain bikers who ride down the side of the ski hills on trails. As well, there is also a track you can ride down in little sled-like cars, and a zipline.

As I said earlier, I'm not the car fanatic in our family and car shows can be pretty deadly after the first fifteen minutes of walking around, but this one yesterday was wonderful. I could walk around and look at the shops. There were so many people that people watching could have gone on all day. (And dog watching because a vast number of people brought their dogs). We ended up parked right beside a beautiful car (an Aston Martin) and a lot of people were attracted to it, so I was always entertained.



There are many shops and restaurants.

There was even live music. These guys were great, played a range of music, and had a sense of humour.

I couldn't resist taking a picture of lunch. We ate at a brew master restaurant that featured a huge amount of craft beers which is a big thing now. My meal was a falafel burger that was to die for, but so huge (and tall) that it was difficult just holding it and eating it so that parts of it didn't slide out. Even the fries were excellent. The big glass of beer went down well on the hot day that was yesterday.

We also got a text from dear friends who we haven't seen in a while asking if we wanted to come for a visit later, which we did, and it was so good to see them again and have great conversation and a walk around the property. We ended up on their covered back porch each choosing songs from our "youth" to listen to on their newly purchased big Bluetooth speaker they had set up outside (They, like us, are in a very rural setting, so no worries about bothering the neighbours).

Are there any other "long suffering" wives of car guys out there? Although, yesterday didn't involve much suffering in such a lovely surrounding.

17 comments:

  1. ooooh yes- hand raised. My husband likes big trucks and muscle cars and has rebuilt five or six of them, some have gone to shows, some got used for a while and then sold, currently a Hellcat in our garage and an old Chevy truck my son is rebuilding.

    What a lovely spot for a car show! Have not scored that yet! lol... and a nice day together.

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  2. You are a good wife. What a beautiful village.

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    1. Oh, yes I am indeed a good wife. But he sharpened my shovel today (yes, that is actually an act of endearment) and he's building me chicken wire raised "things" for my garden so I can still love the bunny rabbits around here.

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  3. We love a good car show. There's one coming up this week in the cemetery (yes, you heard that right).

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  4. Oh my yes! My husband’s obsession is Volvo’s, and we have a plethora of them (and their parts) filling the outbuildings of the old dairy farm where we live. He restores them beautifully and, a few years ago, acquired a vintage Volvo race car. So now in addition to the innumerable car shows, we travel around to racing weekends. Take a note: it can get worse!

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  5. Blue Mountain is pretty any time of year. My favourite old British Car would be an Austin Healey, which I first saw at the one & onlty old car show I went to. Burger looks yum, especially the bun. Those 4 baby raccoons are cute but still not a favourite. ... Mary-Lou =^..^=

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  6. I thought it might be Blue Mountain - thanks, Mary Lou! Haven't been there in years and not often in the summer.

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    1. Yes, ladies, it was Blue Mountain. I'm ashamed of how many places I haven't been to even though they are in our general area. Retirement...

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  7. What a lovely outing. That is such a pretty area to walk through. I would have enjoyed that, even if I had to suffer through a car show :)

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  8. Thank goodness there were other things going on. I like cars for about 15 minutes, too, then I need other things to focus on. Looks like a lovely spot, though, and the visit with old friends was a bonus!

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  9. What a great location for a car show! I'm not that big on them nor is Rick but we'd have that issue with a classical guitar show or bicycle show (and he'd freak out at some of my stuff too, so we're even!). I like that they held it in a spot with some allure for the non-car buff. It sounds like a fun day!

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  10. What a very "European" looking village you went to for the car show. When I was younger, I had always thought I'd like to have a spiffy little sports car of some kind as my own to tool around in. Now I would feel too ostentatious doing so. (Sigh.) Your lunch looked delicious. Glad to know you both got a great day away!

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  11. What a beautiful village..love old cars....did you see our car ?...come and see my post...love Zria x 💜

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  12. We are not really car show folks, yet w have been to quite a few in recent years. As you said, there is always other things to see and the location of this one looked great as did your lunch. And, there is nothing like a cold beer on a summer day!

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