Gunners Garage

AT 50 MPH IT FEELS LIKE 100 MPH

I had a great weekend. On Saturday the members of our Fox Cities British Car Club (www.foxbrits.com) were invited to a party at the EAA Air Show in Oshkosh. We drove our British cars to a home near the airport and combined a car show with watching the aerobatic demonstrations. Linda and I put 200+ miles on the MG TF that day and the weather was great. I dropped her home Saturday night and got up a 4:30 the next morning to drive the MG to the 13th Annual Vintage Celebration at Botham Vineyards & Winery (www.bothamvineyards.com) in Barneveldt, Wis. Sarah Botham’s father, James Fletcher, was a racing fan who backed the creation of Road America in the ’50s and she and her husband Peter are big enthusiasts. It rained just a bit, but the feature car – Tom Griffith’s 1931 BMW 600 IHLE Sport Roadster – was a bright spot. I overnighted with son No. 2 in Shullsburg, Wis., then scooted up to Madison,Wis., (at about 56 mph max.) to see a new collector car dealership called Benchmark Classics (www.benchmarkclassics.com) in the old Capitol Corvette building. Check out their website if you want to see some great Corvettes, Mopars, Pontiacs and other cars that you can buy. From there I called son No. 1 in Baraboo and found out one of my twin granddaughters was visiting, so we had a mini family reunion. By this time it was raining cats and dogs, so I had to put the side curtains on. The trip home was kind of like riding the old Caterpillar ride at the amusement park when I was a kid. Between Saturday and Monday I went 700 miles in the MG TF. My apologies if you were behind me in traffic, but I was smiling to much to care about the fact that the MG doesn’t go fast. (By the way, at 50 mph it feels like 100 mph)

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