Dr. Clock (Alan Merklin) changed his annual Pumpkin Run this year to a mid September Saturday. Karen and I ran it down with a crew of about a dozen Speedster People & it was a sweet run–mainly through the same mountain twisties we usually do but this time ending at the Adams County Winery for a picnic lunch near the Gettysburg battlefield.
Always a blast and usually with good weather, the Run grew to more than 20 cars in 2012. The drivers needed walkie-talkies to keep the procession together. Last year it was so long that, after one driver in the middle of the pack missed a turn, radio contact was lost.
The group stayed together on this run, renamed “SpeedsterPalooza.”
But it was not exclusive to Speedsters.
Paul Mossberg, former honcho of the New Jersey Replicar Club and longtime manager of TDReplica.com drove his 1965 Plymouth Satellite convertible.
Yep, that’s Richard Petty’s John Hancock on that glovebox door.
Here’s the underside of Syl Mathis’s Speedster’s trunk lid:
They’re all reproductions, of course–home-made. He put his graphics genius to work making commemorative wine glasses and goblets. Etched with both the Speedster Palooza moniker and the “Merklin Motor Works” logo, they were just right for sipping “Rebel Red” and “Tears of Gettysburg” on a perfect day for a spirited drive.
MGs on the Rocks
happened September 28 and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many T cars in one place. There were like 8. Then there was this–I think–PA from 1935.
Yup, looks like a cross-flow head.
They DO seem to be the hot item these days, eh?
Bridget, of course, was parked out with the pedestrian vehicles. She did draw the attention of a nice young couple, though, who admired her dashboard. I still like it.
This 1950 TD (similar color to Bridget) had an original Judson on her–plus a five-speed out of an Austin Healey, according to the owner. “Everything on her is period,” the man said–excepting the A disc brakes. “She needs ’em, he said. She’ll do 100 miles an hour.”
I’ve got to re-work Bridget’s top. This pic shows me the way.
Lots to choose from.