By Denise Mueller Photos by the author and Mark Gold
Last weekend my 10 year old son, Daniel, and I took off on an adventure from San Diego, Ca to Woodland, Ca for the UBSCC British Car Show. www.ubscc.org I made the long trek this year due to the fact that I was invited to be in the prestigious “Winners Circle” this year, as a result of winning the MINI Cooper Cabrio category at the same show in 2009.
First off, I love driving my MINI. My “Diablita” is a 2008 Chili Red JCW Cabrio with a ton of exterior & performance Mods. I often hear about how crazy I am for some of my adventures, and this was no exception! My MINI Cooper Club, West Coast MINI, had a MINI run & Ice Cream/Pizza social planned for Saturday, so of course I decided to participate in the first 3 hours of the run before I headed up to Woodland. Well, this added a good 125 miles to my already 500 mile trip. So, on Saturday my son and I drove the 625 to Woodland, Ca, arriving around 8:30pm.
We woke Sunday excited to head over to the show. Of course as luck would have it, for 5 miles of the 625 mile drive up, it poured rain, so we arrived early at 7am to get positioned and give her a much needed bath right there in the grass field of the Yolo County Fairgrounds where the event was held.
The show featured a total of 251 British cars, vendors, a swap meet & silent auction. It is a participant judged car show. Once Diablita was all prepped and ready to be left on her own, my son and I made the rounds to place our votes for each category represented on the voting card we received. There were a total of 34 categories of cars to judge, as a category was created when 3 or more of a kind of car were entered. It took awhile to vote for each category, but was a blast to see all the amazing cars represented and talk to some of the proud owners about their British Cars.
There were DeLorean’s, Austin Healey’s, Sunbeam’s, Rolls Royce’s, MG’s, Triumph’s, Jaguar’s, Jensen’s, Lotus’, Morris Minor’s, Classic MINI’s, “New” MINI’s, Austin Martin’s, a Morgan & a couple of British FORD’s … yes, FORD! I didn’t even know that there were British FORD’s! The 1949 Triumph 2000 Roadster won 1st place in the Winner’s Circle, followed by the 1960 MGA Coupe in 2nd and the 1964 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII in 3rd. My Cabrio MINI “Diablita”, the MINI Coupe & the Classic MINI that shared the Winner’s circle did not place in the top 3, but if you took a look at the car’s that did, you will appreciate why they were chosen by the participants! They were BEAUTIFUL!
There was a DJ that kept the music flowing all during the show, a fun energetic/entertaining announcer & a few nice raffle prizes too. A very well run, fun event! The show and awards concluded at 3:30pm after which, my son and I loaded the MINI back up and started our 500 mile journey back home. We arrived safely back home just after midnight.
I had a blast & will consider the long trek again next year to once again participate in such a great show. There are a few more adventures ahead of my Daiblita and I this summer, as we are driving up to MINI meets West (MMW) in Pentiction, Canada in June, and joining up with MINI takes the States (MTTS) heading out to MINI’s in the Mountain’s (MITM) in Colorado. All in all, I estimate around 10,000 miles will be added to the odometer of my young lady between May and August this year. She started May with only 32,000 miles on her! I do enjoy each and every S-mile we have shared and look forward to the adventures yet to come too! Motor on!!!!
You can see more info about Diablita at http://www.motoringalliance.com/forums/garage/1133
– Denise Mueller