On Saturday September 24, 2011, several MidCal members participated in the 9th annual Clovis British Car Round up celebrating the British car hobby in the Central San Joaquin Valley. The Car Roundup is held once a year on the last weekend in September. This event offers car enthusiasts the opportunity to see up close, British cars from around the state. Cars built-in England like Triumph, MG, Jaguar, Healey, Range Rover, Austin, Morris, Sunbeam, Riley, Lotus and Mini Cooper all came out for a day of friendly competition. The car show held in conjunction with the annual Clovis Antique and Collectibles Fair which provides attendees with plenty to see and do is enhanced by the number of restaurants, coffee houses, live music and exceptional antiques and collectibles all within walking distance of the car show.
The entry fee into in the British Car Roundup is not only a ticket to a great weekend of British Car fun but is also used to help support the construction of the ‘Nature Education and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’ near Clovis, CA. The Nature Center will provide residents and students from all over the Valley with a unique nature experience within a suburban setting. We live in an area rich in natural beauty but the travel distance to participate in or observe nature excludes many from these experiences. When this project reaches full development, individuals and families may observe the beauties of this region in a natural state without lengthy travel and large expense.
The two day event started on Saturday September 24th, at 9:00 am in front of the Clovis Cole Hotel for a group tour and Poker Run through the Sierra Foothills. At noon a catered lunch was served at a local Clovis park. One hundred percent of the luncheon event proceeds benefited the Clovis Valley Nature and Education Center. Not only was a fantastic lunch provided but a short program about the amazing Center was presented complete with a few feathered visitors. After lunch prizes were awarded to those who participated in the Poker Run. At 7:00 pm there was a “meet up” with old and new friends for dinner at a local restaurant.
Sunday, September 25th was show day. From 9 am to 10 am, all British cars arrived at 7th St. and Clovis Ave. Cars were parked in assigned areas by marquis and model. From 10 am to 2 pm, British car viewing and treasure hunting at the Clovis Antique and Collectables Faire was held. A favorite event, Oil Spot Judging took place. As all new MINI owners know, this is one event that they simply do not have a shot at winning; and that’s a good thing! MidCal MINIs did have a winner however, Reggie, a 1995 Classic Mini took third place in the Oil Spot event. (Reggie is currently staying with his mechanic in Clovis having his automatic transmission rebuilt and any possibility of participating in next year’s Oil Spot contest removed. Now that’s a good thing!)
Award presentations were made from 2 to 3 pm with two MidCal members tying for 1st place in their class “Late Model MINIs”.
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