APRIL 19-20 2008

The morning started all too early as I got our visiting friends, Larry Wade and his son from California up and we each turned the keys in our E Types and headed out in to the cold morning.  The start of the 11th annual B.E.A.T. Drive was under way.  After a slight construction detour and delay, I thought we were ahead of the clock to arrive a the registration point of the tour.  Little did I think that the driver’s email that went out would get everyone at the same spot, arriving early and all waiting on Janice and I to arrive and pass out the goody bags.  With rally books in hand, goody bags being reviewed, license plates being attached, we were finally off.  Arriving in Wickenburg we had two streets blocked off for our group and plenty of coffee, juice and donuts were waiting for us.  Next, the tour started for the canyon vistas, back roads and scenic overlooks on our way to Prescott.  Several cars had “failed to proceed: and they were fixed and attended to arriving in Prescott, with very special parking on 89A or “Whiskey Row,” and then lunch at the five reserved restaurants using the special “Beat Bucks,” our group then headed over the Mingus Mountains, Through Jerome and into Cottonwood for individual pictures of Drivers/Navigators and their cars.  After the pictures were taken by Doug Manuele, drivers had the opportunity to have their exhaust and horn listened to and judged by the team of Craig & Kyle Kenyon, our judges for the best sounding exhaust and horn contest.  This year the winner for the best sounding exhaust went to Fritz Fickle and his ’81 Ferrari 400-I.  Darin Stephenson’s 1975 Fiat Spyder had the best sounding horn.  Also to be mentioned, this year’s most desirable car award went to Arvin Bernstein and his 1986 Morgan +8.  Out of Cottonwood and through Sedona and the winding roads of Oak Creek Canyon and into Flagstaff for happy hour and tails for the day’s drive.  Sunday morning with the group breakfast we started with some awards, Lance & Tam Johnson won the “Governor’s Award” and then the best sounding hooter award was given to Darin Stephenson.  Thanks to Stephen Golde for driving the chase vehicle and designing both of the trophies for this year.  After handing out over 75 raffle prizes our group was on the road again for Phoenix and other destinations.

For 2009, the tour will be April 18-19 (remember the tour date is always the weekend after tax filing).  For 2009 we need to set some dead lines for registration.  The first 125 cars registered or only those registered prior to March 23, 2009.  We have to place orders for t-shirts, license plates and numerous other items.  So, if you want to participate, sign up early and get your name on the list.  As I write this page, in mid May ’08, We already have 11 registrations for 2009.  See you in April!

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