“Ladies & Gentlemen, Start Your Engines …”
Anticipation is in the air as the 14th. Annual B.E.A.T. drive gets underway. The parking lot fills with every desirable marque from England and the European roadways. This year we are pleased to have such a wide-ranging group of cars – from only one of 258 cars produced “Jay Guliano’s 1978 TVR 3000S” is just a stunning example of craftsmanship from Blackpool, England. And again this year driving in from Estancia, NM in his 1953 aluminum bodied Bentley Empress we welcome Jock Finley. To add an international flair to the group, we again welcome Frank DeCarlo driving from Vancouver Island in his MGB-GT just to join our tour and talk with friends about MG adventures on the road. Did you see the lines and curves on that Morgan Aero 8 driven by Curt Chisholm? As pleasing as those lines are, how about that Maserati Quattroporte driven by Nat Kemberling. This year we are well represented by 22 different marques of automobile history and design. For Marques represented this year there is a tie for second place with 14 each for MG & Mercedes Benz while the largest grouping with 16 are the Triumphs. But you may ask, “Why are we here, what’s this all about” ? The B.E.A.T. represents the largest multi marque-driving event in the Southwest where owners can mingle with other drivers of a marque that they may have once owned or they have a story to tell about their college friend that had one. Camaraderie with old and new friends is the basis of this event, and for fourteen years it’s been a success, thanks to YOU the participant. New this year, we’ve added a couple of pages in this book for owners to share information on their cars, so, take a look at, “Let me tell you about …”. Also this year we are staying a little longer in Prescott. Previous years we’ve been told that not enough time is set aside for Prescott so we’ll see how this works. Also, a special person will be roaming around Prescott and if you are wearing a B.E.A.T. t-shirt, you might be handed a Starbucks gift card. Another important addition this year will be representatives from VTO Performance located in Prescott Valley. They will be joining us during our stop on Whiskey Row and again at Little America’s “Happy Hour” to answer questions and display some of their custom designed wheels. If you’ve ever wondered about certain wheels to fit your vehicle, these are the “Go To Guys”.