Can-Am Port Townsend

August 18th, 2018 by Kathy Bergh in category: Event Galleries
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This year's logo by DAle Carrington Lining up - K Bergh photo op on Indian Island - K Bergh Met reflected in Port Townsend Aero Museum - K Bergh Phil Bergh picking out a new boat - K Bergh We attracted a lot of attention at the MM Ranch - K Bergh Getting together at the Boy Scout Lodge - K Bergh Banquet at the Boy Scout Lodge - K Bergh Hanging at the hotel - K Bergh Registration - K Bergh Jack Woodruff taking pictures - K Bergh

This year’s Can-Am site was Port Townsend, Washington on our north western peninsula serviced by both highways and our Puget Sound Ferry system (hence the logo!). We managed to secure the Harborside Inn right next to the water and filled the parking lot with 29 Metropolitans! The Inn was very helpful to us with a goodly sized meeting room for our registrations, silent auction items and memorabilia sales, and refreshments.

 

Friday morning was mainly registering and getting ready for our first cruise with 25 Mets through some of the small towns on the peninsula. There were so many smiles and waves along the way. We did a little “off-roading” down a gravel road that descended to a small park on the tide-flats for our first photo shoot. 25 Mets makes a LOOOOONG lineup! The climb back out was “interesting” but we all made it – I think it was the lure of the next scheduled stop – the Finn River Cidery in Chimicum for fruit cider and pizza. That evening we all got together in the hospitality room and started bidding on all of the donated “silent-auction” items, buying up the memorabilia that was for sale and just talking and renewing long time friendships with the other chapters.

 

Saturday morning after breakfast we set up our valve cover race track and got ready to rumble. The competition was fierce this year and we had several photo finishes. I think one of the highlights was when Heather Andrews’ “Screaming Chicken” was bumped and turned over on its side then was pushed across the finish line to win that heat by Jan Rich’s “Tigger”!  A little lunch and a couple hours of sightseeing followed the races and then we lined up for another cruise. This time we had a planned stop at the “MM Ranch,” where local collector Rob Gruye had some of his collection of 43 Morris Minors lined up for a photo shoot with all of our Mets – what a sight! Rob admitted that he had once owned a Met and after seeing all of ours just might own one again soon! Pulling out reluctantly after an hour of mutual admiration we headed out on a cruise along the perimeter of the peninsula stopping at Fort Worden (the setting  for Richard Gere’s “An Officer and A Gentleman”) for another photo shoot in front of the Fort Worden’s Officers Quarters. When the shutters finally stopped clicking it was off to the Port Townsend Scout Camp for supper – BBQ Brisket with all the fixins served up by Port Townsend residents Mike and Molly Klupfell – incredibly DELICIOUS!  Then back to the motel to finish up the event with door prizes, 50/50 raffle and silent auction winners. 60 folks sure can get loud! It’s always great to get together with friends and their Mets. Owning a Met just gives you a lifetime sense of kinship that is hard to beat!

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