Hey Greg , thanks for all the effort, I'd said to Grumm to ditch 'em if it was inconvenient but it seems Kiwi Steve wasn't too far out of the way....hopefully they'll find their way back.
On the flight home the ring and pinion that was the other item that Sparky lugged to Wendover for me ended up in Simon's camera case.....I was loaded to the gunwhales with stuff and had to pay extra as it was....
Now, before it gets too old .
I had a great time at Bonneville.
We arrived on the Friday and just arriving there was an emotional experience itself. The immediate size of it all and the familiar backdrop made my eyes water.
The most important thing though was the people I met. I met some genuine heroes of mine, they are heroes to me
,I won't name them here. But I also met a lot of people who have been very helpful to me over the years for no real reason other than they love the sport and they liked our car.As it turns out they were all great guys who I felt I'd known for years of course.
I'll start with my spiritual guide Freud , 100%.
Sparky, Wayno, Stainless and Chis Conrad you guys are the tent pegs of my salt tarp it seemed like we already knew each other well, from a beer in the Peppermill car-park at 1am , to a flight over the salt, a perfect t-bone in back-yard Utah and an impromptu jam in the White Goose Bar I felt very welcome.
To all the other people here who I'd never met , the Langlo's,Jon and Nancy, Dan, Rex, T-man, Don,Mike Manghelli, Rick, Kepner!, Sherry, Linda lovely Linda, Sherry Buchta,Fred ,Buddy, Bobby, Sid, Steve ,Tom,Gord and yes even you people I can't remember right now each and every one of you astounded me by how welcoming, accepting and polite you all were.
Thanks a million.
Now, the real buzz for me was something that had been bugging me for a long time. Jack Dolan's health has been poor for some time now and he hasn't been a contributor here for a few years. I asked every SDRC memebr I saw to no avail and was starting to think it was beyond me but then Freud called up Sammy at home in San Diego and she said " send 'em over".I was crippled by a whole bunch of conflicting emotions. Most importantly I wanted to tell Jack that it was he who'd made us feel that what we were doing was important, and it was that that kept us going but just as importantly I wanted to thank him for his absurdist take on the rigid attitude that so many people take and the simple lateral approach that he had used to such success.
I got to do that and it made everything
We spent nearly three hours there, it was great.........yeah, I have to send him a print of this pic...
but I'll be sending him a bit more than that