Katrina and I just returned home with great big smiles on our faces. We had a terrific time at the Talladega Family Reunion held in conjunction with the 2014 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance. We want to thank each and everyone of the volunteers that helped put on such a terrific event. Unfortunately, there was some moisture in the air but it did not dampen any of our fun. I had more than one Concours Official thank us for our participation especially that of one of our Team Members, Rich Turner, who brought his Tiny Lund number 16 NASCAR tribute car to the event all the way from Florida. Rich blew the engine up on the car while loading it on the trailer. Nothing stops a Ford; he continued to Lexington and put his car on the show field Friday afternoon so as not to be in the way on Saturday. It was pouring down rain on Friday and misted a good portion of Saturday morning. The Officials made note of the fact; especially when a large number of other show cars sat in their trailers and pulled out Saturday morning because they did not want to get their “lovely” cars wet! That’s ok, if they are afraid their non-Ford products might melt in the rain they should go home.
Not only were there some fantastic cars on the show field the Concours crew and Officials were all extremely pleasant and helpful. I did not hear one bad word about the show from anyone in our group. The free lunch provided to participants was very good. For those that participated in the silent auction there were some great treasures to be had at a very reasonable price. We were all very pleased with the event.
However, one thing was better than the cars on the field, the hospitality of the Officials and the beauty of the show field and that was the camaraderie of the Talladega Spoiler Family. Everyone who attended either as a participant or a spectator truly seemed to have a good time. Most of us were able to meet Friday and Saturday nights to share some extremely good food and memorable stories at local restaurants. I was afraid our large group might have gotten a little out of hand at times but one of the restaurants even called me the next day to ask how things went and when we would be back! When was the last time a restaurant did that for you?
We are already discussing how we will top this next year. If you have some suggestions jump over to the Talladega Spoiler Registry Forum and add away!