December 27, 2020. Rain, rain, rain was predicted all last week making it look really dubious for the tour. Pat watched the weather forecast hourly on her cell phone and it changed hourly. But, as Saturday wore on, the percentage chance of rain for Sunday began to diminish and went to zero, so we sent out the email, "The tour is ON!!!". And sure enough, we had a fine, sunny, blue sky day on Sunday.
We met at Butcher Park in San Jose which was one of the few places with accessible restrooms. Pat passed out cookie snacks while we waited for all to arrive at the meeting place. Five T's, one A, one B, a Toyota, a Focus and a Boss Mustang made up our procession, 21 people in all.
As we took to the expressways, we were almost joined by a supercharged T bucket, we waved and invited him, but he vanished in the distance. The first two expressways, San Tomas and Montague were very light traffic and at 30 to 35 mph, we made most of the lights. We enjoyed looking at some of the new modernistic building construction along those roads. After the turn onto Capitol Avenue, traffic picked up and we caught some red lights. I discovered however, that if you can drive alongside the light rail train as it goes down the middle of Capitol, the lights all turn green as you go. We will tuck that away in our useless information file for future reference.
Capitol Avenue gave way to Capitol Expressway which took us past Reid Hillview Airport, the Capitol Flea Market (in full swing, parking lot full!) and Auto Row. We arrived back at our meeting spot after 30 miles in one hour and twenty minutes, paused briefly to say goodbye and we all dispersed. It was a super Model T group!
We had two awards to pass out. One went to Barbara Beach for most SCVMTFC driving events attended in 2020 (I think she only missed one.) The second was for Ed Archer, who ironically was not on the tour today, for most pre-tour miles driven in 2020 (Hayward is way on the other side of the bay.)
2020 looked to be a tough year for touring, but our club did pretty well, we switched to driving tours instead of destination tours and our tours were surprisingly well attended, our members were anxious to get their cars out and use them. Fifteen driving patches were earned in 2020. I am sure we will be okay in 2021.
Bob and Pat Meneely