Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 12-19-2011
Location: Victoria - British Columbia
We had a lovely room at the Union Club for our annual holiday gathering. Just the right size for our two tables of eight, it came with a helpful assistant who ensured we could always keep our glasses full. We were close to the dance floor and the dinner buffet, which, a bit like NASCAR, offered its usual inducements to ignore intake restrictions. Our hosts John and Cordelia McIntosh provided wine for each table and the Club provided draw prizes and mementos to take home.
Barry Patchett brought along two videos of Mercedes-Benz racing activities during the 1930s and the first half of the 1950s. Shown without sound as the pre- and post-dinner entertainment, they complemented the slide show from the year’s events that provided a diversion during dinner.
Two awards were presented. Christo Pandelidis was the first recipient of the Chemainus Trophy, given for his contributions as the Section’s unofficial photographer. Barry has built and donated this trophy to the Section as an annual prize, which came this year with a gift certificate for $150 from Three Point Motors. Wilf and Betty Beaton received their 10-year membership pins.
A band playing mostly 50s and 60s music provided three hours of dancing in the next room. It was probably enough for all of us except Cordelia, who appeared just as lively at the end of the last set as at the beginning.
A few of us stayed the night at the Union Club to defer the drive home and avoid the evening road blocks; we gathered again for conversation over breakfast the next morning. The Union Club is an incomparable venue for this event, for which we again thank John and Cordelia.