Western Regional Event

Peter's Café
Millbrae
California
10 El Camino Real
94030
Event Description: 

MBCA - San Francisco Bay Area Section Board Meeting 

Date: Saturday, August 21st, 2021

Place: Peter's Cafe

10 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

Time:

Lunch -  12:00-2:00 PM (Dining area)

Meeting - 2:00-4:00 PM (Conference room)

You are invited to join us for a no-host lunch at Peter's Cafe or come to the meeting only!

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This Board Meeting is open to all the SFBA members and associate members only!

(Limited seat availability due to the conference room capacity)

We will have following agenda, and the events planning for the 2nd half of 2021 and 2022.

The topics included, but not limited to the agenda below.  (Please anticipate at least a 90-minutes meeting)

Welcome

Minutes Approval

Tresurer's Report

Activities Report

Membership Status

Coming Events

  1. Holiday Banquet - Saturday, December 4th, 2021 - Sunol
  • Holiday Banquet Committee
  • Volunteers
  1. First Sunday Drives - Organizers
  • October 2021 - 
  • November 2021 - 
  • December 2021 - No FSD
  • Januaray 2022 - November 2022 - 
  1. Members-Only Events - Organizers
  • January 2022 - November 2022
  • Grand Island Mansion - April 2022
  • December 2022 - Holiday Banquet - Half Moon Bay, other?

Discussions

  • Volunteering poistions for Advertising and Photography Directors
  • Tentative schedules for 2022 board meetings
  • Sources of income for 2022
  • TBA

Close

Event Designation: 

June 2021 First Sunday Drive - Lafayette

Lafayette
California

FIRST SUNDAY DRIVE RECAP SUNDAY,

June 6, 2021 LAFAYETTE TO NILES

What is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days! Well, we of the SFBAMB SecPon had a perfect June day traveling over winding roads through beautiful east bay hills and canyons and regional parks with stunning vistas over valleys and reservoirs, ending in the liTle village of Niles (Fremont).

We had 32 attendees in 23 cars, most of them Benz’s but also a Ferrari, Saturn Sky, and Aston Martin! The start of this drive was Philz Coffee in Lafayette. Here greetings were exchanged, newbies and first timers were introduced, and directions reviewed. From there we wound our way up to Inspiration Point on Wildcat Canyon Road, overlooking San Pablo Reservoir. A`er a brief stop there, the road then took us to Grizzly Peak with stunning views over Berkeley and the Bay. We eventually connected with Redwood Road, which took us down to Castro Valley; from there we entered the very scenic Palomares Canyon. This canyon then intersects with Niles Canyon, along which we made our way into Niles. Most of us gathered for a great lunch at Joe’s Corner Cafe, where we dined inside; some members ambled down to the nearby Bronco Billy’s pizza, which was closed for dining in, but the takeout pizza was rated highly! Total count: 32 members & guests, driving 23 automobiles, 120 bicyclists passed, and seven regional East Bay Parks! — Nadine & Barton Lane

San Rafael
San Rafael
California
260 Northgate Drive
94903
Event Description: 

We will meet at the Starbucks in the Terra Linda / Safeway shopping center - 260 Northgate Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903 between 0900-0945hrs for coffee and meet new and old friends.  We’ll start the sign ins at 0945hrs and a prompt departure from the parking lot at 1000hrs at north end of the center’s parking lot, after the stop light, it will be north (left turn) on to Las Gallinas Ave, then we are off to our FSD adventure … please be aware of bicyclist and cows along the way!

Marin has been famous for cheese since 1865. Today we're going to visit a few of the most famous cheese producers and drive some of the most beautiful roads in California at the same time. Enjoy the summer scenery, drive through the magnificent redwood trees on Lucas Valley Road, then rolling hills as we turn (left) onto Nicasio Valley Road heading north toward our first stop.

Nicasio Valley Cheese Company

http://www.nicasiocheese.com/

5300 Nicasio Valley Road

Nicasio, CA

(Just past the town of Nicasio on the right side of the road.)

The La Franchi family enjoyed their traditional cheeses of their Swiss homeland and dreamed of making their own. Their organic dairy was the perfect resource to enable them to pay homage to their heritage.

We then continue north on Nicasio Valley Road to Pt. Reyes – Petaluma Rd., a right turn heading east, we will shortly arrive at our second stop.

Marin French Cheese Company

http://www.marinfrenchcheese.com/

7510 Pt Reyes Petaluma RdPetaluma, CA 94952

(Left side of road, about 10-15 min travel time from last stop)

The oldest continuously operating cheese factory in America! Marin French has specialized in hand made Brie and Camembert since 1865. In 2005 it was the first American producer to best France in international competitions.

We then continue (left turn) east on Pt. Reyes – Petaluma Rd (for 10 minutes) where we make a left turn on to Hicks Valley Road.  Rolling hills, winding turns, great vistas lead us to the Marshall – Petaluma Rd.  A left turn heads MBZr’s west towards Marshall and Highway #1.  A left turn onto Highway #1 heads us south down the Tomales Bay water views and our final destination, The Cow Girl Creamery at Point Reyes Station.

Cowgirl Creamery

http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/

80 4th Street 

Point Reyes Station, CA

In 1997, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith built a small creamery in downtown Point Reyes Station and began making handcrafted cheese with local organic milk. They now produce three fresh and six aged cheeses.

While this is the end of our tour, it will be time for a later lunch with many great restaurants to choose from, or find a picnic table outside of the creamery and enjoy your selection of many cheeses that you have purchased!  Thank you for your participation.

Questions:  510.912.1838 or 415.264.8773

Brief: 

Start:   Meet at Starbucks at 260 Northgate Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903  (San Rafael, Terra Linda - Safeway shopping center)

Depart:  1000hrs make way to Las Gallinas to left on to Lucas Valley Road.

       Lucas Valley Road left to Nicasio Valley Road.

       Nicasio Cheese Company (we stopped and advised owners of our arrival (1030hrs)

Depart: 1045hrs ish

       Right onto Nicasio Valley Road, right onto Pt. Reyes - Petaluma Highway

       10-15 mins, left into the Marin French Cheese Company parking lot.

Depart:  1130hrs ish

       Left onto Pt. Reyes – Petaluma Highway to left on to Hicks Valley Road (10 mins)

       From Hicks Valley Road, left turn onto Marshall – Petaluma Road to Hwy #1.

       From Marshall – Petaluma Road left onto Hwy #1 towards Pt. Reyes Station.

       Great water views heading south along of Tomales Bay.

Arrive: 1215hrs ish – Pt. Reyes Station home of The “Cow Girl Creamery.

Finish: Cow Girl Creamery, about lunch time … many great places to choose from to have lunch.

       Plus many creative ways to return home!

 

Event Designation: 
Casa Bella
Sunol
California
11984 Main Street
94586
Event Description: 

About this event

The exquisite Casa Bella Event Center is located near Niles Canyon between Fremont and Pleasanton. Nestled in the heart of quaint downtown Sunol, Casa Bella offers the rare experience of an event in a setting that encompasses old world glamour - inclusive of a vintage steam train station - amidst the gorgeous views of Pleasanton Ridge and Sunol’s rolling hills. This elegant reception hall is rich with rustic details, crystal chandeliers, a romantic outdoor ceremony patio with a grand pergola, and a fine dining experience.

Event: SFBA Member Appreciation Holiday Banquet

When: Saturday, December 4th, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Place:  Casa Bella Event Center

Address: 11984 Main Street, Sunol, CA 94586

Cost: $75 per peson

Note: SFBA section is subsidizing $25 per registered attendee, once the number of attendees reached 100, the subsidization ceases. Please register early!

Member Appreciation Holiday Banquet

Our Member Appreciation Holiday Banquet is at Casa Bella, Sunol.  Come and start the Holiday Season among friends and fellow auto enthusiasts while enjoying a sumptuous buffet in a private dining hall.

The event will begin at 11:00 am, but we suggest coming over around 10:00 am to chat with friends. At 11:00 am, our Board Members will greet you as you enter the facility and our private hall where you’ll start with complimentary champagne and mouth-watering hor d'oeuvres.  At 12:00 noon, the buffet will begin. Staff will serve drinks at your desire; soft drinks, wine or champagne. Please drink responsibly!

The Board will be presenting members who attend with their anniversary pins based on 5-year intervals from 2020 and 2021. You’ll receive notification ahead of time if you are receiving a pin.

We will learn about our 2022 Event Calendar.

Dress is black tie optional.

Price is $75.00 per person. Don't wait, register now!

Please contact: Nadine Lane [email protected] or John Goode [email protected]

Event program subjected to change.

Event Designation: 
Philz Coffee in LafayeNe
Lafayette
California
597 Mt. Diablo Blvd
Event Description: 

A must drive scenery!

Our East Bay FSD will be from LafayeNe to the town of Niles. We will be traveling through beautiful east bay hills and regional parks with beautiful vistas over valleys and reservoirs. Our meeting location for the start of this drive is Philz Coffee in Lafayette. The address is 3597 Mt. Diablo Blvd. There is a parking lot behind Philz with an entrance off of Dewing Ave. There is additional parking on Dewing and Mt. Diablo. We will meet between 9:00 and 9:45 and begin the drive promptly at 10:00. Last minute details, maps and informaTon are shared at the pre-drive meeting in the parking lot at 9:45. So be sure to arrive early to grab some coffee and pastries and meet up with friends.

Directions to meeting place at Philz Coffee, LafayeNe: Exit Highway 24 to Mt. Diablo Blvd. Philz Coffee is at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Dewing Ave. Our drive will end in the town of Niles with several options for a no-host lunch. No reservations have been made for lunch so just grab some friends and explore your options. We recommend Bronco Billy’s Pizza Palace on Niles Blvd. This town also has some great antique stores for browsing and the Essanay Film Museum, as well as the historic Niles Train Depot.

Organizers and leaders of the June FSD: Barton Lane - 650-888-8952   Nadine Lane - 510-335-5931

Event Designation: 
Philz Coffee in LafayeNe
Lafayette
California
597 Mt. Diablo Blvd
Event Description: 

A must drive scenery!

Our East Bay FSD will be from LafayeNe to the town of Niles. We will be traveling through beautiful east bay hills and regional parks with beautiful vistas over valleys and reservoirs. Our meeting location for the start of this drive is Philz Coffee in Lafayette. The address is 3597 Mt. Diablo Blvd. There is a parking lot behind Philz with an entrance off of Dewing Ave. There is additional parking on Dewing and Mt. Diablo. We will meet between 9:00 and 9:45 and begin the drive promptly at 10:00. Last minute details, maps and informaTon are shared at the pre-drive meeting in the parking lot at 9:45. So be sure to arrive early to grab some coffee and pastries and meet up with friends.

Directions to meeting place at Philz Coffee, LafayeNe: Exit Highway 24 to Mt. Diablo Blvd. Philz Coffee is at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Dewing Ave. Our drive will end in the town of Niles with several options for a no-host lunch. No reservaTons have been made for lunch so just grab some friends and explore your options. We recommend Bronco Billy’s Pizza Palace on Niles Blvd. This town also has some great antique stores for browsing and the Essanay Film Museum, as well as the historic Niles Train Depot.

Organizers and leaders of the June FSD: Barton Lane - 650-888-8952   Nadine Lane - 510-335-5931

Event Designation: 

May 16, 2021_M-B Classics and Coffee

Burlingame
California

What a great turn out!

Another perfect sunny California weather with the coastal fog burned off gradually as we sipped our coffee, and admired the rare classics owned by our section members. 

A total of 15 Mercedes-Benzes rolled in the parking lot; the models varied from 1966 250SE to 2007 SL550.  24 participants dinned in at a 24 Hrs. Café for lovely breakfast, and each member had the opportunity to introduce his or her Mercedes-Benz over the meal with a full attention from others.   It was great to seeing old friends, along with meeting new potential members. Originally, the meet was supposed to last 2 hours, and it got extended to 3 hours because there were so much to talk about. The subjects were randomly chatted among the smaller groups, repairing, conversations from old technology to new, and the life in general.

Many new members are seeing how the events are held and organized, and excited of wanting to volunteer and organize the next events.  The momentum of volunteering and donating are rolling in, and we’re taking this positive force to a good use. – John Goode

Napa - Ft Bragg Skunk Train - Hwy 1 Road Trip

Fort Bragg
California

Napa/Skunk Train/Coast Highway Road Trip

On May 8, 2021, 9 members from the San Francisco Bay Area Section were fortunate to meet for a short private tour of the grounds and cave of Vine Cliff Winery in St. Helena, followed by a scrumptious picnic lunch made by the Winery’s resident chef (Chef Tom, who also happens to own a Mercedes-Benz ’99 SLK230). 

The group then met with the rest of the trip participants in Napa.  After a quick rest stop at the Lumberjacks Restaurant in Willits, the group of 8 cars and 14 participants traveled to Fort Bragg.  After checking into their hotel, the group enjoyed drinks and a delicious dinner in a private dining room at the Noyo Harbor Inn Restaurant. Early the next morning, a few drivers took the winding and steep road to Willits and back just for fun. Upon their return to Ft. Bragg, the entire group then hopped aboard the Skunk Train for a short ride through the redwood forest to Glen Blair Junction. During the ride, we learned a bit about the historic Skunk Train, which has been in operation since 1885.  Some enjoyed the Skunk Beer amber ale and popcorn available on the Train. 

Upon returning to Fort Bragg, some participants separated from the main group to continue their weekend adventures. The rest of the group began driving down Highway 1, for a beautiful, but windy, drive along the California coast.  Eventually, we decided to drive back through the woods and a few of us had a quick picnic snack under the trees, before heading home. 

Thanks to John Goode and Janet Welter for organizing such a fun and interesting weekend of food, wine, redwoods, twisty roads, and coastal view!  - Kamrin MacKnight

 

February 2021 First Sunday Drive - Back Road of Contra Costa

Mountain View
California

This was the first of the First Sunday Drive of the year due to the pandemic!

There were 25 people showed up and ready to start their engines. 

We were grateful that many young people who can't stay at home any longer and joined us and became members as well.

 

4/25/2021 M-B Classics and Coffee

Sunol
California

Our SFBA Classic owners, who are committed to come as follows.

  • '67 250S - Philippe Do Carmo
  • '84 300TD Fully Factory Restored - Ferris Lewald
  • '69 280SL - Nadine Lane
  • '58 190SL - Fred Shepherd

How did this event evolve?

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This meet was supposed to be a one on one -  our member who came to Grand Island Mansion last Sunday with his SL560.  He said that he wanted to show me his '67 250S, and tell me about the rally he is going to participate in June.  We arranged to meet on Sunday 4/25 at 9 AM in Sunol for coffee. The chat was on Monday.  So, I texted Phillip and said, what if other members would like to join and check out these Classics up close in person. he said...the more the merrier! Date: 4/25 SundayTime: 9AM - 11:00AM Place: 

Sunol's Casa Bella

www.sunolscasabella.com11984 Main St, Sunol, CA 94586(855) 485-1525Note: just a meet, not a driving event

 

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