MBCA Finger Lakes Section Fall Color Tour 2019

MBCA Finger Lakes Section Fall Color Tour 2019

Finger Lakes
Saturday, September 28, 2019 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Watkins Glen to Seneca Falls
New York

On Saturday, September 28th about 15 members and 8 cars from the Finger Lakes Section of the MBCA met at the International Motor Racing Research Center  (I.M.R.R.C.) in Watkins Glen, New York for the start of the section's Fall Color Tour.

After a brief tour and discussion as to what goes on at the I.M.R.R.C. - it houses the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) national archives among other important bits of U.S. racing history and many, donated private collections - the group began the approximately 110 mile Fall Color Tour.

Route guides were provided to each car with turn by turn instructions with odometer readings so everyone could enjoy the gorgeous back roads around this unique region of the country and the colors of the changing leaves on the trees. Just to keep driver and co-driver teams on their toes, 'route observation questions' were sprinkled throughout the route guide. Prizes were promised to the teams with the most correct answers at the end of the event.

The impressive "Taughannock Falls" overlook acted as the half way point for the tour. Spectacular views of the falls were everyone's rewards for making that far. The tour continued over the twisty and scenic back roads of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

The Group finally ended up at Parker's Tap House and Grill in Seneca Falls for lunch. Correct answers to the route guide observation questions were tallied. There were prizes for the first, second and third place finishers. The team with the most correct answers was Bill Greener and Lanie Wilmarth in their vintage Mercedes 280 SE 4.5. Their prize was a complete set of Mercedes-Benz racing prints by artist Walter Gotschke.

By all accounts, the event was a success and chances are good that the club might schedule a similar event for Fall 2020.


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