And that is the secret recipe for the annual South Alabama British Car Club ice cream social that has become such a high point on the club’s activity calendar. Once again, SABCC, the Panhandle British Car Association and the Mardi Gras MGs gathered at the home of Richard and Donna Cunningham on Saturday, October 5th.
Donna worked for several months to make around 8 gallons of homemade ice cream in various flavors knowing that the “aging” process in a freezer adds much to the flavor of the finished product. While most people enjoy ice cream of any kind, the true aficionados know that homemade is the only way to go.
Since the Daphne, Alabama Civic Center was already booked, we met in the second largest space in Baldwin County – the famed Garagemahal on the Cunningham’s property. Actually, the spacious, climate controlled garage building has been the site of numerous SABCC events, including tech sessions, movie nights and committee meetings. Richard and Donna did a top to bottom cleaning prior to setting up the tables and chairs for the event. Other than a few classic British cars in various states of assembly, one would hardly know it was a working garage.
At the appointed hour, rumbles of 4, 6, 8 and 12 cylinder British cars were heard on the driveway. With special parking privileges, the Brits gathered under old pecan trees just steps away from the frozen goodness.
After the gathered folks had time to visit and catch up on each other’s news, various announcements were made and the lids came off the ice cream. The lined moved quickly with the guests spoiled for choice among the many ice cream flavors and various toppings brought to the event by SABCC’ers.
After second and possibly third helpings were dispatched, the conversations began anew with a few gathering to watch an Indycar race or to try their hand on the Gran Turismo driving simulator set up in a corner of the garage.
As with all good times, this one too came to an end with attendees reluctantly leaving but with promises made to meet again at the upcoming British Car Festival in Fairhope, Alabama on October 26th.
As always the club is grateful for the hospitality shown by the Cunninghams.
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