Saturday, October 4, 2014

SABCC Ice Cream Social is a Smashing Success

After late week weather of high humidity and scattered rain showers, the Saturday of the club's ice cream social dawned with a flawless blue sky and unseasonably cool temperatures for our part of the Gulf Coast.

This eagerly anticipated event has become one of the club's most attended anywhere during the year. The club welcomed almost 80 people from SABCC, the Panhandle British Car Association and the Mardi Gras MGs. This year, more attendees drove British cars to the event than ever before with 29 examples of British-made automobiles parked around the property belonging to Richard and Donna Cunningham.

The Cunninghams have hosted this club event for nearly ten years in their spacious home and workshop garage near Daphne, Alabama. Richard, the proprietor of Classic Motorcar Services, clears out his shop and installs tables and chairs to accommodate connoisseurs of the fine array of homemade ice creams made by
Donna.

Beginning in August, Donna starts the work that will result in up to ten gallons of fine ice cream. Vanilla, strawberry, chocolate and peach (made with peaches from a heavy-producing tree in their yard) make up the main event.
Club members sign up to bring a variety of ice cream topping favorites and there are always more of them brought than consumed during the day. We are truly spoiled for choice. There are even stations set up to construct banana splits and root beer floats.

Donna makes sure that those with a taste for the savory are catered to as well. A heaping bowl of
chicken salad along with chips, dip, breads and other goodies are laid out for the day's guests.
Richard's working garage is arranged so that people who may never see the inside of and engine or suspension pieces off of a car can inspect parts such as these up close and get questions answered about their own cars. This year, SABCC's Stuart Waddington had his freshly painted Triumph Stag body shell on display. Tom Rennick, another club member is having his owned-from-new 1965 Sunbeam Tiger restored by CMS and a number of Tiger components were out for view.


Both kids and the inner children of older members enjoyed taking a turn with a Sony PlayStation running Grand Turismo. The game included a force feedback steering wheel and a cool high back sports car seat in front of the large screen television.

Club President Michael King announced that nearly fifty cars had preregistered for this year's British Car Festival on October 25th. The event is once again on track to set an attendance record.

As the early autumn sun began its descent, those who enjoyed the gracious hospitality said their thanks went their separate ways after a pleasant afternoon spent with fellow classic British car enthusiasts. Thank you, Richard and Donna Cunningham and all those who helped make the day so successful.     

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