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Memorial Day tour is near!

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

It’s time once again for those who are Touring this season, to begin to prepare for our Memorial Day Tour to Montpelier, ID. This is a drive that was chosen from the feedback that we received regarding previous Tours.  After last year’s marathon drive to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, this year’s Tour is much shorter and more laid back.  In fact, the Tour is shorter than a couple of the drives we’ve had this season!!

For those members in the Salt Lake Valley and points south, we will meet on the east side of the State Capitol, at 9:30am for a 10am departure.  This will be the same place as we met for the State St cruise, last season.

The members north of Salt Lake, should gather at the Bicentennial Park in North Ogden, 2600 N  400 East.  The group from the south should arrive there at approximately 11:15-11:30am.   The Bicentennial Park is unique in that there is a spring that has been flowing since 1930.  That’s even older than our Britmobiles!

This will be a brief stop, but if you’d like, bring a jug to fill from the spring.

The route is one which all drivers and passengers should enjoy.  There is beautiful scenery, quaint towns, and twisty roads for everyone to appreciate.   Perhaps the best news is that our route does NOT have any freeway sections.  We have found and driven the paved back roads to get us to Montpelier.  The route uses US highways and State highways from Utah and Idaho; even a portion of the Oregon Trail!

If you have not signed up for the Memorial Day Tour, I encourage you to do so next season when our destination is announced.  You are welcome to   join us and drive a portion of the route, or just show up at the meeting point to see us off.   Driving part of the route with us, will give you a feel for how travel with the seasoned Tourers is a bit different than our normal driving events.

Chalk Creek run this Saturday, May 14

Monday, May 9th, 2016

This Saturday will be our Chalk Creek Valley Run. The weather this weekend is predicted to be perfect for LBC’s; Evanston with a high of 71 and 0% chance of rain (top down!)

Basically, the run is from the Hogle Zoo in SLC, up Emigration Canyon and on to East Canyon, Henefer, Coalville, up Chalk Creek valley, Evanston, then down the original Lincoln Highway through Echo Canyon and on to Taggert’s. Hwy 65 is open so we can go over Big Mountain to East Canyon and on to Henefer and Coalville all on two lane with little traffic. There’s a drain and gain in Henefer at “Grumps.” In Coalville (at the Chevron on Main) we can meet with others from the Park City area and elsewhere.

From Main Street and 100 North (Chalk Creek Road) Coalville we will then head all the way up Chalk Creek valley on a lovely low traffic road. There is a short stretch (about 5 miles) of well-maintained but unpaved county road that leads from Chalk Creek valley to the paved road into Evanston. We can do a drain and gain at the Flying J in Evanston then a short, downhill I-80 run to Exit 178 and onto the original two lane (paved) Lincoln Highway and down the impressive red rock Echo Canyon along the toe of the cliffs. Echo Canyon has a lot of history including the transcontinental railroad, Pony Express route, the Lincoln Highway, and the unused cliff-top battlements left over from a disagreement between Utah and the US government in the form of the US army.

After that a leisurely run downhill on I-84 along the scenic Weber River to Taggert’s may be in order.

A nice return to SLC can be from Morgan back to East Canyon etc. Ogden area is a short run down I-84. Park City area return can be I-84 and I-80.

Let’s meet at Hogle Zoo around 9:30 for a 10am departure.

Route map below:

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Tour of Kirkham factory, April 23

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Steen has arranged with David Kirkham, owner of Kirkham Motorsports and the builder of EXTREMELY authentic reproduction Cobras, for a tour of the Kirkham facility!

The tour will occur NEXT Saturday, April 23rd. We will meet at 11010 S Redwood Rd at 9am for a 9:30am SHARP departure. If by any chance there is another County-wide Easter Egg hunt, we will, as a secondary meeting place, use the IHC parking lot, a bit south of 11010 S. Redwood Rd. A brief stop at the Chevron in Saratoga Springs for a Drain & Gain, before heading out to the Kirkham location in Provo.

This is a personal tour that has been set up by Steen for the BMCU. David Kirkham is the foremost manufacturer of reproduction kit Cobras in the world. The bodies are made in Poland . As was written in, “The Smoking Tire” magazine, ‘Kirkham Motorsports out of Provo, Utah makes aluminum bodied 427 Cobra replicas by hand. I don’t mean the kit-car definition of “by hand,” I mean the Rolls-Royce definition of “by hand.” That curvaceous body is pounded out using hammers, English wheels, and sweat.’ The finished product “is such a faithful replica that Carroll Shelby himself buys Cobra bodies from Kirkham.”

This has got to be an EPIC event!

BUT WAIT!! THERE’S MORE!!! As if that were not enough to get your interest, how about this. After the Kirkham facility tour, Steen and Wayne are going to be providing a BBQ lunch for us.!!!

FAQ:

Are these real Cobras?   Technically, no.  They are, however, just about as accurate a reproduction as you can find.

Can I meet BMCU at the Kirkham facility?  Absolutely.  We will ask that, if possible, you drive your British vehicle.

What is the address of Kirkham Motorsports?  The address in Provo, is 2575 W.   1680 North

What time will the group arrive at Kirkham Motorsports?  We will be arriving at around 10:30-11am.

Can we bring our kids?   This is a working facility and has relatively very little space, we are asking that children under 16 not attend the tour.

Is there a charge for the BBQ?    No, this is a being generously provided by the Steen and Mortensen families.

What are the directions to the BBQ?  Directions to the BBQ will be given out, with a map, at the Kirkham facility on Saturday.

May I bring a camera and take pictures?  In the past, there has been no restriction to taking photos.  Just share them with BMCU.

Fairview/Price/Helper, April 16

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Let’s meet at 8am with a 8:30am departure at the southeast corner of the South Towne Mall, 10600 S & State St in Sandy. This is the location we’ve used in the past. We will get onto I-15 for a short run to head East on US Hwy 6 in Spanish Fork, Exit 258. Re- group at the Chevron, on the left, FIRST stoplight, for a quick Drain & Gain. Then east on US Hwy 6 to the Thistle/Hwy 89 junction where we will turn right, south, and on to Fairview. Entering Fairview, there will be a stop at the Chevron for a regroup, Drain & Gain, and meet up with our guides, Doug & Peggy Wright, who will lead us to our eventual lunch stop.

Then we will head this way: http://mapq.st/1ysJWek.

We will be making a stop at the Skyline Overlook to regroup. There is a rest stop at Mammoth Lake with an information kiosk telling about the great mammoth discov- ered on this site. Continuing down the canyon, we will stop at Crandall Canyon Mine Memorial: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=3945838. From there we will continue down to the town of Huntington to HWY 10 and head North to Price for lunch at Groggs Pinnacle Brewing: http://www.groggspinnaclebrewing.com/ordereze/1000/Page.aspx.

From Price, there are a number of paths that can be taken back to the city. We would continue on this route with anyone if this is the way they choose.

This takes you back to US6 to US191 up Indian Canyon, to Emma Park Road and back to US6 and on to the Scofield turnoff, HWY96 to HWY264 then back down Fairview Canyon. If they wish, they can continue up US191 to Duchesne then West on US40 to Heber City or where ever they want.

Drive to Eureka, March 26

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

If there weren’t changes in the weather, Utah would be a pretty boring place to live. As I write this, the prediction is for snow down to the valley floor, Tuesday. I guess that is the price we have to pay for the previous awesome, warm, Spring days.

But have no fear! Will will have our run to Eureka this coming Saturday, March 26. We will meet at the park in South Jordan at 11010 S. Redwood Rd. The time to meet is 10am. This is the park that we have used in the past for other runs and our Annual Memorial Day Tours to Southern Utah. The sun will be up and the temperature rising. Looks like it will be a bit cool, but you know what? Our British cars were designed for these temperatures. PERFECT!!!!

We will depart the park at 10:30am and proceed south on Redwood Rd. The first stop (other than stop lights) will come approximately 30 minutes later when we pull into the Chevron in Saratoga Springs to meet up with the Utah County contingent and for a restroom break. When we depart the Chevron, get ready for a beautiful, winding road through the foothills of Lake Mountain. An easy right hand turn onto the US 6 highway and we are only minutes away from our Eureka destination. The cooler weather will keep our LBC engines happy. Hey, they might even think that they are back in jolly old England!

B’s Hangout, right across the street from the High School, is where we will have lunch. It is a brand new building in the old mining town of Eureka. Eureka was founded in 1870 when ore was found there. In 1871 the first permanent buildings were built. The town’s elevation is 6430′ ASL and has over 700 residents.

Come and join us on a run that is close to home, yet the atmosphere is like miles away.


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