We’re in the hot and humid summer months here in Florida and an estimated one-third of the membership has scarpered to presumably cooler locales up north. For those of us who remain, club activities involving our LBC’s are generally scheduled to avoid the afternoons with their searing temperatures and scattered thunderstorms. Enter the increased frequency of weekend Breakfast Runs on the club calendar.
On June 30, the destination restaurant was the Silver Star East in Myakka City, inland and away from the coastal population centers with stop and go traffic. Making the ‘run’ were four Triumphs – 2-TR3’s, a TR6 and a TR8, along with a Lotus Elan Plus 2, a Jaguar XK8 and a Maserati (?) Spider. The direct route to the restaurant would normally take about 20 minutes from our usual jumping-off point, the Fruitville Texaco. But, of course, President and caravan honcho Jim Wilson’s scenic route over rural roads and country curves was anything but direct.
For seven years, the family-run Silver Star was in downtown Sarasota. But, when a restaurant on State Road 70 came on the market, the family opted to move their “down home cooking” 25 miles east. Completely refurbished, the Silver Star East (“where friends meet friends”) has been open only a few months now. Trip Advisor gave their former location a 4.5 rating and club members reported that they saw no reason why they should not retain that level. Other feedback was “great food at reasonable prices” and “worth the trip.”
The SBCC has a close relationship with the Sunshine Region AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America), with many of our members in both clubs. We occasionally share events and this was the case when some of the members teamed up for a weekend visit to Cedar Key, Florida. Cedar Key is an island city in the Gulf of Mexico off the northwest coast of Florida. It’s an old port and fishing village with many “Old Florida” shops and restaurants and great B&B’s. Cedar Key is about 180 miles from Sarasota.
The caravan to Cedar Key left Sarasota the morning of Friday, April 5 with the intermediate destination for lunch at Cody’s Original Roadhouse, a car-theme restaurant. Several traffic problems limited progress, but the group still arrived in time for lunch. After a good meal, the group journeyed another hour and a half to its final destination: the Cedar Key B&B. There was time for relaxing and cocktails on the spacious veranda before a short walk to Tony’s for a great meal.
After a fantastic breakfast the next morning the group was off for a full day of shopping and touristic activities. That evening there was another short walk to Restaurant 83. The great open water views were matched by the food and service. Sunday morning was more of the same adventures before heading back home. Everyone had a great time and the likelihood of a return visit is high.
Thanks to Jack Knuese for this report and photos. Additional input from Bruce Skaggs.
On March 23rd we held our annual Poker Run, organized by Alex Huppe and Jeryl Schriever. The theme for this year’s event was “Garages.” The day started at Gene Cohen’s, where he is in the early stage of rebuilding from the frame up yet another one of the old Packards he keeps finding to resuscitate. The event routing then took us to three other garages where antique & classic cars (not all British) were proudly sheltered or under active restoration. The final stop was Joe Malaney’s house/garage to see his unbelievable collection of approximately 1500 model cars. We finished at Applebees where the score sheets were tallied to determine the surprise winner, followed by lunch (no surprise there). Congratulations are extended to Walt and Joanne Mainberger as the winners of the prestigious traveling trophy, and the honor of hosting next year’s Poker Run.
Thanks to Alex and Jeryl for a well-organized, fun day. Input for this report was lifted from the works of Anita Woods and Bruce Skaggs. Photos by Joe Malaney and the author.
On March 3, thirteen cars from the club caravanned down to Cape Coral, FL for the Seventh Annual B.I.G. (British, Italian & German) European Sports and Collector Car Show sponsored by the Triumphs of Southwest Florida Club. This car show is open to all B.I.G. European sports and collector cars, vintage and modern. It’s a nice, picnic-style event in a park on the river, with vendor tables and food and drink provided by a local boy scout troop. Though a 70 mile trek one-way, this has become a favorite car show for our members. We made a really good showing garnering 9 first place trophies! Winners were: Gene McOmber – 1990 Morgan Plus 8; Jack Knuese – 1969 Lotus Elan; John Magine – MGA; Mike Bohardt – 1969 TR3A; Ron George – MGB; Bob Faria – Austin; Mike Browne – 1972 Mini Cooper; Bruce Skaggs – Jaguar and Larry Eslinger – 1977 MG Midget.
On February 24, interested club members met in Sarasota for a lunch destination driving tour to Snook Haven. Located on the Myakka River, just east of Venice, this site was historically known as a fish camp. Now a county park, it is popular for its riverfront restaurant, with live entertainment and old Florida charm. We scheduled the drive to arrive just before noon in order to beat the Sunday crowd. In fact, not shortly after our arrival, all tables, booths and outdoor picnic tables rapidly filled up. It was a beautiful day weather-wise for enjoying a leisurely a meal of seafood-focused Southern fare while listening to the live band under the trees.
This is a popular destination for the club and we once again had a large turnout with 22 cars and 40 members and guests.