I was disappointed that work on my Jensen Healey was not going to be done in time for the annual San Diego British Car Club Council’s “Rolling British Car Day” on April 15th. I’ve done this road trip many times and have always enjoyed it. Lucky for me, Terry Morgan asked if I was interested in being his navigator for the day in his Jensen Healey. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance. This year there were two starting points: For folks coming from the south, the meeting point was in La Mesa, and for those of us coming from points north, we met in Carlsbad at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum. This looks like an interesting place and I’d like to go back for lunch or dinner sometime.
At 8:45am driving directions were handed out and we began our approximately 50-mile drive through some beautiful scenery and interesting back roads. Whenever this group has two starting points, they usually arrange the drive so that the groups will pass each other going in opposite directions. It is always fun to see and there are usually lots of spectators who enjoy it as well, as evidenced by their waving and their smiles.
I did not get the number of entries this year but there are usually more than 100 cars. The ending location was the Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center, it is often used for special events such as weddings and parties. They reserved the grassy area for us to park our cars and participants either purchased a barbecued burger or enjoyed their homemade picnic lunch.
It was a great day and the weather was perfect. The navigator job was pretty fun so maybe I can convince my wife to drive occasionally while I navigate.