July 4th fell on a Saturday this year. The middle of winter, no Club runs planned, we had to do something. Trying to look at an American theme, without Golden Arches, where could we go, the parking had to be suitable and the venue flexible for 1 or 2 (if raining) or a larger group (10 ?) if fine weather. Saturday, how would that suit members? It had to be the afternoon, a winter’s Saturday night was not going to get the Mustangs out of the stable. American theme cafes were scouted, Norwood & Semaphore, parking not suitable, Henley Beach just didn’t look right. About to admit defeat and risk those arches when we stopped off at the Amberlight Café on the way to “Tuscany”.
Menu, a large range of hot dogs and burgers, parking not a problem and open until 7.30 pm even in winter. It seemed good that Joe was happy with ‘could be 3 or could be 10’. I’ll call you when we are leaving, venue set! Off to Lobethal and we get to go through the tunnels.
The weather, I had 3 confirmed regardless of rain. Early in the week possible showers, should be OK. As the week progressed the forecast improved, we might get half a dozen. The Sporting Car Club seemed a great central location. Saturday afternoon the sun was out and we met at the SCCSA. Getting there early a few were there and we started to chat, as departure time grew closer the Mustangs just kept coming, how good was this? Time to go and we had over 20 Mustangs and 2 members in their ‘other cars’. I asked Alison to call the Café and tell them we had about 40 members coming. The slight problem was that the girl she spoke to had no idea that Joe was expecting us and she thought the Delaines (living close by and already there were the FOUR), no FORTY are coming!
THROUGH THE TUNNELS! If I ever get tired of the sound of a herd of Mustangs going through the Heysen Tunnels, my kids should have already chosen my ‘retirement home’. The sound was great and the look on driver’s faces, they were enjoying it as much as I was – weren’t you Alan? Out of the tunnels, windows back up and on to the Hahndorf exit. There we were met by Brian and his 66 fastback. On to Lobethal and the Amberlight Café. By the time we got there Joe was expecting us and after a few minutes had the system going, the motorcycle riders didn’t seem to mind us invading ‘their place’. The coffee was great the food was good and everyone seemed to have a good time.
23 Mustangs on a Saturday afternoon in winter, beyond our wildest expectations. Couples in their ‘daily driver’s’ enjoying a Club run shows that our Club is not just about the cars, fantastic.
Thanks to all that came and to the Amberlight Café.