The First True Sign Of Spring: The Car Club Outing

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Cars lined up for Sunday drive

Here in southern Wisconsin people often look for the first crocuses or tulips, the first robin sighting or buds on trees as signs that Spring has come.  Forget all that.  The first true sign of Spring is the car club outing.

After pining away for their beloved roadsters all winter long, owners can’t wait for their first opportunity to pull their babies out of storage, clean them up and take them out for a shake down cruise.  That’s just what the Madison (WI) 2-Seater Sports Car Group did today with a spirited jaunt from Middleton, WI, through Blue Mounds and on to Black Earth for lunch at the Luckenbooth Cafe.

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Datsun 1600 and Triumph TR-6

The group is a very loose association of two-place sports car owners.  There are no dues, no newsletters and few if any rules.  You just have to own some kind of 2-seater and love to drive it in the manner in which it was intended.

Despite this morning’s chilly temps (38 degrees at our departure time) thirteen cars joined today’s outing.  Miatas were well represented, of course (mine is the green 2001 SE in some of the pictures),  but there were also a couple of BMW Z4s, an Audi TT convertible, a 1968 Datsun 1600 and a Triumph TR-6.

The back roads west of Madison are a delight for sports car owners, twisting and turning through the ridges and valleys of some of Wisconsin’s most scenic countryside.  My Miata was happiest in lower gears with the revs at 4000 rpm or higher.  For most of the day I was right behind the TR-6 which was burning just a bit of oil but I found that the slightly pungent exhaust smell mixed with the crisp Spring air enhanced the whole experience.

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Pulling into Morey air field

We headed back to Middleton after lunch on roads even more exhilarating than those in the morning.  Terminus for the trip was the Morey air field in Middleton for a look at Ray Fey’s restored 1966 Piper PA-24 Comanche.  Take-home message from this outing:  An airplane hangar makes for the ultimate man cave.

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The Ultimate man cave

(And next time I’ll try to bring a co-pilot so I can get some photos on the drive itself.)

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