After almost 17 hours of travel time, Daryl Boothe and I arrived at The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Resort. By then it was 2 a.m. local and while one piece of checked baggage was lost, we were ready for some rest.
Wednesday around 10 a.m. we got moving and set up our display in the event registration lobby. This also gave us some time to acquaint ourselves with the organizing committee for the Challenge Championship. As with all the JCNA events Ive attended, the setting was beautiful and our hosts dedicated club members all -- were gracious hosts.
Thursday was the day planned for the rallye. As it turned out, this was also the day the skies opened up and Mother Nature put on quite a thunderstorm and lightning show. In the spirit of the show must go on, the rallye participants left at their appointed times under the darkening skies. As 2 p.m. approached, the lost baggage showed up at the hotel just as the local TV stations were broadcasting storm warnings. Those of us in the hotel hunkered down while a big storm blew through. The intrepid rallye drivers soldiered on and returned with varying tales of their windblown and soggy afternoon.
Friday dawned to beautiful white puffy clouds and dramatically less humidity -- a perfect day for a slalom. (Apologies in advance for the quality of the slalom photos.) There were about 20 cars and drivers entered with at least that many spectators. Jaguar Cars brought two of the new F-Types out. During the lunch break rides were offered to those interested. The factory driver was very "enthusiastic" and when done, the course was very well marked by the Pirelli tires.
Saturday's concours was picture-perfect. The lush green lawns, accented by white trimmed-red brick buildings and beautiful blue skies, served as an ideal backdrop for the show. Again, the photos express the day better than my words. On Saturday evening we were treated to a presentation by Ian Callum, Chief of Design for Jaguar Cars. He presented a great slide show with anecdotal commentary on the design perspective of the current Jaguar studio. Some great old photos were mixed in with his comments on designing the current lineup.
Thankfully, our return trip was uneventful. Flights were on schedule and all the baggage made it home. I would encourage your attendance at one of these events, if not several! You will enjoy yourself and get fired up in support of the marque.
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