Saturday, January 31, 2004

Dodging the Drops

Obi-wan Kenobi (Star Wars) said, “In my experience there’s no such thing as luck.” Okay, how about just plain good timing? It certainly came into play for the aforementioned car show today at Homestead’s Harris Field.

The weather forecast was for rain all weekend. It rained Friday night, the hardest falling during our pre-show dinner at a local car dealership. It rained through the night and when I got up this morning to head to the show field to set it up at seven a.m., it rained on the trip down. But as I pulled into the parking lot where the show was to be held, the rain stopped. As we set up the field, the clouds broke a little and a few patches of blue came through, giving us a little taste of sunrise.

In the next half hour, cars and drivers started to arrive, and by ten we had more than forty cars in the show and more coming in. And the rain held off. We decided to move the awards ceremony from 3:00 to 1:00 – tempting fate is not in our club’s by-laws – and by the time the Best of Show trophies were given out, a touch of drizzle began to fall. Soon it began to rain in earnest, but by then the show was over and everyone was safely on their way home. By the time I got home, it was raining steadily, and as I write this, it’s coming down hard.

In my short time with the South Florida Region Antique Automobile Club of America, we’ve never been rained out – no mean feat for a club that has events almost every month of the year in a place where the weather, contrary to the “Sunshine State” motto on the license plates, is unpredictable. Maybe it has something to do with the dedication and pure fun that we have with our hobby of enjoying classic cars. Or maybe, in spite of Obi-wan’s experience, we’re just lucky.