President's Message

October 2014

They say that fine wine matures with age. Well as I’ve aged I have realized a couple of things, first I’m getting older! Quickly. Ever notice how months just fly by? I can’t believe that my family and I have been in California now for over 24 years!! As we age, I find my appreciation for things that I’ve taken for granted over time, are now very interesting and a type of amusement. My wife and I just spent 8 days in the greater Boston area. Our first trip back in 2 yrs. We visited all our family, and several close friends that we still keep a fond acquaintance with. Spent a day in the city, took a tour of Fenway Park, had lunch at “Cheers” (the Hampshire House), and managed a stroll thru the Boston Commons.. much like we did when we attended college there, some 40 yrs. ago!! So one morning, my wife would like to go for a walk, and my mom suggests that we head out to the south end of New Bedford, and walk the newly renovated area now known as Fort Tabor. As a kid, it was an Army training facility, now it’s a restored memorial for our beloved Veterans. It still retains the Civil War bunkers, and cannon posts that were put in place to protect New Bedford harbor from potential invading forces. We were both amazed at the renovation and preservation of the grounds. It is a truly an outstanding memorial, and tribute to all of our fighting forces. I felt proud that the city took this effort to restore and preserve this park, in the midst of a city in great economic despair and turmoil.

We had a GREAT turnout for this years Jim Messineo Teddy Bear run, held on Sat. Sept 13. A HUGE THANK YOU to Zack for all your efforts and taking the lead on this annual UBSCC event. Also, THANK YOU to ALL that attended, and a special shout out to those from the SVMGC that joined us for this event. Be sure to read the write-up in OilSpots.

Some upcoming events for this month; Niello Serrano Concours on Oct. 5th – El Dorado Hills, Sat. October 18th - Jim Davis and Tony Pantoja putting on a drive with a BBQ on the lakes in Rancho Murrieta, and on November 1st – Halloween Rally, Bob Byers and Tony Pantoja

It is that time of year again, and I would like to remind all of our members that nominations for next year’s officers will begin at our regular meeting October 7th . Nominations will conclude at the regular meeting on November 5th, with elections by secret ballot to follow at that meeting. All new officers shall be seated at the Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner, December 2nd with all due ceremony, terms shall begin January 1, 2015.

As per the By Laws of the United British Sports Car Club, nominations will be open for the office of:

Vice President

Nominations shall be open for anyone that is interested in any of these positions, you must be a member of the UBSCC and your dues must be current.

This club runs on the interest and selflessness of its members. We, as a club make it better. You as a member can enjoy the UBSCC through the next year by turning out for, and participating in as many events as you can.

Enjoy that glass of wine !!

Mike Rapoza





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