As I sit here getting ready to write this, I am gazing outside on this beautiful Saturday, February 22, 2020. It’s near 50 degrees out, with a slight breeze. I can feel the spring light coming in the window, teasing me, but I know it’s about to duck down behind a cloud and soon to follow, behind the horizon. Yes, the days are getting longer. Yes, it’s getting a bit warmer overall. Then the National Weather Service has to ruin my ruminations by telling me that this coming week, Winter will be back for a little while. That’s Montana, doing what she wants.
I’ve had it: I’m going to pack up my bags and run away. At least for a little while. I’ll be off to Palm Springs at the end of this week to attend the Zone 14 President’s meeting. We had this bright idea last year while in Saskatoon to jaunt off to the warm lands of California! And I’m super glad we all agreed! The meeting will take place at the same venue that Parade will be in June. I’ll give you all a full report when I return. I have talked to a few of you, but please don’t hesitate to let me know any questions or concerns that I can take with me regarding our club, Parade, or PCA in general—I will take them along and address them with many in the PCA executive council.
Thank you again to the Kruegers and to everyone who came to the Baked Potato Party last weekend. A wonderful time was had by all! I can’t wait for our next jaunt with you all!
The next thing on our agenda is the Tech Session on March 21, and then our first drive of the season, Road to Chico, April 25 & 26, 2020.
Last night we watched Ford v Ferrari starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. It was up for four Oscars, and won two—Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Editing. I can attest to it being deserving of both. The cinematography was also wonderful: I felt like I could smell the gasoline on some of those scenes. Christian Bale’s portrayal of Ken Miles while driving made me feel a bit like someone was filming me while driving, the way he talked to the car and praised her and asked her for more. I want to know more back story of how Carroll Shelby got to where he was with Ford Motor Company. Yes, yes, I know I’m being a little blasphemous by going on about all these “other” marques, however, Shelby does drive a Porsche Speedster in the opening scenes. It’s good to see it, although you cringe when he does a U-turn across multiple lanes of traffic while a bit angry. Not to worry, Porsche Purists, film and television have ways of keeping those vintage cars pristine: it’s called, not using a vintage car at all! For film, if you’re using a car in a scene, you usually must have at least three cars, so any one car has two backups. There’s not a lot of vintage metal just laying around that can still run. A lot of film cars are replicas, and there’s a lot of magic that goes into making us suspend our disbelief. But let us not fret—ALL the Cobras were replicas. Ford v Ferrari was a great way to spend two and a half hours, cheering and crying, crying and cheering. I highly recommend grabbing some popcorn and turning it up—get ready to smell the rubber.