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1972 BMW 2002 tii

A Visit to Van Sant

Classic Velocity

The Sunday after Thanksgiving was a clear sunny unusually warm day. I decided to take a run out to  Van Sant airport to give the tii some exercise on perhaps one of the few remaining nice days this year. The tii was decked out in its winter livery. ie: Bottlecaps replaced the BBS wheels which had been cleaned and put away for the winter.The car was its' usual brilliant self on the run there and back.

Van Sant Airport is really an airfield complete with grass runways, and is used more for gliders and antique aircraft. On any given Sunday, there is a fair amount of activity as tow planes pull gliders up into the sky. The tow planes themselves are an interesting variety of single engine aircraft of varying age. It is amazing how slowly they get airborne. The hangars contain some more interesting vintage equipment including a biplane or two and a variety of WWII trainers. The radial air-cooled engines are another fascinating aspect of these planes. But I digest....

Every Sunday, Van Sant is a gathering spot for a variety of car and motorcycle enthusiasts of all types. There really is no rhyme or reason other than it is a bucolic setting with some good driving/riding roads surrounding it. I saw one of the first Aston Martin Vantage cars sold in the flesh there, parked next to a Model T. I saw 3 Citroen DS cars there one weekend, along with a Renault 5 Turbo, and a Peugeot 505. Apparently the French club was out enjoying the day. The bikes are just as eclectic. Harley panheads and Ducati 1098s, BMW /2s and Triumph Bonnevilles, BSAs, and Goldwings. You never know what might turn up.

Today continued the traditon. There was a small group of muscle car guys with a Chevelle, a Challenger, and a 57 Chevy, there was a Caterham 7, and an E Type Jag along with my tii. The bikes included a cool RD350 Yamaha, an R90S similar to my own  smoke silver except this one was fully assembled. There was also an MV Agusta F4 Senna, a Bonneville, and a bunch of Harleys. You just never know....