Monday, June 15, 2015

The British Are Coming

Actually they've arrived by these sights we saw this weekend.
One thing we've learned on our road trips is that we never know when the unexpected will happen as it did this past Saturday, as we were returning from a trip to visit friends in Mississauga, Ontario.

For about an hour, we were travelling behind this convoy of classic MGs on the NY Thruway. After losing sight of them in highway traffic, we didn't expect to see them again. Surprisingly, we all of stopped at the same rest stop in New York state.

Grenville once owned an MG Midget, so (of course) we had to stop and chat with the car owners. It seems that the cars and their owners, who are members of the Connecticut MG Club, were returning from a British car show in Niagara Falls.

The weather was getting warm and before leaving the rest stop, all the car tops has been put down before the group headed on the road again. 

And, we figured that would be the last time we would see this congenial and very friendly group.

How wrong that assumption turned out to be. Because, once again, we met up at a rest stop, but in another state this time. It was outside Lee, MA, and once the conversation started. We were considering a lunch stop, other than the fast food franchises at the rest stop, and the the CT folks were as well. How ironic we thought. 

Getting off the highway, we all came to the Housatonic Cafe, a deli and sandwich eatery in Lee, MA.

The cafe is housed in a restored Victorian house, with both indoors and outdoors seating. It features made-to-order deli sandwiches and freshly made ices and ice cream. It was a great alternative to fast food. 

We had a nice time lunching with our new-found friends. We learned that several would be attending a British car show in Hudson, NH next month. And now, we plan to attend as well.

Betcha you can easily spot our car in the midst of these vintage autos.

Hint: It's the largest one, by far.
Just wondering if anyone else has had an unexpected/chance encounter.


Gill - That British Woman said...

It's funny you should have posted this, as yesterday there were one or two of them knocking around our town and I was wondering why as the weather wasn't the greatest. This makes sense now........thanks for posting.

possum said...

How cool. I had a MG once upon a time. Had a Vauxhall when I was in college. Best Vauxhall story - was on my way to school - student teaching, was real low on gas. Pulled in, asked the boy to fill her up. Are you ready for this????? He said, $3.
I said I knew that was not true, the Vauxhall did not hold that much gas!
4 cylinder cars were rare back then. Loved that car!

Out on the prairie said...

I had a midget also. Got a TR 3 next. Lots of fun to drive, my dad would grab my keys when I came to visit.

Anonymous said...

What a fun outing for you. I rode in an MG once and I recall how small it was. I prefer a sedan, which has more room.

Sandra said...

this is so cool, i love the story and the old cars and laughed out loud at the BIG car in the last shot.. love that old house to

Daisy said...

What fun to get to see these cars and talk to their owners and then continue bumping into them!

Anvilcloud said...

Ah ... so you're going to visit that backwater country again?!

Emma Springfield said...

Life's little coincidences can make life so much more fun. You will have a good time re-uniting with your new friends.

A Quiet Corner said...

Talk about sticking out like a sore thumb!! Your car is a giant among those midgets!!...:)JP

William Kendall said...

Such beautiful cars!

Anonymous said...

Oh how fun! Turned out to be a great meeting!

Lady Jane said...

I love MG'S. Although I have never owned one. I love the really old 59' TD. Oh to own one of those suckers, lol... Hugs, LJ

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