On Saturday, October 2nd, a small but enthusiastic group of CVC members took to the back roads of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York as we ventured through the Berkshire Mountains and into the Catskill Mountains on a tour that took us from Windsor Locks, CT to Hunter Mountain, in Hunter, NY for that ski area’s Oktoberfest Festival. We only had eight cars, but there was a nice range, as old as a late 60’s 1600 GT, to as new as a 2010 335i coupe, with a Z3, Z4, E46 cabriolet, 2-door and 4-door in between, and rounding off the list was a new 1 series. In spite of the should-we-be-building-an-ark weather the two days immediately preceding the event, Saturday was just glorious, with nary a cloud to be seen, albeit a bit cool, announcing that Autumn has indeed arrived in the Northeast, with temps in the 50’s. To their credit though, all three of our “tourers” who could, wasted no time in lowering their drop-tops to further enjoy the crisp air and the beautiful surroundings.
The drive was a little less than 110 miles and covered some fun roads with interesting terrain. As an unexpected benefit, unknown at the time we organized the event, BMW Motorrad was at Hunter Mountain in full force with huge displays of Beemers and motorcycle accessories and gear, and many of our group found interest in their offerings, as well. Although I don’t believe anyone of our group took advantage, they were also offering test rides on many of the new bikes that were on display. There was German-style entertainment, as well as more contemporary bands for our listening pleasure, and many and varied booths with vendors, ranging from one booth that displayed just about anything you could think of, made out of skis, to another with cigars and brandy. And of course, there was plenty of food and drink available.
The mountain was running one of their chairlifts and several of us took the ride up to extend the view of the neighboring mountains and village below, and some even opted to hike the trails to get back to the base lodge.
Given the small size of the group, we were quite pleased that half of the cars were either first-timers, or very nearly first-timers, having maybe one other event under their belts. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day and we hope that it will entice them to attend more events in the future.
Thanks to all who took time out of their schedules to join us for the day. Bob & Sheila Morin