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Northern Virginia Regional Group

2nd Annual Poker Run

April 12, 2003


Charlie Morrison

Twenty-two Northern Virginia Regional Group members and guests took part in the Annual Spring Poker Run on April 12th and it was a great day for Fording.  Once again Ken Burns and Don Lombard did an exFORDinarily good job of planning and preparation  - they even had the weatherman’s cooperation.  It was a beautiful spring day and the 10 cars behaved like good Fords should.  We started at the Holiday Inn at Fair Oaks and wound our way through the Virginia countryside with stops for cards at Clifton, on Route 15 at Harmony Church Road, Philomont (the great old General Store on Snickersville Pike) and the historic 1763 Inn on Route 50 past Upperville where we had a delicious lunch of various German dishes. 

Things went well although a Stop sign did jump out in front of the writer's '35 Ford coupe causing a slight ding in a very solid front bumper. The pain was eased somewhat when after the meal the cards were opened and I won first prize with a Club Flush.  Mine was the first hand opened and there was some grumbling since I had recently won two consecutive 50-50's at recent Club meetings. I promised not to enter another Regional Group contest and was awarded a nice trophy. It was a really nice tour - shame on you members who missed it - great FORD _FUN.

Photos Courtesy of Cliff Green

This smiling band of V-8ers is about to embark on the Northern Virginia Regional Group's Annual Poker Run through some of the scenic countryside and meandering byways that pass through Virginia's fabled hunt country. A '41 Super Deluxe and '39 Standard Station Wagon frame the group.

A nice selection of Early V-8s lines up before departing on the Run. The day was absolutely beautiful; cool temperatures and plenty of sunshine to lift our spirits after a long and hard winter (well, at least for this part of the country).

Cliff Green's original '36 Phaeton provides the backdrop as tour organizers Ken Burns and Don Lombard give last minute instructions to drivers and their navigators. The red folder in Ken's contains emergency directions to our lunch rendezvous just in case folks weren't paying attention.

John and Patty Girman's '53 Vicky sits at the first check point in historic Clifton, Virginia. The Heart-in-Hand Restaurant (look closely for the sign by the flag) was one of Nancy Reagan's favorites when she was First Lady. Also in the "80s, the restaurant was temporarily re-converted back to its original purpose and used as a general store in the opening scenes of the movie Broadcast News.

Dave and Barbara Westrate's Dearborn winning '39 Standard Woodie on the road somewhere on the tour route. The trees didn't have leaves yet, but all the early bloomers like azaleas and wisteria were out in all their glory.

Don't Cliff's Phaeton and Charlie Morrison's Dearborn winning '35 Three Window look right at home in front of the Philomont General Store?

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