Train Day at the Clements'
February 24, 2008
Old Car and Train Day (otherwise known as the magical mystery tour)
Sandy and Clem Clement once again proved that within the bounds of Northern Virginia lies a place that belies description in terms of normal suburban activity. Rod Sterling would be proud of our friendsí get together with friends of vehicular and trainicular (sic) persuasion. The Clementís gathering this year was even more spectacular than in years past. Not only was the house packed with friends of model trains and antique cars, overflowing with kids of every description and food in every room but there was also conversation overflowing at every turn that even had little to do with either cars or trains Ė imagine that! The front lawn was overflowing with old cars (even some non-Fords) and laughing couples who seemed to be right at home with this happening in such a beautiful setting. Several V-8s had arrived before we had to leave, including the Burnsí í41 Woodie, an Leo Cummings' 50s Mercury, the Girman's '53 Victoria and a 38/39 pickup in addition to Clemís 38 pickup. The Clements set aside an area of their garage just for kids to enjoy by spreading out several train layouts and other generous assortments of toys so the kids are not left out of the entertainment. The model train layouts, by the way, have expanded , if thatís possible, to such an extent that the Clementís house is now obviously a confirmed haven for both retired car lovers and model train nutís or both, simultaneously or individually. What a neat event. The Clementís open house was an amazing success. Thanks Sandy, thanks Clem. Jason Javaris