April 22, 2016 in Event Report

by Tim McNiff (Austin Healey Club)

As one of the February Club Events the Austin-Healey Association was invited to join the Jaguar Owner’s Club for their annual Surf and Turf Rally. I drove down to the Jaguar Training Center in Irvine arriving about 8:15 in time to join Mike and Kathy Scroggie in their BJ8, Marty Hovivian in his “Gray” 100, Dex and Peggy Kaytis in their BT7, and Steve Kirby who was going “modern”. As we were enjoying the muffins, croissants, sweet rolls and fresh fruit on hand along with freshly brewed Starbucks coffee, John and Daryl Hedblom pulled in in their RHD 100. We were then joined by Peter and Alexandra Roses with their 100-6, who arrived after first stopping at the United Artists meet in Montrose/La Canada.

Peter didn’t have a chance to remove his jacket or gloves before being asked to look under the hood of Marty’s car which was having a distributor problem. After wrangling a temporary fix they joined everyone else; signed in, received a gift bag of Simple Green cleaning products for the car, and gathered with the Healey people and over 40 Jaguar owners.

We were greeted by the President of the JOC and then Steve Kirby took over to explain the drive and the rules for the Poker hand, and trivia contest that would be part of the day’s drive. Some trivia questions dealt with “1972”, the theme for the day, and some dealt with visual references found during the drive. At the conclusion of Steve’s instructions everyone headed for their cars and prepared to depart on the drive. After travelling less than three miles we arrived at a hidden historical gem located behind a mini-mall off of Lake forest Drive and Serrano Rd. The Heritage Hill Historical Park contains examples of life in the Saddleback Valley from the Mexican Rancho era to the citrus farms of the early twentieth century. We were able to view the Serrano Adobe built on-site around 1863, the El Toro Grammar School built in 1890, the St. George Mission of the Episcopal Church built in 1891, and the Harvey Bennett Ranch House built in 1908. The grammar school, mission church and ranch house were moved to the park from nearby El Toro Road.

The drive then took us west past the Irvine Great Park (old El Toro MCAS), north into Portola springs, west again to Tustin, then north on Jamboree Blvd to Santiago Canyon Road. Here we turned south and followed Santiago Canyon past Irvine Lake (very dry!!) to Cook’s Corner (lots of motorcycles!!). We turned onto Live Oak Canyon Rd drove past O’Neill Park and into Santa Margarita then southwest into Mission Viejo to our lunch destination at the Hacienda Cantina on Vista del Lago with a view of Lake Mission Viejo. We enjoyed a plated lunch picked from six delicious options, karaoke music from 1972, and a raffle with very interesting prizes; the proceeds of which went to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Some couples arrived during lunch after having made a few wrong turns or misreading the instructions. One missed turn on Santiago Canyon Road was realized when they reached Anaheim Stadium. Plus, our intrepid Marty H. never made it to lunch. After finishing 60% of the drive the distributor started acting up again and Marty made for home. For those of us who joined the Jaguar Owners Club for this rally it was an enjoyable day. More from Steve Kirby of the JOC: Thanks to Tim for a great write up on our most successful Surf and Turf ever. We had a total of over 90 in attendance, including the aforementioned Healey Club members, and raised a record $2500 for Cystic Fibrosis Research. Many thanks to all my helpers, to the sponsors who donated raffle prizes, to Jaguar for hosting us at the Training Center and to Simple Green for the great goodie bags!