Hello again! I am sorry for the long delay in posts. The end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 was crammed full of me getting sick, James hurting his back, and death in my family. I have lots of content on the way, though, starting with a recap of an awesome weekend that we just spent visiting DeLorean owners in Puerto Rico!
Earlier this year, the Puerto Rico DeLorean Club extended an invitation to DMC Houston to attend what was going to be the biggest gathering of DeLoreans in the history of the island - 15 cars out of the 21 known to be in Puerto Rico would be in attendance at the XXIV Gran Feria de Autos Antiguos, a huge gathering of all makes and models of cars in Puerto Rico to celebrate the island's love for the automobile. James and I have always wanted to visit Puerto Rico, so we jumped at the opportunity to not only set off on another adventure, but to visit with the very proud and active local DeLorean club. Puerto Rico itself also represents a giant "could have been" in DMC history, as it was the other major contender along with Belfast, Northern Ireland to host the production facilities of the DeLorean DMC-12.
James and I flew out on Thursday afternoon from Houston and arrived that evening in San Juan, PR's capital city. There was a local time difference of +2 hours from our time zone. We decided to pick up a Mustang convertible (which we sadly didn't take any pictures of!) from the car rental facilities and use it to cruise around the island on Friday, since the show didn't officially begin until Saturday. We set the alarm for our usual get-up-for-work time and watched the sunrise over the water from our hotel balcony. We then got ready for the day and jumped in the Mustang to grab some breakfast on the way out of town. We hit a Krispy Kreme on the outskirts of San Juan... don't judge... there aren't very many in Houston. Then we continued counter-clockwise around the island for the remainder of the day. The day was sunny and about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. A wonderful break from the sudden cold front we were dealing with back at home. The island is a little over 100 miles long, and about 40 miles wide, so it was easy to fit a loop around it into a day trip. The scenery was beautiful and there was plenty of wildlife to watch.
Saturday and Sunday were reserved for the Gran Feria, and it did not disappoint! James and I headed over to the tent that housed the DeLorean club and we were given an impressive welcome. DMC Houston does a lot of business with its members, so it was awesome to finally be able to put faces to all of the names and voices that I have heard over the phone in the last few years. I could always tell by the conversations I would have with them that they were an extremely close-knit group that had a lot of pride in their cars and the ties that they had with Puerto Rico. That pride was even more obvious in person. To all the club members - You guys are amazing and you are true fans of the car! We can't wait to see you again!
You can check out their Facebook page here!
And if you would like to see more pictures, check out the full album here!
There is a Home Depot in Kemah, a local waterfront town, that hosts (or maybe just tolerates) a cruise-in on Saturday nights. James and I visit occasionally when we are in the area, and have even brought his Avanti there for some evening drives. With Jim in town, we wanted to make sure he got to see it, as it is always a great mix of cars, most of which he doesn't get to see back home. James decided on driving the Avanti again, and I chose to take my DeLorean out, since it was due for some good driving. The meet starts around 5 or 6 pm, depending on weather, and runs until around 9 or 10 pm. There are plenty of restaurants around for snacking, and it is less than a mile away from the Kemah Boardwalk, a local attraction. Here's a bit of what we saw!
Hi, I'm Sarah and I'm a car nut, bird lover, and musician. I have recently transitioned from music teacher to automotive service manager, and there have been lots of cool stories and crazy characters along the way!