Clenet Cluster Party 2007
Every so often, for the last 7 years, our informal group, the Clenet Cluster, gets together with or without our cars for a weekend of fun. In September we met at Alain and Kathy Clenet's ranch, Long Meadow Farm, to celebrate their newly constructed "French Country" styled home and the 30 Year Anniversary of the founding of Clenet Coachworks.
Asha has her own swim wear company, ASHACouture.
Long Meadow Farm
is located just north of Santa Barbara in Santa Inez. Recently the Clenets
have constructed a beautiful 8500 sq ft "French Country" styled ranch house,
so we had an excellent reason to celebrate the 30 Year Anniversary of Clenet
Coachworks as a combination house warming party.
|Guests began arriving at 10:00am and everyone received a 2 DVD set with clips of Clenet appearances in films, news programs, parades (etc.) including digitized videos of previous Cluster gatherings. The total amount of material runs for about 4 hours.|
|Additionally, many photographs of the day's activities were taken. They have been collected and made into slide-show 'movies' which are offered below as steaming video downloads.|
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A group of 6 cars left a day early in a convoy from San Diego (about 4 hours south). We also met with another car in Orange County. There were some issues, and not all cars made the trip, as you will see later, but here you can see us getting ready to leave. Convoy from San Diego
Since a bunch of us arrived early to set up the party, we could take some photos of the new house at Long Meadow Farm
The next day there were many Clenets out Front in the court yard.
The day's planned activities included a sit down lunch at a local restaurant and an auction of Clenet parts, memorabilia, car related items (etc). In this 'movie" we see People at the Party. At this link, we have Lunch in Town.
After lunch we took a bunch of posed
Much attention was given to the red Clenet's Series I seen here with Kathy talking to Alain's sons Kelly and Damien.
Social activities lasted well into the evening but then there were the inevitable Next Day Departures.
As mentioned previously, there were some Mishaps. An extremely import issue with older low-mileage cars is that the tires (which may look perfect) do have a natural life span. A number of us have previously experienced blowouts with our "brand new, 25 year-old tires" where the radial tread separates from the tire at speed. Look what happened to Wayne and Fabienne in their Series I #216 (one of the famous Wrigley twins).
Luckily, no one was hurt, and 3 weeks later "the younger twin" was good as new, pin-striping and all.