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Just got notification last night that one of the very few Fortvac Bernardi "supercars" will be in attendance on Saturday. Search the 'welcome' forum for this car and you'll find it. Looks like I'll have to revive the online newsletter for the guys who can't make it this year!
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:53 AM
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Oh very cool! Sounds like it is back up and running.
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Well, the weather still has to behave for Carlisle, but at least my car was behaving this week. I've officially dusted the cobwebs off the silver Cimbria and drove it around for an hour or so to figure out what things were going to fall off. Some things fell off. I put them back on. And it looks like the car will make it to Carlisle this year!

I put a new exhaust system on it this week so that it doesn't look like it has 'roids anymore with that ugly old system hanging out the back. But we also confirmed that -- it's official -- I'm not running on all cylinders. But three-and-a-half cylinders should still get me to the show and back.

Assuming no torrential rains, see you guys there this weekend!
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On the road now heading to VA. We will be staying in gordonsville and driving up to the show all weekend.
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I hope you folks take lots of pictures, to share with us.
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Trailer is packed up, gathering last minute items for camping and cookouts. Will be there early tomorrow morning with cameras in hand!
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I wish I could go please post lots of pictures

maybe next year i can meet you all there.

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This year's show was under the influence of weather, yet again. The forecast for the week was rain up until the opening day, then bright and sunny for the three days of the show... yeah, right. I'll believe it when I see it. My plan was to camp in the trailer I brought the car in (18' box) and store the car under a cover outside or under the club tent if it were really pouring. The show runs from Friday to Sunday, and come Thursday morning the clouds were parting and by afternoon all of the east coast was basking under a high pressure system and the promise of a glorious weekend. Oh hell yeah!
I drove up Friday morning under a cloudless sky and arrived on the grounds around 9am or so. Fridays typically are vendor set-up days and people coming in to the on-site campgrounds. The site is 82 acres, and holds car events every month through the summer season - and some events with the major manufacturers will fill and overflow the entire site.
Anyway, a quick overview of the grounds, looking from the top of the hill at the trailer parking lot:




Unfortunately I wasn't able to get too many photos on Saturday of much of the showfield as I was talking with too many folks with the Sterling. I was able to grab a few minutes and walk around with a buddy and I had my video cam, and will post a much-edited video when I get it ready. But, for now, I have a handful. The Sterling club is wide spread and difficult to assemble in one spot. This year it was only my car, the current production car, a buddy's Cimbria and a newly acquired Fortvac Bernardi - the last generation evolution of the Cimbria (Eagle, for the UK folks). One of four in existence that we know of, the owner has some interesting plans for it. He's an automotive design engineer in electrical systems (you'd love talking with him, Lauren!), and just as laid-back as they come. So, on to the photos..

The usual gaggle of dune buggies. This year Alex Dearborn was there (of the Dearborn Deserter) and Bruce Meyers of Meyers Manx once again:


The club lineup, as it were:



Several shots of the Bernardi. The Cimbria molds had made their way to Canada at some point in the '80's. There was a company that wanted to produce the next generation of the car called the "Viper 2000", featuring a full tube frame, all the safety gear required by CDN law and powered by a Porsche 930 engine. There were two made that we know of and know where one is - and it's for sale for cheap as it's been sitting for a long time. Anyway, Bernardi purchased the molds and engineering sometime later and created the "Fortvac" Bernardi, which, from what we can tell, was a conglomeration of the owners names or some such. But they kept the frame engineering and molded the body slightly different and ditched the Porsche power for a GM drivetrain - in this case a GM 5.7L mated to an older Oldsmobile Toronado transaxle. The car is still rough as it had been sold as a "running, daily driver" which the current owner assuredly stated was far from the truth! But it came under it's own power with few issues.. and yes, the wing was part of the ground effects package back in the day! Enjoy!









One of the requisite pretty girls on site, doing her job..



and a couple of artsy-fartsy shots with the sunset Saturday evening. Will post video when I get it edited..




Thanks to the guys that showed up to sit and shoot the bull under the tent - Jim (mud4fun) and his wife up from Georgia, Brandon (who isn't part of the forum yet) and his girlfriend down from up state New York, Dan (also not part of the forum) in from Indiana who just acquired a Sterling and knew Al Hildenbrand (Sebring manufacturer), and Bob with his Bernardi. Special wishes to Mike from New York who was dealing with a family crisis and couldn't make it this year, thanks to Warren for gliding in with his Cimbria and Dave for hosting the cookouts Friday and Saturday evenings! When the video edit is complete it will be posted.
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ah...ehm..wasn't someone else there? Boy, first I get forgotten on the buggy cruise and left to find my way back from the midde of nowhere and now even my appearance during the weekend gets forgotten alltogether...I think I saw this happen on the "Twilioght Zone"...
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........ There were two made that we know of and know where one is - and it's for sale for cheap as it's been sitting for a long time. .....
Great pictures Rick, thanks for those. I didn't see this one posted on the marketplace; is it?
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