looking at cars in the driving rain


Last Saturday, the hourly forecast showed quick storms at 1:00 and then again later in the afternoon, but with otherwise sunny skies and relatively low chance of precipitation. Even with the chance of rain, we decided to motor on to get to Micro Mini Car Day.

As predicted, the morning was clear and hot. We’d hoped to leave around noon to make the start of the car show at 1:00, but with the typical challenges of getting everyone fed and otherwise ready to go, it was closer to 1 by the time we got the kids buckled into the car. As I ran back to the house to grab one last thing, John called out to me to also grab some umbrellas.

I don’t have many superstitions, but I know for certain that the best way to avoid rain is to bring an umbrella. In this respect, the umbrellas failed us. Which is not to say that we were sorry to have them with us.

The hourly forecast was partially correct. It did indeed rain around 1. But it then continued to rain. And rain. And rain hard. And then it rained harder, and it rained some more. And did I mention that it rained?

I did manage to get a few photos, though, as I huddled under my umbrella.

Here is Phoebe with a bigger Mini. (I have a photo of her with the same Mini from last year.)

As you can see, the attendees were still very enthusiastic about the event. Here is someone braving the rain to photograph a convertible Isetta along with some sort of matching toy version. (I was very curious about the sort of pod-like, three-wheeled gray thing on the right, but didn’t have much chance learn what it was. Note that there is also what appears to be a black pole sticking out of the roof of the museum. That was my umbrella strap.)

Here’s are a couple of bigger Isettas. They seat 4!

Here’s that gray pod thing again, which I think looks a lot like the end of a bullet train or monorail. But a whole lot smaller.

I took this photo from the gift shop, up in the museum building, where I’d gone to get a t-shirt for John. (John’s shirt had gotten completely soaked while he was pushing Theo in the stroller, while trying to keep his umbrella moderately covering Theo.)

We spent quite a while inside the museum waiting for the rain to lighten up. Um…it didn’t.

By 4:00, the scheduled end of the show, the rain finally started to slow. By the time we returned to our car, it was barely raining at all. Then the clouds parted, and the sun came back out.

This is all to say that we went to the car show, but it was very wet. This wetness was, further, the only period of such wetness the whole weekend.

I was not sorry that we went, but it wasn’t quite the experience I might have hoped for. For one thing, they weren’t able to have the rides in the cars, at least not after we arrived. The rain was torrential, for one thing. And the attendees were drenched. (Would you want soggy-bottomed strangers plopping themselves down in your car?) And then to top it all off, a retaining wall collapsed from the rain onto part of the circular driveway where the car rides typically passed. So, no ride in an Isetta for me after all.

But I did have some fun.

10 responses to “looking at cars in the driving rain

  1. Wow! sounds very soggy and somewhat disappointing. Let’s hope for better weather next year!
    You still got some decent photos. I especially like the umbrella strap illusion.

  2. haha … love that last shot!

  3. Great pictures. Reminds me of my 1974 Mini 1000, my first car. Loved that car. Until a wheel fell off on the motorway. It was not successful as a three-wheeler.

  4. I agree: the surest way for it to rain is to bring umbrellas with you. Murphy’s Law. Can’t fight that. Actually, if I wash my car, it will either rain or snow. Remember how I love and am amazed by the perspectives you use when taking pictures? The last picture. Love it!

  5. Oh dear. That does look really wet, doesn’t it? Really, really, really wet, in fact. In other news, Phoebe is getting to be such a big girl! Wow! Or, maybe, she just looks big compared to the cars ;-)

  6. Aww, man! That stinks. Glad you guys still had a good time, though. That is a cuuute umbrella. We’re on the hunt for an umbrella for KayTar to see if it helps keep the sunlight at a manageable level.

  7. So, yes, I do still like the umbrella strap illusion, but not as much as I like the last photo, where the umbrella’s eyes look sort of anxious, in view of the faces of the cars!
    (How did I fail to comment on that before?)

  8. All those convertibles! I hope none were ruined.

    PS I must admit I love torrential rain like that (provided I have the right gear with me).

  9. What fun! I’ll have to tell my brother about this. He has both an MG and a Mini Cooper.

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