HMCC/DML Side Of The Road Show
in Sealy, TX
Michael Clark and Gene Rivers
The first annual DML Spring Fling is part of the Houston
Mopar Connection Club.
13 members along with several non members in attendance:
Fellow Daksters, We all had a great time in Texas at our meet.
The meet began with a picnic at Bastrop. Mike, Gene & Renee, and Steve Waller meet up at the Rodeway Inn in Sealy and cruised to Bastrop. There was some mixup as to where the picnic would take place. Most members were told to head for Bastrop State Park, but Saturday morning Gene had discovered it was actually a place called Fisherman's Park. So our first stop was at the State Park where we put up a poster to point the late arrivers in the right direction. This is where we met up with Jim Vaught, Heather, and Bernd Ratsch. Soon we had a 6 Dak caravan going to Fisherman's Park. Heather was in the lead and said she knew where it was... well, she got us in the area pretty dang close but we had wait on the side of the road until exact directions could be found. Finally we made it to the picnic and got the Daks parked.
Daks begin showing up
The ceremonial applying of the DML logo!
Gene & Renee's R/T with DML logo and tailgate URL
Time for a group photo shoot!
Bernd's offroad excursion
Heather sign's Jon Steiger's T-Shirt
An HMCC member's Durango
We went to race on Sun, but unfortunately the weather the night before didn't cooperate. While Sun was a beautiful day in Sealy, the shutdown area of the drag strip was under water 8^( It is an awesome site to see all those Dakotas driving on the interstate and the roads through town. We got a lot of attention! We had the driveway to the race track shutdown with Dakotas.
After being told that the track would not open, we decided to just have a party right there on the service road of I-10. Before long we had 12-13 Dakotas. At one time there were 5 R/T Dakotas in one spot (R/T=1DA,2SY,2BK) along with 5-6 "Normal" Dakotas (if there is such a thing). You should have seen the looks we were getting from the highway. Several non DML Dakotas turned off the interstate to join us. Jim Vaught from San Antonio even brought his "rolling swap meet", laid it all out right there on the ground and did pretty well. I think Jim had everything back there but an engine! A couple of brand-x'ers and a couple of slushstangs stopped too, but they didn't hang around. The ferds tried to drag race each other on the service road, but it was so lame that we Dodgers just burst out in laughter! Even a canrio w/ rally sport and z-28 badges stopped, he too left, after seeing all the Dakotas.
The Side of the Road Show takes form...
Jim's Rolling Swap Meet!
After a few hours we decided the side of the road show should move on to something else so we decided to caravan back into Sealy and invade the local Wal-Mart.
Dak's on the prowl...
Once we arrived we decided to take over a section of the parking lot and have yet another group photo shoot!
The Final Gathering
Thanks to Gene & Renee we had some cool shirts too! There were black with lime green lettering and had the circular "smoke 'em" DML logo on the back and a Texas HMCC/DML logo on the front.
The Parting Shot
If anyone is interested in attending the next Texas Spring Fling, or any upcoming Houston area meet, be sure to check out the Houston DML Meet Homepage. Where you'll find all the information you need on upcoming events and also reports of previous meets.
If you find any errors, please let me know.
Michael Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
June 2, 1999
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