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Slipstream - April 2018

The monthly newsletter of the Maverick Region of the Porsche Club of America

Maverick Tour Preview:

Maverick Tour Preview: Stop! Smell the Bluebonnets! By Mark Pitarresi, Region Tours Co-Chair Welcome to the second annual Maverick Bluebonnet Tour! This year’s Tour will be just southeast of Dallas. Ennis is the official Bluebonnet City of Texas. Typically the bluebonnets peak around the third week of April. However, this can vary year to year due to weather conditions and terrain, so we have chosen Sunday April 15 for this year’s tour. This time we’ll witness a sneak preview one week before Ennis has their annual Bluebonnet Festival. That’s right -- this attraction is so popular that the city of Ennis actually celebrates it with an annual festival! It has been said that they have over 100,000 visitors that come to see their famous Bluebonnet Trails in the spring for the wildflower show. The tour will be approximately 1 hour 37 minutes and 68.8 miles long. Last year we had some construction and some bumpy roads to deal with, but this year we crossed The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails are the oldest such trails known in the state. Country scenery, twisty roads, elevation change, long straights and bluebonnets will be expected! out most of the bumpy roads, and the construction from last year is all fresh and oh-so-smooth. At the time this article was written there was no construction on this route. While doing a recon drive for this tour, my daughter and I were having so much fun that we had to pull over a few times and take in the moment. We will be stopping to view the bluebonnets in a classified area on this route. I can assure you that it’s probably one of the best places to take in the bluebonnets! The tour starts at 10 am at Red Oak Middle School, located at 154 Louise Ritter Blvd in Red Oak, TX 75154. The tour will end at Bubba’s BBQ and Steak House at 210 S. I-45, Ennis, TX 75119. Bubba’s BBQ is famous for great food, and can accommodate about 110 people. Our tours are generally larger than that, but there are several other places to eat in the area. Our First Timers’ Drivers’ Briefing will start at 9:45 am, and our normal Drivers’ Briefing will start at 10 am. Most of our tour members arrive early to socialize and take in the variety of Porsches. Arriving early also helps our volunteers in signing you in on time so the tour is on schedule. You can register for this tour at http://mav.pca.org/Events/Tours. asp. You will have two classes to choose from. Select Vintage class if your car is older, or if you prefer a more relaxed tour. Select Modern class if you prefer the same tour experience we have been providing in the past. However, it is ultimately your choice, no matter which model you drive. After registering we will send you an email three days before the tour with all the information needed to attend. 14 April

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