Record high temperatures, and a last-minute change in venue did not deter us from convening our 11th Annual Beltsville Shell Reunion.
Once again Herman offered his air-conditioned garage for the reunion and a refuge from the 90+ degree Washington DC area heat! Herman showed us all the amazing detailed machine work he is able to perform with the plasma cutter. Watch for a future post of an example of his craftsmanship. Dexter and Brenda drove their Harley from Delaware to join us. Lynn Bladen-Garland gets the long-distance award for coming to Beltsville from New Hampshire. Due to a last-minute family emergency, Tom and Bonnie were unable to attend.
First Row (L to R): Steve Anderson, Sonny Boteler, Lynn (Bladen) Garland, Brenda (Fisher) Drake, Cary
Second Row (L to R): Phil Corbin, Sam Whitmore, Herman Knauer, Nace Delauter, Dexter Drake, Pat Thomas
Attending but not shown: Hannah Mortfeld; with us in spirit: Tom and Bonnie Hontz
We took the occasion to celebrate Nace's Birthday. Tom & Bonnie had a special cake made with a photo of Nace's 1962 Chevy Impala.
While we all had a really great time, this birthday was much calmer than Nace's 21st Birthday back on Yucca Street when a bunch of my beer-drinking friends trashed my parent's house and one of my buddies crashed his 1967 Stingray into a few of my neighbors cars (see page 75 "Beltsville Shell: You Are What You Drive"). I guess we have mellowed with age!
Special thanks to Herman, Hannah, Bonnie, Tom, Nace, Sam, Phil, and Lynn for the great food and beverages.