Each fall Sandpoint and the surrounding hillsides burn with the beauty of the changing fall colors. People breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy the fleeting scenery.
On Saturday, October 20th, some of the temporary beauty was provided by the Gem State Chapter of the Hudson, Essex & Terraplane car club.
“My dad brought me home from the hospital in one and I’ve had one ever since,” said Charlie Nau, sitting in the front seat of his 1957 Hudson Hornet.
He drove from Missoula, Montana along with his club-mates Greg Maroney and Kathy Burrington of Kalispel, Montana, to Sandpoint for the seventh and final meeting of the year for the club.
Eight of the historic cars made the trip this year. A forecast of rain and possibly snow kept many of the 128 members away.
“Can you imagine driving a 1937 Terraplane all the way from Kalispell in a snow storm?” asked Kathy Burrington while sitting comfortably in the passenger’s seat of Nau’s Hudson.
Maroney would have been happy to drive the Terraplane from Kalispel, but, sometimes, it’s just best to sit back and enjoy the ride of a friend’s car.