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The 2011 Southwest Regional event at Borrego Springs Resort and Spa

In March we had our Southwest Regional event at Borrego Springs Resort and Spa. As you've no doubt guessed, the location for the event was in Borrego Springs California, approximately 3 hours southeast of Los Angeles. Borrego Springs is a popular destination for car clubs in Southern California. The San Diego Section's Tequila Rose regional event has been held there in prior years, as well as events by Rolls Royce, Corvette, MG, Classic Car Club of America and the Antique Car Club of America.

The San Diego section hosted this weekend long event, and all southwestern region members were welcome to attend. Guests began arriving on Friday evening, and stayed through Sunday. They enjoyed the use of the hospitality suite, participated in a Gymkhana, and a Rally. In the evening, there was an awards banquet where trophies were presented to participants of each event. In addition to the dinner, there was an Auto Memorabilia Show, an auction, and a raffle - with the top prize being registration for two at the 2012 event.

These are some photos from the event. We'd like to thank Bob Gunthorp for taking the photos, and Geoff Bolt for his captions and getting the digital snapshots to us - thank you both for a job well done.

Tom Richards (left) and Steve Ross confer, as San Diego President Jonathan White sites a cone for the Gymkhana

Steve Ross, left, briefs the drivers on the Gymkhana rules

Steve walks the course with the drivers

Jonathan White is the first to tackle the Gymkhana course in his Smart Car

Rallye master, Bob Gunthorp, with Pat Pionek and Bob's 1970 300SEL 6.3

Raffle prizes

Bud Cloninger's Auto Memorabilia display

Part of the organizing team, from left, Carol Ross, Steve Ross, Tom Richards, Geoff Bolt and Jojie Bolt, relax as yet another successful Southwestern region Joint Event, Southwest Stars to the Blooming Desert, is finally entered into the history books, but they can't wait to get going again next year!!!!!

First prize in the Gymkhana is presented to Dale Becker, left, of Orange County Section

Rallye winners, Ron Borino, left, and John Hutchinson, both of Desert Stars Section,
receive their award from Pat Pionek and Rallye Master Bob Gunthorp

Bud, Cloninger, right, President of Desert Stars Section, receives his first place award for the Auto Memorabilia Show

Long Beach-South Bay Vice President and Treasurer, Gerhard Fehrmann, right,
receives his winning raffle price certificate for $200 off of next year's event

Ed Gadlish, left, who, with his wife Barb, were the only representatives from Chaparral Section to attend,
receives his Regional Director's Award from Steve Ross

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