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All Hail Dave Winkler, Slayer of Relatively Big Bugs

Big Bug Slayer

2013 Bug Splat Rally Wrap Up
Congratulations to Dave Winkler for taking home the coveted Big Bug Trophy. Ernie Bloom snagged the Closest To The Dot award, while the Garners got the Most Bugs prize and the Woomers were bestowed the Fewest Bug prize.

Also joining Donna and I on the drive were Kurt & Karen Breitinger, Linda & Mark Hoelper, Dennis & Karol Mason and former members David & Devona Eastman. Tom & Sue Varallo joined us for the meal portion of the event, but I wouldn’t let them compete as I felt the Chrysler minivan they were driving would give them a slight advantage.

Last night’s event was the 10th or 12th* Master’s Miata Club Bug Splat that Donna and I have organized and while it won’t go down in history as a very buggy event, I predict it will be the most remembered.

We start the route at the south end of Whiskey Road in Aiken at the Red Bowl and finish up on the south end of Martintown Road in North Augusta at a Sonic. Both ends of the trip are definitely “in town”, but in between I try and get as rural as possible, both to avoid traffic and to increase insect impact chances.

Usually there are about 6 cars that show up, including us, so I printed out 8 maps in a fit of optimism. I should printed at least one more. We had nine cars run the route, but no worries, the maps are usually not used at all because Donna and I in the Emperor lead the train of cars along the route.

About half way through the trip, in the middle of a 3 mile section of a very backroad road I had to slow way down as there was a stopped vehicle in our travel lane. The 9 Miatas that started at about a 1/4 mile long line quickly tightened up because of the obstruction. As I got closer I could see that it was a PT Cruiser convertible with its top down. There was a man standing on the back seat facing the side of the road. At first I thought he was looking for a stray dog or something, so I checked the oncoming lane and proceeded to pass. As I started around I realized I was wrong, he was letting loose a mighty stream of urine out onto the side of the road.

Yes, you read that right, while his wife, girlfriend, possibly date sat in the passenger seat he decided to stand in the back of a PT Cruiser convertible and relieve himself.

*Maybe Dave will confirm the number for me, by counting the names “engraved” on the trophy and adding one.

1 comment to All Hail Dave Winkler, Slayer of Relatively Big Bugs

  • Dave and Sue Woomer

    We had a very enjoyable evening. Thanks for putting this together. Great food, great fun, and great people. If anyone would like to see a few more pictures, you can go to my Facebook page.@ Sue N Dave Woomer