Ronnie Riley and I arrived in Seabrook for the Keels & Wheels Concours on Friday afternoon and decided to go to an early dinner at about 5p.m. We had sampled selections from Merlion in Seabrook at the Keels & Wheels Uncorked event, and couldn't wait to try the restaurant.
The decor is very cool and contemporary and fortunately we beat the dinner crowd. In fact the place was filling up as we finished our delicious meal. The food and drink are great, but if you go on Friday or Saturday night reservations are recommended. This place has the full stamp of approval from the foodies in the Riley family.
After that great dinner, we decided to take in the sites and go for a walk to burn a few calories. A short drive brought us to Pine Gully Park and Pier where we met a new friend.
The Concours d'Elegance at Lakewood Yacht Club
On Saturday morning at about 3 a.m. our phones went off with a tornado warning. We sat up for about an hour looking out our hotel room window, hearing the wind howl, and watching the driving rain. None of this seemed to bode well for the Concours, and it turns out some good friends were just arriving in Seabrook during the height of the storm with one of hits of the show.
Fortunately Saturday dawned beautiful and clear in that way the always seems to follow a Texas coastal storm. I attempt to photograph every car on the field at the Concour events we attend. It is sometimes a herculean task to get clear shots of the cars without arms and head obscuring the cars. Although I took approximately 400 photos I did miss a small number of cars. Apologies to those owners.
Upon arrival at the Concours we met up with our good friend and neighbor Bill Thomas. We've watched the crew at Team Thomas work on this 1927 Cadillac Model 314 formal division sedan over the last two years, and you'd never imagine the basket case they started with. The colors inside and out are spectacular and are Harley Early '27 Caddy correct. Not everything in the roaring 20's was "any color you want as long as it's black." Congratulations to Bill and his crew for their class win.
Everywhere we turned we saw good friends and their cars.
On Sunday we had the excellent brunch at Lakewood served in their waterfront ballroom, featuring a breakfast buffet and delicious lunch entrees to choose from including omelet & waffle station, delectable seafood & chicken entrees, carved roast beef, smoked salmon, cold boiled shrimp and more! During the Concours the brunch is open to the public, and highly recommended. It was to die for, but I was too busy eating to remember to take a picture!
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As the old time followers of GarageDlx know, I always end with a video. This is one we received from Train Boy while we were eating at Merlion of him taking his brother for a drive in our junkyard reject '62 Corvair Monza...not his 16 year old brother Brandon, but his 14 year old brother Collin. Mom was terrified, Pop was proud as punch!