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March 9, 2019 – Brooks Fire Department Pancake Breakfast and two garage tours

By Jim Wheat

2019 Brooks Fire Department tourMarch 9 began with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, and continued with tours of two Salem-area car collections.

Gary Rusher contacted Gene Schuff, social chairman of Willamette Valley Street Rods, with an inquiry about local car collections, and Charlie Wulfer and Marv Shetler, both of Aumsville, responded with invitations to visit their collections. It was the easiest tour he ever organized.

After breakfast we headed east to Aumsville to tour a private collection which included a ’69 Pontiac in mint condition that could be operated from a cellphone, a ’53 chevy pickup undergoing restoration. He also showed us a collection of valve covers and oil pans converted to race cars similar to pinewood derby.

Following that tour we took a long drive through the back country (blame it on GPS) to the next garage where we were invited to tour an extensive collection of automobilia signs, artifacts including gas pumps, neon signs, posters, several 39 Fords, a mint Corvette and other projects. After the tour we headed over to Sublimity for a late lunch at the Wooden Nickel.


January 19, 2019 – World of Speed, Wilsonville, OR

2019 WOS group

By Mike Bade

In January the tour to the World of Speed, was a good kick off the activities season. There was a nice showing of 14 CPPC members.

The featured display was 1960's Scarab-Offenhauser Formula 1 Race cars, the first American Formula 1 Race Car and Playboy, Chuck Daigh, early Scarab race car driver, who racked up many many wins in the Scarab. On display were two original Scarabs, race cars the best of the day, in the late 50's, breaking records where ever they raced.

Another interesting display was a collection of race car driver Mickey Thompson's Race Cars. These cars set many records at the Air Force Base in Riverside, California in 1961 and land speed racing cars.  

A continuing display is of Granatelli race cars; along with all the other race cars on display and racing memorabilia.

I have been to the World of Speed several times, the new thing that I learned was there is a High School Automotive training program. The world of Speed is a former Automobile Dealership with all the service bays and car lifts already installed.   

Automotive Instructors donate their time to teach basic automotive classes to 8 area High Schools that do not already have these classes. There is a classroom, and students have as access to the shop facilities to learn auto mechanics.

A new state of the art Hunter Brand, front end alignment machine has been recently installed so students will learn the newest in technology. They are starting to work on clients cars to apply skills they have learned.

The program is ever evolving and they are getting the word out, always looking for donations of dollars, time and materials. Contact them to learn more. 


October 20, 2018 – Phil's Fall Foliage Tour, joint with
Studebaker Drivers Club-NW

Fall Foliage 2018Studebaker Drivers Club members and guests met at Fred Meyers, Cornelius Pass Rd. @ Hwy 26, at 11:00AM and departed at noon sharp for a tour of Coast Range backroads. SDC-NW member Phil Gaffney hosted the event, which ended with a potluck at the Gaffney home in Hillsboro featuring sausage/kraut & chili, with guests bringing side dishes and desserts. Follow this link to see pictures of the event.


September 22, 2018 – The B-17 Bomber Museum Salem, OR

By David Muck, Studebaker Drivers Club NW

B-17 MuseumThe tour to the B-17 museum and luncheon was Saturday September 22nd.  We had good weather just a few sprinkles while we were at lunch other wise it was a very pleasant day.  We started out at our meeting place at the Oregon City shopping center. 

We toured together to the Flight Deck restaurant on McNary Field in Salem to have lunch.  We took up two floors at the restaurant for all of us.  Good food and good service. 

After lunch we went to the  B-17 hanger / museum for a guided tour of the museum and plane.  It was very interesting to learn about how the B-17 played a very important part in helping us to win World War II.  The guides were very informative telling us all about the operations of the plane during the war and how the ten man crew operated the aircraft.  They also went into great detail of how they are restoring the plane.  This is a huge undertaking and a ten to fifteen year  commitment. 

After the one and half hour tour a few of us went to Bauman’s Farm to view the gift shop and have some ice cream.  We had a total of thirty-four people and seventeen cars.  Out of the seventeen cars we had thirteen classics and four brand X’s.  This was a tour of three different car clubs, the Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club and two Studebaker chapters, the Willamette chapter and the North West chapter.  It was a lot of fun having all the clubs together and talking about activities of the different clubs.  I hope we can all do this again.  Thanks to all who could make the tour. Follow this link to see the pictures.


August 11, 2018 – CPPC's Hot Dog-Ust Day Cruise-In & Car Show

We hoped the stifling heat would break before the Hot Dog-Ust Day Car Show on August 11 – and we got a cool, cloudy day with a chance of rain in the forecast.

round car showEighty cars turned out nonetheless. The “chance of rain” turned out to be a half-hour of intermittent and light showers. Some folks didn’t even bother to raise their convertible tops.

We were able to turn over $5750 to our scholarship fund at Clackamas Community College for Auto Technology students, and we were happy to contribute $1000 to the CCC tracj team, who helped us set up, park cars, cook hot dogs and tear down/load out.

Click on the round poster image to read the full story of this year's Hot Dog-Ust Day, and see pictures of the event.


August 2, 2018 – Shape of Speed at Portland Art Museum

Story and pictures by Mike Bade

Follow this link or click on the picture below to see a gallery of Mike Bade's photos.

August 2nd CPPC, members went to the highly anticipated, Portland Art Museum's exhibit called The Shape of Speed: Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942, a special exhibition featuring 19 rare streamlined automobiles and motorcycles,

Shape of Speed CPPCThe Shape of Speed presented a select group of rare automobiles and motorcycles that demonstrate how auto designers translated the concept of aerodynamic efficiency into exciting machines that in many cases, looked as though they were moving while at rest.
  
The Museum displayed 17 cars and two motorcycles—the best of that era’s streamlined offerings—from Europe and the United States.

Before the entry into the car exhibit, we took a photo in front of the museum, where there was a building size mural of a Chrysler Airflow. The reason why Thursday, was chosen for the tour, was, was because it is free admission to the P.A.M. after 5:00, the first Thursday of the month. F.Y.I. if you have not yet seen the cars.

Once inside the museum it was hard to get a photo of the car, with all the people milling around them. If you were patient you could get a photo without too many folks in the way.

Moving from room to room, yielded still another amazing car was reveled. It was hard to decide what to photograph, first a long shot then close-ups of the detailed styling. The only disappointing thing about the displays was the lighting, making it hard to get some of the photos I would like to have taken.

The cars did not disappoint, because I would not have ever seen these cars besides the museum. Don't forget if you have not seen the cars they are at the museum until September, 16th.

Mike Bade


July 24-28, 2018 – Plymouth Owners Club Grand Nationals

Grand NationalFour members of Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club attended the Plymouth Owners Club Grand Nationals in Northville, Michican, in July of 2018. Phil & Rose Ann Hall drove their 1954 Plymouth Belvedere Hy-Drive to the meet from their home in Roseburg, Oregon. The story of their adventure is at this link. Mike Bade and Jim Wheat left their cars at home and flew to Michigan for the show.

By following this link or clicking on the picture below, readers may view a gallery of Mike Bade's photos.

Story by Mike Bade

The 90 Anniversary of the first Plymouth was celebrated at the Plymouth Owners Club - Grand National Meet in Northville, Michigan, the birthplace of many of the American Automobile manufactures including the eventual start of the Plymouth Automobile in 1928.

CPPC group Grand NationalsThe Host region for the meet was the Detroit Region, who started organizing the meet four ago to prepare for the late July meet, this included the current POC President Russ Nardi, who had a hand in the preparations of the meet.  In a away, for me, it was a kind of homecoming, as there were POC members from the 2013 East-West National Tour and our 2010 Regional Meet who I had a chance to meet again. Of course they all asked about our own, Bill Call, who had made quit the impression on everyone on both tours.

Four members of the Cascade Region traveled to the meet. Phil and RoseAnne Hall drove their 1954 Plymouth Belvedere from Roseburg, OR more than 3000 miles by the time they reached the host hotel in Northville, Michigan. Mike Bade, Cascade Region President and Jim Wheat, Cascade Region Secretary flew to the meet to attended the meet.

Follow this link to read more.


July 18, 2018 – Mayflowers visit The Grotto

By Mindy Benfield

Follow this link or click on the picture to see Jim Wheat's photos.

On Wednesday July 18th, Philis Vancoelen  hosted the Mayflower outing to the Grotto in Portland.

Mayflower at GrottoThe Grotto is an  internationally renowned Catholic shrine and botanical garden, and is visited by more than 300,000 visitors each year. This 62-acre green space is just a few minutes east of downtown Portland.

The lower (plaza) level consists of  the parking lot, a chapel, gift shop, conference and vistor center and  the  shrine of  Our Lady’s Grotto,  which is a rock cave carved into the base of a 110-foot cliff.  A life-size marble replica of Michelangelo’s Pietà is featured in its center. We took the elevator up to the upper level and were able to see  beautiful panoramic views of the Columbia River Valley, the Cascades and Mt.St.Helens.  We also walked around the park like setting and looked at the beautiful rhododendrons, fir trees and other native plants as well as many pieces of religious art.

After our tour of the Grotto, we went to the Olive Garden near Mall 205 for lunch.  Two of Philis’s grandchildren met us there. It was a perfect day for the tour.


July, 2018 – Phil & Rose Ann Hall's Great Adventure


By Phil Hall

Rose Ann and I had a great time driving to the Grand National Meet in Northville, Michigan in our 1954 Plymouth Belvedere (HyDrive). 

Follow this link or click on the picture to see more photos of the trip.

Phil & Rose Ann NorthfieldOn our way to the meet we toured the Great Lakes around Wisconsin and Michigan, toured the Northern Peninsula of Michigan, and we rode the magnificent old ferry, the SS Badger on a four hour ferry ride across Lake Michigan.  On the way home, we took the modern and much faster Lake Express ferry across Lake Michigan.   We also detoured to Reno, Nevada on our return trip to visit some old family friends.   Total round trip was 6,632 miles; 15 states; 24 days.  We saw a lot of magnificent country and met many truly wonderful people.

On two different occasions we decided to drive all night in order to avoid 100 degree weather in Utah, Nevada and California.  In these instances, we would wait for the sun to go down before proceeding on our trip.   On the all night run between Reno and Roseburg, we took a roundabout route to avoid the heavy smoke from forest fires.  The route consisted of very lonely roads east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, then eastern Oregon, finally crossing the Cascade Mountains north of Crater Lake, and down the North Umpqua Highway to Roseburg.  We carried and used a 2 ½ gallon gas can since the remote little towns we were passing through did not have gas stations that stayed open after midnight. 

We experienced a number of rain storms on our trip, the fiercest of which was in Michigan.  Then there was that sand storm in northern Nevada.  In addition to the sand, tumbleweeds were flying across the road, several of which hit our car. 
The biggest challenge to our Plymouth was the many long and steep mountain grades.  Quite a number of these grades required miles of driving in second gear at 30 miles per hour.  I am glad to report that after the many long and sometimes hard miles of our trip to Michigan, our Plymouth doesn’t seem much worse for the wear.  Plymouth built great cars. 

There is more to tell, but I told Robin that I could be succinct.  It was a great adventure.


July 14, 2018 – Philomath Frolic

D. J. Freeman entered both of his Plymouths in the Philomath Frolic Parade on July 14.

Freeman 38The 1938 business coupe is familar to CPPC members; the 1937 sedan, a fairly recent garage find, will be less so.

Drivers were: daughter Laura Freeman, driving the family’s familiar blue ‘38 coupe, and daughter Anna Freeman, at the wheel of the ‘37, with grandson Jon in the back seat (start them in the hobby while they’re young!).

 

Freeman 37Both cars needed help on the parade route – the ‘37 overheated and stopped (sounds like vapor lock), and the ‘38 required a jump start midway. In each case, the cars were able to rejoin and finish what was a fairly long parade, and the Freemans took home a blue ribbon for their entry.

 

 


July 14, 2018 – The Hazelnut Festival, Donald, Oregon

Rusher Donald 2018The population of Donald is listed as 979, but it seems to double or triple every year for the Hazelnut Festival. Old cars line the streets. There's a parade, and a street fair. Registration for the car show includes a full meal (choice of beef or chicken), and live music plays all day.

This year the Ealys, the Bades, Gary Rusher, and Robin Will attended.

Gary Rusher came home with an award for his 1930 Plymouth U business coupe.


June 16, 2018 – Orphan Car Show, Clackamette Park

Tom Shepherd and his 1956 Plymouth Belvedere drove away from the Orphan Car Meet with the $50 prize that stands in lieu of a trophy for Best of Show.

Best of Show groupPlymouth, the bread-and-butter make of Chrysler Corporation since 1928, has been an orphan make since 2001, so the reward was appropriate. Previous best-of-show winners have included Willys Whippet, a Rambler American, and a Nash-Healey.

We were glad to see Gary Rusher's 1930 Plymouth U Coupe on the field – the first time it has been out of the garage in a couple of years.

This Orphan Meet was the last, at least in current form.

CPPC will take the wheel for next year’s June 15 event, collaborating with Studebaker Drivers Club - NW and the AMC Club to hold space for the excellent and interesting marques that won’t be forgotten as long as we have anything to say about it.

See pictures by Ed Salia and Gary Rusher at this link.


May 19, 2018 – Aurora Colony Historical Society and the Stauffer-Will Farm

On May 19th, Jim Wheat, Bob Westphal, Elaine Huber and Robin Will met at Shari's in Oregon City for the short drive to the historic town of Aurora. Dave and Linda Surmon met us at the museum.

Aurora group 2018The story of Aurora is unusual in two ways. First, instead of isolated settlers, the Aurora group deliberately brought an entire town, from blacksmith to brass band, and they had an immediate economic impact on the territory. Second, the town operated as a commune for the first 25 years of its existence.

Curator Patrick Harris treated the group to a tour of the 5-building museum complex in Aurora. Around lunchtime, the group drove to the Stauffer-Will Farm, south of Aurora, where Cheryl Burks, an Aurora Colony Historical Society volunteer, had the woodstove going and biscuits in the oven. (Special treatment, because Cheryl is a friend of Donna Bade's, and perhaps because Robin is one of "those" Wills.)

The day was special because it was the 40th anniversary of the date when Elaine Huber bought her Plymouth Satellite.

Jim Wheat took lots of pictures, and they're at this link.


April 14, 2018 – Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

By Jerry and Joanne Dixon
As many of you know Saturday, April 14th began as a rainy, cloudy day and we left for Shari’s in Oregon City wondering if any other brave souls would come along for the short drive to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn.

TaylorsWe were happy to meet new members Clark and Diane Taylor from Washougal. Bob Maker drove his Viper powered Studebaker Sedan Delivery and joined our small but enthusiastic group. Don Smith joined us at Monitor driving his beautiful 1940 Dodge Sedan.

The tulip fields were absolutely stunning even with the blowing wind and muddy rows. Boots were a very popular wardrobe accessory. We did some shopping (no wind in the crowded gift shop!) and rode the hay wagon. We actually had no rain, and the wind did not deter us from gazing at the incredibly beautiful fields of rainbow like colors of tulips.

Our three cars brought lots of attention – and the possibility of three new members.

Wouldn’t you know as we were heading for home the sun decided to show itself and it was a beautiful ending for a small but enjoyable CPPC tour.


March 10, 2018 – Brooks Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, and a tour of a private collection

Brooks 2018The March 10th tour went to the Brooks Fireman’s Breakfast. This is one put on by the Marion County Fire District #1 Volunteer Firefighters. Gary Rusher, the tour host, couldn't remember when it started but it was a long time event when he took over as chief in 1972. They are still at it loud and strong.

Just down the road from the fire station, Gary found a collection CPPC had never seen before. This lady has a large (40X96) car barn with a nice collection of about 10 cars, but a lot of other wonderful stuff as well, including an entire replica Coke-a-Cola soda shop.

The car collection tended toward Fords modified to go fast, but the hostess' mom's 1957 T-Bird was there, looking glorious, and also a prize-winning 1940 LaSalle convertible.

The hosts requested that, due to privacy concerns, no pictures of their collection appear on the Internet, and we're not identifying them by name, either. All we took away was memories.

The picture was taken in the parking lot of the fire station at Brooks, after the CPPC gang had done serious damage to an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast.


February 24, 2018 – Kidd's Toy Museum

By Mike Bade

The first stop on the February 24th Garage Tours was to the Kidd Toy Museum, South East Portland, on Grand Blvd., North of the Hawthorne Bridge.  We had 15 members and a few friends of Tom Shepherd attend the early morning visit.

Kidds ToysThe Kidd Toy Museum has been a fixture in the Portland Area for over twenty years, owned by Frank Kidd and his brother. Frank was a successful businessman, who owned an auto parts business and property in Southeast Portland.

He and his brother had an interest in Pre-War toys, padlocks and banks, just to mention a few of the thousands of treasures that are on display at there museum. Frank tells the story that he and his brother would go, most weekends to toy conventions and bring home suitcases of toys and then go the next weekend, during the conventions season, year after year.

Click here or on the picture to see the gallery of Mike Bade's photos.

The toy museum is full of some of the most amazing cast iron early pre-war toys, one might ever see, not just one or two, but groups of the same type of toy. It is hard to know where to start looking, at the start, just when you have though you saw everything, there is more to see, which is only part of Frank and his brothers collection.

Frank has enlisted the help of his family to keep the museum open. A recent family tragedy in late 2017, left the museum in limbo, not able to be open regularly.  Efforts of find other family members to help keep the museum open are forthcoming. Frank has enlisted his grand children to help with cataloguing, unseen inventory and hopefully, you may be able to enjoy even more in the future.

For sure we will have to have another visit to Kidds in the future, or you should try to go on your own, take the grandchildren. The museum is registered as non profit, future generations will be able to enjoy Frank and his brothers treasures. 


February 24, 2018 – Stan Adams collection of cars and petroliana

By Mike Bade

Stan Adams MuseumThe second stop on the February 25 tour the Stan and Sheryl Adams car Museum, as he calls it, a mile drive from our first stop.

Stan Adams and his wife Sheryl are native Portland residents. Stan and his wife had a successful tire business on the East side of downtown Portland. After selling their business they have enjoyed being able to collect a variety of collector and high performance vehicles and automobillia.

Click here or on the picture to see the gallery of Mike Bade's photos.

Since retiring, Stan and Sheryl have been frequent travelers to the Barrett Jackson Auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have carefully selected cars that are of interest to them and now have approx. 25 beautiful cars. They also have an amazing collection of restored gas pumps, gas signs, peddle cars, vintage bicycles; filling their museum from floor to ceiling, carefully displayed for maximum effect. There are not any collections that would rival Stand Sheryl's in the Portland area, that I know of. 

Of course there is are many back stories, as to how each item was acquired, which Stan shared with the group, too much delight. Too bad Stan does not have any Plymouths, we would recruit him to join our club.

For a photographer, like me much time was spent photographing as much of Stan's cars and collectables as possible, are true treat. See photos on the CPPC website.

Another tour to Stan's may be possible at a later time, hopefully.


February 10, 2018 – Garage Tours: Steve's Auto Restorations and Darryl Schroeder's Speed Shop

Story and photos by Mike Bade

Click here or on the photo at right to see Mike's pictures.

The sun came out for the CPPC faithful, Saturday, February 10th, for the tour to Steve's Auto Restorations, owned by Steve Frisbie in East County, Gresham Oregon.
 
Frisbie Schroeder Tour 2018For what would be one of the larger tours in a while, 23 members and friends, answered the 9:00am call, and with the good weather, we had 5 collectors: Bob Westphal's '49 Club Coupe, Mark Child's '68 Fury St. Wag., Dave Benfield's '63 Valiant Conv., and Mike Bade's '30 Coupe.

After some doughnuts and conversation and a confirmed head count, we were invited into Steve's amazing work place. Once inside, greeting us was Steve Frisbie, owner, his wife, Chris Clark, office manager, Chuck Barr, shop foreman, would show us the many facets of their shop.   
Steve has been in business for dabbling in cars for 37 years, starting out in a small garage in high school and growing gradually over the years to the amazing full service restoration and custom car shop, eventually contending at prestigious events such as Pebble Beach and Forest Grove over the years.

Steve and his team of 15 highly skills craftsmen, design, fabricate and paint the amazing creations for clients from all over the United States and around the world.
Last year Steve and his team realized the "Pinnacle" of the car building industry, by winning the Detroit Auto Shows "Ridler Award", for the "Renissance Roadster" a pretty much hand made car, they built for a client from Texas

Throughout the tour we were able to many current projects that Steve's team are currently working on. Cars that have been lengthened, chopped, widened and combined (front of one car and back of another) into beautiful metal creations.

Steve also reproduces "new/real steel" bodies for 32 Ford Convertibles complete with chassis, just add your drive train, paint, upholstery and you have a "New Old Car.

One of the highlights of the tour, was learning the design process each project goes through headed by David Brost, lead designer. We were able to see many of the computer generated concepts for past and current projects created by David.

Thank you to Steve and his team for a truly spectacular tour.

Next stop on the tour was Darrel Speed Shop, a twenty minute drive, in Troutdale, OR.

Darryl has also been a builder and restorer for 31 years. His early work his fabrication talents were perfected, which gave him the foundation to do high quality builds and restorations.
Darryl's shop is does high quality fabrication, a lot of chassis and frame building. He has gigs to build chassis from scratch for a variety early Ford and Chevy projects.

As we toured Darryl's shop there were many custom builds fill he shop in various stages of finish for various clients. We also say a few, stock vintage cars, including one getting last minutes fixes for the 2018 Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance.

Typically, once all the chassis and body fabrication is complete on a project they are sent out for paint and upholstery and then back again for final assembly.
Darryl also has achieved accolades for the work he and his crew have done. In 2016 at the Portland Roadster Show he and his shop was recognized as "Builder of the Year", for a "Bare Metal" 1934 Ford Roadster project.

Darryl, like most shops does smaller projects to help you with your car projects, keep this in mind if you hit a snag with your car projects.

Thank you to Darryl and his team for a truly another spectacular tour.

Two great tours in one afternoon, is truly inspiring, making me want to head into the garage to work and work on my own projects.

Click here or on the photo at right to see Mike's pictures.


January 27, 2018 – Tour World of Speed and
Doug Vermeer's garage

WOS Group 2018Indoor tours are a good way to start the year in the rainy Northwest, and World of Speed never disappoints. They rotate exhibits in and out of their own archives, and they borrow extensively from nationally-known collections, so they almost never repeat themselves.

Corvettes were featured at World of Speed during CPPC’s January 27 visit, also a lot of Indy driver Andy Granatelli’s memorabilia.

After lunch the CPPC group visited Doug Vermeer and his collection in Aurora. Aside from his personal cars (he is fond of air-cooled Franklins, among other things) Doug is usually working on at least one antique vehicle that we’ve never seen before, and so we learn something every time we visit.

Click here or on the picture at right to see Mike Bade's photos.


November 27, 2017 – Mayflowers at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center

By Mindy Benfield

On Friday November 17th the Mayflowers had lunch at the Eastmoreland Golf Course before heading over the Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHC) in Southeast Portland.  An extended and informative tour of the vintage engines and railcars was given to us by train enthusiast and volunteer docent Barry Strange.

Mayflowers at Oregon Rail Heritage CenterThe ORHC opened in September of 2012 and is a nonprofit all volunteer organization. Their primary objectives are to maintain and preserve historic locomotives and railroad equipment, and to educate the public about Oregon’s railroad history. The ORHC is open Thursday thru Sunday and is well worth a visit. For more information look at the website for The Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation which is www.orhf.org .   

As an added bonus, after the tour some members took advantage of the sunny weather and had a pleasant walk across the Tillicum Pedestrian Bridge.


October 16, 2017 – Mayflowers tour Willamette Heritage Center

By Virginia Dunn

On a beautiful, fall day 17 Mayflowers and friends traveled to Salem for a tour of the Willamette Heritage Center’s Thomas Kay Woolen Mill.

CPPC at Willamettte Heritage CenterWe learned much of the mill’s original machinery is intact and operational. During its 62 year history, with one fire and only one worker strike, the woolen mill closed in 1962 mainly due to competition from manmade fabrics. Two years later it was acquired to become a museum with five historic building also moved to the five acre site.

Nineteen members enjoyed a “cool” lunch at Gilgamesh Brewing. Some returned to the museum’s grounds to tour the historic buildings and visit the shops.

Follow this link to see Jim Wheat's pictures.


September 27, 2017 – CPPC was featured club at the last Beaches-PIR Cruise-In of the season

Six cars and ten CPPC members attended the season-end Beaches Cruise-In on September 27 at Portland International Raceway.

CPPC at BeachesThe last cruise-in of the season is always well-attended. By the time PIR opened the gates at 3:00PM, cars were backed up from the ticket booths all the way to the golf course – and back on the other side of the road, the better part of two miles.

Most of us thought we had never seen so many cars, let alone such a crowd of people, at a Beaches event, but on Thursday morning their Facebook page said there had been “only” 1751 cars – the second-most ever.

As featured club for the evening, we got to park in the middle, and as usual, we invited as many non-club Plymouths as possible to join us. We meet some interesting people that way, and occasional attract some new club members.

Aside from “Phil’s Phall Poliage Phollies,” by invitation from the Studebaker Club on October 21, this was the last outdoor event on the CPPC calendar for the year.

Follow this link to see the Beaches photo gallery.


September 2, 2017 – Show & Shine at Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

Ten CPPC members and eight cars met at the Airport Way Home Depot on Saturday morning, September 2, and made the 40-mile drive to Stevenson, WA.

2017 Stevenson GroupThe event is a fundraiser for the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, one of the northwest's most impressive regional museums, and it is held in the CGIC parking lot that overlooks the Columbia River in Stevenson. CPPC members Allen and Sharon Tiffany are involved in CGIC, and several CPPC members have made this annual event a tradition. The community of Stevenson turns out in a big way for this event, and the grilled burgers and real strawberry shortcake seriously raise the bar for car show cuisine.

Joanne Dixon keeps hoping that CPPC will bring home the club participation trophy, but we missed by three cars this year. On the bright side, Allen Tiffany's original 1928 Plymouth Q Roadster took the award for Best Car from the 1920s.

As a sad ending to a fun day, the Eagle Creek fire started across the river late in the afternoon, and we watched the smoke plume grow during the awards ceremony and on our drive home.

Click on the picture or follow this link to see pictures of the event.


August 12, 2017 – CPPC's Hot Dog-Ust Day

Three years ago, CPPC began holding our annual cruise-in/car show on the campus of Clackamas Community College, and made a point of donating monies to CPPC, earmarked for scholarships to Auto Technology students.

Lithia Big CheckThe first year, we were able to turn over $1500 for scholarships, and still show a profit on the event.

This year, we handed over $6000, when all was said and done, including $750 for the track/cross-country team, which shows up every year to help us park cars and cook hot dogs.

Eighty-nine cars turned out – several of them already in line by 7:00AM.

Read more about the event, and see the pictures, at this link.


July 16, 2017 – Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance

Klinger DriveThe big news (for CPPC, at least) at the Forest Grove Concours was Jerry Klinger's win in the Light Trucks through 1940 class in his 1934 Dodge. Few CPPC members get to make that memorable drive across the platform at Forest Grove, and Jerry did it with pride. Mike and Donna Bade, Randy and Pam Ealy, and Robin Will attended the show. The Plymouth presence on the field was small, but we did meet former CPPC members Paul and Joan Taylor in the Woodie Corral – they had brought an original 50K-mile 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe Station Wagon to the show. We gathered up Mike's and Robin's Mopar-related pictures, and you can see them at this link.


July 10, 2017 – Mayflowers tour Palm Harbor

By Barbara Rice
DJ Freeman at Palm HarborThe Mayflower’s tour Palm Harbor Mobile Factory in Millersburg on July 10. There were 16 for the tour that saw how they start product to the finish product. Most of the ones made are special ordered and take about three weeks to build.

Philip Lapin & Jean Graham own a mobile home , they had lots of questions and Steve Thomas our tour guide did a great job on answering all questions.

D. J. Freeman drove up from Philomath to join the group. That’s his ’38 P5 coupe in the picture.

After the group went to Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant in Albany for lunch . And time to eat and visit.. Good time by all.

See more pictures at this link.


June 22, 2017 – Mayflowers at the Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden gateOn June 22, Mayflowers visited Portland’s Japanese garden. Mike Bade took pictures.

See the pictures at this link.

 

 

 

 

 


June 17, 2017 – Orphan Car Meet

CPPC members at Orphan Car ShowEach year, Studebaker Drivers' Club NW produces its Orphan Car Meet, and attending the gathering has become a tradition for Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club. The setting, in Oregon's City's Clackamette Park at the confluence of the Willamette and Clackamas Rivers, is one of the best sites in the Northwest for a car event. Aside from that, it's the place to see the cars you never get to see anymore: orphan makes, the many wonderful automobiles that are no longer in production. Best of Show this year was a 1929 Willys Whippett, but Don Ryan and Lee Powell placed in their classes, and Steve Herman and the Dixons got honorable mentions. SDC-NW reports that 75 cars attended the show in total, and 100+ pounds of food was collected for the Oregon Food Bank. See the pictures!


May 22, 2017 – Mayflowers visit Red Pig Garden Tools

Red Pig GroupRed Pig Garden Tools makes and sells hand-forged implements to home gardeners, nurserymen, landscapers and farmers, as well as sharpening, repair, tool restoration, and other general blacksmith work. (If it can be hammered from steel, host Bob Denman will make it for you.) Red Pig Garden Tools is located at: 12040 SE Revenue Road, Boring 97009.

See the pictures!

 


May 12, 2017 – Celebration of the life of Bruce Kerslake

KerslakesA funeral wasn’t really in the cards for CPPC member Bruce Kerslake, who died February 25. Bruce was a member of multiple car clubs, which all joined in a cruise to one of Bruce’s favorite spots, Nick’s Bar & Grill, in Amboy, WA, on May 12 for a celebration of his life. Bruce belonged to CPPC, Studebaker Drivers Club NW, WPC (Chrysler) Pacific Wonderland chapter, a local club for American Motors enthusiasts, and possibly others. Sue Kerslake coordinated a slide show and display of photos from the years when the couple were hiking and skiing enthusiasts. About three dozen friends attended, and Studebakers appeared to outnumber the other rigs in the parking lot.
Click here to see the photos by Mike Bade.

 


April 15, 2017 – Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, at last!

Tulip FieldAfter several years of being thwarted by mud, storms, and chancy blooming seasons, CPPC and friends managed to catch the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in full bloom on a sunny day, Saturday, April 15. We were joined by the Studebaker Drivers Club NW and the Pacific Wonderland chapter of the WPC Club. Ten cars and 18 people made the trek and were ushered directly to privileged parking in front of the flowers. We’re grateful to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm for the opportunity. D.J. Freeman took the pictures.

Click here or on the picture at right to see more photos of the event.


February 11, 2017 – World of Speed, Wilsonville, OR
CPPC's season starts with an indoor activity

CPPC’s first organized activity of the year happened on Saturday, February 11 with a trip to World of Speed in Wilsonville.

WOS group Feb 2017The great thing about World of Speed, aside from being warm and dry on a February afternoon, is the constant turnover of displays, and the extremely high quality of the guided tours. Displays are rotated in and out frequently, so it’s possible to visit WOS several times a year and see new things every time.

Mike Bade and Jim Wheat took lots of pictures.

Click here or on the group picture at right to see a selection of Mike's and Jim's pictures.


December 7, 2016 – Mayflowers' holiday lunch at Stonecliff Inn

StonecliffBy Mindy Benfield

The Mayflower’s like to celebrate the holiday season with a special lunch at a restaurant that is a little bit ‘fancier’ than where we usually go. The Stonecliff Inn did not disappoint!

On December 7th, twenty three of us sat down to a wonderful meal and a couple hours of great conversation. Although it was too cold to go outside and explore the grounds, the view of the Clackamas River from the large windows was fantastic.

Click here or on the picture to see a gallery of Jim Wheat's pictures of the Stonecliff Inn luncheon.


November 8, 2016 – Mayflowers tour Bob's Red Mill

By Mindy Benfield

Philis at Bob's Red MillOn Tuesday, November 8th, Mayflowers – 14 CPPC members and friends – met at the Bob’s Red Mill factory in Milwaukie, OR.

After a detailed and interesting presentation we toured part of the facility. Looking through glass windows we were able to see the inner workings of a specialty grain milling operation.

Afterwards we all drove over to Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store, Restaurant and Bakery, where we had lunch and shopped for delicious healthy food.

 

 

 

 


September 21, 2016 – Beaches at PIR: The cruise-in season
begins to wind down

Tail Dragging coupeTwenty-five CPPC members and 15 CPPC cars turned out for the next-to-the-last Beaches PIR Cruise-In on September 21.

As featured club for the event, we got to park our Plymouths in the middle of things, under the trees across from the bandstand and close to the food service, so we got a lot of attention.

Our custom is to invite other Plymouth owners to join us in the position of honor, club members or not. We get to meet lots of interesting people that way, and occasionally we recruit some new club members.

Click here or on the picture of the lowrider to see a gallery of Bruce Kerslake's pictures from the event.


September 3, 2016 – Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
Show & Shine, Stevenson, WA

CPPC group at StevensonThe weather looked chancy starting out, but we got the afternoon clearing that the weatherman promised, and the day was comfortable.

The annual Show & Shine in Stevenson benefits the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, where CPPC members Allen and Sharon Tiffany have been heavily involved for years. It's one of the most impressive regional museums in the Northwest, well worth the drive to Stevenson even without a car show.

The Dixons and Bades were at the show; Sharon Tiffany was able to join us on the field for a short visit; Herb Watkins and Russ Ashley came in Herb's hand-built Packard Woody; and Robin Will took pictures. Terry and Judie Byrnes were also at the event with their 1952 Plymouth Cambridge, but they were nowhere to be found when it was time to take the group picture.

As usual, museum supporters turned out to grill hamburgers and hot dogs, putting the menu several cuts above ordinary cruise-in food, and there was real strawberry shortcake, making a couple of us think we should have had dessert first.

Allen Tiffany won in the 1920s category with his 1928 Plymouth Q roadster, and he took best of show with the 1937 Chrysler 4-door convertible.

Follow this link to see the gallery of pictures from Stevenson.


August 20, 2016 – CPPC'S Hot Dog-Ust Day Car Show & Cruise-In

HOTDOG2016Sixty-five cars turned out on the hottest day of the year for the cruise-in / car show / fundraiser we produce every year to raise scholarship money for Automotive Technology students at Clackamas Community College. It's our way of supporting our community – and keeping car enthusiasts in the pipeline, to keep our hobby strong.

Follow this link to read about the event and see the pictures!


July 29, 2016 – Old Timers Festival, Dayton, Oregon

In Dayton it appears the entire town turns out for Friday nights in the park that serves as the town square, and the Old Timers Festival on July 29th drew the Ealys, the Bades, and the Byrnes. Photos are by Mike Bade.

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July 23, 2016 – Roberson's All-Mopar Cruise-In

SuperBirdSaturday, July 23, was the date of Roberson’s All-Mopar Cruise-In in Salem this year, and as usual, the big boys came out to play such as the Plymouth Superbird at right, which you probably won’t see at your local cars-n-coffee event.

Dixons’ '67 Barracuda and Bades’ 1930 Plymouth hot-rod both placed in their classes.

Follow this link to see a gallery of Mike Bade's photos from the Roberson event.


Thunder, lightning and rain add excitement to Orphan Car Show on June 18th

Weird weather kept folks huddled in their cars for part of the Orphan Car Show, but it improved later in the day.

Orphan Cars spot 2016CPPC had a small but faithful turnout, and the Ealys went home with second place in their class, the 1930s decade, for their stellar 1939 Plymouth convertible.

The Orphan Car Show, sponsored by the Studebaker Drivers Club NW, is a quality event in more ways than one. The venue at Clackamette Park is a great place for a car show. But the cars are the point, and folks who are tired of overchromed Deuce coupes and Tri-Five Chevys can refresh their memories among the Studebakers, Nashes, Ramblers and far more obscure makes that aren’t often seen at other shows.

Follow this link to see a gallery of Mike Bade's photos.


May 21, 2016 Cedar Creek Grist Mill Tour, jointly with the Studebaker Club

By Bruce Kerslake

Cedar Creek GristmillThe Cedar Creek Grist Mill tour had the following participants:
Keith and Kathy Reno in their '60 Lark,
John and Pat Bernhart '60 Hawk,
Murl Jones '64 Commander,
Sue and Bruce Kerslake '60 Lark,
Bob and Yvonne Westphal '48 Plymouth Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club,
Pam and Jim Wheat Brand X Plymouth Club,
Terry and Judy Byrmes Brand X Plymouth Club

We left the Gee Creek Rest Area at 10:15 proceeding by back roads to the Cedar Creek Grist Mill. Three grist mill volunteers presented the history and operation and provided samples of stone ground red and white wheat and cornmeal.

Several cookbooks were available for donations as well as products from the mill.

We spent just under two hours at the mill and then drove to Amboy for a tasty lunch at Nick's Bar and Grill.
Pat Bernhart delared this was the best tour she's ever been on.

Follow this like to see a gallery of Jim Wheat's & Bruce Kerslake's pictures.

 


Schreiners’ Iris Gardens put on a show for Mayflower visitors
on May 16th

By Lorraine Griffey
What an amazing display of beautiful iris along with peonies, flowering dogwood trees, and all of the accompanying flowers! Those iris are so regal and come in so many different colors, we all did a lot of oohing and ahhing at all of the beauty. Some of us came home with bouquets of a dozen gorgeous iris!! Ed and Diana Parker of Omak, Washington, surprised us by joining in the tour, which was also a surprise for Diana for her birthday - Good Job, Ed!! What a delight to have a chance to get acquainted with out of town members, wish more of you would do this. Also on the tour were Jim & Pam Wheat, Patty Brost, Minday & Dave Benfield, Barbara Rice, Virginia Dunn, Susan Yates & Lorraine Griffey. Coming up next month is a picnic at Council Crest, hope many can join the Mayflowers as we explore and have a good time together each month.

Schreiner group
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April 15, 2016 – Mayflowers at Belmont Fire House

On April 15, CPPC’s Mayflowers toured the Belmont Firehouse, SE 35th and Belmont in Portland, formerly a neighborhood firehouse and now a museum that teaches safety and shares the history of firefighting. The venue is usually advertised as a great place to take children, but nobody is too old to enjoy the firetruck simulator, the antique firefighting equipment, and the chance to slide down the brass pole the way the old-time firefighters did. Photo by Jim Wheat.

Mayflowers Firehouse


April 1-2-3, Portland Swap Meet

By Robin Will

Every year, there's something to learn at Portland Swap Meet, which I think is why CPPC keeps going back. The parts-scrounging, wrench-turning, hands-on hotrodders and restorers who hang out at Swap Meets are the folks who keep our entire hobby running, and it's only smart to pay attention to the questions they are asking, and the stuff they're buying.

Some years, we bring home substantial amounts of money from Portland Swap Meet.

Patty BrostSome years we make friends in the hobby, like the youngster who just hauled a '33 Plymouth coupe out of the woods, and needs to know what the gauges are supposed to look like. Or the 20-something kid, literally with tears in his eyes, holding some rusty piece or other, saying "You're sure you want only twenty bucks for this?" (He's working on a P-15, and I'll bet this guys grandfather wasn't even born when the last new P-15 rolled off of the line.) Or the really old guy, pushing his walker along, who confides that he's got a couple of Plymouth projects he won't be able to get to, and he wants them to go to somebody who will treat them with respect.

Patty Brost helped out with membership questions and was quite willing to talk about the Brost family's '33 Plymouth PD convertible. Photo by Robin Will

Each year, we're reminded that all of us, and all of our cars, are getting older. The last Plymouth was made in 2001, which means kids getting their learners permits this year as 15-year-olds have probably never seen a new Plymouth. We can't ignore that demographic, and it shapes the way we'll approach the business of selling old Plymouth parts in the future.

So we didn't set the world on fire with booth sales this year. It wasn't the worst year we ever had, but we were grateful that we met lots of great people to balance out the disappointing till.

Winchell NachandEverybody was blaming beautiful weather for the flat sales. That’s ironic, considering the number of years we have endured rain, wind, and hail at the early springime event, waiting for a break before we went outside. This year the sun was so nice that people didn’t come inside, and some folks used the balmy weather as an excuse to skip the Swap Meet altogether.

Tim Winchell (L), master electrician, and Tom Nachand, all-around 1933 PD guru, were on hand to swap stories and share technical advice. Photo by Mike Bade

But as things turned out, booth sales weren't everything. We had an outdoor space as well, full of the stuff that was too big to drag inside. At the end of the meet, a friend offered us a generous check for everything that was left out there, provided we'd deliver it on the way home, and that brought us up to just about average income for the meet.

Will HermanIn addition, we sold the Tech Committee’s “baby,” the 1942 Plymouth Sedan that they have been working on for months. We didn't sell it at the Swap Meet – a club member bought it – but that income will show up on the Swap Meet ticket, when the Tech Committee accounts for everything spent getting The Baby into shape.

Robin Will (L) and Steve Herman did their best to sell parts and promote the club to potential new members. Photo by Mike Bade

As usual, several very attractive items did not sell at the Swap Meet, which, increasingly, is the way things have been working lately. Sometimes the guy who will give you $500 bucks for the donated 1930-only Plymouth wire wheels is in Florida, not strolling past booths at Portland Swap Meet. Our “EBay & Craiglist Committee” takes over at that point, marketing the good stuff to a national audience. For them, Swap Meet lasts all year, and they bring the club hundreds of dollars worth of online sales each year.

The Tech Committee thanks everybody who showed up to to work, or to help with load-in and load-out, at this year’s event.


March 18-20, 2016 – Portland Roadster Show

At CPPC member Brad Groff's prompting, club members reserved a six-car space at Portland Roadster Show, and took six cars and some club promotional materials to the 60th anniversary show.

Roadster Show ThumbChoosing cars more or less by the decade they represented, the club showed Allen & Sharon Tiffany's original 1928 Plymouth Q Roadster, Mike & Donna Bade's 1933 Plymouth PC Coupe, Randy & Pam Ealy's 1939 Plymouth Deluxe convertible, Bob & Yvonne Westphal's 1948 Plymouth P15 Club Coupe, Tom Shepherd's 1956 Plymouth Belvedere Club Sedan, and Tom Fox's 1959 Plymouth Golden Fury.

Club members were in attendance for most of the hours the event was open, swapping Plymouth stories and sharing club information with visitors.

Portland Roadster Show, with its high-dollar hot rods and customs, might seem to be an unlikely venue for nice old Plymouths, but in terms of competition, CPPC came out well. Bades' 1933 PC coupe took second in the Restored Class, 1931-33; and Tom Shepherds blue-and-white 1956 Belvedere placed second in Restored Class, 1949-57.

Click on the picture to see a gallery of photos from the Roadster Show.


March 12, 2016 – Old Aurora Colony Museum &
Stauffer-Will Farm

Aurora TourCPPC members visited some historic sites fairly close to home on March 12, when Robin Will hosted a tour to the Old Aurora Colony Museum and the Stauffer-Will Farm.

The town of Aurora was founded as a Utopian Christian communal society in the late 1850s, and since they brought an entire community – craftsmen, orchardists, builders, millwrights – they had a major influence on the commerce of the Willamette Valley.

Their heritage was mostly German; their religion was similar to the Pennsylvania Dutch Amish. The colonists were noted for their arts, crafts, and music, and that tradition carries on in a variety of ways in the historical society today.

March 12 happened to be the Museum's Spinning Wheel Showcase, and the buildings and courtyard were full of spinners and assorted fiberarts displays.

After checking out the museum, the group adjourned to the Stauffer-Will Farm outside of town, for sack lunches and a tour of an 1866 pioneer homestead preserved as close to original as possible. Click on the picture to see a gallery of Mike Bade's photos of the event.


March 5, 2016 – Garage Tours: Bill's Place and Gary Parham's

Bill Call Garage Tour thumbBill and Dolores Call opened their doors for a tour of their collection on March 5, 2016. Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club was joined by members of the Studebaker Drivers Club, and WPC Pacific Wonderland Chapter – some 40 people in all. Visitors enjoyed coffee and cookies as they took the collection of cars, murals, and other memorabilia Bill has amassed through his years of service as a U.S. Marine and through his involvement in the trucking industry in the northwest. Click on the picture to see a gallery of Mike Bade's photos of the event.

 

 


February 15 (Monday)Mayflowers tour Oregon State Capitol

Mayflowers in the governor's officeMayflowers toured the Oregon State Capitol on February 15, 2015, and watched the legislature in session. They were also able to visit the Governor's ceremonial office, and pose for a group picture behind the Governor's desk. It's a great picture, and Philis Van Coelen looks downright gubernatorial sitting in the Governor's chair. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

 


August 8, 2015 – Hot Dog-ust Day at Clackamas
Community College

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CPPC was proud to host 81 cars at our Hot Dog-ust Day Cruise-In & Car Show on August 8, 2015.

BelvedereEalyLogoWe were able to give a $1500 scholarship to the Automotive Tech department at Clackamas Community College – tuition and fees for one student for an academic term. We also contributed $300 to CCC's cross-country team, who cooked and served hot dogs, and literally served as runners to help park the cars.

Thirty-nine local businesses sponsored trophies, and dozens more supported the event with donations to the raffles which ran all day.

We're already planning next year's event.

We have a couple of photo galleries: one of cars on the field, and another of trophy winners. Feel free to contact info@cascadepacificplymouth.org for high-resolution versions of pictures.

Click on this link to see the cars in the show.

Click on this link to see the trophy winners.

Click on this link to download a list of trophy sponors, raffle donors, and goodie bag donors.

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2013 National Meet in Tucson
This Old Plymouth Makes Another Journey
           

Click on either of the pictures to see pictures of the trip to and from the 2013 Plymouth Owners Club National Meet in Tucson

By Tom Nachand & Chuck Willis

At TucsonIn hindsight the trip started with a little trepidation. Lincoln City to Tucson and back was pretty ambitious, especially in an 80 year old car. I’ve said for years that the fun of driving overcomes the inconvenience and lack of comfort my old Plymouth gives me. It’s true. As uncomfortable as I get it is still an over the top joy to drive. Preparation was easy as the '33 only required a tune-up and repacking the front wheels.

At De SantisChuck Willis, once asked, was an enthusiastic passenger. I was glad to have his company. Chuck and I are pretty large. I’ve quipped “Big & Bigger” a number of times. In spite of having to drag us and our luggage around, the PD Convertible Coupe performed wonderfully last trip to Pacific Grove, so expected the same for this trip.

Day 1 on the trip was 470 miles to Willits, Ca. The first 100 miles started a bit rough. We stopped in Reedsport, Or. as the engine was running rough. After resetting the points again the engine smoothed out. It was a long day with hours of rain or drizzle and Willits was a welcome sight. Day 2 was more of the same. A lot of miles with stops at the Golden Gate Bridge and the hotel stay at the same hotel as the 2007 POC National Meet in Santa Maria, Ca. Day 3 got us through Los Angeles to Blythe, Ca. Only three traffic jams and much warmer temperatures. Day 4 we happened to be stopped in Tonopah, Az taking a break when I received a call from Mick DeSantis. Mick & Ruth invited us to visit their home in Sun City, a Phoenix, Az. suburb.  It was an opportune call, we were so close, so we relaxed a bit at their home and enjoyed their new patio.  Mick showed Chuck and I the surrounding amenities as we departed – Multiple golf courses and even more community centers.  We arrived in Tucson at the end of Day 4, 1540 miles from the start and checked in. Friday was filled with a Club Officer meeting, Board meeting, and Judges meeting. I fit in cleaning up the car as the show and judging was set for the next day. A social hour and Bar-B-Q finished the day.

Thursday through Sunday temperatures were in the mid 90’s. Saturday turned out to be a cloudless day, the parking lot adjacent to the Hilton Hotel lined with old Plymouths. It was an enjoyable sight. Once judging was complete, most retired to the shade and rested up for the banquet. More than 100 people attended the evening banquet. A 6 person Regional Club planned and executed the entire POC National Meet. It was an amazing effort and showed what can be done. Chuck and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in Tucson.

We left for the Grand Canyon early Sunday morning. The idea was to get in Sunday afternoon and see some of the canyon. Get up early and take the shuttle bus for some other views of the canyon before departing for Hoover Dam and Las Vegas. The rim trail and views were magnificent. After departing the Grand Canyon the wind picked up blowing from the south and southwest. The Plymouths speed dropped dramatically to the point that I thought something was failing. All the gauges read good but there was no acceleration and the wind noise was so loud we couldn’t hear the engine running. I pulled over a couple of times to see what could be wrong. Ultimately, the engine was fine it was just that the wind was so strong it   overpowered the 70 horsepower. We turned west after about 50 miles and the driving was easier.

Next stop was Hoover Dam. I was slightly disappointed compared to a visit over 40 years before. I can remember stopping right on the dam and walking around – looking up towards the lake and down the face of the dam. Times have changed. There is a military presence and checkpoint. There is no stopping on the bridge and parking now costs $7. I was also surprised at the number of people walking around. At the end of the day we circled Las Vegas and stayed northwest of town. The newscast that night stated the wind had been blowing at a steady 46 MPH. I thought it was now behind me but the newscast stated the wind was shifting to the northwest. It would still be in my face tomorrow. Our longest day was scheduled the next day.

The next stop - Carson City. I decided to leave Hwy 95 north of Las Vegas and get to Hwy 395 leading to Carson City. To do that was about 80 miles of isolated road (Hwy 266 & 168). The elevation changed dramatically bringing snow showers. At one point the road turned into one lane with a sign stating “yield to oncoming traffic”. That was a bit odd because there were so many turns in the road and the canyon walls so close you couldn’t see 50 feet or really yield to anything.

We finally arrived in a place called Big Pine, stopped for fuel and lunch and turned north again. The elevation kept rising and topped out at over 8200 feet near Mammoth Lakes. Snow intensified. Fortunately, the roads stayed pretty clear in spite of blowing snow and temperatures in the 20’s. Snow was with us all the way to Carson City. We had bypassed a stop at Bodie, Ca. A ghost town due to the bad weather.

Next leg was to White City, Or. AS bad as the weather was the previous day, it was beautiful the next morning. We left Carson City early again and took one break at a little dirt pull off seemingly in the middle of nowhere. WE pulled up next to a tree that was loaded with shoes. There must have been 200 pairs hanging.

The next break was in a small town called Adin, Ca. We had lunch in a place called Adin Supply. It was a catch all store that had wonderful personality. It had lunch, auto parts, clothing, groceries, antiques, and a stunning array of taxidermy.  After lunch we headed towards Klamath Falls. Or. and I missed a turn, stopping in Keno, Or. for directions.  I thought we would be returning close to Klamath Falls where I could buy more gas . Instead, we  hit a Hwy 140 intersection 31 miles from Klamath Falls and 45 miles from Medford. Another place on the sign was Lake of the Woods Resort – 5 miles. We’ve got 10-15 miles left before running out of gas. We turned off to the resort looking at a big sign that says CLOSED TILL MAY 1ST, found a locked fuel pump next to a store, and no one around.  I walked around empty cabins toward a lodge and found a guy working. I explained our dilemma and asked for his help. A couple of phone calls and we were able to get enough gas to get to White City. Plan B was to go on until out of gas and meet my Brother-in-law coming out of White City. Fortunately, we only had to meet him for breakfast the next morning.

The last day was a 5 hour run to Lincoln City. The return trip was 1660 miles totaling 3200 miles, a couple of pairs of chapped cheeks, and more aches and pains than a couple of trips to the hot tub will cure. All in all, an ambitious trip, two willing guys, and an 80 year old automobile that got us there and back and is capable of even more.
                                               
                                                                      
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Garage Tour: March 10, 2012
Ardie Overby's place in the morning …

By Robin Will
CPPC’s activity season started on March 10, 2012, with visits to the collections of Ardie Overby, in Beaverton, and Ken Austin, in Newberg.

Click on the picture of the Ardie's Corvette to open a photo gallery of the Overby tour.

Ardie Overby's GarageThe first stop was breakfast at the Black Bear Diner in Beaverton, followed by a short motorcade to Ardie’s place. Our group had 18 members at that point.

In terms of total floorspace, the Overby establishment is about 60% serious restoration shop, 20% reference library, and 20% showroom of finished cars. The shop is clean and ultra-organized, with work-in-progress on the benches and everything else out of the way. The reference library is astounding: dealer training films, sales manuals, posters, and technical publications that establish Ardie among the ranks of internation experts on Chevrolets. No kidding. And the showroom . . . a half-dozen or so of the absolutely exemplary cars that Ardie decided to keep.

Ardie’s main thing is Chevrolets and Jaguars, and of the Chevys, he leans most heavily towards the 1937s. A ’37 Chevy was the first car he ever drove, he explains, and just sorta stayed with them.

But he had an early Chevy V8 – a 1918 roadster in his shop, in the early stages of restoration, and a ’54 Corvette in his showroom, plus a 1937 coupe that looked brand new – a factory demonstrator and was loaded with every option available in 1937.

Ardie also makes models of his cars, and had some bookend-size depictions of his cars as he originally found them.

An entire room of the building is devoted to a library of Chevrolet-specific books, filmstrips, and factory catalogs and manuals, and Chevy posters and memorabilia cover the walls.

… Ken Austin's collection in the afternoon

The group left the Overby garage and headed via backroads over the river and through the woods to Newberg. After lunch at Little Cooperstown Pub, we visited Ken Austin and his collection. We had picked up a few people along the way, and our group numbered 20 by that time.

Austin LinkKen did something he claimed he had never done: he abandoned his prepared talk, and strolled through the collection with his visitors, answering questions as they came up. It was a pleasant and informative afternoon with a gracious host.

Click on the picture of Ken's hot-rod Lincoln, at right, to open the photo gallery of the Austin tour.

Ken was a hot-rodder when he was young, and he still builds and sells speed equipment when he can get a break from his real job, manufacturing tools and equipment for dentists. A few of the cars in the collection are replicas of things he built as a young man, and each car has its story.

Lined up along one wall were a series of early Fords in which Ken can see the evolution of Henry Ford’s thinking as he worked towards the Model T. The star of that lineup is the dead-original 1907 Model K roadster.

There were several other Fords, but the eye-popping one for many of us was the yellow roadster with the seriously overcarbureted flathead V-12 in it. This is an extreme “Hot Rod Lincoln,” with 12 cylinders instead of 8. Better than the song!

Ken Austin’s collection was our last stop for the day. We said our thank-yous and goodbyes, and drove home in the rain.

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