CLUB LICENCE PLATES
The club has made some licence plates for owners that want
something for the front of their car. They will be available
this month but will also be for sale at our 25th show in
Olds this year. They will be $20 ea. and are made out of
aluminum. There was a limited run of 75 made and I already
have heard from a few people in the US that want some – they
collect club plates. I told them on Facebook that we were
making them. See our club Facebook page for a picture (address
under the flag on page 2). Alan our Merchandise officer will
be the person to contact for them.
BANQUET PRICE CHANGE
The price of our banquet meal has changed. For the first
time since 1994 the price will go up from $20 - $25 a person.
It is still the cheapest price we could find. Please note
that you must register for the banquet by July 14. We have
to give the Legion a head count.
25th ANNUAL ROCKET ROUND UP
The poster for this year’s show is in this issue on page 7. Spread the
poster around early so people can plan. Member Randy Wilson donated a book on
the 67X Toronado signed by the author as a door prize. The sooner you register,
the soon you get to pick. If you’re the second to register, you’ll
be the second to pick your prize. There will be a new trophy awarded this year;
Presidents Choice. Don’t forget the Town of Olds mini art, which is quite
special this year. So, promote our show in your circles and don’t forget
to register early. See you in July.
CAR IS THE STAR
In October, I received an e-mail from Heather Hatch, a woman
who works for a Canadian comedy television show “Caution,
May Contain Nuts”. She was looking for an Oldsmobile
for a car scene in the show. They were shooting the episode
in Sherwood Park and she wanted to know if any of our members
would like to have their car on the show. The episode takes
place in 1980 and they were specifically looking for a paneled
Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser.
I knew that local long-time member George Wybenga would have
a Vista Cruiser that would fit the bill for the production
team. I looked through the club roster and found that George
is currently the only member with Vista Cruisers. Others come
to our show in Olds, but they are not current members. Since
George has two, a 1967 and a paneled 1968, they had a choice.
I sent George the woman’s contact information. The next
day George contacted me saying that the 1967, the non-paneled
Vista Cruiser, was going to be on the show.
I like the fact that the crew was looking specifically for
an Oldsmobile. I like the fact that they knew enough to contact
the club and I like the fact that we had a member willing to
help and was able to meet the needs for this shoot. Thanks
George for keeping your Vista Cruisers in such condition that
TV shows want to include them in episodes. I guess that’s
a lesson for the rest of us. No matter what condition your
car is in, keep your work on it going. There are people that
want to showcase your car and you never know when that call
may come. Some will want pristine cars, others will want cars
that are in drivable condition but still a work in progress.
All are welcome in the club, because when you really get down
to it, this car club is really about the people that own them…the
cars are just the glue that brings us all together. Heather
also sent the following message; Just to let you know if
anybody is interested and willing to let us use their car for
they are more than welcome to come on set for the day..
Gord Jackson our Club Treasurer has stepped down. Lately we’ve been running
the club on money using our PayPal account and not many club cheques have been
required or issued. It’s a good thing too because Gord and Cary usually
go south when winter comes and are not available until April. Thank you Gord
for your many years of service to the club.
At this time I’d like to welcome our new club treasurer, Warren Steffen
who has volunteered to take over from Gord. Thank you, Warren.
OLDSMOBILE PERFORMANCE ENGINES
One night I was searching the internet and came across an
interesting site. It is an engine rebuilder that specializes
in Oldsmobile engines. This is usually not that rare to find
but in this case, it’s a shop based in Canada, in Cloverdale,
BC (Vancouver area) to be exact. Cliff Krafta the owner,
spent 5 years learning from Joe Mondello. They specialize
in Oldsmobile engines but have started doing Buick and Pontiac
engines as well. Their website has been included on our website’s
Link Page. Contact details are (604)366-6604 www.oldsperformanceengines.ca.