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The Oldsmobile Northern Lights Chapter is a car club dedicated to all Oldsmobiles 1897 to present. Ownership of an Oldsmobile is not compulsory.

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

     

Happy New Year! We’ve made it to the (new) roaring 20’s. The club also has a new computer, so bear with me while I get used to Windows 10

CAR CLUB CALENDAR 2020

The Hindsight calendars are here (hindsight is 2020). OK bad joke, they are here never-the- less. They were advertised on our Facebook page and we sold 26 within 20 minutes. We had 100 made. 7 went to sponsors and 30 were sent to Steve in Calgary so if you are there
or in the surrounding area, you can call him (403-244-7007), then stop-by and pick yours up. Miranda did a great job at positioning the cars all over the place and snapping some great shots. This is a high quality product and it’s a 14 month calendar with cars from December 2019 and ending in January 2021. The centerfold is a collage of Oldsmobile cars from the 26th Rocket Round Up in Olds. And speaking of the Rocket Round Up, it is also marked on the calendar in July. So if you want one don’t wait too long. In the Edmonton area you can pick up at my place on weekends or after 5:30 pm. Call me if you don’t know where I live. You can also pay for them on line on the club website. www.oldsclub.ca Each calendar is $15 or $17 if mailed anywhere in North America. When they’re gone, they’re gone. If we sell out, we may do this again next year.

OSHAWA PLANT

GM Confirmed that the Oshawa plant is closing. General Motors bought Sam McLaughlin's car-manufacturing business in Oshawa in 1918. Four decades later, it built a second plant there which opened in Nov. 1953. In the 1980s, GM poured billions of dollars into the facility, transforming it into what the company called the "autoplex." In 2006, GM built a new "state-of-the-art" vehicle paint facility there which it said reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by 50 per cent on a per vehicle basis.

The plant has produced everything from sedans to trucks to the Camaro muscle car. In 2008, it was converted into a flexible manufacturing facility, which allowed it to make faster switches between models and assembly lines. During its early years, it produced Pontiac, Chevrolet and Buick models. With adaptations and transformations, GM said in February that Oshawa became the only plant capable of building vehicles from every brand in the company's portfolio. GM said it was the only assembly plant in North America capable of building both cars and trucks in the same facility.

1953-2017:

  • 4 Buick models, including the Century and the Regal.
  • 13 Chevrolet models, including the Impala, Camaro and Equinox.
  • 1 Oldsmobile model, the Cutlass Ciera.
  • 6 Pontiac models, including the Grand Prix and LeMans.

Today:

  • Chevrolet Impala, final assembly of 2018 Light Duty Silverado.
  • Cadillac XTS.
  • Final assembly of GMC 2018 Light Duty Sierra.
  • It is interesting to note that GM is closing down the factory that won the most quality awards than any other GM plant in the world.
  • Oshawa Assembly has 29 J.D. Power awards, the most decorated manufacturing facility. Between 1999 and 2019, it had won more quality and productivity awards than any other GM plant.

IN MEMMORIAM

It is with sadness that I mention the passing of Tom Lamont, member 0773, who past away last summer. Tom was an Oldsmobile enthusiast with a love for his 1992 Toronado Troféo and attended the Rocket Round Up as much as he could. We express our deepest sympathies to Tom’s family and to his partner Dru Edmiston. She loved joining him at the yearly show in Olds – he will be missed.

2020 ROCKET ROUND UP IN OLDS

This year’s show will take place on Saturday July 18. The Mini Art will be handed out to the first 50 (FIFTY) cars registered, not 75 as previous years. Door prizes (or cash) will be handed out in order of your registration number. For example, if you are the 5th person to register a car, you will pick 5th. If you don’t bring a car, you cannot get a goodie bag with the mini art and easel and you cannot pick a door prize. So register early and tune up those Oldsmobiles. Hope to see you there.

Ken

 
 
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