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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.




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.


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.


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.




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 the show 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.


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


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