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Jay Leno's stand on ETHANOL

Posted by Webmaster on May 29, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In March, Autoweek did an interview with Jay Leno - here's what he had to say about ethanol.

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http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/jay-leno-hates-ethanol

Circle Tour - September 2014

Posted by Webmaster on September 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It was the most beautiful weekend, with great weather and good company and no breakdowns!

We headed out Hwy 7 to Hope to top the gas tanks up before heading toward our destination.  The traffic was light and all 10 cars managed to stay in sight of each other through the mountains.  We arrived in Osoyoos to beautiful sunny skies and booked into the Best Western Hotel.  We were given priority parking at the front of the hotel for the weekend.  After unpacking we headed up to the 'happy hour' room, which was a family suite on the third floor, complete with outdoor balcony.  Loads of room to sit and chat and plan our weekend.  Our hosts, Judy and Doug, had arranged for the hotel to put on an 'appy' spread in a private dining room instead of heading out for supper.  This worked out really well and was a great finish to our first day.

Saturday morning we met outside to go next door to the Rattlesnake amusement area.  We were divided into teams and played a round of mini-golf.  Some of our group had not played mini-golf since they were teenagers - so there was lots of fun and frivovility.   The go-carts called to us as we played our golf - so over we went to have a race!  Barry, Ross and Doug were the most aggressive - and Doug took a spin in the middle of the track, but didn't skip a beat!   Afterwards we were given our boxed lunches and we headed out in convoy to our first winery stop - Silver Sage Wineries.  We parked all together and headed to the lawn with our chairs and lunch.  After about 1 hour we were ushered inside to a group wine tasting where we had the chance to try up to 12 different wines - most of them late harvest dessert wines.    From there we took different routes back to the hotel, some stopping at other wineries along the way.  Supper was scheduled at the Wildfire Grill, we buddied up for the drive up town - ask Jan about her 'comfy' seat - some chose to walk back to the hotel after a great meal.

Sunday was going to be a full day.  We started off with a tour of JF Launier Kustoms where we had the opportunity to meet JF and see his wonderful creation Rivision.  This beautiful car started ot as a 64 Buick Riviera, but you could hardly tell.  JF was honoured with the Detroit Autorama Chevrolet Performance Ridler Award.  For over 50 years, the Ridler award has represented the best of the best. It’s a defining moment to any car builder and if they’re fortunate to win the trophy, it will further launch their career to the stratosphere. It’s sort of like getting more street cred for already being in the trenches, or we should say, on the shop floor with torches and a welder. These builders are trying to create an over the top, one-off machine that will make the judges fall over backwards and unanimously vote for their car to be Ridler worthy.  Go check it out here.

Off to Hester Creek Winery for a tasting, and purchasing, then on to Tinhorn Creek Vineyards where we took over the amphitheatre for another beautful boxed lunch picnic and a game of bocci ball - following Judy's rules - or not!  Back at the hotel, a few brave souls went on to the bumper boats - Sharon was the only wise one and wore a bathing suit - the guys were in shirts and shorts.  Everyone ganged up on Sharon, but the boys were the wettest!  During all of this there was a wedding party having pictures taken and when we finished our fun, we found the bride and groom nestled up against Don's pickup for pictures - they then asked if they could sit in Angela's convertible for a couple - we all obliged and watched as the pictures were taken.

Supper was at Nk'mip Cellars on the patio.  The meal was served family style and consisted of a tasty tomato salad, prime rib, potatoes and veg and a fantastic dessert.  Of course wine was at the table too!  

The weekend is drawing to a close - here we are on Monday morning saying goodbye to 3 of our group as they are staying one more night.  The rest of us head out to Keremeos and stop to buy fruit and veggies.  We reach the Brown Bridge Pub in Princeton about lunch time and head out onto the patio for food and beverages!  This is our last stop before home - so again we say our goodbyes.  We were all in sight of each other as we reached Hope and headed down Hwy 7 to home. 

Thank you very much for a great weekend - Doug and Judy did a fantastic job of organizing everything - handing out prizes and keeping everyone in order!  See some pictures in our photo albums

Otter Co-op Show & Shine - April 26 2014

Posted by Webmaster on April 26, 2014 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

6 vehicles met at Tim Horton's before travelling through the backroads to Fort Langley, picking up another car and on to Aldergrove.  The day was cloudy, but promissing.

On arriving at Otter Co-op at 248th and Fraser Hwy, we were greeted by the Central Fraser Valley Chapter members and registered.  Luckily we all parked together, but by 9:30 the lot was full.  The sun was out and everyone headed in to join the line in the Co-op for  breakfast - 2 eggs, bacon (or sausage if you liked) hashbrowns and toast for $2.99 - not bad, unlimited coffee was extra.  We met up with Dick and Harry and ushered them out of their seats so we could sit down.

The BBQ was lit and Fraser & Dorothy Field and Pa Morris cooked up lunch of hamburgs and hot dogs, helped out by the ladies of the Central Fraser Valley Chapter.   

The rain started about 11:00 and drizzled on and off until about 12:30.  Unfortunately most of our vehicles left.  Just the 38 Ford and 37 Dodge were left - at lest these two can weather the storm!!  And unlike the rest, the two oldies travelled home in the bright sunshine around 2:00 o'clock.

Thanks to all at Central Fraser Valley for a great day!

See pictures in our Photo Album.

SPRING SWAP MEET 2014

Posted by Webmaster on April 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Our Spring Swap meet was held on April 12th at the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge, BC.   It was a beautiful sunny day - all day - no raindrops of any sort!  What a difference from other years.  

Almost 50 members, spouses and friends helped to make this a very successful and fun event.  Our friendly members welcomed people from all over the lower mainland who had come to browse the wares of car nuts from all over the province and south of the border.  Lots of people brought out their classics and parked in the show section of the fairgrounds for all to admire.

Check out some of the pictures in our Photo Gallery.

Wednesday's Wheels

Posted by Webmaster on June 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

WEDNESDAY'S WHEELS

1937 Dodge in the Port Moody 100 Parade - June 22, 2013


Valentine's Run - February 17th, 2013

Posted by Webmaster on February 17, 2013 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a beautiful morning when 19 vehicles showed up at A&W for breakfast and social time before heading out on our Valentine's Run. It was nice to see some potential members in attendance, and also some members out that we don't see very often. Judy gave everyone a beautiful cupcake as Doug handed out the directions of our tour.

First stop was B & N Hot Rod and Fabrication in Maple Ridge. B & N Hotrod is a family run business that began with Bill Lemon (the president) back in May 1999. Bill's son, Neil, was our host, he showed us around and told us about their family history and a little about each vehicle in his shop. You can read about them at http://www.hotrodparts.ca/About-Us.page. Today we saw a 27 Willys and a 90 Lamborgini - one extreme to the other! We were invited upstairs to the Upholstery shop where we oohed and aahed over Doug's beautiful 38 Ford which was in for installation of upholstery. This was also a coffee and donut stop - as if we need more donuts!!

After the tour, we took a leisurely drive down the old Dewdney Trunk Road over the dam and onwards to Mission. Our next stop was the home of Richard and Marlene. They showed us their beautiful home and garage with its space for 5 full size vehicles, and the wood-work shop in the back.

 

Our last stop was the Mission Springs pub for lunch and conversation - oh and a chocolate heart!

See all the pictures in our Photo Gallery.

Thank you to Doug & Judy for organizing this event and also for finding us some fantastic weather!

Old Car Sunday in the Park - 2012

Posted by Webmaster on June 18, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Wet ... wet .... wet .....  you get the gist!!  It rained and it rained - the weatherman said 'passing showers'.  Unfortunately it was like a freeway, the showers were passing each other all day long!!

By 2 o'clock the 400 car registration number had been passed.  Not our best numbers, but a decent showing.

Don and Bev did a wonderful job of organizing and running the registration trailer, keeping all the volunteers on track and running like clock-work.  Congratulations to Derek for winning the 'volunteer' prize.

And, congratulations to Richard and Marlene's 31 Model A for winning the Mayor's Choice Award and to Angela & Del's 37 Dodge for winning the Dad's Choice Award. 

See pictures in the Photo Gallery

Congratulations!

Posted by Webmaster on June 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Doug & Judy on winning the Students Choice trophy at the Maple Ridge Secondary School show and shine, with their Pontiac Trans Am.

Maple Ridge Secondary School Dry Grad fundraiser

Posted by Webmaster on May 29, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

May 27th wasn't the nicest day, weatherwise, but at least it didn't rain on the nearly 100 vehicles that came out to support the Maple Ridge Secondary School Graduating Class in their fund raising efforts.

Joe & Neva did a fantastic job of organizing the cars as a steady stream came through the gates between 9 and 10 am.  See pictures in the Photo Gallery.  Most of the Golden Ears Chapter cars were parked in the same area so it gave us a chance to socialize and keep Sharon company during the day.  Jim Carpenter took his load of tires home to the Interior on Saturday night after a successful Coastal Swap Meet, and turned around on Sunday morning to drive back to with his 54 Dodge.  He really wanted to participate because he rebuilt this car in the shop at MRSS when he was a student.

It was also nice to catch up with previous members, Dick & Dianne S. and Don M. with their vehicles.   Pete was out with his 23 T and we are glad to see that he looked really well and rested after his recent surgery.   Alex M. also showed up to visit with friends and talk about their cars.  They call them Show & Shines, but its the visiting and comaraderie that keeps us attending!

Good Cars, Great Friends & Aristocrats

Posted by Webmaster on May 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The May 2nd issue of the Maple Ridge News printed an article called Good Cars, Great Friends and Aristocrats. Those Aristocrats included one of our members, Al Hemminger. He along with a few friends started the car club back in 1965 to talk about cars and to build race cars. Check out the complete article at http://www.mapleridgenews.com/community/149751085.html. Thank you to Ross for sending along this information.