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Western Meet in Penticton, BC


Penticton, BC, Canada
June 22-25, 2017


Members Present: 25

Monte Carlos in Attendance

1970 - White, Green interior
Owned by Bill Ward of Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada
1970 - Blue, White vinyl top, Black interior
Owned by Kevin Dyck of Edmonton, AB, Canada
1970 - Fathom Blue, White painted top, Blue interior
Owned by Vaughn and Kathie Peoples of High River, AB, Canada
1970 - Black Cherry, Black interior
Owned by Roman Francisty of Lindell, BC, Canada
1970 SS454 - Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl top, Black interior
Owned by Pat & Jean Trottier of Summerland Millet, AB, Canada
1970 - Misty Turquoise, White vinyl top, Sandalwood interior
Owned by Aaron & April Dodsworth of Summerland, BC, Canada
1971 - Burnt Orange, White vinyl top, Sandalwood interior
Owned by Cameron Lewis of Reno, NV
1971 - Cranberry Red, Black vinyl top, Black interior
Owned by Kevin Uilkie of Surprise, AZ
1971 - Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl top, Black interior
Owned by Kelly and Sandy Macklem of Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
1971 - Cottonwood Green, Green vinyl top, Green interior
Owned by Jeff Boyer of Golden, BC, Canada
1971 SS454 - Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl top, Black interior
Owned by Liam Peoples of High River, AB, Canada
1971 SS454 - Cranberry Red, Black vinyl top, Black interior
Owned by Steve and Pat Johansen of Prince George, BC, Canada
1971 SS454 - Classic Copper, Sandalwood interior
Owned by Aaron & April Dodsworth of Summerland, BC, Canada
1971 - Two-tone Blue and Black, Black interior
OOwned by Terry and Judy Stevens of McMinnville, OR
1971 - Red, Black/Sandalwood interiorbr> Owned by Melanie and Victor Wiens of Winkler, MB, Canada
1971 - Tuxedo Black, Black interior
Owned by Peter and Marci Ureta of Penticton, BC, Canada
1972 - Green, Green interior
Owned by Robert and Mona Calderon of Fresno, CA
1972 - Golden Brown, Tan vinyl top, Saddle interior
Owned by Darren Bull of Airdrie, AB, Canada
1972 - Gulf Green, Green vinyl top, Green interior
Owned by Keith and Rosa Golanowski of Calgary, AB, Canada
1972 - Mojave Gold, Tan vinyl top, Saddle interior
Owned by Tony Fenton of Robson, BC, Canada
1972 - Gulf Green, Green vinyl top, Green interior
Owned by Lon Wilburn of Snoqualmie, WA
1972 - Gulf Green, Black vinyl top, Green interior
Owned by Matt and Christine Hilla of Hood River, OR
Additional members in attendance
Clayton Elkjar of Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Ryan Amendt of Langley, BC, Canada
Brian Pillage of Edson, AB, Canada
Cameron Grant of Vancouver, BC, Canada

The 2017 Western Meet
by Aaron Dodsworth

This was our third Western Meet in Penticton, BC. It has become a popular location over the years for members to attend and we had a great participation again this year with 25 members, 15 of those members drove over 400 miles and 4 drove over 1,100 miles! There are some dedicated individuals in this club that show up to these meets and I really appreciate them taking the time to drive the distance.


Several members arrived beginning Wednesday afternoon. That evening we took the time to welcome the newer FGMCC brothers and sisters, and catch up with the regulars. It did not take long for members to start lobbying for the Hard Luck award. Kelly and Sandy showed up and Kelly informed us that he had locked his keys in the trunk including his only trunk key. He was very lucky he at least had an extra door/ignition key to allow him to complete the trip to Summerland. A group of us worked on pulling out the rear seat to navigate a screwdriver taped to a golf club through his trunk full of luggage to pop the trunk lid. After some time Kelly was successful.

During the evening we were also notified by Kevin and Sandy that their 1970 Monte Carlo had electrical/ignition issues during their trip and were stuck in a town a few hours away. They would eventually arrive two days later after getting the issue repaired.

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In search of Kelly's keys


At the hotel - Matt and Lon


I took everyone on a cruise through some back roads through the valley and around Skaha Lake. Some twisty roads led us to a stop at Yellow Lake to stretch our legs and from there we took advantage of the scenic photo opportunities of members by their cars before continuing to the beach in Okanagan Falls. The park by the beach was a great place for our picnic lunch while taking in the view of the mountains surrounding Skaha Lake. After lunch it was time for some wine tasting at Noble Ridge winery which was a short drive away. In addition to the wine tasting the winery also offered a stunning view of Vaseux Lake from their garden. We continued our drive back North to Summerland Sweets for some ice cream before going back to the hotel.

More members arrived throughout the evening and stacks of pizza were delivered for the club. The hotel was now full of Monte Carlos and club members and we had a lot of laughs. It is always great to see old friends and meet some new ones.

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Morning at the hotel
Matt, CVameron, Steve, Aaron & Kelly

Morning at the hotel
April, Sandy, Melanie & Christine






Parked at Yellow Lake

Parked at Yellow Lake


Kevin and Lucas

Kelly and Sandy

Christine and Matt


Melanie & Victor

Peter & Marci

April and Aaron

April and Aaron

At Yellow Lake
L to R - Victor and Melanie Wiens, Cameron Lewis, Peter and Marci Ureta, April and Aaron Dodsworth, Kevin and Lucas Uilkie, Christine and Matt Hilla, Kelly and Sandy Macklem, Lon Wilburn

Lunch on Okanagan Falls

Lunch in Okanagan Falls

Lunch in Okanagan Falls

Parked at Noble Ridge Winery

View of Vaseux Lake from Noble Ridge Winery

Kettle Valley Railway trestle bridge.

View of Okanagan Lake from the trestle bridge

Hotel parking lot 

Hotel parking lot


The Peach City Beach Cruise event included a cruise through Naramata stopping at several of the wineries in the area and taking in the view of Okanagan Lake. It was another fun cruise day with fantastic weather. Back at the hotel we spent the remainder of the day relaxing by the pool. It is always a good time with this group.

Hotel parking lot

Hotel parking lot

Poplar Grove Winery

Vaughn and Liam at Poplar Grove Winery

Red Rooster Winery

Matt, Lon and April tasting wine at Red Rooster Winery

Clayton and son Brock at Ruby Blues Winery

Parked at Lake Breeze Winery

Parked at Maple Leaf Spirits

View of Okanagan Lake

Relaxing at the hotel

Relaxing at the hotel
Relaxing at the hotel


Early Saturday morning we arrived at the car show held in Penticton along the beach of Okanagan Lake. There were 22 Monte Carlos in our group all parked together on the grass as we settled in for the day. In addition to the 800 cars lining the beach there was a classic car auction, farmers market and live entertainment throughout the day. There were several other car clubs who came to the event in big numbers also.

Dennis Gage was at the show filming an episode of My Classic Car. The chances of one of our cars being chosen as a feature car for TV show out of the 800 cars in attendance is pretty remote but Dennis spotted our group and stopped to take a look. He eventually zeroed in on Matt’s Gulf Green 1972 Monte Carlo and they set up for an interview. The My Classic Car episode featuring the Peach City Beach Cruise and Matt’s Monte Carlo will air in 2018.

We returned to the hotel in the afternoon once again to unwind and reflect on a great day at the show.

Video of the Monte Carlos in attendance

Car show

Car show

Car show

Car show

Car show

Car show

Car show

Car show

Car show

Matt with Dennis Gage

Matt with Dennis Gage

The Peach

Car show

Lon, Darren and Robert

Party at the hotel

FGMCC on My Classic Car!


It was a relaxed Sunday morning as the Peach City Beach Cruise awards did not start until lunch time. This event has many classes and even includes a Monte Carlo class when the FGMCC attends. Congratulations to Pat Trottier and Robert Calderon who won 1st and 2nd place in the Monte Carlo Class.

The FGMCC awards banquet was held at Santorini’s Restaurant in Summerland in the late afternoon. We presented the 13 categories of awards as voted by the members the day before and gave away a table full of door prizes before having our dinner.

We had one last night sharing stories and laughs in the hotel parking lot. The owner of the hotel liked us so much he bought us beer and it was ready for us in the cooler by the pool. As the evening continued it was time to accept that the meet was coming to an end. We all said our goodbyes and look forward to getting this “family” back together again at future meets.

Peach City Beach Cruise Award Winners

1st Place Monte Carlo Pat Trottier
2nd Place Monte Carlo Robert Calderon

FGMCC Award Winners

Best Interior Robert Calderon - 1972
Best Paint Vaughn Peoples - 1970 
Robyn Lance Best Engine Kevin Dyck - 1970
George Lines Best Modified Kevin Uilkie - 1971
Best Street Matt Hilla - 1972
Best Stock Aaron Dodsworth - 1971
Best Non-Restored Darren Bull - 1972
Best Documented Darren Bull - 1972
Best Chrome Robert Calderon - 1972
Meet Director's Choice Lon Wilburn - 1972
Members' Choice Vaughn Peoples - 1970
Ronnie Bryan Longest Distance Driven Kevin Uilkie - 1971 (1,492 miles!)
Hard Luck Kevin Dyck - 1970 (Electrical)
Congratulations to you all!

Robert receiving his award

Pat receiving his award

Robert and Pat

Car show

Peter, Marci, Mona & Robert

Terry's 71 in the park

Group in the park


Liam repairing his starter

Awards banquet

Best Interior:
Robert Calderon

Best Engine:
Kevin Dyck

Best Paint:
Vaughn Peoples

Best Non-Restored:
Darren Bull

Best Street:
Matt Hilla

Best Modified:
Kevin Uilkie

Best Stock:
Aaron Dodsworth

Best Documented:
Darren Bull

Best Chrome:
Robert Calderon

Meet Director's Choice:
Lon Wilburn

Members' Choice:
Vaughn Peoples

Hard Luck:
Kevin Dyck

Longest Distance Driven:
Kevin Uilkie

Door prizes

Relaxing at the hotel
Vaughn, Darren and Keith

Relaxing at the hotel

Relaxing at the hotel
Aaron and Matt

Relaxing at the hotel
Sandy & Sandy
Relaxing at the hotel
Pat, Steve and Kevin

© 2017 FGMCC  

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