2005 Eastern Meet
June 22-26, 2005
Thoughts from Andreas Kwetkus
Phew! Another great FGMCC meet is over again… Until the last minute, I did not know for sure if I would make it (had to secure a mortgage for the house we bought). But know, I am very happy that I was there!
Big Kudo’s to Rob Peters and Stan Kulikowski, our members from PA, who volunteered to take on the task organizing this whole event. They did a stellar job!
I left Thursday morning around 9 am and without too many traffic delays on I-40 and I-81, I arrived around 6:30 pm at the hotel (after $70 for gas). After checking in, I found Rob in the rear parking lot organizing driving games for the members. Marchie, our newsletter editor, was also there. Thanks to his big cooler and continuous supply of soft drinks, no one dehydrated at the show. Even though we had a record 97 F on Saturday! After Pizza and some bench racing, we retired to be fresh for Friday.
Friday, we drove to the Carlisle Fairgrounds at 7 am for registration and also showed our cars until noon. Carlisle supplied a nice tent for us.
At noon, we took off in a Monte convoy of around 10 cars to the AACA car museum in Hershey. Nice scenic ride. The museum was great, especially the Corvette collection on loan.
We all left around 3:30 pm for Bonnie’s house (Stan’s girlfriend) in Ephatra, PA. A cookout was organized for us. Pulled pork and hot dogs, hmmm…. They also have a nice pool in the backyard….
More driving games…
Datadave came with his truck and could not keep up with our fast Montes. He got lost a bit, but Rob gave instructions on the cell and finally Dave made it to the cookout.
The drake back from the cookout was a trip from hell. Traffic on I-76 was basically stopped for an accident. We sat 45 min on the highway. After the accident cleared, traffic went form 0 to 70 in a matter of seconds. And then the lines at the toll booth exit, wow! We finished Friday with benchracing in the hotel parking lot.
Saturday was the big show day. Some of us hit the Fairgrounds around 7 am. During the day, many members showed up, with and without Montes.
In total, we had 27 Montes showing from our club! We signed up 2 new members at the spot. One new member did not even own a Monte, he just wanted to be part of such a great club after seeing all the cars!
The Model Car Build contest was lots of fun
Some of us left the show around 4 pm to head back for the hotel. There, we got dressed for the “70’s night” at a local restaurant (Marcello’s).
We had 50 people in the restaurant for the 70’s night and Award Ceremonies.
Rob also organized a Box Grab, which was a lot of fun. Saturday concluded with benchracing in the hotel parking lot.
After a short visit to the fairgrounds on Sunday, Kevin Wiles and I teamed up to go South together on I-81. Not before we found out that club members won 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Carlisle Monte Carlo Class. And our club won a nice trophy for 2nd in Club Participation!
Kevin left me at the I-81/I-77 split between Roanoke and Bristol. I arrived home around 7 pm safe and sound. What a great meet! I was happy to get to know all the members I have not met before and also see old friends again…! Looking forward for next year’s meet already…
FGMCC Award Winners
Meet Game Award Winners
Winner Prize Sponsor Driving Game 1. Brian Denbleyker $50 Certificate THE PARTS PLACE 2. Eli Brown 1 laptop/portfolio bags FGMCC 3. Rick Roman Chevrolet Beanie Bear LUTTY’S Name That Tune 1. Jim Calvert Parts Catalog and $50.00 CLASSIC MUSCLE 2. Joe Bontz (tie) 1 laptop/portfilo bags FGMCC 2. Dan Dugan (tie) Monte Carlo Print ROB PETERS 3. Kevin Wiles Fuzzy Dice LUTTY’S That 70’s Thang 1. Andreas Kwetkus $50.00 Certificate YEAR ONE 2. Leo Konik 1 laptop/Portfolio Bag FGMCC 3. TBA Car Wash MOTHERS CALIFORNIA GOLD WASH Car Build 1. Jim Boczar $25.00 Certificate ORIGINAL PARTS GROUP 2. Leo Konik (Tie) 1 laptop/portfilo bags FGMCC 2. Dan Dugan (Tie) First Gen Monte art print ROB PETERS 3. Timmy Dugan Monte Carlo Model KEVIN WILES Hard Luck 1. Stan the Iceman Catalog and $100 Certificate YEAR ONE 2. TBA 1 Laptop/portfolio bag FGMCC 3. TBA 1 GM Parts Manual Disks ROB PETERS
Carlisle Event Award Winners
70-72 Monte Class: 1. Steve Levanti 2. Jim Boczar 3. Frank Wszeborowski Club Participation: 1. Impala Club 45 members 2. FGMCC 27 Members Click on the image to enlarge