2018 Eastern Meet
June 22-24, 2018
The 2018 Eastern Meet
by Rob Peters
Another First Generation Monte Carlo Club Eastern has come to a close. About 9 members arrived on Wednesday and were able to wash their cars at the hotel wash station on Wednesday and Thursday morning. Of course there was Bench Racing Wednesday night.
Thursday morning brought nice weather for our driving games which were managed by Jay and Jenny Munday. Our members especially the go-cart racing during the Poker Run…. Glad some of our members treat their Monte’s better than they drive those gocarts.
Thursday night was our Pizza Party and everyone had a choice of 7 different kinds of pizza and everyone had their fill with some left over for some members who arrived later Thursday night.
Friday we caravanned from the hotel to the show field. What a sight, all of those Monte’s leaving the parking lot at the same time, driving through downtown Carlisle and then onto the show field. Carlisle Events provided our club a 20 X 30 foot canopy for the weekend and it really came in handy. Because of some rain on Friday and Saturday.
The weather forecast earlier in the week looked dismal for the weekend and it looked like a complete washout, which caused a number of members to cancel their trip. As luck would have it for the rest of us, who braved it, were rewarded with a much better time. The major part of the rain fell on Saturday morning and moved out by around 9:45AM leaving the rest of the day very pleasant.
With our member voting completed at noon Aaron Dodsworth and I headed back to the hotel to count the votes and then on to get the award plaque pictures printed just in time to leave for the Award Dinner.
The Award Dinner was a great buffet nobody should have left hungry and some went for seconds. There were some beautiful cars and many of the categories were very close in the member voting.
Some members, just signed up that afternoon, joined us at the dinner and follwing dinner we all returned to the hotel for the door prize drawings. Everyone left with more than one door prize and then out for bench racing and a competitive game of Left, Center, Right.
Thanks to all who attended.
- Rob Peters
My First Eastern Meet
by Diana Tocci
I am a new member to the FGMCC club and attended my first Eastern Meet at the Chevrolet Nationals in Carlisle, PA June 22-24 and had such a great time.
Growing up in a “Chevelle Family”, I thought someday I’d have a Chevelle, but the first time I saw a “First Generation Monte Carlo” about 5 years ago at a car show, I fell in love. About 3 years ago my brother and I started casually looking on the internet fairly local to where I live in NH. I found my 1971 white monte on craigslist for sale in Long Island, NY. I excitedly told my brother about it but realized it would probably be way too far to drive. When my brother told me it was “doable”, off we went! It was a long and stressful drive home with the car, but I was thrilled. My husband Peter did a lot of repairs to things it just needed replaced due to age and slowly but surely, I had my “classic car” that I always wanted.
I found FGMCC in one of my many searches of Monte “stuff” and decided to join this past February and attend the upcoming Eastern Meet not really knowing what to expect. Not being an overly social person by nature, I felt a bit “out of my comfort zone” attending an event with people I didn’t know, wondering how I would fit in with the well-established group. When my husband and I arrived on Thursday evening to a packed parking lot where ‘bench racing’ had already been taking place, the butterflies kicked in, especially looking around at all the beautiful Montes.
The next two days I met with the club members at 8:30am to join in the ‘parade’ to the show. Once at the show, I started to meet and talk to more members and talk about our cars. I started to realize what a sense of pride everyone had in their car and how special this “club” was because of what we all had in common. It was quite the sight to see all the Monte’s lined up at the show. First time I have ever seen so many First Gen Monte’s in one place!
Spending time with everyone at the Awards dinner, door prize giveaways and ‘bench racing’ was such fun time. By the end of the weekend, I had made a lot of new friends, gained some valuable knowledge about my Monte Carlo, learned of many resources where I can find parts, etc. and brought back some great memories…and a couple of awards which I never expected! Being a part of the FGMCC gives me a new sense of pride at being a First Gen Monte owner. I only wish more of the members lived closer to me so we could get together more often.
I want to thank Rob Peters and everyone else that was involved in the putting the meet together. It was very well organized with all the details taken care of so the members could just enjoy the weekend. I am already looking forward to the next meet!
- Diana Tocci