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  • 2018 Western Meet

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    The Dalles, OR 
    August 10-12, 2018

    Members Present: 18

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  • Monte Carlos in Attendance

    IMG_6426_small.JPG 1970 - White, Green interior
    Owned by Bill Ward of Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada
    L16_00376_small.jpg 1970 SS454 - Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl top, Blue interior
    Owned by Jay Marsh of Bend, OR
    L16_00406_small.jpg 1970 SS454 - Shadow Grey, Black vinyl top, Black interior
    Owned by Wayne Good of Kent, WA
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    Owned by Derry and Lucile Wright of Vanscoy, SK, Canada
    L16_00381_small.jpg 1970 SS454 - Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl top, Black interior 
    Owned by Pat & Jean Trottier of Summerland Millet, AB, Canada
    L16_00383_small.jpg 1970 - Shadow Grey, Black vinyl top, Black interior 
    Owned by Dave Fast of Beaverton, OR
    L16_00391_small.jpg 1970 - Misty Turquoise, White painted top, Black interior
    Owned by Tom Kelly of Columbia Falls, MT
    L16_00397_small.jpg 1970 SS454- Beige, Black interior
    Owned by Craig Anderson of Kennewick, WA
    IMG_6407_small.JPG 1971 - Sandalwood, Sandalwood interior
    Owned by Patrick and Sarah Sheean of Paso Robles, CA
    L16_00394_small.jpg 1971 - Blue, Black interior 
    Owned by Craig Anderson of Kennewick, WA
    L16_00386_small.jpg 1971 SS454 - Classic Copper, Sandalwood interior
    Owned by Aaron & April Dodsworth of Summerland, BC, Canada
    L16_00401_small.jpg 1971 - Two-tone Blue and Black, Black interior
    Owned by Terry and Judy Stevens of McMinnville, OR
    L16_00385_small.jpg 1972 - Green, Black interior
    Owned by Don Robertson of Aloha, OR
    IMG_6366_small.JPG 1972 - Orange, Black vinyl top, Black interior
    Owned by Jeff and Ann Stewart of Pendleton, OR
    IMG_6478_small.JPG 1972 - Green, Black interior
    Owned by Jack Young of Milwaukie, OR
    L16_00395_small.jpg 1972 Custom - Antique White, Black interior
    Owned by Doug Cameron of Portland, OR
    L16_00389_small.jpg 1972 - Gulf Green, Black vinyl top, Green interior
    Owned by Matt and Christine Hilla of Hood River, OR

    Additional members in attendance 
    John Landon of Libby, MT
    Chris and Misty Harris of Paulsbo, WA

    The 2018 Western Meet
    by Aaron Dodsworth

     

    Thursday

    Our 15th annual Western Meet was held in The Dalles, Oregon at the Cruise the Gorge event. The area surrounding The Dalles had been plagued by a few large wildfires in July and early August and it was our hope that everything would be contained in time for the meet. Luckily everything was fine when it was time to travel to the area. April and I drove to Oregon in our 1971 SS454 with no issues but we visited several gas stations between home and The Dalles. We arrived at the hotel on Thursday afternoon and were greeted by some members who had arrived earlier that day. It was HOT! The weather app on our phone stated that it was 104 degrees but feels like 111! Due to the excessive heat the club settled in the hotel breakfast room for pizza rather than having it out in the parking lot as we traditionally do. We figured that it would not be too hot by the time we were done, but it was still too hot out at 8pm for us to sit in the parking lot and chat. Most of us then went to the comfort of air conditioning in our rooms. I eventually came out at 10pm to greet a Pat Trottier and Wayne Good who had just arrived and the outside temperature was bearable by that time to sit out there and chat. The forecast looked much cooler the next few days.

    Friday

    Friday was all about cruising and the weather was not as hot with a high temperature of 96 degrees. First we had the cruise during the day throughout the Hood River area organized by Matt Hilla then there was the evening cruising in Downtown The Dalles.

    We left the hotel in the morning for the famous Rowena Loops. This is an amazingly curvy road that took us up to the Rowena Plateau where we stopped to take in the beautiful panoramic view of the Columbia River Gorge. After some time at the top of the viewpoint we continued back down toward the river to Port Marina Park in Hood River. We took photos of each member in their car with the scenic backdrop and watched the sail boats head out from the marina. The cruise route then led us through downtown Hood River up toward Mt. Hood and stopping in Parkdale for some ice cream. Again our cars attracted a lot of attention parked in a row along the side of the road. Our last stop for this cruise was lunch at Marchesi Vineyards in Hood River. The group spent a fair amount of time there as it was a great spot to sit and enjoy our lunch with some wine in the shade. Once we were back to the hotel it was time to relax and prepare for the evening cruise.

    The Cruise the Gorge event had their Neon Cruise through downtown The Dalles on Friday night. Our hotel is right between the two one-way streets that are part of the downtown cruise loop allowing us a great view of the cars from the parking lot. Some of our group participated in the cruise while others sat back and enjoyed the sights and sounds as they rolled by. As the evening settled in the cruise was cut short due to a shortened ’55 Chevy driven recklessly, hit a parked car, flipped on its roof and caught fire. The fire was put out quickly but there were a few pedestrians hurt in the incident. We were informed the next day that the driver was in jail and the authorities will throw the book at him. We spent the rest of the evening swapping stories in the hotel parking lot as we always do.

     

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    Morning at the hotel
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    Morning at the hotel
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    Cruise
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    Rowena Plateau
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    Rowena Plateau
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    Rowena Plateau
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    Rowena Plateau
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    Cruise
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    Cruise
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    Port Marina Park
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    Port Marina Park
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    Port Marina Park
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    Port Marina Park
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    Port Marina Park
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    Port Marina Park

     
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    Cruise
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    Cruise
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    Cruise
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    Cruise
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    Parkdale
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    Marchesi Vineyards
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    Marchesi Vineyards
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    Hotel
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    Hotel
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    Hotel
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    Hotel
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    Neon Cruise
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    Neon Cruise
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    Neon Cruise
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    Hotel parking lot
    Pat, Jack, Doug and Aaron

    Saturday

    The car show took place in the shade of the tall trees in Sorosis Park. We had 17 Monte Carlos at the show and the weather was sunshine and 85 degrees. We signed up a couple new members at the show and had a great day. When it came time for the Cruise the Gorge awards Jack Young was called up to accept an award for Best 70’s and Derry Wright received the long distance award for driving his 1970 SS454 over 1,000 miles from Saskatchewan, Canada. The FGMCC also received the club participation award and I was able to make a short speech about the club during the awards ceremony.

    Show in the Shade Award Winners

    Long Distance Derry Wright
    Best 70's Jack Young
    Club Participation FGMCC
     
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Dave's 70 Monte
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    Don's 72 Monte
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    Don's engine bay
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    Jay's engine bay
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    Car show
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    Matt Hilla, Dave Fast, Don Robertson, Jay Marsh and Gerry
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    Judy and Terry Stevens, Jack Young and Doug Cameron
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    Pat Sheean and Pat Trottier
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    Ann and Jeff
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    Jodie and Tom Kelly & Lucile and Derry Wright
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    Jolie, Erika and Lucas Kelly
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    Jack receiving his award
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    Derry receiving his award
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    Aaron with the Club Participation Award
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    Back at the hotel
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    Back at the Hotel
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    Back at the hotel
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    Back at the hotel
     
     

    Sunday

    There was another show on Sunday in the town of Dufur. After a nice drive through the rolling hills of Wasco County we set up for another relaxing day at the Dufur show. Jack Young, Jay Marsh and Tom Kelly all received some hardware at this show before we drove back to The Dalles. Jack and Jay’s awards were for 1970’s modified and stock but we’re still scratching our heads as to how Tom won the 2000’s class with a 1970 Monte Carlo.In the afternoon we walked over to the restaurant next to the hotel for the FGMCC awards, door prizes and dinner. Everyone walked away with something from the banquet before going back to the hotel for one last night of bench racing in the parking lot.

    Dufur Car Show Award Winners

    70's Modified Jack Young
    70's Stock Jay Marsh
    2000's Tom Kelly
     

    FGMCC Award Winners

    Best Interior Tom Kelly - 1970
    Best Paint Jack Young - 1972
    Robyn Lance Best Engine Matt Hilla - 1972
    George Lines Best Modified Don Robertson - 1972
    Best Street Doug Cameron - 1972 Custom
    Best Stock Aaron Dodsworth - 1971 SS454
    Best Non-Restored Craig Anderson - 1970 SS454
    Longest Owned Tom Kelly - 1970
    Meet Director's Choice Dave Fast - 1970
    Members' Choice Don Robertson - 1972
    Ronnie Bryan Longest Distance Driven Derry Wright - 1970 SS454 (1,007 miles)
    Hard Luck Pat Trottier - 1970 (Master Cylinder)
    Recognized Member Doug Cameron
    Congratulations to you all!
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    Drive to Dufur
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    Drive to Dufur
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    Drive to Dufur
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Jay, Dave and Chris
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    Car show
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    Tom
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    Doug, Terry and Derry
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    Doug's trunk
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Derry and Pat
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    Jay receiving his award
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    Jack receiving his award
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    Tom receiving his award
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    Best Interior - Tom Kelly
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    Best Paint - Jack Young
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    Best Engine - Matt Hilla
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    Best Non-restored - Craig Anderson
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    Best Modified - Don Robertson
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    Best Street - Doug Cameron
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    Best Stock - Aaron Dodsworth
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    Members' Choice - Don Robertson
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    Meet Director's Choice - Dave Fast
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    Longest Owned - Tom Kelly
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    Longest Distance Driven - Derry Wright
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    Hard Luck - Pat Trottier
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    Recognized Member - Doug Cameron
     


     

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