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  • 2019 Western Meet

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    Penticton, BC
    June 20-23, 2019

    Members Present: 31

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  • Monte Carlos in Attendance

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    1970 - Cranberry Red, White vinyl top, Black interior
    Owned by Drew Molden of Sherwood Park, AB
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    1970 SS454 - Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl top, Blue interior
    Owned by Jay Marsh of Bend, OR
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    1970 SS454 - Forest Green, Black vinyl top, Green interior
    Owned by Doug and Debbie Simpson of Leduc, AB
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    1970 - Green, Black interior
    Owned by Steve Hoodicoff of Robson, BC
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    1970 - Blue, Grey vinyl top, Black interior 
    Owned by Kevin Dyck and Sandy Mah of Edmonton, AB
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    1970 SS454 - Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl top, Black interior 
    Owned by Pat & Jean Trottier of Millet, AB
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    1970 - Misty Turquoise, White vinyl top, Sandalwood interior 
    Owned by Aaron and April Dodsworth of Summerland, BC
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    1970 - Misty Turquoise, White painted top, Black interior
    Owned by Tom and Jodi Kelly of Columbia Falls, MT
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    1970 - Black Cherry, Black vinyl top, Black interior
    Owned by Victor and Melanie Wiens of Winkler, MB
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    1970 - Forest Green, White vinyl top, Green interior
    Owned by Lucas Kelly and Jolie Matson-Kelly of Columbia Falls, MT
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    1970 SS454 - Black Cherry, Black vinyl top, Black interior
    Owned by Ken Sutton of Surrey, BC
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    1970 - Misty Turquoise, Black convertible top, Black interior
    Owned by Vaughn and Kathie Peoples of High River, AB
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    1971 - Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl top, Black interior
    Owned by Kelly and Sandy Macklem of Sherwood Park, AB
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    1971 - Black, Black interior 
    Owned by Peter and Marcia Ureta of Penticton, BC
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    1971 - Burnt Orange, White vinyl top, Sandalwood interior 
    Owned by Cameron Lewis of Reno, NV
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    1971 - Green, Black vinyl top, Black interior
    Owned by Bill Ward of Pitt Meadows, BC
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    1971 SS454 - Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl top, Black interior
    Owned by Liam Peoples of High River, AB
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    1971 - Cranberry Red, Black vinyl top, Black interior
    Owned by Kevin Uilkie of Surprise, AZ
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    1971 - Mulsanne Blue, White vinyl top, Black interior
    Owned by Vaughn and Kathie Peoples of High River, AB
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    1971 SS454 - Classic Copper, Sandalwood interior
    Owned by Aaron and April Dodsworth of Summerland, BC
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    1971 - Two-tone Blue and Black, Black interior
    Owned by Terry and Judy Stevens of McMinnville, OR
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    1971 - Lime Green, White painted top, Sandalwood interior
    Owned by Chris and Misty Harris of Poulsbo, WA
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    1972 - Gulf Green, Green vinyl top, Green interior
    Owned by Keith and Rosa Golanowski of Calgary, AB
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    1972 - Blue, Black interior
    Owned by Jason and Christine Molden of Sherwood Park, AB
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    1972 - Green, Green interior
    Owned by Robert and Mona Calderon of Fresno, CA
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    1972 - Green, Black interior
    Owned by Jack Young of Milwaukie, OR
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    1972 Custom - Antique White, Black interior
    Owned by Doug Cameron of Portland, OR
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    1972 - Mojave Gold, Tan vinyl top, Saddle interior
    Owned by Tony Fenton of Castlegar, BC
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    1972 - Gulf Green, Black vinyl top, Green interior
    Owned by Matt and Christine Hilla of Hood River, OR

    Additional members in attendance 
    Geoff Colpitts of Kelowna, BC
    Clayton Elkjar of Winnipeg, MB
    Roy and Sue Bunjes of St. Catherines, ON
    Andre and Sonia Richard of Okotoks, AB

    The 2019 Western Meet
    by Aaron Dodsworth

     

    The 16th annual Western Meet is now in the books and it was the largest Western Meet to date. This was our 4th meet at the Peach City Beach Cruise event and is always well attended by the club. We had 31 members attend from 6 US states and 4 Canadian provinces. Friends of a member who are into Mopars had such a good time with the group that they will buy a first generation Monte Carlo before the 2020 meet.

    Wednesday

    Club members started to arrive Wednesday afternoon from all over the Western US and Canada. It is always fun watching Monte Carlos pull in to the Rosedale Motel in Summerland and slowly fill the parking lot throughout the evening. Everyone shares their story of their road trip to the meet and issues they encountered. Matt Hilla’s 72 Monte Carlo had trouble starting when he and Christine stopped at the Canadian border but the Canadian border guards assisted with pushing the car across the line. Matt had a local mechanic do a gear oil change on Wednesday and while they were performing their job the mechanic found a build sheet on top of the gas tank. It was in remarkably good condition considering it was sitting on the gas tank for 47 years! Kevin Uilkie’s air conditioning quit, gas gauge quit and had a dead battery due to leaving lights on during his 1,400 mile drive in his 1971 Monte Carlo from Arizona. Everyone arrived safely which is the important thing.

     
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    Lucas and Kevin during their drive from Arizona
     
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    Matt with his newly found build sheet
     

    Thursday

    I had organized a cruise for Thursday with various stops around the Southern part of Okanagan Lake. There was a threat of rain the whole time but we were fortunate that it held off for the most part. We cruised as a group of 13 cars through Penticton to a viewpoint in Naramata for some photos. That viewpoint of the Okanagan Valley allowed us to see the rain in the distance but so far we avoided getting wet. Due to the threat of rain we altered the picnic lunch location to the park at Peach Orchard Beach which had a covered area. After lunch we drove through Summerland to Nomad Cider for some cider tasting. Although it was unseasonably cool it didn’t stop members from sampling the delicious ice cream at our next stop at Summerland Sweets. We continued back to the hotel and it was starting to rain just as we were pulling into the parking lot. The rain held off just long enough to avoid our cars getting dirty.

    Additional members continued to arrive Thursday afternoon from out of town and now the parking lot is nearly all Monte Carlos. It was a cool evening but we had a good time getting acquainted with new members and catching up with old friends.

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    The view out Aaron's rear window
     
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    Viewpoint in Naramata
     
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    Viewpoint in Naramata
     
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    Viewpoint in Naramata
     
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    Viewpoint in Naramata
     
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    Cruising through Summerland
     
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    Peach Orchard Beach
     
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    Peach Orchard Beach
     
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    Peach Orchard Beach
     
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    At Nomad Cider
     
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    At Nomad Cider
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    At Nomad Cider
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    Got a little wet in the evening at the hotel
     
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    Evening at the hotel
     
     

    Friday

    Another cruise was in order for Friday and the weather was much better. This cruise was part of the Peach City Beach Cruise event which included stops at several wineries throughout the Okanagan Falls area. We had too many cars to attempt to stay as one group and some of the winery parking lots were not capable of holding that many cars so we split up into smaller groups. Each winery offered their own spectacular views of the Okanagan Valley which created a lot of photo opportunities. See Ya Later Ranch Winery high above Vaseux Lake was the first stop before proceeding to Nighthawk Vineyards even further up the mountain. We continued on to Stags Hollow Winery, Meyer Family Vineyards and Blasted Church Vineyards. At Blasted Church Matt had a cooling issue which he discovered was a blown fuse for his electric fans but was easily replaced.

    Back at the hotel it was an amazing scene as now the hotel was completely taken over by the FGMCC group. The afternoon and evening was an enjoyable time as usual with members getting to know each other and sharing their knowledge.

     

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    See Ya Later Ranch
     
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    See Ya Later Ranch
     
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    See Ya Later Ranch
     
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    Nighthawk Vineyards
     
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    Nighthawk Vineyards
     
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    Cruise in Okanagan Falls
     
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    Stags Hollow Winery
     
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    Stags Hollow Winery
     
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    Meyer Family Vineyards
     
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    Cruise through Okanagan Falls
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    Blasted Church Vineyards
     
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    Hotel
     
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    Hotel lot
     
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    Evening at the hotel
     
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    Christine, Sandy, Christine, April, Sandy, Debbie and Karyn enjoying the evening
     

    Saturday

    Steve Hoodicoff woke up to a flat right front tire on his 1970 Monte Carlo. He waited for the tire shop next door to the hotel to open up for the repair and it turned out it was a large staple that punctured the tire. While Steve waited for the tire shop the rest of the group left early for the Peach City Beach Cruise car show in Penticton. We arrived in Rotary Park, got our 29 Monte Carlos parked as a group and settled in for the day. The show that day had 850 cars parked along the beach of Okanagan Lake, live bands in the bandshell and a large market in downtown Penticton among other attractions.

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    Changing a flat tire
     
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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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    Car show
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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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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Hotel
     
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    Hotel
     
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    Hotel
     
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    Hotel
     
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    Hotel
     
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    Matt working on his 72 Monte
     
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    Poolside at the hotel
     
     
     

    Sunday

    We were back in Rotary Park in Penticton to attend the Peach City Beach Cruise awards ceremony. Three of our members walked away with hardware in the Monte Carlo class. The group took several photos of our cars in the park before going back to Summerland to relax by the pool for the afternoon. The FGMCC awards banquet was held at Second Home Cafe a short walk from the hotel. I presented awards to members in 12 categories and handed out door prizes then finished off the banquet with a buffet dinner. We had one last night at the hotel enjoying each other’s company before the meet came to an end. I can’t wait to get together with my FGMCC brothers and sisters again.

    Peach City Beach Cruise Award Winners

    1st Place Monte Carlo Vaughn and Kathie Peoples
    2nd Place Monte Carlo Peter and Marcia Ureta
    3rd Place Monte Carlo Robert and Mona Calderon
     

    FGMCC Award Winners

    Best Interior Tom Kelly - 1970
    Best Paint Peter and Marcia Ureta - 1971
    Robyn Lance Best Engine Tom Kelly - 1970
    Best Chrome Robert and Mona Calderon - 1972
    George Lines Best Modified Roy Bunjes - 1970
    Best Street Kevin Uilkie - 1971
    Best Stock Debbie and Doug Simpson - 1970 SS454
    Best Non-Restored Melanie Wiens - 1970
    Meet Director's Choice Steve Hoodicoff - 1970
    Members' Choice Vaughn Peoples - 1971
    Ronnie Bryan Longest Distance Driven Kevin Uilkie - 1971 (1,459 miles)
    Hard Luck Steve Hoodicoff - 1970 (Flat tire)
    Congratulations to you all!
     
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    Driving into the park
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    Car show
     
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    Car show
     
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    Vaughn and Kathie with their award
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    Peter and Marcia with their award
     
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    Robert and Mona with their award
     
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    Group photo
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    Parked at the beach
     
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    Poolside at the hotel
    Vaughn, Kevin, Matt and Kelly
     
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    A little beer pong in the pool
     

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    Sandy, Christine, Rosa and Kathie

    Banquet Photos

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    Door prizes at the banquet
     
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    L to R: Debbie with Steve Hoodicoff, Drew Molden, Jason and Christine Molden
     
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    L to R: Aaron Dodsworth, Krista with Liam Peoples, Keith and Rosa Golanowski, Kathie and Vaughn Peoples
     
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    Front: Victor and Melanie Wiens
    Back: Doug and Debbie Simpson
     
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    L to R: Peter and Marcia Ureta, Mona and Robert Calderon
     
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    Front: Pat and Jean Trottier
    Back: Andre and Sonia Richard
     
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    L to R: Jack Young, Christ and Misty Harris
     
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    L to R: Bill Ward, Kevin and Lucas Uilkie
     
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    L to R: Karyn Morrison and Tony Fenton, Kelly and Sandy Macklem
     
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    L to R: LeRoy and Marlys Kelly, Jodi and Tom Kelly
     
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    L to R: Doug Cameron and Terry Stevens
     
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    Kevin Dyck and Sandy Mah
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    L to R: Jay Marsh, Steven Lewis, Matt and Christine Hilla
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    Best Interior - Tom Kelly
     
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    Best Paint - Peter Marcia Ureta
     
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    Best Engine - Tom Kelly
     
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    Best Non-restored - Melanie Wiens
     
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    Best Modified - Roy Bunjes
     
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    Best Street - Kevin Uilkie
     
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    Best Stock - Debbie and Doug Simpson
     
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    Members' Choice - Vaughn Peoples
     
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    Meet Director's Choice - Steve Hoodicoff
     
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    Best Chrome - Robert and Mona Calderon
     
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    Longest Distance Driven - Kevin and Lucas Uilkie
     
    Steve Hoodicoff - Hard Luck Award
    Hard Luck - Steve Hoodicoff
     
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