Chris Ungerís Car Crazy Shop in Orange.
Paul Rieker arranged our first run meeting for
2012 to Chris Ungerís shop, who specializes in the estate sale of
vintage automobiles and memorabilia.
Chris currently is handling the sale of 45 miniature scale
engines, which all actually ran.
They varied from steam, one-hits, both Chevy and Ford V-8s,
an Offenhauser, V-12 Rolls Royce, rotary aircraft engines and a
Caterpillar diesel. Chris
also had on display a 40 Ford Coupe vintage racecar, a Ford
Convertible, two deuces (roadster and 3W Coupe), a 1933 Packard
Convertible undergoing restoration, and a recently restored 1973
Ford Pantera. Thanks again,
Paul, and weíre looking forward to the next run.
It's been a busy summer 2012 for the California Roadsters,
starting off with a visit to the LA Roadster Show (June 16-17),
and then our annual club Summer Party at Jon/Midge Kennedy's
beautiful home in Orange Park Acres. We can't thank Jon/Midge
enough for offering their home for our Summer and Christmas
Our next major event came in July (18-22), being our annual run to the Central Coast with the Bay Area (BAR) and San Luis Obispo (SLO) Roadsters..We alternate the responsibility for hosting this run with BAR, and this year it was our turn. Jeff Bates was our Run Chairman, with field co-ordination provided by Max Jamiesson and financial co-ordination by our Treasurer Joe Scanlin. Their combined efforts resulted in what most have said was "the best run ever". We alternate the responsibility for hosting this run with BAR, and this year it was our turn. Jeff Bates was our Run Chairman, with field co-ordination provided by Max Jamiesson and financial co-ordination by our Treasurer Joe Scanlin. Their combined efforts resulted in what most have said was "the best run ever".
First of all, the weather for our run was perfect. We
kicked off on Thursday morning in two groups, northerly (Brea) and
southerly (Costa Mesa); with the northerly group taking an inland
route that was faster, but a lot hotter. The southerly group took
a coastal route up Highway 1 through Malibu, which was more scenic
and a lot cooler. Both groups ended up at The Beach Club,
just south of Summerland for lunch. It's one of our favorite
places, located on a grassy knoll above the beach and has pretty
good food. After lunch it was a bonsai run up the coast to The
Peachtree, our home away from in downtown SLO. That
afternoon, we cranked up the deck party overseen by Bajajon, our
club caterer/bartender. We were on our own for dinner, with most
going downtown to the Thursday night street fair with plenty of
opportunities for good BBQ.
Friday morning we got an early start, with about 47 roadsters,
for our first run of the weekend to the Hunter-Liggett
Military Base, about sixty miles northerly along Highway 101.
This very large, active military training base, extends from
Highway 101 to 1, with narrow winding roads and extreme
topography. We took a leisurely
drivethrough the base down to Highway 1, with our
destination being The Ragged Point Resort for lunch. The ocean
view parking on a grassy knoll was spectacular, but the box
lunch a little slow. I would say for the $25 cost, can be
attibutable to the parking which was worth $20 and the lunch
at about $5..
That afternoon, we were are our own with some taking
in the coastal towns of Cambria and Morro Bay, and others
finding some of the wineries in the rolling hills of nearby
Pasa Robles. We all met back at The Peachtree for another deck party and culminated with an excellent,
catered Mexican dinner.
Saturday morning was a more leisurely run to nearby
Lawler, a professional photographer, taking individual
pictures of each roadster against a beautiful lake backdrop,
and he had the photos ready that night at dinner. After the
photo shoot, we saddled-up for a short run into Edna Valley,
for lunch at the estate of Jim Eckford's, who we visited about
three years ago. Jim is a car guy, and has recently completed
his own roadster. This started as a 33 Speedstar, and was
completed by The Roadster Shop, Illinois, to a
vintage track nose theme, with rear mounted radiator and Buick
455. The catered lunch was excellent, and we again got to
visit with Jim's Spanish Donkeys Lula and Lolita.
That afternoon, we again were free to wander the countryside,
visit a few wineries, or take a nap.
That night of course we had another
deck party, with a catered BBQ dinner and dancing to DJ Sam, which
was a first for one of our runs. The girls seem to really enjoy
this, and did a little line dancing.
Sunday morning came all too soon, but we said our goodbyes to our BAR and SLO roadster buddies
until we meet again at Andy's Picnic (August), and/or the Roadster Roundup (September) in Clovis, CA
47th Annual Roadster Roundup, Clovis, CA.
The Roadster Roundup (RR) is an annual event sponsored by the
four major roadster clubs is CA.
This includes Bay Area Roadsters (BAR), LA Roadsters (LAR),
Valley Roadsters (VR) and San
Jose Roadsters (SJR). The sponsorship is rotated among the
clubs and the location of
this September event is the choice of the sponsor. San Luis
Obispo Roadsters (SLOR) and California Roadsters (CR)
are invited clubs. This has been the tenth year of our
participation, and we always have a good time.
We were nine members strong this year, which is a big
improvement over only four members who attended last
year's event in Paso Robles. This year's event was
sponsored by Valley Roadsters (VR) in downtown historic
Clovis in the central valley. If you haven't been to
Clovis, check it out, it has a restored downtown with
a lot of restaurants, antique shops and a weekly street fair.
VR's goal was to bring the costs down of this year's RR,
and they accomplished this by eliminating the Friday night
welcome BBQ and only having one major run, resulting in a
couple costs of $275 and singles at $175.
was attended by CR members Jim/Ann St.Martin, Jerry/Judy
Kugel, Max/Sue Jamiesson, Dick/Barb Roseberry,
Paul/Marylyn Reiker, Jon/Midge Kennedy, Tom Schauppner,
Duane McKinney and yours truly Mark Byer.
We had a good
time, but we always enjoy each others company and have a good
time. We arrived a day early and Tom S. planned a very
nice Friday lunch run to Bass Lake at the
entrance to Yosemite National Park.
VR included an afternoon run on Friday to a local car barn,
but we didn't get back
in time from Bass Lake to participate. The lunch run on
Saturday was to
Wonder Valley Resort, along the
Kings River, at the base of the Sequoias.
This was a great spot for lunch, and the Kings River is
Final comments, it was hot (over 100) every day and you had to
run the air at night. We enjoyed the company of our fellow
roadster buddies, and are
already looking forward to next year's event, and will enjoy
the cooler weather in Oxnard,
being hosted by LAR.
All the roadsters performed perfectly, even in the heat,
except for mine. I spent a lot of money getting my
roadster ready for the RR, but best laid plans didn't keep
the fuel pump from taking a crap. My thanks to my traveling
wrenches Jon, Jerry and Paul for having the foresight to
carrying a spare electric fuel pump; plus the members that
stayed behind to make sure that I didn't end up on a
Not only did I get back on the road, enjoyed the rest of the
RR, made it home safely;
but once again the true friendship among our club members was
which makes the CRs the best damn hot rod club ever.
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