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#375655 - 09/18/16 08:43 AM Re: My Six Cylinder Tour Journal... Imlay City,MI 2016 [Re: Back Roads]
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Bruce, Thank you so much for this report. We enjoyed seeing you on tour. I agree with the person that told you that you are the future of VCCA. Keep it up.


Thanks Jim... I appreciate that. The truth is that there is a fairly large group of us younger guys that just need more time off of work to get out there do this more often. Your own son included.... Such is life!
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#375656 - 09/18/16 09:32 AM Re: My Six Cylinder Tour Journal... Imlay City,MI 2016 [Re: brewster]
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I'm starting to have trouble remembering everything that happened, now that it's 4 or 5 days later and I'm sitting at home! Where were we??... Oh, right... about to drive the full 70 miles of a 50 mile drive home!

So we pull out of Frankenmuth, all full of coffee and ice cream. About 10 miles down the road, Paul Rozon decides to chuck his rear view mirror at my fresh paint job for no reason at all!! willy I saw the mirror hit Maggie's door, then the road. I didn't know what it was yet, but jumped on the brakes because it looked solid and pointy. It flew up pretty high where the wind grabbed it and pitched it over into the left turn lane on the other side of the car. Barry & Pat were back there in their customary position to pick up the parts that fall off of Paul's and my cars, and pulled over to mark the spot. Paul did the 200 metre walk of shame to retrieve what was left of the mirror.



We had pulled into a lot to get thing sorted out, when I realized it's the same place I was 5 years ago during the Flint tour!



We got things sorted out... Paul decided the mirror won't be making it back onto the car. Everyone got back in line and we headed for home... except Paul's Garmin was still speaking German!

About the time we got to the area of this morning's construction, the plan became to go around it to the east. Hopefully avoid some gravel this time. The route took us through some little village that had way too many four way stops, dead ends , and diagonal cross roads for a village of 300 people to have! The Garmin told Paul to take the scenic tour around town. There was a couple standing on a front lawn, that I'm sure thought they were watching a 9 car parade... as we went by the same house 3 times!! There was also a U-turn at the edge of another gravel road! Finally it was all behind us... except for the mocking Paul over dinnertime and on the Chat Site!!

Dinner was at the Silver Dollar Family Restaurant. Good food, great Service! When we got back to the hotel I received a call from Dave Miner. John Feutz's '33 was going onto the trailer, as they didn't get it running right. Looks like I've got a navigator for tomorrow. Dave doesn't speak German like the Garmin. I'll take him...








Edited by brewster (10/01/16 10:15 AM)
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#375948 - 09/23/16 06:55 PM Re: My Six Cylinder Tour Journal... Imlay City,MI 2016 [Re: brewster]
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It was another early rise on Friday morning... do these people ever sleep??!! A quick drivers meeting, then out to wipe the morning dew off of the cars. I teamed up with my navigator for the day, Dave Miner. Dave is a great guy to drive with. His many interesting stories and conversation make up for the fact that neither of us are following the directions, once again putting us at the mercy of Paul's Garmin in front of us!

Our first stop of the day was at Leader Dogs for the Blind. What's a leader dog, you ask? Well, it's exactly the same thing as a Seeing Eye Dog...except that Seeing Eye Dog is a registered trade mark of a similar school. Leader Dogs is supported by the Lions Club, and trains about 1000 dogs a year at absolutely zero cost to the person needing the dog. All costs and expenses are covered by donors and fund raising through The Lions Club. Their facility is like a university campus and hospital for dogs. It was very modern, clean, and impressive looking. We had an interesting lecture about their history, and what they do, then a short tour of the facility. Jane asked me to bring a puppy home, but I didn't. I'm such a buzz kill...





Next it was off to lunch at Subway, then over to the former estate of the Dodge Brothers. What a great tour that was. The Dodge brothers found their fortune working for Henery Ford, before branching out into the car market on their own in 1914. They both died after contracting pneumonia at the 1920 New York auto show. John Dodge's widow remarried, and built this huge mansion from the sale of the shares for $146 million in the Dodge company. The family was there until her death in 1967, when the property and all of the furnishings of the house were donated to Oakland University, where it is maintained as a National Historic Site. It is the only National Historic Site home with 100% original furnishings. The house was a fantastic tour, with all of it's hidden stair cases and extravagant details. We were not allowed to take photos inside, and only until the fuzz caught up to us on the outside!!

Arrival at Oakland University...



Garage in the courtyard...



Let's take a look in there... darn, no Chevys!



We invade the front driveway. That's Dale's (DeCarter) 1948 up there at the front door...



... and as quick as that, we're escorted out of there! parking Ray Rice's 1954...



Dave took a turn at the wheel for the ride home...




Edited by brewster (10/24/16 08:32 PM)
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#375949 - 09/23/16 07:18 PM Re: My Six Cylinder Tour Journal... Imlay City,MI 2016 [Re: brewster]
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#375950 - 09/23/16 07:25 PM Re: My Six Cylinder Tour Journal... Imlay City,MI 2016 [Re: brewster]
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We arrived back at the hotel and got into our good socks for the closing banquet. Dinner was once again at the Eagles Club. The food was terrific, and the company and fellowship even better.

The awards portion of the show was after dessert. I was honoured to present the John Hudson award this year. "The John Hudson Award" goes to the person that helps others out with their technical issues the most every year. This seems strange, because I think all of us would agree that John Hudson should win his own award EVERY YEAR!! John's wife, Connie, must have the patience of a saint to go on "vacation" with her husband... and have him spend half of each night out in the parking lot fixing everyone else's cars! Thanks a lot John, everyone appreciates the work you do for us!

All of that said though... and this year turned out to be a quiet year. John told me that he did a couple of carb adjustments the first day on a few of the cars and little else since. Connie was excited that she got to spend the week with John! I think we spent more time trying to get the keys out of Johns car then what he spent working on other cars this year.

On the other side of the lot however, was John Feutz's 1933. John's riding mechanic, Dave Miner tried valiantly to get John's car running right, but without success. It's the effort that's rewarded though, and Dave is certainly deserving of this year's John Hudson Award.



The VCCA Spirit Award is awarded to the person or People that show the most VCCA spirit over the course of the week. The award went to my good friends Paul Rozon & Maggie Ross. They are a blast to travel with and their enthusiasm for VCCA touring rubs off on all of us. Congratulations, Paul & Maggie!





Edited by brewster (10/01/16 10:17 AM)
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#375951 - 09/23/16 07:32 PM Re: My Six Cylinder Tour Journal... Imlay City,MI 2016 [Re: brewster]
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Friday morning... and finally a sleep in day! I slept in all of the way to 730! Out in the lot half of the cars were already loaded and gone. Always the saddest day of the tour!





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#375953 - 09/23/16 08:04 PM Re: My Six Cylinder Tour Journal... Imlay City,MI 2016 [Re: brewster]
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We left with Paul & Maggie in the lead, pointed towards the border crossing at Sarnia. We were through in no time, and I was on the phone with John Kennedy (Jack Kennedy, here on Chat). John lives along the St.Clair river between Sarnia & Windsor. We went to visit for a couple of hours and check out John's roadster that he is almost finished.





After we left the Kennedy Compound (do you call it that, John??!!) We headed for home on the back roads. Lunch was in Glencoe Ontario. Across from the diner we ate at was this restored train station...



A few coffee and rest stops later, and I was backing the trailer into the driveway in Bolton. Abby & Jane were waiting on the step to greet me.



What an awesome week! A special thank you to Mike McFarland, and Verle & Sharon Weatherwax on planning an excellent tour this year.
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#375954 - 09/23/16 08:05 PM Re: My Six Cylinder Tour Journal... Imlay City,MI 2016 [Re: Chev Nut]
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Originally Posted By: Chev Nut
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I thought about getting in the back seat and buckling up in Abby's belt!
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#376007 - 09/25/16 06:14 PM Re: My Six Cylinder Tour Journal... Imlay City,MI 2016 [Re: brewster]
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A couple of big announcements were made at the closing banquet about up coming events...

2017 Six Cylinder Tour will be in Denver Pennsylvania.

2017 Central Meet is in Elmira New York

2018 Central Meet will be... in Canada!! canada SOCR to host, location to be determined. Get your Passports in order!


Edited by brewster (09/25/16 06:18 PM)
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