It is always fun to see woodies and woodie guys and gals from the other clubs. Mike Ginn and I arrived (civilian) Friday afternoon at the host hotel, the the San Juan Capistrano Residence Inn. There were woodies in the parking lot and the first woodie person we met was Southern California President, Roger Roundy. He was very hospitable and gave us all the details of the evening and the Saturday event at Doheny Beach.
The Club provided refreshments and we visited with Jim and Sue Vickery (who drove their woodie down from Pacifica on Friday), Jim Cocores, Mick and Jo Ann Christiason, Mick and Robin Carolan, Wayne and Mary Jayne Yada, Sheldon Jones and Irene Fellbinger from the SCW club and the others from Southern California Clubs. After the reception it was fish tacos and a couple of beers at the Taco Surf on the PCH after which we called it an evening.
Early the next morning it was Doheny Beach at 8:30 AM and there were many woodies on hand already. It was overcast and cool but certainly better than last year’s cold wind. Other SCW members in attendance were Gerry Gamet and Gary and Terry O’Conner, John and Geri Siragusa and Ed Savard. Bill and Rosemary Sampson arrived civilian after their ’48 Merc broke on the way from Malibu.
Doheny Wood had over 160 cars in attendance by days end. It was a good turnout. The overcast never gave way to blue skies and it stayed pretty cool all day. The pancake breakfast was great and everyone seemed to enjoy the day. One car that caught a great deal of attention was Geri (and John) Siragusa’s beautful new mildly rodded ’49 Ford. Another point of interest was Gerry Gamet’s bruised ’51 Ford after a tough run on the Goodguys Rodfather Road Tour. Gerry’s ’51 did not get to the paint shop yet so Gerry touched up the hood ding on his otherwise pristine woodie with a couple of band aids.
We headed for the airport before the Saturday night dinner but it looked like it might be a tad bit cold out there for their dinner. Maybe next year we’ll do the entire weekend. Who knows, maybe we’ll drive a woodie.
Awards for the show:
BEST STOCK: DAVE KRILL ’51 FORD
BEST SURF WOODIE: MARK GROTSKY ’46 FORD
BEST SHOEBOX: RON HEIDEN ’51 FORD
BEST CUSTOM: GERI SIRAGUSA ’51 FORD
STATE PARK AWARD: CHUCK KRAMER ’30 CHEVROLET
NATIONAL WOODIE CLUB PRESIDENTS AWARD: BILL KLING ’41 PACKARD