2018 Goodguy’s Southwest Nationals

Westworld – Scottsdale
November 16-18, 2018

This had to be one of the largest Goodguys shows at Westworld. On Friday the Polo field was 3/4 full as were all of the places on the asphalt around the Big Tent. On Saturday everything was full! This maybe due in part to the fact that Goodguys raised the age of the cars up to and including 1987, a move not well supported by some of our club members. The Swap Meet was by far and away the largest one yet. Bob Kerkle sold out all of the original 500 spaces, found an additional 50 and sold them out as well…   

2018 Southwest Nationals Swap Meet

 There also was a record number of vendors in the Big Tent and down on asphalt lot below the Big Tent. I didn’t have a chance to go through the vendor area down on the asphalt, but did spend good deal of time inside the tent looking at the displays and chatting with the folks working the booths. Allways had a display of four 1937 Fords that were owned by one customer. The beige 5 window coupe was extraordinary. Powered by a Ford Coyote 5.0, it took a lot of careful design work to put that wide engine into the narrow engine compartment of a 37! Rumor had it that over $400k was spent on the build…  

Vendor Displays

For Saturday the club met at registration, at 6:15 AM and we all went in together so that we could park together. We parked midway down the field and close to the Swap Meet. Paul, Bob and Greg had spaces in the Swap Meet and all three did quite well selling most all of what the had brought in.

Dan Burdett brought coffee and donuts for Saturday morning, unfortunately the Scottsdale Police came by and told us that it was against the rules to bring in any kind of potluck, BBQ, cans or bottles. All food and drink was to be purchased at one of the food vendors. Everyone had brought in food for the pot luck lunch which we had surreptitiously so as not to call the attention of the considerable number of Scottsdale Police Officers. 

Club Cars Attending the Show…
Sorry Steve Besore I did not see your Chevy Truck!

That about sums it for this time.  With all of the negative changes that have been made to this show I am beginning to question the value of these shows to the folks with prewar hotrods and customs. 

Paul Nolte’s 1956 Rambler

After the club’s breakfast putt to the Crosswinds Restaurant in Payson, Michelle and I followed Paul and Judy’s cabin in Pine to see his enlarged work shop and the 1956 Nash Rambler hardtop project that is nearing completion. It is powered by a 350 SBC/Turbo 350 set up. Paul has tried to keep all the neat Rambler bits and pieces. It is painted in a nice ivory over beige tutone. 

1956 Rambler Hardtop

It should make a really nice cruiser, when he gets it done.

2018 Just Cruis’n Winslow, Az

Standing on the Corner

Another great Just Cruis’n Car Show in Winslow! The weather was exceptional, the organization and attention to detail was again very well handled by the Host Club. This was the 24th year for the show and it drew a record 217 participants.  Sad to say but our club participation was down from past numbers, having said that, the ones who did make the trip had a great time.

Making the trek up to the High Country this year were Page & Linda Barnes,    Dave & Ann Bennett, Ron & Carol Boen, Steve & Cindy Bryant, Ken & Dee Schaaf and Larry & Sandie Wibeto. Steve & Terri Besore and Michelle & I drove over from Show Low. 

One of the things that I have always enjoyed about the Winslow Show has been the large number of drag cars that the show pulls. Winslow has a good sized racing community that turn out and support the show.  The Junior Dragrace program is also a big part of the car hobby in Winslow that is supported by the kid’s family and friends. 

The gang did quite well at the Awards. Ken & Dee won $100 in the Poker Run, while the rest of us all received awards for our cars.

The La Posada Hotel (www.laposada.org) was the last of the Fred Harvey hotels and restaurants built along the Santa Fe Railway in the western US. It was designed by Mary Colter, one of the finest architects in the west. It was opened in 1930 and lasted until 1957. Passenger air travel had replaced the passenger trains. Interstate 40 was nearing competition and would bypass Winslow and La Posada which were located on the Mother Road Route 66.  The current owners acquired the property in the early 1990s, and began restoring it one room at a time. As soon as a room was finished they would add it to the hotel. 

In the early 2000s the Just Crusi’n Car Show was located at the hotel. On the car show weekend The OTHG Phoenix  would end up renting almost all of the available rooms.  On Saturday nights we would have a theme party in reception lobby. Always a great time for everyone. 

After several years the car show was moved down town to its current location. This was during the Great Recession of 08-09, which took its toll on the car hobby. The local club and its supporters kept after it, have built the show to one of the best small downtown venues that I have attended.

This year we decided to stay at the La Posada for old times sake. We found it to be better than ever. This year we had a room in the part of the hotel that once housed the Santa Fe Railway offices.  I have posted a lot of photos from the early days that will give you an idea what the original hotel looked like. Here are some photos of the newer area where we stayed… brought back many many good memories.

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Until next time Safe Travels and Good Times!

Conrad

2018 Run to the Copper Country

Silver City, New Mexico

August 18, 2018

by Conrad Monroe

Silver City 2018

Another great run to Silver City NM for the 27th Run to the Copper Country Car Show. Making the run from the Valley was Charlie & Danise Clover, Dave & Anne Bennett, Fred & Sue Elston, Chuck & Diane LaVetter, Ken & Dee Schaff, Larry & Teresa Way and Jim & Carol Dalton.  Michelle and I headed down US180 from Show Low. Chuck had some issues with his car on the trip over and had it taken to their daughter’s house in Safford. He borrowed on of his daughter’s cars and caught up with us in Silver City.

As usual the club did well with awards. Dave & Anne, Fred & Sue, Charlie & Danise and Jim & Carol made the drive around the gazebo to pick up awards. As usual they had the show wrapped up by 3:00 pm.

Dave & Anne invited everyone over to their campsite for dinner, Anne’s wonderful Tortilla Chicken soup, we all had a great time talking and catching up with everyone. We finally called it a night around 9 pm and head back to the hotel.

 

2018 Snowflake Pioneer Days

Fredrickson Park, Taylor AZ

July 21st, 2018

by Conrad Monroe

This year the show was moved from the golf course to Fredrickson Park in Taylor. The park was a bit smaller for car parking, but offered a fair amount of shade. Also a plus was the playground and some activities for the kids, and this area has a lot of Kids!

Pioneer Days!

The only club members at the show were Steve & Terri Bessie with Steve’s 1950 Chevy pickup that received a 1st place award in the modified pickup class. Michelle and I brought the wagon and our two favorite redheads, Zoe and Satori.

 

A nice feature of this show is that they open it to diesel truck tractors. Each year the participation has grown. Most had been modified /customized and all looked great.

Of special interest was a restored 1932 Studebaker Cabriolet. I had honesty forgotten how beautiful the pre Depression Studebakers were. Also worthy of motion was a beautiful 1967 427 Malibu in a wonderful dark metallic blue.

This year we are back in a normal monsoon weather pattern and by 2:30 the clouds started building in and the award ceremony came to an end. We made  it home in time to miss most of the rain.

Keep safe and enjoy what is left of summer!

Conrad

2018 Cruzin The Rim

Fontier Fields

Show Low, Az

June 2, 2018

by Conrad Monroe

Yet Another Windy Car Show

This weekend we attended the Cruizn The Rim Car Show put on by the Rim Country Crusiers Car Club. The event is held for the benefit of several of our local charities and it runs in conjunction with the Show Low Days arts and crafts show.

Club members attending this year were Tom & Val Altgilbers, Bob & Betty Bailey, Larry & Brenda Besore, Steve Besore, Steve & Pam Graves, Paul & Judy Nolte and former members Frank & Rose Svancara.

As per usual the winds started around 10 AM and by the afternoon they were gusting up to 40 mph, thankfully the temperatures stayed in the low 80s.

The awards went very well. The RCC staff have come up with a pretty decent system that eliminates a lot hard feelings that generally come with the usual “class” system. They hand out ballots to all spectators entering before 10 AM. The spectators vote on the 5 vehicles that they like best, which forms the basis for the Spectator’s Favorite 5 Awards.

Similarly each entrant receives a ballot where they can vote on up to 10 vehicles of their choice, for the Participant’s Top 10 Awards.

The show committee chooses local automotive folks to judge and award trophies for Best Ford, Best GM, Paint, Interior etc along with the Best in Show Award. The club did well with the Altgilbers getting 2, Baileys getting 2 and Larry & Brenda Besore claimed 1. Former club members Frank & Rose picked up an award as well.

Another former OTHG-Phoenix member, Tom Noble who now lives in Show Low attended the show with his purple 40 Chevy Sedan that he has owned for 27 yrs.

This show makes solid improvements each year and is now gathering a rather solid following. As near as I could tell, we had around 180-185 entries, which may be a record…

i hope everyone is having a great summer! Michelle and I are staying close to home until the rains come… hopefully we will be having a strong monsoon this year. We are in the middle of the worst drought in recent history. Hoping our summer visitors will heed all of the fire safety warnings!

Until next time stay safe and keep on keeping on!

2018 Hogs & Hot Rods – Pinetop, AZ

Woodland Park, Pinetop, Arizona

May 26, 2018

By Conrad Monroe

  • Melody Bell’s Mother’s Day present 1965 Mustang
  • Ronda Rea’s 1966 Nova
  • Terry & Kathy Rodgers 1966 Nova
  • Mel's badass Jeep
  • Pat's badass Victory
  • Zoe and Satori on line ...
  • 2018 Lil Miss Pin Ups...
  • Zoe and Satori posing with Bettie
  • Miss Satori Bell
  • Miss Zoe Bell
  • Michelle picking up Mel's 3rd Place award Pre 1980 Stock Cars
  • Ronda Rea picking up her 1st Place award in Pre 1980 Modified Cars for her 1966 Nova
  • Michelle Picking up our 2nd Place award in Pre 1980 Custom Cars

Hogs & Hot Rods

We normally head over to Alpine, Az for their Rte 666 car show, however this year we attended a new show in Pinetop. The show is part of their Spring Festival at Woodland. The proceeds of the charity car show go to the Love Kitchen which helps to feed low income children and seniors on the mountain.

Pat Bell used the show to help introduce his new business, Arizona Suspension Specialist located on the Deuce of Clubs in Show Low. All though the car and bike show had the typical 1st year low attendance it did see a high number of spectators who supported all of the vendors and businesses at the show.

On the way home from Viva Las Vegas the Wagon ate yet another rear axle bearing. I finally tossed in the towel and ordered a new 9″ Currie with 31 spline axles and large bearings. The small bearings in the 1967 Cougar axle are just not up to handling the weight, power and speeds that I drive in the Dodge. Unfortunately, Currie failed to inform me when I placed the order that they and their suppliers were super backed up with orders… it took almost 6 weeks for the new axle to ship. We put a new bearing in the old axle so that we could at least go to the local shows. After Show Low this coming weekend we will swap in the Currie… hopefully my problems will be solved!

As part of the Car Show, the organizers had a Lil Miss Pin Up show. Mel dressed our girls up in period correct dresses and make up and both the girls had a great time showing off on stage.

The class set up that they had come up with was pretty different. They tried to cover both old and new cars and bikes… hence with had a Pre 1980 Stock, Modified and Custom Car, Truck and Bike classes which made judging interesting… As luck would have it we had two great 1966 Novas in the Pre 1980 Modified Class… and a stock 1970 Mark Donohue Edition Javelin which the owner had entered in the Custom Class. It really is a very nice, rare car and I was very happy to see it at such a small show!

It is a shame we had two competing shows this weekend, it would have been nice if they could have been on different days. Maybe next year!

Next weekend we have Crusizn the Rim in Show Low. Hope to see a good turn out!

Conrad.

May 2018 Breakfast Putt

Thank you to Danise Cover for suppling the photos of the putt!

Our May Breakfast/Lunch Putt was on Saturday, May 19, 2018; Roadmasters were Steve and Pam Graves, and the restaurant was Anthem Grille at Poston Butte Golf Course.

The Gang met at The Slab, 1945 E. Baseline, Gilbert, AZ 85234(parking lot of McDonald’s, intersection of Gilbert & Baseline) promptly at 9:45 am for the restaurant (with a gas and “go” at the Frys station/McDonalds in the parking lot).

After brunch, the Gang headed over to the Graves place for a little dessert .

Breakfast Putt to the Anthem Grill

2018 Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend

Orleans Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 19 – 22, 2018

by Conrad Monroe

This was our second year at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend. This was the 21st edition of what has become a great fun weekend of traditional hot rods and custom cars, pin up girls and rockabilly music. Making the trip this year was Paul & Judy Nolte, Greg Selvidge and Sherry Hofler and Michelle and I. We met at the Cracker Barrel in Kingman for lunch and the drive up 93 to Vegas. Just outside of Boulder Dam, Paul’s trailer acquired a flat which did some damage to the trailer which we had to take care of before traveling on, compared to some of our tire problems in Mexico years ago this was no big deal!
This was our second trip and frankly we are getting hooked! Fun weekend, everyone smiling and happy, no Grumpy Guses complaining about not getting an award for their checkbook car. Great music all day with live performances by Duane Eddy, Jerry Lee Lewis (yes he is still performing at 82 yrs old) and the Stray Cats who haven’t lost a beat!

Thursday April 19, 2018

Most of the spectators show up on Saturday for all of the Rockabilly music and attractions, so Friday is typically a good day for checking out the cars and chatting with folks.

As you can see, this is in no way like a GoodGuys Show… the cars are definitely different!

Friday April 20, 2018

As an extra treat, late Friday afternoon, a photographer, model and a couple of grips showed up at the 1959 Dodge Hardtop that was parked next to us. I had a grand time piggybacking on the photog’s setup!

1959 Dodge Photoshoot for I think it was Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine

Saturday is the DAY, for the Pin Up Contest which is held in the early afternoon. They weather was excellent this year and thanks to Michelle, I was able to get a very good spot to shoot from.

Saturday April 21, 2018
The Pin Up Contest!

After the contest, I walked around the venue shooting candids, which to me is great fun, especially when you are surrounded by happy people who are having a great time!

Walk About Candids…

I had shot a movie of the Stray Cats performing, but it was too large to upload to WordPress and it really needed a tripod… movies just are not my thing!

On Sunday we headed down I40 for the trip back home. As our custom, we stopped at Beaver Street Brewery in Flagstaff for lunch.  Michelle took the wheel for the rest of the trip home, unfortunately as she was coming into Winslow the Wagon lost another damn wheel bearing… I have finally come to the conclusion that my Dodge at 5200 lbs plus going down the road at 80 plus MPH is too much of a load for the small bearings that the 1967 Cougar rear axle that I have under it. Earlier this week we ordered a heavy duty Currie 9 inch with 31 spline axles, large bearings and a Detroit TrueTrac positraction. Really big bucks but it should solve this recurring problem… I hope…

Sunday April 22, 2018
Another Ride on the Roll Back