We are the Phoenix, Arizona chapter of the Over The Hill Gang. Our club is dedicated to the promotion of the sport of street rodding and fellowship amongst our members. Our club meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM in the Red Devil Restaurant at 3004 East Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Their phone number is (602) 493-0211. If you are in the Phoenix area, please drop by and say hello!
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The OTHG enjoyed a beautiful pre-Easter Saturday morning putt to the Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek on April 3. There were 44 members present along with 3 guests. The Chip staff had a hot buffet breakfast ready and the members dug in at 9:35.We were seated in the covered outdoor pavilion There was plenty of food and great conversation as many of us had not seen each other for some time. The parking lot was filled with an Easter egg basket of colors of numerous fine vehicles belonging to our members. Quite a site for other Chip customers! John Carmody, who works at Speedway, was asked to bring some door prizes for the event. He really came through for us. He and Leah were the unofficial vehicle selection committee and picked some cars to be awarded prizes including: Speedway gift certificates, Goodguys passes, shirts, grease rags , coozies and more. Thanks to John and Leah. Also, special thanks to Larry and Teresa Way (east) and Ron and Carol Boen (west) for serving as the OTHG Road Captains. Another thanks to Steve Bryant, friend (and enforcer), who helped me collect the fees from the buffet participants. Will and Cindy Myers experienced some car trouble on the way and were unfortunately unable to attend but as of today their beautiful ’40 Ford coupe is at home and will be back on the road with only minor repairs needed.
A great thank you to all who attended and made this event a success!
We had a great turn-out for the March 3rd, 2021 OTHG – Phoenix business meeting. It was a very windy day but that didn’t deter us from an enjoyable time to get together at City of Phoenix Cactus Park. It is a really nice park with mature trees, a big parking lot and washrooms. Our new VP, Dawn Yex, did a great job presiding at her very first meeting of the club for this new year, with the assistance of grandsons, Charlie and Carter, who picked the winning car (“the orange car with flames”…AKA Steve Besore’s new ride) for the “drive-your-car” prize. Some of the women were sporting our new brown club shirts. As you can see, we had a feast afterwards with the club providing Italian sandwiches from Captain Bill’s Subs and the club members didn’t disappoint with their added side dishes and abundance of desserts! There were 47 members and 2 guests in attendance. Fun was had by all, in spite of the heavy winds!
Each year in December SO-CAL Speed Shop in Phoenix collects toys for CRS. The CRS Clinic provides care for children with special healthcare needs. Every year CRS hosts an all-day Christmas event at their clinic. The event includes a visit from Santa, a Christmas gift for every child in attendance, refreshments, crafts, and games. The party provides a safe and free event for patients and their families. Every year our club collects toys and games and delivers them to SO-CAL Speed Shop to then be taken to CRS.
The first in person meeting since March was held outside at Cactus Park in the City of Phoenix. There was a pretty good turnout! Members were asked to wear a mask and bring your own chairs as well as food and drinks. Voting took place for new applicants Phil & Sharon Murray and Jud Judkins who have been waiting patiently for this meeting having completed their requirements. Congrats to the new members! Toys could also be dropped off for the Children’s Rehabilitation Services Clinic Toy Drive.
It seems to be coming an OTHG tradition that someone has to have their car pushed in to the show. This year it was Will Myer’s beautiful ’40 Coupe. It was having a starting problem so President Ron Boen and 3 ladies from the club assisted Will in pushing the coupe. Problem turned out to be a loose connection, easy fix! Picture seems to show that the Coupe has earned it’s wings!
Falcon Field held their 3rd. annual Wings and Wheels Car Show with about 200 collector cars and many vintage aircraft on display. The Aviation Museum is always interesting with various stages of restoration going on. There were food trucks available with a good selection from which to choose. We had 10 cars with 17 members attend.
Quite a few members headed to Payson, Az. to take in the Rim Country Classic Auto Club’s 27th. annual Beeline Cruise-in and Car show. This year with COVID restrictions the event was changed to the Payson Invasion with several cruises and a Poker Run planned. Lunch was provided by many restaurants in Payson but some members brought their own picnic lunches. Everyone ended up back at Main St. for a parade ending at Green Valley Park for Poker Hand awards, 50/50 winner and door prizes.
Today a few members cruised over to Elevate Coffee Company at 2530 W. Happy Valley Rd in Phoenix Az. to see Mike Rust’s drawings. He is a former member of the club and has drawn a lot of members cars over the years. He is a super cool artist and so creative, if you have the chance to see his work it’s well worth it !
Our May Putt to Bicuits Cafe was a great success. Lots of club members attended joined by friends and friends of friends. We sat outside on the patio and social distancing rules were followed, wait staff wore masks and the menus were disposable as were the condiments, etc. No more than 10 people in a group and the tables were spaced 6 feet apart. Food was great and the wait staff was friendly and efficient! Thanks go to Gene and Margaret Maione for putting this together.