Larry and Mouse go racing… (Larry Besore and Ron Olmstead) Mouse driving his modified race car, Larry providing encouragement and chauffer duties.We loaded up the Mouse Motor Special and headed for Barona California, just north of Lakeside/Santee area. The Indian reservation there sports a giant casino, and 5 miles north of that a nice drag strip and circle track.This race was the RPM national flathead drags. Focus on 4-bangers, flathead powered, and 1964 and older overhead motors.There were some very strong flatheads and a few overhead cars that were impressive.The Bangers ruled however!Stokers, overhead conversions, and modified flatty-bangers. Ron (Mouse) runs in the street legal flatty-banger class, a well-represented class.Mouse Motor Special ran good, winning the first 3 races. The semi race was a bit of a problem as the lights malfunctioned. Starter had them stage and restage, Mouse was caught off guard when it went green quickly. Good race but he got beat.There a few exhibition runs by the original Drag-master car, and the world’s fastest 6 cyl dragster also. Both were very impressive.The races were 1/8 mile but still had some great times posted.It was hot, cars and drivers were overheating.
This race was full of honest Hot-Rods and Hot-Rodders, “run what ya brung” !
I was privileged to participate in the National Charity Leagues Senior Recognition year end celebration at the Ashley Castle In Chandler, Az. I represented the Over the Hill Gang Car Club. I provided my car for their vintage car shoot. It was an honor for me to meet the moms and daughters of this great organization.
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.