Beautiful drive through Arizona’s finest flora and fauna, little over an hour from our house in Surprise. Everyone hauled food, chairs, harmonica (in Gary’s case), charcoal, meat, side dishes, lots of desserts down the steps to the three covered picnic tables. There was plenty of room for everyone to sit, eat, fellowship, and enjoy the great weather. John L. counted 38 members on the signup list. The lake was down but still beautiful. Wish more would come, a great time had by all. Oh, yah, where were the hot dog and hamburger buns? Mike is still looking.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Mesa for the first leg of the monthly putt for the Over the Hill Gang-Phoenix on Saturday, February 19, 2022. We had 28 people at the breakfast and it was enjoyable as usual, talking and socializing with everyone. We had about an hour to kill before we could head to the second leg of the putt to the Hall of Flame Museum of Fire Fighting, so we shopped a little while at the restaurant. It’s a great place to buy gifts, candy, etc., so it wasn’t too terrible to have to wait. Some of the Gang were only there for the breakfast because they had other commitments afterwards, but from what I could see, they had a good time.
There were 18 of us at the Hall of Flame Museum in Phoenix: “The world’s largest firefighting museum chronicles the history of the profession and commemorates fallen firefighters.” If you’ve never been there, it’s a very interesting place to visit, and we had our very own docent giving us a private tour, who is a retired firefighter with a passion for all things related to firefighting equipment and history. There was a big display of all of the past resuscitative equipment as well. We learned a lot and were awed by the collection of antique fire trucks from all over the world. There were displays in tribute to those who died during 9/11 as well as the Granite Mountain Hot Shots during the Yarnell fire on June 30, 2013. There is an impressive collection of fire department patches from cities all over the country which covered almost every wall of the Museum. There is a lot more to see and learn, and a must-visit if you haven’t been. If you’re interested in seeing more photos, Google Trip Advisor’s site for the Hall of Flame Museum of Fire Fighting; I think you’ll be impressed.
Thank you for joining us on our putt…Bob & Betty Bailey
Photos by Danise Cover, Debbie Thomas and Betty Bailey
Once again, the Over The Hill Gang of Phoenix helped tremendously in making the CRS Clinic Toy Drive at Vintage Parts of Arizona, formerly Socal, a success by dropping off a very large donation of toys.
Our Over the Hill Gang-Phoenix Christmas/Holiday party was held at the American Legion hall in Scottsdale, and was a total blast from the past…optional period dress from the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s, or ’50, our cars’ eras…plus a couple of hippies. We had a fun band, did some Boot Scootin’ Boogie, had an auction with many fantastic items in baskets, a beautiful handmade quilt and table runner, beautiful handmade cigar-box guitar, all to benefit Hospice of the Valley. We did very well in the bidding department!! Most of us danced the night away!
Photos by Charlie & Danise Cover, Margaret Maione and Phil Murray
Write up by Debbie Thomas
What a great day it was for our Gang picnic! Our task was to get everyone together for new club photos and the lake was a great place to do it. We all arrived at Bartlett around 10:00 am, the weather could not have been better. The lake was calm and beautiful to see. Charlie and Danise Cover started taking pictures of members and the cars they drove. They did a great job of getting everyone’s picture taken and this is No Easy task, you know this is true if you were still around for the group photo! Haha. The club provided hamburgers and hot dogs and all the fixins’ with members brings sides and desserts. We had a fantastic turn out, I believe somewhere around 44/46 members but we had food to feed an army. Thank you to our grilling team, Art Thomas, Andy Yex, Larry Besore and Mike Arney, the burgers & dogs were perfect. We have some great cooks amongst us. The salads were all good and the desserts yummy!!! It was so nice to see everyone visiting, the laughter was loud and contagious. In a year with many up’s and downs this was a great moment for the Phoenix Over The Hill Gang. Cars, Food and good times with fellow Phoenix Over The Hill Gang members. Thank you to everyone for making this a wonderful car club outing! It was a team effort. Special thanks to Carol Dalton who got the burgers & dogs, and all the rest of the board members for your help!!!!
Club members have the opportunity to purchase tickets on two items; a quilt and a table runner with hot pads/trivets.
The quilt, measures 73” x 97”, and the table runner measures 15” x 44” (the five hot pads/trivets each measure 8” square), they were made with the intent in raising funds for charity to benefit Hospice of the Valley Arizona. They provide top end of life care & focus on the whole person. Hospice Of the Valley Is Arizona’s Leading Provider of End-Of-Life Care.
The quilt, table runner and hot pads/trivets were designed and stitched by Teresa Way, using high end materials, and vintage collectable car t-shirts donated by members Larry Besore and Larry Way.
Tickets for each item are currently available from September 1 through December 1, at each club meeting; and on December 4 at the Holiday Party. Purchase your tickets for chances to win these one-of-a-kind quality items!
Interesting Fact…a quilthas three layers, i.e., top, middle, and bottom. Different pieces of fabrics are stitched to give a complex pattern to the top layer of the Quilt. A sewing technique called “Quilting” is used to stitch all three layers together because of which they are called Quilts.
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.