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.
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.
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 !
December 2, 2017
At the Italian American Club in Phoenix
by Conrad Monroe
Photos by Danise Cover and Conrad Monroe
Another great Christmas Party thanks to Cindy Bryant and Linda Barnes! Each year these two ladies make the party better and better. This year out entertainment was provided by the Joshua Stone Band and our long term club supporter and friend Mike Combast. Great food, music and of course the ever popular Left/Right gift exchange.
2017 Christmas Party
Danise and I have found that using Apple Photo iShare that we can easily combine our photos and movies. Danise has been doing a great job capturing the local goings on in the Valley, that I dont often attend. She has been posting them to our Facebook Page and I look forward to her uploading them to the iCloud so that I can share them here as well.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year!
This is a slideshow of the members that made it to this years photoshoot. Good participation this year! Note: Michelle is standing next to my Tundra 4×4 pick up since the snow was around a foot deep in front of our shop. I guess one of the days I will need to build a 4×4 COE truck with a Dodge Turbo Cummings engine so we can get out in the winter in a proper ride!
By Conrad Monroe
Photos by Mike Rust, Sharon Burdett and Conrad Monroe
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Hot Rods Meet Star Wars!
Last Saturday, the club met at Star Bucks on Central Ave for a cruise down Central to South Mountain City Park for our what is becoming annual Picnic and Photoshoot. The weather leading up to Saturday was not looking real great for either activities. El Niño had been visiting Arizona with a vengeance leading up to Friday. All week long the forecasters had been predicting a break in the weather for the week end, and for once they were spot on! Saturday came with blue skies, puffy clouds and temperatures in the 70s.
We had a total of 29 club cars show up, Michelle & I decided to take my 4×4 Toyota Tundra since we had just received a foot of snow. ADOT was out early and had the roads clear and mostly dry so our trip to the valley was our usual under 3 hour excursion. Ken & Carol DuBois showed up in Ken’s truck since the battery in their ’37 Chevy was kaput. It took Michelle and I around an 1 hr 45 min to shoot the club cars and occupants. Larry Besore helped with keeping the line full so we didn’t have any gaps waiting for cars.
After lunch we had the down hill coasting drag race which Dave & Anne Bennett won in their 1937 Cadillac. To be noted the Caddy was by far and away the heaviest car in the race. I would bet that Dave replaced the wheel bearing with a set of super low friction ceramic bearings just to get an edge! 😉
Just about the time that the race awards were wrapping up a whole group of cosplay folks arrived at the picnic area next to ours. Of course they were all decked out in Star Wars costumes that were hand made and really looked great! The name of the group is the Shonare Vhekadla Clan Arizona of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. Mike Rust invited them to pose with our cars and they gladly accepted. They are a really great group of people that know how to enjoy themselves!
This was perhaps the best Christmas Party we have had to date. Cindy Bryant & Linda Barnes did an excellent job putting the evening together. Chestnut provided the music and a bit of comic relief throughout the evening. The food was great and the cupcakes and ice cream were to die for. One of the evening highlights was a modern dance celebration by the OTHG Interpretive Dance group, of Larry Besore’s 74th birthday.
OTHG-Phoenix Christmas 2015
Larry Besore’s Birthday Dance
Ladies Gift Exchange
Well that is about it for now, hope to see everyone at the Club Picnic and Photoshoot on January 9th, 2016