Looking Forward - 10,000 Lakes Region of the WPC Club
54th Airflow Club of America National Meet in Hudson, WI / Stillwater MN
submitted by Mark Jensen, ACA member
June 20th-24th, 2017 Cars, gangsters, more cars, river cruise, distilled spirits, wine, cheese, shade tree mechanics, and fellowship were the makings of another successful ACA convention.
It all started on arrival day Tuesday, June 20th with registration and renewed friendships. Group events began that evening with a St Croix River fajita/margarita cruise. This scenic river forms the border between MN and WI.
Early the next morning the group had a bus tour around St. Paul, detailing its notorious history during the Prohibition Era. Prohibition ran from 1919 to 1933 and was begun with the passage of the Volstead Act. Volstead was an elected U.S. congressional representative from Minnesota. Well known gangsters, seeking a respite from the Feds and other law enforcement officials, came to St Paul and were given sanctuary by the corrupt police and city administration, as long as they made their presence known to the city and did not cause any trouble while they were visiting. John Dillinger, Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde and the Barker Gang all stayed in St. Paul at some point. The bus tour was narrated by Eva "The Kissing Bandit" Murray (dressed in period costume). She was a familiar girl-about-town, and companion to many of the city's spurious gentlemen. This was a great tour and everyone enjoyed it. We capped off the day with the ever-popular ice cream social after dinner, while participants talked with old and new friends and kicked the tires.
Thursday was another early start that had the group caravanning to a once in a lifetime visit at a prestigious private collector's facility. There were more than 300 cars and trucks, foreign and domestic, and unique one-offs, engines, and memorabilia. The place was aglow in neon signs with the light reflecting off of the gleaming finishes of the cars. It was an amazing sight to behold. All vehicles were in operating condition!
Later that day, interested participants went to a seminar and were informed about parts being made from Unobtainium. John Boyd, an ACA member, gave a presentation about CADCAM design and manufacture. He showed examples of how he used this process to make several parts and graphics for restorations.
Friday was another busy day with two interesting options for members and guests. Concurrent with our National Meet was another notable, well attended regional car show sponsored by the Minnesota Street Rod Association. This three-day affair (June 23rd – 25th) had over 11,600 cars that attended. All were on display on the streets of the MN State Fairgrounds - including hot rods, rat rods, modified classics, and stock classics; also with a large swap meet, car sales corral, restoration and auto parts and equipment vendors. A shuttle took our attendees back and forth from Hudson to St. Paul, although some of our group registered their cars and drove themselves to the event. We were allowed to park with the WPC 10,000 Lakes Region group at this big show, which was in its 44th year and is called "Back to the Fifties".
The other option on Friday was a caravan, mostly of Airflows, on a driving tour of St. Croix and Pierce Counties in Wisconsin. This included stops at the 45th Parallel distillery in New Richmond, WI, then on to a lunch stop at Belle Vinez winery in River Falls, WI, then Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery cheese factory in Ellsworth, WI for cheese and ice cream. Ellsworth is the "Cheese Curd Capital” of Wisconsin. Supposedly, cheese curds were invented there. In spite of a couple of missed turns we completed the circuit, and a good time was had by all.
Friday evening events included the ACA general meeting, a buffet dinner, and a "fun and ugly” auction, which provides funds for the convention and operating expenses of the club.
In between all of these events we had the shade tree mechanics Phil Putnam and John Spinks perform a broken axle replacement. With the right tools and parts in expert hands the change-out was done in near record time.
The last event day was Saturday June 24th. This was judging day. Entrants were up early cleaning and polishing their rides. All Airflows present drove or trailered to the judging site in downtown Stillwater, MN just across the St. Croix River from Hudson. Photos of all participants' cars were taken. Judging teams pored over the cars inside and out, applying ACA standards. Pedestrians walking along the river and the streets of Stillwater were impressed with the array of models and styles. An awards banquet was the final event of the day. We had a great turnout with over 100 attendees and 24 Airflows. Participants came from as far away as California, Maryland, Canada, and Australia.
By Garry Yazell
The July meeting was held at Wagner's on Tuesday the 18th. Once again Mickey had to work late, so I subbed as secretary. There were ten members in attendance, and the meeting came to order at 7:20pm.
We decided on the type of trophies (plaques) for our car show on August 13th, and we will order 35 dash plaques this time around. If we get more cars, we can easily order more dash plaques and send them out to participants.
Greg Biskey and Bruce Olson mentioned an outing that would be different and fun - Running Aces Racetrack (Horses – trotters and pacers). They have good food, plenty of parking and Tuesdays are “Dollar Night”. Hot dogs, chips, pop, bets, programs and trout pond pole rental are all $1.
10,000 Lakes Region Car Show: Our 19th annual club car show will be held on Sunday, August 13th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, rain or shine. You should have received a flyer in last month's newsletter.
***Are you collecting pop tabs for our Holiday Charity – the Polytrauma Unit at the V.A. Medical Center? Bring them to the car show. Greg Tomberlin will have a barrel for collections. Remember, we are trying to get five 55-gallon barrels full this year.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:20pm.
AUGUST MEETING: NONE. Since our annual car show will be Sunday, Aug. 13th, which is just two days before the third Tuesday of the month, we will not have a regular meeting for August.
How about a trip to Running Aces on Tuesday the 15th in lieu of a meeting? It would be a fun evening, and we could discuss any club business that might come up while we are at the track, watching the ponies. Call Mickey or Garry if interested, and we will coordinate where to meet, time, etc.
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Deadline for submissions to the September newsletter is August 26th.
BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH
Mickey Dunning Aug. 23rd Gail Smith Aug. 7th
Welcome New Members:
• Ben Thompson with his 1993 Chrysler Le Baron convertible.
• Mark and Linda Fritsche and their several Dodge trucks – 1951 B-3-D, 1951 COE, 1953 B-3-H, 1994 2500.