Monthly Rhody Cruise-in


Put this on your Calendar…

Last summer everyone agreed it would be really cool to get together monthly. 
All Hot Rodders welcome. 
Rain or shine… Hot Rods or drivers.
FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH
Next Cruise-in September 7, 2017

Raffle & 50/50 keeps growing.
… Now Over $100
$ 5.00 Combo Meal Deals
WHEN: First Thursday, Monthly
WHERE: A&W Root Beer. 1690 Highway, Florence OR
TIME: 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Comments about this? email Gary at gary@oregoncoasthotrods.com

Cruiser Newser Archive

I bet you’ve noticed… There has been little new content for a while in the Rhody Cruisers Section.
Here is my excuse, and what I’m doing about it. 

The problem with an actual website is that the “User”, that’s you, has to navigate to it. It doesn’t come to you. Its great for display, and archive, but it dosen’t come to you. 
… eMail comes to you. So that seems the best way for me to reach you and keep you informed. 
The CRUISER NEWSER was born, and has been well received. 
I create the Newser in MailChimp, a graphics and eMail management software, separate from OregonCoastHotRods. If I were to include all the news in the website, I would have to recreate it from scratch. Ummm… No.
But I can give them to you here, for you to browse. It’s really fun to go back in time and see what we were doing. I will update this list with each new one. 

Here are the Archive of all Cruiser Newser Issues So Far

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Toledo Show. Hot Day ..Cool Cars

It was a great day for a car show in Toledo Oregon. It was warm but the shade from our canopies made it bearable. It was the 25th anniversary for the car show and there was a good turnout of cars from all makes and models, stock and modified, even some ratted out vintage motorcycles.  The Rhody Cruisers were well represented with 5 cars in attendance. Of the 5 cars, 4 received awards, a pretty good haul for the club. Gary Neil’s 1935 Ford won 2nd Place Best 30’s, Sandy’s pick up won Best Ford, Wiley Files’s ’60 Pontiac won 1st Place Best in Class 1960’s, and Brian Avery’s 55 Packard won the Ace Hardware Larry Hart Award. Larry Hart was the original owner of the local Ace Hardware store and the founder of the Toledo Car Show some 25 years ago. Also representing the Rhody Cruisers was Paul with his 1956 Chevy. A great time was had by all.
— Photos and Story By: Brian Avery

Around the Club…

IMG_8922Tim and Pat, along with Kim Shelton and his family attended the Portland Roadster Show. 
Tim brought his Double Trouble, and Kim with his ’34 Chevy Sedan. Looks like a great way to start the year… Hey, what you guys win?

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Gary McDaniel spent a lot of the winter with his son, Mark, at his shop in Modesto. Lots of mechanical improvements to the Vega and a new interior…
Good Guys in Pleasanton? Really? Close the shop. Got to go! 

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Look for Don Stone and his new 1940 Buick. Its a great looking car, and Don will whip it into shape.

 

Christmas at the Adobe

Adobe-XmasA trip up the coast in the winter is always interesting. Braving the tail of a storm for the promise of good friends and a yummy buffet, we picked up Sonja and Jim and charged into the wind, rain and hail. When we arrived, the Resort was all decked out for the holiday, and the staff was friendly and efficient. While still early, there were a lot of Cruiser’s jackets and hot coffee. Soon there were about 60 members and family standing around, greeting in a holiday spirit. The buffet was open with custom omelets, sliced beast and all manor of lovely edible delights. The sea was crazy mad, making a great spectacle for us all, cozy and warm behind the glass. Everyone had a great time eating and chattering, telling stories and making plans. Too soon, people began filtering out. It’s always great to see the Rhody Cruisers family, and to share another good time.

Stand-Around at Pops Smokehouse

Thursday Morning 8/24 …I just made it to the end of my driveway when Jim blew by in his ’47 Mercury. The Flathead humming and Sonja waving. Following him was a string of 22 cool cars piloted by long time members and local characters.. I jumped in on the tail end, adding yet another local character. Parking was plentiful and we had a sweet car show going on. Everyone Stood-Around and “WhatsSupp?ed” for a while. Once inside the staff was ready for us with plenty of servers and booths for 54 people. Menus went around, and the buffet was ready to dig in. Sonja made a couple announcements, Bill Files proposed we rename “Stand-Around” to “Cruise-In” and it passed. I announced the opening of the Rhody Cruisers Store, and Gary Neal pitched the Rods ‘N Rhodies Show. We were so glad to see Tony Androsky after a couple of years of health issues, along with many folks we don’t often see. A guy named Bud, visiting from Alaska, announced that  it was great we had a car show just for him, and mentioned his two ’57 Chevys at home. All together it was outstanding to have the family together. When I got done snapping pictures, everyone was gone.  I hope we can do this together often.

Cruisers Parade For Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, A group of Rhody Cruisers met in Florence for a short cruise to Reedsport. When we arrived there was a lot of people, trucks, marching bands, kids, and military vehicles all trying to organize some kind of line. We backed up, moved over and turned around until everyone moved on. The bands marched, the spectators cheered, and everyone honored those who have defended our freedom. After the parade, the group met up at Don’s for Sandwiches and Pie… Thanks to Bob Brown and all those who helped organize the event.

Grand Opening at O’Reilly

With only 1 days notice, I washed a winter’s worth of shop slime off the Vega, in the middle of a heavy rain storm. O’Reilly said there was only space for 5 cars, but the Hot Dogs were free, and promised a cup of swag. The morning broke bright, and I blew into town to find a row of open hoods.

Mike Groshong brought the Lil’ 40, Jim Adie his perfect ’47 Mercury, Bob Brown with his ’29 Model A, and Gary McDaniel with the Vega. John Machi showed up with a beautiful ’68 Barracuda Notchback that is new to the lineup. Several Rhody Cruisers showed up to say Hi and hang out a while. Kim Shelton rolled through with his long low dually, and Tony Phillips with his not so humble 55 Chevy. I’m ready for summer… well almost.

C. J. Tells An Amazing Story

IMG_6840Caroline (C. J.) Booth, a Rhody Cruiser, is a self described strong, stubborn, blonde, Norwegian.
But that’s only part of her charm. She loves driving and showing her own perfect 1963 Chevy II, Miss Libby.

Last week she was told by the Doctors that she had serious heart blockages and needed surgery immediately. Her reaction was that she can’t need surgery, doesn’t do meds and wants to “keep things stock, and in original condition”. After talking with the doctors, she agreed to do the surgery the next day.

On the day before surgery, C.J. wrote in a letter to all Rhody Cruisers:
— “Many of You know that this last summer while we Cruisers were driving back from a show in Waldport, my beloved (stock) Chevy, “Miss Libby”  simply died as I geared down to go through the tunnel. Try as we might, none of the club members were able to get her started again. The tow truck took us to Dr. Dan McIntyre. Her points were corroded, so I had a new Electronic Ignition put in. …Well, I don’t want to conk out before the tunnel of life and be TOWED home! So, if Miss Libby runs better with a little upgrade and help, I guess I can do it too. : )
— “However,,, if I do pass over to the other side, Miss Libby will be there too, and probably burning a little rubber. When YOU get to the Pearly  Gates , if you don’t hear her pipes, your in the wrong spot!

She’s Back !
The following day, after entering and exiting the operating room, the Doctors met her in the recovery room to announce that her heart is TOTALLY healthy, and vessels ALL clear. He said there must have  been a “MIS-READING” of the heart failure and clogging we first thought, and were sending her home.
C.J. says “I think God  DID A MIRACLE on this body ! He’s the one that cleared it Up!”
“Thanks all of you for the prayers and good thoughts , my love to each one of you.”
Sonja… thank you for your wonderful job of keeping us connected via E-Mails.”
— C. J. Booth

View CJ’s “Sometime they Break” Story