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.
This from my 2015
I invited everyone to join me, but even with no takers, I fired up the old Vega, and had a great run down to Winchester Bay for the Kool Costal Nights Burnouts Contest. When I arrived there were lots of show cars settled into their parking spot ready for Saturday morning. Some guys told me the action was across the marina. There were lots of bikers, families and kids. The action was already underway with all the tall people crowded up against the barricades. It turns out there were only 6 vehicles. 3 Camaros, and 3 pickups. With only a couple stoplight style burnouts, it mostly involved locking down the front, water the pavement, and fry the tires until they exploded and burst into flame. This takes a couple minutes to reach the conclusion, creating a very large cloud of rubber smoke, sure to qualify as an environmental disaster. After the offending vehicle limped away on blackened shop wheels and the crowd cheered, the Fire Department ran out with extinguishers and raked up the smoldering debris. …It was something to do, but I think for next year… I’m just going down to the Beachcomber and have a couple beers.
What a great day. About 17 Rhody Cruisers met up early, and rolled to Waldport for the US 101 Car Club show Beachcomber Days. It was a fabulous turnout by the club with about 25 cars. Happy faces and shiny cars were everywhere. There were many awards to club members (even me). The public admiring the cars, wanted more stories and kept us on our feet talking cool cars. Rhody Cruisers… Best club participation award.
I’m going to tell you the truth… If you are not following us on Facebook, well, you’re missing most of the fun… So far we have Bought stuff, Sold stuff, recorded adventures, fixed stuff, hooked up cruise groups and talked about Vintage Hot Rod hangouts and bars…. You know, always something. Be There or Be Square…
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Example: Pullin’ out of San Pedro late one night, the moon and stars were shining bright. We was headed up ..Grapevine Hill, passing cars like they was standing still.
This was the first StandAround of the season. Everyone was ready to blow some dust off the Hot Rod. We met up in Florence and cruised about 30 miles south to Winchester Bay. Great weather. The cars were bitchin’. Pizza of the year at Bedrocks on the Bay.
Owned by: Mike Branson of Florence OR, a Rhody Cruisers member.
This beautiful Led Sled style Mercury was built by Mike and his friends.
It’s powered by a 383 Chevy, TH350 Transmission plus a 10 bolt rear.
The top is chopped 5 in, hood pancaked 4 in. Fat man front end, ps, disc brakes, air conditioning, Dakota digital dash, reverse hood opening, electric windows and door openers, flame throwers, matching wheels and steering wheel of billet alum. Back up camera Caddy tail lights, full custom body work, all white leather inter, and trunk, Gold metal flake paint, exhaust headers and custom exhaust. Blue glow running lights.
Great job Mike!