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2018 Western Meet in The Dalles, OR

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Western Meet
The Dalles, OR

August 10-12, 2018


 2018 Western Meet Video


Members Present: 18

Monte Carlos in Attendance

1970 - White, Green interior
Owned by Bill Ward of Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada
1970 SS454 - Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl top, Blue interior
Owned by Jay Marsh of Bend, OR
1970 SS454 - Shadow Grey, Black vinyl top, Black interior
Owned by Wayne Good of Kent, WA
1970 SS454 - Shadow Grey, Black vinyl top, Black interior
Owned by Derry and Lucile Wright of Vanscoy, SK, Canada
1970 SS454 - Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl top, Black interior
Owned by Pat & Jean Trottier of Summerland Millet, AB, Canada
1970 - Shadow Grey, Black vinyl top, Black interior
Owned by Dave Fast of Beaverton, OR
1970 - Misty Turquoise, White painted top, Black interior
Owned by Tom Kelly of Columbia Falls, MT
1970 SS454- Beige, Black interior
Owned by Craig Anderson of Kennewick, WA
1971 - Sandalwood, Sandalwood interior
Owned by Patrick and Sarah Sheean of Paso Robles, CA
1971 - Blue, Black interior
Owned by Craig Anderson of Kennewick, WA
1971 SS454 - Classic Copper, Sandalwood interior
Owned by Aaron & April Dodsworth of Summerland, BC, Canada
1971 - Two-tone Blue and Black, Black interior
Owned by Terry and Judy Stevens of McMinnville, OR
1972 - Green, Black interior
Owned by Don Robertson of Aloha, OR
1972 - Orange, Black vinyl top, Black interior
Owned by Jeff and Ann Stewart of Pendleton, OR
1972 - Green, Black interior
Owned by Jack Young of Milwaukie, OR
1972 Custom - Antique White, Black interior
Owned by Doug Cameron of Portland, OR
1972 - Gulf Green, Black vinyl top, Green interior
Owned by Matt and Christine Hilla of Hood River, OR
Additional members in attendance
John Landon of Libby, MT
Chris and Misty Harris of Paulsbo, WA

The 2018 Western Meet
by Aaron Dodsworth

Thursday

Our 15th annual Western Meet was held in The Dalles, Oregon at the Cruise the Gorge event. The area surrounding The Dalles had been plagued by a few large wildfires in July and early August and it was our hope that everything would be contained in time for the meet. Luckily everything was fine when it was time to travel to the area. April and I drove to Oregon in our 1971 SS454 with no issues but we visited several gas stations between home and The Dalles. We arrived at the hotel on Thursday afternoon and were greeted by some members who had arrived earlier that day. It was HOT! The weather app on our phone stated that it was 104 degrees but feels like 111! Due to the excessive heat the club settled in the hotel breakfast room for pizza rather than having it out in the parking lot as we traditionally do. We figured that it would not be too hot by the time we were done, but it was still too hot out at 8pm for us to sit in the parking lot and chat. Most of us then went to the comfort of air conditioning in our rooms. I eventually came out at 10pm to greet a Pat Trottier and Wayne Good who had just arrived and the outside temperature was bearable by that time to sit out there and chat. The forecast looked much cooler the next few days.

Friday

Friday was all about cruising and the weather was not as hot with a high temperature of 96 degrees. First we had the cruise during the day throughout the Hood River area organized by Matt Hilla then there was the evening cruising in Downtown The Dalles.

We left the hotel in the morning for the famous Rowena Loops. This is an amazingly curvy road that took us up to the Rowena Plateau where we stopped to take in the beautiful panoramic view of the Columbia River Gorge. After some time at the top of the viewpoint we continued back down toward the river to Port Marina Park in Hood River. We took photos of each member in their car with the scenic backdrop and watched the sail boats head out from the marina. The cruise route then led us through downtown Hood River up toward Mt. Hood and stopping in Parkdale for some ice cream. Again our cars attracted a lot of attention parked in a row along the side of the road. Our last stop for this cruise was lunch at Marchesi Vineyards in Hood River. The group spent a fair amount of time there as it was a great spot to sit and enjoy our lunch with some wine in the shade. Once we were back to the hotel it was time to relax and prepare for the evening cruise.

The Cruise the Gorge event had their Neon Cruise through downtown The Dalles on Friday night. Our hotel is right between the two one-way streets that are part of the downtown cruise loop allowing us a great view of the cars from the parking lot. Some of our group participated in the cruise while others sat back and enjoyed the sights and sounds as they rolled by. As the evening settled in the cruise was cut short due to a shortened 55 Chevy driven recklessly, hit a parked car, flipped on its roof and caught fire. The fire was put out quickly but there were a few pedestrians hurt in the incident. We were informed the next day that the driver was in jail and the authorities will throw the book at him. We spent the rest of the evening swapping stories in the hotel parking lot as we always do.


Morning at the hotel

Morning at the hotel

Cruise

Rowena Plateau

Rowena Plateau

Rowena Plateau

Rowena Plateau

Cruise

Cruise

Port Marina Park

Port Marina Park

Port Marina Park

Port Marina Park

Port Marina Park

Port Marina Park

Video leaving Port Marina Park

Cruise

Cruise

Cruise

Cruise

Parkdale

Marchesi Vineyards

Marchesi Vineyards

Hotel

Hotel

Hotel

Hotel

Neon Cruise

Neon Cruise

Neon Cruise
 
Hotel parking lot
Pat, Jack, Doug and Aaron

Saturday

The car show took place in the shade of the tall trees in Sorosis Park. We had 17 Monte Carlos at the show and the weather was sunshine and 85 degrees. We signed up a couple new members at the show and had a great day. When it came time for the Cruise the Gorge awards Jack Young was called up to accept an award for Best 70s and Derry Wright received the long distance award for driving his 1970 SS454 over 1,000 miles from Saskatchewan, Canada. The FGMCC also received the club participation award and I was able to make a short speech about the club during the awards ceremony.

Show in the Shade Award Winners

Long Distance Derry Wright
Best 70's Jack Young
Club Participation FGMCC


Car show

Car show

Car show

Car show

Dave's 70 Monte

Don's 72 Monte

Don's engine bay

Jay's engine bay

Car show

Matt Hilla, Dave Fast, Don Robertson, Jay Marsh and Gerry

Judy and Terry Stevens, Jack Young and Doug Cameron

Pat Sheean and Pat Trottier

Ann and Jeff

Jodie and Tom Kelly & Lucile and Derry Wright

Jolie, Erika and Lucas Kelly

Jack receiving his award

Derry receiving his award

Aaron with the Club Participation Award
 
Back at the hotel
 
Back at the Hotel
 
Back at the hotel
   
Back at the hotel
 
 

Sunday

There was another show on Sunday in the town of Dufur. After a nice drive through the rolling hills of Wasco County we set up for another relaxing day at the Dufur show. Jack Young, Jay Marsh and Tom Kelly all received some hardware at this show before we drove back to The Dalles. Jack and Jays awards were for 1970s modified and stock but were still scratching our heads as to how Tom won the 2000s class with a 1970 Monte Carlo.

In the afternoon we walked over to the restaurant next to the hotel for the FGMCC awards, door prizes and dinner. Everyone walked away with something from the banquet before going back to the hotel for one last night of bench racing in the parking lot.

Dufur Car Show Award Winners

70's Modified Jack Young
70's Stock Jay Marsh
2000's Tom Kelly

FGMCC Award Winners

Best Interior Tom Kelly - 1970
Best Paint Jack Young - 1972
Robyn Lance Best Engine Matt Hilla - 1972
George Lines Best Modified Don Robertson - 1972
Best Street Doug Cameron - 1972 Custom
Best Stock Aaron Dodsworth - 1971 SS454
Best Non-Restored Craig Anderson - 1970 SS454
Longest Owned Tom Kelly - 1970
Meet Director's Choice Dave Fast - 1970
Members' Choice Don Robertson - 1972
Ronnie Bryan Longest Distance Driven Derry Wright - 1970 SS454 (1,007 miles)
Hard Luck Pat Trottier - 1970 (Master Cylinder)
Recognized Member Doug Cameron
Congratulations to you all!

 
Drive to Dufur
 
Drive to Dufur
 
Drive to Dufur
 
Car show
 
Car show
 
Car show
 
Car show
 
Jay, Dave and Chris
 
Car show
 
Tom
 
Doug, Terry and Derry
 
Doug's trunk
 
Car show
 
Car show
 
Derry and Pat
 
Jay receiving his award
 
Jack receiving his award
 
Tom receiving his award
 
Best Interior - Tom Kelly
 
Best Paint - Jack Young
 
Best Engine - Matt Hilla
 
Best Non-restored - Craig Anderson
 
Best Modified - Don Robertson
 
Best Street - Doug Cameron
 
Best Stock - Aaron Dodsworth
 
Members' Choice - Don Robertson
 
Meet Director's Choice - Dave Fast
 
Longest Owned - Tom Kelly
 
Longest Distance Driven - Derry Wright
 
Hard Luck - Pat Trottier
 
 
Recognized Member - Doug Cameron
 
 
 
     
 
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