Posted Thursday July 9th - it is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Van Harrington. Van passed yesterday about 4:30 PM. A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Van for our "meet your members" page. I have copied most of my interview below for your enjoyment....our hearts and thoughts go out to Nancy and the Harrington family.
Interview with Van Harrington: Just about as certain as there is to be coffee on Saturday, members will find one of Van Harrington's Corvettes parked at coffee call and Van inside visiting with other members.
Born in Orange, Texas in 1953. (He notes with pride that he and the Corvette were born in the same year, 1953) . His dad was a school principal in Orange. At age 14 the family moved to Waco, Texas where Van attended and graduated high school. At age 15, he bought his first Corvette - a 1961 Vette.
"Dad had one and my brother had a '63, so I just fell in love with them. I drove both my 1961, and also my brother's 1963 all over the area, putting thousands of miles on them. I consider my brother's Vette to be my 2nd Corvette."
Van graduated from high school in 1971 and went immediately into the U.S. Air Force and following recruitment camp, was stationed in Wichita Falls at Sheppard AFB where we worked as a mental health tech. His 1st son was born while he was stationed at Sheppard and his 2nd son was born while he was at Norton AFB in California. In 1978, he changed from hospital care to data systems and was stationed at the Air force data systems facility in Montgomery, Alabama.
A relocation to Germany brought a top secret security clearance, Nancy his wife and a 3rd Corvette. This one was a 1979 model, the Corvette, not Nancy. Returning stateside to Langley, Va. a first daughter was born. Additional assignments in data intelligence , in the D.C. area afforded a stint at Andrews AFB where Air Force 1 is based. While at Andrews, a third son was born. Van retired in 1991 and he and his family (Nancy was also career Air Force) moved to Biloxi for her final assignment) and then in 1996, they came to Norman, Nancy's home. Meanwhile, a 4th Vette had been purchased, this one a 2000 year model - unfortunately it was totaled in Norman in 2005.
Van and Nancy live west of Norman in what is known as the nine mile flats. A 5th Corvette was purchased , but Van did not like this 1996 C-4 and sold it shortly after buying it. Then there was the 6th Vette - a 2005 and a 7th Vette, a 1971 C-3 (which was the year of Van's graduation from high school). Van got his mechanical ability by the well tested "trial and error" method.
Some of the interesting things you probably do not know about Van are:
- He has his hang glider license.
- He learned to water ski at age 6.
- His favorite sport is NASCAR racing.
- He likes to race ATV vehicles and has raced on the National ATV racing circuit. He even built an ATV track at his house in Virginia.
An active member of the cRc, Van joined the club about 2012.
Posted Tuesday July 7th - on Monday, July 6, cRc member Van Harrington suffered a serious heart attack and is currently in ICU at the Norman Healthplex. Please join in sending good thoughts and prayers for Van to his wife Nancy and the Harrington family. He is currently not able to have visitors beyond the family.
We celebrate Ed's 92nd birthday, wave the flag, visit a vintage tow truck and more!
CRC member Brent brought his vintage tow truck for us to enjoy.
CRC girly gEarhead Kaye Cook gets us in the 4th of July spirit
with her great red, white, and blue theme.
Saturday was "Drive something with a flag on it" and so we did!
Ed, a Korean War Veteran will again kick off the City of Norman Veteran ceremonies on November 8th with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Posted Tuesday, June 30 - the year is half over (thank goodness)
THE CRC CAR SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020
THE CRC CAR SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020
THE CRC CAR SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020
An update about the cRc -Food and Shelter car show. As you know, our July 25th show is still appearing on the club calendar. Whether or not we actually have it - remains up in the air. 1. We have contacted both the city of Norman mayor's office as well as city council members to seek their advice. We want to be sure that we remain in compliance with city directives, and THERE IS SOME UNCERTAINY HERE. Hopefully we will receive guidance this week as this will be an item to be taken up at TONIGHT'S city council meeting. Cases of COVID are rising in many parts of Oklahoma and throughout west, and the city just canceled their 3-day music festival scheduled for August. THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020
2. Until recently, we knew of no cRc members who had contracted COVID - but that is no longer the case.
3. There are some car shows which are being held. The reports are that they are well attended. The reports also are that people are desperate to get out of confinement. Social distancing is encouraged but not enforcable at these shows. Some people do, some don't.
It is certain to be like that at our show. Some would be careful, others not so much. We cannot enforce social distancing behavior at our show. THE SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020
4. The club does this show as a community service for Food and Shelter, who would be the biggest losers if the show were cancelled. Over the years, we have donated almost $100,000 to Food and Shelter. We will figure out some way to raise some funds for F&S in the fall of the year.
5. Thunderbird Casino, our largest car show partner just closed their casino again, for "DEEP CLEANING". They have not contacted us about rescheduling the spring show or even the fall show. Things remain too uncertain.
Posted Saturday June 20th - we're sponsoring a July birthday cruise as shown below. A signup sheet will circulate at coffee call. Looking for 20 cars. Tuesday, July 14th an evening cRc BIRTHDAY CRUISE for a 6 year old in NEWCASTLE....line up on south side of Dillard's at Sooner Mall and play follow the leader's Jim and Carol Hoffman over to Newcastle to let this young "kar-kid" enjoy our cars as a birthday present. Return to Norman about 8pm.
Posted Thursday June 18th - the cRc is proud to announce that for the second year in a row, Eddie Paulus has been asked to open the Veterans Day ceremonies by leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Posted Wednesday June 17th - we have a date of November 8th for the annual Veterans Day Parade. This is always a great event and the crc does a super job with the parade. Thanks Terry for representing the club in this. The date is posted on the club calendar.
ROSE ROCK, round 3....we have a new date for the rescheduled ROSE ROCK FESTIVAL! It will be Saturday August 8th both the car show and the parade. The festival runs Friday thru Sunday. Stay tuned for more information. Congratulations to a determined city of Noble!
WANTED-GOOD VINTAGE CARS FOR SALE!
Posted June 12th - the club received a call from Travis Simpson of Norman-Edmond, Oklahoma who owns a wedding photography business. TRavis is interested in purchasing one or more 1910-1950 era vehicles to use as props for his wedding photography business. Here are his needs as best as I can gather: The vehicle needs to be able to run, but hopped up engines and tricked out with chrome are not needed as we are photographing brides here, not gearheads.
Likewise the interior needs to be nice. The bride must WANT TO SIT IN IT because it is a cool LOOKING car. The interior could be vintage but needs to be in good condition. The car does not need to be perfect, but it does need to photograph well.
The paint needs to be serviceable. Travis is not looking for 16 coats of hand rubbed lacquer, but the body needs to be free of dents and the paint can take and hold a shine. A convertible would be great, or an old Continental or Merc with suicide doors - something vintage cool. Lawrence Terry's cream yellow convertible comes to mind. also Zack's the younger's Oldsmobile. My 1931 Model-A Tudor. One of those porthole T-bird convertible hardtops of Billy and Mary's is a great example. Of course Charlie's 1955 Chevy convertible would be a great car but these are just club cars I am using as examples. The club has dozens of such cars, but none to my knowledge are for sale.
If you have something you feel Travis might be interested in, give him a call, introduce yourself and talk with him. He is at 405-210-5756. We typically don't like for club cars to LEAVE the club, but perhaps we can convince Travis to join the club and that way everything will be peachy-keen.
You may pick up a form at one of the following places and simply fill it out:
THE NORMAN TRANSCRIPT on Comanche Ave.
MIDWAY DELI on Eufaula Ave.
MASTER TECH AUTOMOTIVE on 24TH
RUDY'S BBQ on Hwy 9
Terry O'Dea is trying to get 200 new names engraved on the war memorial.
You can see more specifics about his project on the Veteran's Page by clicking here: veterans-corner.php
THANK YOU! The cRc would like to thank the Harris family and Jennifer in particular for sewing the cool cRc facemasks. While there may be a few orders at my house that have not been processed (I am out of town), we are completing this project. I looked at the construction of these masks and there is even a little nose clip inside that you can bend to contour them. Very professional indeed. I hope that everyone is sure to thank Jennifer the next time we get together at coffee call - which, if the city of Norman COVID plan holds, will be at RUDY'S on the 20th of June!
(photo: Top left to right..Jennifer and Abigale, bottom right - Amanda)
Please notice that the club calendar is now showing our routine rotation for coffee call starting mid June. The exception may be Midway who is still not open inside their restaurant, but we will work something out by then.
Speaking of masks, Jennifer is still in mask production so if you have not received your yet but have ordered it - please be patient. Elastic is VERY scarce right now.
We have been fortunate as a club - I have heard of no cases of Covid infecting our membership. For the most part, we are an "at-risk" group with many members over 70. I think the membership has done a very good job in following the guidelines for the parades and other activities we held in first quarter. As we resume a more normal life, I would urge you to continue to safeguard yourself and others, by continuing to do many of the things we have all be practising the past several months. Keep you mask handy and we have all learned to talk louder and from a distance. It would be such a shame to lose a valued club member to Covid near the end of this thing....food for thought.
I think we WILL BE ABLE to show off those recently waxed cars at the end of July during our cRc annual Food and Shelter car show, so stay ready for that one! We will have learned a few things about how to keep folks safer also which we will try to apply.
Enough for now, I have to go to the shop and apply a fresh coat of wax to a car!
As you can see from the photos and video below, we found EXACTLY what OU was looking for. Lincoln Riley took time for a photo op with each of our members and his staff was well prepared for the cars. Imagine having your classic photographed in Owen field! As your watch the video, listen to the sound for those exhaust pipes on Mel's Chevelle....sweet music!
Shane Vice is going to prepared a little video that explains what OU was planning to do with the photo shot. maybe w will see some of it this fall during football season.
A BIG THANKS TO ALL THE CRC CLUB MEMBERS FOR THE CRUISE BY MY HOME. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE ALL THE CAR AND THANKS TO TERRY O'DEA. , Floyd and Lavanda Yates
The cRc put 30 classic cars in and around Noble on Thursday afternoon, with police escort. A great day and people really enjoyed seeing out cars. We went past the police and fire stations, zig-zagged our way across town, and drove past their retirement home before returning to U.S. 77 and disbanding. special thanks to the Noble police department for the 2 cruisers who sptooed traffice and led the way. Also thanks to cRc member Waylon for the use of the noble hardware parking lot as a staging area.
April 15th - We parade in front of Food and Shelter to show our appreciation and support
for all they do in our community.
The cRc is pleased to welcome new member AL HARRIS. We will have more information about Al and his ride(s)in the next few days.
cRc COMMUNITY PROJECT #3
Posted February 14th - first, let me wish everyone a Happy Valentine's day. The club successfully completed Community Service Project #3 for 2020 by providing a "James Bond" style Austin-Healey 3000 for the norman Regional Health Foundation's Gala at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Shown in the photo are cRc members Chuck and Dana Anderson. Thanks for helping make this a special event for this important local and regional charity.
Navigate over to the VETERANS CORNER PAGE and read the writeup about the Norman Veteran Center drive-by parade and watch the video either below or over there.
CAR SHOW NEWS FLASH!!!
The car show committee just revealed the club trophies for our upcoming shows, including the COVETED "BEST OF SHOW"........thanks gang for making these quality trophies available. With trophies like this, the club should literably be able to "WIPE UP!"
Sadly we had no leap year birthdays to show this morning, so no free breakfast. We welcome Mike Raymond and his work in progress 1935 Ford pickup. Mike joined the club today!
We also welcome Abigail Harris' new 1959 Apache pickup. Abigail joins Amanda and her VW as our two youngest members who own classics. Their cars are side by side below.
Remember that 1948 Ford that was on the website several months ago? The photo showed clusters of mice nests where the motor should have been......well Lawrence went out and bought that car.........and here it is.......
Congratulations to the following, who received recognition from the transcript as "BEST OF NORMAN as voted by readers of the Transcript."
FOOD AND SHELTER - Best Community Service
RAY'S BBQ = Best BBQ
MIDWAY DELI - Best Deli
MIDWAY DELI - Best Lunch
MASTERTECH - Best auto repair
HOOPER PRINTING - Best printer
All of these Norman businesses the club works with in one area or another. If I missed any of our members or friends, please accept apologies.
HAPPY MARDI GRAS DAY!
Over the 12 years the club has been alive and well in Norman, coffee call has morphed into an early session and a late session...and they have different personalities. The early group arrives with the sun, often sitting in their cars and trucks about 10 minutes BEFORE the door is unlocked. When the restaurant lights flicker to life, the early-birds rush the door and arrive as if they had not eaten in days. No time is wasted on scanning the menu, these members know exactly what they want. No hesitation.
About 8:30, a more "sedate hour" by those who come then, the other half of the coffee call group arrives, but spend some time visiting. The early birds have finished feeding and are ready to visit. It all works well.
A number of members, are swithc-hitters arriving early and staying late.
It is always fun to see what classics are in the lot, who is considering another car "Like OREO cookies, you can't just stop with one."
And now the news:
Good luck Abigail, as the Harris family were heading down enmass to Dallas to look at a sweet 1959 Chevy Apache pickup with a 235 6-pack in it. Abigail will get her lisc in April or May and won't that make a fun addition to the club. Light blue. Let's pull for Aligail on this one.
We have decided to hold the club Christmas party in 2020 on a FRIDAY EVENING in December, likely December 4th but we will let you know, specifically to NOT COINCIDE with the norman Christmas Parade which is on the 5th. Everyone arrives together for the concert and food. This year the CLYDESDALES will lead the parade program.
The club continued cRc community service project #5 for 2020 with collection of various magazines for the Veteran Center. I will take them over on Monday. Keep 'em coming gang!
cRc hats on the move........Posted February 18th - this cRc hat was photographed by Wayne Saunders in Ogallah, Nebraska.... are you going on a trip? Take your cRc hat and send us a photo...
POSTED Sunday, February 16th- COFFEE GROUNDS - Rudy's BBQ
Austilene, sporting her roses and a smile. --------------------------->>>>>
And then there was Wayne.....
Oklahoma being, well Oklahoma...had a number of kind people stopping to offer help, including cRc members. Next week we will crack into the engine to see if the camshaft has stripped the phenolic cam timing gear, which is highly suspect.
The morning had an inglorious ending for some of us, as a major breakdown occured on my way down to the shop in Noble requiring a tow......the Papparazzi are everywhere!
makes! A very enthuiastic group of cRc members began gathering at Rudy's beginning around 0730 and the parking lot was crowded by 8:30. Today was our annual "who has the longest car in the club?" That dear reader has been a subject of warm debate ever since we launched the contest, about 4 years ago.
We had 10 entries, some of which we we recruited only for measurement practice. Cars in the 206-210 inch range probably would not win, since we knew we had cars in the 220 inch range.
Before we began, we received a number of protests........
Would a continental tire kit be allowed? Yes, if was installed on the car....
Would fender feelers be counted if they were pointed forward and backwards and lengthened the car. Yes, if you had to resort to that to win....
Would Dave be allowed to open the trunk on his Model A Ford and count the additional 16 inches? Maybe, because he couldn't win anyway.
Was Lani's ranchero a car or a truck? Yes.
Would we accomplish anything by measuring Wayne's Smartcar? No, but we measured it at 107.5". Two Smartcars end to end would still be short.
Would Bill Mcbee be disqualified with his Rivera if he showed up late? It was 8:53 and the final measurement was to take place at 0900. Maybe, depending on whether or not he brought a homemade fruitcake for the judge. (Sadly he did not but arrived within the given time)
If I put 3-foot-long tail pipe extensions on my car will I qualify? Get serious here...
And so on and on it went and the results are below....
Lawrence Terry's 1957 Chevy with fully extended continental kit was 215",
Lani's 1975 Ranchero measured 218" and she ws in the lead for a while.
Several members tried to talk Lani into a remeasure with her tailgate down, but she would not hear of it. And at 8:53, Bill and Joyce drove up in the biggest challenge of the day. Carpenter's right angles were brought out of nowhere and the semi-precise measurement began......223-3/4" ......later, the winner of the $25 Rudy's gas or food card was declared: 1st place again to Jim Hoffman with Bill McBee winning a $5.00 gift card for O'Reilleys. Special thanks to Philip, Van, Lawrence, and others who helped with the measurement. As always, the club proved again what a fun time we have at Rudy's.
Well of course there will be a smallest car contest a bit down the road......