Posted Sep 24 - GENEROUS CRC MEMBERS CONTRIBUTED $400.00 THRU THURSDAY OF THIS WEEK, BRINGING OUR TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO $1,000.00. THANK YOU FROM APRIL HEIPLE AND FOOD AND SHELTER.
Posted Sep 23 - email received from Midway Bob.....
Dave and fellow Cruisers
I am so proud to have The Midway so closely linked to this club. The value added to our community is simply amazing and the fun we have is even sweeter because of it. We will happily donate the money we usually spend on the car show food directly as a part of this effort. We will also add a markup to help cover what the club would have purchased.
If your church or civic group would like to have a fundraiser day at Midway to raise $$$ for Food & Shelter, please contact me.
Bob Thompson. Midway Deli
World HQ, Canadian River Cruisers
Needing a classic convertible for homecoming in Washington, OK on Friday, October 2nd. My niece is a senior and up for queen. She is an amazing young lady and needs a stunning car to showcase her in a stunning red dress! Please let me know if anyone is interested. Would need for afternoon parade thru town and then on the field at the football game that night. Willing to pay a small fee if necessary. Thank you! Best Wishes,
Kara Cook. 405-268-0785.
PLEASE REPLY DIRECTLY TO MS. COOK IF YOU CAN DO THIS.....
A super turnout this morning at the new and improved Midway cRc world headquarters. The coffee was outside and all you had to do was go in and buy the cup and fill it in the nice patio area. Their new patio is perfect for Saturday mornings, Harlan would certainly have approved. It was "reunion day" and we saw some folks we don't see every week - Carl Queen, Neal Wood, Ron LaPratt, Lynn Meyers to name a few. Carl's pristine 1950 Jeepster with the 350 Chevy engine is featured today on the youtube. Thanks for coming to coffee call, a great car show in the parking lot. Terry signed up a bunch of cars for the november Veterans Parade.
Posted September by the NewYork Times: DISCLOSURE: THIS IS A SMALL BLOCK CHEVY ARTICLE and perhaps will make some Ford owners cringe.....BUT it is a great read and fun story about the 265, 283 and 350.......harlans-hotspot.php where else would you find this except on HARLAN'S HOTSPOT!
Posted Sept 15 by Terry O'Dea - Good news! We were contacted by the VETERANS CENTER OF NORMAN and they have a man who was born in 1918 (the year World War One was finished) and who is out at the center and turning 102 years old on OCTOBER 7th. This is fantastic and should be celebrated as a big deal! They want the CRC to come out and do one of our nearly world famous VETERAN BIRTHDAY PARADES THAT DAY....time to be announced later. Please make a spot on your schedule for that Wednesday to salute this VET! OCTOBER 7th...we will do our same 3 three lap trip under the portico which has worked well in the past.
Posted Sept 15th - by cRc member Shane Vice - Does anyone have any experience in having an engine rebuilt by a man named JON BARRETT who rebuilds engines and has a shop in Norman. If you have had any experience with an engine rebuild by this man, please give me (Shane) a call at 405-627-1561 and let me know how things turned out.
Posted Sep 15 - by Ray Langley - THE OKLAHOMA HOT ROD ASSOCIATION CAR SHOW, SCHEDULED FOR THIS COMING SATURDAY HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO COVID.....
One thing that has NOT BEEN canceled is this from JIM HOFFMAN -- I wanted to pass this on. Hotrodhundred.com is planning another 100 mile reliability run Oct. 3rd, to Guthrie, OK. Carol and I attended in the past and had fun. Anyone interested can contact them at Hotrodhundred.com. We are signed up for this year. Real easy to practice social distancing if you only go on the run.😎
Posted September 9th - several additional cancellations of car events due to the COVID situation:
1. The fall version of the cRc-Thunderbird Casino car show has been postponed until spring of 2021.
2. The fabulous cRc CHRISTMAS PARTY will take a year off in 2020 and be back in 2021. We don't think it wise to hold an open food buffet, prepared at 60 different homes, with 100+ people this year. We'll do our thing again in 2021. Don't worry, if you have been good, Santa will still come!
3. As of this moment, the city still is planning to hold the Veteran day parade and ceremonies. This could be canceled also but as of now, it is a go!
4. The fall Norman Swap Meet has been postponed until Spring 2021.
WE LOSE ONE WE GAIN ONE - classic that is! Abigail's 1959 Apache pickup was sold this past week outside the club. BUT WAIT! A really cool 1973 or '74 VW THING was purchased and unveiled this past saturday at RUDYS....A nice restoration in olive green and Fawn (tan), with light and dark green seats. Very well done. Videos will be posted shortly. Well played Harris family, well played.
Posted September 1 by Dan and Twila
Norman Swap Meet October 2020 Cancelled NEXT Norman Swap Meet March 18th 19th 20th 2021
Dear Valued Vender, our #1 priority is the safety and health of our Norman Swap Meet Venders, Participants and workers!
As a result, we regret to inform you that our October Swap Meet EVENT is CANCELLED.We were hopeful that a COVID-19 Vaccine would be readily available for Venders, Swap Meet Workers, and Participants but this is not the case.
Oklahoma Governor, Kevin Stitt advises us to follow CDC guidelines and to NOT gather in groups, stay out of indoor crowded spaces and to social distance 6 feet apart. Due to the fact that large group events continue to be discouraged, our next Norman Swap Meet Event is scheduled for March 18th 19th 20th 2021
Dan and Twila
Thanks Ron Borum for reporting this tidbit.
In other news it seems as though Ozzie's Diner is not planning to reopen, at least not in the near future.
Posted August 17 - this past weekend,Jim Hoffman took time off from working on his classic Buick for paddleboarding against the Dog Days of August, by enjoying Lake Overholser.
Weather can always play a factor because the weather over the Rocky mountains is always changing, especially in summer and you don't want thunderstorms to come up unexpectedly and you become the tallest thing on the mountain during that time. We checked and the weather was perfect all morning long. And so we began our climb. We made a video of our adventure. Apologies for some voice-over during some of the clips, but it makes an interesting 4 minutes.
The same thinking currently applies to most crc activities. Car shows have been canceled around the state, we are restricting coffee call to those few folks who go to Rudy's each week, and NO PLANS have been started for the cRc Christmas party or a fall CAR-B-Q......probably not a great idea to pack us all into a space and go around an open buffet table! We will let everyone know later in the fall what our thinking is on this. It is still on the club calendar, but sort of as a place marker right now.
This one photographed at 14,197 feet elevation, at the peak of Mount Belford in Colorado.
Come on gang, this is too easy. Let's get with the guessing. Not in McClain county. Not in Grady county. Not on Route 66. Now in Texas or and bordering state but within 20 miles of Midway Grocery.Not east of Midway grocery and not south of Midway either.
Rudy's has the best parking lot f the 4 places we rotate, RUDY'S, MIDWAY, J-PAT'S, and La Madeleine. While their food is not to everyone's taste, RUDY'S provides us a place to "Social Distance" that J-Pat's or Midway cannot possibly duplicate, although Midway is improving their outside seating. So we're going to stay as safe as possible and continue at Rudy's for a while.
Posted July 23 - Noble's Rose Rock Festival has been cancelled for 2020 and postponed until 2021. There will be no car show in Noble this year.
Posted JULY 22: The club received information from the CLEVELAND COUNTY FAIR BOARD letting us know that due to COVID in 2020 that they were significantly scaling back their free fair and that we would be invited to do the car show in 2021 -----but that the 2020 show would be CANCELLED. Livestock competition will take place in 2020, but little else. Let's look forward to a great community serviceshow in 2021!
Below - a recent coffee call at RUDY'S BBQ
The club did a birthday celebration for a 6 ear old who lives out in Newcastle. 11 left the parking lot at Dillards, but down on highway 9, Kelley and her mom turned back with a low (then flat) tire. The cRuise TO Newcastle proceeded along nicely and we made the 2 laps of the neighborhood are started home. Then Michael Fain's big Merc decided to skip a beat and so BIG M pulled to the shoulder on highway 62. The Merc limped back off and on the shoulder to Norman and our best roadside diagnosis is that it has either a clogged fuel filter or a bad fuel pump. Dave and Marilyns 57 Chevy stopped to give support and assistance to Big M when Pearl, the '57 suddenly just quit running, as if there was a massive ground fault. Pearl doesn't like to see other cars get all the attention, so Miss Pearl had to be towed back to Norman. Jim and Carol returned, picked up Marilyn and Dave rode back with the tow truck. All in all, everyone had fun, but we could had done without all the car drama.
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.
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
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.