This posted  Thursday  morning by TERRY O'DEA:

I have a friend of 50 years whom passed and his service and funeral procession is this Sat at 10:00am in MWC (Midwest City). He and his boys are true  car people. If anone would be looking for a place to show off your cars and be truly appreciated please call me at 405-641-7718 or meet me at the 7/11 at NE 12th and Robinson at  8:30 am this Sat 1/16/21 Thanks TerryO’Dea

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If you have a favorite David Palmer story to share, please email it to and I will get it up on the David Palmer tribute page......We will be holding a memorial service for David Palmer next Saturday at 10 AM at Oak Hills Church, 2720 NW 178th street, Edmond, OK.

We would love for anybody that is willing to bring their cars or organize a drive-by, etc.  Whatever you all think is best and if you are able.  

David was a good friend and he helped me prep my 86 Corvette for paint.  I know he really enjoyed your club and was always eager to introduce me to you all when I came to see him at the different shows.

Please feel free to contact me at 405.401.7344.  We are happy to work to accommodate anything the club is willing to do.

Sincerely,   Scott Haas

This is what tri-5 heaven looks like............
NOW WHAT WE HAVE HERE........thanks to alert cRc, member someone with a lot of Covid time on their hands, but hopefully this Mazda will come to Crest cars and coffee so we can bet a better look. Seen in OKC this past week. Thanks Lani for the photos.

Posted Wednesday January 6th 2021 - it is with sadness that we report the passing of cRc member David Palmer yesterday. We have no additional details at this time. 

David was a member of the "GANG OF SEVEN" who are responsible for putting on the cRc car shows. He was also a regular member of the Thursday night cRuise-in to Hollywood Corners.

We will be back to you with details of the arrangements as soon as they are known.

1/4/2021 - The club received a $100 donation for Food and Shelter which has been forwarded to April Heiple. Thanks to the donator for getting 2021 kicked off!
Posted January 1st - NOTES of the past. Goodbye 2020 and good riddance!

It started out as any other New Year's Day in January of 2020, football games, and with everyone wishing each other a good new year. Sometime in the dead of winter, we heard news stories about someone in what we thought was a remote town of China, contracting a respiratory disease from eating bat soup. Now since I can't find bat soup on any menu in Norman, I didn't pay much attention to it, except that I noted Wuhan is where the Chinese high level biocontainment lab is located. Not that it matters anymore.

The cRc was ramping up for a full year of coffee-call, swap meets, car shows, cRuises, and of course the fabled Christmas Party. As it turned out, not much of that happened, at least not in an orderly manner. As COVID gripped the country, state, and county, we began to cancel events, one by one, for the safety of our above average aged membership. We were able to continue several of our community service projects especially for the Veteran Center and a very successful fundraising drive for Food and Shelter - to help with the big draw on the Food Bank.  By May, everyone was hoarding toilet paper and Lysol was selling better than ever.  We did several drive-by car shows for children's birthdays, retirement homes, a 103 year old Veteran, and for our dearly departed friend Gene Paulus. In the fall, we suspended all of our activities, except for fund raising for Food and Shelter. Tragically, in November, we lost our dear friend (Mayor) Bob Thompson who passed away from COVID. Thanksgiving was different for many families this year, as was Christmas. Restaurants and bars opened, then closed back down, then reopened and closed back again, along with gyms, nail salons, and other mini-luxuries, many trying desperately to stay in business. Finally, the word of a possibly effective vaccine came from several major pharma companies, giving hope of a return to more normal time in 2021. It is upon this new snowy day in 2021 that we wish everyone a good new beginning in 2021. Thank you for being a member of the cRc!

We are pleased to report that Mark Krittenbrink's red pickup truck has been recovered by the Norman police. Mark reports it received some abuse, but it will be ok!
Posted December 18th - the club received an email from a marketing company that is organizing a Route 66 cruisefest in June that will end up in OKC with a car show. We have agreed to participate by displaying cars that weekend in the city. More information will be forthcoming as the details become clear. Could be a fun weekend. They plan to do this annually, culminating with a big deal on the routes 100th anniversary, in a few years.

Posted December 15th - nine shopping days until Christmas. On Saturday night the CRC and one other local car club, the "CREW-SADERS" (get that? crusaders for Christ I beleive) watched the gridlock that ensued as thousands of cabin fever families, longing for something to do, poured out of their homes and jammed the streets of Noman for miles. It looked like the traffic following an OU game only worse- it never cleared out. People never got mad, they were just happy tp be out. Before the parade started, we were all treated to this magnificent sunset:

And once our vehicles all got into position, we took this video, as a good time was had by all:

T'was a month before Christmas,  and all through the town,

People wore masks,  that covered their frown.

The frown had begun, way back in the Spring,

When a global pandemic...changed everything.

They called it corona,  but unlike the beer,

It didn’t bring good times,  it didn’t bring cheer.

Airplanes were grounded,  travel was banned.

Borders were closed  across air, sea and land.

As the world entered lock down, to flatten the curve,

The economy halted,  and folks lost their nerve.

From March to July we rode the first wave,

People stayed home, they tried to behave.

When summer emerged the lockdown was lifted.

But away from caution, many folks drifted.

Now it’s November and cases are spiking,

Wave two has arrived,  much to our disliking.

It’s true that this year has had sadness a plenty,

We’ll never forget he year 2020.

And just ‘round the corner - The holiday season,

But why be merry? Is there even one reason?

To decorate the house and put up the tree,

Who will see it,  no one but me.

But outside my window he snow gently falls,

And I think to myself, let’s deck these halls!

So, I gather the ribbon, the garland and bows,

As I play those old carols, my happiness grows.

Christmas is not cancelled and neither is hope.

If we lean on each other,    I know we can cope !

Author unknown...submitted by Ron Borum

Posted December 12 - The Air Force issued a first-of-its-kind safety endorsement to Joby's electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, laying the groundwork for eventual civilian certification of the technology and even approval of autonomous flights crossing American cities. "This is an exciting announcement because it means you are literally seeing a new market emerge," said Will Roper, head of Air Force acquisitions. "Not just for military missions, but for all missions, including commercial ones. We are excited to see what's to come for Joby and other companies pushing the boundaries of electric vertical takeoff and landing or flying cars."

Posted December 9th - We regret to inform that Miriam Paulus is in the Norman Hospital with a currently undiagnosed illness.  Scot, everyone's favorite MasterTech classic car mechanic has tested positive for COVID. Gene's sister Gail has tested positive for COVID. 

This is certainly a lot closer to home than it used to be.

Posted December 7th - THANK YOU MIDWAY BOB and MIDWAY GROCERY for your generous contribution to FOOD and SHELTER in the name of the cRc!   $750.00

As we say farewell to our fellow cRc member Bob Thompson, a very nice article was in Sunday's (Dec 6th) Norman Transcript. His obituary is reproduced below from this weekend's Transcript.
December 4th - about 3:30 at the request of the OU athletic department, we assembled 6 1970-1990's cars in front of Owens Field for a photo shoot as part of an upcoming recruiting program.  cRc just provided the cars, OU is doing the filming and broadcast.
 Dec 3th - a group of cRc members assembled in front of Bob Thompson's house yesterday morning and began a 2-1/2 hour project of cleaning  storm debris from the property. The city trucks have not reached the Thompson home. After two large trailers of debris were removed from the yard and the final raking was done, the yard appeared normal again. A neighbor was so moved by the act of kindness, that she came out, thanked us, and donated a check for $100.00, which we will turn over to Food and Shelter. Thanks Ken, Richard, Terry, Philip and Dave for your work.


December 26, 1944-November 30, 2020

IItIt is with extreme sadness that I report that COVID has now taken one of my closest friends and one of our cRc members (Mayor) BOB THOMPSON. Bob and Nancy had both been fighting Covid since before the ice storm, and he had made one overnight stay in ICU, and one day visit to the emergency room. I had been in touch with him as recently as this past Saturday and he told me that while he still felt weak,  he thought that the steroids were working and he was on the mend. 

His wife Nancy said that he passed in his sleep, sometime during the early morning hours of Monday, November 30th .  Mayor Bob leaves behind a legacy in Norman, starting a very young career as a newspaper delivery boy and working his way into a powerful position in the office paper and forms industry. Later in life, he built homes in Noble, and of course he served as mayor of our city several years ago. 

Bob loved his 1956 Ford Victoria, "MISS VICKI" and participated in many different club activities. Bob proudly served as a veteran of the United States Army. Bob was one of the behind-the-scenes advisors of this club and we will sorely miss his pragmatic and sound advice. Norman has lost another of its quiet yet great community leaders.

More information will be posted about his service, which will be at First Christian Church of Norman. The service will be postponed until all his friends and family can gather together safely for a celebration of his wonderful life - it may be well into 2021. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to Nancy and the entire Thompson family. 

Most Respectfully,

Dave Saunders

The cRc would like to welcome TONY LOWE, Marine Corp Veteran and his fleet of Ford products. This should make the Ford guys especially happy since the Chevy's have trounced the Fords for the last two years in our annual Chevy vs Fords competition. It is said that collecting classic cars is like eating Oreo cookies, you just can't seem to stop with one. Tony as two nicely restored cars, the 1968 Mustang  and the 1943 Galaxie 500XL shown above. The also has several project cars as you can see. We look forward to meeting and greeting our newest member to the club. WELCOME TONY !!!

Announcing the NORMAN CHRISTMAS PARADE: DECEMBER 12 -cRc member Terry O'dea has been working behind the scenes to be sure there is a "parade" of sorts for the community. This is the "hot scoop" - it will be a static display of floats and 22 cRc cars along with many other displays which will line the perimeter of ANDREWS PARK from 6PM until 8PM. Set up time, if you need it begins at noon on the 12th, a Saturday night.  You will need to sign up with TERRY to reserve one of the 22 COVETED SPOTS. You car will need to have visible holiday lighting and some form of lighting the lights. To sign up for this fun CRC community service event, please send and TEXT requesting registration to : Terry O'Dea at 

http://‭1 (405) 641-7718‬  (405-641-7718) or just see him at coffee call any Saturday. Most of us plan to arrive around 5 PM to begin setup. The is a video that Terry took which shows the CRC static parade area in the park.

Posted Sunday, November 15th...........what are you doing this year for Thanksgiving? Will your family gather together to celebrate as in the past, eat lots of good food, and then stumble over to the couch to spend the afternoon dozing and watching football games?

Or will the possibility of COVID and infecting your distant relatives (some of which could use a good infection) cause your Thanksgiving meal to be a non-event this year. More and more I hear that this year will be different for Thanksgiving and likely for Christmas also. 

It has been a difficult year for the cRc, no car shows to speak of, none that we sponsored at any rate, no CAR-B-QUE, no cRc annual singing by the fabled and off-key Dipsticks or the annual Christmas buffet.  But having said all of this, some form of vaccination appears near, but it with take some time to distribute it effectively to 350,000,000 citizens. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the little humor below, courtesy of cRc member Ron Borum:

*I don't mean to interrupt people. I just randomly remember things and get really excited.

*When I ask for directions, please don't use words like "east."

*Don't bother walking a mile in my shoes. That would be boring. Spend 30 seconds in my head. That'll freak you right out.

* Sometimes, someone unexpected comes into your life out of nowhere, makes your heart race, and changes you forever.  We call those people cops.

*My luck is like a bald guy who just won a comb.

Posted Saturday November 14 - everything I hear about the Veterans parade was that it was a big success. Thanks go out to Terry O'Dea (USN) for his work on organizing this. Of course we sorely missed Gene Paulus and his dad Eddie, but we hope that Ed will be able to join us in 2021! If you attended and took photos, please send them if you can figure out how to do so!

In other exciting cRc news - one of our favorite members, Al Ernst passed away several years ago. His son Chad contacted me and has inherited the '23 T-Bucket and plans to join us for coffee. Hopefully Al's wife Judy will join him. (The cRc is like Hotel California, "You can check out, but you can NEVER leave!) Chad is developing the 55+ senior living center at Porter near the fairgrounds(A place we will all need soon enough)  and we are going to do something (suggestions?) over there soon.....We are excited to welcome Al and Judy's son Chad back to the club!

As many of you know, Marilyn and I are spending some time in the mountains of Colorado - and yesterday morning this big fellow wandered up to the house - it is rut season and all of them are a bit crazy right now.

I finally got eight hours of sleep. It took me three days, but whatever

 I run like the winded.

I hate when a couple argues in public, and I missed the beginning and don't know whose side I'm on.

When someone asks what I did over the weekend, I squint and ask, "Why, what did you hear?"

When you do squats, are your knees supposed to sound like a goat chewing on an aluminum can stuffed with celery?

The video of the Gene Paulus cruise is at the following youtube address, if you want to copy and repost the address or watch it on your tv set.

I had my patience tested. It came back negative.

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 Remember, if you lose a sock in the dryer, it comes back as a Tupperware lid that doesn't fit any of your containers.

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 If you're sitting in public and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and say, "Did you bring the money?"

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 When you ask me what I am doing today, and I say "nothing," it does not mean I am free. It means I am doing nothing.

October 24th.  lies, all lies.......Rudy's BBQ on October 24th......
Posted Oct 24th - the cRc wishes a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to cRc girly gearhead Abigail Harris.......and her VW Thing is well decorated......
Posted Thursday, October 22 - this "grand old beauty" graces the lobby of the old Buick dealership in Automotive Alley in is a 1935 Buick. There are a number of restaurants in this building and area. Photo courtesy of cRc girly gearhead Marilyn Saunders

If when one door closes and another door opens, you are probably in prison. * * * * * * * * * * * *

To me, "drink responsibly" means don't spill it.

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 Age 60 might be the new 40, but 9:00 pm is the new midnight.

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 The older I get, the earlier it gets late.

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 When I say, "The other day," I could be referring to any time between yesterday and 15 years ago.  These quotable quotes offered by cRc comedian Ron Borum!

As of Monday October 19th, the cRc has raised $2,400 for Food and Shelter.

 The following photos were taken by crack cRc photographer Gary Miller at the recent Yukon cRuise-in.

Posted Monday October 19 - With apologies to Marine Corp Veteran Ken Prewett who was incorrectly posted on the Veterans Corner page as being in the Army. SEMPER FI! If you are a cRc vet, you might check that page to be sure we are accurate with your branch of service. We have been known to make up stuff. Also, if you are listed and don't have a photo attached to your listing, please provide one and we will gladly post it. Thank you for your service even if I have it wrong!

Coffee call at Rudy's :

Posted October 18th - a triumphant return to coffee call by Charlie Lundsford, who took a spill several weeks ago and chipped his shoulder bones - he has been out of action for a while. It is good to see him up and at 'em!
Posted October 18th - on a recent trip to the charming little ghost town of St. Elmo, where Terry O'Dea spent summers in his youth, Terry's dog Gabbie is fascinated by the many little tame chipmonks and ground squirrels that live there.

POSTED October 18 - Jim and Carol Hoffman recently went on a road trip to Amarillo and visited the Texas version of Stonehenge, as well as hiked Palo Duro canyon. Note that CRC hat Carol is wearing!

Posted October 03- photos from the Hotrod Hundred reliability run to from both Philip as well as Carol and Jim.....Carol is sporting a club cap!
1940's transport anyone?
At first, they thought Marilyn has shown up in Pearl!
Carol has found her RV!
Photos from Saturday coffee call at Rudy's BBQ...note how the cars and trucks sort of paired off according to make!

The Chevy parade:

The bird show.....
Farm trucks stylin'
The Germans have arrived!
And from last week at MIDWAY.....

It's a dogs life......

I'm just waitin' and a watchin' for dad......
Morning coffee call at WORLD CRC HEADQUARTERS, Saturday September 26,2020
Congrats to cRc club member Ron Blissit and his perfectly restored 1931 Pierce-Arrow. Featured in the Doug Hill DIG MY RIDE on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

Posted September 19th - MIDWAY GROCERY

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 August 1st - Why are we going to RUDY'S every Saturday?

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. 

Harlan's Hotspot has found a very interesting video about the upcoming electric pickup truck revolution, which reminds me of the early days of the automobile. Everyone is getting into the act to compete with Tesla's success, including Ford, G.M. and a number of other companies which nobody has ever heard of, and probably will be sorted out in the years to come, just like Hudson, Nash, and Hupmobile were sorted out. To go there and watch the video, just click the box below: