1. After many, many years in norman, Misal Indian Restaurant on the Ed Noble parkway has closed its doors.
2. Ozzie's at the Westheimer Airport, will be closed for 3 weeks in September for renovations.
3. El Huevo Mexican Grill on Tecumseh near I-35 will begin staying open at dinnertime. Breakfast, lunch, and now dinner.
Terry O'Dea strikes again! In addition to his duties as the cRc contact with the city of Norman for parades and such, Terry was invited to become a member of the Christmas Parade Committee! Way to go Terry! The club now has a very active voice to assist in guiding the city toward making the Christmas parade better and better. Thank you Terry for stepping up on this.
this nice thank you note was received today from food and Shelter, thanking each member of the club for the work that was done to make the cRc-Food and Shelter annual car show a big success. The cRc was able to donate $7,600.00 to our select charity, a new annual record for the club.
POSTED, TUESDAY August 20, a note from the Steve Thompson family :
A SINCERE THANK YOU to the Canadian River Cruisers
Thank you so much for your donations at Steve’s sudden death which came at such a shocking and unfortunate time in our lives. Your generosity is overwhelming. Steve thought the world of each of you! He enjoyed your camaraderie and he loved bringing his grandson, Greyson to the car club gatherings & sharing stories with his other grandsons and granddaughter about the Canadian River Cruisers.
Steve loved coming to the car club and your friendships he treasured. Each of you are a great inspiration to us and especially to Steve’s (our) grandchildren.
Thank you all so much for helping us with your generous donations at this time.
The Steve Thompson Family
Photo credits to Gary Miller
We met at La Madeleine this morning at 7AM before motoring over to cars and coffee at Crest market about 9.
Finding La Madeleine is a bit tricky. I almost always miss it the first time. It is tucked in behind BAD BOY BURGERS, almost across the road from the Embassy Suites. It is at the far north end of the Academy Sports lot. If you are lucky enough to find it, you can be rewarded with some top quality coffee in a real mug, and a good custom order full breakfast.
This morning, someone had left La Madeleine's A/C on stun all night and it was 58 degrees in there at 7AM, so most of us ate outside to keep from freezing to death. Norman weather was pleasant at 7AM with a light breeze and about 77. It will get oppressive later in the day, but we are in August!
One of the big treats this morning was to see Dale and Kaye Cook's 2001 BMW with 1002 miles on it. So the story continues....Dale won this car while he and Kaye were in Las Vegas. And we thought Kaye was lucky! Dale has kept it perfect and in storage for the last 17 years. Showroom perfect. If you missed it this week, enjoy the video because it may be a while before they put it on the road again. They are only averaging 60 miles a year on it.
And now we jump over to cars and coffee - August edition. This is a short video, as one of our members showed up with a drone and made several passes over the parking lot. We hope to publish a copy soon, so check back later.
And then there was this 1960 Nash Metropolitan......remember them? Undersized and grossly underpowered, tiny wheels and tiny tires, my mother had one, a 1955. It took my abuse as a teenager, but it was a poor excuse for what the British could produce.... Rolls Royce, XKE Jags, Austin Healey 3000's, M.G.'s, Triumphs, Aston-Martin D-B4's....and then there were the "Met", the Hillman Minx, and the Vauxhall.
However this is NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S MET.........the drag chute is a clue......check it out.
The photo above is a successful attempt yesterday by a French inventor to cross the English Channel on a hoverboard. The 22 mile crossing was made is just 20 minutes.
And more locally, cRc member Zack McCain is the newest member of the "electric bike gang". He recently received delivery of the bike shown below, a "RAD-CITY" step through. SWEET!
Credit to reporter: Lani for this hot cRc news tip.
August 3rd - I can't believe July has slipped past us. The cRc car show was fantastic with more than 200 cars, trucks, and bikes. We donated a record $7,600 to our homeless shelter. We were amazed at the turnout. Thanks to every person who played a role, big or small, in making this a big success.
And now August - it was comfortable this morning as a little cool front came through. We started out slowly at Boomerang this morning with only a handful, but the place was packed by 9AM. Nicole and her staff gave us the usual great table service that we are accustomed to there. The video below tried to capture the moment.
Several longtime club members returned today. Members who we have not seen in a while. Panelman a.k.a. Jim Reinish was there and it was good to see him. Kaye and Dale Cook returned. Kaye has been recovering at home from eye surgery for several weeks. Ruckus Bob Summers came in today and visited. Ruckus Bob is the club's oldest member, a World War 2 Vet. He looked great!
Charlie Lundsford was collecting entries for our participation in the Norman Veteran's Day Parade, November 10th - he got 25. If you want to participate but didn't get a chance to sign up, please call Terry O'Dea at 405-641-7718. The city is preparing special signs to designate each car, driver, and branch of service (GO NAVY!).
We were also looking for 5 cars to go to Arbor house in late September for the folks there - we got 'em! Dan, Terry, Charlie, Billy, and Lawrence all agreed to display their classics for the elderly. Friday September 27 at 5PM.
Harlan was busy out front, talking with the head of the American Legion on East Main. We have been invited to come to coffee call there one Saturday and tour their remodeled facility. Watch for it to be substituted for one of the Whataburger time slots. I will let you know in our pages here.
Bill and Roy have a discussion about the inner workings of a Pontiac fuel injection system, while we catch Keith, apparently nibbling on a napkin. Sorry Keith!
The photo below is of the fisherman's table....lies, all lies!
And finally we must pay a tribute to what I think is one of the most unique cars in the club.....Zack (the younger) and his 1941 Oldsmobile Businessman's coupe. Look at the shine on this sweet ride.
And for our health news (this may have to become its own special page)...Kaye Cook is heading into Oklahoma City for retina repair. Kaye will be spending a week or two face down following her procedure. That won't hurt but it will be pretty boring.
Chuck Norris is back at the VA but sadly has taken another spill. More to follow.
Next week we will have a commercial shop to at coffee - SCHOOLHOUSE CYCLES on Porter (west side) at EUFAULA (by Hiland Dairy building. We will provide the coffee and donuts.
We signed up another vendor today, CB CUSTOMS, an custom vehicle interior shop near Moore. They are planning to bring examples of their interior work down, installed in a couple of cars. Also, NORMAN'S MAYOR BREEA CLARK has agreed to come to the show and give us a "MAYOR'S PICK" this year.
See you at the show - this is going to be ONE GREAT SHOW!
Unlike our July CRC-FOOD AND SHELTER SHOW, the VA show proceeds will be channeled to assist local Veterans with their transportation needs. Both shows are for excellent causes. We now do 5 shows each year:
2 THUNDERBIRD CASINO SHOWS, SPRING AND FALL, where we earn money to do our shows, rent the property, portalets, provide trophies and other flyers and other show expenses. This is a great show if you have not come out yet. About 170 cars.
THE ROSE ROCK SHOW IN NOBLE- in 2019 our donation went for band uniforms. 94 cars. We also help their parade.
THE CRC FOOD AND SHELTER SHOW IN JULY, where 100% of the intake on that day goes to F&S of NORMAN. 187 cars but we want over 200.
And now the CRC-VETERANS CENTER SHOW, where we will make a contribution to their transportation fund. In 2019, 45 cars. We can improve on that.
Be proud of the charity events your club organizes. We gift thousands of dollars each year to benefit and improve local lives. This is accomplished as a result of a group of cRc members who make it happen. Floyd, Ray, Wayne, Little Al, Harlan, Lawrence, Billy, and others.
Welcome to June and congratulations to our car show team who drove to STROUD and came away with a bunch of wins AND the club trophy.
We are only about 7 weeks away from our annual charity car show in Norman so let's get those classics waxed and running. We want 200 cars this year!
In health news: Ruth Waldron reports to Lani that Ray is much better and she is having a hard time keeping him down!
Debbie Norris reports her father Chuck is in an assisted living home in OKC and on the waiting list for the NORNAM VA CENTER. Thanks Terry for checking on him.
Like crows on a fence, our car show team awaits the results of the judging. Juan, explains to Big Al, the finer points of tuning an engine! Photo credit: Gary Miller.
An interview with cRc member Johannes Turner and his cool 1954 Plymouth Belvedere.......did you know Johannes (it is pronounced WITH the "S").... Johannes is also a member of the Cherokee chapter of the Vintage Motorcycle Club of America. We are in the initial stages of planning a joint coffee call with the local chapter.
We welcome new members John and Angie Peck and their beautiful 1965 Red Corvette. That is some paint job!
Our thanks go to Harlan and Kelley who reserved the clubhouse and Harlan who knows a thing or two about how to make a great hot dog!
Our car-b-que was a success and we look forward to another one next year.