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 VETERANS PROJECT -
cRc community service project 5
This project was begun by Steve Rudy and is going to continue for the next several weeks. We are collecting recent magazine in excellent condition, and donating them to the Norman Veterans Center for the residents to enjoy. You know who lives there, you know what they might like. Bring them to coffee call this next weekend and we will collect them and get them to our Vets. Only magazines in good quality with covers are accepted. Dave Saunders will collect and get the magazines over to the center.
cRc COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT # 4
The club recently completed community service project #4 for the year. Some of us donated time and parts ,fluids, wax, and other car related items to significantly improve the safety and reliability of a 2008 Volvo sedan which as being donated to a family of young adults living at BRIDGES. The vehicle is being purchase locally and gifted to the young adults through a collective effort of four area churches. They will use the car to commute back and forth to their jobs.
Rumor has it that Harlan's little red van, which was his favorite vehicle other than the hippy bus, is in OKC and will soon be converted to a MIDWAY DELIVERY VAN, following a bit of new paint and some cool graphics. We can't wait to see the remake of the old van.Dan, cRc member of Swap meet fame, tells us a little about the Mitsubishi that he built, complete with smart car engine. You will see this little 3 wheeler driving around and hauling parts at the swap meet. Before you ask, it is finished as it sits.
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!
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.
Below is the article on Zac the younger.......and his cute 1941 Oldsmobile.
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......