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Lions Gate Christmas Brunch - Dec. 1, 2018

Hershey Swap Meet 2018

Stan and Donna Rothstein traveled to Hershey Pennsylvania this October to attend the annual swap meet and sent along this overview of their experience.

"The meet is overwhelming. No words or photos could do it justice! It has to be seen in person! This annual event is sponsored by the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA)".

There are 9000 vendors in attendance. 1000 cars for sale in the car corral. The Saturday car show features 1200 cars. There are no hot rods or custom vehicles allowed, only vehicles 25 years and older are in attendance. You would walk 29.5 Miles if you walked the entire show field.

If you are in the old car hobby, a trip to Hershey Swap Meet is a "bucket list" destination.

We flew on Air Canada from YVR to Toronto and then connected on Georgian Air (a subsidiary of Air Canada Jazz) to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT).   We stayed in Harrisburg which is just 20 minutes West of Hershey. It's an easy commute from Harrisburg to the swap meet.   A rental car from the airport is probably the most sensible means of getting around.

We flew on Monday and started our Hershey adventure on the Tuesday morning. There is free admission to the meet daily starting Tuesday but parking is $10 a day.

Tuesday is setup  day for vendors but there are no restrictions for attendance to purchasers or looky-loos.  Wander around to your heart's content!.

Wednesday is a lot busier with Thursday and Friday being "full steam ahead" days.  Crowds, cars, parts, memorabilia, gas pumps, toys, motorcycles, bikes, and stuff! Remember---no hotrods or customs!


The "Car Corral" stretches on a roadway around the swap meet fields on all the days of the meet.   There are lots of brass cars, 20's, Model Ts, Model As, 30's, 40's, 50's,etc. up to the 80's.


Saturday Morning is the "Car Show" on an adjacent grass field. 1200 cars are on the field with most being judged.  All cars must enter the show field under their own power to participate.  No trailers!   It's quite a sight!  Cars, trucks, brass, classics, fire trucks, sports cars, race cars, and on it goes.  Vehicles you've only seen in books or have heard of,( or not even heard of at all)  are on display. Remember--- no hot rods or customs. They say" if you can't find it at Hershey, you won't find it!"



There is lots to see in the surrounding area as well.   Hershey the town is named for the chocolate manufactured there.  Nearby are Harrisburg and Gettysburg,  with lots of Civil War history.   Washington D.C.,  with all it's  attractions including the Smithsonian is 2 hours away.  There are many Amish communities in the area as well - need wooden wheels?

Hershey Swap Meet 2019 is scheduled for October 9-12, 2019.

What the heck!  If you're going that far, go a week early and visit  the Carlisle Swap Meet in Carlisle Pennsylvania Oct 2 - 6, 2019!  There you will find 150 acres with 8100 vendors and 2000 cars in the  corral including hot rods and customs.  it's a Jumbo sized Portland, Oregon swap meet.

Fraser Valley Can-Am Reliability Tour - September 12th.
After the great success of last year's Mt Baker Can-Am Reliability run organized by the Moon-on-A's, in which the Americans far outnumbered the Canadians, we were challenged to host a similar event this year to see who would get the bigger turnout.
Lacking a suitable mountain to climb, a tour of the Fraser Valley was chosen, and it couldn't have turned out better.
The weather was perfect and Stan and Donna Rothstein planned a great tour.


After meeting up at Ben Tillak's house in Blaine, our American friends from the Tyee Model A & T Club, the Evergreen A's and Gallopin' Gertie clubs were escorted to the Pacific Model A clubhouse in Langley to meet up with us. The turnout included 11 Canadian and 11 American cars (however if we claim Ben and Lilly as being 'Canadian', then we won the challenge).


After some socializing and getting to know each other, Stan provided a very detailed outline of our route at the driver's meeting.


The tour headed south to Fort Langley, then along River Road to a rest stop at Glen Valley Park.
After a slight delay to deal with the breakdown of our backup tow vehicle, our reliable Model A's were on our way again.

The next stop was Matsqui Trail Park, just under the Mission Bridge


When we arrived at the park, Donna and Barb had terrific picnic lunch laid out for us.




After lunch, the tour continued up and over Sumas Mountain road, then down to the valley and a stop for ice cream at Birchwood Dairy.

The tour finished with a return drive west along the border and heading for home.
Many thanks to Stan and Donna Rothstein for planning the tour, Ben and Lilly Tilak and the Pacific MAC for providing meeting places, Benny Cassel for organizing the American contingent to join us, and of course Bill Day for coordinating another successful tour.
Hopefully we can repeat something similar next year.

Blenheim Lodge Tour - August 25th.


The day started with lunch at Boston Pizza in Richmond and included a tour around Steveston and Point Grey. The light rain held off long enough for some of the residents to come out and visit with us and admire our cars.


Visit to Churchill House, North Vancouver- August 23rd.

Here, a couple admire Lloyd Olson's car


Roadside chat with Churchill resident and former North Van high school teacher Lee Helmer who was Don Homer's teacher in high school
Tour to Monte Robinson's Farm in Bow WA, August 14th.

Five Model As and one modern made the run from Ben and Lilly’s through Bellingham, Fairhaven, and down the Chuckanut Drive to Bow Valley and Monte’s farm.  After a rest stop with some delicious snacks, the 14 of us followed Monte in his Model A Coupe a further 7 miles to a malting factory.  The employees were thrilled to see us show up in the cars and promptly brought out their phones to take pictures.  Two even hopped on a crane to get an overhead shot.


We were treated to a tour and explanation of the malting process that turns barley (including this year’s crop on Monte’s farm) into high-quality malt mix that they sell to large and small breweries around Washington and into BC and Alberta.  They use a unique, patented process that needs only one container for each batch of barley to turn it into malt.


We drove the return trip to Monte’s under the hazy/smoky sky and sat out in his yard for a very tasty pulled-pork meal with Dee’s special hot bean dish.  Most of us made it home about 11 hours after we’d set out in the morning.  Another great day of driving and camaraderie and good food!

Gerry took some great overhead shots with his drone.


Monte's barley field makes a beautiful backdrop for photos

Thanks to Monte and his family for hosting another great tour.
Three Garages & BBQ tour August 11th.


The day started off cloudy with predictions of rain after weeks of record hot weather, but fortunately it remained dry for the entire day.

The first stop was at an unassuming residential home - until the door opened revealing 4 Corvettes in an immaculate garage.

The side garage housed 3 more Corvettes as well as various memorabilia and dozens of die-cast model cars.

Our second stop was Kirk Stevenson's 'Vintage Rod Shop', where he specializes in restoring and maintaining exotic and classic cars.


Currently in the shop were a number cars undergoing various stages of work.

This Packard was being prepared for the upcoming Crescent Beach Concours show.

A number of Kirk's own cars were also in the shop, including an Auburn, Simplex and Packard

A 1913 Moyer


A 1931 Pierce Arrow

Our final stop was at the home of Stan and Donna, where we enjoyed a delicous lunch, and Stan showed us his newest addition, a 1916 Model T Roadster.

Stan demonstrated the complex (as opposed to Model A's) gear selection functions, and after some contemplation, showed us how to start it.

Thanks to Stan and Donna for another well-organized tour, and for our hosts Wayne and Kirk for welcoming us into their shops.
Ben and Gerry's Apple Pie and Ice Cream Tour - July 25th

The "real" Ben and Gerry


We had a good turnout for the tour - 8 cars...

...and 14 hungry members


On the road to Semiahmoo bay - a perfect day for a drive.

It was a hot day, but there was a cool breeze off the water at Gerry and Marge's patio.

The tour group relaxing after devouring home made apple pie and ice cream.

Thanks to Ben, Lille, Gerry for hosting the tour and especially Marge for baking those delicious apple pies.

A Tuesday noon visit July17th to Inglewood Care Centre West Vancouver.

Dave Kettler organized the visit


A resident admires Don Homer's Phaeton

Lions Gate members huddle for a chat.

The residents enjoyed looking over all the vehicles on display.

Langley Fire Apparatus Museum Saturday July 7th.

The visit was a sell-out!  25 visitors – club members, family members – three and four generations! 
Weather held well despite predictions of showers. 

Brian Beard, owner and curator, provided a superb tour of working equipment dating over the past hundred years – all with the sense of romance that we associate with fire fighting.

Brian’s property is beautiful and the equipment and displays are breath-taking.

We all felt privileged to have been invited.

Warm thanks to Brian for his time, patience and expertise and to Mike Chapman who suggested the visit.

Bill Day, Coordinator

Our group pose in front of some of the fire trucks.

Two future fire fighters on the 1924 American LaFrance

Spare Seagrave V12 engine with dual ignition for reliability.
Part of City of Vancouver fire alarm box system can be seen in background.

Belcarra Day Saturday June 16

Sixteen of us spent a wonderful, enriching and satisfying day at the Carlson's. Great collections and views of Belcarra and the North Arm, good conversation, wonderful food, superb weather. A memorable experience for us all. Could one ask for more? More time, maybe! Thank you superb hosts John and Koko.

Victoria Tour - May 4 - 6
20 members from the Mainland and Sunshine Coast were joined by two from the Island for a tour of Victoria and surrounding areas arranged by Werner Faust and Dan Young. The weather was perfect, making for a very enjoyable weekend.

11 Model A's and a couple of moderns met after arriving at Swartz Bay

Werner and Dan led the way along the western back roads of the Saanich peninsula to Metchosin.

The first stop was for lunch at Olympic View golf course

Some people ordered the BIG HAM sandwich special...

We then broke up into 3 separate groups to visit displays of interest.
One group went to Werner Faust's home to see his display of clocks. He is a master at repairing old clocks and watches.

A second group visited the home of Tom Fisher and his collection of Model A's.

One of Tom's cars is a 1930 Town Sedan with original interior.

Another stop was at the home and workshop of Ken Shower. He has restored a number of very high end cars, including this Packard, and was currently working on a Corvette roadster.

The Saturday tour featured a drive around the waterfront through Cordova Bay and Oak Bay.

An unplanned stop to repair an electrical problem with one of the cars.

We stopped for a photo op at Cattle Point in the Uplands area

The group pose for a picture against a beautiful background

Some of the group returned home early, while others decided to spend some leisure time Sunday in Sidney instead of the planned trip to Duncan.
Thanks to Werner and Dan for hosting this tour.

Tech Saturday – January 20th
Spring Tune-Up at Al Glen’s garage

Gary Morrow demonstrating how to set initial timing using a test light. Frank's roadster was reportedly running 'better than ever' on the way over and even better on the way home after a few minor adjustments. See 'Technical Tips' page for a copy of Gary's handout on ignition timing.

Ron Heppner demonstrating his setup for testing a generator armature.

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