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2012 Horseless Carrige Club of Southern California Holiday Motor Excursion Highlights

December 30, 2012

Pasadena, CA

(Special thanks to Marilyn Balduff
for sharing her photos from the Excursion)

Wow, we had a new venue and lots more cars!

        This year we changed our tour's starting point and location for our annual car show to the Irwindale Speedway event center. Irwindale is located in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley and less than 25 minutes from down-town Los Angeles, California. This is a brand-new state-of-the-art motor sports complex with banked paved 1/2 and 1/3 mile oval tracks and a 1/8 mile drag strip. It also has a paved parking lot for over three thousand cars. The paved parking lot was the location of our car show. We had room to spread the cars out for better viewing and also just more room for all of our spectators to move around. We were even able to park the show cars in rows by age categories, which made it fun for our visitors. They could just go to the row of their favorite cars and see them all in just one location. Our car show was very low key with no judging. It was just a fun event for people to view the over 350 cars that were on display.

        9:45 am was the driver's meeting and 10:00 am was the start of our annual tour. The tour was limited to 1932 cars and earlier and we had over 150 cars on tour. Our first destination was a beautiful old park with lots of large trees for shade. This was our very popular coffee stop. This year we served 50 dozen donuts, 25 gallons of coffee and 20 gallons of hot chocolate. Whew, what a lot of work!

        Our next destination was a great restoration shop, Tired Iron Works. Here we saw many cars in various stages of restoration waiting for their turn to win the Pebble Beach Concourse. There was a 1937 Bentley with a Vanden Plas body, a 1904 Knox with a two cycle air cooled engine which was close to completion, a 1904 Clement which had just arrived for a freshening up after its London to Brighton run in England, a 1902 curved Dash Oldsmobile sitting in a corner, a 1910 Buick Model 17 Town Car, a 1936 Ford two-door sedan, an Isotta Fraschini limousine which was very impressive and many many more.

        Next we went on some more serious touring down the old Route 66 and on into Pasadena. We drove across an old local landmark, the Colorado Bridge. We actually drove across it twice. First we went across it driving to the west and then we came back and drove across it going east. Many of our tourers were able to wave to each other as they met going each direction. We also went down Colorado Boulevard, the route of the Rose Parade. The bleachers were up and many spectators were already staking out their viewing spots.

        Many of us went to the Clearman's Boat, another local landmark, for lunch. Those that wanted to miss the crowds went next store to the North Woods Inn restaurant. There were a lot of lively conversations about the day's events at both locations.

        Our final destination was at one of our member's homes for dessert. Here we viewed his great collection of old cars and even his restored miniature locomotive with tracks around his back yard.

        Many thanks go to Kenny King, who organized, coordinated and worked on this event and to all of the members of the Southern California Region of the Horseless Carriage Club that worked so hard to make this event so successful.


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