Parachuters, kids crying into bumpers and trailer queens. Sounds more like a get-together for the National Crazy Persons Club, not the National Chrysler Products Club, doesn't it? But it was in fact our own National Meet XIX, which took place July 25-26 at the Embers Inn in Carlisle, PA.
As you can tell, the meet was a lot of fun. With 65 cars there, numbers were down slightly, but the quality of the show cars was sky-high. There were a lot of new and different cars there along with the perennial favorites.
Friday saw the start of all the fun as the Hospitality Room opened for business. Members trickled in and out throughout the day to pick up their goody bags and catch up with other members.
Later that evening, the business meeting and fun auction were held. There were many great items for the auction, including some of Mrs. Catherine Anderman's world-famous jelly. Some people ended up with "surprise boxes" and were very surprised to find those items that hadn't been bid on!
[By the way, did you know that our auctioneer, Justin Aglialoro, drives a Ford???? Yes, sad but true folks — although I think with a little persuasion he'll eventually come around.]
Saturday dawned bright and sunny as members took to the show field. If you were a little cramped out there, it's because the parachuters we were sharing the Embers with had to use the back field we were originally scheduled for! Oh well, they provided us with some entertainment later in the day as they went through their drills.
And there was plenty of entertainment on our field too! Many people did double-takes as they walked past Dwight and Steph Heinzman's car with the little kid crying into the bumper. No, Dwight and Steph haven't made a new addition to the family ... it was a "Time Out Kid". All had a good time, and some got to get in some good-natured razzing, especially of Ed Botchie and his "Trailer" Duster. [His wife, Nita, has a shirt that says, "Next to his Duster, he loves me best" — and that says it all!].
Although the show had to end that afternoon, the fun was just beginning. Banquet time means good food and awards. This year some very special awards were handed out. Appreciation awards were given to Merv and Marty AiTlerbach and Dwight and Steph Heinzman, and Lifetime Membership awards were given to Chet and Velma Lutz and Dick and Christie Barnhouse. These members have given a lot to our Club, and we are very grateful to them.
Mike Riebe was also given the charter for the New Jersey Shore region of NCPC. Best of luck to Mike in this endeavor — and all you New Jerseyans, stay tuned, because Mike has some great things planned!
After a lot of held breath and crossed fingers, the Best of Show cars were announced. Congratulations to Bob MacKenzie with his '34 Plymouth PE, Kathleen Keckler with her '59 Belvedere, and Dave Points with his '70 Challenger T/A. They were all beautiful cars, as evidenced by the large puddles of drool found around them.
Unfortunately, the fun had to end sometime, but there is always next year to look forward to. I don't know how they're going to top this year's ... guess we'll all have to go and see for ourselves!
New Jersey Shore Region Being Formed
Ed Botchie presents Mike Riebe of Toms River, NJ with the charter of the newly formed New Jersey Shore Region of National Chrysler Products Club. Current members of NCPC who have an interest in joining or participating in this region should contact Mike Riebe at 732-270-3992.