Been There, Done That...2017 Edition
by Tim Graber
A report on what happened/may have happened at our 2017 events.
June 4, SoCal AMCA Monthly Sunday Brunch. Ruby’s Diner, Orange.
Tom is getting a nice following here: Lovejoy, Eagles, Vaughn, Steve Tanzanier, Richard
June 16-17, Fort Sutter National Meet, Dixon, CA
Janis & I made this event during out tour of the USA 2017. We parked the RV for $30 a night with full hookup and we said hello to a lot of old friends! Thankfully the AC in the RV kept the tempo a cool 75 with outside at 100 plus! This is a great event every year in spite of the heat!
June 24-25 Born-free Motorcycle Show, Oak Canyon Park, CA
Born free is an incredibly crowed event and at that a must attend! There is a small AMCA swap area. Steve Sorenson usully has a good time out there and the National Board is there also.
July 2, SoCal AMCA Monthly Sunday Brunch. Ruby’s Diner, Orange.
This meeting is gathering membership. Tom is still looking for someone to buy his breakfast!
Aug. 5, SoCal AMCA Santa Monica Mountain Run.
Another great event put on by Craig Dillmann, “Valley Ambassador.” This is an excellent way to learn some of the routes in the Santa Monica Mountains. About 12 riders positioned for the ride during the loop and a safe and fun ride was had by all.
Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, SoCal AMCA Monthly Sunday Brunch. Ruby’s Diner, Orange.
More well-attended meetings, but Tom is not taking roll so I am uncertain who shows up every
Oct 9-11, Max Bubeck Memorial Road Run - Death Valley “D-V” Run XXXI. 31
annual ride, Stovepipe Wells Village.
This was our first year in the valley at Stove Pipe Wells. Most accommodations were acceptable, some had no water. The restaurant closed because of no water. About 20 riders showed up and the weather was quite pleasant. The consensus was to make the move back to Furnace Creek if possible. Beatty is too far away and this place was indifferent to the needs of the guests. Lon Bubeck did an excellent job of getting the place set up and he has already gotten us reservations back at Furnace creek for next year so mark those calendars!
October 15, SoCal AMCA Annual Meeting
The annual meeting was on the top floor of the parking structure of the Paterson Museum. Steve Sorenson brought coffee, donuts, and juices. The Tesla club tried to move in on our stuff but we blocked them! We had 25 members in attendance (Donuts & coffee?) and we had a good meeting with some objectives laid out. The same slate of officers was asked to remain in position. After the meeting the club paid for entrance to the museum for our members and we enjoyed the new motorcycle venue on presentation. Thanks to all that came in to make it a successful meeting.
Nov. 5, Southern California Norton Owners Club’s Annual Hansen Dam Ride.
This was an excellent ride as usual. We had about 10 SoCal members show up to ride and we met up with many of the old regulars! This is a ride that you should make plans to join!
Nov 17-19, Long Beach International Motorcycle Show.
SoCal posted 15 bikes in the show in the new format. Outstanding presentation and we spoke with a lot of prospective members. The show has a new design for the antiques that we made most of so all was good!
Dec. 3, SoCal AMCA Monthly Sunday Brunch. Ruby’s Diner, Orange and Ride to Gunther's Yard Meet
About 5 showed for brunch and then moved on to Gunther’s, which is always a lot of fun with all of the antique machinery, rail cars, Model T’s vintage military vehicles and motorcycles. Great day, good hot dogs and good camaraderie, as usual. This is one of Lovejoy’s favorite events.
Dec. 10, SoCal Annual Christmas Brunch at the Newport Beach Yacht Club
Holiday Brunch this year was held before the holidays and it was held on the patio at the Newport Beach Yacht Club. We had 10 folks show up on a beautiful day with an exceptional brunch buffet.
Dec 10, Dave Mann Chopperfest, Ventura.
Postponed to Feb. 2018 because of smoke and fire from the Thomas Fire.
Dec 30, Horseless Carriage Holiday Motor Excursion, Pasadena.
This is a rolling museum opportunity. All participating entrants must be in a 1932 or older vehicle to run the course. Bike up to 1948. Lovejoy brought his Model T depot hack all the way from Long Beach on city streets. Tim brought his model T Speedster on a trailer and did the ride. Ron Stevens rode Tim’s 1948 Indian. Kelly Rode in Tom’s truck while Craig ran the route twice because of a perceived breakdown. Tom Hart came and went and came again before the event because of a break down…Loads of Fun!