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Sunday 12-11-16

So Cal Mets Christmas Party

Sunday December 11 2016 we had another great Christmas party at Mama Cozas' Italian resaurant. The food was terrific and the party was another success. We enjoyed each others company and had a gift exchange that left all with something worth having.

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President Ronnie Bauman addressing the members
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VP & Cruise Director Marcia Jones speaking of upcoming cruises
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Mingling
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Anita & John Fildes and Jeff Garrett
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Nick & Renee Anderson,Barbie & Ronnie Bauman,Garry Loomer and Kim Dominguez
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Jackie & Tony Bilotti,Kim & Mike Dahlberg and Judy Conner
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Leon Hastings,Maritza Reyes,Nancy Hastings,Shirley&Nate Hall,Allison&Paul Van Wig and Armando Reyes
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It is with great sadness that I tell you.

After the Christmas Party Barbie Bauman had an accident at home and was taken to the hospital. Sadly we lost her there. Barbie Bauman was one of those people who just handled stuff so it all seemed to happen 'as if by magic'. She had most problems fixed before anybody knew there was a problem. She was there if anybody or any thing needed her. When it came to Home, Car Clubs, Business she kept things running smooth. Everyone who knew Barbie will miss her forever and because of 'her way' I'm sure that some people who didn't know her will miss her and not even know why.

 

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12-10-16

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade

So Cal Mets made another appearance in the Laguna Niguel Holiday parade this year. We had eight Mets lined up this year. Metters who joined in the fun were So Cal Mets President Ronnie Bauman, Mike & Kim Dahlberg, Jeff & Sue Garrett, Cindy Harris, Kim Dominguez and Friend, Marcia Jones and Friend, Ken & Judy Conner and Tony Bilotti. The parade is a mile long so we got a mile of smiles. After the parade we traveled down Pacific Coast Highway to the Rubys' Auto Diner for a great lunch and we headed home from there.

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Heading for the Staging Area
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Trimming The Mets
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Jeff and Sue Garretts'
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Marcia Jones'
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Kim Dominguez' Hallmark Ornament----Great Idea!
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The other side of 'The Ornament'
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A mile of Smiles!
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Chuck Tourdot was there with Son Augie and So Cal Unicycles
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The ornament takes four AA batteries
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Marcias
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In front of Rubys' Auto Diner
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Inside Rubys' Auto Diner
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Heading home down PCH-Crystal Cove above the mirror

Click Here For a Parade Video

11-12-16

Another trip to Toms Farms

November 12-2016 SO Cal Mets made another trip to one of our favorite places, Toms Farms in Corona, Ca. So Cal Metters who joined in on the fun were President & First Lady Ronnie & Barbie Bauman from Riverside, Nick & Renee Anderson from Riverside, Tony & Jackie Bilotti from Anaheim, Caryl Stephenson from Corona, Chuck Hatfield from Crestline, Paul Van Wig from Lakewood, Ken & Judy Conner from Huntington Beach, Kim Dominguez from Irvine, Jeff & Sue Garrett from Chino Hills, Marcia Jones from Fountain Valley, Mike & Kim Dahlberg from Tustin and Armando Reyes with Maritza and her Mom from West Covina arrived in a 'Brand X'.

The two Mets from Riverside and the one from Corona met us there. The other eight Mets met in Orange and caravaned over the hill from Orange to Anaheim Hills and to Corona from there. Once we arrived we put the Mets together, answered some questions and most of us had lunch at Senor Toms Mexican Restaurant. Then it was time for a little shopping and a stroll around the farm. It was another terrific time with each other and the Mets!

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Heading up the hill from Orange
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Almost to the top, Orange-Tustin Hills behind
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From the top of the hill looking towards Anaheim Hills
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Heading down into Anaheim Hills
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Four miles of Riverside Fwy. Jeff and Sue getting a picture
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Jeff & Sue up front after taking the picture- Corona City Limits sign to the right
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Senor Toms parking lot
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Senor Toms Parking lot
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People admiring the Mets!
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Inside Senor Toms
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Jackie in Senor Toms,,,Darn glad to be there!

10-22-16

Gypsum Canyon Cruise

Saturday October 22nd So Cal Mets took another cruise in the Gypsum Canyon area to our final destination 'Pollys' Pies' in Yorba Linda for lunch. It's a beautiful drive and the weather was perfect. Our group for this cruise was our President Ronnie Bauman, Cindy & Bill Harris, Jeff & Sue Garrett, Marcia Jones, Tony & Jackie Bilotti, Ken Conner and Mike Dahlberg. Kim Dahlberg met us at Pollys' for lunch. It was another great day with the Mets! 

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Us at the starting line in Anaheim Hills
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Heading East on Santa Ana Canyon Road
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Going East on Santa Ana Canyon Road
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Going East on Santa Ana Canyon Road
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Left turn to head North on Gypsum Canyon Road
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Heading North on Gypsum Canyon Road over the Riverside Freeway and the Santa Ana River
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Turning left off Gypsum Canyon Road to head West on La Palma Ave
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Heading West on La Palma Ave. towards Yorba Linda and Pollys'
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Ken was bringing up the rear!
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Our destination for lunch
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From bottom left--Mike, Tony, Kim, Jackie, Marcia, Ronnie, Cindy, Bill, Sue & Jeff
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Our Mets behind Pollys' Pies- Mike & Kim, Jeff & Sue had to leave
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Our Mets behind Pollys' Pies

9-24-16

 Cruise to Crystal Cove

Saturday September 24 So Cal Mets made another trip to Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, Ca. We all met and left from Marcias' house in Fountain Valley.

Crystal Cove is an old seaside vacation/recreation site on the Newport Beach coast with restored cottages that can be rented. Some have been used in movies over the years. Besides the little 'settlement' on the beach you can find wildlife and beautiful tide pools to explore. The park has a long history dating back more than 100 years. So Cal Metters that joined in the fun were President and First Lady-Ronnie & Barbie Bauman, Cruise Director-Marcia Jones, Mike Dahlberg with his Daughter and soon to be Son in Law, Newsletter Editor-Ken Conner, Tony & Jackie Bilotti and new member Cindy Harris from Huntington Beach. We were met there by club members John & Anita Fildes from San Juan Capistrano. The weather was perfect and a great time was had by all. Marcia put us on the list for lunch at the Beachcomber restaurant on the beach and we had about an hour to explore before lunch. We did sustain one minor casualty. Marcia, Jackie and Tony went to get a closer look at the tide pools. There is a lot of 'green' on the rocks and you have to be carefull not to slip. Tony noticed some little fishies swimming along and pointed it out to Marcia and Jackie and then was taking some pictures. Tony looked over and saw Marcia face down looking very close at a tide pool. The first thing that came to mind was "Hey, what did you find? The fishies are over there"! Come to find out Marcia had slipped on some green was dealing with the pain and doing her best to get up. There was some blood but she was checked out by the Lifeguard EMTs' and Jackie is a Nurse. Everything tuned out fine and Marcia should be OK in a week to ten days. Just in case on the return trip Ronnie drove Marcias' Met with Marcia and Barbie drove theirs. We did make one of our favorite detours through Newport Back Bay for a picture stop. We bumped into a British gentleman reminiscing about his childhood and 'Austin Metropolitans'. From there we made our way up the coast back to Marcias', had a little chat and went home from there. It was another great day with the Mets!

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Ronnies, Marcias, Tonys, Mikes, Kens, and Cindys in the Crystal Cove Parking Lot
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Crystal Cove Village
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Crystal Cove Village inside the white cottage
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Inside the white cottage
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In front of 'The Beachcomber' looking north
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Looking south
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Jackie & Marcia heading south to the tide pools
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The beautiful tide pools
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The beautiful tide pools
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Jackie & hemorrhaging Marcia heading back to the village
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Hemorrhaging Marcia, Ken, Jackie, Barbie, Ronnie and John
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Poor Marcia stopping the flow of blood
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The Beachcomber
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The Beachcomber umbrellas from the hill. Rubys' Shake Shack at the top of the hill
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The view from Marcia, Ken, Jacie and Tonys' table at the Beachcomber
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Kens, Cindys, Tonys, Marcias, and Ronnies in Newport Back Bay. Mike had an appointment
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Kens, Cindys, Tonys, Marcias, and Ronnies in Newport Back Bay. Mike had an appointment

8-20-16

Petersen Automotive Museum

On Saturday August 20th a few So Cal Metters enjoyed a day at The Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Blvd at the end of the Miracal Mile. Metters that attended were Ken and Judy Conner, Mike Dahlberg, Paul Van Wig and Tony Bilotti. Tony rode along in Kens Lexus. Paul brought his brand X from his house in Big Bear and Mike drove his Met from Tustin! The museum is newly remodeled and very nice. The cars in the collection are beautiful as is the building they are housed in. We even took the extra guided tour of 'The Vault'. These are cars downstairs being worked on. These cars belonged to movie stars. world leaders, ect. It was well worth the extra price and the extra time.

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Old 'Round Door Rolls'

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Paul Newmans Jaguar

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The roof slides into the trunk

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Ken and Judy in a Model T

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Alternative Fuel Vehicle powered by natural gas,,,,No Thanx.

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Lightning McQueen!

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Scooters, The bottom left is a Harley 'Topper'

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Mike on Fairfax driving 'The One That Got Away' : )

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Mike rounding the corner from Fairfax to Wilshire Blvd.

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People looking at Mikes Met in front of the museum

7-31-16

Original Mikes Car Show & Lunch

Sunday July 31st we were back at at Original Mikes - 100 S. Main St. in Santa Ana again for another car show, lunch and a short meeting. Metters in attendance were President and First Lady Ronnie and Barbie Bauman, Mike and Kim Dahlberg, Kim Dominguez, Gary Loomer, Ken Conner, Marcia Jones, Tony Bilotti and new members Sandy Dingman and Michael Collingwood and Sandy brought her Dad. We put our little Mets in the show with the others and had a short meeting on the patio before lunch. We had lunch reservations inside to escape the live music outside. The food at Original Mikes is great and we had a nice visit talking about upcoming fun.

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Left side, Ronnie, Barbie, Kim, Gary, Ken

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Left side again from other direction. Kim, Mike, Sandys' Dad, Sandy, Michael and Marcia

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Sandy Dingmans Met--always a picture being taken

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Tony Bilottis' Met in front of Sandys'

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Kim Dominguezs' next to Kens next to Sandys'

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Mike Dahlbergs' next to Marcia Jones' next to Tonys'. Ken and Sandys' behind

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Gary Loomers' 'Studamino' Ronnie and Barbie brought an air conditioned BMW

6-26-16

Annual Club Picnic

Sunday June 26 we had our club picnic in beautiful Craig park. The weather was good and we had trees and EZ-Ups for shade. Metters that attended were Ronnie & Barbie, Bauman, Tony & Jackie Bilotti, Ken & Judy Conner, Gwen Tolleson & Yolanda Gutierrez, Renee & Nick Anderson, June Valentine & spouse Michael, Paul & Allison Van Wig ,Jim & Lisa Houpt, Armando & Maritza Reyes, Jeff Gordon & friend Donna, Mike&Kim Dahlberg, Chuck Hatfield, Jeff & Sue Garrett, David & Diana Heller, Kim Dominguez & friend & Marcy & Randy Hetrick. We were pleased to have June Valentine and her Hubby Mike again. June brought some more of those wonderful houndstooth picnic sets. The food was great and we had our annual auction that keeps us in the money as we still collect no membership dues. The auction is always good. Members bring quality items and most everything sells. One of our new members Kim Dominguez outdid herself with her contributions to the auction. She brought a few good size zipper compartment bags and a few more carry all type tote bags. She also made some little pillow looking catnip toys for Kitties and having a few Kitties I'm here to tell you they love them. She did so much I'm sure don't have it all here. The great thing about everything she brought was there were red M's on embroidered on everything with differant M's on differant things. I also noticed some fork-spoon-knife sets for lunch that were done very well. I'm not sure but they also seemed to scream 'Kim'. Everybodies contribution to the fund raiser was great but Kim deserves a big pat on the back for her efforts and time!

 

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GOOD JOB!!!

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Mingling

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Mingling

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Mingling

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Our Club Banner + American/English Friendship Flag

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June Valentine holding one of her Pups and Lisa & Jim Houpt

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Lunch Time!

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The Lake next to us

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The Auction Table--Good Stuff!

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President Ronnie offering one of Kims' many offerings. "Do I hear $100.00?"

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President Ronnie auctioning a fire extinguisher, "Do I hear $100.00?"

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Our Mets

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Our Mets

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Our Mets from the hill

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Ou Mets from the hill

6-10-16

Cruise Down Chapman Ave. to The Newly Remodeled Watson Drugs in Old Orange for Dinner

We had the Friday night car show on old Main Street in Garden Grove on the calendar for Friday the 10th. Metters were Marcia Jones, Paul Van Wig, Diana & Keith Larkin and Tony Bilotti. We met at 3:30 and lined up for the show. We noticed nothing but Volkswagons lining the street. After waiting for a while a man in  a nice Chevy Malibu went to talk to the DJ who told him he was letting nothing but VW's in that night. Nice of them to put the word out. Being the fun loving Metters we are we decided to cruise up Chapman Ave. to the Historic Plaza and have dinner at the newly remodeled Watsons Drug Store. Mike and Kim Dahlberg met us there. Watsons Drugs was the first pharmacy in Orange established in 1899. They also had a soda fountain. We all had a great time and a great dinner and got to chat with new members Diana and Keith. Even with the car show let down it worked out great and we had fun talking and showing off the Mets.                                                                           

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Marcia, Diana,Keith,Mike,Kim and Paul. Tony behind the camera

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Marcias'

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Pauls' (Allisons')

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Diana & Keiths'

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Tonys'

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Kim & Mikes

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5-21-16

Coastal Cruise with Micro-Mini club to Signal Hill and lunch in Huntington Central Park after

So Cal Mets and The Micro-Mini car club got together again for another coastal cruise to Hilltop Park in Signal Hill. The weather was great and we had the best view ever. Again we started in Huntington Beach and from there we traveled Pacific Coast Highway through Huntington-Sunset-Seal and Long Beach on our way to the top of Signal Hill. We made a stop in Huntington Harbor on the way. On the way back we changed course a little for a putt through Long Beach Marina and a photo stop in Alamitos Bay. From there we headed for Kathy May's Lakeside Cafe in Huntington Central Park for a terrific lunch. There will be more pictures and stories in our upcoming award winning newsletter.  

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Meeting at Huntington Beach Civic Center

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Our First Lady Barbie Bauman

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Some of the Micro Cars

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More Micro

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This Crosley is what So Cal Mets President Ronnie Bauman was driving

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More little cars

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Little Crosley Pickup

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Nice little Bubble Car

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Heading for Huntington Harbor

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Huntington Harbor

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Huntington Harbor

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No, These aren't the ones that float! : )

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Hilltop Park in Signal Hill

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Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbor from the park

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The Second Street Bridge at Long Beach Marina. Our next stop

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The Queen Mary

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Alamitos Bay, The white Triumph station wagon saw us there and tagged along for a bit

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Parked for lunch at Kathe Mays' Cafe

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The gang having lunch after another great cruise

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The gang having lunch after another great cruise

4-16-16

UC Irvine's 18th annual Car Show on the Green

So Cal Mets had an alternate event for Saturday April 16 for members who did not or could not attend the Unique Little Car Show. A great show was held at Aldrich Park on the beautiful UCI campus. So Cal Metters there were Jeff Gordon, Tony Bilotti and Mike Dahlberg. Mike was also in the Arizona show a week before, Go Mike! Our newsletter editor Ken Conner came without his Met but with his camera. A little into the awards ceremony Tony Bilotti's name was called as the winner of the Promoters Award. Tony asked what exactly he was being awarded for and the man with the trophys said "I'm the promoter and you brought my favorite car. As Tony was walking back to the cars Jeff Gordon's name was called as the winner of the Students Choice award. Tony and Jeff shared a high five as they passed each other. The promoter told Jeff that he sent his volunteer students out and told them to pick the car they would want to be picked up for a date in. They picked Jeffs convertible!         

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Jeffs, Mikes and Tonys

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58 Skyline Convertible

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The Show

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More Show

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Mustang

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Lamborghini

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McLaren

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McLaren with doors open

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Cosworth Vega's-The only ones that didn't melt.

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Promoters Choice Award

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Students Choice Award

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Oh Happy Day!

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Group Shot- Tony, Mike and Jeff

4-8+9-16

Southwest Unique Little Car Show-Phoenix Arizona

The Unique little car show was held in Arizona this year. Unfortunatly your Webmonster did not attend. I heard it was another good show. I'm sure members of So Cal Mets and other clubs have pictures on Facebook pages and we might have some more pictures show up here in the future. Thanx to Renee Anderson for the pictures below.

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Mets in front of the Host Hotel. Good reflection of Mets in the fender

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Good Show of Metropolitans!

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Another one of the cars at the show

3-5-16

Tour of Private Car Collection & Cruise for Lunch

Saturday March fifth we were treated to a tour of a classic car collection of Kip Cyprus, one of Ken Conners neighbors in Huntington Beach. He has a wonderful collection of perfect cars in the warehouse of his business. Kip had coffee, juice and snacks waiting for us and gave us a tour of his collection with the story behind most of the cars. He also has quite the collection of old 'Clock Faced' gas pumps from the late 30s early 40s along with a lot of old signs. His place is another wonderful destination for 'car guys'. From there Ken led us to Pacific Coast Hwy. for a little coastal cruise to 'Kathy Mays Lakeside Cafe' in Huntington Central Park. The lakeside location is terrific as is the food. Metters and prospective members attending were Ken and Judy Conner, President and First Lady Ronnie and Barbie Bauman, Renee and Nick Anderson, Gwen Tolleson and guest, John Fildes and guest, Linda and Dan O'Dell, Mike Dahlberg, Tony Bilotti, Dave Heller, Tom Booth and Kim Dominguez. I hope I got everybody.

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Renees', Barbies', Gwens', Tonys', Toms' Rambler, Mikes and Kens

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The Man second from the left in the Peach shirt is our host Kip Cyprus

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Kips Collection

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Kips Collection

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Kips Collection

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Kips Collection

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Kips Collection

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Kips Collection

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One of 'Ronnies Restored Mets' Kip bought at an auction

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Some of the Gas Pump and vending machine collection

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Some of the Gas Pump collection

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Some of the Gas Pump collection

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Vending machines and old Juke Box

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The Vending machines were fully stocked!

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The Vending machines were fully stocked!

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Old Eldorado same front as back

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Old Eldorado same front as back

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Some of Kips signs

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Some of Kips signs

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Nick, Renee, Ken, Judy, Gwen, Tom, Mike, Barbie and Ronnie at the Lakeside Cafe

Saturday 2-20-2016

Cruise to Orange County Great Park, Santiago & Trabuco Canyons 

Saturday 2-20-16 we were going to take a tour of the Rubel Castle in Glendora. Our cruise director Marcia wasn't getting any confirmation or returned calls so we changed our plans. Mike Dahlberg came up with another cruise that couldn't be beat! Metters were Mike Dahlberg, Marcia Jones, Ken Conner, Chuck Hatfield, Tony Bilotti, Martyn-Chuck-Augie and Charlie Tourdot and new members Jeff & Sue Garrett from Chino Hills. We met at Mike & Kims house in Tustin. Mike led us through Old Town Tustin on our way to the Great Park. The Great Park has a giant helium balloon that takes you up 400 feet for a great view. Seven of us braved the balloon and four of us stayed safely planted on the ground. After that Mike led us on a terrific cruise through the foothills and canyons of Orange County to the Rose Canyon Cantina for a Mexican lunch followed by a great ride home through Santiago Canyon! 

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Terrorizing Tustin

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The GREAT PARKing lot

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At the park

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At the park

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THE BALLOON!

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Ready For Take off

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From the balloon

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Chuck getting a shot of Martyn,Augie and Charlie

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City of Irvine

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Irvine, Santa Ana, Tustin , Orange

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Looking through the center of the balloon's gondola

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Trabuco Canyon heading for lunch

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Almost there

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Us at the Rose Canyon Cantina. Jeff and Sue left us from there.

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A couple of good looking one horse power rides parked at the Cantina

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From bottom left- Marcia, Mike, Chuck H, Chuck T. Augie, Martyn and Charlie

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The Cantinas' patio

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Beautiful Santiago Canyon heading back to the City of Orange

Click Here for Video from the Balloon

Saturday 1-23-16
Cruise through Anaheim Hills and Orange
Lunch at Ruby's Orange Depot
and a look around the Blacktop Depot

Saturday 1-23-16 So Cal Metters had our first outing of 2016. We started in Anaheim Hills and drove over the hill to the City of Orange through Orange Park Acres horse property to Ruby's at the Old Orange train Depot for lunch and then across the street to the Blacktop Depot for some shopping. The Blacktop Depot shares space in the old C W Moss Motors building on Chapman Ave. and is packed with old cars and car stuff and EVERYTHING is for sale! Metters attending were Pesident and First Lady Ronnie and Barbie Bauman, Nick and Renee Anderson, and Gary Loomer driving Brand X cars from Riverside and Perris. The weather was a little threatening and they didn't want to get stuck in it. Metters driving Mets were Marcia Jones, Gwen Tolleson, Ken Conner, Mike and Kim Dahlberg and Tony Bilotti. George Mocabee, Jodie Lynn and her Dad in Brand X's met us at Ruby's. It was a great first event for the new year. 

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Orange Park Acres From Front- Ken-Mike & Kim-Marcia-Tonys' hood- Gwen and the X's behind Tony

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More Orange Park Acres

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Heading down Chapman Ave. to Old Orange

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Down the hill on Chapman Ave.

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Tonys'

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Gwens'

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Kens'

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Marcias'

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Mikes'

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View of old Packing House from Orange Depot parking lot

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The Back of Rubys' from the Depot Parking Lot on the other side of the tracks

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Mike-Kim and Ken in the tunnel under the RR Tracks. Orange history written on the walls

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In front of Rubys'

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Ken & Mike going in the front of Rubys'

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After lunch Marcia-Mike and Ken looking at an old Ford in front of Rubys'

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After lunch looking at an old Ford in front of Rubys'

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Gary Loomers 'Studamino' in front of Rubys'

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Crossing Chapman Ave. to the CW Moss building and the Blacktop Depot

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Inside the Blacktop Depot

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Inside the Blacktop Depot

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Inside the Blacktop Depot

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Inside the Blacktop Depot

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Inside the Blacktop Depot

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Old distributor tester Inside the Blacktop Depot

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Inside the Blacktop Depot

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On the sidewalk outside the Blacktop Depot

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