10th 2017 we found ourselves again at Mama Coza's Italian restuarant for our Christmas party. We played some games had a wonderful
gift exchange and some good food. Our newsletter editor Ken did a great story with some great pictures in the November-December
Newsletter that can be viewed in the 'Newsletter' section of this webpage.
Saturday December 9th we made another appearance
it the annual Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade. So Cal Metters who participated this year were our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman,
Ken & Judy Conner, Kim Dominguez and Friend, Bill & Cindy Harris, Tony Bilotti, Jeff & Sue Garrett and Noodles
The Wonder Pup, Marcia Jones, Chris Di Tommaso (and her Met), Mike & Kim Dahlberg
and Ken Netwig.
After the parade we cruised down Pacific Coast
Highway to our favorite place for lunch 'Ruby's Auto Diner' on the Laguna shore. Then a few of
us took the Newport Back Bay route we love so much before heading home. Chris & Tony made a detour and took a lap around
Balboa Island for the fun of it.
Decoating the Mets
Chris adding "NO Humbugging" to the bumper
This is what our 'Creative Kim' came up with this year, Matchbox Car!
The license plate says 4AAREQD I guess she has 3 more in the trunk!
Another "Mile of Smiles"!!
After the parade turning onto Pacific Coast Hwy. heading for lunch
at 'Ruby's Auto Diner'
Ocean view houses on the Laguna Coast
Lined up in front of 'Ruby's Autodiner'
Yeah, Like That!!
From the roof top dining area
Tony, Marcia and Chris on the roof.
Everybody else stayed downstairs in the dining room.
On our way up the coast to Newport Back Bay
Nice shot on the way up Pacific Coast Hwy.
Mike, Chris and Tony cruising Newport Back Bay
Before heading home Chris & Tony took a lap around Balboa Island
The main street on Balboa Island. Balboa Bay is at the end of the street
Balboa Bay is at the end of the street
Looking up the street. You can have 900 square feet of house here
for about two and a half million dollars.
The Balboa Pavilion across the bay
Another shot of Balboa Bay
December in Southern California
Saturday November 4th we made our annual trip to Toms Farms in Corona.
Toms Farms is a great place to spend some time. There are places to eat, gift shops, a great
furniture store, a candy store that has everything you remember as a kid growing up, a cheese and wine shop and attractions
for the kids (of all ages) like a train ride around the farm, little tractors and gold mining. On the weekends they have a
craft fair and a live band.
Metters who joined in for the fun were President
Ronnie Bauman and Mona, Ken Conner and a family friend, Roxi (sorry if I spelled it wrong),
Marcia Jones, Leon & Nancy Hastings, Caryl Stephenson and Tony & Jackie Bilotti. We were joined by soon to be members
(We Hope) Bob & Debra Anderson from Murietta. They saw our outing on the web
site and came to meet the gang and ask some questions. Our Chris Di Tommaso met us at our usual meeting place in Anaheim Hills
but sadly her Met lost a freeze plug and had to be towed home.
Chris, Marcia and Jackie at the Orange County members meeting place
Knollwood burgers in Anaheim Hills
About a half mile from the meeting place is as far as the poor old
girl (the Met not Chris) got.
The O. C. people met Ronnie & Mona from Riverside, Caryl from Corona
and Leon & Nancy Hastings from Palm Springs when they got there
L to R.. Ken & Judys, Marcias, Tony & Jackies, Caryls,
Leon & Nancys and Ronnies
Ordering lunch at Senior Toms. The new folks Bob & Debra and Jackie & Marcia
waiting for lunch
Marcia & Jackie doing a little shopping after lunch
The produce market and the candy store
We were pleased to meet little 'Charlotte' outside a store
We were also happy to meet this big guy but forgot his name
So that was our 2017 trip to Toms Farms
Saturday October 28th we were given a tour of R.W.B. Party Props in Old Town Orange. The
owner Robert W. Babcock is a long time friend of So Cal Mets members Bill& Cindy Harris.
The place has props for most anything you would need for parties, movies or any other production or event.
The warehose including a full basement is located in the old 'Red Fox Orange Growers' packing
After the tour we went across the street and had lunch at the Rubys'
Diner in the old Santa Fe Railrosd Station.There is more to see and read in our award winning newsletter in the 'Newsletter'
section of the web page.
On our way
We made it
Mr. Babcock welcoming us
The sign with information about the building
A view inside
Some of the props
Off to see the Wizard!
Judy & Mona with the Rooster
Mona & Ronnie
Mike and Ukulele Lady
Judy & Marcia with 'The Royal Guards'
Jake & Elwood
A nice old Met with very nice Flying Lady Hood Orniment
On our way to Rubys' we took a couple laps around the Orange Plaza/Circle
From bottom left..Randy & Marcy Hetrick, Mike Dahlberg, Chris Di Tommaso
Marcia Jones, Kim Dominguez & Friend, Tony Bilotti, Marcias' Nephew & Wife & Sister,
Mona & Ronnie
Cindy & Bill Harris and Judy Conner. Ken is behind the
Saturday September 16 2017 we were treated to a tour of the Mackerel Flats-Goathill Jct.
railroad. Members attending were President Ronnie Bauman and life long friend Mona, Mike Dahlberg, Chris Di Tommaso, Paul
Van Wig and a Buddy, Cindy and Bill Harris, Tony Bilotti and Dave Heller. Dave had to leave us from the train place. So Cal
Mets member Jeff Garrett belongs to the Orange County Model Engineers and they have a few acres in Fairview Park in Costa
Mesa. We were allowed in an hour before the public and Jeff and his associates gave us a ride on a beautiful 1/8 scale train
and a tour of the facility. It was a geat time for everybody and big thanx to Jeff for the special treatment. After the fun
with the trains we had lunch at Panera Bread in Newport Beach then we drove through the Newport Back Bay for a photo shoot.
This was another So Cal Mets outing that couldn't be beat. All of our outings turn out to be 10's on a scale of 1 to 10!
At The Train Place. Cindy and Bills, Dave Hellers, Mike Dahlbergs,
Ronnie Baumans, Chris Di Tommasos and Tony Bilottis
Jeff welcoming us to 'The Junction'
The Train We Rode
Still Chugging, Video Below Of Us Going Over That Bridge
The 'Public',,,Boy Are They In For A Treat!
In Front Of Panera Bread-Cindy, Bill, Mike, Mona, Ronnie, Paul
with Friend and Chris
Us Adding More Color To Beautiful Newport Back Bay
Mike, Tony, Cindy, Bill, Chris, Mona and Ronnie
The Pacific Ocean Is Behind The Trees On The Horizon
CLICK HERE FOR A SHORT TRAIN RIDE VIDEO
Cruise through Fullerton Hills and lunch at the Anaheim Packing House
Sunday August 24th we had a wonderful cruise and lunch. So Cal
Mets member Martyn Toudot led us on a great cruise through the foothills and downtown Fullerton. Fullerton is a city rich
in Southern California and Fullerton city history. Martyn is almost a walking encyclopedia when it comes to Fullerton where
she and her family live. She gave us a little lecture about the city before the cruise and it almost sounded like our guide
was the Mayor of Fullerton. In fact, it sounded like she could teach the Mayor a thing or three.
After the cruise we headed for old town Anaheim to the old Anaheim Packing House for lunch and had another
great time chatting with each other over lunch consisting of anything you want from anywhere in the world.
So Cal Metters in attendance were President Ronnie Bauman, Martyn and Charlie Tourdot,
Marcia Jones, Ken and Judy Conner, Kim Dominguez and a friend, Mike and Kim Dahlberg, Gwen Tolleson, Gary Loomer, Bill and
Cindy Harris, new member Chris Di Tommaso and Tony Bilotti.
Our First Stop in Fullerton
Out Mets at The Packing House
Our Mets brightening up another parking lot!
Inside the Packing House and the backsides of Mike, Kim and Chris
Looking down to the bottom floor
From the bottom floor looking up
The Packing House around 1936 when they packed oranges here
to the Orange County Heritage Museum
Lunch at Original Mikes After
Although it was not officially
a club 'sanctioned' cruise Mike Dahlberg sent out an email a couple days prior to see if anybody had time or was interested.
Tony Bilotti jumped on the wagon and asked our new member Chris if she wanted to take her Met out and she joined in too.
So the three of us headed for the Orange County Heritage Museum in Santa Ana. It is home to
the Kellogg House. This is H. Clay Kellogg who was responsible for the taming of the Santa Ana River and the 91 Freeway. Also
famous for Kellogg Garden Products. We've all had a bag of his potting soil.
house is beautiful and they had a Civil War reenactment going on that was very interesting and entertaining. After the fun
we went for lunch at Original Mikes.
Chris, yellow..Tony, red..Mike, Green
Mike modeling his Civil War Cap
Looking up to the first landing from the dining room
Looking down from the first landing to the dining room
Looking up to the second floor from the first landing
The second floor bathroom
Mike on the first landing from the second floor
The Blacksmith shop on the property
Some Blacksmithing going on
The Magg farmhouse was under refurbishment and we couldn't go in.
The giftshop is in the tower behind.
Civil War Camp
Another Civil War Camp
The Bar, Grill and Church....................
Waiting for wounded
Now there's some sterile surgical steel
Lunch at Original Mikes!
Mike and Chris
Annual Club Picnic
a grand day it was at Craig Park in Fullerton. It was hot... about 91 or so degrees but that didn't stop us from having
a marvelous time! We had a nice variety of great food and deserts. Don't think anyone went away hungry. A special
THANK YOU to Tony Bilotti who got up a 'o dark hours' to come to the park and reserve our spot!
I believe we had 17 Mets this year. Thank you to those who braved the heat and attended. Attendees were
Ronnie Bauman and friend Becky, Gary Loomer, Jeff and Sue Garrett and little Noodles, Marcy and Randy Hetrick, Armando, Maritza
and "Mom" Reyes, Leon Hastings, Bill and Cindy Harris, June Valentine and her husband Michael, Justin and Britney
Barsony, Chris Di Tommaso, Tony/Jackie and Abby Bilotti, Dave and Diana Heller, Mike and Kim Dahlberg, Kim Dominguez and her
friend Diana (who was so helpful even though she doesn't own a Met... YET...) Ken
and Judy Conner, our newest Member who joined our club today Brant Boling, and me, Marcia Jones.
We had some great auction items, a good 50/50 raffle and managed to make about $855.00 for our Club! Thank you
for all the great items that were brought and thank you to all those who bid on them !! I think a special mention should be
given to Kim Dominguez who went beyond the call of duty and made some very special monogram Met things! She has a wonderful
talent and we certainly appreciate it.
Tony and Ken were busy taking photo's
so check our So. Cal web site as I'm sure they will be posting soon. To those who missed it... there is always next
See ya' on the road...
Our Banner & American/English Flag
June and Michael came in this very special Met.
This is the one her Dad Jimmy built for her Mom Eve!
Saturday May 13 2017
Cruise through Orange
A tour of the Modjeska House
Lunch at the Rose Canyon Cantina
had another great cruise put together by our Mike Dahlberg.
We headed out through
old Tustin to Santiago Canyon which led us to Modjeska Canyon and we had a wonderful and educational tour of the Modjeska
House and Gardens.
Learn more at
From there we had a great ride through
the canyons to the Rose Canyon Cantina for a Mexican lunch.
Our gang for this
cruise was Mike and Kim Dahlberg, President Ronnie Bauman, Marcia Jones, Kim Dominguez and a guest, Gwen Tolleson, Ken Conner,
Paul Van Wig, Dave Heller, Cindy and Bill Harris, John and Anita Fildes and a guest, Tom Booth, Tony and Jackie Bilotti and
new members Jeff and Julie Gallagher. I hope I got everybody.
Dad, Bob has been working on a 69 Beetle that came out very nice and he took Tony up on the offer to tag along and join in.
Bob Bilotti in the Wonder Bug
Parked at the Modjeska House
Jackie by the kitchen sink
Marcia and Tom by the stove
The library and Piano Room
Heading for 'Live Oak' and 'Rose Canyon' for lunch
More views on our way to lunch
Beautiful Live Oak Canyon
Parked at The Rose Canyon Cantina
A friendly wave from Ronnie at lunch
Mike has a friend with a laser etching machine and he had one of these made for each
Friday-Saturday April 7 & 8
Annual Unique Little Car Show
Historic Downtown Upland
Friday and Saturday April 7 & 8 was the 37th annual unique little car show in Historic
This year the show was hosted by Micro Car/Isetta lovers and
owners Greg and Kiki Hahs and boy did they do a good job of it! It all started Friday morning with Amphicar rides for anyone
who signed up for the Saturday Show. So Cal Mets Marcia Jones couldn't get enough. There's a video below of her and So Cal
Mets newsletter editor Ken Conner enjoying a trip around the lake.
The Amphicars swimming around the lake
Back on dry land!
Friday night dinner at Greg & Kikis'
After the fun on the lake Greg and Kiki hosted an Italian dinner at their lovely home in
Saturday morning was the show and cars started arriving early. The
cars were placed by 9:00 am and the show started. There was a band playing in the central gazebo and the show was great.
Click here for a video of the band and the show
One of Gregs'
Kiki and Greg making sure it's all good!
So Cal Mets, Mike Dahlbergs
So Cal Mets, Marcia Jones'
So Cal Mets, Tony Bilottis'
So Cal Mets President Ronnie Bauman brought Barbies'
The engine in Barbie Baumans Met!
Barbie behind the wheel.
This one came with Wayne Metz from The Bay area Metropolitans.
Brian Cotariu from The Bay area Mets drove this from Castro Valley Ca.
So Cal Mets member Bob Burchett brought this!
So Cal Mets member Paul Van Wig came in this.
Perfect for hauling Metropolitans!
The Amphicar Marcia & Ken were in dropped anchor right there!
The awards banquet Saturday night.
The president of the Metropolitan Owners Club of North America
Brad Swiggart presented So Cal Mets President Ronnie Bauman
beautiful picture with different shots of Barbies car and
Barbie as one of
Proud Ronnie with the picture and an award that reads
'Car of Excellence'
That was the ULCS for 2017. Another great time for everybody!