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Saturday October 28
Party Props Warehouse Tour
128 S. Cypress St. Orange
Time-TBA
 
 
 

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!

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At The Train Place. Cindy and Bills, Dave Hellers, Mike Dahlbergs,
Ronnie Baumans, Chris Di Tommasos and Tony Bilottis

 

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Jeff welcoming us to 'The Junction'
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The Train We Rode
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Chugging Along
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Still Chugging, Video Below Of Us Going Over That Bridge
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The 'Public',,,Boy Are They In For A Treat!
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In Front Of Panera Bread-Cindy, Bill, Mike, Mona, Ronnie, Paul with Friend and Chris 
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Us Adding More Color To Beautiful Newport Back Bay
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Mike, Tony, Cindy, Bill, Chris, Mona and Ronnie
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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. 
 
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Our First Stop in Fullerton
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Backsides
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Out Mets at The Packing House
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The side entrance
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Our Mets brightening up another parking lot!
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Going in
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Inside the Packing House and the backsides of Mike, Kim and Chris

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Looking down to the bottom floor

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From the bottom floor looking up
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The Packing House today
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The Packing House around 1936 when they packed oranges here
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8-6-17
Cruise 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.
The 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.
 
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Chris, yellow..Tony, red..Mike, Green
 
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Mike modeling his Civil War Cap
 
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Looking up to the first landing from the dining room
 
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Looking down from the first landing to the dining room
 
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Looking up to the second floor from the first landing
 
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The second floor bathroom
 
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Mike on the first landing from the second floor
 
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The Blacksmith shop on the property
 
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Some Blacksmithing going on
 
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The Magg farmhouse was under refurbishment and we couldn't go in.
The giftshop is in the tower behind.
 
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Civil War Camp
 
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Another Civil War Camp
 
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The Bar, Grill and Church....................
 
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Waiting for wounded
 
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Remedies?????????????
 
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Now there's some sterile surgical steel
 
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Lunch at Original Mikes!
 
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Mike and Chris
 
 

6-25-17
Annual Club Picnic

Well... 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 year...

 See ya' on the road...

 Marcia

VP/Cruise Director

 

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Our Spot

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Our Banner & American/English Flag
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The Mets

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June and Michael came in this very special Met.
This is the one her Dad Jimmy built for her Mom Eve!

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Saturday May 13 2017
Cruise through Orange County Canyons
A tour of the Modjeska House
Lunch at the Rose Canyon Cantina
 
We 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
www.ocparks.com/modjeskahouse
 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. 
Also, Tonys' 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.

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 The gang going out
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Bob Bilotti in the Wonder Bug
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On our way

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Parked at the Modjeska House

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The Modjeska House
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The Breakfast Nook
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Jackie by the kitchen sink
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Marcia and Tom by the stove

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The library and Piano Room 

 

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A bedroom
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The bathroom
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Another Bedroom
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Heading for 'Live Oak' and 'Rose Canyon' for lunch
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More views on our way to lunch

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Beautiful Live Oak Canyon

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Parked at The Rose Canyon Cantina
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Lunch
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A friendly wave from Ronnie at lunch
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Mike has a friend with a laser etching machine and he had one of these made for each of us,
THANX MIKE!!

  

 

 

Friday-Saturday April 7 & 8
37th Annual Unique Little Car Show
Historic Downtown Upland

Friday and Saturday April 7 & 8 was the 37th annual unique little car show in Historic Downtown Upland.
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.
 

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The Amphicars swimming around the lake

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Back on dry land!

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Friday night dinner at Greg & Kikis'

After the fun on the lake Greg and Kiki hosted an Italian dinner at their lovely home in Upland.
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

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One of Gregs'

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Kiki and Greg making sure it's all good!

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So Cal Mets, Mike Dahlbergs

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So Cal Mets, Marcia Jones'

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So Cal Mets, Tony Bilottis'

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So Cal Mets President Ronnie Bauman brought Barbies'

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The engine in Barbie Baumans Met!

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Barbie behind the wheel.

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This one came with Wayne Metz from The Bay area Metropolitans.

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Brian Cotariu from The Bay area Mets drove this from Castro Valley Ca.

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Metropolitan Street

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So Cal Mets member Bob Burchett brought this!

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So Cal Mets member Paul Van Wig came in this.

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Perfect for hauling Metropolitans!

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The Amphicar Marcia & Ken were in dropped anchor right there!

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The awards banquet Saturday night.

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The president of the Metropolitan Owners Club of North America
Brad Swiggart presented So Cal Mets President Ronnie Bauman
with a beautiful picture with different shots of Barbies car and
Barbie as one of the pictures.

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Proud Ronnie with the picture and an award that reads
'Car of Excellence'

That was the ULCS for 2017. Another great time for everybody!

Saturday March 18 2017
Cruise around Orange-Tustin Hills

We finally got a cruise in for 2017. Our January and February cruises were rained out in Southern California, go figure. It was the same cruise both months, a run through the Orange County canyons and lunch. We moved it to Saturday May 13th, details coming.
Our cruise 3-18-17 started at Mike & Kim Dalbergs house in Tustin. We left there and made a trip through Cowan Heights,Lemon Heights, Orange Park Acres and Panorama Heights. Then we traveled down Chapman Ave. through Historic Old Orange to the Rubys in the old Santa Fe Depot for lunch. The weather was perfect. Metters that joined in were John & Anita Fildes from Mission Viejo, Ronnie Bauman & Renee Anderson from Riveside, Marcia Jones from Fountain Valley, Ken Conner, Cindy & Bill Harris from Huntington Beach, Chuck Hatfield from Crestline, Kim Dominguez & Friend from Irvine, Mike & Kim Dahlberg from Tustin Gwen Tolleson from Fullerton and Tony Bilotti from Anaheim. It was a good first cruise of the year that we had all been waiting for.

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                                                                                          Lining up in front of Mike & Kims house

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Coming up Newport Ave.

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The gang going up the hill

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Saddle Hill Ranch-Cowan Heights

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Lined up across the street from Tonys parents house

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Bill & Cindys' Met, Tony and the gang at the top of Tonys parents driveway