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CLCSoCal 50th Anniversary Party

1961 - 2011

Celebrated at the Gary Severns Auto Collection (Long Beach, California)

May 1, 2011



Pictures by Calvin Jones & Tom Hall
Article written by Craig Chally

SoCal Region Marks 50th Anniversary

     Nineteen Sixty-One.  JFK is inaugurated.  The space race is on.  The Berlin Wall goes up.  And the Southern California Region becomes the third officially recognized region of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club. 

     On May 1, 2011, the SoCal Region celebrated its 50th anniversary, hosting 100 members at a fully catered lunch in the setting of long-time SoCal member Gary Severns’s private collection. 

     Housed in a private warehouse, the collection encompasses beautifully restored and preserved cars from the early 1930s through the mid-1950s, many CCCA Full Classics, and made for the ideal setting for members to enjoy each other’s company, wonderful food, and music courtesy of a professional string quartet. 

     New SoCal board member Omar Prioleau presented the Region with a certificate of commendation from Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Several members brought their own collectable Cadillacs to share, ranging from the classic elegance of founding SoCal member Paul Schinnerer’s 1930 V16 All Weather Phaeton, to the ostentation of Jerry Hopper’s 1978 Eldorado Biarritz, to the trim sportiness of Shari Ten Eyk’s 1993 Allante.

     Attendees were also able to view a second collection of exotic cars located next door to Mr. Severns’s collection, with pride of place being given to a blue over cream XLR.

     Special thanks go to Linda Leonard, Calvin Jones, and the rest of the SoCal Region board whose hard work made this event a success. 

     Thanks also to Gary and Margarita Severns for their generosity in opening their collection for the enjoyment of their fellow CLC members.

Here’s looking forward to another

Wonderful 50 years! 




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