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Cadillac & LaSalle Club of Southern California

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

Car Show & Weekend Resort

March 12-14th, 2010



     Let’s have a CLC car show in the Palm Springs area.  It sounded great.  Warm and sunny weather!  Now, let’s also have the car show at a Casino, with entertainment, gambling, great food, shopping, pool & spa and plenty to drink.

     Well, the Board of Directors agreed, so the 1st Annual Agua Caliente Casino Car Show & Weekend Resort event became a reality.   Our consultant and sales manager - Agua’s Sally Langwell - made it possible for all of us to enjoy our stay with exquisite rooms and all of the amenities of home.

     The event began Friday evening with dinner and live comedy by the incomparable Martin Short. Our orchestra seats were the perfect location to enjoy the non-stop show of singing, dancing, and laughs.

     On Saturday over 40 Cadillac’s & LaSalle’s were present for the show.  All were parked in a covered, reserved section of the resort’s parking structure.  With the assistance of Troy Howard, Agua’s Guest Services Manager, the cars were secured by 24 hour video surveillance and frequent security personnel stops.  The guards visited us frequently to see all the Cadillac’s and LaSalle’s on display.

     We were joined by five members and their cars from the Cadillac Kings Inland Empire Car Club who showed us how “They Roll”.  They entertained us with a demonstration on how the air bag systems work to raise and lower their vehicles with just a touch of a button.  Hey, we might be purists, but it was “Cool” to see the Cadillac’s perform on their command.  A group of very nice guys, we were excited to have them join us for the day.  We look forward to future participation by the Cadillac Kings at selected CLC events.

     After the car show it was time to relax and prepare for the evening banquet.  Cocktail hour began at six in a private room with a dedicated bar.  Agua’s banquet manager Rick Gilbert handled all the details regarding drinks, dinner, & desert, and he did not disappoint.

     The banquet was awesome as all enjoyed time spent with fellow Cadillac owners.  SoCal director Rob Leonard presented trophies to John & Connie D’Agostino for their 1937 Cadillac Opera Coupe, Sandy Edelstein & Scott King for their 1976 Cadillac Seville, and Wes Hornung for his custom 1964 Cadillac.  Phil & Sandi Terry took Best of Show with their 1954 Cadillac Coupe deVille, which also was the long distance driver making the trip from Phoenix.

     The hard luck story belonged to fellow club members Malcolm & Nancy Royalty.  Their 1939 Cadillac overheated just a few miles shy of Agua Caliente on their way to the event Friday afternoon.  Most people would have had their car shipped back home, but Malcolm chose to have his put on a Flatbed and brought to Agua Caliente to enjoy the weekend and allow everyone to see their beautiful 1939 Cadillac.  Well, they only got 10 miles on the way home Sunday and it overheated again.  The car was once again put on a flatbed and this time was taken home.  Malcolm believes that the problem was just a frozen thermostat – we hope he was right.

     Special guests Klaus Zipp & Michael Degner from Germany attended the Agua weekend event and at the banquet presented Rob Leonard with a banner from the CLC Director of Germany.  Other honored guests were San Diego Region webmaster Gary Sisk and Sonoran Desert Region director Phil Terry.  I’d like to thank Craig Chally for his endless work as Events Coordinator and Dan Fisher & Bill Montalvo for their help during the car show.  Let’s all plan to do this again next March!

      By Gary Friedman



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