You wouldn’t have known from looking at it, but this meet had a
false start. Our first plan, which was to hold the event in San
Marino’s Lacey Park on April 28, fell through when the city fathers
decided against us. Fortunately, director Tom Musson was able to
negotiate the use of Tri-City Park, Placentia, on very short notice.
In 1973, the president of the Cadillac-La Salle Club was Ron Van
Gelderen. Grand Nationals had not been conceived yet, and Van
Gelderen encouraged each region to hold a big show in August, so
that the pictures from them could be used in a new, special issue of
the Self-Starter known as
the Annual. He dubbed the local events “national” meets.
A lot has changed since 1973. The
Annual is no more. There is now a Grand National meet, so calling
our big regional show a “national” meet is confusing. The rather
synchronized meets Van Gelderen invented have drifted all over the
calendar. However, one thing remains the same: We keep holding a big
show and competition once a year. This was our thirtieth.
Considering the fleeting nature of hobby clubs, holding thirty
consecutive annual contests is quite an accomplishment.
This year’s turnout was good, given the relatively short notice and
change of dates. About 60 cars were on display, with another three
as gate guards. Once again, the cars included some of the finest
examples of their kind in the world. The long distance car was
probably the ’57 convertible of M. Grasso’s; it came up from San
Diego County the day before. We also saw Jerry Morrissey from
Arizona. Morgan Woodward suffered a broken radiator hose along the
way and was not able to bring either of his cars.
Late morning, there was a minor territorial dispute when the Swiss
Family Robinson started to encroach on our lunch area. They were
pushed back without bloodshed.
The awards ceremony went swiftly. In the raffle, Chris Le won a
start on his children’s college tuition with repeated wins.