"California Dreaming", Grand
National 2006, was in fact a California dream come true !!
GN-06 had all the ingredients for a successful CLC Grand National - A
host hotel, (Doubletree, Orange, Ca), with features and resources
providing comfort for all, great tours, wonderful cars which included
three special V-16's in the hotel lobby, good food, a large hospitality
room with glass walls looking out on a Palm tree and flower garden,
awards for special people and winning cars on the field, two great guest
speakers at the Saturday evening banquet and an overall four day party
that has motivated many GN first timers to come to more GN's in the
Grand National 2006 introduced
GN-06 featured many firsts which included the moving of the special
individual recognition awards to the Wednesday evening reception
principally to enable all GN attendees to know who these special winners
are at the outset of the GN and give them the opportunity to meet the
winners. The second reason was to shorten the Saturday evening
Awards Banquet to a more reasonable total time, especially in view of
the fact that the GN-06 Banquet featured appearances by Cadillac
Division General Manager Jim Taylor, and recently retired GM Design
Chief Chuck Jordan.
The Southern California Board of Directors, under the leadership of
Tom Musson, also added some other "firsts" to this Grand National.
The now famous Cadillac Sixteen Concept car was shipped from Detroit for
the four day convention and drew a great deal of attention from CLC
attendees, the visiting public as well as the news media.
It was joined in the lobby by a maroon 1938 V-16 convertible owned by
Aaron Weiss of Pasadena, CA, (an eventual first place winner in Primary
Class), and a former concept car from the 1933 World's Fair, a deep
copper colored 1937 version of the V-16 Aerodynamic Coupe, on loan to
the CLC from the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, CA.
GN-06 featured drawings and designs of future Cadillacs, El Dorados
and perhaps the re-introduction of the LaSalle, in the form of large
mounted pen and ink, along with colored versions of the cars of the
future which festooned the walls of he Grand Promenade leading from the
lobby to the banquet area. The winning designers, some retired and
some current GM employees were induced to join the CLC at this Grand
National by Ron Van Gelderen, past CLC President, now residing in
First ever Commemorative Book and
Another "first was a special SoCal CLC Commemorative
Book project which resulted in a 76 page, all color "yearbook" type of
publication which was well received by all the attendees. The book
features many pages of member cars from around the world, along with
Cadillac related articles, photos and human interest stores. This
book will also be for sale to any CLC member desiring to purchase one
while supplies last.
The entire GN-06, from registration day to the Awards
Banquet, was filmed for release on a 70 minute long GN-06 DVD. The
disc features interviews with CLC people, the winning cars, the Newport
Harbor Tour, the Los Angeles and Hollywood "Mega Tour", (including a
special interview and demonstration of "correct" auto restoration at the
Nethercutt Museum), the luncheon visit to Ed Cholakian's All Cadillacs
Company, and the Awards Banquet, hosted by Tom Musson and featuring Jim
Taylor, Chuck Jordon, and National CLC Directors Bill Edmunds, Andy
Zizolfo, Glenn Brown, Ron Van Gelderen, and Carl Steig.
The final "first" was the first ever recognition of the
idea that a growing number of modified Cadillacs exist in the hobby from
all around the world. Many fine examples of "tastefully" modified
Cadillacs were on the field, including Dale Armstrong's now famous 1958
Brougham, Dave Callens 1948 "Tyrone Power" Cadillac convertible, John
Altamura's 1941 Cadillac Convertible Coupe and Tony Hiller's now famous
1947 pale yellow Cadillac Convertible.
Thank you all for attending the
2006 Grand National in Orange, California