Lunch at the Club:
Lakewood Country ClubFebruary 2, 2003
by Tom Hall
How does one discuss an event which one has planned himself?
Well, he can’t take credit for the weather, which was just about perfect.
And he can’t take credit for the food and the service at Lakewood Country
Club, which also were just about perfect. The salmon medallions in
mustard-dill sauce were very popular – so popular that the staff needed to
bring out a second batch, which they happily did. There were no serious
bottlenecks at the buffet tables, and it seems that everyone had enough to
eat; we didn’t make much of a dent in the desserts.
A relatively new member, Dale Sandore in his Hawaiian shirt,
greeted most of the other members as they drove up in the morning. He also
guided them into their assigned places on the lawn or improvised new spots for them like a pro.
This year, the display was planned beforehand, based on
your advance registrations. (This is just one reason why advance
registration makes regional events better; we can plot interesting groupings
of cars.) There were several great pairings. When was the last time you saw
two white ’58 Eldorados together, one the hardtop and the other the
convertible? When was the last time you saw both the Cadillac and La Salle
“B” body coupes for 1939 together? Or red, white and blue convertibles
at the flagpole?
There was still plenty of “grille, grille, grille’ to
the display, but there was also some “fin, fin, fin”, and a number of
cars were showcased more or less alone.
Borje Forslund and helpers sold raffle tickets. After
lunch Borje (“Barry A”) used a new ticket drum which Dan Parrino was
kind enough to make for us. Our little lotteries are now more
professional-looking with the rotating drum. Next, we need for our raffle a
sweet young thing in a tutu to spin the drum.
Membership Secretary Steve Rostam has known our guest
speaker for years and mentioned him to the regional board. Paul Mochel
worked for the GM Styling Section in 1940 and 1941. While each division had
its own styling studio, there were also a couple of studios for “special
projects” - the brand to be worked on at the moment. Mr. Mochel was
recruited by Jules Agramonte to work in one of the special project rooms. (Agramonte
was largely responsible for a ground-breaking design, the 1934 La Salle.)
The styling rooms were kept locked to keep out industrial
spies and prevent too much borrowing of ideas between divisions. The
industrial spies got a peek anyway, by taking space in a nearby building and
looking in through the windows. Cross pollination within GM Styling Section
was by Harley Earl, who went into the six styling studios to check progress
and give general directions, usually by gesturing to describe the shapes he
Mr. Mochel worked on a project to unitize the bumper and
grille assembly for the ’41
La Salle, which never came about with any grille, much less a combo that
heavy. His career with GM was brief. It was a special treat to hear his
anecdotes. As Mr. Mochel said, GM had the best of everything in those days.
His and hers 1958 Eldorados. Left, Dan and
Susanna Parrino’s Biarritz; right Ms. Themis Glatman’s Seville.
Rob and Linda Leonard’s recent acquisition,
a 1966 Sedan de Ville in Nocturne Blue.
Joe and Christina Cimmino’s ’59 Biarritz
(Persian Sand) next to Borje and Mary Forslund’s ’59 Biarritz.
Stanley‘s 1938 Sixty Special is also the cover car
for the April 2003 Self-Starter.
This fine 1930 Series 452 (V-16) has the
earlyFleetwood “V” windshield. Owned by Jim Schultz.
Jim Munro’s 1939 Series 50 La Salle Coupe
next to Paul O’Neil’s 1939 Series 61 Cadillac
There were four La Salles. This one is Jeff
Denhart’s Series 52 Sedan.
Bruce Hyatt‘s ’41 Series 62 and Ron Duggan‘s
Rob and Linda Leonard chat with the owner of
this 1949 Series 62, Robert Robin.
Paul Cox‘s ’57 Coupe de Ville.