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2012 WPC Northwest Regional Meet
by the WPC Club, Pacific Wonderland Region
July 26 – 29, 2012
The 2012 WPC Northwest
Regional Meet hosted by the Pacific Wonderland Region, and our
guests were members of the Puget Sound Region and the Vancouver
Island Region. It was held in Keizer, Oregon, just north of Salem,
the capitol of Oregon. The headquarters hotel was the Keizer
Renaissance Inn, and they were wonderful hosts. Keizer is situated
in the beautiful Willamette Valley, with lots of scenic roads, and
very close to the Powerland Museum complex in Brooks, Oregon, the
site of our Saturday car show.
Cars were arriving all afternoon on Thursday at the Keizer
Renaissance Inn, and after they checked into the hotel and
registered for the meet, many made use of the car wash facilities.
The festivities officially started Thursday evening with the Ice
Cream Social, something that is becoming somewhat of a tradition for
our club. The Keizer Room of the hotel was a great place to hold
the event, with plenty of seating. As people ate their ice cream, I
made some welcoming remarks and Dick Romm outlined the tours that
were to take place the next morning. It was a very nice evening of
conversation and fellowship.
Friday morning dawned with a heavy overcast, but the sun came out in
the late morning. The two different tour groups formed and went on
their separate ways. One tour went to the Dentzel American Carousel
Museum and Albany Carousel Studio in Albany, Oregon. Members took a
beautiful drive south to Albany, including a ferry boat ride. Once
there, they experienced the process of constructing a hand carved
full-size carousel. Volunteer artists were carving a menagerie of
animals in historic styles. Lunch was at Cappie’s Brewhouse on
The other tour went on a scenic drive to Silver Falls State Park,
the largest in the state. As we approached the park and gained in
elevation, a heavy mist enveloped our cars. We stopped at the South
Falls and visited the lodge built by the CCC in the 1930’s. Many
members took the walk to south falls where we were able to actually
walk behind the waterfall. We then drove to the town of Silverton,
where we had a great lunch at historic Mac’s Place, in business
since 1890. We had lunch on the balcony overlooking Silver Creek.
Saturday morning, and the big day of the car show had arrived. The
weather was partly cloudy in the morning, but very pleasant. So as
to not overwhelm the gate, club members led three different tours
over to Powerland, the last one arriving about 9:00 AM. The car
show was held during the annual “Steam Up” at the Powerland complex
in Brooks, Oregon. The Antique Powerland Museum Association
encompasses 15 museums and heritage organizations operating in
partnership. The Great Oregon Steam-Up is the largest event at
Antique Powerland during the year and involves all of the museums
and many other participants. One of the unique aspects of the event
was that most of the equipment was operating. A parade took place at
1:30PM and included vintage steam powered vehicles, tractors,
trucks, and automobiles. The steam powered sawmill operated twice a
day and the vintage trolley toured the site perimeter. In addition,
there was a large swap meet on the grounds. Needless to say, there
was plenty for our members to do after they completed their voting
in our car show.
Speaking of the car show, we had 50 cars in total on the show
field. It was a wonderful display representing a wide variety of
Mopar years and models, including some trucks. A very special thanks
goes to the members of the Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club for
bringing their Plymouths to grace our show field. The results of
the Peoples Choice voting are listed below.
The Awards Banquet was held at the Headquarters Hotel. We had 70
people present in the beautiful banquet room of the Keizer
Renaissance. We had some very nice door prizes donated by some of
our members that we gave away. The food was delicious, the
camaraderie was wonderful, and we presented some awards. But we
saved the best for last - The Mopar PentaStars – Ian Smale, Jon
Carson, Gene Kahn, and Ron Wenzel, regaled us with their song
parodies after the program. It was a great close to a great meet.
I’d like to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to our 2012
Meet Committee. They were simply wonderful. Each one has a lot of
experience with Regional Meets, and they knew what to do and took
care of business. It’s a tribute to their skill and dedication that
such a small committee was able to put on this event, and especially
so since everything went so smoothly and according to plan.
2012 Regional Meet Committee and Event
John and Arlys Chesnutt, Duane & Katherine Benedict and grandson
Matthew, Don Feller, Dick Romm, Norm Purdy, Byron Richardson, Paul
and Sharon Lawson, Jeff Gretz, Bruce Kerslake, Patti Duthie.
Thanks to everyone who attended the meet - you all made it
President, Pacific Wonderland Region
My take on the meet, by Ian Smale,
webmaster, Victoria, BC Canada.
As a resident of the Pacific Northwest and a
member of the WPC Club, we always try to attend the WPC Club
Regional Meets that are hosted by the three northwest WPC Club
Regions. The Vancouver Island Region, the Puget
Sound Region and the Pacific Wonderland Region have taken turns
hosting these meets for many years now and they are always a lot of
fun, and a chance to renew acquaintances with olds friends,
not to mention seeing a lot of great Mopars! This year the
meet was hosted by the Pacific Wonderland Region, in Keizer,
Oregon, a suburb of Salem. People
come from long and far for these annual events because
it is such a great time. Even a
Columbus criminal defense attorney would make a trip to be with
like-minded Chrysler enthusiasts.
Tuesday, July 24th we got up early to catch
the COHO ferry from Victoria, BC to Port Angeles Washington.
The ferry line-up includes going through US Customs on our side
while waiting for about an hour for the ferry to leave.
90 minutes after departure, around Noon we arrived on the US side,
in Port Angeles a beautiful little
on the Olympic
Peninsula of Washington State. After a quick break for
lunch at McDonalds, we headed down Coast Highway 101 on the
far northwest coast of Washington. Later in the day we
arrived at a place called Ocean Shores, where we stayed for
the night. The drive down there along the coast and
through the forested areas was beautiful and mostly sunny but once
we arrived at the destination it was overcast, windy and COOL!
We left around 9 AM Wednesday morning for the drive over to the host
Meet Hotel, in Keizer, Oregon.
Our arrival there was about 3 PM in the afternoon, after
continuing down 101 and then over to Interate-5, which
was busy, and by then the weather was sunny and up in the 80s F.
It was nice to get to the hotel, but we were a day early
before the meet was to start so we checked in, freshened up and had
a nice dinner later at a local restaurant. Two other local
members checked into the hotel that evening. Next morning,
Thursday was clear, sunny and warm, we did some local sight seeing
around the city of Keizer, OR, which is right on the beautiful
Willamette River. Back to the hotel in the afternoon,
and we greeted other members arriving from other parts of Oregon,
Washington, Idaho and British Columbia.
Dinnertime had some of us over at a local restaurant and then back
to the hotel for the Ice-Cream Social, where everyone got
re-acquainted and also met some new
people whom we had not met at
Friday morning saw two groups depart for
different tours that were arranged. Our tour was to Silver Falls,
and a very scenic route was taken through some beautiful
country roads but the sky was overcast and there was a very light
drizzle part of the time, but hardly enough to get the
wet, and our fearless leader, David Duthie, president of
the Pacific Wonderland WPC kept the top down in his gorgeous 1964
Imperial. The falls were beautiful but it
would have been nicer if the sun had been out. We stayed
about an hour on site, and walked down right under the main
falls. The main falls flow over a very old lava flow
from the Cascade Mountain Range which is all volcanic.
The area under the lava flow which was originally soil and trees has
long ago eroded away, so it is a large cavern that you can
walk under and view the impressive falls from directly behind them,
an awesome sight to say the least. Then, back up the hill to
the lodge, where a cheery fire was burning in the large
fireplace. Yes, it was July and a fire was burning.
Remember this is the Pacific Northwest, where weather can
change anytime in July. Clear skies are not always
guaranteed!! We gathered together back in the cars for a
12 mile drive downhill to the town of Silverton, where we
stopped at a local tavern-style restaurant for a great lunch
on the patio which was right above the Silverton River. The
sky was now clearing and it was warm out. The trip back
to the hotel was through some scenic, and shall we say fragrant,
farming country. The car wash station was setup in the
hotel parking lot for us, so some of us gave our cars a going
over to freshen them up, and by this time the temperature was up in
the seventies in full sun, which was very pleasant.
Friday evening saw several groups of us go for dinner at local
restaurants, then back to the hotel for another ice cream
social provided by the host club. Of course after
that the guys always seem to gravitate out to the parking lot to
kick tires and talk until dark. We wish to thank our
dear wives for allowing us to revel in this.
On Saturday morning we all left for the car show,
not too far from the hotel, which was held at Antique
Powerland, which was also the day that Poweland holds their
Antique Powerland is a power equipment
heritage site operated by the Antique Powerland Museum Association,
a non-profit organization, which was originally established by a
group of enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation, restoration and
demonstration of steam powered equipment, antique farm machinery and
implements. It is a huge site, and was almost impossible
to see everything that was going on. Many steam engines were
operating, there were numerous displays of old farm
tractors and equipment, several museums on site holding antique
trucks and machinery, plus a swap meet was being held
that day, and food vendors were on site to cater to the
appetites, and there were two other car shows happening
besides our Mopar show - one for 55-57 Thunderbirds and
another of mixed makes. The cars were placed for
show on a lush green grassy area. Weather was absolutely
perfect, blue skies with a few clouds floating past,
and temperatures kept in the mid seventies all day which made for a
very pleasant time. We were allowed full run of the
entire complex which was open to the public that day.
Many people had their old steam engines operating and even some were
driving around the site to show them off.
Around 4 PM we started leaving Powerland to
head back to the hotel for nap - cleanup - preparing for the
banquet - etc. Six PM came around and members started
heading to the banquet room for happy hour. A fabulous catered
buffet dinner began at 7 PM. Awards were given out and
the Fabulous MoPar PentaStars performed 7 songs for the enthralled
dinner guests. Singers in the group included myself,
Jon Carson, Ron Wenzel and Gene Kahn. We've been
doing this for several years at these meets and since everyone seems
to enjoy it and have some good laughs, we'll continue to do
it until they start throwing tomatoes at us. Thanks
again to the Pacific Wonderland Region of the WPC Club for
hosting this. I know the time it takes to put on one of these
meets, as I've been involved in many of them over the past 30
Sunday morning came all too soon as some of us
met in the hotel's breakfast room while we ate and said our
goodbyes, until next year. We left Keizer around 9 AM
and headed back home. We arrived at the Tsawassen Ferry
Terminal in British Columbia, not far over the international
border around 4 PM in time to catch the 5 PM ferry home to
Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Till next
Photos below reflect our trip leaving Victoria,
BC Canada and driving to Keizer, ( part of greater Salem) Oregon for
On the Coho Ferry, from
Victoria BC to Port Angeles Washington.
Above and Below: Driving the
Olympic Peninsula, Washington State.
Crossing the Bridge over the
Columbia River from WA to OR.
On the Willamette River, Keizer,
We did some sight seeing after arriving in
Keizer, the day before the meet started.
Friday's Tour to Silver Falls
At the Banquet, Saturday Evening
The Fabulous MoPar
On the way Home, at the ferry
terminal, Tsawassen, BC
My son Brandon shot the video below, a
compilation of our trip. There were 2 other car
shows at the same site as ours, and there are some
slides of some of those other cars in this video.
People’s Choice Vote Results:
1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe convertible
George & Ana Haley, Federal Way, Wa.
1933 Plymouth Roadster
Pat & Patty Burst
Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club
1st Place: TIE
1962 Dodge Polara 500 convertible
John & Shirley Perry, Kenmore, WA
1st Place: TIE
1949 Dodge Wayfarer
Richard Mayhew, Eugene, OR
1967 Dodge Charger fastback
Rick & Laurel Berry, Auburn, WA
1956 DeSoto Adventurer
Larry Zapone, Woodinville, WA
1958 DeSoto Fireflite 2-door hardtop
Paul & Marja Mitchell, North Saanich, B.C.
1958 Chrysler 300 2-door hardtop
Frank Daly, Sammamish, WA
1960 Chrysler Saratoga 2-door hardtop
Ian & Shannon Smale, Victoria, B.C.
1956 Imperial Southampton
Byron & Linda Richardson, Tillamook, OR
1964 Imperial Crown convertible
David & Patti Duthie, Portland, OR
Oldest Car Driven to the Meet
1934 Dodge coupe
Ivor & Nancy Garbush, Granite Falls, WA
Hard Luck Award
Rick & Laurel Berry, Auburn, WA
Long Distance Award
Joseph & Charley Brown, Summerland, B.C.
Bill Call Award (Given to a Plymouth)
1950 Plymouth P20 2-door sedan
Gene & Alice Coakley, Centralia, WA
Best of Show Award
1932 Chrysler CI
George Beebe, Eugene, OR
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