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2015 Annual National Meet, July 21-25, 2015  Springfield, Illinois - pictures and story below

This meet was a first for the WPC Club, a national meet hosted  by a region outside the region. Our Northern Illinois Region has hosted national meets for over thirty years in the Chicagoland area, proving to be excellent hosts, and when not hosting most of their members are at our other meets all over the country. So when asked if they would consider doing a meet at Springfield they said yes. And once again they did an excellent job. 

The meet began on Monday, July 20 with registration on the 12th floor of the Crowne Plaza hotel giving a great overview of the Springfield area and the Mopar parking area below. By Tuesday there were quite a few familiar faces ready to start touring and swapping Mopar stories. 

The first tour was by bus, approximately 150 miles up 1-55 to Pontiac, Illinois. In Pontiac we were met by the official welcome committee, the mayor, who told us about the town and its many museums. Two were directly across the street from the Court House, the gold museum and the Pontiac Car Museum. The museum displays about 20 Pontiacs from 1926 through the mid- 1980s along with much Pontiac memorabilia and a great archive of Pontiac literature. Man y then headed to the gold museum to leam how gold is made into sheets for gold leaf and other uses. We then boarded a tram to tour the town and see its many old advertising signs restored on the facades of the buildings. On this tour we stopped at an artist's gallery to see his artwork then headed to a great lunch. After lunch we headed to the Route 66 Museum to the story of Route 66 in Illinois. Among the artifacts was a Mopar can from the 1950s.

Wednesday saw the group drive to New Salem State Park where Abraham Lincoln lived and worked before he embarked on a law career and became a legislator. After lunch the group drove to downtown Springfield to the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library. Two things that really stood out at the museum were the map that showed the ebb and flow of the Civil War along with the mounting death toll and the room with the Lincoln casket on display, which was very emotional.

 Thursday saw the group head to a tour of the Caterpillar plant at Decatur, Illinois. The plant primarily manufactures equipment for the mining industry. The equipment is of a very large scale  and left many breathless.  

On Thursday evening we had our membership briefing on the  state of the club and the remaining activities for the week and learned about our 2016 meet in Maine.

On Friday we boarded two buses and toured Springfield including the Lincoln Home, Old State Capitol, Lincoln's Tomb, and the World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials. The home is the only home the Lincoln's ever owned and recently has been restored. We were in Springfield 150 years after the President was assassinated and returned to his home for good. After the tour we reconvened at the hotel for a parking lot swap meet where many fine parts changed hands, hopefully resulting in new Mopars hitting the streets soon.

Saturday saw the members get their cars ready for the show,  getting pictures taken, placed on the field and we had rain. It didn't rain very long then the judging continued. We were testing a new voting system which worked well and should help with the vote tabulation at future meets.  Saturday evening saw us gather in one of the hotels ballrooms for fine food and the awarding of trophies. The class winners are pictured here along with the more major trophy winners. 

Long Distance Awards were presented to: Brian Owens and his 1937 Dodge driven 844 miles from Ontario to the meet; Mike Bonadonna and his 1965 Plymouth driven 1,010 miles from Florida; and Woody and Sandy Hummer and their 2010 Dodge Journey. The Hard Luck Award went to R. Michael Noe for  issues with his 1973 Chrysler New Yorker. 

The Dr. David George Briant Award for the Spirit of the Meet went to Guy Morice for his hard work on behalf of the WPC Club. The Lee lacocca Award was awarded to Ron Glowen for his tireless work on behalf of the WPC Club at the national level.

As always a national meet requires the help of many hands to make it look like it is easy. The members of the Northern Illinois Region and especially our meet host John and Vida Knab for their tireless efforts, the members of the national board for all the help the provided and last but not least the members of the WPC Club who decided to spend their summer vacations with us, it was so nice to see you again. Now it is on to Maine in 2016.

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