Every Year we have our
National Meet at a different geographic location. This
year we were in Lake Eimo, Minnesota just east of St.
Paul a lovely area of rolling hills and lakes, yet just
a short hop into the big city.
Thursday saw the event
get underway in earnest with a driving tour to Taylor's
Falls where we boarded the Taylor's Falls Princess
riverboat for a cruise and lunch on the St. Croix River.
Scenery was provided by Wisconsin on one side and
Minnesota on the other. It was a nice to chat with old
friends and make
some new ones. Upon
return to land many of the group toured the town or went
to the Winehaven Winery for wine tasting.
Friday the group
boarded tour buses for a gangster tour of St. Paul which
served as a hangout for many of Chicago's more infamous
citizens during the 1930s. A few of them even found
their way onto the tour buses and reverted to the evil
Also featured on this
tour were some of St. Paul's most historic structures.
The St. Paul Cathedral and the James J. Hill mansion.
The Hill mansion was finished in 1891 and served as the
home of Mr. Hill and his family. The Hill fortune came
from lumber and railroads. Mr. Hill was associated with
Great Northern Railway
and was known as the Empire Builder a name that lives
on, on an Amtrack passenger train from Chicago to
Portland and Seattle by the same name. Friday
afternoon saw one of the bigger swap meets at one of our
meets in a long time.
The meet over all was
unique in that it was a joint meet with the National
DeSoto Club which provided us with the largest turnout
of DeSotos most of us have ever seen. The two clubs
many members who belong to both, but usually only get to
attend one of the meets or the other in any green year,
seemed like an ideal way to enjoy all the cars of both.
A number of members brought cars to show with both clubs
which made it all the more interesting.
clubs were parked contiguously for the show oe Saturday
at the county fair grounds. The DeSotos grouped in an
inner ring and the more numerous WPC cars facing them-
It was interesting to see so many 1929 DeSotos at one
place and the row of 1957 to 1959 DeSotos that seemed to
go on forever.
also had a fair number of Chrysler and DeSoto Airflows
on display as many of them were on their way to their
National Meet in Dayton, Ohio the following week.
of this size takes a great deal of work to pull it off.
The meet was chaired by Garry Yazell and
Mickey Dunning. (The David G. Briant Award winners for
spirit of the a herculean task trying to blend two
different groups together, national board member
Greg Biskey oversaw it for the WPC, Club. The
members of our 10,000 Lakes Region who provided
assistance here needed. The many members of the WPC Club
who aided with the myriad tasks of running the meet and
who always graciously offer their help. Our Terry
Williams, Ken Angyal and Barbara Weiser for providing us
with a visual record of the meet which helps make the
magazine more interesting And the many members of
the WPC Club and the National DeSoto Club who came
out made it all possible.
to Auburn Hills to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of
Chrysler in July 2014.