Canyon Lake Car Club

Next meeting: February 2, 2016 5:45pm @ the Lodge

Classic CLCC Stories

Below are all the old stories and list from the HOME page and CAR OF THE MONTH.

Canyon Lake Car Show 2013

The 8th Annual
Canyon Lake Car Show
Was A HUGE Success

Thank you to all the registrants and spectators.
Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers.
Coming soon; list of awards winners, list of volunteers and show stats.

293 Cars
Video by Randy Roberts : Canyon Lake Car Show


MARK THE DATE:
Canyon Lake Car Show 2014
October 11, 2014

January 2014 Car of the Month

Car of the Month October 2013

Canyon Lake Car of the Month

For October 2013

 ulations to Mickey and Daryl France !

 h’s Car of the Month from the Canyon Lake Car Club is a ’65 Ford Falcon Futura convertible with a V8 289 engine and factory air conditioning. The car is owned by Mickey and Daryl France.

They bought the car a year ago from a man in Chula Vista. Mickey saw the listing, which had been shared by Rett Vincent on the Car Club page. After seeing the listing the Frances went down, drove the car and purchased it. “It rides really nice,” says Mickey. “It’s a solid car, no rattles and the engine runs great.”

“It was an old faded green color, like the color of a refrigerator from the 60’S,” says Daryl. The Frances had it painted sky blue, with blue and white upholstery and a white convertible top. They stripped all the parts and put it back together themselves when they got it out of the paint shop.

Mickey and Daryl moved to Canyon Lake four years ago. They joined the Car Club a year later with a ’56 T-Bird they eventually sold. Mickey is retired from Riverside County Sheriffs and was living in Hemet, Daryl is an artist/actress from Culver City and they met on the Internet. Romance blossomed. Then they had to decide where they were going to live. Mickey remembered attending a party in Canyon Lake several years before and he brought Daryl to see it. “I fell in love with Canyon Lake the moment we drove through the gate. People were walking, riding in golf carts, waving to each other.” They haven’t been disappointed. They love it here and plan to be long term Canyon Lakers.

September 2013 Car of the Month

Congratulations Dave and Judy Deboe for having your 1966 Pontiac GTO selected as the Canyon Lake Car Club Car of the Month. 


As a cadet at the USAF Academy, Dave was not allowed to own a car until his First Class (senior) year. As soon as he was eligible, he purchased his dream muscle car…a ’66, 389 cu in  tri-power convertible “Goat”, 4 speed with positraction.    Dave says “I have great memories of that car in the mountains of Colorado, and has been looking for an exact replacement for several years.”


Dave found this car in March of this year. After flying to Michigan to inspect the car and have it judged, Dave and brought his new GTO to its new home Canyon Lake. 


“This “Goat” is fully documented by the Pontiac Historical Society, exactly as the one he had in 1966, with the exception of the colors being reversed.” says Dave.   His original GTO was white with red interior. Now, Dave and Judy can create new Goat memories, driving the streets of Canyon Lake…just try to keep it under 35 mph.


See you at the. Canyon Lake Car Club Car Show on October 12th!


Car of the Month August 2013

Congratulations to Sam and Joyce Theodora for being picked as the August 2013 Car of the Month with the Canyon Lake Car Club

Sam & Joyce Theodora are enjoying their 1957 Thunderbird as they cruise the lake.

Sam says he and Joyce first observed the car while attending their niece's wedding in New Jersey this last April. Sam adds “ It was one of two vehicles that were offered for sale by Joyce's brother who lives in New Jersey”.   One was this ’57 T-bird and the other a 1955 Chevrolet convertible.”    Since they loved both of the ’57 and the ‘55 the decision was easy “buy them both” Joyce said.

Come to find out both the Ford and Chevy began in California and now they’re back home.

Watch as this summer comes to end for Sam and Joyce cruisin’ the lake in one of the two convertibles.  Also watch for the set at the Canyon Lake Car Show on October 12 at the Lodge.





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Car of the Month July 2013

Congratulations to Ed Stutler and his 1949 Chevy Styleline Delux

Ed began by saying he’s done all the work on his ’49 in his garage which is quite amazing considering this list of some of the modifications:

1968 Nova subframe

Ford 9" rear end narrowed 10"

Rear frame narrowed 10"

1997 Corvette LT 4 Fuel Injected Engine 4L60E 4 speed Transmission

Paint 1972 Chevy Fleet orange

Custom interior and Headliner

Chevy Rallye Wheels Front 8"  Rear 10" Wide

Gages were redone 95 Buick mounted in the stock bezels

Ed continued, “I bought the car in 1996. The car was dissembled and stored in a barn in Waverly Iowa.”  After the purchase he replaced the cabin floor, rocker panels and about 6" around the rear wheel wells and the lower portion of the rear quarter panels.  “I removed the spare tire area narrowed the trunk area and added 5" to each side inner wheel housing, to make room for the large tires.” Continued Ed.  And the rear springs are from a 1975 Camaro.  

This is one special classic.  Watch for Ed cruin’ our little bit of paradise or at the Canyon Lake Car Show on October 12, 2013.



June 2013 Car of the Month

Congratulations to Dave and Judy Deboe for being selected as

Car of the Month

June 2013

Dave Deboe has always had a passion for the 1960 Chevrolet Corvette and has hoped to someday have one in his garage. 

He had searched for many years trying to find that right '60 Vette before acquiring one in February of 2013, just 4 months ago. Dave had actually purchased a red original 1960 Vette "survivor" last December, and was in the process of restoring that car as a nice "driver", when he came across this NCRS “Top Flight” Vette...identical to the driver, but restored to near perfect original condition. Dave says “This is an award winning matching numbers 1960 Corvette, 283 cubic engine, 4 speed with dual quads that was just that right car he had been searching for”.  

Dave and Judy have matching 1960 Corvettes and you can frequently see them cruisin’ the Lake with the tops down.

Come see it at the annual Canyon Lake Car Show October 12 at the Lodge.

Car of the Month May 2013

Congratulations to Sam and Joyce Theodora for being selected as the Car of the Month for May 2013

1955 Chevy Convertible

Sam started by saying “Joyce and I were at our niece's wedding in New Jersey when Joyce's brother made them us an offer we couldn't refuse”.    Her brother was talking about a beautiful 1955 Chevrolet Convertible.   “When we saw the car we immediately fell in love with it.” said Joyce.   


The Theodoras bought the classic convertible and three weeks later it arrived in California via closed cargo transport. It is a rare standard shift 4 barrel V-8 with overdrive. It came complete with an 83 picture photo album documenting the complete restoration of the car. Joyce's brother lives in New Jersey, bought the car in Florida and upon arrival in California it was discovered it was originally a California vehicle so it’s now back home.   Sam and Joyce can now be seen cruisin’ Canyon Lake with the top down.   Watch for them in Fiesta Days parade and the Canyon Lake Car Show October 12, 2013

Car of the Month

Congratulations to Steve and Joanie Evarts for being selected the December Canyon Lake Car Club CAR OF THE MONTH.

 

The Evart's classic car is a 1930 Ford Sedan. Joanie and Steve purchased the car from the second owner in Covina. "I had been tracking this car for several months, as it was a Model A Sedan and I wanted a hot rod that our friends could enjoy with us too." says Steve.

 

The car was assembled with several different manufactures parts. First it has a 221 cubic inch Buick motor and a two speed transmission supported by a TCI front end with Volkswagen front disc breaks.  It has a Pontiac rear end with 4:10 gears. The interior is black tuck and roll. "We love the green paint job and the chrome Streetmaster Wheels." adds Steve      

 

The motor was only made for two years and parts are no longer available so Steve went looking for a V8 to install. "I found a 302 Ford which I have in the garage but recently found that with the deep oil pan in the front part of the engine it requires major modifications to the fire wall to make it fit. So now I am looking for the 350 Chevy motor." Said Steve.    HE's replaced the front breaks as the little Volkswagen discs and calipers just did not have enough stopping power. Other modifications we would like to make are adding AC and a three speed transmission. The interior also needs to be updated.  It is a fun car and we love cruising with it.

 

I want to thank Leo Biller for providing me the opportunity for car of the month. Leo won this opportunity and since he had won before he gave the opportunity to me.

November 2012 Car of the Month

Congratulations to Perry Beggs and his 

1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside Truck

for being selected as the Car of the Month for November 2012



As the owner of a restored 1965 Corvair convertible I was looking for a new project. My wonderful and understanding wife Donna gave me the green light to look for a Corvair Truck.   Yes, a Covair truck!

Perry says “After months of searching for a Rampside truck I found this one on EBay”  1964 was the last year of production for the “Rampy” and only 851 were built making this a very rare classic vehicle. In 2012 yhere are only 125 Rampys accounted for and this one is listed in the Covair Rampside registry. It has an air cooled rear mounted flat six.  Perry new ride has many other modifications like the drive train,  a lowered stance, a high performance 140 horse power engine and a  four speed transmission with 3.27 gears.

“The most unique feature is the side ramp door that folds down for loading. It is the only truck ever produced with this feature.” says Perry.  The Corvair Forward Control Vans and trucks were made from 1961 to 1965.

Our Rampy was  restored in 2001 by the previous owner and is  in need some attention. My future plans include a color change, upholstery and install air-ride suspension,

Perry and Donna agree “for now we are enjoying driving it  around and all the attention it draws.

Watch for Perry and Donna cruising in their new Rampy or the convertible yellow Covair.

October 2012 Car of the Month

Congratulations to Lee and Marti Norris for being selected as Car of the Month for October 2012

This Ruby Red 1966 Ford Mustang owned by Lee and Marti Norris was selected as The Canyon Lake Car Clubs October 2012 Car of the month.

Lee bought the car in 2004 from a friend in Lake Elsinore for $3,000. It had been a project car that was never finished. A major restore started right away, but when the economy slumped the car sat disassembled in the garage for almost 7 years.   After walking around the October 2011 Canyon Lake Car Show at the Lodge and seeing all of those beautiful classic cars restored to perfection, Lee was inspired to join the Canyon Lake Car Club and get his pony out of the stable and back on the road again!   With a ground up restoration this year including a new engine, transmission and a shiny new paint job this little Ruby Red Pony, like a fine red wine is a classic that can now be seen cruising around Canyon Lake. 

Watch for Lee and Marti cruisin’ around the lake.

Car of the Month Oct. 2012

Congratulations to our July 2012 Car of the Month recipients.


Ernie and Beckey Mason and their 1965 Lincoln Continental. 

The car was purchased in 1996 from the niece of the original owner who had been sick for several years and then passed away.  The car had been setting for about 12 years just wasting away.  Becky says, “When we bought it, it only had 45,000 original miles and looked like it might be a good project”.  After getting it home, we found that the engine had four (4) stuck valves and the car had lots of rust from just setting and needed a lot of TLC.  After getting the engine in operating condition, everything else showed up.  The transmission and cooler, power breaks, power steering, radiator, power windows, suspension, you name it.  Needless to say that it took a lot longer than I thought it would to get it in just drivable condition, but we did it.  It was used as a daily driver until we moved to Canyon Lake.  Getting only 5 miles to the gallon and with the price of gas over $3.00 a gallon it only gets driven once a week. 

“Little by little this ’65 Lincoln is getting done, but it is like any other classic car, I'll probably work on it forever.” Says Ernie Mason

 

June 2012 Car of the Month

Congratulations to Joe and Margaret Dombay for being selected as Car of the Month for June 2012.

“When I was a kid my Dad and I would watch Combat on TV and eat a box of Cheez-its then he would put me in my car seat and we would cruise Van Nuys and Ventura Blvd. car shopping.” says Joe Dombay remembering his child hood.   Joe’s father would usually trade the car in for something that caught his eye.  My mom would tell us “don’t come home with another car”, however, that did not stop him from buying something he knew he restore and re-sell.  He was always buying and restoring cars.   

“At the age of seventeen I purchased my first car, a 1967 Nova Super Sport, which I kept for two years. Years later when the Canyon Lake Car Club started and their car shows began; I became interested in purchasing a classic car once again” says Joe.  Joe shopped for many months looking at Ford Mustang’s, however, a 1966 Nova became available and his good friends, Rett and Dick told him we should take a look at it. 

Joe continued “My wife and I contacted Anthony Ganci to set up the meeting, looked at the car, took it for a test drive and said this is the car for us.” 

The ’66 was turnkey and we were ready to give it a good home where it will receive tender loving care for years to come. It has a 350 cubic inch, 700R transmission, with a 9 in. rear-end.  Future projects with the car are A/C, power steering, lots of car shows and a lot of polishing until a second addition catches my eye. 

Trophy at one of their first car shows !!

April 2012 Car of the Month

Congratulations to Mike and Marry loiacono for being selected as Car of the Month for April 2012.

 

Their red hot ’34 Ford can be seen cruisin’ the lake.

 

 

Mike says “While growing up I owned and restored at least 30 old cars which would now be considered classics”.    Mike bought and sold cars so fast his Dad would say  “when the ash trays got dirty he doesn’t clean them he just gets rid of the car.”   Mike was also in to  I Harleys Davison motorcycles, both street and custom for 20 years. “After moving to Canyon Lake I decided to sell the Harleys and get back into classic cars”.  Mike always wanted a ‘34 Ford so when Joe Landin put his up for sale Mike and Marry bought it.  “Like many of my cars I have to make it fit my individuality.  I’ve had a lot of restoration done by Bob Earleywine”.    Mike worked with Bob Earleywine Performance to restore the big block Olds engine amongst other upgrades.   With only a few additional finishing touches the Liocono’s will call the ’34 complete.  

 

“I bought the 34 to drive on the street and now that I’m retired I have to find time to drive it”. Says Mike

January 2012 Car of the Month

Congrats to our January 2012 

Car of the Month

Dave Paule

Round 2 1964 Nova

Dave says “I am thankful for being here again. I won out on a rainy day when everyone else was afraid to get there car wet. Maybe I’m just a better planner than lucky at the car of the month drawing.”     

Dave ended up with his 2nd Nova in attempt to lure his daughter’s affection of cars with a smaller sized ride. Keith’s Garage found Dave a stripped body-only which got the ball rolling and was there all the way when it came to assistance.

“As I started to further strip it down to bare metal for a ground up restoration my daughter and I put together a build list of what we wanted in it.” says Dave.    They started with “safety and handling” involving independent front rack & pinion steering, disc brakes and air bag suspension. Also on the list were numerous comfort features like Vintage air system, Cruise control, 60/40 front seat, column shifter for the automatic overdrive transmission so to keep “our honeys close to us”. Don’t forget seat heaters to keep the buns toasty. The seat design and color scheme were carefully thought out through many debates, patterns and color chips. While nearly complete it’s already logged in a lot of miles and a few car shows while nearing completion it has been a fun project bringing the Paule familty closer together while memorializing our time spent in iron and paint.

December 2011 Car of he Month

Congrats to Rolly and Joan Bittermann         

Car of the Month December 2011. 1955 Nash Metropolitan

 Rolly says “This car is 1 of 7 cars. My Brother in law wanted it, but had to buy the other 6.”    The “Metro” was started from the ground up, everything was done very methodically by Rolly’s brother.   He passed away without the restoration being completed. “I would stop by his place and help him with it when I would go to Lancaster” says Rolly.   One night Rolly received a call and his Kids asked if Rolly would take the car and finish it. “I was elated.”   He trailered it’s new home with all of the parts needed and finished it.  Rolly continues “I got the upholstery done and with help from people in the club got the car finished.   This car club is the greatest. If you need help all you have to do is ask. Somebody knows what you need done.”

   This is my other car was a 1922 Model “T” Touring car. (many years ago).

“Joan and I love the Club and have a lot of fun with the car. People think the color of the car is Cream of Tomato soup. We are honored to be Car of the Month.”

   “My brother in law did so many things together. He restored a lot and traveled all over picking up parts. He was a great Guy and a good mechanic. When we go out for a drive I know he is riding with us.”

                   Rolly and Joan Bittermann


November 2011 Car of the Month

CONCRAT'S TO HANS & LINDA WEG FOR FOR BEING PICKED AS NOVEMBER. 2011 CAR OF THE MONTH

 

HANS WEG HAS OWNED HIS 1929 FORD MODEL-A 2 DR. SEDAN SINCE 1974.  HE SAW IT FOR SALE, PARKED IN A GARAGE WHILE DRIVING THROUGH NORWALK.  THE CAR WAS IN FAIR SHAPE, BUT NEEDED A NEW ENGINE & TRANS. HE BOUGHT THE MODEL-A AND REBUILT A CHEVY V8, 307 CU. IN.  & A 3 SPEED TURBO TRANS THAT HE GOT OUT OF A WRECKED ‘68 CHEVY MALIBU STATION WAGON.  AFTER DRIVING IT FOR A YEAR HANS DECIDED TO DO A FRAME-UP RESTORATION. (check out the pictures from the A’s first car show in ’74 at Knott’s Berry Farm).

 

HANS THEN TOOK THE MODEL-A APART PIECE BY PIECE AND EVERY NUT & BOLT, DOWN TO THE BARE FRAME. THE ORIGINAL FRAME WAS IN BAD SHAPE, WITH CRACKS & TWEEKS AND PIECES TORCH-CUT OUT OF IT. WHILE LOOKING FOR A NEW FRAME, HE FOUND ED MOSS OF NOW "TCI" ENGINEERING, WHO HAD AN AUTO REPAIR SHOP IN NORWALK & HAD STARTED A SIDE BUSINESS OF BUILDING MODEL-A FRAMES. HANS SAYS “I BOUGHT THE FIRST FRAME THAT ED MOSS HAD MADE & STARTED THE RE-CONSTRUCTION”.   AFTER MONTHS OF WORKING ON IT & FINISHING A ROLLING CHASSIS, HE STARTED WORKING ON THE BODY. BEING BUSY WORKING AND RAISING A FAMILY HE QUIT WORKING ON IT FOR 23 YEARS.

 

AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS AND LINDA BUGGING HIM TO SELL IT IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO FINISH IT, HIS REPLY WAS "I'LL ONLY SELL IT IF WE NEED THE MONEY FOR FOOD".   FINALLY IN ‘98 HE GOT THE BUG AGAIN & STARTED TO WORK.    HAVING TO REBUILED THE ENGINE AND TRANS AGAIN AND A YEAR OF A LABOR OF LOVE, LOT'S OF FRUSTRATION, AGONY, AND  MONEY, IT FINALLY WAS  STREET & CAR SHOW WORTHY. 

 

THE MODEL-A FEATURES A 1968 CHEVY 307 V8, W/A CORVETTE CAM, A 3 SPEED TURBO TRANSMISSION, A ‘71 CORVETTE REAR END, A MUSTANG FRONT END, AIR CONDITIONING & STILL HAS THE STOCK 9 GAL GAS TANK IN THE COWL. THE PAINT IS 1988 FERRARI RED WITH FLAMES ON THE HOOD BY "LITTLE LOUIE" OF SAN BERDOO. THE INTERIOR IS GRAY LEATHER AND GRAY TWEED, W/EMBOSED FLAMES ON THE DOORS AND HEAD LINER. THE TOP IS GRAY MERCEDES BENZ CONVERTIBLE COLOR. THE RIMS ARE WELD WHEELS WITH FLAME CUTOUT'S.   IT  WAS FINISHED IN APRIL OF 1999.  THE MODEL-A HAS WON NUMEROUS AWARDS AT CAR SHOWS & CRUISES. IT WAS ALSO FEATURED ON THE POSTER AND T-SHIRTS OF THE LAST CANYON LAKE CAR SHOW IN OCT.  HANS ALSO HAS 2 OTHER CLASSIC CARS, A 66 PONTIAC  GTO AND A 1965 FORD GALAXY CONVERTIBLE.

October 2011 Car of the Month

Congrats to 
Ken and Jo Whitney 
for being picked as
October 2011 Car of the Month
Ken has always loved chevys.   Ken says "I met the love of my life, Jo when I owned a 57 chevy in 1961.  I actually took her to her junior prom in this 57 chevy".  Ken has owned mostly chevys since he was 17 years old.  "I started restoring one in 1975 and sold it before it was finished.  I always wanted to restore another one" says Ken.  Ken also built a dino ferrari  kit car.   After nine years of driving and showing the ferrari, he got the itch to restore another 57 chevy.  Ken says "I found one on EBay located in Pennsylvania.  It looked like it had lots of potential on EBay, but after having it shipped to California, I could see that I had my work cut out for me". The car had a 305 engine with a 350 trans and about thirty pounds of bondo throughout the body.  He sanded the car down to bare metal and replaced  a full 1/4 panel, one full door, the hood, and lots of other body work.  "I replaced the 305 with a 350 engine and I replaced a 350 trans with a 700R4" said ken.  Ken adds "My wife Jo reminded me that I replaced all the glass throughtout the car also.  I did all the body work and the paint in my garage".

As the car stands today, I have added  disc brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, electric windshield wipers, tilt steering wheel,  stereo, cd player.  I have also installed and totally reupholstered Cadillac El Dorado power seats with harness seat belts (the wife, made me do it).  I also lowered the entire car 6 inches in the front and 4 inches in the back.  The entire restoration took four years, several redo's, and we won't talk about how much money it took.  But when I take that same love of my life, Jo from 1961 out cruising, life just doesn't  get any better that!!!!!      
Ken Whitney
For more information please visit www.canyonlakecarclub.com
Car of the Month are chosen each month at our Car Club Breakfast typically held on the third Saturday of each month

Car of the MOnth Sep 2011

Congrats to Joe and Ann Landin for being picked as Car of the Month for August 2011

We purchased the 69 Corvette approx. 2.5 years ago. The former owner had the car totally rebuilt from the driveline, to the paint and chrome. When  told the car would be going up for sale, I purchased it on the spot.

 
This is a 2 top convertable with the rare 427 cubic inch motor producing 435 horsepower from the factory. Internal modifications have increased the  rear wheel horsepower to 497.
 
The only option not working is the radio. With the limited production factory side pipes, you could not here it anyway.
 
A multitude of First Place Awards have been one by this car including: The Huntington Beach Concours De Elegance, Hot August Nights in Reno, The Big Bear Car Show, Murrieta Fathers Day Show and many more.
The car is for sale!




      For more information regarding on the Canyon Lake Car Club please visit www.canyonlakecarclub.com

Canyon Lake Car Show 2010 wrap up

Canyon Lake Car Show 2010

Congradulations to the following Best of Show winner:

Jorge Torres  :  Darren Sanchez  :  Ernie Masson

Tom Mershon  :  Mike Rulifson  : Tom Anderson

Earl Keil  :  Roger O'Dell   : Gil Losi

Trace Edwards  : David Johnston  : Tony Lefeber

John Hollenbeck  : Rich McCollom  : Brent Stackhouse

John Stubbs  : Bob Casieto  : Bill Storer

Armando Torres  : Craig Ory  : Dan Van Dusen

Wendy Fisher  : Roger Plante

PHOTO ALBUM

On Behalf of the Canyon Lake Car Show Committee, we'd like to thank all registrants, participants and attendees for making the 4th annual Car Show a incredible success.

Considering the this home grown show is invitation only in a private community run by a small Car Club, we really out did ourselves.

I was honored to receive so many positive comments from our guests.   As I walked the show ease dropping on our spectators, I heard such

awesome comments which reminded me of how proud I am to be working with so many great people.

 

With your contributions and hard work we helped the Progeria Research Foundation raise over $7100 this year.

 

There are too many people to list but here are a few that made things happen; Kathie Barnes, Joe and Anne Landin, Howard and Kathie Smith, Rich Del Nostro, Bob and Kathie Earleywine, Terry, Sam, Chip, Brock and Katie Foose.   The Sheriff Explores, exhibiting vendors, all 42 sponsors and Bob Earleywine Performance.

 

Here’s a link to a video made by Randy Roberts of Sunset Properties.  GREAT VIDEO !

Randy Robert's Show Video

SLIDE SLOW

Friday Flyer Article

 

Extra T-shirts : The shirts are owned by the POA.  We'll get an answer for how to purchase.

Posters : The real show posters are SOLD OUT.  We have about 50 "draft" posters that will be handed out at the Club breakfast and other events.

Anthony Ganci is sorting thru the 1,000s of pictures and will soon be posting for your review.

We'd like to thank the following Canyon Lake Car Show Sponsors

2nd Look Enterprises (Tiki)Amber Air ConditioningAmerican Material Co
Annie's CaféAuto Care USAAuto Club (AAA)
Bob Earlywine PerformanceBolton Air conditioningCanyon Fitness
Canyon Golf Cars Co.Canyon Lake Car ClubCanyon Lake Car Company
Canyon Lake ChamberCanyon Lake InsuranceCanyon Lake Marine
Coldwell BankerFamily TireFarmers Ins.
Focus FinanceHeart to HeartInk Systems Inc.
Jax WaxJim Crone & Assoc.Kipp Family
Lake Elsinore MarineLake Elsinore Market PlaceLaw office of Samuel Comras
Maaco Collision and PaintMackies LandscapingMBP
Northstar EngineeringPepe's RestaurantPrestige Golf Carts
Progeria FoundationQuiet CoolRio Car Wash
Southland Paving Inc.Southwestern Dirt ExchangeSpeedy Vehicle Registration
Taco Del MarTemecula Valley PaintTorimax Financial Group
Z Best Body and Paint

July 2011 Car of the Month

Congratulations to Lynn and Glen Walker for being picked as

Car of the Month July 2011

1965 Buick Riviera

Glen says “Lynn's parents bought the 1965 Riviera brand new in the Chicago area for $4,595 and drove it across Route 66 to Los Angeles just like a popular song of the time said”.  It was the last year the old route was fully operational and available to the public making the trip historical!

     Lynn’s parents retired to Palm Springs using the car for thirty more years, later when they passed away she inherited the Riviera.  The car had 100 thousand miles on it and in the next ten years we drove it only about two thousand miles around Canyon Lake where we have lived for 38 years.

     When Lynn and I retired we decided to repaint the Riviera and have the 401 nailhead engine rebored to accept unleaded fuel.  With a smile on his face Glen says “The Buick Riviera is a muscle car and will flat put you back in the seat with the slightest touch on the accelerator and has a speedometer which indicates it will do 140 MPH.”

     The 1965 Buick is the only model built with "Clamshell" lights.  These contraptions are fine when they work but otherwise they are a pain, however, they do thrill small children when they see the lights open and close like eyes.

     We enjoy going to car shows with the Canyon Lake Car Club.  We are frequently the only 1965 Buick Riviera in the show.  The Walkers encourage everyone to come to the Club's annual car show on October 1 to see all of the Club’s, and visitor’s, classic cars.   Glen says “I’ll even open and close the lights for your kids.”

 

June 2011 Car of the Month

Congrats to Perry Beggs for being chosen as the Car of the Month for June 2011


Perry says "I have loved old cars as long as I can remember."   Over his life Perry has built and owned many VW Bugs, Busses and a few old Chevy's. My current car is a 1965 Chevy Corvair Monza 140. It has a air cooled horizontally opposed six cylinder similar to a Porsche. In fact it was nicknamed the AmericanPorsche back in the day and yes, the engine IS in the rear. The Corvair was first introduced in 1960 and ran until 1969.  One point nine million were built in the nine years of production. Two body styles were produced, earlies 1960 to 1964 and the lates 1965-1969. They have become very rare since many were turned into dune buggies or rusted out back east.
  
Future plans include a stereo system, stainless steel fuel lines and driving it to shows and functions with the Canyon Lake Car club.
Perry says "My car has a 164 Cubic Inches with 140 HP and  has a factory four carb set up which was the high performance option".  A four speed transmission with a positraction differential. Perry spent 5 months restoring his car working on it nights and weekends. "I was fortunate to find a rust free California built and one owner car to start with two other Corvairs gave their lives to donate parts for the project" says Perry. The color is butternut yellow with a black cloth top and black interior.


May 2011 Car of the Month

May 2011 Car of the Month

is Bill and Sherry Way's '55 Bel Air

The Way's purchased in April of 07.  Bill jokes "Yes, this was one rare car; it was one of only 1,704,667 produced that year with a factory cost of $1635.00 brand new."

Today that same car sells for anywhere between a few thousand dollars from a junk yard  to well over $200K .

Oh, have times changed for classic cars.  Cruise down the street in a classic car and people will go out of their way to give you thumbs up or will ask what year is that car? Also, many people will walk up and tell you they owned one just like it back in the day. If you’re ever interested in meeting new people buy a classic car.  

My wife and I joined the Canyon Lake car club just weeks after we purchased the car and have enjoyed all the people and activities the club promotes.  October 1, 2011 will be the sixth annual Canyon Lake Car Show at the lodge and they expect well over 250 cars to participate in the event. So, if you ever had the hots for an old car or want something to do, plan on attending the show.  People who own these types of cars are super friendly, so stop by and ask questions and if you get the bug to buy an old car step up and join the club. You just can’t beat the good times and the friendly club members.

April 2011 Car of the Month

The April 2011 Car of the Month

goes to Gale and Dick McCollom and their

'67 Chevy Chevelle

This one came about after the 2009 Fall Temecula Rod Run.  While walking down Front Street, the family saw it, just sitting there all alone.  Being the diplomatic person that I am, I said “why don’t YOU buy something like THAT!  Something we can actually USE, i.e., DRIVE & ENJOY(as opposed to some of the other/many vehicles we’ve gone through over the years).  Plus, this was the year I graduated from high school and aMalibu was my second car……

 

Dick wrote the phone number down and about 3 weeks later he bought it!  This one is a 1967 Chevelle Malibu.  She’s beautiful on the outside, but we soon found that she needed some work under the hood……..….who doesn’t?

 

Bob Earleywine PERFORMANCE has taken her under his wing and made more improvements than I can list.  The saga began with a phone call from Bob.  “Hello, I said.”  “It’s your rear end!!” he blurted.  After composing myself, he began the list of other (less insulting) major issues including vintage A/C system, heater, radio/CD player, turn signal(s), horn, hood springs, adjusting window frames, wind wing, adding steering wheel parts, new starter, water pump, belt conversion kit, power steering pump, blah, blah, blah.

 

Thanks to Bob Earleywine PERFORMANCE she’s in better shape than I am!  Pictured with Dick at the April 16 Car Club Breakfast are Nicole, Rachel (“Niclone”) and Michael My Friend Earleywine.  Thanks to everyone for your friendship & support!  We love Canyon Lake, the Canyon Lake Car Club and the Canyon Lake Women’s Club!

Car of the Month March 2011

March 2011
Car of the Month
goes to Gale and Tom Anderson
and there
1947 Ford 2 door sedan

Tom says "Gale and I bought the car in 1999 after seeing it at a Good Guys show.  It was our first hot rod and we thought it was perfect, everything was great".  A few year later and we have re-done everything you can't see, mustang II front suspension, rebuilt the 351 Windsor motor and the trans. Installed parallel leaf rear suspension and new interior.  The car is a great highway cruiser and we have driven it to car events in Lake Havasu, Laughlin, and Utah.  We will be driving to Bakersfield for the NSRA event later this month.

Congrats Tom and Gale and good luck at NSRA

Canyon Lake Car Show 2010

Congradulations to the following Best of Show winner:

Jorge Torres  :  Darren Sanchez  :  Ernie Masson

Tom Mershon  :  Mike Rulifson  : Tom Anderson

Earl Keil  :  Roger O'Dell   : Gil Losi

Trace Edwards  : David Johnston  : Tony Lefeber

John Hollenbeck  : Rich McCollom  : Brent Stackhouse

John Stubbs  : Bob Casieto  : Bill Storer

Armando Torres  : Craig Ory  : Dan Van Dusen

Wendy Fisher  : Roger Plante

PHOTO ALBUM

On Behalf of the Canyon Lake Car Show Committee, we'd like to thank all registrants, participants and attendees for making the 4th annual Car Show a incredible success.

Considering the this home grown show is invitation only in a private community run by a small Car Club, we really out did ourselves.

I was honored to receive so many positive comments from our guests.   As I walked the show ease dropping on our spectators, I heard such

awesome comments which reminded me of how proud I am to be working with so many great people.

 

With your contributions and hard work we helped the Progeria Research Foundation raise over $7100 this year.

 

There are too many people to list but here are a few that made things happen; Kathie Barnes, Joe and Anne Landin, Howard and Kathie Smith, Rich Del Nostro, Bob and Kathie Earleywine, Terry, Sam, Chip, Brock and Katie Foose.   The Sheriff Explores, exhibiting vendors, all 42 sponsors and Bob Earleywine Performance.

 

Here’s a link to a video made by Randy Roberts of Sunset Properties.  GREAT VIDEO !

Randy Robert's Show Video

SLIDE SLOW

Friday Flyer Article

 

Extra T-shirts : The shirts are owned by the POA.  We'll get an answer for how to purchase.

Posters : The real show posters are SOLD OUT.  We have about 50 "draft" posters that will be handed out at the Club breakfast and other events.

Anthony Ganci is sorting thru the 1,000s of pictures and will soon be posting for your review.

We'd like to thank the following Canyon Lake Car Show Sponsors


2nd Look Enterprises (Tiki)Amber Air ConditioningAmerican Material Co
Annie's CaféAuto Care USAAuto Club (AAA)
Bob Earlywine PerformanceBolton Air conditioningCanyon Fitness
Canyon Golf Cars Co.Canyon Lake Car ClubCanyon Lake Car Company
Canyon Lake ChamberCanyon Lake InsuranceCanyon Lake Marine
Coldwell BankerFamily TireFarmers Ins.
Focus FinanceHeart to HeartInk Systems Inc.
Jax WaxJim Crone & Assoc.Kipp Family
Lake Elsinore MarineLake Elsinore Market PlaceLaw office of Samuel Comras
Maaco Collision and PaintMackies LandscapingMBP
Northstar EngineeringPepe's RestaurantPrestige Golf Carts
Progeria FoundationQuiet CoolRio Car Wash
Southland Paving Inc.Southwestern Dirt ExchangeSpeedy Vehicle Registration
Taco Del MarTemecula Valley PaintTorimax Financial Group
Z Best Body and Paint

2010 Garage Tour

2010 Mystery Garage Tour

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Thank you to all who participated in the 2010 Mystery Garage Tour where preliminary count says over 100 guest visited our three mystery garages as we progressed from appetizers, to dinner and finally dessert.

Special thanks go to Suzi and Pete Delia, Jim and Becky Ness and Paul and Pam Kakis.

Pete and Suzi provided an awesome setting in their lake front home serving various wines and beverages along with a large assortment of appetizers.

Arriving at 7:30pm to the MANCAVE, Jim and Becky Ness showed the club a great time inviting all to tour their collection of beautiful collection of cars and a excellent dinner plus games and post view of Barrette Jackson on one of many TVs.

Last stop, 8:30pm, Pam and Paul gave us the icing on the cake with a drive in movie themed garage which included a roller skating car hop, DJ and endless bar plus all the movie candy you’d want.

The Poker Run winner was Terry Foose at over $175!   Thank you all who took part in the Poker Run.

Check out the rest of over 200 pictures… HERE

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October 2010 Car of the Month

Congratulations to Tom and Willie Nagle for being selected as the Car of the Month for October 2010

Tom’s car is a 1965 Corvette convertible with minimal options,; radio, heater, and a 396 cubic inch 425 horsepower engine and the standard 4 speed transmission. 

 

The story actually starts on a very cold winter evening in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I was going to school at the University of Michigan.  I had read all the stories in the car mags about a great new engine that Chevrolet was coming out with and had success with racing in the months before called the “mystery engine”.  A key developer of the engine was coming to Ann Arbor that evening to address the local Society of Automotive Engineers chapter.  The weather was so cold only a few people showed up.  The speaker was the man that became well known for all automotive at Chevrolet, Zora Arkus Duntov.  To me, the engineering geek and car nut, the talk was great.  What was even better after the talk was talking at length with Mr. Duntov.  As we were finishing are talk he asked if I wanted to see the engine.  We walked to the parking structure where there sat a silver pearl 1965 Corvette coupe that had fuel injection emblems on the fenders.  All of that was fine but this car had an unusual bulge on the hood.  He lifted the hood and there sat a 425 HP 396 cubic inch engine.  We went over every inch of the engine and the car had unusual side exhaust system.  I was feeling good and it was time for Duntov to leave and then cam the surprise.  He asked which way I was going and it was the same way I was headed and he asked if I wanted a ride.  How could I refuse?  It was the sealing event.  I then knew what car I had to have.  It brought on the somewhat old picture of the 65 Corvette that I bought at the end of that year from the interior styling lead for Corvette, Pete Marino.  I then customized the car adding 67 Corvette body panels six tail lights and radiused wheel wells.  Soon the Mako Shark style 69 Corvette caught my eye  so I sold the 65 and bought a 69 big block with aluminum heads.  It was a real runner but I never forgot the 65.  A couple years after I sold the car the movie “Dead man’s Curve” came out and there was my 65 customized Corvette in the movie with a major roll.  Later in life I tried unsuccessfully to find that old 65 but never did find it.  So I had to find a replacement and that is the 65 in the more recent photo.

Car of the Month Aug 2010


Presenting the August 2010 Car of the Month - Anthony Ganci’s ‘33 FORD 3 WINDOW COUPE  with a 350 Chevy engine with mild cam, Holley carb sitting on an Edelbrock intake, ceramic headers, March pulleys, MSD 6AL ignition and Blaster coil, Be Cool aluminum radiator. 350 Turbo automatic transmission. Mustang II front clip with front disc brakes. 8.8 rear end. Dual exhaust with Bullet mufflers. Torque Thruster 14in front 15in rear wheels. Sculpted gray leather interior. Vintage Air and heat. Phantom gauges. Overhead console. Tilt wheel. Power windows. Power trunk opener. Beautiful red paint on a Downs body. Original 1933 headlights. Frenched 1939 taillights. Shaved door handles. 

???? The Mystery Car ????

September 2010 Car of the Month

Presenting the Car of the Month for

September 2010

"It was an honor to be chosen Car of the month!" says Rolly Bittermann

Congradulation to Rolly and Joan Bittermann and their newly restored Metropolitan

      I wasn't really planning on getting a car. My Brother in law Robert Amick was restoring this Metropolitan.He had to buy 6 other Metros to get this one. He started from the ground up. "He loved restoring cars". He lived in Pearblossom Ca. and my Sister lives in Lancaster. Joan and I would visit my Sister and on the way there and coming home we would stop at Bob's and I would help him on the car. He had emphysema and parkinson's really bad. He was trying to get the car done for a show in Sacramento in June of 2009.  He passed away March 6, 2009. The family knew how much I loved the car. 

We were camping at Borrego Springs November 2009. when I got a phone call and my other Brother in law told me the family wanted me to have the car, but I needed to finish it.The day I got that call I was ecstatic. I couldn't wait to get the car in my garage. It needed a rear window, the upholstery installed and the paint touched up and buffed out. People in the Club have been very helpful. The one person that I really need to thank is Richard Murphy. He got a person to install the interior and Richard buffed out the paint, plus many other things.  What a great job.                 

"Thanks" -  Rolly





June 2010 Car of the Month

Congratulations to our June 2010 Car of the Month recipients.


Ernie and Beckey Mason and their 1965 Lincoln Continental. 

The car was purchased in 1996 from the niece of the original owner who had been sick for several years and then passed away.  The car had been setting for about 12 years just wasting away.  Becky says, “When we bought it, it only had 45,000 original miles and looked like it might be a good project”.  After getting it home, we found that the engine had four (4) stuck valves and the car had lots of rust from just setting and needed a lot of TLC.  After getting the engine in operating condition, everything else showed up.  The transmission and cooler, power breaks, power steering, radiator, power windows, suspension, you name it.  Needless to say that it took a lot longer than I thought it would to get it in just drivable condition, but we did it.  It was used as a daily driver until we moved to Canyon Lake.  Getting only 5 miles to the gallon and with the price of gas over $3.00 a gallon it only gets driven once a week. 

“Little by little this ’65 Lincoln is getting done, but it is like any other classic car, I'll probably work on it forever.” Says Ernie Mason

April 2010 Car of the Month

Don Norris joined the Canyon Lake Car Club in March 2010 after acquiring his 1955 Chevy Bel Air.  This is Don’s third ‘55.  He sold his last ‘55 in 1963.

 

 

 

Don says  "I retired a few years ago from Cadillac and was looking for a project to occupy my time". Don found this 55 Chevy in Northern California at a consignment dealer in January 2010.  He was told the car belonged to a serviceman who had gone off to war and had not returned. Because of that, Don does not have any background or any other documentation on the car and has had to research what his car has in it.

 

The Bel Air has a 1965 Corvette 327 CI Engine with 340 HP.  The Intake and Carburetor are Edelbrock Performance with a Mallory Ignition.  It has a Muncy 4 Speed Transmission with a 411 POSI Traction Rear End.

 

 

 

Don’s future plans for the car include converting to power steering, painting and new upholstery.

 

"I'm having a blast tinkering on the car and my wife Anne has no problem finding me" says Don.

 

As his license plates displays, Don loves “KRUSN” in his “55 in Canyon Lake.   Watch for Anne and Don a warm summer nights.

 

March 2010 Car of the Month

The March 2010

Car of the Month is

 

Dave Paule and his

’69 Chevy Malibu

 

Dave says “The picture are of my 2 favorite projects. Pasadena city hall seismic retrofit & upgrade & my 1969 Chevrolet Malibu.”

 

 

I purchased my car in 2004 after the encouragement from my Dad and unsolicited support from my wife. I had just completed building our house and needed an escape from pounding nails & pouring concrete.   I had a few muscle cars while growing up & learned a lot working on them. They kept me needing a job to pay for parts keeping me occupied and out of trouble.  

 

I chose this particular car for styling mostly and partly from my best High School buddy had one that always got us to where we were going in style and first. We had a lot of cruising fun in it.  I purchased the car cosmetically as shown but replaces the entire drive train from a 350/4spd combo to a fuel sipping, 20mpg 454 with a 5spd Tremic transmission. For safety & comfort I added disc brakes, power steering, 3 point seatbelts, sound system, 2-1/2”dual exhaust, vintage air conditioner, thicker sway bars & body bushings. It performs perfectly.

 

 

 

My daughter just drove it to  and from Las Vegas with her college girlfriends for spring break (before I watched The Hangover). I just got back from a 1200 mile loop to the Pleasanton Goodguys show, up to Chico to see my daughter in college and back. For the 4th time in the last year.

 

 

 

This car has brought back and created a lot of memories. It has taught me more automotive skills and being a member of the car club adds meeting new people and with that brought there knowledge and resources.

 

There are many ways to enjoy a car. There are the ones that like to go fast. There the ones that like to polish, pet and perfect. There are the ones that like to go to shows and get trophies. Some just see them as a means to get to and from enjoying the freedom they bring. I like mine to get a good parking spot at car shows but, mostly I choose to cruise.

 

January 2010 Car of the Month

January 2010

Car of the Month

 

1935 DODGE PICK UP-OWNER JIM & GLORIA THOMPSON

 

 

 

The Truck came from Grand Coulee Washington where a friend gave it to me in 199.  He had a small body shop and I was living in Grand Coulee working on the new Third Powerhouse for the Dam at the time. When the project at the Dam was completed I towed the truck back to Orange, Ca. where I lived at the time, the truck was in original condition, complete with bullet holes, 4 Cyl Motor and no glass at all. Some Indian ranchers who needed work done on a farm truck traded it to my friend in lieu of money for their repairs. My friend moved to Los Alamos N.M. and he called me and told me he needed work to bring the truck to N.M. We started out with a budget but quickly threw that out the window!   Jim says “As any builder knows budgets are a joke.”

 

 

We started with a Chrysler 440 CU.IN but it did not fit so we opted for a small block chevy, a, 350 trans and Ford 3:08 gears, Mustang front end with coil over suspension in the back, all from local wrecking yards in the area. It took just a little over 2 years to complete the 1st phase. It now has a ZZ4 Crate Motor, 700R4 trans with 3:55 Ford posi 8in. rear end. The truck was chopped 3” and the bed was shortened 13” The back fenders were sectioned to accommodate the rear end. It has Colorado Custom wheels, 17” in rear and 15” in front. It also has pwr steering, pwr disc brakes, AC, power toneau cover which is 1 piece aluminum and electric windows.

 

 

Truck was last painted by Cypress Auto body, Cypress CA and upholstered by Gabe’s in Bloomington, CA The original paint was 1st applied in N.M., 2nd paint by Gordy`s in Bullhead City, 1st upholstery was from N.M. as well. Its all steel with the exception of the front fenders which are fiberglass. It’s a good driver and has been driven to Fresno, Bakersfield, Lake Havasu and Yuma, AZ. Many times.

 

The license plate says “MOFLAME” ,which is not meant to be an ethnic slur, MO is for MOPAR and Flame speaks for itself, Gloria and I are both proud to be members of CLCC and have met many nice people since joining.

 

Nov 09 Car of the Month

November 2009 Car of the Month

Being one of the newest members of the Canyon Lake Car Club and winning Car of the Month is quite an honor.  Never did I think that I would make such an impression in the hot rod community.  From the time I could drive, I have had a fascination  with the motor vehicle.  My high school car was a 1970 Chevelle that my Father helped me build.  Fast forward to 1997, I fell in love, got married, and had twin daughters all in a span of two-years.  Well needless to say, the hot rod fund ran dry.  On Memorial Day Weekend of 2004 I answered a recycler ad for a 1963 Nova.  One look at it and I bought it (after getting my wife's permission, of course).  The Nova was complete and bone stock.  Once I got it home it sat parked until the winter of 2004.  I could not stand it anymore, opening the garage door and walking by it 3-4 times a day, something had to be done.  I had no choice, but to call an emergency family meeting.  I put my foot down and told my girls the car was collecting spiders and something had to be done.  We could either spray a potentially hazardous chemical to kill the spiders once a week or I could start working on my Nova. 

The next day disassembly started.  My original plan was to retrieve a junk yard small block with a turbo 350, clean it up and install.  Well, plans changed.  It started with one piece being powder coated and ended up absolutely everything that is orange is powder coated top to bottom, front to rear.  The front suspension is a total cost involved, A-arm coil over springs with 11" rotors and polished calipers.  The rear is also a T.C.I  sub-frame connectors are used.  The motor is a Chevrolet Stroker 383, with Dart Pro 1 Aluminum heads, Edelbrock Tunnel Ram, Twin Demons, Billet Specialties V-Trac System and Vintage Air.  The wiring is a Ron Francis Product.  The body was in good condition to start with.  I removed all moldings and welded the holes closed.  Both doors were re-skinned and I fabricated the hole in the hood for the tunnel Ram.  I wanted a tunnel ram since high school and I was finally old enough to "over rule" my Father so the tunnel ram happened.  All of the holes in the dash were also welded closed.  The transmission is a 700R4 with a 3400 Stall converter.  The rear end is a Ford 9" positraction.  The wheels are Billet Specialties "Vintec" 17", and the rubber is Goodyear.  On the inside, glide seats are in the front and a custom rear seat was made to accommodate for the minitubs I fabricated.  From the console to the carpet, including the headliner, door panels, and all of the woodwork was designed and built by me.  Only the covering of the seats were "farmed out".  The entire interior was designed around the rear television (nothing else matter to my daughters).  The trunk was built from my love of the pick up.  The P.V. bed style floor lifts up for storage.  No room for a spare tire, that’s what we pay AAA for, right?  As for the outside colors, I love orange.  Our family room is orange, my shoes are orange, my license plate confirms this "ORNGNTZ" (orange nuts!).  This 1963 Chevrolet Nova was built almost entirely by me, absolutely everything I could do, I did.  Every mistake was made my me.  The knowledge I learned from mistakes is worth it.  I  I would like to thank the people I've met that have helped me  build my first real hot rod.  While I may be quite shy, I look forward to becoming friends with all at the Canyon Lake Car Club.  One last thing, throughout this build my Father was battling Alzheimer's/Dementia, I tried so very hard to finish this car and give him a ride.  He died in February 2007, I finished in March 2007.
 
Thanks again for this honor,
Ken Hooton
 
P.S.-Thank you to my loving wife Stephanie and my twin daughters Kassidy and Karlee, the loves of my life.

November 2009 CotM

November 2009

Canyon Lake Car Club

Car of the Month

The honoree is

Leo Biller and his

'70 Olds Cutlass SX convertible


 
 
Leo's car is a 1970 Olds Cutlass SX convertible. The SX model was made for only two years and is the same platform as the 442 including the 455 cu. in. 365 hp motor. The SX was an attempt to hide a performance car in luxury clothes for insurance purposes. The SX came with AC, and all the power options, including steering, brakes, windows, door locks, seats etc. In 1970 there were only 378 convertibles produced according to the SX registry.
 
Leo first spotted his car in a down town Los Angeles auto repair facility. It was on 7th st. and I would pass by it while riding the bus home from work. I had just sold a 64 Thunder Bird convertible and was in the market for another convertible. I stopped in to talk to the shop owner about the car and was informed it was for sale. The owner had had some work done to it and then became ill and turned the car over to the shop owner. It was in need of some body work and paint. This was in 1992. I bought the car and drove it home. At that time it had 74k miles on it. I was the second owner.  I drove it for about a year and had a Doug Nash transmission put in along with an electronic ignition. I then stored it in my mother's garage till 2006. I then had it transported to Ralph's Auto body in Hawaiian Gardens. His shop removed all the trim and bumpers and prepped the body for paint. It was repainted it's original factory color, "Saffron Yellow" including all jams, trunk and under hood. I wanted to keep the car as original as possible and opted for the original color. The racing stripe was a dealer installed option for that year and I chose to include it to match the interior. Several of the trim parts had to be replaced requiring a search of the Internet for them. I was fortunate enough to be able to still buy some of the parts while Olds was in business in 92. They included several beauty rings for the wheels, taillights, a grille insert and wheel well trim.
 
The interior is a special option, sable brown, which I could not match with any of the interior shops. I did find the material and ordered enough to have the front buckets and rear bench re-done. The rest of the interior is what came from the factory. The top was replaced with a matching Hartz cloth top as the original had a slash over the driver area. I think some one forgot their keys at one time. I had the original AM FM radio rebuilt and it now works fine.
 
The wheels are factory wheels that were powder coated to match the paint. I am looking to change the wheels to the other style of SS1 wheels which are all polished and do not require beauty rings.
 
Leo says "The car has been a great pleasure to own and especially never seeing anything quite like it at any of the shows. It is a pleasure to ride in with the air on or with the top down. The 455 still has plenty of power, but I would like to have it gone through and rebuilt with some internal performance upgrades. That will come down the road."

Thanks Leo and congratulations on being the November 2009 Canyon Lake Car Club Car of the Month.

The CLCC Car of the Month is chosen from all those members who bring their rides to the Monthly Car Club Breakfast.  The next breakfast will be November 21 from 8am to 10am.  See you there !  

Special thanks to Anthony Ganci for takeing these pictures and most all others.  Thanks Anthony !!!!

CAR OF THE MONTH

CANYON LAKE CAR CLUB

SEPTEMBER, 2009

1971 PONTIAC FIREBIRD FORMULA 400

BARRY AND SHERIE LANDON

"Original Owners"

In the year 1970, after driving a 1964 vintage black gutless Comet Sherie inherited from her grandfather, Robert Emmett Cannon, the two of us decided it was time to purchase a car that had enough power to get up the necessary speed to get on the freeways in Orange County, California. So during the last few months of 1970 and beginning of the following year, we both spent just about every weekend studying and test driving many cars.  We especially remember test driving the Ford Mach 1, but Sherie could not see through the louvers out the back window and because of being only 5'1" tall, she just generally could not see out the car.  As we proceeded to test drive other cars, such as the Trans Am, she found that was also true with all but the PONTIAC FIREBIRD FORMULA 400.  We finally narrowed it down - Sherie was comfortable driving it and loved the power, Barry loved the lines and look of the car and both especially loved the handling and high-power performance, and particularly loved the hood scoops on the FORMULA 400.  On February 18, 1971, it was time to begin negotiating with Casey-Beckham Pontiac in Anaheim, California.  We agreed on a final total price of $4558.05.  What a deal, right!  Sherie remembers from then on flying down the 405 frwy from Mission Viejo to her work in Newport Beach at 95 mph every morning - never seeing a cop, thank goodness, and never having trouble getting on those freeways again!

 

Sherie drove her FIREBIRD FORMULA 400 full-time for 15 years, transporting around three kids and three dogs, from February 18, 1971 to December 30, 1986, when it was decided once again it was time for a new car, only because a larger one was necessary.  But we could not part with our beloved FIREBIRD; so, needless to say, we didn't.  Our FIREBIRD has its original 81,000 miles, has never left the state of California, has never been in any kind of accident, except for the time when a liquid amber tree feel on its roof while sitting in our driveway in Lake Forest (was painted red during repairs), has never been given a speeding ticket (or any other kind), has never given us any trouble, and has never not taken us where we wanted to go. 

 

We stored our FIREBIRD carefully, receiving several offers from friends and passer-bys to buy (could not have any of that), until it was time to restore it to its original stock condition and color (including matching serial numbers and original transmission), which was done in September, 2009, just in time to receive Car of the Month, Canyon Lake Car Club.  How GRAND is that!

 

We can't wait to drive it off once again to show it off!

March 2009 Car of the Month

 

We are pleased to introduce the March 2009 Car of the Month.

Jerry and Marry Jaramillo one of the original 10 members!

The Jaramillo's '57 Chevy Bel Air is the symbol of classic cars.

Jerry says "The car bug hit me early, as a kid. My First car was a ‘56 Oval window, Volkswagen Bug; I bought for $125.00, when I was 15. Two years later, I sold that VW for $850.00 and bought a ‘67 VW bus for $1900.00 dollars. I became a Volkswagen mechanic for about 5 years, then discovered I liked American Iron and bought a ‘67 GMC Truck. "

Growing up Jerry's older brother had a ‘63 Corvette Roadster; his friend had a Baby Blue ’57 2 door 210 Chevy.

I "remember when" my mom use to yell at my brother and his friends for laying rubber down the street, bringing excitement to the neighborhood!

Jerry admits, "I’ve always wanted a Classic Car. I’ve been looking through the Auto Trader and other car magazines for years searching for "My Ride".   One weekend while at the Pomona Swap Meet Jerry was looking at a ‘56 truck when a Red ‘57 Bel Air caught his eye.    I was looking for a perfect frame-off restoration that could be a "driver" says Jerry and this car was perfect in every way.   Soon after purchasing the '57 he added Power brakes, Stereo system, alarm.   Mary adds "I'm hoping for AC before the summer comes on strong."

We enjoy hanging with the “Canyon Lake Car Club”; you meet fun and interesting people, as well as cruising, hitting the car shows and driving a cool car.

 

Watch for Jerry and Marry cruising the lake and surrounding areas.  Not only are they "member #6" they are very active in the club and all club events.

For more pictures of this red hot '57 see : LINK

For more pictures of this red hot '57 see : LINK

2008 Christmas Party

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS !

Canyon Lake Car Club Christmas Party

was a HUGE success.  Thank you to all who made it

possible.

 

Special thanks to:

Bob Earleywine Performance

Torimax Financial Services

Babette Stubbs

Joe Landin, John Stubbs, Chuck Casey, Hans Wegg, Canyon Lake Country Club, Bill and Sherry Way, Chip and Lynne Foose, and all those who attended.

The evening kicked off with an excellent dinner from the fabulous Canyon Lake Country Club Staff.  Wine exchange bottles were uncorked and the Merriness flowed. 

Desert was devoured while Santa arrived via a red hot rod sled.  Members and guest melted and jaws dropped as Santa entered the room.

Joe and Babette with Santa's help thanked our special contributors and one lucky guest with a special Christmas present.

The music cranked from 8 to 10 as we drank and danced to splendid music including all our holiday favorites.  The wine bottle exchange ended as the dance floor was packed.

I saw nothing but smiles, hugs and Holiday spirit.  We have such a phenomenal group of club members.  It's such a pleasure to be part of this Club.

Check out the pictures:  LINK

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS ! 

June 18 LE Market Place Cruise Night

 

Here are the pictures from the June 18 Lake Elsinore Market Place Cruise Night

LINK TO ANTHONY"S PICTURES

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May 2009 Car of the Month

Presenting our April 2009 Canyon Lake Car Club

May 2009 Car of the Month

 

Dave Deboe and his '55 Chevy Bel Air Convertible

 

TEMPERARY PICTURE LINK

 

Dave and Judy Deboe purchased this beautiful restoration and received delivery during Christmas week 2007. The 2 1/2 year frame off restoration had just been completed with only 703 miles since completion. This classic is all original with a 265 cubic inch 180 hp V8 with optional oil filter and a manual transmission with 3 on the column. Dave says "there's an original working radio and clock!". Finding original 1955 California license plates made the restoration complete. There were only 42,278 Bel Air convertibles built in 1955, which was 2.38% of the total number of Chevrolets built that year, making this a very special find.   Dave adds "I can remember very clearly capturing a rare glimpse at this clasic back in the 50's. Driving it today is really special!"

 

Congrats Dave and Judy, Great Ride!

 

 

The site that was created by the previous owner is:

http://www.emdpix.com/ebay/55convertible.htm

 

You can be chosen as Car of the Month by attending one of our monthly Car Club Breakfasts.  Just bring your ride and get a ticket for the raffle.  Check "upcoming events" to find the next Car Club Breakfast.  Held monthly on Saturday morning from 8 to 10am at the Canyon Lake Country Club.

2008 Rods and Rails

Congratulations to all the Canyon Lake Car Club Members who attended and won trophies at the Rods and Rails show last Sunday.

FORDsThe gand hangs under the ezupAnthony's Ford and Bill's Chevyrestored trolley

 

Sixteen rides met at the Canyon Lake Market for a 7:30am caravan down Goetz road to the Orange Empire Railway Museum.   The staff let us in at 8am as we parked, set up the Ez-up and kicked back.    Pete and Suzi found out early on their ride would be the focus of next year’s Rods and Rails poster in addition to being on the cover of this years program.

 

 break timeAnthony's ford with period correct Rich's roadsterBob's woody

 Two additional Canyon Lakers arrived with their cars to make a total of 18 registered cars and trucks.   The show included food, music, goodie bags, hand made show posters, reenactment gun fights, Juice Newton, craft show, potato festival, Perris history display and of course, cars, trucks, motorcycles and trains.

The youngest CL Car Club memberIron hoursea few of the old bikes

 

There was plenty shade trees and green grass to keep things cool as the temperature reached 90F.   At 3pm the show coordinator began announcing the show trophy winners.  The Club hurried over to the stage area and cheered on the winners.

 

13 of 18 Canyon Lake Car Club entries won a trophy including the Club Award which was a nicely appointed wooden club with small gold name plate forever engraving our first club award.

 

You can check out all 69 pictures HERE

Photo credits go to Hans Wegg and Anthony Ganci.

 

Classic Stories

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