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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: brewster] #373518
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Wednesday morning, and the start of the tours! We made it down for breakfast for 8:00am, and departed around 9:00am. Abby was full of pancakes! Our destination today is Virginia City, a small mining town South East of Reno. We left the '51 at home, as there are two big mountain passes to go up, and I didn't feel like it was a good tour to break the car in on. Maybe tomorrow...

The drive to Virginia City was through some nice and hot Southwest desert. We saw a couple of the old cars making their way there as well. We had a choice to make as to which route we took up the mountain, and chose the more difficult "Highway to the Sky". A long 15% grade, with some good curves in it. I was glad I left the '51 back at the hotel.



The main street is an eclectic collection of crafts, antiques, saloons, and tourist trap stuff for sale. It looked pretty good with the old buildings and old cars lining the streets.













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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: brewster] #373519
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We had lunch in a saloon with Pat & Barry Staples. The staff was short handed, and over run with VCCA customers. Our poor waitress! A little more wandering around town, and we were ready to go. we left town through a six mile long gorge that runs out of the mountains. At the top of the hill is this '52 GMC...



It was a fairly hot day, and we finished it up at the hotel where we went for a dip in the pool...



We went for supper, then took a wander around the lot. Today this little '34 roadster was out there. First time we've seen it all week!







While Barry & Pat, Dale James and I talked over the days tour, Abby was getting ready for tomorrow's tour...


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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: Chev Nut] #373523
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Originally Posted By: Chev Nut
Thank You ever so much for taking the time to post the pictures. Made me feel almost like I was there. thanku wave


X2. I also had plans to go until life and the financial gremlin started to interfere. Beautiful!!!!!


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Having a great time in Tahoe, meeting lots of people from the chat site, having a good time with the Brewster


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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: ab_buff] #373560
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Sorry I'm falling behind guys! All I can say is there is no entry yet for yesterday because I was out drinking beer last night with a certain Junkyard Dog we all know! :beer mugs: It's been a blast meeting fellow Chat members this week as well!

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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: ab_buff] #373561
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Like everyone else Thank you for posting the pics and description of proceedings from your angle. I too would like to have attended but the employment situation almost fell over 2 years ago and still hasnt recovered or I would be there with you all.
I also need to find a warmer climate at this time of year, winds that come out of the freezer are not fun to contend with as some of you probably know.
Brewster I can imagine Jane would put up with taking the cars home rather than flying with A 2 year old. I mistakenly decided to do a 2 day road trip with my wife and 18 month old twins, it didnt happen again until the twins were 6 or 7 and even then I nearly regretted it. I havent decided which were the worst passengers, the twins or the wife as they all very nearly walked home at various stages.
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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: brewster] #373562
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Hi Bruce, We are enjoying the story of your travels and photos. It looks like you traveled alone to Tahoe and have the family meet you there?
Abby sure is getting big...... Time does fly by.
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Bruce..I'm glad to see you had your priorities in the proper order yesterday!!! Enjoying the pics and comments...Keep'em coming! Billu38

Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: Dave_C] #373597
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Originally Posted By: Dave_C
Hi Bruce, We are enjoying the story of your travels and photos. It looks like you traveled alone to Tahoe and have the family meet you there?
Abby sure is getting big...... Time does fly by.
Dave C


Dave... We're missing you here! A couple of weeks to go until Six Cylinder Tour time!


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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: brewster] #373598
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Right... so where were we?! Thursday morning we woke up early again for another day of fun touring. I really regretted not driving the '51 on Wednesday, so decided that if Dan O'Day can drive a 1914 Model H out one of these mountain passes, then surely I could manage it in my trusty stovebolt six!

The first thing I did was surround myself with suckers to look after me when things went wrong! Dale James (ab_buff here on Chat) was going to follow/push me up the passes in his 1933 sedan, and Bruce DeFord (32confederate on Chat) was going to follow him in his modern pickup to pick up the parts that fall off of our cars!

We started heading North on our way to Harrah's Auto museum in Reno. We're on the "short" side Mount Rose pass going out of Lake Tahoe. My '51 runs a power glide rear end for better gas milage on the straight aways, but that didn't help me here! On the steep grade it bogs down in third gear, and the downshift to second is the exact opposite... screaming engine with little headway! I stuck it in second most of the way, and held it back to a reasonable RPM. We ducked in and out of the turnouts to let faster cars pass as well. Next came the big drop down to the desert on the other side. Screaming down the mountain in a 65 year old car with Bendix drum brakes is no easy task! By the time we got to the bottom I felt like I had been through a workout!





After missing the turn out to the optional "No freeways" route, we headed into Reno on the interstate. The Harrah's collection is outstanding, and even had a few Chevy's> Here's a sampling of what we saw...









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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: brewster] #373599
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1918 D-V8...





1926 wagon...





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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: brewster] #373611
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Great pictures,thanks so much. Did you happen to see any Corvairs there especially Corvair trucks? Ed Bittman VCCA# 47508 Dade City,Fl

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There was one incredible cargo corvair van with open back and fold down cargo side. Did not get picture of it but very unusual and beautifully restored


SEARCHING FOR GOOD QUALITY 1933 CHEVROLET MASTER REAR FENDERS AND DRIVERS RUNNING BOARD!!! AND ORIGINAL TRICO MIRRORS FOR SIDEMOUNTS. ALL LEADS APPRECIATED.
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That would be a Rampside PU. probably the most useful truck ever made! Ed VCCA#47508 Dade City,fl

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It was a '61 Rampside. Very nice restoration.


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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: Chipper] #373662
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Guys... I'm on the road now on the way home. I don't seem to get good internet at the rest stops or McDonalds. It won't give me enough band to upload pictures. I'll finish it off when I get home. I'll even have a pic of that Rampside!!


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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: brewster] #373663
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Have a safe trip home and thank you for all the pictures and stories.
You made my week even if I could not be there. thanku


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As per Gene, Have a safe trip home. Keep it between the ditches and thanks for everything you have done for us stay at homes. I look forward to seeing you next month on the Six Cylinder Tour.


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Great job Bruce!!!! Enjoyed all the photos and stories! Safe driving back....Billu38

Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: brewster] #373708
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The tour through Harrah's took a couple of hours. I certainly didn't get to see and read everything, as it's a bit long of a walk with Abby's shorter attention span. I showed her how to push the button on the camera, which served as a distraction for a while. Then that was all she wanted to do! Such is life!

Here's a couple more of their Chevys...

1933 Phaeton...



John Wayne's 1953 Corvette



You would think they would have a Chevy out for photos when the VCCA is visiting! Oh well, the Pearce family will pose in any roadster!




After we left Harrah's we headed to a Dairy Queen for lunch. Dale & Janice Carter soon showed up to join us. Abby had fun playing with the toy VW bus we got her at the museum. Janice made her a garage out of her fry container. She's still using it a week later!



Jane wanted to hit a Hobby Lobby for scrapbook supplies, and I wanted to check out their signs and door pulls. They carry all of the reproduction GM stuff. Dale & Bruce went on to the Army Museum, then met us back at the Hobby Lobby. Then it was back up the mountain pass to Lake Tahoe. Abby slept most of the way, but woke up in time to hear Dale & I lay on the horns in the tunnel! "Daddy, beep-beep!!!"



Dinner was with Pat & Barry at the cafe, as the buffet was closed. (The buffet was great... and a good deal with our VCCA only 2 for 1 coupons!!) After dinner I took a wander around the parking lot. Dan O'day was out there demonstrating his gas head lights. It was pretty interesting.





A couple of us wandered around, and then I went in and had a beer with the O'day's, Skip Gear (JYD) and Kim from Norway. Kaydene was showing us pictures from her trip to the Golden Gate bridge. They got the "inside tour" as they have a friend that works on the bridge. There are elevators that are 2'X2' square, and go up to the top of each of the towers. Her pictures were spectacular!

Then it was off to bed. Big day tomorrow... Loop The Lake Day!!

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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: brewster] #373709
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Friday morning came early, as I woke up with the anticipation of the day's tour. It was so great to see most of the cars in the parking lot getting ready to participate as well. I think the milage for the tour was about 89 miles around the lake... all of it hills, switch backs, and spectacular lakeside views! The lunch stop is at Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. We were in the later half of the cars to leave. We did end up catching up to a bunch, but other than the lunch stop there were no big traffic jams of vintage Chevys. We made a few stops to take in the views and shot photos as well.


















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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: brewster] #373710
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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: brewster] #373711
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All week we had the goal of getting our toes into Lake Tahoe. These VCCA events seem to be chocked full of stuff to do, and it was impossible to schedule it in. We finally found a rest stop with access to the water, later in the day. When we got down to the shore we found it was a rocky section with huge rounded boulders. Nothing would stop us!! As I carried Abby down, I found the one slippery wet rock of the bunch! Down I went, with Abby in my arms held up to keep her out of the water! I spent the rest of the day in wet shorts! It was worth it though!



The dash plaques are awesome! A metal sign for the garage! Even the people that drove modern or rental cars got one. Everyone had a great day!


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Re: My Lake Tahoe 2016 Journal... [Re: corvaired] #373712
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Originally Posted By: corvaired
Great pictures,thanks so much. Did you happen to see any Corvairs there especially Corvair trucks? Ed Bittman VCCA# 47508 Dade City,Fl





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A couple of us wandered around, and then I went in and had a beer with the O'day's, Skip Geear (JunkYardDog) and the guy from Norway.


Hey Brewster! Sure enjoyed having a beer together with you, the O'day's and Kim Schmidt-Christensen (he is from Denmark) that evening at the hotel. That was a blast!! Also had a great time spending many hours with you in the parking lot with the cars as well!

After you and the O'Day's left the bar to go to your rooms, Kim Schmidt-Christensen and I stayed behind for another beer. Also, Michael Ferguson and his wife Jodi from Australia came over to our table to show us photos of his way cool, and one of a kind, 1932 Chevrolet Moonlight Speedster. What a great car that is! We talked so much that we didn't leave the bar until after mid-night. What fun!

Received an email from Kim Schmidt-Christensen yesterday (Sunday) and he arrived home back in Denmark already. Also, Michael Ferguson and Jodi stopped by my house yesterday on their way to the Filling Station in Lebanon, Oregon. They spent the day with us and we toured my collection of stuff. Dave Cufr and his wife from Ohio came by for a visit as well and Mike Rice from Oregon stopped by also, so the fun continued!

The 55th Anniversary Meet was fantastic and those that didn't attend missed the chance of a lifetime. It was definitely a great and highly organized meet! Thanks to Dave Cufr, Billy Boy Barker and all of those VCCA members that helped put the meet together. You guys did a fantastic job!

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