From The Drivers Seat



July began with a fun evening at the Olde Ship, in Santa Ana. Wanting a last minute meeting before GoF West 2017, we had a Monday night meeting, on July 3rd. Twenty-seven members decided to have dinner at the restaurant as well. We celebrated Carl Cederstrand’s 90th birthday, which is July 4. Tim Hirata did a wonderful talk on distilling, differences due to climate and location, of four Scottish distilleries! Those that participated, learned a lot about tasting Scotch whisky. Amazing what a little water does.
The garage tech session was in south O.C., on  the topic of carburetor rebuilding. We got one carburetor done, and the second one was rebuilt the following day. (Went much faster). Now, awaiting word from Bob Ashe- Everest,  that he has a battery, and has cleaned out his fuel lines, before going back, and adjusting and balancing the carburetors. The big event for the month was GoF West 2017 in Santa Maria. The GoF was held during the week of July 10-14. No hard luck stories going (or coming back) from the event were heard. Next year, the GoF West is at South Lake Tahoe, NV.
A picnic and games has proved to be a fun event in recent years, and we are planning on having another club picnic at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton. August 12 is the date. More information to be found in this newsletter. October might see the club visiting Lew Webb’s car collection, in south Orange County, with lunch somewhere afterwards. There has been talk of a beach party, as well as some other possible events, but nothing firmed up at this time. Contact Rick Pullen or Dave Gaston, if you have an idea for an event. They will help you to put one on.
We used to do a lot of breakfast runs. Breakfast runs can be added to a month’s already scheduled event, as not everyone can make the monthly event date. It can be a driving

tour, or a rally with questions. They are easy to put  on. Step up to the plate, and plan on putting  one on.
To add to that, every Saturday (just about) at 12:30 p.m., a group of members meet at the Jagerhaus in Anaheim for lunch. A great brain trust, and the greatest topics of discussion. (other restaurant patrons have told us so). Jerry Felper, Carl Cederstrand, Gary Crow, Charles Lusch, Bob Zwart, and myself generally attend.
And, twice a month, at the Olde Ship in Santa Ana, we get together for dinner, on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Volunteerism is the key to an organization’s success! Currently, we are seeking someone to fill the position of club secretary. Other positions could be available. As the Star Trek crew gave way to Star Trek: The Next Generation, the next generation of VMG volunteers needs to come forward. Everyone has an excuse why they cannot do to. The “I just want to sit back and not get involved” plan is really taking a toll. Please consider taking a board position for at least one year. While it looks like we have a lot going on, we can always use club members to volunteer.  Positions are opening up on the board, and we would love to see new faces become active there. I am hoping that one of the following members will volunteer soon: Ashe -Everest, Bielinksi, Dwyer, Haskin, Sverev.
Rick Pullen and Dave Gaston have events, that just need someone to host. Kaz and Judy Bielinski are working on a driving event for the year 2017 (2018). Rick Pullen and Dave Gaston can help you plan a driving event. Just ask them.

Until next month, John Seim

John Seim










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