Classic Chevy’s Picnic by the Bay 2017

Poway Cruisers at the Classic Chevy’s Picnic by the Bay 2017

The day started gloomy but did not stay that way long. Seven of the Poway Cruisers met at the 7/11 as planned and hit the road for Seaport Village at 7:30AM. George and Joyce led the parade with their ’37 Buick, followed by Earl Asbury and Bessie in Earl’s ’29 Ford Model A Sedan Delivery, then Ed and Carol Asbury in their flamed ’33 Ford 4dr Sedan, then Joe & Carol Artino in their bright red ’64 Corvette Roadster (top up), then John McDowell and his ’38 Ford 2dr Sedan, then Ron & Kathy Shedd in their beautiful silver gray ’69 Camaro RS SS, with Jerry & Bonnie Badders bringing up the rear in their hot rod ’68 Camaro. Traffic was light and we made the run in about 25 minutes.

Due to our timing, we were relegated to the south 40, parking just below the top of the grassy knoll at the south end of the park. However, the view was great, and the company excellent. Once parked and staged, most of us headed for Busters Beach House Restaurant for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast we finished detailing our vehicles and settled in for a day of friendly banter and companionship. During the day we discovered another five (5) members that had made it to the show earlier: Hollywood & Vine with their ’56 Chevrolet, Dale Vermillion in his ’67 Corvette, Doug Smith with his ’71 Nova, Fred & Pat Adler in their ’61 Corvair Rampside Pickup, and William (Sean) & Donna Harris in their ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air HT.

The show is a fund raiser benefitting the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station organization. Toward that end, they had a large selection of very nice raffle prizes , a good sized 50/50, and t-shirts for sale.  Many of us participated in the raffles taking home several very nice gift certificates and merchandise.

Around 2:10PM the awards ceremony took place, with 3 Poway Cruisers cars winning awards: Ed & Carol Asbury’s ’33 Ford 4dr Sedan took home the award for “Best Flames”, and Earl Asbury’s ’29 Ford Model A Sedan Delivery and Dale Vermillion’s ‘67 Corvette each garnered a “People’s Choice” Award.  Congratulations!

By 3:15PM it was all done and we broke camp and headed home.  Except, John McDonald’s ’38 Ford lost its brakes, so his ride home was in the roll back hauling his Ford home after a 3 hour wait for the tow truck. Bad way to end the day, but better than it might have been.

Taking it all into account, a very enjoyable way to spend the day, lollygagging around next to San Diego Bay.

Reported by:
George Cowman
President & Events Coordinator
Poway Cruisers Car Club

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