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Imperial Events in 2001

Southern California Imperial Owners Champagne Brunch and Business Meeting - December 2, 2001

The SCIO has announced a great event on December 2 at "THE BARN" restaurant & saloon, 14982 Red Hill Ave., Tustin CA 92780 (714-259-0115, on the corner of Red Hill & Edinger).

Members and Imperial owners should be on-site before 9:30 am, under the trees at this "authentically old" facility, right on a very active Amtrak line.  This is a great viewing place for our Imperials.  SCIO members will head inside THE BARN for the "$13.95 all you can eat" champagne brunch.  Last year, the food was very good with outstanding variety!

After brunch, the SCIO will have a business meeting, which will include the annual election of club officers and planning  for SCIO events during 2002.

Nothing on the schedule for the remainder of 2001 except the Friday night "cruise-in" at Bob's Big Boy, Toluca Lake, California - every Friday! My Imperial will be there often.

2nd Annual Cruizin' E Street Car Show and Cruise - San Bernardino, CA - November 10, 2001

Manuel Alvarez reported:  "We are having our second annual show and cruise November 10, 2001 in San Bernardino California. Last year's show had about 160 entries, but no Imperials - let's change that this year!! I will try to get my '55 running for the event, and running or not I will certainly be there for event tech support and 'errand boy' duties.

For more information, or to pre-register online, visit: "

Thanks everyone!

"Luxury Cars of the 50s", Phoenix, November 4,2001

A reminder of the "Luxury Cars of the 50s" show coming up next weekend, Nov. 4 in Phoenix. Again, the location is Los Olivos Park at 28th Street and Devonshire (just north of Indian School) from 10 am 'til  3pm. There is no entry fee and no judging, just a good time kickin' tires and tellin' lies and (if we get some more Imperials) comparing the good, the bad and the ugly of all the different luxury car choices available. Please email me to let me know and maybe we can put together a nice picnic (hopefully we'll need more than a foot long sub!)

This is an idea I've long thought would be great fun, as very different from going to a single marque show with only Lincolns or Cads, or even Packards. We have to hold up our end and bring on the Imperials. I'll bring my '54 and will hopefully get friends to bring along their '51, '53, and another '54. Even if you don't have a '50s Imp, come on along and join the fun. I'll be happy to provide airport pickup for those who fly in.


15th Annual Car Show at the Placentia Heritage Festival, Placentia CA - October 13, 2001

"Several Imperial owners and SCIO club members came to our show last year and we would like to invite you back this year. Hope you can come!

Join us for the 15th Annual Car Show at the Placentia Heritage Festival on October 13, 2001. Showcase your car at beautiful Tri-City Park located in Placentia. Also participate in the Heritage Day festival, including a Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Live Entertainment, Food, Crafts, Games and More! There will be a 50/50 drawing, Cash Prizes and giveaways, and Trophies. A weekend vacation for two in a luxury Home in Yosemite park will also be given away as a prize. Pre-registration $15 by October 1; $20.00 after

To get to the park, go north on the 57 Freeway to Imperial Highway, then east on Imperial Highway to Placentia Avenue; south on Placentia Avenue to Rolling Hills Drive; east on Rolling Hills Drive to the entrance to the park.

Our website is:

Thanks! Pete Regla ("

Granada Hills Car Show, Oct. 14, 2001, Van Nuys, CA

"Granada Hills High School Cheer would like to invite you and your cars to participate in our Car Show, Oct. 14, 2001 - Van Nuys, CA. Please pass on this information to your club members in our area. For more information visit our website, Car Show. Hope to see you Oct. 14th!

Thank you,
Jana Davis
President, Granada Hills High Cheer"

Vendors & Sponsors: contact L. Deeds at (818) 832-4607 or

Also, SCIO club member David Freedman was recently pictured, September 9, in the Mexican Independence Day Parade in Los Angeles with Mexican diplomat Martha Lara, Governor Gray Davis, Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa in his 1967 Imperial. David is the passenger (click for full-sized image).

David Freedman's 1967 Imperial

Fall Fling VI, Woodley Park, October 20, 2001

See - more later!

Great Autos of Yesteryear,  Color & Chrome, Los Angeles County Mall, October 20, 2001

Doug wrote that this show will be: "at 500 West Temple St (between Hill and Grand Ave) by the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where they used to hold the Academy Award shows. DONATION $12.00. They usually have a number of fabulous vintage Imperials and Chryslers on display, so bring your cameras. The Imperials that they have had there in the past were almost concours, showroom condition. Other cars entered for display will be from the 1900s to the 1970s, significant milestone vehicles of the last 100 years. See you all there!"

Packard & Imperial Fall Meet in Anniston, AL - October 5-7, 2001

Jeff Carrothers sent a report:

"Ok Robb, Here goes. First of all, I'm sorry that you could not make it...and I wish you the best of luck with your transmission repair. Maybe you can make it in the spring.

Several of us met at Donald's station in Birmingham Friday afternoon and caravanned from Birmingham to Anniston. It was quite a site to be in a line of cars on I-20 including a '56 Packard, '56 Imperial, '59 Plymouth, '64 Imperial, '65 Imperial, and a '79 Rolls Royce. Debbie had to sit on the greater Birmingham white AND yellow pages to see over the steering wheel of the '56 Imperial!

We made it to Anniston Friday afternoon with no problems. Robert and Laquetta Soule as well as Kerry and Carolyn Pinkerton were already there when we arrived.  We spent the rest of Friday afternoon playing cars and had a really nice cocktail party and some good food Friday night. We had to go rescue Bobby Wicker from Jackson, MS....his ammeter gauge in his 64 Crown decided to melt a few miles before he got to the hotel. Playing Imperial Service Department is a lot of fun with flashlights!

Saturday morning I counted about 18 cars in the Parking lot...which included:

52 Packard
53 Packard
54 Imperial
56 Packards (2)
56 Imperial
59 Plymouth
61 Imperial
62 Imperial
64 Imperials (3)
65 300 Convertible
65 Imperial
68 Imperials (2)
71 Imperial
83 Imperial

Saturday we had a wonderful time enjoying the was great! Some folks had dinner at the hotel restaurant Saturday night...others did a cruise and overtook the local Sonic Drive In. Afterwards we watched videos of Tom McCahill (testing 1957 and 1958 Chrysler products) until the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Sunday Chris Hawkins came by in his beautiful 1960 Chrysler New Yorker Town and Country Wagon...and Murray VIce showed up in his 1965 Chrysler 300 Convertible. We played cars again Sunday morning and split up about noon.

It was another great weekend at Anniston. I hope that more IML'ers can make it in the spring. Maybe we can con Dick Benjamin and Norm Silverman into coming. I have always enjoyed their posts and hope that I get a chance to meet them some day. I think that Kerry and Elijah will probably be posting some Anniston pictures soon.

Jeff Carrothers (56,59,60,62,64 Imperials0"

Steve Carter reported:

The group from Birmingham arrived in caravan around 5:00 PM. Donald's '56 with Deb at the wheel, followed by Jeff in his new '64 LeBaron (a beautiful car with a gorgeous color combination), followed by (ouch my memory) from New Orleans in a white over black '65 Crown, also gorgeous and also formerly Jeff's car, then Donald in his '56 Packard (my favorite of all his cars), then me in my '61 black/blue LeBaron parts car soon to be mild custom or parted out for my nice '61 unless someone gives her a home, then Tom and pal in his Rolls Royce. Upon arrival we found Kerry P in his new '54 Imperial which is a magnificent automobile, resurrected from the clutches of the infamous Mr. King, and his pale misty green '64 Crown. I have to hand it to Kerry, his cars always stand tall both mechanically and cosmetically. The Soules' were there in his '65 300 convertible, always welcome, and of course others were to follow soon. The gentleman who drives that 52 or 53 Packard sedan in oh-so-dignified dove gray arrived before my departure.

Working essentially retail I had to work today (anyone wanting a BMW, Porsche, Audi, or Land Rover send me an email), I had a buddy pick me up for the return trip to Birmingham. I'll return to Anniston early Sunday morning in my '74 LeBaron which is also available to a good home, I hope Elijah will take pictures and post on the site. Alas, I couldn't dig up enough drivers to bring over my nicer '61 LeBaron or the '60 Crown Coupe, so maybe in the spring. I'll detail my travails with my '56 coupe in a separate email, since I need some advice. Simply, its been damaged while in the shop.

The Anniston meet is always fun and relaxed, and I encourage any and all to attend."


"Hello Imperial Motorists,

We've had a great response so far for our Anniston, Alabama get together! The rooms are going fast, so please reserve your room ASAP! Details of the meet and how to register are listed below.

Put your TorqueFlite in drive and turn the Airtemp on....It's time for another fabulous Anniston get together! Alabama Packards would like to cordially invite all Imperial owners to Anniston, Alabama for the weekend of October 5, 6, and 7. The meet will be held at The Victoria, a Victorian home that has been restored and 44 additional rooms added in the rear of the property in the style of the original home. The hotel is elegantly furnished and offers many amenities, including a 5 star restaurant and piano bar. Rooms are $65.00 per night, which includes a complementary breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning.

The fun will begin Friday around 7 pm, with a cocktail party in Donald and Debbie's guest house. Saturday morning we will gather in the hotel parking lot and the Imperial Motoring will begin! We had over 20 cars at our Spring gathering and everyone had a great time! Lunch will be on your own. The Packard Club will be having dinner together Saturday night in the hotel restaurant, at an approximate cost of $35 to $40 per person. As an alternative, Kerry, Elijah, Robert, and I will be organizing a pizza party for those interested at an approximate cost of $10 to $15 per person.

Call Donald Taccone at 1-800-801-1956 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday to reserve your room, or email him at He will need to know your room preference (smoking/non smoking/king /queen/double), when you will be arriving (how many nights), what type of car you will be bringing, and if you want to eat in the Hotel Restaurant Saturday night. Just to let you know, the hotel policy is "no pets allowed". You can also email me at if you have any questions. Please make arrangements as soon as possible, as the availability is limited. The deadline to reserve your room is September 10.

I'll be sending out updates as people register. Don't miss it! You can find more information and pictures under "events" on the IML website.

Happy Motoring!

Jeff Carrothers (56, 59, 60, 62, 64 Imperials)"

San Antonio Mopar Show, September 29, 2001

Hugh sent a report about this show:

"Chuck Ariens' magnificent 1981 won first prize in its class at the recent San Antonio Mopar Show. It was great to get a chance to see this vintage of Imperial up close. I over heard many of my fellow club members oohing and aahing over it, which is so appropriate. The bulk of the show is two door sport cars, so they would appreciate a car of similar type, only being more geared to personal luxury than speed. Congratulations, Chuck.

At the other end of the spectrum, poor old Mrs. Blueberry garnered the fewest points of all the cars there. In fact, being judged at all was a mistake, as I had intended to tape the sign with Do Not Judge showing, but, in my haste, got it wrong. Oh well, it's all grins and fun, for me at least. And, Treece did ask me if $10,000.00 would be enough to fix it up. A thought to conjure with indeed!

There were four Imperials at the show. The two mentioned above, and Dimitrios' 1968 and Tim's 1967, or is it vice versa? Sorry, guys, if I'm wrong. I was waiting for someone else to mention the weekend, so tough luck for procrastinating! Two other Imps tried to set out for the show, but did not make it. Travis had problems with his 73 in Dallas, and George could not get his '56 to move out of the driveway without thick, acrid smoke pouring from the tail pipes. Two IML'ers from Houston, Guy and Mark, came, with their families, but not their Imperials. George also came to the show, so, at one point, we did have seven IML'ers in one place, from five different cities, and I'll take that as a good step on the way to more and better Texas Imperial events.

None of us folks are really show car people, it turned out, but there were some great cars on display. A SuperBee with a $70,000 restoration, was certainly ear catching, though I confess to walking right past it until the money spent was mentioned. There was a fabulous 1958 Plymouth in attendance, which won the long distance prize as well as first in class, having come from Louisiana. The owners were a young couple. He found several "Christine" models in the sales area. There was also a nice 39 Dodge, and a mid '60s 300, the closest thing to an aircraft carrier on wheels I have ever seen. That great big flat hood was enormous, and the trunk too.

Following the show, with a detour to Gruene where Tim was staying in a silo B&B - a rustic relic from the outside and plush as all get out on the inside - we went down to san Antonio to get George and scope out his '56. Outside of pictures, a parts car in a dimly lit storage shed, and one in a scrap yard, I had never seen a '56 before. George has owned his since 1976, and I was bowled over by its mesmerizing lines and features. In shiny black, the car oozed taste. class and style. A magnificent car, and a potential show winner in its own right, I am sure.

We dined, by this time a party of twelve, at a famous San Antonio eatery, Earl Abel's on Broadway. We had an interesting meal in this home of the city's elderly blue bloods, who looked more than a little askance at us, in our shorts and sandals. I had never been there before and may never go back, but it was fun to be there at least once.

I gave Dimitrios a ride IN the '58, on the way back from New Braunfels. Note to self - riding with a PHD candidate in Engineering must be viewed in advance as an exercise in humility. Not that scoring the fewest points earlier in the day had not been some sort of preparation! He figured out the car was running very rich pretty quick, along with some other issues. But he seemed to enjoy it most when I got bored with a center lane slow poke in front of me on the freeway and suddenly put the hammer down and neatly passed it, accelerating up to ninety with ease, though not as smoothly as I know the car can. The car should, with the correct settings, deliver gobs of power, on demand, in an almost seamless, almost gentle, way. This time, you could notice the acceleration from the engine sound. I am going to have to work on that.

So, that was our day. A limited success, but a good step in the right direction. I ended up tallying votes in the afternoon at the show, which was never my plan. So it goes, so it goes.


And here was the announcement:

"As you may know I have been asked to do "on site" registration that day. We will have available some 87 spaces, 64 of which are already taken. In addition, the local AMC club usually shows up in force, and that is some 20 cars, most years. If you are coming, it is time to reserve your spot. Four Imperial folks have already done so. I addition, "visitor" parking is going to be really inconvenient, maybe a quarter of a mile away. I am toying with the idea of bringing out the museum's 1958 fire truck to shuttle people back and forth.

A reason for the confusion this year is that the Chrysler dealership that had said they would host the event was bought out and the new owners did not want so much hassle so soon after taking over.

The show is at 'AUTOMANIA,' a classic car sales place on IH35, about ten miles south of New Braunfels, about half way between New Braunfels and San Antonio.

One family is going to be staying at the Riverwalk on Friday night. Is anyone else planning to stay over at all?

E-mail me at if you have any questions, or need directions. Contact Tim Klein if you want to come down from the Dallas Area together."

Mopars at the Petersen IV, September 23, 2001

Report from Bob: "I was at the Petersen just for the early morning - great show with a bunch of Imperials:

'62 2 door coupe - Barry Poynter
'60 convertible, white, red interior, swivel seats, great! - John Brauniger
'62 4 door, white - Randy Harris & son Shakka
'66 LeBaron, black, nearly perfect - Mike Porto
'56 2 door, white, ditto! - Jay Weinert
'67 Mobile Director, black - Irv Axelrod

Also a very nice tri-tone '56 New Yorker St, Regis and Kenny Cassady's original '64 New Yorker Town & Country wagon.

In the afternoon, I went to another show in Burbank, sponsored by Burroughs High School. Many nice cars, mostly customs and hot rods, but Dennis Thomas had his '57 Imperial on display (blue). Very nice shape. And a great 300D convert."

Here's the announcement:

The WPC Club, San Fernando Valley, will have an all-Chrysler car show and parts exchange at the Petersen Museum on Sunday, September 23 from 8:00 until late! This will be a family event, with judging done by the "junior Judges", the family members and friends no older than 16. There will be at least 12 fun categories and trophies.  Pre-registration will be $10/car or $15/car on the day of the event. This includes admission to the Petersen.

Contact Aaron Kahlenberg (818-755-9037) or Ken Sobel (818) 995-6865 for more details or an entry form.

Southern California Imperial Picnic, Laguna Niguel Regional Park - September 15, 2000

The Southern California Imperial Owners Inc. (SCIO) will have a fall picnic on Saturday, September 15, 2001 at Laguna Niguel Regional Park, on La Paz Road just a few miles south of Interstate 5.  It will start at 10 a.m. and the charcoal will going until 2 p.m.!

There is a map at

Jim Stoneman, the SCIO Newsletter Editor (with Dianna!) sent the following note:

"Don't forget the picnic on Saturday!

Hopefully, y'all got the newsletter, if not today, then tomorrow (at least So Cal members)!

Laguna Niguel Regional Park 10:00am to 2:00pm in Laguna Niguel.

Don't forget to bring an Imperial (or Chrysler) item to donate for auction. And, don't forget to bring something to eat! More details in the newsletter.

Hope to see you there!"

Portland/Vancouver Northwest Imperial Picnic and Junk Yard Prowl, Sept. 8, 2001

Here's two reports:

From Mike Sutton:

"Good Morning all...

Just a few words (not so few, it was a long and overall very, very good day) about the Junk Yard Prowl yesterday! First off, a sincere thank you to EVERYONE who was able to attend this event, and specifically to Loren for spending the time, effort and no doubt some $$$ on organizing this, and to Roger Van Hoy and his wife for their efforts on the picnic. Secondly, it was great to finally meet more of our fellow IML members who beforehand I had only read posts from.

For us, our day was an early one, leaving Yakima at 6 am and taking the usual Gorge route along the Washington - Oregon border. I was accompanied by my father in law, since we really hadn’t done anything involving the Mopar side of our family before, my friend John who works at a local Chrysler dealership and is a Mopar guy from day one, and my 2 oldest sons, Chris and Ryan.

Traffic was light, the weather was beautiful and other than a couple snack and restroom stops for the kids, we made it to Vancouver at about 10. The directions were spot on the money and we found All American, with Leslie, Erik and Roger Van Hoy waiting for us.

All American was great, not an all Mopar place by any means, but acres of cars with some very unique vehicles. When was the last time you saw a hearse circa 1941 or some vintage 50's ambulances? Lots of stuff you just don’t see in any yards, this place is definitely not in a hurry to crush anything. Imperials...yes, I saw 59's, a 56 that was purported to be a 55 and may or may not have been the prototype for the "Trettin Checkerama Dreamcar", some freestanding years and some of the 64 and later era...just so many different cars to look at I didn’t really get to soak it all in.

By the time we left, some very beautiful Imperials as well as some very kewl non Imperial Mopars were waiting for us in the parking lot, I know if I attempt to ACCURATELY list them by year and model and owner I will step on someone’s toe, but suffice to say it was a treat to be able to see these vehicles. Some that stand out in my mind were the red ‘61 ‘vert (can you say show quality, this should be on a poster somewhere), the black ‘51 Windsor, Roger's ‘66 (?) Belvedere ‘vert, and the light blue metallic ‘70 (?) fuselage Imperial. I wish I had taken the time to chat a bit more with everyone who was there, and found out more about these great cars.

After soaking it all in at All American Classics, our caravan headed south east to La Tourell Falls for some great scenic views and a very nice picnic lunch. It was a short hop along the gorge eastbound , a quick fuel stop for a few of us, a little bit of Keystone Kop shuffling along the exit to get everyone in one place and off to the Falls.

A big hats off to whoever picked out this spot, we had a nice spot to all sit back, enjoy lunch and engage in some mandatory Imperial content. On top of that, the falls were spectacular to see, my son and I walked the trail down to the base of the falls and were able to walk right up to the cascade of water. By volume it was no Niagara, but the distance the water drops and the setting that it was in made up for that .

OK, lunch is over and its time to go to WILDCAT ...the all Mopar yard that I have been hearing about for years. This is what I personally have been waiting for the most. But first...IMHO...we had to traverse DONNER PASS!

Now, I really try to be fair and even and stay fairly mellow in life. Unfortunately I have hot buttons like all of us, and I get more than somewhat irrational where my Imperial is concerned. I will say upfront that I don’t wish any personal attack on whoever made the choice of route, it may be very possible that nobody knew the physical lay out of the roads we were about to embark on, it may be that no one actually said, "let’s go this way", that doesn’t matter. I presume a computer plotted the route since it is so easy to go on-line and say, "I am here...I want to go there".

Anyway, by distance it probably wasn’t more than 20 or 30 miles, but the first 15 or so was a beautiful combination of ..oh, I don’t know...40 percent grades, hairpin turns, switchbacks, more down grades, more switch-backs...can you say: "I LOVE THE SMELL OF BRAKE LININGS COMBUSTING"? Now like I said, a beautiful road if you were driving a motorcycle, or a Porsche 911, or maybe something that wasn’t 5000 pounds empty and didn’t have an additional half ton of people and stuff crammed in it. Since I was near the end of the pack, maybe I was smelling other peoples hot brakes too, or maybe it was just frustration...justifiable or not, or who knows.

Finally, the road got straighter and leveled out, and before long we were at Wildcat. You could easily drive right past it, no billboards, no neon signs, just a little painted sign that says Wildcat.

You drive up the road a few hundred yards, next to a big garage, and behind the fence is the closest thing to Mopar heaven on earth since Bob Hoffmeister opened up his yard!!! Acres and acres of all and only Mopars!!! A bodies, B bodies, C - D - E up thru X Y and Z bodies!!! A few Imperials, I was looking for 61-63 parts but I did notice some late ‘50s, a ‘75 and a ‘74, and I know I probably missed some others.

I had to look at some Barracudas, for my wife’s car, and my son had to look at some 66-67 Charger stuff for my old Charger that will be his before long. My friend John was having an out of body experience during this time, even my die hard GM owner father in law was getting into this.

My other big faux pas of the day, I spotted a power antenna and it looked I rounded up one of the guys and asked him a price. I will swear on oath I heard him say "25" for it. Sounded good, so I spent all of 5 minutes pulling it to find out he said "$125". Ohhhhkay...big pause, uh..." I guess I can just go put the thing back "! No harm was done, they weren’t bothered at all and other than my own embarrassment, no ruffled feathers. On the plus side, I know they have the thing, and in a week or two I can contact them on-line and get it if its still there, I just couldn’t justify it yesterday.

Soon it was closing time, personally I could have spent another day just browsing amongst the cars and the barn full of goodies...radios, carbs, small parts, too much to name off hand. Suffice to say, a visit to their website doesn’t really do justice to everything they have on hand.

We headed west back to the Portland area for dinner. We stopped at the Jim Dandy drive-in for some much anticipated burgers and such. I don’t know who found or picked that, but a big thank you!! I could have spent a few hours there just reading the old newspapers they had framed along the walls, the old automobilia here and there, old advertising...I love places like that. Soon it was nearing 8:30 and we still had a 3 hour drive.

After saying good-bye, we meandered a few minutes getting oriented back to our route eastward. By now, the sun had set, and we had a wide open road heading home. The Imperial was feeling fine, the air was nice and cool and the traffic got lighter as we went east.

Okay...that was the long and short of it, I hope the others enjoyed it as much as I did. Again, a big thanks to everyone who was involved, and a big apology if I stepped on any toes during the day. I would recommend to anyone if you haven’t found what you are looking for with the vendors already on the IML website, to give these guys a call.

Take care everyone - Mikey, ‘62 Crown Coupe"

From Leslie:

"Hi All,

Well the "Junk Yard Prowl" was our most successful event yet. Great turn out, great people, great cars, great fun. Titanic and I left Florence at 5 am -still dark - cruised through the coast mountain range, and got to watch the sunrise over the Cascades on our way to pick up Erik, who was unable to get his ‘66 ready in time to drive it. This is the first time Titanic has left the Coast since WPC Nationals 98 in Portland. I was a bit nervous as she'd been in the shop since Memorial day and I had only gotten her back on Thursday night... Just enough time, to finish putting the door panels together and working out the last few bugs on some uncooperative power windows... Yay, they all worked like brand new! The new front end, shocks and sway bar bushings made a huge difference.  It didn't feel like my car, no swaying, no shifting, no jolting, instant response, marvelous one-fingered steering, held the road like it never had before, simply amazing! By the time I had driven the 60 miles to Eugene to pick up Erik, I was starting to feel confident in Titanic's ability again... Grabbed Erik, sun was up, day was warming up nicely and we cruised into Portland in about 2 hours, only to discover we were the first to arrive!

First thing we spot is an incredible ‘42 Chrysler Hearse, it was a SERIOUS basket case but still had these amazing carved panels on the sides. We checked out the wall of hubcaps first as I was looking for one for my non-Mopar...Came back and Roger and Mikey arrived. Ken Miller came in his gorgeous haze green ‘67 convertible. I was glad I had hid Titanic with her new but very faded doors and hood in the back. Roger Irland and friends showed up in Dick Rohm's gorgeous ‘51 New Yorker with Highlander Plaid interior and we headed to the back forty where they had the Imperials. A huge selection ‘67 LeBaron, ‘67 sedan, several ‘67 hdtps, several ‘68's and a number of the finned wonders and the ‘64-’66's. Very impressive collection  - also saw some other great Mopars... When we arrived back at the front gate, Mark Hall ‘66, Greg Bristow ‘61 convertible, Dave Duthie ‘64 convertible, Loren ‘64 Crown, Bill Ulman ‘66 convertible, and a beautiful ‘70 had all shown up! We stood around and talked as the rest of the crowd did the junk yard...

From there we headed up the scenic Columbia Gorge to the Falls for lunch... Mikey and I both arrived with smoking brakes at the picnic. The lunch was fantastic and they surprised me with a birthday cake, Titanic and I celebrated 18 years together and I couldn't have asked for a better birthday!! After lunch it was off to the "Donner Pass" portion of our trip, I have to admit even I who have grown up with these roads found this one pretty hairy, but my Budd Brakes didn't give me a bit of trouble and I spent a lot of time in 2nd gear on that section of road. That was certainly a test of Imperial Durability Braking and Cooling wise... I think the ‘67's won that contest! ;-)

Wild Cat Mopars was truly amazing and the staff was incredibly helpful and accommodating. Looks like the Imperial club will be getting a link and our Club gathering photo's on their site as the webmaster ran out with a digital camera. Mike and I carefully parked away from the front of the yard as we were afraid the "two tone wonder" and the "Suede one" might look like parts cars if left unattended to long ;-)

The day went too fast, goodbyes at Wild Cat, more goodbyes at dinner.  Then it was Loren, Bill, Erik and I off to the motel where we were staying. We did however stay up for several hours drinking Loren's wonderful home-brewed Spare Tire Ales and swapping stories.

Erik and I killed most of today in one of Portland's historic antique districts - both of us came home with several goodies! Then the 2 hour cruise back to Walterville where I dropped Erik off and this time I got to watch the sunset over the Coast Range as I drove home. Arrived back at 9 pm with a great Imperial weekend under my belt! Quite an amazing trip after so long without Titanic on the road.

A big thanks to Roger and Jan for helping us map out the trip and the wonderful cake and Picnic Park selection(!), Loren for doing the maps and the organizing, and thanks to the rest of you for showing up and making it such a GREAT day!"

Leslie, '67 Sedan, "Titanic"

And the original announcement:

The Northwest Imperial Picnic and Junk Yard Prowl, scheduled for Sept. 8, 2001 continues to grow!

What: 2001 Northwest Imperial Picnic & Junk Yard Prowl

When: Sept. 8, 2001. All Day Event. Arrive between 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM

Where: Meet at All American Classic Junk Yard, 15209 Fourth Plain Road, Vancouver, WA

We’ll leave All American Classic in Vancouver at 11:00 AM for caravan of Imperials to Sandy, Oregon and the Wildcat Mopar Junk Yard via Latourell Falls for a picnic lunch. We have local members who have suggested a route for the cruise that allows us to picnic out of the wind and then cruise on to the Wildcat Yard in Sandy.

We have a good potential for a great turnout but need to add some definite commitments for food. Many wish to bring what we need, so jump in with your favorite picnic dish before someone else does. Suggestions: Hot dogs or brauts, a pot & propane stove; potato salad; chips & dips; raw vegetables & dips, cold cuts & bread; deserts, etc.

If you want to be on the list and are not, please drop me a line at: and I'll put you on the list.

Include your U.S. Post office address and I'll send you a set of maps outlining the route we intend to take so you can link up with us at any point along the way.

Suggested AAA Lodging for the Northwest Imperial Picnic on Sept. 8, 2001

Best Western Sunnyside Inn
12855 SE 97th
Clackamas, Oregon

I have a reservation for a king size bed, non-smoking room for Saturday night with a AAA discount at $73.14.

Schedules and road maps for the Picnic and Junk Yard Prowl are in the mail for all those who notified me they are attending and included their address.

We have a group of about twenty people coming so plan to bring food for about half of that number. If you aren't signed up for food, send a suggestion and I let you know if we still need it.

The last planned stop on our cruise is at a diner that caters to cruise-in groups for dinner near Portland after the visit to Wildcat.

Some of us are now planning to stay overnight in Portland. So, those who are going, get back to me with your picnic choices. Those who are not yet committed who want to attend let me know.

I've gotten positive "can go" responses from almost everyone who could not make it on any other weekends so Sept. 8th it is!

Thanks to all for their patience and cooperation in helping get this event scheduled for a day when almost everyone can attend. Now if only the drought will hold on for one more month and a couple of days, we will be blessed with good weather.

1964 Crown Four Door Hard Top

Walter P. Chrysler Club Meet, Parsippany, NJ - July 17-21, 2001

Dave Brown writes:  "I just wanted to clarify about the Walter P. Chrysler Club meet in Parsippany. It officially starts on Tuesday July 17 and ends on Saturday, July 21. The car show is on Saturday at the Sheraton Hotel in the parking lot in Parsippany. I look forward to meeting Wayne and all the rest of you that will be attending the Carlisle meet and the WPC Club meet. There is a description of the events that will be happening at the WPC club meet under the "Events" section at IF you plan on attending , I strongly urge anybody to become a member of WPC Club now and pre-register for any of the weeks events you want to participate in, otherwise you might not be able to get in on the action due to space limitations. There is still some availability of rooms in the host hotel for $97.00 a night."

First Annual Imperial Cascades Loop Run - July 5-8, 2001

Here are a few reports. First, the full story and photos are on the Imperial Club website.  Also, Roger & Jan van Hoy sent a note:

"We just got home at 8:45, about 3 1/2 hours on the road and 1/2 hour of pit stops from Yakima.

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality and excellent tour guiding. We both had a great time and look forward to seeing the gang again...

...Cascade Loop Tour (visited) some of the most beautiful parts of this state with a group of the finest automobiles and traveling companions we have ever met.

We left Seattle bright and early at 7:30 AM Thursday for our tour of the North Cascades. Our guide, Loren, had prepared detailed maps bound in folders for each of us.

Our first stop was at Diablo Dam, where we took an incline railway car, a short walk, and a power boat ride on Diablo Lake to Ross Dam. The views of the mountains and the surrounding hills were breathtaking.

We then traveled east over the summit of the Cascade Mountains, with more panoramic views around every corner. It was an awesome sight to see a red '64 Crown followed by a white '61 convertible and a blue '66 convertible, very patriotic for the fourth of July holiday. The rest of the caravan consisted of a bright red '61 Dodge Dart Phoenix convertible, a '69 Ford Country Squire, and an '81 Imperial.

That night we stayed at Winthrop, WA, a small town that time has passed by. We were joined there by Dick and Jeanette in their beautiful yellow '67 Crown. This town typifies the look of the wild west, with false front buildings and wooden sidewalks. We did find they rolled up the sidewalks about 9 PM.

Up and going about 9:30, we traveled east and south through the high prairies and orchards of central Washington, stopping at Leavenworth, a "Bavarian" town nestled in the mountains. We then caravaned to Lake Chelan, the Imperials of various vintages conquering the steep mountain passes and rolling hills with ease.

Next stop, Ellensburg, where Mike met us in his '62 coupe and escorted us south along the scenic old highway to Yakima, the stop for tonight.

My wife and I came on home from there, so we can't wait to hear from the others about the 3rd leg of the trip. Thanks gang for an unforgettable journey."

Dick & Jeanette reported:

"We joined the Cascade loop at Winthrop and paraded south as far as Wenatchee, and after lunch in Leavenworth, we hit the trail back to Idaho...and the '67 started acting up, missing, hissing, no power, barely made it up out of the Columbia River Gorge to Quincy, gassed up, checked things over, and left for I-90, now the beast started puke-ing on level ground, not just on hills, we had to nurse it ALL the way to Spokane at +/- 55-60 mph. Got home 1930, all in all a great trip great people, great cars, beautiful day, thanks everyone, I have to figure out what's bugging our IMP!"

Ken Miller wrote:

"Much has been written about the Cascade Loop but I want to add my two cents although I am still out in eastern Washington.

Touring with a bunch of IML’ers sure beats the heck out of wandering around some car show seeing who has the most money. Although we had some really nice cars in our tour, they all had a few ow-ies and blemishes but nobody seemed to care.

We enjoyed wonderful weather, incredible scenery (some even prettier than Oregon - and that's saying something!), but most of all had a chance to just talk with fellow Imperial lovers. What nice people!

It's hard to describe the absolute joy of driving through the long curves up and down the Cascades, top down, upper 70s, in my '61 Imperial. It turned 55,000 on the trip and it reminded me to just get out and drive the wheels off of it. Its pitted chrome and fin dent didn't reduce the pleasure one iota.

Thanks Loren for putting this together. For heaven's sake fellow IML’ers, come join us next year. This is what owning an Imperial and being on the IML is all about!"

And this was the planning:

Final Route and Schedule for the 2001 Cascades Loop for Imperials

It's official! Here are dates, destinations and routes for the Cascade Loop Run. All those who wish to attend are hereby invited to make reservations for:

Thursday, July 5, 2001

Seattle to Winthrop, Washington, via the North Cascades Highway 20.  Overnight in Winthrop.  I have reservations at the Winthrop Inn for $65.00 ($5.00 more for your dog, Leslie). Talk to Jane at 800-444-1972.   Known as a good place for car clubs, with parking in back off the highway.

Check for information at or search for "Winthrop, Washington". For those with Imperial budgets, the Sun Mountain Lodge has rooms from $160 to $620.

Friday, July 6, 2001

Winthrop to Yakima, Washington via Lake Chelan, Levenworth, for lunch in a small Bavarian village, Ellensburg via Blewett Pass (PEN, will you be there to meet us?) and Yakima along the river road, Highway 821.

I have reservations at Cavanaugh's Yakima Hotel. (Recommended by mikanlin62.) $95.00 with a king, 19 rooms left as of 2/12/01. 800-325-4000.

Mike says we can go cruising, or take a trip out to a local winery or both.  Possible cruise down 82 to the Teapot Dome Gas Station for Photo Ops.

Saturday, July 7, 2001

Yakima to Mount St. Helens via Highway 12, across White Pass.  Visit the three Volcano viewing areas and return to I-5 and head for home either north or south.

I am sponsoring an "Imperial Fourth of July Barbecue" in Seattle for those who want to come to town for dinner and fireworks. I live a few minutes drive from either of two big fireworks shows that start at 10:00 PM. If you plan to stay in Seattle, try to get located north of downtown. Traffic after the fireworks show plugs up for hours but we can park and walk and avoid the jams if you are north of the city. You might also try to get reservations at one of the motels with views of Lake Union or Elliott Bay where the fireworks shows are located.

We'll leave the next morning for Winthrop and plan to stop at as many view points and fun stops as we can find along the way.

For those who wish to join all or part of this Imperial Event, please make your reservations now. Yakima fills up fast with summer league baseball on the weekend.

Please send me a private message if you plan to join us for some or all of the 2001 Cascade Loop. Include your return email address so I can put together a separate list and keep everyone advised privately.

Our plans call for about 4 1/2 hours of driving per day except on Saturday, when the trip back to Seattle adds about two hours to the schedule.

Contact Loren Erwin,, 1964 Crown Southampton

3rd Annual Midwest Imperial Meet, Burlington and Washington, IA - June 9-10, 2001

"This year's meet, as Wayne Jorgensen mentioned recently, will be held in Burlington, Iowa, along the beautiful banks of the muddy Mississippi. The City of Burlington has graciously agreed to let us block off Snake Alley, famed as Ripley's Believe It Or Not's "Crookedest Street In The World" (eat your heart out, San Franciscans) on Saturday afternoon, June 9. This will provide a scenic setting for photos and a picnic/car show, as well as a home base for an optional walking tour of homes in the Historic District of Burlington, where many a fatcat riverboat captain built his home in the mid-1800's. Later in the day we'll trek over to an affordable riverfront restaurant, "Big Muddy's", for more eating and automotive socializing.

Some of you might not be able to make it for Saturday's events, but that's can still join us in Washington, Iowa on Sunday afternoon, June 10, for a multi-make car show around the town's courthouse square. The Burlington crowd will be taking a leisurely, scenic drive over to Washington that morning, with many opportunities to swap cars and/or ride with other IML members.

Those of you interested in making an extended weekend vacation of it will find plenty to do in the area. For those of you with children, you can camp in Geode State Park and take the short drives to historic Fort Madison, IA or Nauvoo, IL, or tour the Amish towns of Kalona or the Amana Colonies. For those of you without children, one will be provided by your host for the weekend.

IML'ers in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Indiana, or Wisconsin will not want to miss this event!! Of course, hardy souls from further away are most welcome to come. This year the long-distance winner will receive a special prize of $50 in gas money...a $70 value if he/she happens to be Canadian.

For accommodations and complete event itinerary, please go to:

Try to let Mike or Wayne know that you going to make it. ("

First announcement:

"Hey Gang:

Mark your calendars for the next Midwest Imperial Meet, June 9-10, 2001 to be held in Iowa.

Mike Trettin is planning Saturday (June 9) activities and will welcome your suggestions. Sunday - June 10, 2001, we will again be at the Washington, Iowa Car Show.  This is a small car show, but it is held in a very pedestrian and family friendly town of Washington, IA - around a very lovely town square.

Although most of our cars are "drivers" -- we actually are contenders for trophies in two categories. Last year we showed our cars for free. But had we known, our members would have won in at least two categories.  One was "club participation" - last year the total number of entrants from one club was about 6 - we easily beat that! The other category was long distance award - last year's winner 185 miles. We also beat that category, as we had members from as far away as Canada.

So this year, we are actually going to enter, the car show, and pay the $12 registration fee. We will probably walk away with at least two trophies for our efforts. Of course trophies really aren't the point - fun is - but what the heck!!

The show promoter is very accommodating and will create a special class for us. Either an "Imperial" class or a special interest class. What is our pleasure?

Both have some merit. When were any of us at a "mixed" car show where there was an "Imperial" class? However, some of us don't have an Imperial, but a related Chrysler product - NY Brougham for example. A special interest class would allow us all to park together.

What are everyone's thoughts? Who wants to come? See you June 9-10, 2001!

Wayne Jorgensen & Mike Trettin"

2001 Southern IOC Meet, Chattanooga, TN - June 8-9, 2001

Robert M. Soule announced: "Greetings All! This year's Southern Regional IOC Meet will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee the weekend of June 8th & 9th. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, the Southern Center for International Studies is not available.

Do not miss this rare opportunity to get together with a few of your fellow IML members and see some fine Chryslers & Imperials. With the 110-mile move to the north, we expect some of you Nashville, Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina members to make a special effort to attend this event.  Please RSVP by email or call Robert & Laqueta Soule if you plan to attend the Chattanooga Meet, especially if you are planning to attend the dinner and/or cookout ( or (423) 332-4282). We need to know how many to expect for the Friday night cookout, the lunch in Cleveland, and the Saturday night dinner in Chattanooga. We would also like to know what make and model car you are bringing to the Meet.

Here is a preliminary schedule of events for the Chattanooga Meet:

Friday - Dinner, informal hamburger/hot dog cookout at 7:00 PM EDT at the Soules' house and then a garage tour.

Saturday - Mid-morning (around 10 AM), the group would drive to Cleveland to see Ron Bird's collection. The drive to Cleveland is about 40 miles and should take less than an hour. Mr. Bird has been collecting cars, mostly Chryslers and Imperials, for over 30 years. He has recently decided to thin his fleet so some of you may go home with an extra car or two. Ron must own around 100 cars or more, many of them are in Cleveland at both his farm and the restoration shop he operates in town. He has 6 or 8 cars at his home in Hixson as well. I think he still has several more stored in various garages around town. He likes Chryslers and Imperials from the 1930's, 40's, and 50's. He has also collected several Packards from the 1930's. His collection represents a wide range of condition as well. He has some very fine, well-restored cars, and he owns some junk, and everything in between. The finest car in his collection, in my opinion, is a beautifully restored 1946 Town & Country convertible.

The following is a list of some of Ron's cars: 1938 Imperial roadster, 1939 Imperial coupe (2), 1933 Plymouth Roadster, 1928 Plymouth Sedan, 1926 Desoto Roadster, 1933 Chrysler, 1948 Plymouth Sedan, 1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan, 1948 Chrysler Limousine, 1955 Imperial Limousine, 1958 Imperial Ghia Limousine, 1958 Imperial Sedan, 1965 Chrysler New Yorker Station Wagon, 1939 Chrysler New Yorker Sedan, several 30's Dodge trucks, 1936 Packard 4dr Convertible, 1937 Packard Limousine, and on and on it goes.

Saturday Lunch - The Bel Air Grill in Cleveland, Tennessee. This 1950's auto motif restaurant is the perfect place for our group to have lunch. The food is very good and reasonably priced.

Saturday afternoon - Meet and drive, kick tires, etc., at the Hampton Inn in Hixson, Tennessee.

Saturday Dinner - We will be dining at a well known Chattanooga favorite, the Town and Country Restaurant. In my opinion the Town and Country is one of the best restaurants in Chattanooga. The food is excellent and the prices are very modest. We will have a private room and a well lighted cordoned off parking area for all our Imperials. For those of you not familiar with Chattanooga, the area around the Town and Country has recently undergone extensive renovation and redevelopment. Within easy walking distance there is a very nice new city park with a wonderful "old style" carrousel located on the banks of the Tennessee River. There are several excellent establishments, near the park, where we may choose to have dessert.  Due to the size of our group, we are required to order from the banquet menu. This means that all of us will be served the same meal. We have selected the following meal for the Saturday evening dinner:

- T & C famous Bottomless Salad Bowl
- 12oz. New York Strip
- Baked Potato
- Beverage & Dessert

Total cost including tax and gratuity is $22.50 per person.

Accommodations - The Hampton Inn in Hixson, Tennessee. Hixson is located on the north side of Chattanooga and is easily accessible from Interstate 75 and 24. It will provide a good, centrally located base from which to operate. All reservations must be made no later than May 12th. and are the responsibility of each individual. I have reserved a block of 15 rooms, but each attendee will need to call the Hampton Inn at (423) 877-3100 and register their own room. Be sure to mention that you are with the IOC to receive one of the reserved rooms, as well as the discounted group rate. Rooms not reserved by attendees by May 12th will be released. Room cost is $69.00 and includes an "Extended Continental Breakfast Bar." The Hampton Inn has arranged reserved parking for our group with the Jewish Museum, which is located next door. There are ample shade trees and parking space available. Bring your lawn chairs for both the shade trees and the cookout at the Soules' house.

Directions - Please email me at: for directions and/or additional information. See you there!"

Hoosier Imperial Meet, Indianapolis, IN - June 16-17, 2001

"Welcome all Imperials & Chryslers!

The First Hoosier Imperial gathering around Indianapolis will begin at Mr. Bill Bundy's (11 1968 Imperials). We will attend  a cruise-in, car show (with an Imperial Class) and some driving to locations around Indianapolis.  Visit the event homepage:

For more info: Steve (317-357-1936, eMail:, subject-Hoosier Meet)"

Mopars in the Park, Shokapee, MN - June 2-3, 2001

Herb Johnson ( writes: "I am inviting every one who can to attend "Mopars in the Park". This is a 2 day Mopar car show in Shokapee, MN. It's the first weekend in June. Last year there was 4 Imperials that were there including my 68. It would be great to see more there this year. If you need more info., directions, etc. email me.  Thanks! Herb & Yvonne Johnson ('67 Coupe, '68 Coupe)

2nd Annual Northwest Meet, Portland, OR - May 19-20, 2001

Here are Leslie's early reports and Mike Sutton's report, in the "beat" style:

"The preliminary page is up for the 2001 Oregon Imperial Meet. Take a look if you dare!?!"

"Well it's an exciting time here in beautiful uptown Florence!!! After today's events we have this update to bring to you:

One Imperial disabled, one with manic depression and no will to live, and who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Today, after several hundred miles over the last 2 weeks....a 350 mile trip to Oregon and some in town cruising....Mikey's 62 Crown had an oil pump failure. He was able to shut it down immediately and upon some teardown it was discovered that the pump inner rotor stuck, and sheared the distributor drive gear. No metal was found in the oil, a new pump and shaft were located and with fresh oil and filter hope is all will be well.

Leslie's car had been exhibiting some schizophrenic carburetor tendencies, but appears to be a case of worn throttle shaft causing a minor vacuum leak. Earlier this week a stuck needle and seat or a piece of debris under a needle gave it some small flooding situation, but all seems well for now.

One attendant had to return home after some serious overheating, but at today's dinner the owner stated that other than having to stop several times to let the car cool down, there was no lasting damage.

Roger Van Hoy's brown 81 Imperial made the journey from Washington state with no problems and is a fine example of an 81.....nice to see one Roger.

So after today's events, we are gathering the sick and wounded , taking stock of the situation......contemplating moving to Iowa and joining the Checker List....and seeing if we can get back to town before closing time.

Stay tuned for more live coverage from the only station in Florence covering the Second Annual Pacific Northwest Imperial Gathering!!

Take care all......Mikey /Leslie, and the entire channel 0 news team."

This is the announcement for the 2nd Annual NW meet:

What: Friday May 18th anyone in town can meet for dinner at our 50's Cafe, Dinner at 7:30pm. You can't miss it there's half a Cadillac on each side of the bldg, and a giant Bob's Big Boy out front. This is just North of Hwy 126 on the west side of Hwy 101.

If people come to town early we can do a driving tour of the lighthouse and Cape Perpetua and make a tour of our local Mopar lovers Yard and Warehouse. Please check in at the Cleaners on your way into town, if you want to be included in the driving tour on Friday.

Saturday May 19th the Rhody Show and Shine - registration starts at 8:30 am. We'll actually need to be there earlier than that to get our cars in and drive in together so that we may park together. This year I plan on having everyone meet in front of the Dry Cleaners in the Dunes Village Shopping center (Hwy 101 & 126) at 7am. This show is a first come first serve basis. Show ends at 4:00pm with deli trays at our house. This year my '68 Ford Wagon will be serving passenger service to old town or back to the beach for people who don't want to stay at the show all day.

Cruise at 6:00pm! Last year we made a few loops and then did other stuff....  I think this year might be fun to take cruises in each others cars. Bob and I rode with Loren and Patty last year, it's nice to experience other year Imperials... So this year I suggest we switch around on different loops... You can find out about places to stay (everything from camping to first class accommodations) on the page for the meet:

See the pictures from last year's Meet:

In addition to the car events, there is a Harley ride in, a Rhody Show, Arts and Crafts show, a carnival, and numerous other things going on. This is a BIG event for our little town. Read more and see a complete listing of events on:

Imperialists in Montgomery, AL - May 12, 2001

Jeff Carrothers notified us "Bill Mahoney has invited all IML members to his house for the day on Saturday, May 12, 2001. His address is 4317 Remmington Court, Montgomery, Alabama.

Bill has a nice car collection, including a '56 Packard Caribbean Convertible, a '36 Cord, a '47 Continental, and a '63 Continental Convertible. We will gather at his house around 10:30 Saturday Morning, kick tires, and have a picnic lunch.

Around 1:00 we will head over to see around 20 cars in the Knox Kershaw Collection. Knox has some very rare cars including the one-of-a-kind 1935 Duesenberg "Morman Meteor", which broke all land speed records the year that it was built. We will then proceed to Pat Ryans' and see the Prisma collection. This consists of 40-50 cars. This is a great chance to see some really unique and unusual cars. We would love for you to bring your Imperial and join us for the day. Email Donald Taccone at for directions/information or call him at 205-252- 0250 (7am to 6pm Mon-Fri) . We hope to see you there!"

18th Annual Imperial Statewide Meet - May 4-6, 2001

Bob (the editor) reports: "The Southern California Imperial Owners Inc. (SCIO) hosted the Statewide Meet in Solvang, CA on May 4-6.  We had 55 or 56 cars show up (depending on when you counted & entries/non-entries) which included 5 limos! These were 1939, 1949, 1954, 1956 and a 1964 Ghia, which won the Best in Show.

We had visitors from quite a distance - including Hans Schoor & Renee Ransbottom from Switzerland, Ed Trenn from DC, Chris Hawkins and Cecil McCall from Atlanta, Ed Trenn from DC, Bill White from New Jersey, Norm and Louisa Hall from Michigan and a few others (need to check memory banks on those!)

And we had Imperials that were new to the statewide meet, including 2 '66 LeBarons that put mine in the shade - a near perfect triple black one owned by Mike Porto and a very tricked out "twin" to my Regal Blue model - except for the hi-po engine, wire wheels, disc brakes, dual master, overdrive and much chrome in the engine compartment! A serious investment of time & $$!

Bob Schmitt's 1966 Imperial at Solvang, 66-0501.jpg (144107 bytes)

My 1966 outside the Scandinavian Inn (click it!)

The show was great, as were the tech sessions by Roy Braatz (spectacular '57 convertible) on the Southwind gas heater and John Lloyd on "detailing for quality".

We had many entries for '56, '62-'63, and one each '72,'73,'74,'75,'81 and '92.

Next year the Northern California Imperial Owners Club will host this event, but it's still trying to settle on late April or May for a date. The location will be Cambria, not far from the Hearst Castle. Join a club for future advance announcements!"

Gregg Wright wrote: "My family and I spent a couple of glorious hours at the California statewide meet this past Saturday. To see so many 'Imperial beauties' in one place was more than an awesome sight.  I have posted some pics my 8 year old son and I took at:  Imperial regards to all!"

Bill White ('55 Imperial Newport) also send a note: "I have posted 80% of my Solvang photos. If you click on the same image twice you can view the highest resolution picture and also the best picture for down loading. The final 24 pictures will be posted this weekend.

Since PhotoPoint is going to a pay system in June these photos will be removed at the end of this month."

The first official announcement of the meet - with hotel reservation information (meet headquarters) and event details - was sent by mail in early February to 300+ current and former club members of the Southern California Imperial Owners Inc., the Northern Imperial Owners Club (NCIOC) and the Imperial Owners Association of Sacramento Valley (IOASV).  

The registration packet, with a registration form and complete meet details, was mailed to the same list on March 4 – our goal was to encourage entries of Imperials and promote good fellowship among Imperial owners and fans! 

North East Imperial Owners Club Spring Picnic - April 22, 2001

Where: Clayton Russell's house
28 Columbine Ave.
South Glens Falls, NY 12803
(518) 798-1214

Rain or shine! RSVP by April 15, bring chairs and a salad or dessert!

Directions: From most points (Southwest and East): Take I-87 North from Albany 45 miles to exit 17N. At exit, take Rt. 9 North 3 miles to 2nd light. Take Nolan Road on left. Go 3/10 mile on Nolan. Turn right on Columbine Avenue, 2nd house on left (#28).

Bob Merritt,

SCIO Event, The Nethercutt Museum - March 24, 2001

We had a nice SCIO event on March 24 at the Nethercutt Museum and Collection, 15180 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar, CA (see map or call 818-367-2251 for directions). The new museum and library are spectacular! We shared the parking lot with the Rolls-Royce club - many very nice mid-sized cars.

As many members will recall, the SCIO had a guided tour of the Nethercutt Collection several years ago. Last year, an entirely new Museum was opened across the street from the Collection and, unlike the Collection, this is open, without a need for reservations. The Club tried to also make reservations for the Collection guided tour, but this wasn’t possible (everyone is always free to call directly to check for cancellations). Tours are 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and last 2 hours.

So we were "unguided" and met at 9:30 am to visit the Museum. We had lunch at about noon and drive to Pasta Michi’s Italian Restaurant (13919 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, 818-362-5827, 3.5 miles from the Museum). This was a great location for lunch - highly recommended!  After lunch, a few returned to the Nethercutt or caravaned down to Memory Lane, a well-known salvage yard specializing in "classics". After our drive and arrival, we were again mostly "unguided"! It was a very good day for Imperials!

Packard & Imperial Spring Meet in Anniston, AL - March 23-25, 2001

Elijah Scott reported: "First, a big thank you to Donald & Debbie, Jeff, Kerry, and everyone else who had a hand in putting together this terrific meet! This is the second time I've gone to Anniston for the combined Packard and Imperial club meet, and I can't even begin to tell you how much fun it was! I can't wait for the fall meet in October.

I've uploaded some pictures from the meet at They're in random order right now, but I'll get them sorted out later.

Ever wondered what it's like to drive a '56 Imperial? Check out the MPEGs of this  experience on the web page above! Happy Motoring!"

And the announcement: "The dates have been set for the Spring 2001 Anniston Imperial/Packard meet! The meet will be the weekend of March 23, 24, and 25. Mark your calendars!

The meet will be held at the Victoria Inn in Anniston, Alabama. The rooms are $65.00 per night, which includes a free southern breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning. Some of us will drive over Friday afternoon, and some will be arriving Saturday morning. We will have dinner together at the Hotel's restaurant Saturday evening. Last fall we had over 20 cars attend and a spectacular weekend! You can read a report by Kerry Pinkerton and see pictures on the Imperial Club Website under "events".

Call Donald Taccone to make your reservations as soon as possible. He is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 800-801-1956 or you can email him at Let him know your room preference (smoking or non) (king/queen/double), 1 or 2 nights, what car you will be bringing, and if you will be joining us for dinner Saturday night.

Email Donald or myself if you have any questions. My email address is I am planning on driving my 62 LeBaron. I will put together a list of cars/owners planning to attend as you let us know. Hope to see you there!

Jeff Carrothers"

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