How's that for dedication to perfect attendance? Get this, we'll be back at it again for the 18th annual event.
Planning certainly helps, but sometimes, things simply whirl out of our control and all we can do is handle it the best we can. Kudos to you for not letting the trip get to you and having the courage to do it again. Seriously, that's what this hobby is all about.
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OER Unveils '69 Yenko Tribute Camaro
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Yenko Camaro, OER invited select members of the media for a grand tour of the facilities, including a special vehicle unveiling. OER partnered up with Chop Cut Rebuild and D&P Classic Chevy to build a one-off reproduction '69 Camaro to commemorate the anniversary. The '69 was full of off-the-shelf OER production pieces and to up the ante, they also unveiled a matching '10 SS/RS Camaro also built by D&P Classic Chevy. In addition to unveiling the Tribute Cars, OER CEO Jeff Leonard, also discussed aspects of the current state of the collector car hobby and made clear that current economic events would have no effect on the availability of parts and accessories through OER. Although the unveiling was part of a special treat to journalists attending the company's inaugural media open house, CHP was granted special after-hours access to the Camaro. Look for a full feature of the '69 Camaro in a future issue.
When you receive word that your best friend is getting married, a whole slew of thoughts come to mind. First and foremost is the bachelor party. We decided on a trip to Lake Tahoe for some late-night casino runs with the boys. We rounded up the regular batch of hooligans from high school which consisted of Jeff Farrington, Robbie Thuesen, Jesse Trudeau, Kyle Cannole, Kanan Wilson, Sean Butler, myself and of course, the bachelor John Gallo. By plane, train, and truck we all made the trek north at warp speed. While most of our nights were filled with stuffing our faces and emptying our pockets with unlucky Roulette spins, the days were spent bumming around lakefronts. The five days flew by in a blurry mess with the beach incident standing out as the funniest thing I have ever seen.
Setting the scene is difficult but the short version involves seven mischievous individuals pranking each other by sending one over the backs of another with a quick shove. It's all fun and games until someone gets a bucket-load of sand to the face, right? Jeff had rendezvoused with a close college friend who landed on the same beach we had. For respect, Jeff brought his friend, Christy by for introductions to the gang. She made her handshakes around the group and threw out her hand to Jesse. Unbeknownst to her Jesse had been set up. As their hands met and standing face to face, Jesse had no chance. In an instant he was shoved and gravity did the rest. Tumbling backwards sand particles filled the air as Jesse's size 13 feet acted like shovels scooping up what seemed to be a wheelbarrow amount of sand. Plus, his 6-ft, 4-in height only magnified the punishment as his long legs acted with leverage propelling sand at her face. Every grain of sand flew onto Christy like an enormous wave. In complete unison; the eight of us fell to the ground literally pounding sand. Christy stood there in total shock-blinking her eyes in rapid secession trying to remove the grit. To her credit, she was a trooper. It was only after Christy got rid of the grit that she was able to laugh about the entire incident. I only hope she's not relying on first impressions though.