Saturday, November 23, 2013

End of the 2013 run. Rev up 2014

It was a great year in 2013 for the classic car hobby.  Our show in May went off without a hitch and all the shows after that were great!....Some of the folks made modifications to their rides while others got new rides.  Our club grew slightly during the year and everyone seems to still be interested in the club and the hobby.

The television is probably one of the best helps for our hobby these days with auctions like "Barrett Jackson", "Mecom" as well as shows like "Overhaulin", "My Clsssic Car", "Fast and Loud" and others. These shows tell the story of many classics and their on going value.

To purchase an older car, either restored or not is to make an investment in the future.  The purchaser finds that if care is taken of the vehicle, the value never goes down and there is always the fun that is associated with the driving, maintaining, restoration and showing involved with a classic.

Anyway, back to the club scene.  Our 2014 show is scheduled for May 18, 2014 at the park again in Moxee, WA.  Be sure to put that on your calendar and attend the show.  Either as a participant or spectator.  There will always be something new to see at our show since we pull from all over Washington State.  We are getting an increased interest by several vendors each year and in 2013 we had about 10 or 11 craft vendors set up at the show.  I think that went pretty well.

In 2013, I tried to put our club on Facebook but ended up with a stale mate.  The page opened and looked good but the trouble was getting the word out.  Something had gone wrong and the page was not showing up in the searches.  Research said that the page had to have more than a few followers to show up properly.  Even though I wanted hundreds of you to view the page and become American Reflection friends, I could only get the word out to a few.  I will study the site and try again in late 2013 or early 2014 because I believe that the Facebook page could possibly be more entertaining and informative than this web site.

At this point, I am just rambling on.  So, here is one of our latest photographs.  This is of our 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu that used to belong to my wife's parents.  We took over the car after their deaths and started fixing it up.  It now has a show quality paint job, brand new interior with reclining seats, disc brakes up front, and a complete new undercarriage as well as 17inch chrome mag wheels and z rated tires.  This car is equipped with air conditioning and is fast becoming our primary show car.  Here is the car.......

Thursday, May 30, 2013

It just keeps getting better and better, car show wise that is.

In the days leading up to the car show the weather forecast started out great then got a little more worry some as the big day approached.  On the day of the show (May 19, 2013), the sky opened up and was absolutely awesome all day long.  Not too hot, not too cold.  The wind was not a problem and the sky was rain cloud free.  It was a perfect day for a car show!  It has now rained every day since the 19th.

The cruise the day before the show did not go off quite as planned.  The day was slightly cloudy with  only about six vehicles showing up .  We saw some wonderful scenery driving over the back roads from Yakima to Naches then back to Yakima.  Then we finished the day with an evening burger at the Stop and Go drive in on Fruitvale.  All in all, May 18th was a pleasent day.

Then came the day of the show.  We arrived at 7:30 AM to find that we were not the first ones at the park.  Vendors and car people were already stacking up.  We quickly set up and started registering cars.  The speakers were placed so that everyone could hear my special type of music I had collected for this show.  Usually, there is 50's, 60's, and 70's rock and roll music played at these car shows. We had some of that, but all the songs pertaining to cars, driving or the like.  Then I threw in some country (about cars) and included some old time car commercials.  We had such hits as "409", "Little GTO",  "Little Deuce Coupe", "Dead Man's Curve", "Hotrod Lincoln", "There Ain't Nothin Wrong With the Radio", "Seven Little Girls Sittin In the Back Seat", "Her Favorite Color is Chrome", the "Beep Beep" song and many more.  There was over 200 car songs in total.  I had songs that people have never heard before.

By the way, the show was the second most successful in history, with a total of 191 registered vehicles in the park.

We had 10 crafts vendors at the show this year for those who wanted more to look at then just cars, trucks and motorcycles.  Our food vendors offered a great selection with no duplicate food items and espresso returned this year!

In addition to the trophies for best of show, paint, etc. and the 22 classes, we gave out four long distance trophies.  The big winner was a couple from the Mt. Vernon, WA. area who came over just for our show.  They won a trophy and a free nights stay in a local motel for next year. 

Great day, great show and everyone had a good time.  We had dozens of give-a-way items and some pretty good raffle items too.    I am putting some pictures below so that you can get an idea of what the show actually looked like.  Maybe after reading this and seeing the pictures, you might decide to join us next year for our 14th Annual Open Show on May 18, 2014. (Click on a photo to enlarge it, then click your "back" button or arrow to return to this blog).

Just added.....I am currently working on a Facebook page for the American Reflections Car Club and need people to "like" the page so that I might build a population.  The page is set up for everyone that wants to display and talk about their cars, projects, clubs, car shows and whatever else.  I am posting pictures of various shows and cars on the page myself, as well as several videos about cars.  So, in addition to this site you now have a Facebook page to check out at https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Reflections-Car-Club/521384051244220.  Be patient because at this point, I am still trying to get it to show up in their directory.






















Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New things coming to the show this year.

As the date of May 19th gets closer, we are finalizing a few things for the car show.  In addition to good weather,  more cars than ever before and loads of good food and prizes, we will have craft vendors at the show this year.  We lost our espresso stand during the last couple shows but espresso will return this year.

Also, the cruise will return for the second year.  Starting at the Yakima Chamber of Commerce and running throughout the valley, on to Naches and back in the form of a poker run with prizes to be awarded at the show on sunday.  As the date gets closer, e-mail us at AmReflections@yahoo.com for updated info on this cruise.

The word is out and Hot Rods and Harleys officially starts on Friday, May 17th.  We will be at this show to hand out flyers and sign people up for the cruise and show.  The same as we did last year. 

See you at the 13th annual American Reflections open car show on May 19th, 2013 at the park in Moxee, WA.  Look at this site for news and pictures of the show afterwards.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

2013 Cruise and Car Show

Plans for the show this May 19th are shaping up nicely so far.  We are working on contacting various vendors for the event.  Also contacting and looking for trophy sponsors.  Last year we had more people wanting to sponsor trophies than we had slots for.  I am urging everyone to contact me early if they want a trophy sponsorship.  It runs $30 for a set of three trophies.  That being a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of 22 different classes.   Here they are:

Best of Show                                 1990 to Current
Participants Choice                        Sports Car
Best Interior                                   Pickup, 1960 & Older
Best Paint                                       Pickup, 1961 & Newer
Distance                                         4X4
1939 & Older                                 Sport Compact
1940 to 1949                                   Orphan
1950 to 1959                                   Foreign
1960 to 1964                                   Under Construction
1965 to 1969                                   Street Rod
1970 to 1974                                   Low Rider
1975 to 1979                                   Rat Rod
1980 to 1989                                   Bicycle
and..................Motorcycle

CRUISE INFORMATION
Now, as promised here is some information on the cruise which will take place on May 18, 2013.  Registration for the cruise is $20 which qualifies you for the cruise and gets you into the show the next day.  The cruise is basically a poker run which will start from the Holiday Inn on E. Yakima Ave. here in Yakima at 10:00 AM.  Prizes for the cruise will start with $100 for first place. 

 
 
The Holiday Inn is located at 802 E. Yakima Ave. (1-800-315-2621) and have reserved a block of 20 rooms for our show at a special rate for those of you coming in from out of town.


Then.....at 6PM the evening of May 18th (Saturday), there will be a no-host dinner and get together at the Stop and Go Drive In at  2820 Fruitvale Ave., here in Yakima (509) 452-4641. 


All this is to get you in the mood for the Moxee Show the next day.  Our events coordinator wants that day remembered as:
"SUPER SUNDAY"  
The American Reflections 13th Annual Open Car Show in Moxee, WA.   May 19th, 2013.   See all of you at the Show