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As I write this, it is Christmas Eve. The kids are all grown up and have moved out to do their own thing. One doesn’t even live in the same province anymore. I realize that the house, with its basement finished, seems huge. I either stay in the theatre room downstairs to watch movies or sit upstairs in the sunken living room and build a fire. I really enjoy the crackling of the birch as it heats up the house. I did give myself a nice Christmas gift this year. Karen was fine with it as she knows that’s my hobby. I don’t really drink and have never smoked, so when I spend money it’s usually on Karen or Suite (Sweet) Madam Blue (442). Well, this year I heard a “tick” in the engine. Since I have to remove the heads to get to it, I had the W30 replacement heads (KA) rebuilt. They’re big valve 2.072”. The heads are also period correct for my car, so they will be replacing the heads that are on the car now. Since I am replacing the heads, I also decided on a slight cam change. I am not racing the car, but the upgrade should be fun, but nothing crazy.

In 2013 I did our clubs California Dreamin’ Cruise run with the car. Lucky for us, it ran like a two ton Swiss watch. Two of my three sons came with me. We drove into BC with three other cars following along. We went south to Idaho and into Washington state where two members from Vancouver and Seattle joined us. From WA we drove into Oregon and took the coast Hwy to California, where two Northern California Olds club members joined us. We crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and drove along the Pacific Coast HWY to Morro Bay, CA where the 2013 OCA Pacific Southwest Zone show was being hosted by the Northern and Southern California Oldsmobile clubs. The ladies in our group went to the Hearst Castle for the day. We met some great people at that show and had a great time looking at Oldsmobiles we’ve never seen before.

In Los Angeles, a party was held in our honour at Mike & Char Izzo’s place. We knew where the street in the San Fernando Valley was, but didn’t have a house number. We were told that we’d know the house when we saw it. Driving down the street we saw a 1918 Oldsmobile Truck with a big Canadian flag draped across it. This had to be it. We brought some Molson Canadian beer and found that Mike had bought some at the local store. According to the beer drinkers, there was a difference in taste. The next day Mike led a caravan of cars to Griffith Observatory in the Hollywood Hills, we cruised Hollywood Blvd and followed the Walk of Fame in front of the Chinese Theatre. After that we went to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His guests were Bradley Cooper and Heidi Klum. Then after, we cruised Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank where spots were reserved for us to park. Locals came over to speak with us The next day we took the drive to Las Vegas, on the Interstate and Route 66. When we got to Colorado, The Rocky Mountain Oldsmobile Club held a luncheon for us at President Larry Ruppel’s place. What a great time we had.

I took 1200 photos on that trip. I loved it so much, I want to visit the 10 states I haven’t been to yet. Maybe in 2023, I would like to go on a historical drive. Drive through Canada to Montréal and Québec City, and then from there, drive to Boston, New York and into Pennsylvania to start the Civil War Battle Tour. Visit Gettysburg and other battlefields. I would be able to cross some states off my list and then only Alaska would remain. As with the California tour, I wouldn’t drive more than 250 miles a day, maybe 300. Provinces visited would be Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. States would be New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and back home. After this trip, I’ll only need Alaska to make 50 states visited and PEI to make 10 provinces visited. I’ll see what 2023 or 24 brings. The trip would probably take a month. Something to look forward to though, and to do it in the 442 is even better.

That’s in a couple of years hopefully. However this year, we’re focusing on having our annual show back at Hildebrand Motors in Olds. Hopefully, we can meet at the Royal Canadian Legion to have our banquet. Watch the next issue of Olds Faithful for the poster and details.

All the Best in the New Year,

Ken

 

 
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