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,