One of California’s best events is coming up and we’ere invited! The LCOC will be at the 2019 California State Fair on Friday, July 26th and now is the time to register. Please RSVP ASAP to Steve Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org, so he can let the Fair know how many of us are coming.
The event is open to all pre-1975 cars. It’s a totally free event for us and we can bring as many people as we can fit in our cars. The fairgrounds are located at 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento CA 95815. You and your guests will have free in and out privileges and you can even get free parking for a modern car but your Lincoln has to stay until 7 p.m. or the end of the last race. Yes, the horses will be racing.
We meet in the morning at 8:30 at The Century Theaters across Ethan Way from the fair and all go in together. We can bring our own food and drinks or purchase them there. We show our cars in a roped off area near the race track. The fair provides us with a nice big shade tent. Bring your own chairs and ice chest.
Also at the fair that day will be the Cougar, Early Ford V8, Metropolitan and Corvair Clubs, plus some others.This is a lot of fun and the price is right.
Besides the car displays there are numerous special events and programs at the fair July 26 including chocolate and honey sampling (yum!) Senior Savings Day throughout the fair, a kid’s rodeo, cooking demonstrations and many other attractions. For a complete event schedule click here
You can roam the fair and see all the exhibits and shows or hang out by the cars in our own private tent. It’s really nice to have a place at the fair to take a break with your friends. No worries if it turns out to be a hot day as every building at the fair is air conditioned.
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LCOC members and their cars are receiving a cordial invitation from the Earlybirds and Thunderbirds of Southern California, to be the Honor Club for the 45th Annual Pageant of the Thunderbird to be held at La Palma Park in Anaheim on Saturday Sept. 14. All Lincolns and Continentals are eligible to participate. Each entrant will receive a goodie bag and the first 100 registrants will receive a free T-shirt. A trophy will be awarded to a selected Lincoln and Continental. This event has been a Southern California tradition for close to half a century. So plan on adding your name to SoCal car culture history by participating in this outstanding event.
Besides the Lincolns, all Thunderbirds from 1955 to 2005 may register. Trophies will be awarded in several classes. Click here for more information and to access a registration form.
At first glance it may seem odd for LCOC to be the Honor Club at a T’bird event. However, Lincolns and Thunderbirds are first cousins, having been manufactured on the same assembly line at Ford’s famous Wixom, MI, plant, often with similar or, in some cases, identical parts. More than 6 million cars were built there over the plant’s 50-year production life.
Wikipedia notes that the Wixom plant was one of Ford’s largest and oldest manufacturing sites. It opened April 15, 1957, and was ultimately expanded to encompass 4.7 million square feet, and replaced the former Lincoln Motor Company Plant located at 6200 West Warren Avenue (at Livernois). Over the plant’s 50 years of operation it produced 6,648,806 automobiles. The first car manufactured August 1, 1957 was the Lincoln Capri, and the last car produced was a white chocolate Lincoln Town Car which rolled off the line at 12:55 p.m. on May 31, 2007.
The plant was mainly used for the manufacture of Lincolns and the Ford Thunderbird. The Lincoln Town Car and the Ford GT were also produced there. Production of the Lincoln LS ended in early April 2006 and production of the Ford GT stopped on September 21, leaving the Town Car as the plant’s final Ford Motor Company product.
Wixom was the most profitable plant in the industry during the 1980s when Cadillac downsized its lineup and lost ground to Lincoln. Due to Lincoln’s falling sales, Ford announced on January 23, 2006 that the Wixom plant would be sold in 2007 as part of The Way Forward. Some analysts argued that the plant might not be closed. A report in The Oakland Press stated, “The fate of the Wixom plant, however, will depend on the shape of Ford’s future product plan, which seems to be currently in flux.” Michigan governor, Jennifer Granholm, reportedly offered $115 million in tax cuts to keep the plant open. The plant was nonetheless sold in 2007, and by mid-June 2008, while Ford was able to find buyers for other idled plants, Wixom remained unsold until 2008 buyout by General Motors.
A couple of alternative energy uses were announced, but none came to fruition. In 2012, Ford began tearing down the old plant. The next year the Baidas family, owners and operators of General RV Center, sought and were awarded mixed use zoning permits in an area nearby of the Wixom property. In 2014 the family broke ground on 33 acres near the old Ford Wixom property to build a new corporate headquarters and RV Dealership. A Menards outlet has also been built on the site.