Western Region Lincoln & Continental Owners Club Event Calendar
Upcoming Event Calendar for the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club Western Region.
We present our club events and other events we think you may be interested in. If you have an event you would like listed here please contact us through the contact us link on this page.
On June 23 the Highway Earth Show is scheduled at scenic Franklin Canyon Park, 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210. Besides its scenic beauty this site is also famous for the opening title scene of the Andy Griffith Show where Andy and his young son Opie (Ron Howard) are heading to the old fishing hole.
Who knows what exotic vehicle or celebrity might park right next to you at this event? Or, you might just find your car’s photo in a popular car magazine soon.
The car show is the brainchild of Evan Klein, a Los Angeles based automotive photographer and dedicated car lover. He shoots for all your favorite car magazines, Motor Trend, Road and Track, Octane, Automobile, Hagerty, as well as new car manufacturers. Highway Earth came from his love for cars and wanting others to have a place to share their stories. When he’s not shooting, you’ll probably find him keeping his 1967 Alfa Giulia on the road. Click here for more information about Evan and to register for this show.
The ALS Guardian Angels Car Show “Racing For A Cure” supports one of the most compassionate of charities fighting one of the most stubborn of diseases—ALS. On Saturday June 29 some 200+ cars, participants, and vendors are planned for this one day event being held at Canyon RV Park (formerly Featherly Park) in Anaheim, 24001 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd. Anaheim, CA 92808, off Gypsum Canyon and the 91 Fwy. All proceeds will benefit the ALS Guardian Angels, an organization dedicated to helping the people and families with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Click here for more information about this show and the ALS Guardian Angels.
You must act quickly. Registration is $20 per car before June 15, but $30 on the day of the show.
The website features touching and inspiring stories of people with ALS, who, despite overwhelming odds, not only have fought bravely to conquer their own disease, but also to raise funds to find a cure for others as well.
The 2019 LCOC Western National Meet will be held in Grand Junction, Colorado and hosted by the Rocky Mountain Region. Monuments, Mesas, and Memories is the theme of Mesa County, and it truly embodies these words. The Grand Valley was chosen for its scenic beauty, and offers something different than what we have experienced at previous meets.
The host hotel is the Double Tree, Grand Junction, located at 743 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 80106. The room rate is $119.00 per night (plus taxes) for a standard king or double queen. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, pool & whirlpool, fitness center, Bistro 743, and a lounge. To reserve your room call the hotel directly at (970)-241-8888 and ask for the “Lincoln and Continental Owners Club” rate. The cutoff date for room reservations is Wednesday June 19, 2019. If you wish to arrive before the 10th or stay later than the 14th, please call Alex at 970-241-8888.
For more information and for meet registration please contact George Malesich at 303-909-2853 or Jake Dout at 970-201-1644. Registration packets will be available soon so please check the website at www.LCOC.org for updates. We are still finalizing the events and other details, and more information will follow in the next issue of Continental Comments.
ALL AMERICAN ORIGINALS is a car show for original survivor pre-1977 cars or those that have been restored as a original. This is a fun show at a compact venue for those who appreciate the older vehicles that haven’t been customized. It was conceived of by a group of vintage car collectors who were sick of entering their genuine vintage cars in shows, and having to compete with what are are essentially brand new “kit” cars. These cars were allowed to enter a 1930s class because the plastic body they used is shaped like a 1930s coupe.
Virtually any type of open or closed vehicle may be entered from your classic Lincoln to your woodie wagon. Trophies are awarded. Click here for a registration form and more information. Registration cost is $25 before July 11 and $30 on show day.
If you appreciate classic and vintage automobiles, unmolested and as they came from the factory, this is YOUR show. We welcome original, and restored-to-original cars and trucks of all makes and models. All we require, is that the vehicle appear with the correct stock equipment, interior, wheels and tires, engine and running gear.
In other words, if you enter a 1932 Ford, it needs to be a 1932 Ford – not a 2008 chassis with a five foot tall 500 hp engine, encased in a fiberglass shell in the shape of a 1932 Ford. This show is for real vintage cars.
You won’t want to miss one of the best early fall car events Sunday September 8, 2019 at Laguna Niguel Park. It was a sellout in 2018 and this year it will be bigger and better with the addition of Packards to last year’s lineup of Lincolns, Cadillacs and Imperials! Details are forthcoming and will be published here when available. Check back often to see what is happening and register early.
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.
The beautiful and historic Hudson River Valley is the site for the 2019 LCOC Eastern National Meet, Sept. 19-22.
You will want to be sure to attend this year’s meet based in Dutchess County, New York. The Hudson Valley region is near New York City and is rich in beautiful scenery, iconic estates, presidential homes, a renowned culinary school, and numerous other interesting historic sites.
But you must act quickly to reserve your room—-and this is no marketing hype. One hotel being used by our group is already sold out for those dates.
The Holiday Inn Express, Poughkeepsie, has rooms available for LCOC at our group rste but these are selling out quickly also. Best to call the hotel directly at 845-473-1151 and speak with the Sales Manager, to request rooms at the LCOC special rate. The group code is LCO.
More information is available about the meet itself on the national LCOC Website where meet registration forms and other info will be posted soon.