Sunday, December 20, 2015

Party time!

     We held our annual Christmas party at GR Auto Gallery this year on Friday, December 11.  Tom Baranoski and the staff of GRAG were very accommodating and made room for 22 club members and guests in the showroom area.  Sitting down to a catered dinner surrounded by Ferraris, street rods, Corvettes and Porches was quite unique!  Our guests this year included Ric & Lynne Hoyt, the NSRA Southern Michigan Rep, Alan & Linda Roush and Jerry & Marianne McDonald.  Here's wishing all our blog followers and casual readers a very Merry Christmas.  We'll be back next year for another season of ClassiX Street Rod fun.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Old but great news and a new member

The summer of 2015 was so hectic that many of our club activities were never published here.  Instead, our club Facebook page seemed to get most of the attention.  While many members received recognition and awards at many car shows throughout the year, one member's award stands high above the rest.  Fred & Janet Clark's immaculate 1947 Chevy Fleetline has garnered top awards all over the state of Michigan but none were more significant than being selected as a Top Pick at the NSRA Northern Nationals in Kalamazoo in September.  Belated congrats to Fred & Janet!

We recently added a new member family to our group.  Bob & Stacy Jenema of Grant are the newest members of the ClassiX Street Rod Association.  Bob has restored several cars in the past and his latest ride is drop dead gorgeous!  His 396 cu in Chevy powered 1964 Chevelle has to be seen in person to be appreciated.  The candy brandywine paint and chrome detailing has brought home several "Best of Show" trophies this past summer.  Welcome Bob & Stacy!

Some who read our blog may remember our emphasis on a club rule that was established in 2013 when the 6 founding members formed the ClassiX Street Rod Association.  At that time, we chose 1963 and earlier vehicles as the prerequisite for folks applying for membership.  In October the founding members decided to change from 1963 and earlier to 1965 and earlier.  The header on this blog page has been modified to reflect this recent rule change.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Mission Accomplished

     Obviously, I've neglected this blog since last February!  Shame on me.  It seems like most of our club activity information has been posted on our Facebook page all year instead of on this blog.  Regardless, it's time to catch up on an important summer long activity.  As indicated in the February entry, we announced a fund raising project in May at the Kathy Weed Memorial Safety Inspection held at Downs Custom Performance Automotive.  Our special guest at that event was Tiffany Carr, Director of Community and Member Relations at the Grand Rapids Veterans Home.  Tiffany helped us kick off our TV's for Vets campaign which was a summer long campaign of soliciting donations from fellow hot rodders and car show enthusiasts.   Someone from our club made it a point to always have a donation canister displayed at weekly cruise ins at Fricano's Pizza on Alpine and Culvers in Cascade as well as at the many car shows we attended throughout the summer.  Over 200 residents of the GR Veterans Home are without a TV in their rooms and it was our goal to raise funds to help fund TV's for some of these folks.  As the summer neared an end, Tiffany informed us that the Federal Government had approved a grant in the amount of $70,000 to fully fund these TV's.  Our focus then shifted to providing TV's for the dining rooms and alcove areas in the Veterans Home that are used for group movies and quiet areas for some of the more mentally challenged residents.  We ended the campaign having raised $2040.00 and were making plans for the equipment purchase when another major donation was handed to us.  The Casino Club in north Grand Rapids had some excess money in a fund that had been used to send gift boxes to active military personnel serving overseas.  With the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, they had no overseas personnel to service.  Their Casino Club Trooper Box had $1500 left that was added to our $2040 for a grand total of $3540!  We were also given a contact name at the Best Buy store on Alpine and that young man spearheaded an effort to maximize our purchase.
      This morning, five members of the ClassiX Street Rod Association met at Best Buy to finalize the purchase, load the equipment and deliver everything to the GR Veterans Home.  Three of us still had not put our cars away so we had a mini caravan to make the delivery.  The final tally of equipment donated was:  3 - 55" Sharp TV's, 2 - 40" Samsung TV's, 5 wall mount brackets and 12 Samsung Blue Ray dvd players.  The 55" units will be installed in the dining areas and the 40" units will be for alcoves.  Five of the dvd players will be installed with the TV's while the remaining seven will be added to some other select residences within the facility.   As a club, we would like to sincerely thank Doug Fricano and his staff at Fricano's Pizza as well as Steve Stephan, the Culvers owner for helping us promote this very worthwhile program.  We couldn't have done this without the generosity of all our fellow car loving friends who dropped cash in the cans all summer long.  A BIG tip o' the straw hat to each and every one of those who helped make a difference in lives of those Veterans.

Left to right above are club members Phil Viviano, Pete Derridinger, Jon Hansen, Rick Nielsen and Steve Melville.  Steve furnished his truck to transport the donation from Best Buy to the Veterans Home.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A new year

Hello again.   We're back after several months of not posting to the blog page.  We had several car shows and dinner activities since last September but the blog got neglected.  Sorry about that!  So, now it's a new year and we're hoping for an early spring to help everyone recover from a long, cold, snowy winter!  First thing on the agenda is to make public the announcement made at our Christmas Party in December.  Roy Drumm, the leader of the Michigan NSRA Safety Team announced the addition of two new members to his inspection staff.  Pete Derridinger and Jon Hansen of the ClassiX Street Rod Association are the newest additions to the team.  Pete & Jon are hoping to provide localized street rod inspections in the West Michigan area.  Stay tuned for contact information.

Second on the list of coming activities is the 2nd annual Kathy Weed Memorial NSRA Safety Inspection and Downs Custom Performance Automotive Open House coming up in May.  Last year's event was so well received that NSRA and Tom Borisch of Downs have agreed to make this an NSRA Appreciation Day for 2015.  Downs is currently in the process of moving to a new location in Grand Rapids at 900 47th Street SW and will host this year's event at their new location.  Besides the safety inspection, massive door prizes, free food and open house, ClassiX SRA will be announcing a new fund raiser aimed at assisting some local military veterans.  A special guest will be on hand to help us kick off this summer long fund raiser. 

That's all for now.  Stay tuned for more information soon!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NSRA Nats North - Kalamazoo

September 11-14 were the dates of this years National Street Rod Association Nationals North Plus in Kalamazoo.  Ten CSRA members were in attendance at some point during the weekend with six of us entering our cars.  Four of those six made the GR to Kazoo trip daily while Steve drove his car down on Thursday and stayed in a local hotel through Saturday night.  Five of us traveled together on Thursday afternoon to pick up our credentials.  We arrived shortly after the gates opened on Friday morning after driving in some rain.  The temperatures were in the 40's so we had very little competition for a prime parking spot.  We set up our awning with club banners on Friday and left it in the same spot throughout the weekend.  Nice to know the event is secure and folks can be trusted to not disturb someone else's stuff!  Saturday was still chilly and we had a few sprinkles early but the day brightened to a beautiful sunshine.

This was taken Saturday morning before Pete arrived.  Left to right are the cars of Phil, Jon and Steve with Jim's yellow roadster behind Phil's 57 and Rick's yellow pickup behind Steve's coupe.  We had two events to celebrate during the weekend.  First was the first anniversary of our club.  The CSRA was formed just a year ago and the announcement was made to our former club on the Monday following the Nats North.  The second event was much more exciting!  Our own Jim Banfill's 1932 Ford roadster was selected by the Michigan Safety Director, Roy Drumm, as his Safety Pick Award!  Jim was in shock all day Sunday and into the following week.  Here's the 32 in the staging area for the award winners. 

And here's Jim accepting his award from Roy at the conclusion of the Street Rod Nats.

All in all, a fantastic weekend!  Congratulations to Jim on his selection and to all the CSRA members for making this first year a memorable one. 

Red Barns revisited & a new member

You may remember the Red Barn Spectacular coverage from the first of August where four of our members garnered Top 50 recognition.  Pete, Paul, Rick & Jon were pictured at that time holding their plaques.  Well, we were baffled that Jim wasn't also selected for his 32 Ford roadster.  Jim's car was constantly surrounded by people that day and something seemed amiss.  Some email and phone call exchanges with the sponsoring club resulted in a recount of the votes for Jim's car.  We are pleased to report that he placed 16th in the Top 50 and will be receiving his plaque soon.  Here's Jim's 32 sittin' pretty!

Prior to the NSRA Nationals North, we welcomed a new member to the ClassiX Street Rod Association.  Mark & Vicki Olafson own this beautiful 1938 Nash Lafayette coupe.  We now stand at 13 members with 19 cars.

Where did the days go?!

Hard for me to believe it's been over 6 weeks since I last updated this blog!  August and September were busy months in the world of cars.  Aug 8 was a first time show in downtown Grandville.  The Friday night get together saw about 60 cars in attendance while four of those are ClassiX SRA members.

Left to right are Phil's black 57 Chevy, Paul & Sharon's 48 Ford coupe, Jon & Cathie's 34 Chevy Vicky and Steve's 34 Ford coupe.

The next day, Sat. Aug 9, was the annual Del Shannon Show in Coopersville.  The Hansen brothers, Chip and Jon made the short trip and joined over 600 other entries on a beautiful, sunny day.

Following the Del Shannon show was a small show at a couple of North Blendon churches.  Jon stopped by for the show and a great chicken dinner provided free by the churches.  A new friend, Mark Olafson, also stopped by after the Del Shannon show.

Jon's 34 Chevy above and Mark's 38 Nash coupe below.

Sunday, Aug 10 was a great day for a cruise south to Allegan and a show at Deano's Pizza & Ice Cream.  Jon made the show and picked up a class win in the early Stock class.  Good friends Arnie Goldberger and Mark Olafson also made the show with Arnie picking up the class win in Pro Street with his awesome 41 Ford Pickup. 

Arnie's 41 Ford Pro Street pickup above and Jon's early stock class winning 41 Chevy.

Four shows in one weekend made for a busy weekend!  The following Friday, the club got a call requesting cars for a promotion event on a local TV station, Fox 17.  Six club cars and three club friends along with the car hauler from Downs Custom Performance Automotive provided a great backdrop for a brief interview with Gregg Howard, the coordinator for 28th Street Metro Cruise and club member Jon Hansen.

Left to right, Mike Spicuzza, Gregg Howard, Jon Hansen, Ron Willit, Ron's wife, Paul Dishaw, Rick Nielsen with his grandson Cameron, Pete Derridinger, Chip Hansen, Steve Melville and Alan Wright.

"Testing, 1-2-3."  Audio check as the crew gets ready to interview Jon & Gregg.

Apologies to Mike Spicuzza and Paul Dishaw for not being able to include their cars in this photo angle.

The week following the Fox 17 shoot was consumed with activities centering around the 28th St. Metro Cruise.  This year marked the 10th anniversary of the event and our club was heavily involved in the activities.  Thursday, Aug 21 was the first annual Pre-Cruise Party at Downs Custom Performance Automotive in Wyoming.  The weather was threatening and many reported rain all around us but we stayed dry at Downs.

Club cars lined up in the front parking lot.  Jon's 34 is missing as it was inside the building adding to the display of Downs bodied cars.

Thanks to Tom of Downs for including the CSRA logo on the Pre-Cruise banner.  We were listed as hosts on all the promotional literature.

Friday afternoon was the opening activities for Metro Cruise and our members were once again called upon to furnish the cars for the Pin Up Girl Contest.  Each lady was driven from the Rogers Plaza building to the stage for the opening ceremony by one of our cars.  A friend was also asked to assist and we have to say "thank you" to Andy Behro for helping fill a spot on short notice.   Saturday morning at 7am, most of the CSRA members gathered in the Rogers Plaza parking lot to line up our cars and erect our awnings for the day's activities.  Keeping tabs on my two cars and four more from Downs left little time for taking pictures.  This is the only shot I have.

Much more happened following the Metro Cruise but I'll start a new page for the rest of the fun!