Ed Allen, who does those awesome flyers
for the Palmetto Cruisers-hosted car shows, has finally published his amazing new Website!
Check it out at http://www.AllenArt.com.
and welcome to the beginning of spring and our 2014 car show season. I hope everyone has
recovered from the ice storm we had last month and ready to get out and enjoy some better
weather. You know I can’t remember the weather being this unpredictable but this year it
has really kept us on our toes. I would like to ask at this time for all the cruisers to
join with me and keep one of our family members, the Holly's in our prayers. Mr. Sherman
Holly has been on the transplant list for the last two years for a kidney. He has just
went through the procedure at MUSC and received his new kidney. So I would like all of you
to be praying for them as he goes through down the road to recovery. Mrs. Eva said that
they would be out for a little while but they will be back. I can tell you one thing for
certain; they will be missed while they are out! MR. Holly, we wish you a speedy
As all of you our first show will be the Hemingway BB-Q Shag Festival
on April 12th in Hemingway, SC. It will be here before you know it. Pray for good weather
because it seems like every year that we have done this show we have had rain so for this
year pray for great weather not just for this show but for all of our shows. Speaking of
car shows, has anyone found a show that they would like to attend as a club? If so please
let me know. We basically have the whole spring season to go to shows as a club because we
only have one show as of right now scheduled for the spring.
Well it's time for March birthdays & anniversary's.
Happy Birthday to:
1. Mr. Bill Fitch 3/3
2. Mr. James Conley 3/9
Happy anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Mike Hill. 3/8
I would like to wish everyone a happy birthday and anniversary. May God bless you all. If
I missed anyone's birthday or anniversary please let me know.
Remember our next meeting at the Venus will be on 3/3/2014. 6:30 pm to
eat and 7:300 pm for the meeting. Also if you have not paid your dues for this year please
see Tom at the meeting. $ 5.00 for a single membership and $ 10.00 for a family
membership. I hope to see everyone there.
John & Marianne
Ralph's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
John and Marianne's 1955
Chevrolet Bel Air is an all stock and all original car. The colors are Dusk Rose over
India Ivory, rare colors for the car since it was a fall color choice introduced in August
then production ended a month later for the 1955 model. They recently put a fresh coat of
paint on the car, as the original was beginning to show its age. They also hope to put in
an original interior and, after that, they will call this car finished.
Found: One Lotus Elise
I had been looking at the Lotus Elise for a long
time now. My kids are grown now and the need for a back seat is no longer a necessity so
the time was right to start looking. The Lotus Elise's do not come up for sale that often
as most people buy them as a weekend car or a collectors item so I was thrilled when I
found this one for sale in Chicago that met all my personal requirements. The Lotus Elise
is a two seat, rear-wheel drive, mid-engine roadster released by the English manufacturer
Lotus Cars. The car has a hand-finished fiberglass body shell atop its bonded extruded
aluminum chassis that provides a rigid platform for the suspension, while keeping weight
to a minimum at under 2000lbs. It is powered by an all-aluminum 189 horsepower 1.8L engine
with a twin-cam head offering variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust valvetrain,
and a 6 speed manual Lotus gearbox.
I had planned to drive up to Chicago on my own since the dealer
was going to buy my RX8 but my wife and kids decided to make it a family trip and followed
me in my wife's truck. The weather in Chicago was forecast to get pretty bad by the
weekend so we headed out on a Thursday afternoon in order to get up there and beat the
The farther we drove, the farther down the outside temperature on my
dash got. It started as a comfortable 60 degrees in Florence and by the time we reached
Chicago it was -6. We passed several accidents and a huge pileup on the 65 that claimed
two lives and the weather hadn't even started yet! That morning we woke to discover that
the storm had arrived early in the form of high winds making the temperature with the wind
chill a lovely -20 degrees so we called the dealership and he was nice enough to come in
early so we could complete the transaction in order to get us on the road home before the
snow started. That was not to be the case.
The Lotus Elise is by all means, a race car made for the track and came
with stock track tires that are definitely not made for cold weather let alone snow and
ice so I was in a rush to get ahead of the storm. As soon as the transaction was done and
the doors opened for me to drive out of the dealership, the snow had started and I slipped
and slid a little but not enough for me to question making it home. About an hour into the
drive however, I was questioning my sanity and wondered if I had made a huge mistake
because mother nature unleashed her fury and caused a near whiteout on the freeway. The
slipping and sliding was getting much worse and my death grip on the steering wheel was
making my hands sore and it was only getting worse outside. Cars were in the ditch at
almost every mile marker and larger trucks just gave up all together and were parked along
the highway. The snow was blowing across the highway like sand and at times, the road was
not even visible for several miles at a time which hid the enormous pot holes that are
indicative to northern roads. At one point I hit a hidden pot hole so hard that it caused
my front blinker to pop out and begin flapping and smacking all over the front of my car
only being held on by the light bulb connection. I pulled over and in 30 mph winds and
below zero temps, popped the blinker back in. We deiced to make it as far south as we
could and to where the snow was no longer falling which happened to be Nashville. At every
bridge that I crossed, the back end of the car would start to drift sideways and snap back
after I hit asphalt again. This went on over and over again for hours and at times I was
sure I was going to slide into the ditch. I had prepared myself to do just that and have
no idea how I managed to make it without spinning off the highway. I guess I will chalk it
up to my excellent driving skills! (more likely it was luck or I had someone in my
passenger seat looking out for me).
We made it to Nashville and I was mentally exhausted. I was so relieved
to be driving on dry roads and once we checked into the hotel I immediately felt the
fatigue set in. I ran my hands under warm water as they were so sore from gripping the
wheel and had no idea how tense I was until I woke the next morning as all my upper body
muscles were killing me. Sore and still tired I opened the blinds and what I saw made me
let out a louder than intended "Oh no!" and woke the rest of the family. It had
snowed over night and my car was covered in it. We were too tired to immediately take off
and go through all that stress again so we left the car at the hotel and took in a little
sightseeing in Nashville. After a couple hours of putting off the inevitable, we headed
out again on slick icy roads towards Asheville. It was just as bad if not worse through
the mountains and again, cars were wrecked on both sides and I was slipping and sliding
even more than before due to the black ice. At one point I ended up behind a truck that
was laying down salt and it sounded like my car was in a hail storm. I wondered how my car
was going to look when I finally made it home. I was going to destroy it before I even had
a chance to enjoy driving it and believe me, I was not enjoying the drive thus far at all!
We made it to Asheville and finally, no snow or ice. We checked
out Asheville and did some more sightseeing and then headed to Florence. This was by far
the best part of the trip and I was finally able to relax and get to know my car. My kids
now decided it was safe to ride shotgun and fought over who was going to ride in it first
so I made my oldest drive the truck and my wife got the first ride.
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Hello everyone. I
think we have gotten past the worst of the winter and we may start to warm up a little so
that means…car shows! As you know our first show is April 12th in Hemmingway which
happens to fall on the new date for the NASCAR race in Darlington. Hopefully this will not
have any negative impacts on our attendance and if you plan on going to the race, like I
am, you should have plenty of time to do both. Remember that the raceway is offering a
deal that for $99 you can get two tickets and VIP parking in a designated area for classic
cars so maybe we can drive straight there after the show. It’s just something to think
about if you plan on going to the race.
April is not all that far off but there should be some shows before
then that we can surely go to as a club. Bob has put some of these shows on the website in
order to make it easy for us to pick one and get a group together.
A couple cruisers and some members of Swamp Fox car club will be
participating in a wedding in Florence on March 15th and we could use one more classic car
to round out the amount needed to carry the wedding party from the chapel to Hotel
Florence. The wedding is at 5:30pm so if you know of anyone that is available, please let
Be sure to catch the new upcoming Cruising the View article which I
wrote to tell the tale of adventure my family and I had driving to Chicago to pick up (and
drop off) a car. No, not my 55 but something still pretty unique. If my hindsight was
20/20, I would have never made that trip and saved it for a sunnier day. Anyway, check it
out and you will see what I mean.
I hope and pray for a speedy recovery to Sherman Holly. I for one had
no idea about his condition but I hope to see you back with us soon. You too Eva!!
When we aren't putting on our own show or cruise-in, we should as a club all try to
show up at the same event each weekend. So, what event will you be attending NEXT
weekend, March 14-16, 2014? We'll post
the most popular choice next Wednesday. Click
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Cruisers' friends. They support us, let's support them, too.
Classic Mopars of the Pee Dee
"Classic Mopars of the Pee Dee is a non-profit
organization of enthusiasts of vehicles built by the Chrysler Corporation."
1980 Mercedes 4-Dr
In really good shape. $4,000 Call Marylin at
*Good for hot rods of the future, maybe?
*Farmer builds a mini-Lamborgini from scraps!
Incoming... to CruisersAll@PalmettoCruisers.org
Invite/posting of car show
Friday, January 10, 2014 9:30 PM
My name is Ken Bachewicz and I would like to invite all members of your car club to join
us at the first annual “Level Field” car show in Walterboro, SC on March 15, 2014 at
the Coastal Shrine Club. Also would it be possible to post the event on your website?
This event is unique in many ways: (1) All vehicles will be judged in
the same class. (2) We are limiting the number of entries to 100. (3) Applications will be
placed in a container. Ten will be drawn out and the last one will be best of show. (1 in
10 odds of placing!) (4) Winners choice of trophies or CASH. Full details attached and
available online on our FACEBOOK page, OMAR’S Coastal Shrine Club. Apply soon as we are
expecting a sellout as first place is winner’s choice of $500.00 or a trophy (similar
cash and or trophies for all other winners).
2014 President, Coastal Shrine Club
Click HERE to download a copy of the MARCH, 2014, Palmetto Cruisers News
Letter (.pdf document).
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