Event Pictures 2020
YUMA AZ. and the Johnny Cloud Car Museum
Johnny Cloud is a long time Bard California resident who began a collection in 1989 of cars, trucks, tractors, power tools, hand tools, household equipment, boat engines, wheels and items from local businesses.
Pam and I took the opportunity to meet Johnny Cloud and tour his massive Model T and A collection first hand. I spoke with Johnny and he told us that he started collecting some 30 years ago after he leased out his farm and was looking for something to keep him busy. With over 200 vehicles on the property most are original however many are fully restored with fresh paint and new upholstery. He does not advertise a parts business however if he has spares, he will consider selling but it will not come off an existing vehicle. Within the collection resides his Mom’s 1936 Ford Coupe. These Fords have never seen winter salt and are for the most part rust free. Much of the interiors are original as is the fabrics. Trucks in abundance here for this was farm country and work vehicles were in high demand in the south west. Pam and I strongly urge everyone that if you get the chance to visit California / Arizona, go see Johnny and take some time to talk and view his collection.
February 18th 2020
When you think of Model A’s and your down in the south west for the winter, where do you go to fill your Model A void? Only one location and one tour guide; the location is “Arizona Model A in Chandler” owned by Sam Guthrie and the tour guides were none other our Al and Denise Cooper. What more could you ask for. Al and Denise took us on a ride to visit Sam’s parts collection/ sale yard. You will see more Model A trucks here than anywhere else in the south. This was an area of workers and the trucks were used on farms, ranches and mines. Some might look at the collection of fenders and see a pile of rust but these pieces are better than most of us northerners have or could find locally. There is no fiberglass nor bondo in these pieces. Most members within CCA are challenged at times looking for replacement axle parts and in particular trumpets. Here you would fill a 1/2 truck with them. Steering boxes, frames, transmissions, complete front ends and the impossible to find, original windshield frames with slight surface rust that can removed with a rubbing of your hand. Many are still original paint. Truck boxes stacked on top of more truck boxes. The only salt here is what you might spread over an order of french fries.
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Covid 19 Member Visits
July 2020 Mississippi River Rat Run
Engine swap phase two
Oct. 18th River Rat Run
Thanks to Steve for initiating this run and for Colin handling the lead. It was a cool day with little sun but it did not deter any of us as this could be the last run of the season. The gang met in Athens. There were 8 cars that showed up -- yea gang. We started at 11:00 in Athens, then off to some windy back roads with lots to see. We made our way to Kingston on Jones Fall Rd (remembered that one but not the others). Made a pit stop at Tim Hortons and then headed to a Conservation Area for picnic lunch. As you will see in the pictures attached that we were social distancing and we were dressed for the weather. Harry actually put his hood up while we had lunch. The last leg of the run was taking some back roads winding, zigzaging, twisting, weaving etc. our way to Westport. When I say windy, a lot of the road had warning signs to slow to 20KM around the turns and even that on some turns was too fast. My right hand was sore at the end due to holding onto the door so tight. I think I saw 20KM signs at least 15 times. Harry said he developed new muscles in his arm from trying to maneuver around the curves. Here's some quotes from other members: George: The latter part of the trip on the winding, hilly, potholed road would have knocked all of my fillings out of my teeth had my springs not been so effective. Loved those tight downhill turns with on coming traffic! A fun day, good company for lunch and about 123 puka puka miles. Patti: It was a WONDERFUL run! Although Harry – and Tom – may have used muscles they didn't know they had I LOVED that road. It was a low-speed rollercoaster! To conclude, hope the weather holds and we get out one more time and if not, here's hoping 2021 will return to some normalcy (whatever that might be) and we are able to do some club tours again. Stay safe all.
A Late Fall "River Rats" Run
RIVER RATS FINAL COVID-19 TOUR OF 2020 George German
It has been frustrating for all of our CCA members that we could not partake of our usual tours and picnics but the restrictions related to the COVID-19 virus has limited us to local tours by small groups. Fortunately, several local groups have made the effort to organize and conduct driving events and picnic tours while ensuring that distancing was maintained at all times, and masks worn where appropriate.
It is on this basis that the ‘River Rats’ hit the road for a wonderful tour on Saturday, 8 November. Dave Jamieson organized the tour that included the Code’s, Latimer’s, German’s, Lawson’ and the Mordasewicz’s. The six cars departed Portland, crossed the Rideau Canal on the Narrow’s Lock bridge on route to Perth. After a short stop in Perth at the Perth Brewery for beverages, we continued on to Lanark to stop at the Balderson Cheese factory (and a restroom break). Once everyone bought their package of cheese curds (and butter tarts for some), we proceeded on to Calabogie where we stopped for a picnic lunch at the park bordering on the lake. We formed a big circle keeping everyone at least 12 feet apart and enjoyed the warm sunny weather in that scenic area. Following lunch we hit the road, driving thorough Burnstown on route to Arnprior where we topped up our gas tanks for the run home through Pakenham, Almonte, Carleton Place, and Smiths Falls.
During the trip it was interesting to see the number of motorcycle groups that waved to us as we passed. At our picnic site, a number of cyclists were there when we arrived and they took many pictures of our cars and were impressed with the fine state of the restoration of our cars that are over 89 years old. Colin Lawson’s Woodie Huckster drew a great deal of attention and admiration. As we drove through the various towns, we received many ‘high fives ‘and shouts of cheers from the crowds. This was especially evident in Almonte where the streets were packed with crowds enjoying the sunny Saturday stroll in the town. They waved and were thrilled when we tooted our unique ‘ahooga’ sounding horns.
In all, it was a wonderful way to wind-up a driving season. We never expected to have such a warm day in November that made our picnic lunch stop most enjoyable. Dave had organized a fun tour on good roads with several opportunities for pit stops, that was appreciated by the ladies and older gents. The Portland group had covered 154 miles and the other ‘River Rats’ from Brockville and Prescott even further. Many thanks to Dave for a great ‘windup’ tour.