This is the website of the Lake Michigan Region chapter of Lambda Car Club International. We are an organization of car enthusiasts. Lambda Car Club International was founded in 1981 as the Gay Old Car Owners Society, based in New York, NY. Since then, Lambda has kept expanding, and having MORE FUN, thanks to people JUST LIKE YOU!
Happy New Year!
As I sit here writing this on this gray December day between the holidays, it occurred to me that in 7 months, our Grand Invitational will be over! How can that be I wonder… and OMG, we have a lot to do between now and July 17! Ahh, the beauty of sitting quietly in the morning with a cup of coffee with time to actually “think”…freaks me out a little ya know?! To that end, in January look for the Grand Invitational planning activities to shift into “high gear” (like would that be - 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th?! Guess it depends on what you are driving…ok, enough Eric…). You will be hearing more from Bob and Mark as we move into the New Year – I thank each of you that have volunteered to pull this event together and for those that have not, I ask that you consider tossing your hat into the ring…in whatever capacity. As you know… “it takes a village” (not to quote Hillary…)
Since our last newsletter, several events have occurred. After the always fabulous “There’s Something About Saugatuck”, hosted by the Michiana Region, a few of us Lake Michigan Region boys headed off to the Grand Invitational in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. LMR folks Tom Bierschudyk, Steve Simpson and Larry Justice joined in the festivities along with Larry C and me. Larry C and I formally announced our Grand Invitational July 17-21, 2013 at the Saturday night dinner with our Blues Brothers schtick (that clearly needs more authentication/polish! Lol!). All in all a great time was had by all – the theme of the Grand was “the 80’s”, so we drove Larr’s purchased new by him all original 85 Mustang GT convertible. The car got us there and back coughing and spitting through the mountains until I threw it in 3rd to keep those revs high of which it seems to like a lot (can’t say that for its owner riding shotgun though J ). Anyhow, we have a new appreciation for this fine buggy and we were so glad we made the trip in it!
In October, we had two events! Mario Quilico, Tim Arnold and Steve Walker hosted the club for our Annual Fall Drive, at Tim and Mario’s new house complete with a fab garage and outbuilding! After touring their new digs, we hopped in the cars and drove through a wonderful wooded area with spectacular colors, ending at the now defunct Joliet State Prison which was just awesome and made for some fun photo ops with Glenn and Bruce’s very authentic 74 Dodge “black and white”! Finally, Jim Legan arranged a private room at this darling little restaurant (The Landings) for lunch! A really nice day - great job guys! And, for our favorite “dress up” holiday, Jeff Stockman and Michael Gendek hosted the annual Halloween Party. Rumor had it that there was a whole bunch of fun especially with the costumes and reactions of the guests! Nice job guys and thanks for hosting this event!
In early December, Larr and I hosted the annual Holiday Party at our place and OMG, I think we broke a new attendance record – we had well over 60 guys in attendance for the marathon 9 ½ hour party! Yes, you read that right… the first guest arrived at 5pm and the last to leave was at 2:30am the next morning, with the last of the revelers doing some pretty intense club dancing (you know who you are…) to the throbbing club mix beats of Larry “Jammin” Cady and Mario “it’s all about the music” Quilico… We had an absolute blast and this is one of Larry’s and my favorite events to host – we hope everyone who attended had a great time!
Shortly before Christmas, your Board of Directors (Jeff Stockman, Jim Legan, Mark Wasil and me) met to get our act together for next year’s activities. Even though we are hosting the Grand Invitational, that does not mean the regular club events and fun stops. We’ve taken into account what we hear (or not hear…) from you through the year and have pulled together the calendar for this year. Also, I just recently heard from our contact (Will) from Gerber Collision and Glass on Halsted about the Pride Car Show. He has left the company, but has put me in touch with the new production managers who apparently are quite community-focused and it seems that we will have a good chance at having that space available to us again this year (and perhaps more partnering in the future with Gerber). Will commented to me that he has always been impressed with our club with how welcoming we have been to him and what we are able to do considering the extreme logistics of the neighborhood on that day. It is his hope we continue with Gerber as long as it serves our needs!
In closing, it is going to be a very fun, exciting and yes, sometimes challenging year for us as a club, but is one that I am really looking forward to and I hope you are as well! And, as I always ask you, the membership, if you have a great idea for an event, let us know about it and we’ll work with you to get it on the calendar. Please check out our Events page on our website http://www.lcclmr.org/events.html for details on upcoming events
Happy New Year and all the best to each of you in 2013!