I figured a reminder is in order. We'll be taking our 1924 Studebaker tomorrow morning. Hope to see many of you there
Bill: Hope you and others will be posting videos here or on HCCA. Thanks in advance. Happy New Year to all.
I'm looking forward to the videos. Those two faces bring back some wonderful memories of Douglas an Warwick. Also the rest of the group in LA years ago. They were most generous and encouraging to many of us.
Always a great event. See you all there.
I don't have a working video system anymore but will take still photos & post to this forum. We have been attending for about thirty years.
This is the car we will be driving:
Prepping for shoulder surgery. Won't be able to go to shoot video.
This will be our first time attending the event and We are bring our 1929 model A p/u roadster. Look forward to seeing you there. Looks like the weather will be perfect!
I know the gate opens at 7am.....what time does the tour normally start? I plan on leaving Fallbrook at 5am with my p/u and trailer.
Tour usually gets going at 10:00am but I would be ready by 9:00am to be safe. The best part is walking around and seeing the cars & people before the drive so get there as early as you can
Here is a link to a short video of me talking about our '24 Studebaker at the Holiday Motor Excursion this morning. I was so busy driving & having fun, I had little time to take photos. I'll post a few later.
It was a very enjoyable event....even toured the route where the Rose Parade will go. The weather was great....could have not been better.
Plan on doing it again next year.
As promised, here are a few photos.
Humble Howard's Lucky 7 and a few others from the Long Beach Model T Club getting ready to drive up to the event.
Jay Leno with the crowd getting ready to drive his green Duesenberg
And some more...
Peter Eastwood conducting the driver's meeting
And the final dessert stop...
Bill: Thanks as always for your pictures.
Here's a video , not Bills's, from this years Holiday Excursion.
Thank you for sharing that video Bob. It's a nice break from our 6° to 16° weather here. I was happy to see some of the same cars and people that were there in the 80's. I'm glad so many T's and other early cars still attend.
I will watch it a few more times.
Who ever shot that video above, doesn't care much for antique cars!
I drove my '25 pickup to the tour from Lomita, 40 miles away. It took me an hour and a half to get there on city streets. As usual, I spent so much time talking with friends, I didn't get a chance to see very many cars. As usual, Peter Eastwood put on a great tour, and he has been on every one of them since they began back in the '50s. A hearty well done to Peter.
Look'in good there Larry!
Looks like they pretty much repeated last year's tour which was pretty close to weathered out.
Wish I had been there this year. It was big fun. Up the freeway at 60 in Gene's 12 @6am.
It was indeed another great HME. Almost every type of car was present from one cylinder to Duesenberg and everything in between. I think it was my 25th year in attendance. Looking forward to another year of early car touring.
YES!! It was another great HME and one of the Best with perfect weather and no rain. I rode up with John Bothwell and his Dad, Craig in John's super nice '15 touring. It was very dense fog when we left the beach but the weather cleared as we drove inland.
I agree somewhat with Original Larry about the photos of the "Legal" cars on the tour. I think he could have picked a better spot to shoot from. The hotrods had some very nice full screen close up shots and some of the Very rare and awesome cars barely got a millisecond of screen time as they passed by. You could tell which ones he liked or knew about...
Was great to see many old friends and acquaintances again with some new ones too.
This year's HME was indeed a great success, partly due to the weather, but mostly to the volunteers from the SoCal HCCA who put it together and all of the great people who brought out their cars or just came to enjoy the show with us.
On behalf of the SoCal HCCA we say THANK YOU and Happy New Year!
Here's a link to even more photos and information about the event (present, past, and future):
Thanks Chris and all of the other members of the SoCal HCCA for continuing this important tradition. The HME is certainly one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year and this year was no exception.
Lots of old and new faces-both cars and people. So nice to see several new cars as well as some cars that have not been out in awhile.
Also nice to see so many young people at this event. This hobby will indeed continue and grow.
Already looking forward to next year. Happy Motoring.
I drove out and did the tour in my TT, it was a great time. I left at dark in the fog and got home after dark - tuckered out, but it was a blast. Hat's off to the HCCA !!!! THANKS MUCH !
Planned to go, loaded the 11 Friday morning, then Friday afternoon Mr. Stomach Flu showed up. Hopefully next year.
This event started back in the day when the Eastwood twin brothers, Warwick and Doug, each had two cylinder Buicks. On Christmas day after opening presents and having breakfast they loaded the Buicks up with their children and visited each other's homes to see the cousin's toys and gifts they got for Christmas.
The caricature picture of the two brothers was a poster and also on a sweat shirt made for the 50th running of the event. The two brothers were space engineers and worked on the early re-entry space capsules. They were acquaintances of mine since the early 50's when I met them at the G.M. plant in South Gate, CA at an H.C.C.A. field meet and Joined the H.C.C.A. in 1958 when we bought our 1912 Buick Roadster seen below as it is today.
This 1905 Buick shown below was restored back in the 1950's by the Eastwoods and is shown here, as driven by Peter Eastwood who puts on the Holiday Motor Excursion, from Pasadena to Long Beach to visit Gunther's Yard in 2013.
Peter rode in that car as a baby.
I can't see these photos without mentioning again how wonderful those folks were to us in 1982. As a kid who liked old cars from Idaho, I was invited to the Excursion, offered rides and treated like one of the gang. The Excursion concluded at the Eastwood's home where treats and conversation abounded.The following are I believe two Stevens Duyryea's owned by Eastwoods. Motorcycles perhaps an Excelsior or two and Dave Rice's Panhard et Levassor. A small Stanley of Loren Burch's and another Stevens Duyryea in chassis only.
Over the years I have heard that HCCA, AACA, MTFCA and forum people are stuffy and unfriendly. I have hardly ever found that to be true. Sometimes quiet and sometimes just engaged in conversation with old friends. I wish I had the the ability to make newcomers feel as welcome as these folks did and so many still do today. I think the "Excursion" carries on these values which are so important.
OK, an Excelsior and a Thor?
Rich, a little about the three Clubs. HCCA is primarily a pre-1916 Club but each local chapter can select the year-range of ages they will accept into their Regional Group. Most local groups accept later cars and the National Club has recently expanded to create a branch Club called the Nickle Registry and has national touring for them. Only pre 1916 cars may attend National HCCA tours. Many years ago Bill Harrah of Reno gambling casino fame, put on Tours located in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area. Some of his tours accommodated over 600 pre 1916 cars.
There was a lot of anger among Model T Ford owners because Bill limited the number of Model T's on his tours. It was known that over half of the remaining old cars were Model T Fords so Bill limited the number of Fords to about 50 percent, or 300.
In 1965 Mary and I sent in an application to attend the Reno Tour in our 1912 Ford and were denied. We sent them a picture and were accepted and we even got to lead the parade through Reno because it was a 1912 Paddy Wagon detailed in brass with a two tone pump whistle, a rotating bell and a hand cranked siren, all in brass. It had a step on the rear with two brass hand holds and room inside for four crooks. I would at times turn the police patrol sign backwards and had gold leafed the words Shore Patrol and I would wear a WWI sailors suit and Mary wore her antique bathing suit with a matching bonnet. She made full dress sailor suits for our three sons. HCCA members dress in period costumes at all touring functions on National Tours.
So the Ford people thought that the HCCA was narrow minded and cruel. While actually all they were doing was arithmetic.
AACA is primarily a trailer queen Club so some folks say while the HCCA Club members actually tour with their cars as does the MTCA. The AACA club puts on judging contests and the members display their cars. They will trophies and get them with titles such as Junior and Senior awards. If you drive your car around on a five day tour you have taken the edge off of it and may have paint chips,worn tires and discolored exhaust manifolding and can no longer display and get in the winner's circle. I have never joined them because I don't need more trophies. They do put out a nice publication but I don't need another bunch of books to store.
Mary and I first joined the HCCA in 1958 when we purchased our first old car which was a 1912 Buick. We have owned a lot of pre 1916 cars and five of them were Model T Fords. We still have one 1913 Model T left in our garage that we are finishing.
As always great pictures by Bill Harris,
Loved the video by Bob J.
Other pictures, like Richard Eagle’s were done well too.
We all appreciate the explanation and history of the event by Frank...ooops, Fast Frank.
I like that the video showed the cars from a far enough distance so the whole car could be seen yet close enough to see what the car was. Good job Bob. thanks for taking the time and effort.
I look forward to the pictures and videos every year.
May have to join in next year.
Found video on YouTube... wasn't mine. Had to take a dramamine after shaky pan camera moves....lol
Richard Eagle, the motorcycles were mine, a 1914 Thor 76 cu. in. twin with a two speed hub & a 1912 Excelsior belt drive twin.
Thanks Peter. I hope you are rested from making another great adventure happen.