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2011: July 13-16 42nd WPC Club National
Meet, Article and Photos below.
St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
The Northeast Kingdom
Once upon a time In a Kingdom
far, far away, the Northeast Kingdom to be exact. the WPC Club
met for its annual l gathering. The faithful were assembled by the
Prince of the kingdom to see the sights, meet with old friends
and make new friends. Under the guidance of a prince of a fellow,
Jim Blakeman. the gathered throng had a very good time.
Oh wait, I have been ~ watching
too many movies, so now back to the WPC Meet in Vermont
OFF TO VERMONT
From our home base in Michigan
the trip too ' more than two days. We had the chance to see several
of the sights of previous annual meets in Ohio. New York and Vermont
before arriving at St. Johnsbury, Vermont over on the New Hampshire
boarder not too far from Canada The trip was uneventful and the
scenery spectacular. We actually did revisit the sites of previous
meets in the Cleveland area. Elmira New York and Killington,
Vermont. Lt was nice to relive those experiences and see how much
some of those places had changed..
We arrived in St. Johnsbury at
mid-day Tuesday and after a trip into town found the hotel and many
WPCers already there, The hotel was right off the express way and
proved to be a great place to have a car meet. We were their
first ever car meet and they are now working to have more old car
people come by and enjoy the hospitality and we would heartily
The first day's tour was north
to the Old Stone House Museum in Browningtown Center. After
dealings. with road construction detours we found our destination.
The building is a truly massive structure got time and location it
was built in. Built in the 1830s from granite the four story
building is unique. It is the only stone building in Browningtown
which had less than a dozen houses and a church. After our tour with
guides in every room offering specifics about life in Vermont before
the Civil War, we walked over for lunch at a restored home just
across the street. The lunch and the conversation were great and
On Thursday we headed east to
Mt. Washington and the Cog railway. We arrived very early in the
morning in order to take the Steam powered train to the top of the
mountain. We had so many members sign up for this tour that some had
to take the next train which was not steam powered. The black smoke
enveloped us on more than one occasion and we couldn't see much, but
the ride was enjoyable and somewhat brisk in the early haze. At the
top of Mt. Washington the observatory informed us that we had come
on a special day, as the weather was clear and cool (45 degrees F)
hut that we could see for miles in all four directions.
After our tour to the top we
boarded the train again and rode back down the mountain. We
regrouped and headed south in New Hampshire to North Conway for
lunch of everything imaginable made of turkey. It was very good.
After lunch we drove over to David Huckin's home to tour his
collection of Mopars highlighted by an impressive collection of
1931-1933 Chrysler Imperials. Many of you will remember several of
these cars from WPC Meets, but most of them had never been show at
our meets. All the Imperials were arranged on the lawn for our
pleasure; and what a sight it was. Not to be outdone by the
Imperials a circle of Prowlers sat nearby, most of these cars were
very low-mileage cars. Parked in the back row were several
Plymouths, another Chrysler imperial and a Town and Country
convertible. Many thanks to David for allowing us to see his
magnificent collection of Mopars.
Friday saw our group head off to
Cabot and its cheese factory. The creamery dates back to 1893 and is
now cooperatively owned by area diary farmers. After the tour it was
on to Peachum for a chicken lunch hosted by the members of the local
church. Following lunch the members toured the church cemetery and
learned of the history of the region.
Saturday and the big day had
finally arrived, we drove north to Lyndon College where our car show
was located. Our show was held adjacent to the Theodore N. Vail
Center, the center was named for the man who convened a series of
conferences in Lyndon that resulted in the formation of American
Telephone & Telegraph. The weather was perfect for the show, sunny
and warm. It was a steady stream of cars arriving for the meet
during the morning hours.
In the evening we returned to
Lyndon College for our banquet. The food was among the best we've
ever had at a national meet and was catered by the college. Before
the banquet and awards ceremony could begin we had to give away the
door prizes that had been assembled for the event. And we also had
to solve the case of the kidnapped bear. Once these items were
handled we dined and awarded trophies. The winning vehicles are
pictured here in the WPC News. Not pictured are the winners of the
Dr. David George Briant Award, given to Jim Blakeman for his efforts
in putting together this wonderful meet and the one award I always
prefer not to award the Hard Luck Trophy. This awa4d went to John
and Vida Knab, from Illinois, who made it about 60 miles from St.
Johnsbury when a driver from Vermont decided to turn directly into
their path causing a terrible crash that resulted in the totalling
of their 1972 Plymouth Fury Gran Coupe. Luckily John and
Vida were not hurt and came the last few miles to the meet with the
Rouses in their 1955 Dodge Coronet. This marks the second year
in a row we have had a car totalled on the way to the National Meet.
While we lost two Mopars, their owners were not hurt.
A National Meet is the work of
many people and I must thank some by name. First Jim
Blakeman for inviting us to Vermont, and putting on a really great
meet. Pat and Mary Opipari for undertaking the photography of
the meet and successfully delivering the photos for the magazine
despite the US Post Office that lost the original packet sent
to HQ. The members of the board who worked so hard to make the
meet a success, Barb Weiser, Paul Niles, Bob McClure, Wayne
Simonson, Greg Biskey, and Don Piscitelli who served as our head
judge. Wayne and Sue Simonson acted as liaison between Jim and
the National Board making a trip very early to Vermont to scout out
locations with Jim. Not to be forgotten are the many WPC
members who pitched in during the meet and helped with parking and
ballot counting and the myriad other items that need to be done
during a meet. I thank you all for your help, we couldn't do
it without you.
The call has gone out to gather
next year in the middle Kingdom of Kalamazoo, not nearly so
far, far away.