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2010 : 41st Annual WPC National Meet           

Dayton, Ohio  June 30 - July 4, 2010      

By: Richard Bowman             Photos following story.

Every summer the members of the WPC Club gather for our annual meet and car show. Over the thirty years since I started attending these meets they have taken place in such places as Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles as well as Plymouth, Massachusetts, Elmira, New York, Colorado Springs and Sacramento. This year marked our third trip to Ohio but only our first to Dayton. This meet actually came together as the result of a proposal by the Dayton Visitor and ConventionBureau sent to the club.

Members started arriving on Tuesday from all over the US; Florida, Texas, California, Illinois, New Jersey, Minnesota and the neighboring states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania. It was really nice to see so many old friends and their wonderful Mopars.

The festivities kicked off on Wednesday with registration and for a lucky few dinner with the Church Ladies. Reports back were that the dinner was great and the entertainment hilarious.

Thursday morning everybody piled into their Mopars and drove over to Citizens Motorcar Company: America's Packard Museum.

The museum is housed in and old Packard dealership just south of downtown Dayton. The original showroom and garage were packed with vintage Packards. The upstairs was full of Packard parts and the lower level housed more Packards in storage.  Across the alley in the other building were more Packards and an incredible yellow and green Imperial. We were treated to lunch among the Packards including some famous movie Packards used in the Godfather and the Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  After lunch we had the opportunity to tour a private collection of cars just a short hop away. The majority of these exceptional cars were European in Manufacture.

Friday there were two tours to choose from: one to D & D Classic Cars a firm that restores some of America's premier collector cars for shows such as Pebble Beach. The tour put together by Nicholas Essinger took the group up to Covington, Ohio where they saw some spectacular cars undergoing restoration, numerous large classic cars were in their shops having all types of restoration work performed on them. Most of these tourists joined the other tour when they returned to Dayton. The rest
of the group went to the National Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The Air Force Museum could easily be two days of touring, there is so much there to see. The major portion of the collection is housed in three giant hangers which are all connected together.  The collection of air craft and memorabilia is vast from early aviation (after all, Dayton was home to the Wright Brothers) through the space age and modem aviation.

There is also a special area physically separate from the museum that has presidential aircraft going back as far as Franklin Roosevelt.

The weather up this point had been absolutely perfect with the temperature in the upper seventies to low eighties with a relatively low humidity a little bit higher, but not too bad. The show field was grass with shade provided by numerous old trees, it was perfect. Right around 100 cars made it to the show
field though some required more coaxing to get there.

The cars spanned from 1911 through 2010 and represented all the divisions of Chrysler Corporation plus Maxwell.

Besides all the winning cars pictured here there are several awards that go to individuals for outstanding service. For representing the spirit of the National Meet the Dr. David George Briant
award went to Elmer Fern for helping numerous owners deal with difficulties with their Mopars. The Lee laccoca Award is given for dedication to Excellence in perpetuating an American Automotive tradition for the laccoca Foundation by the 10,000 Lakes Region of the WPC Club went to Lloyd VerHage for his
years of dedication to the Mopar hobby.

Now to the Hard Luck Award, an honor we prefer not to give.  This year was by far the worst Hard Luck recipient that I can remember. Over the years we've had a car side-swiped and a car broadsided but never anything like this. Member Scott Sigethy and his brother David were on their way to Dayton in
his 1973 Plymouth Scamp when the axle and dual wheels came off a Semi-Truck going the other way. The wheels became airborne and crashed into the car just behind the drivers seat destroying the car, but thankfully leaving Scott and David shaken but unharmed. 

A national meet doesn't Just happen, it takes lots or planning and bodies to make it happen. It is more difficult to host a meet vhere no region exists. Barbara Meilander agreed to undertake he challenge nearly single handedly doing all the preliminary work from her home in the Cleveland area. We all must give Barbara a big Thank You! Once at the meet many members if the club stepped forward to help. Members helped run registration, car show setup and the judging. It has always been one of my great pleasures that so many members are willing to help to make the meets enjoyable for all.

Special Thanks go to Pat and Mary Opipari for photography and the paperwork that goes with it, I couldn't have done this issue without them. Also thank you to Andy Jugle, Bob Porter, Ken Angyal and  Lloyd VerHage for additional photography in his article.          






























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