The WPC Club,
Plymouth, Dodge, Fargo, DeSoto,
Chrysler, Imperial, Maxwell, Chalmers,
Jeep and Eagle & related
Automobiles. All Mopar / All Years /
2010 : 41st Annual
WPC National Meet
June 30 - July 4, 2010
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.