HomeChapter ConsitutionMet Production Dates & ChangesDonny Conn Beep Beep PodcastGerman Googie Shots 20132016 Micro Invasion2017 Events2016 Events2015 Events2014 Events2013 Events2012 Events2011 EventsCalendarNewsletterMembers ListProduction/Color DataTechnical DataMembers GarageClassifiedLinks to other clubs & parts suppliersContact UsJoin So Cal Mets

Next Events
 TBA
 
 
 
 
 
 

12-9-17
Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
Saturday December 9th 2017 we made another appearance in the Annual Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade. So Cal Metters who participated this year were our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman, Ken & Judy Conner, Kim Dominguez and Friend, Bill & Cindy Harris, Tony Bilotti, Jeff & Sue Garrett and Noodles the wonder Pup, Marcia Jones, Chris Di Tommaso (and her Met), Mike & Kim Dahlberg and Ken Netwig.
After the Parade we cruised down Pacific Coast Highway to our favorite place for lunch 'Ruby's Auto Diner' on the Laguna shore. Then a few of us took the Newport Back Bay route we love so much before heading home. Chris & Tony made a detour and took a lap around Balboa Island for the fun of it. 
100_5870_1501x997.jpg
 Decorating the Mets
100_5872_1501x997.jpg
Almost done
100_5874_1501x997.jpg
Chris adding "NO Humbugging" to the bumper
100_5876_1501x997.jpg
This is what our 'Creative Kim' came up with this year, Matchbox Car!
100_5879_1501x997.jpg
The license plate says 4AAAREQD I guess she has 3 more in the trunk!
100_5893_1501x997.jpg
Another "Mile of Smiles"!! 
100_5897_1501x997.jpg
 More Smiles!
100_5906c_615x410.jpg
After the Parade turning onto Pacific Coast Hwy. Heading for lunch at
 'Ruby's Autodiner'
100_5911c_932x626.jpg
Ocean view houses on the Laguna Coast
100_5912_1501x997.jpg
Lined up in front of 'Ruby's Autodiner'
100_5922c_932x631.jpg
Yeah, Like that!!!
100_5925_1501x997.jpg
From the roof top dining area
100_5926_1501x997.jpg
Tony, Marcia and Chris on the roof. 
Everybody else stayed downstairs in the dining room.
100_5929_1501x997.jpg
On our way up the coast to Newport Back Bay
100_5930_1501x997.jpg 
Nice shot on the way up Pacific Coast Hwy.
100_5934_1501x997.jpg
Mike, Chris and Tony cruising Newport Back Bay
100_5935c_620x421.jpg
Before heading home Chris & Tony took a lap around Balboa Island
100_5938_1501x997.jpg
The main street on Balboa Island. Balboa Bay is at the end of the street
100_5942_1501x997.jpg
Balboa Bay from the end of the street
100_5943_1501x997.jpg
Looking up the street. You can have 900 square feet of house here
for about 2 and a half million dollars.
100_5944_1501x997.jpg
The Balboa Pavilion across the bay
100_5945_1501x997.jpg
Another shot of Balboa Bay
100_5947_1501x997.jpg
December in Southern California
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday November 4th we made our annual trip to Toms Farms in Corona.
Toms Farms is a great place to spend some time. There are places to eat, gift shops, a great furniture store, a candy store that has everything you remember as a kid growing up, a cheese and wine shop and attractions for the kids (of all ages) like a train ride around the farm, little tractors and gold mining. On the weekends they have a craft fair and a live band.
Metters who joined in for the fun were President Ronnie Bauman and Mona, Ken Conner and a family friend, Roxi (sorry if I spelled it wrong), Marcia Jones, Leon & Nancy Hastings, Caryl Stephenson and Tony & Jackie Bilotti. We were joined by soon to be members (We Hope) Bob & Debra Anderson from Murietta. They saw our outing on the web site and came to meet the gang and ask some questions. Our Chris Di Tommaso met us at our usual meeting place in Anaheim Hills but sadly her Met lost a freeze plug and had to be towed home.
100_5769_1501x997.jpg
Chris, Marcia and Jackie at the Orange County members meeting place
Knollwood burgers in Anaheim Hills
 
IMG_4952.jpg
About a half mile from the meeting place is as far as the poor old 
girl (the Met not Chris) got. 
 
100_5771_1501x997.jpg
The O. C. people met Ronnie & Mona from Riverside, Caryl from Corona 
and Leon & Nancy Hastings from Palm Springs when they got there
 
100_5773_1501x997.jpg
L to R.. Ken & Judys, Marcias, Tony & Jackies, Caryls,
Leon & Nancys and Ronnies
 
100_5774_1501x997.jpg
Ordering lunch at Senior Toms. The new folks Bob & Debra and Jackie & Marcia 
waiting for lunch
 
100_5787_1501x997.jpg
Marcia & Jackie doing a little shopping after lunch
 
100_5780_1501x997.jpg
The produce market and the candy store
 
100_5784_1501x997.jpg
We were pleased to meet little 'Charlotte' outside a store
 
100_5786_1501x997.jpg
 
100_5788_1501x997.jpg
We were also happy to meet this big guy but forgot his name
 
So that was our 2017 trip to Toms Farms
Until next time
 
 

Saturday October 28th we were given a tour of R.W.B. Party Props in Old Town Orange. The owner Robert W. Babcock is a long time friend of So Cal Mets members Bill& Cindy Harris.
The place has props for most anything you would need for parties, movies or any other production or event.
The warehose including a full basement is located in the old 'Red Fox Orange Growers' packing house.
After the tour we went across the street and had lunch at the Rubys' Diner in the old Santa Fe Railrosd Station.There is more to see and read in our award winning newsletter in the 'Newsletter' section of the web page.
IMG_5818.jpeg
On our way
 
IMG_4941.jpeg
We made it
 
IMG_4857.jpeg
Mr. Babcock welcoming us
 
100_5720_1501x997C.jpg
The sign with information about the building
 
100_5721_1501x997.jpg
A view inside
 
100_5726_1501x997.jpg
Some of the props
 
100_5727_1501x997.jpg
 
100_5743_1501x997.jpg
 
100_5744_1501x997.jpg
Off to see the Wizard!
 
IMG_4864.jpeg
Judy & Mona with the Rooster
 
IMG_4886.jpeg
Mona & Ronnie
 
IMG_4878.jpeg
Mike and Ukulele Lady
 
IMG_4871.jpeg
Judy & Marcia with 'The Royal Guards'
 
IMG_4887.jpeg
Jake & Elwood
 
100_5752_1501x997.jpg
A nice old Met with very nice Flying Lady Hood Orniment
 
100_5757_1501x997.jpg
On our way to Rubys' we took a couple laps around the Orange Plaza/Circle
 
100_5759_1501x997.jpg
 
100_5763_1501x997.jpg
Lunch!!
 
IMG_4945.jpeg
From bottom left..Randy & Marcy Hetrick, Mike Dahlberg, Chris Di Tommaso
Marcia Jones, Kim Dominguez & Friend, Tony Bilotti, Marcias' Nephew & Wife & Sister, Mona & Ronnie
Cindy & Bill Harris and Judy Conner. Ken is behind the camera.
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday September 16 2017 we were treated to a tour of the Mackerel Flats-Goathill Jct. railroad. Members attending were President Ronnie Bauman and life long friend Mona, Mike Dahlberg, Chris Di Tommaso, Paul Van Wig and a Buddy, Cindy and Bill Harris, Tony Bilotti and Dave Heller. Dave had to leave us from the train place. So Cal Mets member Jeff Garrett belongs to the Orange County Model Engineers and they have a few acres in Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. We were allowed in an hour before the public and Jeff and his associates gave us a ride on a beautiful 1/8 scale train and a tour of the facility. It was a geat time for everybody and big thanx to Jeff for the special treatment. After the fun with the trains we had lunch at Panera Bread in Newport Beach then we drove through the Newport Back Bay for a photo shoot. This was another So Cal Mets outing that couldn't be beat. All of our outings turn out to be 10's on a scale of 1 to 10!

100_5631_1501x997.jpg
At The Train Place. Cindy and Bills, Dave Hellers, Mike Dahlbergs,
Ronnie Baumans, Chris Di Tommasos and Tony Bilottis

 

100_5623_1501x997.jpg
Jeff welcoming us to 'The Junction'
100_5628_1501x997.jpg
 
100_5635_1501x997.jpg
The Train We Rode
100_5649_1501x997.jpg
Chugging Along
100_5640_1501x997.jpg
Still Chugging, Video Below Of Us Going Over That Bridge
100_5660_1501x997.jpg
The 'Public',,,Boy Are They In For A Treat!
100_5662_1501x997.jpg
In Front Of Panera Bread-Cindy, Bill, Mike, Mona, Ronnie, Paul with Friend and Chris 
100_5671_1501x997.jpg
Us Adding More Color To Beautiful Newport Back Bay
100_5669_1501x997.jpg
Mike, Tony, Cindy, Bill, Chris, Mona and Ronnie
100_5674_1501x997.jpg
The Pacific Ocean Is Behind The Trees On The Horizon
 

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR A SHORT TRAIN RIDE VIDEO

Cruise through Fullerton Hills and lunch at the Anaheim Packing House
 
Sunday August 24th we had a wonderful cruise and lunch. So Cal Mets member Martyn Toudot led us on a great cruise through the foothills and downtown Fullerton. Fullerton is a city rich in Southern California and Fullerton city history. Martyn is almost a walking encyclopedia when it comes to Fullerton where she and her family live. She gave us a little lecture about the city before the cruise and it almost sounded like our guide was the Mayor of Fullerton. In fact, it sounded like she could teach the Mayor a thing or three.
   After the cruise we headed for old town Anaheim to the old Anaheim Packing House for lunch and had another great time chatting with each other over lunch consisting of anything you want from anywhere in the world.
   So Cal Metters in attendance were President Ronnie Bauman, Martyn and Charlie Tourdot, Marcia Jones, Ken and Judy Conner, Kim Dominguez and a friend, Mike and Kim Dahlberg, Gwen Tolleson, Gary Loomer, Bill and Cindy Harris, new member Chris Di Tommaso and Tony Bilotti. 
 
100_5593C_1260x861.jpg
Our First Stop in Fullerton
100_5596_1501x997.jpg
Backsides
100_5602_1501x997.jpg
Out Mets at The Packing House
100_5607_1501x997.jpg
The side entrance
100_5612_1501x997.jpg
Our Mets brightening up another parking lot!
100_5613_1501x997.jpg
Going in
100_5615_1501x997.jpg
Inside the Packing House and the backsides of Mike, Kim and Chris

100_5617_1501x997.jpg

Looking down to the bottom floor

100_5620_1501x997.jpg
From the bottom floor looking up
Anaheim-Packing-House2.JPG
The Packing House today
Anaheim_Packing_House_circa_1936.jpg
The Packing House around 1936 when they packed oranges here
100_5619_1501x997.jpg

8-6-17
Cruise to the Orange County Heritage Museum
Lunch at Original Mikes After
 
 
Although it was not officially a club 'sanctioned' cruise Mike Dahlberg sent out an email a couple days prior to see if anybody had time or was interested. Tony Bilotti jumped on the wagon and asked our new member Chris if she wanted to take her Met out and she joined in too.
So the three of us headed for the Orange County Heritage Museum in Santa Ana. It is home to the Kellogg House. This is H. Clay Kellogg who was responsible for the taming of the Santa Ana River and the 91 Freeway. Also famous for Kellogg Garden Products. We've all had a bag of his potting soil.
The house is beautiful and they had a Civil War reenactment going on that was very interesting and entertaining. After the fun we went for lunch at Original Mikes.
 
santa-ana-ca-april-14-2017-sign-at-the-heritage-museum-of-orange-county-j353ag.jpg
 
100_5437_1501x997.jpg
Chris, yellow..Tony, red..Mike, Green
 
100_5439_1501x997.jpg
Mike modeling his Civil War Cap
 
100_5468_1501x997.jpg
100_5441_1501x997.jpg
 
100_5469_1501x997.jpg
 
100_5470_1501x997.jpg
 
100_5475_1501x997.jpg100_5477_1501x997.jpg
 
100_5478_1501x997.jpg
 
100_5480_1501x997.jpg
Looking up to the first landing from the dining room
 
 100_5486_1501x997.jpg
Looking down from the first landing to the dining room
 
100_5485_1501x997.jpg
Looking up to the second floor from the first landing
 
100_5487_1501x997.jpg
 
100_5490_1501x997.jpg
The second floor bathroom
 
100_5496_1501x997.jpg
Mike on the first landing from the second floor
 
100_5453_1501x997.jpg
The Blacksmith shop on the property
 
100_5456_1501x997.jpg
Some Blacksmithing going on
 
100_5447_1501x997.jpg
The Magg farmhouse was under refurbishment and we couldn't go in.
The giftshop is in the tower behind.
 
100_5466_1501x997.jpg
Civil War Camp
 
100_5443_1501x997.jpg
Another Civil War Camp
 
100_5446_1501x997.jpg
The Bar, Grill and Church....................
 
100_5515_1501x997.jpg
Waiting for wounded
 
100_5517_1501x997.jpg
Remedies?????????????
 
100_5516_1501x997.jpg
Now there's some sterile surgical steel
 
100_5519_1501x997.jpg
Lunch at Original Mikes!
 
100_5520_1501x997.jpg
Mike and Chris
 
 

6-25-17
Annual Club Picnic

Well... a grand day it was at Craig Park in Fullerton.  It was hot... about 91 or so degrees but that didn't stop us from having a marvelous time!  We had a nice variety of great food and deserts. Don't think anyone went away hungry.  A special THANK YOU to Tony Bilotti who got up a 'o dark hours' to come to the park and reserve our spot!  

 I believe we had 17 Mets this year.  Thank you to those who braved the heat and attended.  Attendees were Ronnie Bauman and friend Becky, Gary Loomer, Jeff and Sue Garrett and little Noodles, Marcy and Randy Hetrick, Armando, Maritza and "Mom" Reyes, Leon Hastings, Bill and Cindy Harris, June Valentine and her husband Michael, Justin and Britney Barsony, Chris Di Tommaso, Tony/Jackie and Abby Bilotti, Dave and Diana Heller, Mike and Kim Dahlberg, Kim Dominguez and her friend Diana (who was so helpful even though she doesn't own a Met... YET...)  Ken and Judy Conner, our newest Member who joined our club today Brant Boling, and me, Marcia Jones. 

 We had some great auction items, a good 50/50 raffle and managed to make about $855.00 for our Club!  Thank you for all the great items that were brought and thank you to all those who bid on them !! I think a special mention should be given to Kim Dominguez who went beyond the call of duty and made some very special monogram Met things!  She has a wonderful talent and we certainly appreciate it. 

 Tony and Ken were busy taking photo's so check our So. Cal web site as I'm sure they will be posting soon.  To those who missed it... there is always next year...

 See ya' on the road...

 Marcia

VP/Cruise Director

 

100_5376_1501x997.jpg
Our Spot

100_5380_1501x997.jpg

100_5381_1501x997.jpg
Our Banner & American/English Flag
100_5384_1501x997.jpg
The Mets

100_5385_1501x997.jpg

100_5398_1501x997.jpg

100_5394_1501x997.jpg
June and Michael came in this very special Met.
This is the one her Dad Jimmy built for her Mom Eve!

100_5395_1501x997.jpg

100_5396_1501x997.jpg

100_5397_1501x997.jpg

Saturday May 13 2017
Cruise through Orange County Canyons
A tour of the Modjeska House
Lunch at the Rose Canyon Cantina
 
We had another great cruise put together by our Mike Dahlberg.
We headed out through old Tustin to Santiago Canyon which led us to Modjeska Canyon and we had a wonderful and educational tour of the Modjeska House and Gardens.
Learn more at
www.ocparks.com/modjeskahouse
 From there we had a great ride through the canyons to the Rose Canyon Cantina for a Mexican lunch.
Our gang for this cruise was Mike and Kim Dahlberg, President Ronnie Bauman, Marcia Jones, Kim Dominguez and a guest, Gwen Tolleson, Ken Conner, Paul Van Wig, Dave Heller, Cindy and Bill Harris, John and Anita Fildes and a guest, Tom Booth, Tony and Jackie Bilotti and new members Jeff and Julie Gallagher. I hope I got everybody. 
Also, Tonys' Dad, Bob has been working on a 69 Beetle that came out very nice and he took Tony up on the offer to tag along and join in.

100_5190_1501x997.jpg
 The gang going out
100_5191_1501x997.jpg
Bob Bilotti in the Wonder Bug
100_5200C.jpg
On our way

100_5205_1501x997.jpg
Parked at the Modjeska House

100_5233_1501x997.jpg
The Modjeska House
100_5210_1501x997.jpg
The Breakfast Nook
100_5212_1501x997.jpg
Jackie by the kitchen sink
100_5213_1501x997.jpg
Marcia and Tom by the stove

100_5215_1501x997.jpg

The library and Piano Room 

 

100_5217_1501x997.jpg
A bedroom
100_5218_1501x997.jpg
The bathroom
100_5223_1501x997.jpg
Another Bedroom
100_5195C.jpg
Heading for 'Live Oak' and 'Rose Canyon' for lunch
100_5259_1501x997.jpg
More views on our way to lunch

100_5271_1501x997.jpg
Beautiful Live Oak Canyon

100_5273_1501x997.jpg
Parked at The Rose Canyon Cantina
100_5277_1501x997.jpg
Lunch
100_5278_1501x997.jpg
A friendly wave from Ronnie at lunch
100_5279_1501x997.jpg
Mike has a friend with a laser etching machine and he had one of these made for each of us,
THANX MIKE!!

  

 

 

Friday-Saturday April 7 & 8
37th Annual Unique Little Car Show
Historic Downtown Upland

Friday and Saturday April 7 & 8 was the 37th annual unique little car show in Historic Downtown Upland.
This year the show was hosted by Micro Car/Isetta lovers and owners Greg and Kiki Hahs and boy did they do a good job of it! It all started Friday morning with Amphicar rides for anyone who signed up for the Saturday Show. So Cal Mets Marcia Jones couldn't get enough. There's a video below of her and So Cal Mets newsletter editor Ken Conner enjoying a trip around the lake.
 

IMG_3248.jpg
The Amphicars swimming around the lake

IMG_3263.jpg
Back on dry land!

IMG_3339.jpg
Friday night dinner at Greg & Kikis'

After the fun on the lake Greg and Kiki hosted an Italian dinner at their lovely home in Upland.
Saturday morning was the show and cars started arriving early. The cars were placed by 9:00 am and the show started. There was a band playing in the central gazebo and the show was great. 

Click here for a video of the band and the show

100_5159_1501x997.jpg

 

100_5107_1501x997.jpg
One of Gregs'

100_5148_1501x997.jpg
Kiki and Greg making sure it's all good!

100_5095_1501x997.jpg
So Cal Mets, Mike Dahlbergs

100_5086_1501x997.jpg
So Cal Mets, Marcia Jones'

100_5090_1501x997.jpg
So Cal Mets, Tony Bilottis'

100_5088_1501x997.jpg
So Cal Mets President Ronnie Bauman brought Barbies'

100_5144_1501x997.jpg

100_5140_1501x997.jpg
The engine in Barbie Baumans Met!

100_5145_1501x997.jpg
Barbie behind the wheel.

100_5083_1501x997.jpg
This one came with Wayne Metz from The Bay area Metropolitans.

100_5100_1501x997.jpg
Brian Cotariu from The Bay area Mets drove this from Castro Valley Ca.

100_5160_1501x997.jpg
Metropolitan Street

100_5110_1501x997.jpg
So Cal Mets member Bob Burchett brought this!

100_5143_1501x997.jpg
So Cal Mets member Paul Van Wig came in this.

100_5129_1501x997.jpg
Perfect for hauling Metropolitans!

100_5125_1501x997.jpg

100_5135_1501x997.jpg

100_5136_1501x997.jpg
The Amphicar Marcia & Ken were in dropped anchor right there!

IMG_3421.jpg
The awards banquet Saturday night.

IMG_3433.jpg
The president of the Metropolitan Owners Club of North America
Brad Swiggart presented So Cal Mets President Ronnie Bauman
with a beautiful picture with different shots of Barbies car and
Barbie as one of the pictures.

IMG_3440.jpg
Proud Ronnie with the picture and an award that reads
'Car of Excellence'

That was the ULCS for 2017. Another great time for everybody!

Saturday March 18 2017
Cruise around Orange-Tustin Hills

We finally got a cruise in for 2017. Our January and February cruises were rained out in Southern California, go figure. It was the same cruise both months, a run through the Orange County canyons and lunch. We moved it to Saturday May 13th, details coming.
Our cruise 3-18-17 started at Mike & Kim Dalbergs house in Tustin. We left there and made a trip through Cowan Heights,Lemon Heights, Orange Park Acres and Panorama Heights. Then we traveled down Chapman Ave. through Historic Old Orange to the Rubys in the old Santa Fe Depot for lunch. The weather was perfect. Metters that joined in were John & Anita Fildes from Mission Viejo, Ronnie Bauman & Renee Anderson from Riveside, Marcia Jones from Fountain Valley, Ken Conner, Cindy & Bill Harris from Huntington Beach, Chuck Hatfield from Crestline, Kim Dominguez & Friend from Irvine, Mike & Kim Dahlberg from Tustin Gwen Tolleson from Fullerton and Tony Bilotti from Anaheim. It was a good first cruise of the year that we had all been waiting for.

100_5023_1501x997.jpg
                                                                                          Lining up in front of Mike & Kims house

100_5030C.jpg
Coming up Newport Ave.

100_5032C.jpg
The gang going up the hill

100_5037_1501x997.jpg
Saddle Hill Ranch-Cowan Heights

100_5039_1501x997.jpg
Lined up across the street from Tonys parents house

IMG_3408.jpg
Bill & Cindys' Met, Tony and the gang at the top of Tonys parents driveway

Back To Top