December 14th So Cal Mets made another appearance in the Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade.
So Cal Metters in our group this year were our President and fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and Judy,
Marcia Jones, Ken Conner, Kim Dominguez, Chris Di Tommaso, Bridget Mills and her Mom, John & Anita Fildes, Doug &
Doreen Campbell, Paul & Allison Van Wig and Tony Bilotti.
weather was less than perfect in the morning and we were rained on for a while. The parade was just as much fun as always
anyway. Lets not let a little water dampen our spirits! Our newsletter editor Ken Conner had a Gentleman and his Girlfriend
from Sweden along for the fun. They seemed to enjoy the day. After the parade we cruised down Pacific Coast Hwy. to the Ruby's
Auto Diner where we have always enjoyed a fine lunch after the parades. There's a little video of us going down the route.
One of the announcers was very impressed with our Kim Dominguez's Met. She had done it up very well to look like Rudolph the
Red Nosed Reindeer!
Wet on the way
Decorating the Mets
Cutest little Christmas Decorations!
Same as always-Tonys present from Santa
Rudolph the Red Nosed Metro. Had a very shiny Nose.
And if you ever drove it. You would see it really goes!
More of our cute little entries!
Allisons Met. Paul came as a very convincing Grinch!
Darth Vader, The Grinch,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,And Doug
Chris's Met with an important message
Along the route
The end of the parade un-decorating the 'floats'
Next stop Rubys and Home! Till next year!
Click Here For Short Video
So Cal Mets
December 8th So Cal Mets had our annual Christmas party. This year we changed our location to Angelo,and Vinci's Italian Restaurant
in old town Fullerton. Angelo and Vinci's is located next to the old Fox Theater. The founder Steven Peck started
Angelo and Vinci's in 1976 in the courtyard of the Fox Theater (formerly the Alician Court Theater Complex). In 1992 the restaurant
moved to it's current location.
So Cal Metters who made it to the
party were our President Ronnie Bauman and Judy Kanouse, Marcia Jones, Ken & Judy Conner, Mike & Kim Dahlberg, Tom
& Gwen Tolleson, Ken & Natalie Pollard, Kim Dominguez, Chris DiTomasso, Mark & Socorro Weitzman and their Daughter
Melissa, Paul &Allison Van Wig, John & Anita Fildes and Tony & Jackie Bilotti. The room they put us in upstairs
was perfect and the food was great. Kim Dominguez had a new game for opening presents that was pretty fun. Thanks to Chris
DiTomasso for finding/recommending the restaurant and Marcia for checking the place out and making our reservation. It turned
out to be another unbeatable time with Met friends!
The Back (entrance in the rear)
The restaurant basement is said to be haunted as well as the
adjoining Fox Theater basement. In the restaurant basement
dressing rooms for performers at the theater.
Our room upstairs-The weitzman Family at the front table
Mike, Ken & Natalie, Chris, Kim & Kim : )
Ken Conner on the stairs, Marcia, Judy, Judy : ) & Natalie
John & Anita
Chris & Kim
The Restaurant made us this delicious Spice Cake to tide us over
until next year!
Click Here for video inside the restaurant Courtesy of angelosandvincis.com
Saturday November 16th
Another cruise to Toms Farms
Saturday November 16th we made our annual cruise to Toms Farms in Corona, Ca. The So Cal Metters along
for the ride were our President Ronnie Bauman & his friend Judy Kanouse, ,Marcia Jones & her Sister Chris, Tony &
Jackie Bilotti, Ken & Judy Conner, Mike & Kim Dahlberg, Ken & Natalie Pollard & their friend Bill Landon,
Gwen Tolleson, Chris Di Tommaso, Mr. & Mrs. Tom Wessels, Leon Hastings, Carol Stephenson & friend and the Mark Weitzman
Toms Farms has always been a favorite for So Cal
Mets. Great shops, good food and a nice place to visit until now. Come to find out Toms Farms was sold earlier this year to
the owner of the Glen Ivy Golf Course.
enjoyed great Mexican food at Senor Toms with seating for all to discuss future plans.
Well the new management has turned Senor Toms into Toms Bar & Grill. There's like 5 things on the
menu, none any good so Tony and Leon decided to go tho the burger place insted. We were served within 10 minutes of ordering
and had a couple great burgers and fries. After Leon and Tony had a great lunch and conversation for almost an hour we headed
back to the new bar and grill to find out nobody had been served. Chris went to the pizza place and brought back a small pizza
for lunch. People were getting up and leaving. There's also a little lake off the side of the burger place that has always
bee crystal clear with Koi Fish. It looked like a West Nile Virus breeding ground. The little train wasn't
running either. The shopping was OK but if you look at the reviews since the sale they have gone from great to terrible. Maybe
the new owner just wanted the property and just like everything else it will be Condo's soon. We have to keep an eye on the
reviews to see what happens. I hope it's just a transitional thing that happens or it might be all for Toms Farms. It's kind
All of that being said we had a good drive
and got some great pictures.
Orange County Metters meeting at Knollwood in Anaheim
The other way
Heading through the Canyon
Slowing down the freeway for a few miles
Welcome to Corona
Some of us in front of the new
bar & Grill
The rest of us
A bunch of rowdy Metters
Most of the group in the Bar & Grill
The Farmers Market and Candy Shop
The Cheese, Wine and Pizza Shop
The Burger place overlooking the green pond : (
The Furniture and Gift Shop
Saturday October 26
Another Canyon Criuse
Saturday October 26 we met at Mike and Kim Dahlbergs house in Tustin for another great cruise thru
the Orange County Canyons. Metters that came along for the ride were Our President Ronnie Bauman, Ken Conner, Tony Bilotti,
Jeff, Sue and Noodles Garrett, Natalie and Ken Pollard, Marcia Jones and her friend Ginny Glaser, and Mike and Kim Dahlberg.
Mike led us thru Santiago Canyon, Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon and Live Oak Canyon. These are pretty much the last undeveloped
areas of the County. We kept going in Live Oak Canyon that eventually put us in Rancho Santa Margerita where we had a great
lunch at a little pizza place. To all of our surprise our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman treated us all to lunch. Thanx again
Boss! Then we headed down the street to El Toro Road which leads to Santiago Canyon Road that we took all the way thru the
Canyon again to end up back in the city of Orange.
Great picture Ken got of us heading out
Following Mike and Kim thru the canyon
All of us at the end of Silverado Canyon
Puting Along a beautiful canyon
The view from the top of the Modjeska Grade
Going down the hill heading for Live Oak Canyon
Cruise to Crevier
And then some!
Saturday September 21st we had a trip to Crevier Classic Cars on the calendar. We
were meeting at Mikes in Tustin at 9:30 am. There was a small turnout
but Mike, Ken and Tony decided to go anyway. Crevier Classic Cars has an ever changing display of fine old cars in a beautiful
building open to the public. We decided to add a stop at the Lyon Air Museum after Crevier. It's right around the corner.
Lucky for us, besides the usual displays inside the building the back side of the building was open to the airport because
they were having an airplane show that day. There were planes from different companies on display with staff and information
on each plane.
After the museums we headed
for Balboa Island and took the ferry across and went to the pier and had lunch at the first 'Rubys' at the end of the pier.
The weather was great and it was another good time with the Mets.
Kens, Tonys and Mikes
in front of Crevier
Nice old Hudson (our Mets Cousin)
Real pretty electric Beemer
Frank Chirat at Crevier gave one of these to each
Our next stop
Inside Lyon Air Museum looking out at the airplane show
New planes on display outside
Ken looking at his next new plane
Driving down the main drag on Balboa Island heading for the ferry
Next ferrys CARgo
A fine figurehead on
Passengers and Crew
Heading for the dock at the Balboa Fun Zone
Heading for the original 'Rubys' at the end of the pier
View south from the pier. They were having a skim board competition
View North from the pier. Beautiful day!
Lunch at the end of the pier
Ken and Mike followed by Tony, heading home
Sunday September 8
Belmont Shore-Long Beach Car Show
Sunday September 8th So Cal Met Members Chris Di Tommaso, Tony Bilotti,
Bill And Cindy Harris, Mike Dahlberg and Ken Conner met at Kens house in Huntington Beach to caravan to the 30th Belmont Shore
Car Show held on 14 blocks of Second Street in Belmont Shore. Ken was contacted before the show by Eric Van Stratton who saw
info about the show on the So Cal Mets Facebook page. He wanted to know if he could join the rest of us where we were parked
at the show. Well, another Met and another Met person of course we were happy to include him.
He has a beautiful 1957 Turquoise and White met with a souped up Ford Flathead
V8 in it.
So Cal Mets member Jeff Gordan was there
too but had the VIP parking in the middle of the action.
The weather was nice right there at the ocean and there were lots of people looking at lots of cars.
Click here for video of us coming in. Thanx to Dan O Vision on YouTube for the video. We're at the 20 minute mark.
Click here for show walk through. We're at the beginning. Thanx again to Dan O Vision
Lined up in the same spot as last year. Left to right, Eric's
Mikes, Kens, Bill & Cindys, Tonys and Chris's
Looking up the street at the show
This was on Kens window.
Jeffs Met in the middle of the action
Other cars at the show
The Millennium Falcon was there!
May the Fords be with you
We were treated by a visit and a chat with Mike Brewer
from Wheeler Dealers!
Marconi Auto Museum
August 11 we made a trip to The Marconi Auto Museum in Tustin. So Cal Mets has wanted to see this place for a while but our
events are always on a weekend and the museum is open Monday thru Friday. Our newsletter editor Ken Conner got a copy of the
local Nash Club newsletter telling about the annual open house at the Marconi Museum. Lucky for us it was on a weekend and
we finally got to see the museum.The museum has a fine collection of classic and muscle cars and can be rented for gatherings.
Profits from the museum go to help children.
joined in were our President Ronnie Bauman and Girlfriend Judy, Marcia Jones, Kim Dominguez, Ken Conner, Mike Dahlberg, Doug
and Doreen Campbell, Sue and Jeff Garrett with Noodles The Wonder Dog, Tom and Kathy Wessels, Tom Booth and Tony Bilotti.
Tony Bilotti's Dad Bob joined in with his beautiful 1969 Beetle. Mikes Wife Kim joined us after the museum for lunch.
It was another wonderful time to be had with out Mets!
Lined up on our way to the museum
In the parking lot with people admiring the Mets
The Mets with other classics
Very nice BMW Isetta
Inside looking out
This Met was spotted about a year and a half ago in Orange
Tom Wessels bought it and turned it into the Met below.
Great job Tom!
So Cal Mets
Our annual picnic was once again at our favorite spot at Craig Park in
I'm starting with notes from our V.P.
and Cruise Director Marcia Jones and another from
Grand Poobah Ronnie Bauman. Event pictures after.
final count on the Mets was 17 and a Rambler!
WOW, if you didn't join
us at the picnic, you missed a great event and hopefully this will inspire you to come next year ! WE HAD A RECORD
16 METS, and a Nash Rambler Station Wagon, in the most beautiful 'rainbow of colors' I've
First and foremost we all owe Ken Conner a big round
of applause and a hearty THANK YOU for stepping in at the last minute to show up at the Craig Park Gate and be first in line at 6am in order
to reserve our favorite spot at the park, and set up our 'pop up" and our flags. While we were all catching that
'extra wink' he was sitting there in his 50'z Toy patiently waiting for the park to open. He got our perfect spot with lots
of shady trees, and the best parking lot to display our cars. Thank you Tony Billotti for showing up early too, helping
Ken and keeping him company!
We had a wonderful variety of food consisting of green salads, fruit salads, chicken, sandwiches, baked
beans, potato salad, lots of cookies, specialty "Met Cookies" and deserts, a great auction and lots of stimulating
conversation about our cars.. ..what year they were, where they came from, how to fix, them, what to do if.... what a great
day we had and the weather was perfect!
Thank you to Ronnie, our president for the great job he did on the auction, assisted by our lovely
Jackie Bilotti and me, to Kim who always goes beyond and designed and brought the name tags (it really helped us all getting
to know each other), and to Patrick who was our chief chef assisting Kim, and his wife Nancy in bbq-ing the hot dogs and all
the fixins' they brought.
We had some very interesting auction items this year including a 'brief type case' from the FBI donated by Kim Dominguez
that was used to transport "things" (whoo hoo) from past cases; homemade 'tomato jam' with garden fresh tomatoes
too; an instrument to measure how hot your radiator gets; one specific item from our newest member Tom Booth, which was two
outside mirrors for a Met with wind wings that could be installed without drilling into the body that received a lot
of 'action' on bidding.. some Met Slippers now out of production, a cute little metal sign with "Toe Mater" stating
'he wasn't able to fix the brakes so he made the horn louder'.. got some bid action on that one too ! Oh my gosh, the
list goes on and on !! The auction was worth your attendance in itself!!
We met some of our "Metters" and their beautiful cars for the first time
today! I must single out two of MY favorites... "Merlot" who belongs to fun new member and first time attendee
Diana Milon, a beautiful maroon/white Met and Ken and Nancy Pollard who brought their award winning coral/white Met.
There were so many beautiful cars there yesterday, I wish I could name them all and who owned them. (Note to self
to make a list next year)... I know Ken and Tony got lots of pictures that will be posted on our web site and in our next
newsletter. Diana Milon brought her friend Mercedes who's Met is in restoration mode so we hope we'll be able to call
her a member soon!
traveled a long distance to join us ..... The Mocabee's from Upland, The Pollard's from Murrieta, The Wessels from Wildomar,
The Waughs from Fallbrook and even though they came in their brand -X car this year, June (proprietor of "The Pit Stop"
in North Hollywood) and Michael Valentine. Thank you! We also had someone come yesterday with a cute
little Black and White Met, complete with automatic transmission and air conditioning, who is not a member but has 'followed'
on our web site. He showed up with a 'FOR SALE' sign in the window. One of our members asked for a test drive
and before the day had even really begun, he had a buyer. After spending the day with us and having such a good time,
he actually said he was 'reconsidering' his sale, since we were all such a fun group. Who knows... maybe he'll buy another
one and be back ! I'll just let you guess who was the buyer from our Club!
Good Morning Marcia,,, & fiends,,,, W
O W ! ! that's a wonderful description of our experience in the Park yesterday. The weather was with us,, The food was
great , I had fun at the auction ,so many nice cars & best of all,,, The people are the nicest folks & they all
were enjoying the event. Thanks to all who came, Thank`s for all of the hard work that our members did, Thank`s for being
my friends,,, I`m very proud to be the prez of such a great family of car lovers. Please join us on our monthly events , with
or with out your Met. Your always welcome & we guarantee you will have a great time. C~U soon,,, Ronnie
Picnic time again
Having lunch and mingling
Lunch and chatting with friends
The party from the hill
Our annual fund raising auction, Good Stuff!
One Rambler and 17 Mets
From that way
From the other way
We had another great picnic and great day
with the Met people and the Mets!
Blind Childrens Learning Center
5k Walk / Run
Saturday May 4 2019 we were asked if we would lead off the 5K walk for the
benifit of the Blind Childrens Learning Center in Tustin-Santa Ana. Our Member Chris frequents a store in Old Town Tustin
and the owner of the store works with the learning center.
This all started back in August of 2017 when Mike Dahlberg told us about a 1921 Nash that they were going to put into a store
on old Main St. in Tustin. Some of us came to see the car go into the store and we made a showing with our Mets.
Anyway, Chris does some shopping at the store and the lady who runs the
store asked Chris if some of us would be willing to bring our crowd pleasers to lead off the walk and maybe give some rides
to some of the kids.
course we Met people aim to please so we joined in. The people at the affair and in the neighborhoods we went through were
pleased to see the Mets.
Those of us who
joined in were Kim Dominguez and her friend Dianna, Cindy and Bill Harris, Ken Conner, Nancy Halbert, Chris Di Tommaso, Mike
Dahlberg, Marcia Jones and Tony Bilotti.
Our showing at the Learning Center-Kims,Cindys',Kens, Nancys',
Chris', Tonys',Marcias and Mikes
And more walkers!
Fun and games at the center
Brave little girls. I wouldn't do it! : )
We had In & Out for lunch
Marcia and Ken giving rides to some excited kids
Floral Park Home Tour and Car Show
April 27 2019
Saturday April 27 some So Cal Met Members that didn't make it to the Unique Little Car Show
in Sacramento attended the 27th annual Floral Park Home Tour and Car Show. You webmaster was one who couldn't be at the ULCS
so I apologize for having no pictures of the event.
So Cal Metters who entered the Floral Park Show were Chris Di Tommaso, Marcia Jones and her friend Annie, Mike Dahlberg (Kim
came later) and Tony Bilotti. Another man not on our roster driving a black & white Met pulled in with us. The car he
was driving had a for sale sign on it so no new member and we were all so busy there wasn't much conversation. :
Park is a very nice area of Santa Ana with houses custom built for the original owners mostly in the 20s, 30s and 40s.
Some homeowners open their beautiful homes to the public once a year for
Docent led tours through houses and gardens. This year we were treated to 9 houses and 3 gardens. The neighborhood and all
homes within are very well kept. Unfortunately but understanably pictures were not allowed inside the homes but the exterior
pictures give an idea.
Mets lined up
The owner of the black & white one talking to Mike.
Looking down the street of classics
The Floral Park Landscaping Co.
A very nice little Cousin of our Mets
This beauty Skyliner next to Cousin MG
A couple beautiful homes
Cute little doll houses
Another example of the neighborhood
This was in the driveway of one of the houses we toured
This was in another homeowners driveway
One of my favorites. Built in 1927, 6500 square feet, 3 stories,
Classic Auto Show
March 16-17 2019
Orange County Fairgrounds
The weekend of March 16th & 17th some So Cal Mets members entered the Classic
Auto Show at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
Show entries were Mike Dahlberg, Ken Conner, Chris Di Tommaso, Cindy
Harris, Paul VanWig, Kim Dominguez and Tony Bilotti. We were treated by a surprise visit from members Nick and Renee Anderson.
Renee has had some health issues and we were happy to see her looking good.
A great time was had by all with the people admiring our Mets and the many things going on at the show.
There were cars 'o' plenty to look at and a gourmet of food and drink to be had.
There were also celebrity guest appearances by Motor Trend/ Velocity show stars
Dave Kindig and Kevin from 'Bitchin Rides', Mark Worman, Allysa Rose, and Will Scott from 'Graveyard Carz', Bogi from 'All
Girls Garage and Wayne Carini form 'Chasing Classic Cars'. It was two long days of fun!
The Mets lined
up in the Costa Mesa Building
The Mini Club was across from us celebrating 60 years of Mini's
This is the Mini that our membership chairperson Kim Dominguez
sold to buy the black Met behind. She said it's been cleaned up
a bit .
This Pinto was covered in one inch square mirror tiles!
This truck was built by Bogi from 'All girls Garage' and other
Mark Wormans as seen on 'Graveyard Carz'
Another one of Marks from 'Graveyard Carz'
His motto is 'Mopar or No Car'
Tony with Mark Worman, Will Scott and Allysa Rose
From 'Graveyard Carz'
Dave Kindigs truck, lounge, store from 'Bitchen Rides.
One of the cars from 'Kindig-it-Designs Bitchin Rides
Very Nice but changing the water pump is going to be a nightmare!
Tony with Kevin and Dave Kindig from Bitchin Rides
Wayne Carini was kind enough to pose by Tony's Met!
Little Fiat, Love the license plate!
More 'Metz' at the show
A lot of nice cars lined up on 'Grand Blvd'
Petersen Auto Museum brought a 'Tucker'
This was in another building. How Low can you Go!
The Hangar is where the guest celebrities were speaking
A supercharged Mustang outside the hangar
A Camero outside the hanger with some nice looking turbo plumbing!
A 1974 AMC Gremlin. We Met people know we have the first
Gremlins! : )