Cruise to Ed Hawks Metro Shop in Los Alamitos
Sunday November 15th So Cal Metters Ken Conner, Tony Bilotti, Marcia Jones, Cindy
&Bill Harris, Our President Ronnie Bauman and Judy, Chris DiTomasso, Mike Dahlberg, Matthew Gordon and Pete & Elle
Brasee were welcomed to Ed Hawks Metro shop by Ed & Shawney Hawk. Ed and Shawney are old friends from the Metropolitan
Club of California LTD.
Ed has been working on Metropolitans at
his shop for sometime and is getting ready to move out. He invited So Cal Mets to pick through lots of metro parts he has
and wants to thin out. A lot of us left with needed or wanted treasures from his stock pile.
After having a great time at Eds Met shop we headed out for a little cruise to Seal Beach and Long
Beach with our final stop at The California Pizza Kitchen on PCH and 2nd Street for lunch. It was a nice day to get out with
the Mets since a lot of our plans have been canceled due to................
Pulling into Eds shop
Looking through Eds treasures. Ed is the gentleman first on the
Hood props, window hardware, trim pieces..............
Electrical parts , gauges, and other assorted
Steering linkage, drive shafts, dashes and a project car.
A couple of Eds beautifull finished products out
Driving down cute little Main Street in Seal Beach
More Main Street Seal Beach
Looking down Seal Beach pier at the end of Main St.
Right turn onto Ocean Ave. Heading for Alamitos Bay. Seal Beach
Pier in the background.
Driving through Alamitos Bay parking for some sightseeing
More Alamitos Bay. Sorry about the sideways picture.
The photographer and the driver are the same guy.
Nice photo stop with the Mets
Ronnie and Judy were very thoughtful and brought two kinds of
cupcakes to celebrate Ken and Marcias Birthdays both this week.
Our final stop for lunch
At the Pizza Kitchen we were all crammed into this tent to
protect us from any flying Corona Virus germs.
Yes indeed we were safe here!
I have always listed our outings and events oldest at the bottom and newest
at the top. I mistakenly reversed the order of things this year. I'm going back to the original format. Older at the bottom
and newest on top with the July outing. Jan-Feb-May and June outings are below in that order.
Cruise to Sherman Gardens and Library
Corona Del Mar
Saturday 8-29-20 So Cal Metters took a ride to The Sherman Gardens and Library in Corona Del
Mar Ca. Metters that enjoyed the day were new member Byron Robinette from Yorba Linda, Marcia Jones, Cindy Harris, Ken Conner,
Tony Bilotti and Mark Weitzman. Mark met us at the Gardens driving a beautiful blue 5.0 Mustang. There's nothing wrong with
his newly restored Met but it's a long way for a Met to travel. The rest of us driving Mets started out from Marcias house
in Fountain Valley. We took Pacific Coast Hwy. south from Marcias to Newport Beach/Corona Del Mar to the gardens. After admiring
the gardens we went to lunch at Ruby's right up PCH about a mile. We all had a great conversation with a great lunch. The
Metropolitans in Ruby's parking lot got a lot of attention and that's always half the fun!
Click here to find out more about the gardens and other things about Sherman Oaks, Henry Huntington,
Hollywood and other interesting history.
Byrons-Cindys-Marcias and Tonys
Kens is next to the 'Brand X' sorry I missed
Cindy with an interesting story
Masked Metters in the gift shop
"Hey, isn't that you behind those
The Mets at Ruby's
Click for Garden Videos
Cruise to and through
July 25th 2020
Our last cruise outing was coastal and
we ventured south to San Clemente. Our July cruise was also coastal but we headed north led by our member Jeff Gordan to Palos
Verdes. Jeff grew up in the area and came up with a beautiful route around the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Ken led us from his
house in Huntington Harbor to our meeting place with Jeff & Donna in Palos Verdes.
So Cal Metters on this ride were Jeff Gordan and his Wife Donna, Leah & John Perrotti with their
little Pooch Morgan, Cindy & Bill Harris, Nancy & Patrick Halbert, Marcia Jones, Ken Conner and Tony Bilotti.
The weather was good and the scenery was great.
Through Belmont Shores/Long Beach
Going over the Vincent Thomas bridge in San Pedro
Down the bridge into San Pedro/Palos Verdes
This is where we met Jeff, Donna and Horses
Through beautiful Palos Verdes
Pulled over for a shot of the Mets with South Bay L.A. behind
Going back the way we came to Malaga Cove for lunch
Malaga Cove parking and Met admirers
Lunch at the Yellow Vase
Spotted this 'Thing' at Malaga Cove
Cindy & Bill
Nancy & Patrick
John, Leah and Morgan
Going south through Lomita heading home down Pacific Coast Hwy.
with Long Beach in the background
Cruise to The Queen
Saturday January 25th
Saturday January 25th we took a cruise to the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Before the cruise we met at Ken & Judy Conners house in Huntington Harbor to
make cruise plans for this year.
It seems every time we show up
at the Conners, Judy has a game or goody bag. This time we got both! Because Chinese New Year was being celebrated that day
she had little pouches with Chinese candy bars and little red envelopes with Rats and Chinese that I can't read. This is the
year of the Rat in China I guess. But in all of the pouches there were two crispy Dollar bills because parking at Shoreline
Village is two bucks. Then, the game was. Two of the envelopes also had coins that got you a special prize! There was a dime
in mine and I got the coolest little magnets that look like they are made from old license plates that spell out MET! The
Conners out do themselves every time, Thanks again!
we filled out the calendar for 2020 everybody at the meeting except Kim Dominguez and Mark Weitzman fired up the little cars
for the cruise. Marks Met is in the paint shop and Kim had to be somewhere else.
So Cal Metters on the cruise were President Ronnie Bauman and his Judy, Ken Conner and Judy,
Tony Bilotti with Chris Di Tommaso, Nancy & Patrick Halbert, Mike Dahlberg and Paul VanWig driving a real nice Bugeye
We stopped for a picture at a great spot in Huntington
Harbor then we took off up Pacific Coast Highway to Second St. in Long Beach where we headed west
to the Queen Mary for pictures and Shoreline village for lunch. The weather was OK. The lunch was great and the company was
Us in front of the back of the houses
Six Loyal Subjects coming out to see the Queen
At Shoreline Village
Chris is hiding behind the camera : )
Cruise through Orange Park Acres
The Hilbert Museum of California Art
Lunch at the Santa Fe Train Station Ruby's
February 29th 2020
February 29th we met at Mike and Kim Dahlberg's house in Tustin for our February
outing. So Cal Metters were Mike Dahlberg, Cindy Harris, Ken Conner and Tony Bilotti.
The first part of our trip was a cruise through Orange Park Acres
in Orange California. Orange Park Acres is an equestrian community of huge houses on one acre lots.
After a ride through the horse property we went down the hill to the Hilbert Museum of California Art.
The Hibert Museum is an offering of Chapman University made possible through a generous
grant from Mark and Janet Hilbert. You can find out more at WWW.HILBERTMUSEUM.COM
After browsing the museum we walked across the parking lot to one of our favorite Ruby's diners in
the old Santa Fe Train station in Orange. The fun thing about this Diner is that there is actually a metro link depot on the
patio in front. Lunch inside or out offers views of Metro Link trains picking up and dropping off passengers and freight trains
On our way to Orange Park Acres
This seemed like a good picture spot
And yet another KODAK moment
On our way down the hill in Orange
Our final destination- Ruby's Diner in front on the tracks and
The Hilbert Museum behind
The Museum Entrance
Inside the Museum
Offerings from past and present exhibitions
And what art museum would be complete without a painting
of 'In & Out Frys!
And then lunch at the train station
Ken, Mike and Cindy behind Cindy's Met
The car next to Mikes Met moved and Tony took the spot
Going to have another great lunch at Ruby's
So that's what we did in February. Another great time with
Saturday May 16th
Our first cruise since February
going to use our Cruise Director Marcia Jones' write up on this. I couldn't have said it better.
Good afternoon Metters!
THANK YOU, to those who were brave enough to venture out and participate in this event. We all had a wonderful time
on Saturday thanks to a great route planned by Mike Dahlberg. He actually printed out a copy of the route for each of
us. Everyone was happy to get out, drive and get some fresh air. We had twists and turns that took us through
many beautifully tree-lined streets and beautiful houses. There were even some people on horseback
along the way who admired our cars as much as we admired their beautiful horses! A special thanks to Chris Di Tomasso
who let us meet at her house and see all the 'neato' things she has inside her home. We didn't need the museum, she
has one filled with all kinds of fun and interesting things, creatively displayed in every room.
We wound mostly through the streets of Orange, Santa Ana and I think there was a little Tustin
in there too. We had a fun 'go round' of the circle in downtown Orange where I think we circled around about 5
times, giving us a chance to get all our Mets in the circle going around together at one time! We definitely stopped
foot traffic along the streets with people looking at all of the variation of colors we had of our Mets. Participants
were Ronnie Bauman, Ken Connor, Tony Bilotti, Mike Dahlberg, Chris Di Tomasso, Kim Dominguez, Nancy and Patrick
Halbert, Bill and Cindy Harris, Sue, Jeff and Noodles Garrett and Marcia Jones who brought her sister Chris who is visiting
from Las Vegas.
We ended the cruise with a visit to Sonic Burger in
Santa Ana where we ordered food from the food choices board, right from our cars. Our order was then brought to
us by car hops. At one point we had taken up all 8 parking spaces in front of the restaurant with two having to go to
the other side. That didn't stop us though as at the end of the day we managed to squeeze the other two in for a group
Meeting at Chris's house
Going through Orange to Orange Park Acres horse property
Greetings from the Horse Riders
Through Villa Park to Old Orange
The traffic circle in old Orange Plaza-Lets get those Metros in a circle
Cruising through the beautiful Floral Park neighborhood of Santa Ana
Going down historic Main Street in Santa Ana
We all went to Sonic Drive In for lunch with carhops!
One little, two little, three Metropolitans
four little, five little, six Metropolitans
Seven little, eight little, nine Metropolitans
Ten Metropolitan Cars!
June 28 2020
Cruise to San Clemente
another cruise in June. We went to San Clemente for a ride and lunch.
weather started out drizzley but was perfect by the end of the cruise. : ) Metters who braved the 'June
Gloom' were Mike&Kim Dahlberg, Bill & Cindy Harris, Ken Conner, Kim Dominguez, Chris Di Tommaso and Tony Bilotti.
Chris & Tony met at Mike & Kims house in Tustin. Mike had the route
and was the leader. We left Mikes house to pickup Kim Dominguez at her house in Irvine. Then we headed for Laguna Beach to
meet with Ken and Bill&Cindy. We cruised through Laguna Beach and Dana Point on our way to San Clemente for lunch at the
San Clemente Ruby's Diner.
Heading out in the drizzle
Going South to Dana Point
And we're here
South again to San Clemente
Heading into San Clemente
Out Mets in the shopping center parking lot by Ruby's San Clemente
Clockwise-Mike & Kim, Ken, Bill & Cindy, Chis behind Kim Dominguez,
and Kim Dominguez. Tony is behind the camera. Sorry the picture is dark
On our way to San Clemente pier
And there it is
A little putt through town before heading home
On the way home!
Till the next cruise
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