Monday’s Update

The SoCal Woodie Club and the City of Dana Point held their first annual woody meet at the Lantern Bay Park which is adjacent to the beautiful Marriott Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa.  This is sure to be a repeat event as the venue is first class and offers a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.  The weatherman did not cooperate but the sun finally did start shining about 1:00 pm.  Over 100 woodies showed up and parked on the grass as well multiple vendors all displaying their goods under white pop-ups. The park was full by the time we arrived at 8:30 am.  Walt and Lorraine were waiting at the entrance and we drove right in and set up on the lawn.  The spacious grounds allowed room between the cars and plenty of room for chairs and grass umbrellas. The Marriott offers a nice Sunday brunch and also served a luncheon on the lawn. The Hotel owns a 1940 Woody and had it on display for the owner’s to view.  My congratulations to the SoCal Woodie Club for holding a wonderful event.

After a brief visit with our friends we headed home after a fantastic day at the resort. Ruby ran perfect and started every time without hesitation.  She is looking forward to the Malibu Christmas parade and visit to Ruby’s on the Pier.  Thanks Walt and Lorraine for a great day in a Woody.

Stay Tooned!


The hotel owns this very nice 40 Woody and had it on display for us to admire while having brunch on the Patio.

Every room has an ocean view and the grounds are in mint condition.  The Early Ford V8 Club and the Porsche Club have held events here in the past.

Here is a photo from the balcony of the hotel.  The fog stayed until afternoon but didn’t dampen the sprits of the group.

This lady had a little too much pumpkin juice and decided to take a nap with her children.  Woody owners have a great sense of humor.

Mercury Woodies are rare and this one was chopped to really make it stand out with the hot rod crowd.

A rare 1942 Woody hot rod showed up and was really very nicely done.  The pastel colors are growing in popularity for the woody owners.

I continue to see the increase in the number of 49-51 shoebox woodies that are being restored.  This beige beauty was a favorite of my wife’s.  He was parked right behind us.  I like the 51 grille and hood treatment the best of the trio.

The band played all day and Walt knew the words and artist of every song.  Note fog in background.

Mark drove his superb 37 woody to the show.  I look this one over every time I see it.  This is the way to do a woody.

The space between the cars allowed us to set up camp and talk to other woody owners.  Tailgating is easy with a woody.

Here was one of my favorite woodies.  Built from a Thom Taylor design this 1952 Ford Panel was built over a period of one year and the workmanship would have you believe Ford built it.  SBC power, late model suspension and driveline made it easy to drive at highway speeds.  Thom just lives up the street but I did not see him.

Today’s Woody driver….asleep!

This driver waited so long for the sun that he didn’t make it.


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