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IN DECEMBER 2017: December 9th, Christmas Party, Grand Hotel, Salem


I hope and think that everyone who attended the party in Salem enjoyed themselves as much as Judy and I did. A good many came on Friday and had a great happy hour together in Bentley’s Restaurant at the hotel or walked over to Gamberetti’s Italian Restaurant where we ate last year. The next morning some of us had meetings to attend before the luncheon. Reid led a planning session for Rendezvous 2018 that was very productive. I was amazed at how members volunteered to get the various jobs covered. After that there was an Executive Board meeting that involved some housekeeping matters and bylaw revisions.

The luncheon itself seemed to be enjoyed by all as there was a lot of time for socializing both before and after the meal. People stayed around for quite a while after lunch was over. We also had some fun completing a car character test with everyone calculating a score for their Healeys. Becky and Phil Daniels won with the highest score and received a small prize. The lowest scores were for people who rated their BJ9’s. They were negative numbers!

Now for some business. I know it is early but we need to think about next year’s Holiday Party. We have some choices to consider:

1. Continue as this year and have a luncheon at the Salem Grand Hotel again on Sat. afternoon and those who choose can spend Fri. night there.

2. Have a Sat. evening dinner at the Salem Grand Hotel and those who choose can spend Sat. night there and leave Sun.

3. Choose another venue for a luncheon.(suggestions?)

4. Choose another venue for a dinner. (suggestions?)

Please consider these options and respond with your choice by Reply or in an email. We would appreciate your input so we can plan this activity soon.

Have a wonderful Holiday!

John Carter


IN NOVEMBER 2017: November 11th, Meeting in Tigard

We met at Max’s a Grill in downtown Tigard and enjoyed a delicious meal with Healey Friends.   We had our monthly meeting and caught up with the clubs activities.   Charlie Cliss, a new member, was in attendance and we enjoyed visiting with him.


IN OCTOBER 2017: October 13-14, Florence Oregon Tour

We enjoyed a spectacular weekend in Florence, Oregon at the Driftwood Shores Resort. The weather cooperated perfectly!

The Austin Healey Club of Oregon hosted a delicious welcome reception for our members at the Resort. An award winning clam chowder prepared by the Resort was featured in a private room. There was a special soup of the day too. The meal was completed with rolls,caesar salad and of course cheese cake for dessert. Our members seemed to have fun visiting with friends.

Saturday we met two other clubs for a beautiful drive to see the Fall colors along the North Fork Siuslaw River Road. There were 26 classic and modern vehicles from three different car clubs on the tour. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather and fabulous scenery.  Many people walked the 1 mile Pawn old growth forest trail and took in the gorgeous and massive old-growth trees.  Afterward we went to Abby’s Pizza for a yummy lunch.

Several others went to see Hank Leach’s garage and car collection. I’m sure everyone learned something valuable from the visit.

We were fortunate to visit on the weekend of Oktoberfest in Florence and many members visited the Event Center for the festivities.

Thanks so much: British Motor Club of Oregon, Central Oregon Coast British Car Club and the Austin Healey Club of Oregon.

Submitted by Judy Carter


IN AUGUST 2017: Lake Oswego Car Show


IN AUGUST 2017: Champoeg Park

Our August 12 activity began at the Visitor Center of Champoeg State Park in St. Paul. Twenty four members checked in and toured the interesting displays. Afterward we had a guided tour of the nearby Robert Newell House, log cabin museum, jail and schoolhouse. It was a beautiful example of how people lived back in the 19th and early
20th century.

We then drove into the park to our reserved picnic area where we enjoyed a wonderful lunch provided by the club and beautifully prepared by Dee and Gary Meyer. Following lunch we traveled to the original Champoeg Townsite area where Range Dan gave an entertaining and informative walking tour of the remains of the town. The town came to an
end after the giant flood of 1861.

Reid Trummell drove over from the coast to talk to us about more details concerning the 2018 Rendezvous. We think we got several important details taken care of. It was a very successful meeting. Please contact Reid if you can help out in any way.

Several of us then drove over to the Butteville Store to finish up the day with some delicious ice cream.



IN JULY 2017: Beaches Cruise-in at PIR


IN JULY 2017: Covered bridge tour southeast of Eugene

Covered Bridge Tour July 8, 2017

Eugene, Oregon

     Our activity for July 8th was enjoyed by many members.  The Portland group met in Sherwood, Oregon and our group of eleven cars led by John and Judy Carter traveled back roads to Lane County Community College.   We rode through lush farmlands and small towns.  The weather was spectacular.

     We met the group from Eugene and surrounding areas for lunch and our club meeting before proceeding on the Covered Bridge Tour.  A shout out to the Bollingers and Averills  for planning this unique tour of five covered bridges.

  1. Pengra Bridge
  2. Built in 1938
  3. Crosses Fall Creek
  4. Contains two of the longest timbers ever cut for a bridge in Oregon(126 feet)
  5. Fall Creek Unity Bridge
  6. Built in 1936 (original bridge built in 1890)
  7. Has a full length window to give motorists a glimpse of oncoming traffic.

III.  Cannon Street Bridge

  1. Built in 1988
  2. A pedestrian bridge in Rolling Rock Park
  3. Lowell  Covered Bridge
  4. Original bridge built in 1907 to replace a ferry that traveled across the Willamette River
  5. Present bridge built in 1945
  6. Closed in 1981 and traffic rerouted to a concrete span next to the covered bridge
  7. Now it is an Interpretive Center
  8. Parvin Covered Bridge
  9. Originally built in 1921
  10. In 1986 repairs were made and it was reopened to vehicle traffic

The tour ended about 2:30 and the Portland group headed home.

This was a great outing and thanks again to the Bollingers and Averills!

Submitted by Judy Carter



 IN JUNE 2017: Sherwood Cruise-In

The rainy weather greeted us at the Cruisin in Sherwood, OR and a few brave members came out to enjoy the event.

There were many different makes of cars to look at and admire.  George Koeber received a trophy for his beautiful car.

Our Austin Healeys got a lot of exposure from the people at the show.  Both  young and old seemed to be interested .

There was live music, food carts, and many activities.  This was a fun show.


IN MAY 2017: NW Meet



IN APRIL 2017: Gathering at Scappoose Airport