Empire Lambda New York Automobile Club

2014 Spring Dust-Off at Captree State Park

by Roger on Apr.16, 2014, under Outing

Peter Writes:

On Sunday April 13th the Empire Region held it’s annual Spring Dust Off at Captree Boat Basin with 12 members in attendance.

Those who got there early were able to browse the numerous cars that were at the busy Sunday morning cruise and some of us had time for breakfast there as well.

We gathered together around 10am at the far east parking lot and caught up with each other since the long winter.

Mike W made an entrance and came swooping in with his new baby, a 1998 Firebird Trans Am Convertible finished in Bright Green Metallic with a 5.7 liter V8!! We quickly swarmed the car for inspection and congratulated Mike on his new car. What a beauty it is and a California car too.

We then started our contest to see who could get the closest to the orange cone without knocking off the Easter egg. Chris N had a good idea to change it so that we had to back up instead of going forward. He gave us instructions and did a demo run for us. The winner of the “Marsha” award would be announced at the end and presented with a gift.

Results of the contest and distance to the cone:

Peter – 4.5 inches

Chris – Touched the cone but did not move the egg
Sam – 4 Feet (yes I said Feet). My 7 inch ruler wasn’t big enough to measure but lucky for us John D had a 25 foot measuring tape so we could measure Sam’s car from the cone
Larry – Touched the cone but did not move the egg
Patrick – 3.5 inches
George – FAILED, he not only hit the cone but the egg flew off
Mike W – 1.75 inches
John – 7.5 inches

Chris and Larry tied so we did a do over for them. Chris didn’t do so well this time, he hit the cone hard and knocked the cone and egg right over. Larry didn’t hit the cone but if he went back any further his right side mirror would have knocked off the egg (the back of his car wasn’t even close). We declared Larry the winner of the “Marsha” award because he didn’t knock over the cone!

We had a lot of fun doing the contest and we noticed that some people where watching us crazy men in our cars.

Thanks to John P for supplying the cones, Mike W for taking the pictures, Chris N for providing instructions and setting up the cones, and to all the others who helped measuring.

Now it was time to caravan to Salvatore’s for lunch. We all got into our cars and started to head out when Peter’s ignition switch wouldn’t turn. This was an issue for this car for at least 50 years but it always worked after a few tries. Patrick and Sam stayed behind to help out but it just wouldn’t turn. The others left not knowing that Peter was stuck. After a long winded story we decided to hot wire the car and George came to back to do that. George reach in and turned the key and the car started! OMG thank goodness it finally started and Peter drove happily home. Needless to say a new ignition cylinder was ordered that evening. A big thanks to all that helped and everyone concerns.

Even though I never made it to lunch I heard that it was a good afternoon. Salvatore’s is a great place to eat and I am glad that we kept the tradition of doing lunch their each year.

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