Northwest Legends Club Meeting Minutes
(March 2, 2019)
Meeting called to order at 6:10pm by our Club President, Ted Knapp at the Round Table Pizza in Burien, WA.
June’s Club meeting was attended by 19 members.
GUESTS & NEW MEMBERS:
There were no guests or new members at this Club meeting.
Wally Santella provided the March Secretaries Report, covering the meeting minutes of our February Club meeting.
Tom Willett provided the March Treasurer’s Report, covering the details of the Club’s financial activities for the period period of February 1st thru February 28th.
Wally Santella provided two emails (1) Invitation to the ChillAxle Classic Car Show and (2) Invitation to attend the WRHS Auto Show the he received and passed them around to the membership to review and consider.
GUEST SPEAKER OF THE MONTH:
Gary Tischer introduced Gary Longley of Pacific Raceways to address the membership on ideas and ways that they can participate in events and activities that make up Pacific Raceways and it’s operation. Gary talked to the membership about “growing up in a junkyard” and how he became responsible for Pacific’s marketing efforts and his relationship with Gary Tischer. General drag racing costs $40/car to participate and any car under 14 seconds requires the driver to ware a crash helment. Pacific Raceways also puts on car shows and anyone can bring a car and attend. Gary suggested that our members might be interested in their Car Club Challenge activity, which involves 3 meets at Pacific Raceways and 3 meets at Bremerton Raceways and anyone who is interested can attend and compete. Gary says this kind of event would be useful to set up drag racing between various local car clubs. Gary also mention their “Test & Tune” event that is open every Wednesday between 4:00pm and 10:00pm where you go out and make runs to test your driving and tune your car for maximum performance.
DONATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE – Tom Willett spoke to the membership about a “2019 Student Success Breakfast” that Wally and Ted will be attending on behalf of the Club, on March 15th, at the Renton Technical Collage campus.
2018 TIGERS ON THE COLUMBIA (TOTC) – Ted Knapp & Wally Santella provided the attending membership with update on progress to date on our 2019 Tigers event. Wally announced registrations of 14 people so far. Wally also identified 4 email blast campaigns to (1) NW GTO Legends members who did not attend last year, (2) all attendees from last year, (3) all GTOAA members in Montana & Idaho, and (4) all GTOAA members in the Western Canadian Providences. Ted also mention emails to the presidents of the Western Washington Firebirds, the Goat Herd, and the Jet City Fieros. Ted also updated the membership on the March issue of The Legends, which carried an article with pictures of last year’s Tigers event, which was written by Milt Vine.
2019 Membership Update – Wally Santella reported on latest status of our 2019 Membership Dues Renewal and set the current number of members at 95, plus 10 members who have orally committed. Wally also mention Barbara Brazil’s helping with this year’s process and her commitment to take the dues renewal activity over completely next year.
National Update – Ted Knapp asked the attending membership who were planning to attend this year’s GTOAA Nationals and he received responses from Bill Nelson, and indications that Steve Martin will be going and that Wally Santella is possibly going.
Legends Magazine Articles – Ted Knapp asked our membership to consider writing a story about their car for the GTOAA The Legend magazine. Ted pointed out some members with nice cars, including John Lund, Gary Tischer, John Bozony and Wally Santella that he would like to see future articles from.
2019 Club Activities – Ted Knapp mention to the membership the 2019 list of Club Sponsored Activities, including (1) Tigers on the Columbia – May 24th/25th/26th, (2) XXX Muscle Car Meet – August 11th, (3) Pontiac Picnic in the Park – August 24th, (4) Griot’s American Muscle Car Show – September 8th, Club Xmas/Banquet/Awards – December 7th.
Other 2019 Possible Club Activities – Ted Knapp asked for an update on these previously mentioned possible activities: (1) Club Car Cruises – no update from Bill Nelson or Greg Amundson, (2) Club Tour of Private Collections – no update from John Pearson, (3) Detailing Clinic – Wally Santella responded that we need to find a warehouse – maybe Ted’s?, (4) Safety Car Inspection – Wally responded by saying when we find a suitable location, that he would scheduled it with Don Amundson. Ted asked the attending membership if anyone had any other activity suggestions and Bill Nelson suggested that we turn our Tigers on the Columbia event into a “National” event. Wally suggested that would be a lot of work. Wally also suggested that the GTOAA was going to get more involved with their Nationals because they are finding that a number of their chapters are not really qualified to take on this kind of responsibility.
Wally Santella commented on the 68 GTO Convertible Frame-off Restoration has slowed down because he broke his leg, following off a latter during our recent snow-storm and has not been back out in his shop for over 3 weeks.
50/50 RAFFLE: A 50/50 Raffle was held and Jerry Whitsett won $36 and $35 went to the Club.
The club’s business meeting adjourned at 7:30pm by our President, Ted Knapp. Our next meeting will be at the Round Table Pizza in Burien, WA, on April 6th, 2019, at 6:00pm.