I wish to acknowledge the efforts of Gary Lompa of Phoenix, Arizona. He is attempting to motivate our local Arizona members to form a caravan of K-cars. This is for the purpose of attending the West Coast K-Car Show on Sunday, May 12th. Those who know of the club leader's tenacity knows that he will offer guidance and support for Gary every step of the way. Thanks Gary and I hope I get to meet you.
The CKCC wishes to welcome new member Jim Correnti of Hampton, Conneticut. Nice car! All I can say is, don't sell, but, how much do you want for it, lol.
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA. FEB 9TH, 2013. CHRYSLER K-CAR CLUB ROADTRIP A SMASHING SUCCESS!
For those that attended,
Thank you for making this Palm Springs Roadtrip one of the best in our club's history. It couldn't have been more perfect. We had some new members with us. I wish to welcome Lola Thompson, Esteban, and Bruce, and Jane. Thank you Ed for taking pictures. Thank you Esteban for being our videographer.
Thank you Jay for a superb dinner, of which I also had for lunch the next day stored in my chilled trunk. We had butterscotch, raisin, and some other type of cookie, ribs, chicken, sausage, artichoke-beet salad, cheese pasta, salad, rolls, wine, beer, soda, and water. We parked all our seven K-cars at Jay's house.
I drove 488 miles, and the car was fine. We just barely missed the rain and snowstorm Friday night, as we drove from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, the snow level was down near 2000 feet. Esteban did a superb job videotaping us with the top down on the convertible, but 70 miles east, they finally put the top up as he and Lola were superchilled. At the museum, we climbed into a B-17, met a Tuskegee airman, did the flight simulator, and checked out the WWII Library.
Afterwards, we went to Jay's house for dinner. It was chilly, windy, and lots of stars. David also blew a tire early in the morning on the freeway, but he was able to get a spare put on. We left from Burbank together after having breakfast at Bobs, and picked up Gary in North Palm Springs at the Dennys before heading to the museum. I was stuffed, food was good. That night, I drove 65 miles to Twentynine Palms to my Motel 6. I drove straight up hill and climbed to 3,500 feet in the Joshua Tree high desert with wind and slow semis. I managed to keep my speed up to 45 mph on the steep incline. In the long run, I saved gas because half my desert exploration the next day consisted of keeping my foot off the petals and letting the K-car coast downhill through Joshua trees among crabby rocky hills. I had the unique surprise of parking next to a 1965 Pontiac Catalina 4dr Sedan at the Motel 6 in Twentynine Palms that was near mint and the interior was a perfect blue plaid & leather interior from 1965. The next morning, I hit the road about 9:30 AM, and bought some water from Rite Aid. I made a wrong turn and almost ended up back in Yucca Valley, further towards the west, before I realized the park entrance was east of the motel. I turned around and listened to the Word of God on the radio as I was going west. Went to the Joshua Tree Park visitors center where I stumbled upon a quaint Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 10:30 AM Mass, so I went to mass there.
Afterwards, ate most of the rest of the food Jay gave me at a picnic table in bright sunshine, and a little cold. Paid the $15 dollar toll fee to be allowed to enter the park, and drove through the park to go to Indio. I ended up getting lost again, but I stumbled upon the same rocky exhibit I had seen 3 years before with a high adventure team. Turned around, and the roads were nice until I got further south. The road was a little eroded at that point. The rest of the 35 miles was downhill the whole way. Stopped at a gigantic Chola Cactus Garden and took a mile walk through the spiky thicket. The air was cool and refreshing.
Finally, I ended up at Chiraco Summit off I-10 at the George S. Patton Museum. Spent two hours there, watched the video, looked at the displays, read a bit, and walked around the tanks and vehicles outside. Ate the rest of Jay's food and proceeded to drive through Indio-Rancho Mirage-La Quinta-Cathedral City area via side streets, but not before going downhill trying not to get killed by semis. As I was going downhill westward towards Indio, a semi-truck stopped in the middle of the freeway, and as I tried to lane change around the semi next to me be prevented from getting boxed in, I nearly rear-ended the stopped fourteen wheeler truck, and would have taken out myself in the process. Fortunately, I swerved back into my lane in time. I then floored it up to 85mph to get by these obstacles.
I had a nice drive through the metro area of Palm Springs, and did see a badly faded Dodge Aries 4dr Sedan make a left near me in Rancho Mirage. Took me an hour to get through the area, but it was worth it. A lot to see. I saw a lot of old and new Palm Springs. Motored on to Beaumont for dinner at a Chinese Restaurant in a run down part of town. Continued on home after that and slept for 14 hours.
It was a great trip.
Welcome new member Terry Lewis of McKinney, Texas
Here we have our new member, Terry, with a gorgeous Town and Country Woody Wagon!
Two K-Cars are better than one. Congratulations to Chris Marino of Surrey, British Columbia. He was selling a 1983 Chrysler LeBaron 2.6 Coupe, but ended up giving it to a family member, and he bought himself a 1986 Chrysler LeBaron 2.2 Turbo Convertible!
Welcome to our new member,Melody Wheldon of Charlemont, Massachusetts! She needs your help as she works to restore this 1983 Chrysler LeBaron TC Convertible. She also owns a bed & breakfast motel in this beautiful Berkshire region of Western Massachusetts, so be sure to stop by.
C.A.R.B. is destroying now the lives and businesses of California Smog Techs. Way to go CARB!! Thankyou for making us GREEN.
This is a statewide emergency! In just one month, over half of the California Smog Stations have been shutdown or put out of business. The link below to the STOP STAR SMOG PROGRAM internet blog shows the devastating hardship that these crooks have caused. If your California K-Car passed before the new year, you are darn lucky. You may not be so lucky in 2014. We will find a way to get around this! The crooks at CARB (California Air Resources Board) are the ones that made this boondogle program, and they want your old car off the road, period, end of story. But primarily, its about lacing their pockets with cash, consolidating the smog program into state control, and wiping out local business. They reduced our passing smog limits in 2010 by 35%. Check this out, and make darn sure you download the passing chart for your car at the first link:
The Chrysler MEXICAN K-CAR LIMO. What is the real story behind it. Someone help us find out.!
Our fellow member, Javier of Mexico City, discovered a few days ago an American Chrysler Executive Limo with the 2.6 engine that was imported to Mexico in 1995. It appears to be the 1984 or 85 model. The K-Car Limo was never manufactured in Mexico, as far as we know, or do we? Chrysler kept poor records. According to a clip taken from a movie, and some hard to find sources, a few K-car limos may have been special ordered from the United States, imported, and even renamed. According to the last picture, there seems to have been at one time a Chrysler 600 Limo by Chrysler (Picture above). We may never know. Pictures below of Javier's find: