Our 2001 Year End Review

In late March eight members lead by Andy Brizio took a little ride to Delmar in southern California to attend the inaugural Goodguys Event to be held in that City.

The Clubs activities started out with a BBQ at the Home of Dennis Varni, on the first Saturday in April. This is always a special treat, Dennis has put together a large collection of automotive memorabilia, and he always has some project in process we can check out.

Pete Howe organized a Run to Sutter Creek and the surrounding area. The Club members meet in Pleasanton and travel the back roads into the Gold Country stopping for lunch in the little town of Ione. After lunch drove through the countryside to Sutter Creek where toured the little shops, had dinner and spent the night. The next morning we cruised on down highway 49 to Jamestown and Jackson before heading home. Also in May many of the Club made our annual trip to the San Luis Roadster Run and Car Show held in San Luis. This is always a lot of fun; on Thursday nights in downtown San Luis they have a large Farmers Market/ Street Fair, which offers great food and great entertainment. On Friday we cruised to Pismo Beach and the surrounding towns for the Day. Saturday is the actual event, which is a car show, held in a local park. On Sunday it time to climb back into the Roadster for the ride home.

In mid-June the Club made its annual cruise to Los Angeles to support the LA Roadsters Father Day Run. There were seventeen members who drove their Roadsters to the LA Show. This has been a long-standing tradition for the members of the Bay Area Roadsters.

July started out with a meeting and BBQ on Saturday at the home of Joe Esperanca Many of the members took advantage of the location and spent the weekend in San Cruz.

Also in July was a trip put together by one of our newest members Dave Schwab to Canada. The Trip was known as the 2001 California-Canada Hot Rod Tour departed Richmond and cruised up the coast route to Seattle and then on to Vancouver where we loaded our Roadsters onto a ferry bound for Victoria. The group consisted of 50 cars ranging from early street machines, Street Rods and Customs. The local hot rod club's members welcomed us when we drove off the ferry. While we were in Victoria they also hosted a BBQ in our honor and gave us a driving tour of some of the points on interest in that city. W when we Victoria We spent two days site seeing in Victoria before getting back on the ferry to Vancouver From Vancouver we headed northeast to Kelowna. The next day we departed Kelowna for one of the prettiest rides you have ever taken through the Canadian Rockies ending up that evening in Banuff. The next morning we traveled south back into the United States at the tip of Idaho. We made a stop in Coeur D'Alene to visit the famous Hot Rod Café. The next day we headed west into Washington and ending up in the resort area at Mount Hood in Oregon. The next day brought with it a little rain for our ride to Eugene and on to Grants Pass. This was to be our last night together before heading back to the Bay Area. The Group took the Dinner Cruise up the Rouge River by Jet Boat. This is a great experience if your ever in Grants Pass make sure you take the Jet boat ride up the Rouge River. The next day we all headed back into California the trip covered 11 Days and over 3000 miles.

The middle of August brought Andy's Hot Rod Reunion at the Vallejo Fairgrounds. This was to be the final event of over 30 year of this Hot Rod Tradition know to all of us as ANDY'S PICINIC. The Day was spent looking at cars and telling stores of the Andy's Picnics of old held in Crow Canyon Park. The Club was there in force, in support of Andy who has been a member of the Bay Area Roadsters for over twenty-five Years. August is a very busy time of the year for Hot Rodding, the Goodguys Nationals held in Pleasanton and Hot Rod Week held the week before the Nationals is the largest Street Rod event in Northern California.

This year in September the LA Roadsters hosted the 36th Annual Roadster Roundup in Oxnard. Oxnard is located on the coast just a few miles south of Santa Barbara. The trip down the coast this time a year is what driving a Roadster is all about. The Roadster Roundup consisting of seven Roadsters Clubs which meeting each year to carry on the Roadster Tradition.

The final event of the year is our annual Christmas Party, which, was held in beautiful Carmel. The activities were put together this year by to of our long-term members Chet Thomas and Ron Poggi. It was a great place and a great fun, now isn't that a great way to end the year.

Well its back on the road again,
Topless and Proud

Members at Rest

  • Don Brusseau - B.A.R Club Founder
  • Dick Mendonca - Member
  • Glen Dennee - Member
  • Dewayne Metcalf - Member
  • Warren Freedlun - Lifetime Member
  • Dennis DeBenedictis - Lifetime Member
  • Tony Hobbs - Lifetime Member
  • Doug Silva - Honorary Member
  • Joe Casanova - Member