President's Message
John Tennyson
Dear Members:

Our April 15-18th 32nd Statewide Meet in Cambria-San Simeon (San Luis Obispo) - sponsored by our club - was one of our best annual meets. With participants and guests, we had 66 people and 24 cars, most of whom enjoyed a Thursday tour of the famed Hearst Castle in San Simeon, and then caravanned on Friday to the Warbirds Museum for a look at classic cars and military aircraft at the Paso Robles airport, where our cars were lined up on the tarmac for display with the planes. Saturday began with fog but soon cleared up by 10 am for our car show in downtown Cambria, which included several DeSotos and Chryslers, in addition to Imperials. The Awards Banquet at Cambria Pines Lodge was our finale, with Thom Quinn as Master of Ceremonies. Best of Show went to Joel and Mari Lou Holland, new members from Sumner, Washington - in their outstanding '60 Imperial Crown Convertible. Most Improved Imperial for this year's Meet was a '57 Imperial Crown 4 door, owned by Pat and Evelyn Coady of Templeton, CA. The President's Choice was awarded to John & Barbara Boyd of El Cajon, CA for their '53 DeSoto Firedome Station Wagon. The Long Distance Award for driving a car participating in the show went to Nick & Asimina Manole, who drove from Albuquerque, New Mexico in their '88 5th Ave. The Hard Luck Award went to John & Susan Swensson of Saratoga, CA, who had a broken gas station pump hose incident with their '90 Imperial. Jack Shea also received a special "Thank You" award for flying out to our CA meets for the past 11 years from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Thanks to everyone for a good time. Next year's 33rd Meet is tentatively scheduled for Solvang, CA.
Upcoming, we have Debra Compson's Tour & BBQ in Winters at the home of Jerry Neal & Terrie Hunt, who will open up their classic car collection for viewing, on Saturday, May 16th. Please sign up by May 8th. Also on tap is the Mopars in the Park car show in Rancho Cordova, on Saturday, June 27th. Deadline for pre-registering for the lesser fee is June 17th. We are asking you to join us this year so we can regain our Best Participant Club Award, last won in 2010. Also, the Grillin & Chillin Show in Dixon will be held on July 16th. Sign-up forms for all these events can be found in our newsletter and the Events page of this website.

IOANC will also participate in the California Automobile Museum's month-long Car Club Cavalcade display this August - a special exhibit featuring our club and five of our member's show cars. If you are interested, please e-mail me at for more information. There is no charge, but we can only take 5 cars, first come, first serve. Entry date will be Saturday, August 1st at 9 am. Tentatively, we are planning a tour of the Dutra Dredging Museum and a lunch in Rio Vista, CA for August 22nd. More information will be available on this event in our July newsletter and the Events page of this website.