Frankly, the pressure was on. The 2011 meet in Buellton was fun, but it was the most sparsely-attended meet in a long time - maybe ever. We only had a dozen Crosleys that year, way under the usual turnout. I hoped that a fun, new location would bring in a bigger crowd this year, but there was only one way to find out.
Crosley-Siata owner Marty Stein lives in Jackson, just a few miles from Sutter Creek. He and his wife Sheri helped out a lot by suggesting venues for meals, RV Parks, etc. and also helped plan the route for a 'Crosley Cruise.' Marty was at the very first Crosley meet I'd ever been to but has missed the last few meets - if nothing else, I was excited that he would definitely be bringing the Siata! That made one more car - and a super-cool one at that - that would be at the meet.
Crosley land speed gurus Rob and Dale Liebherr and discovered that they were planning on DRIVING two of their Crosleys to the meet from Minden, Nevada!
Davide and Karin De Giorgi arrived from London. Liv and I had promised to show them around California if they came to visit, and we made good. We picked them up at SFO and spent the next day sightseeing in San Francisco. From there, back to Sacramento where they visited with some mutual friends, and then it was off to the Sierra. We took them to the Bodie Ghost Town State Park and then to Yosemite where we camped for a couple of nights. We got back home and I started to get ready to load up a Crosley to bring to the meet... but not one of MY Crosleys.
Ohanesian Merc was named one of the 10 Most Influential Kustoms of All Time - but locally, he's better known for his award-winning body and paint shop. In the fifties, his shop parts runner was a Crosley. Gary had had it for years and decided to bring it to the party on Friday because he couldn't be at the meet on Saturday - I added plenty of drool to the patina. Seeing the Bertolucci Pick Up was a great cap to the night, and I went to bed pretty excited about the next day.
After such a big day, the dinner was kinda anticlimactic. I was stoked that everyone agreed that it had been an exceptionally great meet. If you count the Bertolucci truck from Friday night we had a total of 26 Crosleys on hand - I think that may be a record turnout! And, nearly every car was in good running condition, even if the Gasporter started better than it stopped.