Pierce-Arrow Society Annual Meet
Rendevous at Redmond
Pierce-Arrow Society 49th Annual Meet
August 1-6, 2006
We had the pleasure of enjoying the Eagle Crest Resort accommodations outside Redmond, Oregon, visiting with our Pierce-Arrow family and observing the vehicles that were displayed during August 1 – 6. Many people observed the “high desert” on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains, while traveling on tours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. At an altitude of 3180 feet with abundant daily sunshine, the bottled water always available in the hospitality room was welcome. Pat and I spent some extra time in the area, after the meet, to visit Crater Lake, Oregon, Mt. St. Helens, Washington, and Friday Harbor of San Juan Island.
2006 Meet Committee
Bunny and Lou Berquest
Bob & Diane Koch
Bob & Carol Lind
Betty & Bill McKinney
Lydia & Paul Murray
Phil & Patti Grisham
Meet chairman Paul Johnson and his committee of PAS members did a marvelous job of planning and execution for this meet. Thank you for a job well done. In addition to the PAS members, Boy Scout 27 Troop from Redmond provided security around the cars at the hotel.
The meet participants represented 29 of the United States, 3 provinces of Canada and the country of Spain – Miguel & Denise Garcia-Contreras attended their 6th Annual Meet. Francis Owen attended, who delivered cars for a Pierce-Arrow agency when the cars were new, and recently achieved a milestone his 95th anniversary of his birth and he’s still dancing and telling stories.
Wednesday, there was the early bird tour to Prineville, Smith Rock State Park and Peter Skene Ogden View Point.
Thursday’s tour took us through Sisters and McKenzie Pass enroute to Belknap Springs for a catered lunch. Riding in Eric and Molly Rosenau’s 1938 1803 Limousine, following Ernie Follis’s 1929 133 Roadster we could see fir trees for as far the horizon and observed both evidence of the fire damage of the recent past and the lava fields of a far more distance past. On the long downhill or uphill stretches of road the coolant temperatures would change, but with only a few exceptions the Pierce-Arrows soldiered on magnificently. When we reached Belknap Springs, the spring water was running briskly by, the flora of the different flower gardens was abundant, and our meal was delicious. Many stopped and explored the shops in Sisters, on the return trip to Eagle Crest Resort (the ice cream stand was popular).
Friday we traveled to the High Desert Museum south of Bend. We learned about the people, desert wildlife and habit and activities of this region. There was a unique collection of Indian clothing, head dresses of chiefs and the beautiful beadwork. There was colorful coordinated clothing displayed or used in competition at a rodeo. We observed traditional Indian tipis on display and the steam powered saw mill. The lumber that was generated there was being used to assemble a barn that was taking shape. We enjoyed watching a demonstration of Birds of Prey; hawks, eagles and owls that had been previously hurt in the wild and are being cared for and raised now in captivity and on display at the museum. There were presentations in scenes of native area Indian living situations, ranch housing and the dark pallid conditions and sounds of the interior of a mine shaft operation. After our museum experience we returned to Bend to probe the historical district of this town. Upon returning to Eagle Crest there was an opportunity to wash the Pierce-Arrows for the show the next day and a Classic Couture Seminar and Tea was held to help assemble an outfit that would coordinate with the Pierce-Arrow cars we enjoy driving.
The evening’s entertainment was the flea market which was divided between the guys looking for parts, literature and memorabilia and our ladies looking at the classic period dress wear and accessories that were available. If you snooze you loose, or that is what some believe when looking at parts. There were instrument panels, literature and emblems that identified the year for California license plates.
Saturday was the Pierce-Arrow Society’s Car Show, and judging event for those few car owners that wanted their cars judged. The cars were divided into two classes: cars produced before 1929 and those produced from 1929 to 1938. In abundant sunshine, the cars were displayed in ascending order by year on the grass adjacent to a golf course of the Eagle Crest Resort. The two 3-man judging teams assessed the attributes of the cars in each of the classes.
There was a contrast between the earliest vehicles on display, a 1904 Stanhope and an 1897 ladies chain drive bicycle, with some people that visited riding Segway people movers. We also were able to observe examples of the 3 sizes of Pierce-Arrow Travelodges that Pierce-Arrow produced in 1937. I have looked over one Travelodge at a time at previous meets, but never had the opportunity to look inside these recreational vehicles of yesteryear lined up side by side. Our thanks to George Teebay (two-tone blue Model A), Ken Ness (polished aluminum Model B) Robert Stucky (cream Model B), and John Puliz (silver painted Model C), for bringing these Travelodges to the meet.
Looking at the vehicles on display, I enjoyed the gleam and flash of Vaughn Vartanian’s red 1909 48-SS 7 passenger touring; Pat Craig’s maintained green 1918 66-A-4 4 passenger roadster with its big, long stroke engine; Faylon Brunemeier’s 1933 two-tone green 1236 convertible coupe with its matching body style, George Teebay’s production 1934 Silver Arrow with its beautiful shape and original understated interior upholstery, and Paul Johnson’s black 1935 845 7 passenger sedan, voted Best Original Pierce-Arrow at the meet.
The afternoon’s technical seminar was presented by the Pierce-Arrow Society’s new Head Judge, Fay Butler. Fay described the Evolution of the Early Automobile and how that influenced the shape and function of Pierce automobiles through 1912. The audio and visual presentation was very thoughtful and delivered by an expert. When Fay talks, we listen. Thanks Fay.
The last gathering during the meet was the banquet, with a brief business meeting and car show judging results. Henry May extended an invitation to all Pierce-Arrow Society members to attend the 2007 Annual Meet in Williamstown, Massachusetts. We enjoyed the meal and are thankful that we can join in the celebration of Pierce-Arrow automobiles.