We owe a big thank you to Heidi Sandvik, Linnea Shoberg and Kerstin Shoberg and their 2009
Committee for organizing and hosting the 2009 Annual Meet at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in
Temecula, California. Their hard work and creativity made for a memorable week, featuring balmy southern
California weather, dramatic mountain views and an emphasis on fun.
To take advantage of favorable room rates, this Meet started Sunday, June 21 (rather than Tuesday)
with the PAS board Meeting, the Pierce-Arrow Foundation Meeting and at 6pm the traditional Welcome
Reception at the resort. The Meet Committee also hosted a Pierce drawing lesson Part 1 that afternoon
for our children and adults. The Welcome Reception had wonderful food and good jazz music by Eric
Roseneau and his band.
Monday we started on our Wine and Antiques tour through the back country of north San Diego/Riverside
County. There was a stop at Bates Nut Farm and, true to our reputation, we Pierce people were
enthusiastic shoppers, buying “tons” of nuts, candies, dried fruits and gifts. We proceeded on to
the South Coast Winery and Resort for a delicious lunch and an interesting tour of the vineyard’s
wine production and bottling. Upon our return to Pechanga there was a Pierce-Arrow playtime event
followed by the Pierce drawing lesson Part 2.
Tuesday, after gassing up, we left on a most picturesque route to the well-known Palomar Observatory
on top of Palomar Mountain, 6,126 ft. high north of San Diego. It is owned and operated by the
California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) in the Cleveland National Forest overlooking the
beautiful Lake Henshaw. We picked a playing card at five designated stops en route to Palomar,
and the best poker hand won a prize at the banquet. Yes, the cards were from Pechanga, clean and
unmarked. Lunch was a wonderful outdoor barbeque near the Observatory. That afternoon, back at
Pechanga, was the technical session on pin striping by the well-known Lyle Fisk. At the same time
was the popular Ladies Tea and Fashion Show. A “Book of Tea,” researched and compiled by Linnea
Shoberg for the Meet, was presented to each attendee, and 10 gift bags were awarded to door
prize winners. Later, at 7pm, was the Swap meet.
On Wednesday, yet another beautiful day, our tour headed West through the winding roads of De Luz
Canyon to the Pacific Ocean for a look, then on to Ernie and Clara Follis’ home in Vista, California,
to see their wonderful car collection of mostly Pierce cars and bicycles. Unfortunately Clara
had dislocated her hip and could not make her own party. As expected, Ernie was a gracious host
with a tasty Mexican-themed luncheon at beautiful white umbrella tables and a happy wandering
Mariachi band. Back at Pechanga that afternoon, Fay Butler and Bill Lawton led a Pierce-Arrow 101
class talking about the history of Pierces and early automobiles. This included style and
mechanical development as well as a question and answer session. We received a well-written
23-page text as well as a diploma.
Thursday was Show day at the north side of the resort on an attractive grass area. All of the
cars and some of the people were beautiful.
The banquet Thursday night, in a buffet format, was enjoyed by all. Talks and speeches were
informative and short. Show awards were presented. Fittingly, Heidi Sandvik was given the
2009 Otto Klausmeyer Award.
Why I and we will remember this special 2009 Annual meet:
- The warm, sunny weather and beautiful countryside
- The Pechanga resort’s great job with five restaurants and excellent service and security
- The Meet Committee’s creative events for adults and children
- The tour routes, which were well planned for newer and older Pierces, keeping in mind
horsepower, torque and braking
- The opportunities for first-time attendees to ride in Pierces or take along other PAS passengers in their own Pierces.
Thank you, Heidi, Linnea and Kerstin and your 2009 Meet Committee!