Pierce-Arrow Society Annual Meet 

Pierce-Arrow Society 41st Annual Meet
Silverdale, Washington
1917 48-B-5 Runabout
1917 Pierce-Arrow 48-B-4 Runabout
at the summit of Hurricane Ridge in Olympic Nat'l Park

The beautiful scenery and cool weather of the Pacific Northwest were a welcome relief to many Pierce-Arrow Society members escaping the heat wave in the central parts of the Country.  Fifty-two Pierce-Arrows, and over 250 Pierce-Arrow Society members attended the 41st Annual Meet in Silverdale, Washington.

A good turn-out from the Northern & Southern California Regions, in addition to cars from the host Pacific Northwest Region, added to the unusually large turn-out of Pierce-Arrows that had already arrived by Wednesday afternoon.

The meet began Wednesday evening with a welcome party on the hotel patio overlooking Puget Sound. PAS Members renewed old friendships and made new ones with the many members attending their first Annual Meet.

PAS members were up early Thursday morning for the 200 mile tour to Olympic National Park. The tour took us over the Hood Canal Bridge, a floating concrete base bridge that opens to allow ship and submarine traffic to pass. We continued on our trip to Olympic National Park and began an 18 mile climb to the summit of Hurricane Ridge. Although the sky had been overcast when we left the hotel, the sun was out and the sky was blue when we reached the summit! The return trip to the hotel provided a side-trip to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. When we arrived back at the hotel, a swap meet and silent auction were taking place in the area of the parking lot reserved for Pierce-Arrows.  

1924 Series 33 Runabout
1924 Series 33 Runabout
on the Friday tour

The driving tours continued again on Friday with a trip to a nearby car collection, followed by a lunch stop in Port Townsend. After browsing the shops of Port Townsend, we returned to Silverdale with side trips to Poulsbo and the Naval Undersea Museum. Many PAS members took the opportunity to go to the Bremerton waterfront Friday night for a free concert. A few Pierce-Arrows were prominently displayed on the wharf as the band played. The evening was capped off by a fireworks display over the water behind the hotel. I think this may be the first Pierce-Arrow Society Annual Meet to have fireworks!!!

1930 Model B Sedan
on the show field

Saturday morning found the parking lot busy with actvity getting the Pierce-Arrows ready for the Annual Car Show and Judging.  The show was held on a grass area surrounded by trees a short drive from the hotel.  A hamburger lunch was provided in tents near the show field.

The meet came to an end Saturday night with the awards banquet at the hotel. The brief meeting of the Pierce-Arrow Society was followed by the presentation of awards to the show winning cars and an invitation to attend next year's meet. Then it was time to say farewell to our many Pierce-Arrow Society friends until we meet again next year.

Bob Koch and his meet committee from the Pacific Northwest Region deserve a big thank-you for all their work in preparing for the meet.

If you missed the fun we had at this year's meet, make your plans now to attend the 42nd Annual Meet, July 13-18, 1999, in Bartlett, New Hampshire.   The New England meet committee is finalizing plans for the next great Pierce-Arrow Society Annual Meet.

41st Annual Meet Award Winners 

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Bernard J. Weis Trophy
Most Authentic Restoration
Bernard J. Weis Trophy
1923 Series 33 EDL
Chuck & Jan Sparrer
R. Vale Faro Trophy
Most Original Pierce-Arrow
R. Vale Faro Trophy
1917 38-C-3 5-Pass. Touring
Richard Squires
Henry E. & Pauline S. Becker Trophy
Longest Distance Pierce-Arrow Driven to Meet
Henry E. & Pauline S. Becker Trophy
1917 66-A-4 7-Pass. Touring
Marlin & Ruth Hansen
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Class 1 Pre 1929
1927 Series 36 Enclosed Drive Limo.
Ed Edison - California
1927 Series 80 Club Sedan
David Free - Utah
1925 Series 80 Opera Coupe
George Teebay - California
Class 2 1929 - 1932
1930 Model C Club Brougham
Rex Gosnell - California
1929 Model 143 Conv. Coupe
Dumont Staatz - Washington
1931 Model 43 Coupe
Bud Melby - Washington
Class 3 1933 - 1938
1936 Model 1601 7-Pass. Sedan
Charles Campbell - California
1933 Model 1247 Brunn Town Car
Ernie Follis - California
1936 Model 1601 5-Pass. Sedan
George Teebay - California