Wolverine Chapter finished off it's successful first season with a great
meet at Skip Finch's beautiful grounds on the shore of Sweet Lake near
Gobles, Michigan on Saturday, October 26, 2002. Attendance of about
60 wasn't hampered by the not as promised inclement weather. Skip's
large garage provided a little heat and dryness when needed and no wind
materialized so it was tolerable. Among the visitors were several
from Indiana as well as others from Illinois and Wisconsin.
Quite a number of motors and parts brought by numerous members (including 50 or so from Skip's large collection) found new homes and should provide plenty of fun over the winter for the new owners.
Skip's wife June went overboard with a great lunch so nobody went home hungry. Thanks, June!
Chapter President Bob Shapton brought along his recently acquired "new" World War II 2 man Military chainsaw manufactured by Kiekhaefer Corporation and demonstrated it by making short order of several logs on Skip's lawn. Quite a sight!
Our resident engine expert Rog Dykehouse kept the interest of all right after lunch with an informative talk on Wankel engines. Rog worked with these engines at Sealed Power Corporation while they were undergoing tests and development by the Big 3 automakers and he spoke with authority. Very enjoyable Rog. We will expect more technical demos from you in the future!
Member John Collins of Indianapolis acted as DJ and serenaded us with lots of "period" music. A new touch that brought back a bunch of memories for many. Hope to hear more of that good stuff at future meets John!
Here's some pictures of the happenings taken by member Brian Browning of Springfield, IL. We are also expecting a bunch more shortly from member Tim Irwin, so keep tuned.
Thanks to all who attended. Don't miss next year's version.
|Matthew Browning on his way to lunch
|Some of Skip's motors
|Tim Irwin checking out Merc chainsaws
|Greg Gardner gabbing
|Jim Shapton arrives with a trailer load of goodies
|Bob Shapton getting the Military Merc ready to go
|Brandon Cooper & Bob about to give the saw its first try ever
|Will it cut?
|Greg Gardner takes over co-pilot duties
|Some of the fans at the chain-saw demo
|Rog Dykehouse and the Wankel
|Same - note the Liberty twin resting on the floor
|Mr. Clarke's Trollers
|Dan Jones' pride & joy
|Skip's fishing fleet
|The original cottage - its really cute!
|June Finch preparing to feed Matthew Browning some marshmellows after most of the crowd has left.
|Matthew does it on his own!
|It's not really this dark, is it?
|One of Skip's Treasures
|Dan Jones & friend
|Bob Shapton gets it running
|Bob, saw, & "coffin"
|Friend, sans Dan
|Ken Morse brought this '37 'Rude Fisherman with the aftermarket rope sheave
|More of Skip's stuff
|Some of Skip's Martins awaiting a new home
|Did these Elgins/Macs find a new home in Algonac?
|Another parade from Skip
|Used parts - some free, some not
|Is that sunshine?
|Cynthia Harmon & Dan Jones (l); Blanche Dykehouse & Mona Gorz (r) waiting for something
|Matthew Browning stealing the show again
|Jim Shapton would sure like to unload these beauties!
|Shopping for bargains
|Last Rose of summer?
|Bob Shapton reaching for newly made frisbie
|Bob & ole' KG7 himself (Greg Gardner) making pancakes
|Another pancake completed
|That's enough! I'm full!
|"I got this really neat Neptune..."
|Great Lakes Chapter boys chowin' down
|Mona, Skip, June, Diane Bennet & Smilin' Hans Jacobsson (foreground)
|Mona, Skip & Hans again, with Jim Shapton hiding behind Skip, and John Collins on the right.
|Rog Dykehouse with the Wankel