'Trunk Lunches' give more opportunities to cruise and socialize
With most of the cruising season throttled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of ‘Trunk Lunches’ provided members of the Gentlemen Car Club an opportunities to get their classics out of the garage and on the road, doing what the GCC does best, cruise and eat! Here are photos from a couple ‘Trunk Lunch’ cruises that members of the GCC took part in this year. Click on photos to enlarge.
The annual club picnic was held at the home of Pat and Dan Rusk despite having to abide by COVID-19 regulations.
It was a 'bring your own food' event that also featured the usual fun, games and bonfire.
Club president Butch Kosinski took home the coveted "Traveling Trophy". Everyone is wondering what Butch will add to the trophy for the next unsuspecting winner.
Gene Smith also won bragging rights in the bean bag toss.
A big thank you to Pat and Dan for their wonderful hospitality!
GENERAL MEETING - ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be the first in-person meeting of the Gentlemen Car Club for 2020. The meeting, held at the Loves Park Pavilion, 100 Heart Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111, will be for the purpose of voting for new officers for 2021.
Masks and social distancing will be adhered to.
The officers and board of directors of the Gentlemen Car Club have been "Zooming" right along despite the shutdown on many events this Summer.
At left is a screen shot of the latest Zoom meeting (the sixth of the year) held Tuesday, July 28.
Plans are currently underway to be able to hold annual elections yet this fall, albeit via electronic participation.
'Trunk Lunches' have been the key club functions this Summer, along with a scattering of Cruise Nights that are happening in the area.
With the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit the nation, the effects on car club activities has been devastating. Directors of the Gentlemen Car Club have suspended all club meetings until further notice as well as the monthly cruise nights at the Meadow Mart Shopping Center. The directors also have cancelled any 50/50 activities that they normally participated in at other local events. They encourage club members to participate in area events, but only if they feel comfortable in doing so. The also recommend wearing masks and practicing social distancing where possible.
The August edition of the Gentlemen's Club cruise night will feature a 'Pin-Up' night. The fun-filled evening will happen August 15 with prizes for the best dressed. Drivers and their guests are encouraged to dress in the time period that reflects the year of your vehicle. So gals, dig out your 'peddle pushers', saddle shoes, poodle or mini skirts and floral dresses with padded shoulders. And guys, get with the Fonz look and slick back that hair (ala 50's), or maybe the 'preppy' look? Perhaps a pair of plaid bell bottoms (60-70's), or even grab that fedora (20's-40's).
Members of the Gentlemen Car club pose for a picture in front of one of the buses that were used for the 2018 Vets Roll trip to Washington D.C.
The club is a generous sponsor of the yearly event that offers free trips for veterans to historic places in Washington D.C. and other points of interest along the way.
The trips are sponsored by Finnegan RV Sales and Service, South Beloit, IL.
New home for 'Traveling Trophy'
Frank C. took home the traveling trophy award during the Gentlemen's Club Summer picnic at Beckman's Mill. Frank secured the trophy for having the dubious distinction of getting the caravan lost on its trip from Machesney Park to the Mill, located just west of Beloit, WI.
Eight club members attend Stateline Classics show in Durand
Rusks take home
"Best Rat Rod" award
at Durand show.
Gentlemen Car Club voted "Best Community Service Unit" at the Young at Heart parade May 27.
The award was presented by Loves Park mayor Greg Jury. Club members from left include Mike Parker, Nancy Parker, Dan Rusk, Tim Bauscher, Sue Bauscher, Steve Larson and Ted Hartman.
Despite the rainy month of May, the Gentlemen Car Club found enough dry weather to take the annual season kick-off drive to New Glarus and Monroe, WI., attend the Machine Shed Cruise Night, take a trip to White Pines State Park and participate in the annual Young at Heart parade in Loves Park.
The skies also broke up enough for the club's monthy cruise night at Meadow Mart Shopping Center, May 18.
Now lets all hope for a more seasonable Summer with lots more activities on the calendar.
Check out some of the event photos below.
Ten couples enjoyed a weekend cruise to Okee Bay and Lake Wisconsin July 8-10. (Click for more photos)
Club members take time away from Food & Fun for the official picnic photo of 2016.
Obviously some where more enthused than others. LOL
Over 100 cars joined the Gentlemen Car Club and Vets Roll organizer Mark Finnegan at cruise night to support 'Vets Roll'. The clubs hosts its cruise night on the third Thursday of each month between April and September. (Click here for more photos)
|Taking home hardware at the Stateline Classic's Fathers' Day Car Show in Durand were Ted Hartman, Mike Parker and Dan Rusk (standing in for his wife Pat).|
It's official -- The 2016 cruise season is officially here! The Gentlemen Club got the cruise season underway May 11 with its annual cruise to New Glarus and Monroe. Despite cloudy weather the club took to the roadways for a drive to the New Glarus Brewery for some liquid refreshments before heading back to Baumgartner's in Monroe for their delicious Rib dinner.
Taking a break!
Members of the Gentlemen Car Club pose for a group photo during their visit to
No word on how delicious the
|Club members pose during their cruise to Madison Saturday. They were given the opportunity to tour the Full Circle restoration shop in Madison. The cruise also included lunch at "Quaker Steak and Lube" in Janesville.|
Four of the nine Gentlemen Club members that attended the 19th annual Stateline Classics Fathers Day Car Show held June 21 in Durand received trophies. Mike and Nancy Parker's 1960 Chevy Impala convertible took home "Best GM" while Gene Smith, Dave Scales and Dan Rusk each received "Top 25" awards. Over 250 vehicles were on display. At right, Dan, Gene and Mike display their awards in front of the new mural, depicting the more that 150 year history of the community. The recently installed mural is on the south side of the historic Yale Building of the village's downtown square. This is a 'must see' if you are in the Durand area!
2015 contribution to ‘Vets Roll’ continues Gentlemen’s Club trend!
The Gentlemen’s Car Club donated over $12,000 for the 2015 "Vets Roll" program. The check was presented to Mark Finnegan during the club's May 2015 Cruise Night at the Meadow Mart Shopping Mall in Loves Park.
It was the second straight year for the club to provide a substantial amount to the program that helps send 200 WWII, Korean War and now Vietnam Veterans along with 'Rosie Riviters' on a 4-day, all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. The trip included stops at the Wright Patterson Air Museum and supper at the Officers Club in Dayton, Ohio. The “honored guests” visited Arlington Cemetery, WWII Memorial, Korean Memorial, and Viet Nam Memorial before heading home Wednesday morning.
Last year the Gentlemen donated $10,295.10 for the 2014 ‘Vets Roll’.
The money was raised by donations from businesses, 50/50 sales, free will offering, and quilt raffle. “Many of the club members worked hard to help raise this money’, club president Tim Bauscher said.
“This trip was a heartwarming experience to have spent time with the men and women that put their lives on the line so that we have a better life and freedom,” Bauscher added. This was the third straight year that he has participated as an escort.
Tim's wife, Sue, and fellow Gentlemen Club member Mike Parker have also served as escorts on the trip. In all, 148 escorts were needed to provide assistance to the veterans.
The trip is organized by Mark and John Finnegan of Finnegan RV in Beloit. Participants on the 2014 trip and included veterans and “Rosies” from throughout the U.S.
Perfect weather greeted the Gentlemen's Car Club 'cruisers' for a trip to Marseilles and Pontiac Saturday morning, Sept. 14. The first stop was at the Gulf War Memorial, in Marseilles, to honor the many service men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice in order to preserve our freedom. From there it was on to Pontiac were a trip to the Rt. 66 museum along with other museums were on tap. The trip ended with a trolly ride to see many of the sights of the town and then lunch before heading home amidst a few showers. In all, it was a great weekend of travel, sight-seeing and comradery for the members that were able to attend.
Eleven members of the Gentlemen's Car Club displayed their vehicles during Guilford High School's 2013 homecoming celebrations, Sept. 15. The cars were part of the school's 50th anniversary celebration. They were on display during the frosh soph game and the first half of the varsity contest. Click here for photos of the event.
We all know that Dave Scales' beautiful red Austin A40 Dorset is an attention getter. Dave's car drew even more attention at the Beloit Autorama this year when it caught the eye of Marty Densch of 'Cars in Depth' website. Now Dave's 1948 gem is featured on their website with story and photos: http://www.rokemneedlearts.com/carsindepth/wordpressblog/?p=10632Check it out!!
Thanks to club member Red Dzielak, Gentlemen Club members can display a professional looking window card each and everytime they go to a cruise/car show. (No more writing the same information week after week) These professional looking, laminated cards have the Gentlemen logo along with your name, town and custom info about your car. If you are interested contact Red at firstname.lastname@example.org with your specifics. There is a $4 charge for each card, to cover the materials. These will be a nice touch when a group of club members are all present at an event!
Have you wanted to purchase an antique license plate for your "classic" but didn't want to be under the restrictions of the plate. Now Illinois drivers have a choice. Recently the state has introduced the Expanded-Use Plate that restricts your drives from Jan - March and from Oct. -Dec. just like the regular antique plates. But from April to Sept. you can drive without restrictions. Visit the state's website for more information. http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/vehicles/license_plate_guide/antiqueexpand.html