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Early Days Tours

In the early 60ís one of the main activities of local car clubs was to put on annual tours and field meets.  The usually spanned 2 or 3 days and included judging, touring, various competitive field events and a banquet.  They were scheduled through consultation with other clubs in the State.  One of the earliest topics of discussion in the newly formed YOCC was to put on a club tour scheduled around the County Fair in August.  In a meeting held on May 14, 1963 a tour committee was appointed:

 

                        Jim Stafford, Chairman

                        Bob Graves

                        Gil Linden

                        Chuck Moore

                        Jerry Durham

 

They formulated an event for August 23,24, and 25th and sent out a notice to all other car clubs in the State.  The program was to include registration at the Black Angus on Friday, Field Events on Kennewick Ave. on Sat. morning, Lunch Sat. noon in Kewaydin Park, and a parade at 2 PM.  The evening program included Happy Hour (drinks on the house) followed by a banquet where trophies were awarded.  Sunday morning was a Cowboy breakfast  at the Fairgrounds followed by a tour on the Old Inland Empire Highway through Benton City and Prosser. All of this for $12. Those guys knew how to party!

 

The tour was a grand success with 30 cars registered (14 from Tri Cities, 7 from Walla Walla, 4 from Portland, 4 from Yakima, 1 from Spokane).  They carried 59 adults and 10 kids.  The oldest car on the tour was a 1913 Ford and the newest was a 1936 Buick.  Other marques registered were Cadillac, Chrysler, Studebaker, Oldsmobile, Dodge, Overland, and Plymouth.

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