5C’s Tahlequah Toy Run
Eighteen Outlaw Cruisers participated in the 5C’s Annual Toy Run. A total of 106 cars and motorcycles, bearing 1,632 toys, with more expected to come, enjoyed nice weather on the cruise, then ate hotdogs, chili, Fritos, drinks and dessert afterward. Former OCCC member Jon Edwards, the 5C’s president, gave out 50 door prizes to attendees, including calendars and other items. Robert Thompson won what was probably the best prize, a Stutteville Ford Gift Certificate for ‘the works’, cleaning, vacuum, detail, wax, etc. Members attending were Joe Drehobl, Robert Thompson, his grandson Shawn and two great-grandsons Brayton, Kayden, David DeCamp & Christy Davis, Ron Giles & Susan Lacy, Ray Farquharson, Doyle & Debbie Cole, Jim & Rhonda Cole, Wayne Cole, Harl & Cindy Harvey, and Speedy Maner, who had a slight mishap (broken water pump) before leaving Locust Grove, made it home to switch cars, and headed to Tahlequah to join the group.
Locust Grove Christmas Parade
Nine members attended the Locust Grove Christmas parade, Chris Elliott, Doyle & Debbie Cole, Jim & Rhonda Cole and JW Raper, Wayne Cole and Jeanette’s grandson Thomas, David DeCamp, Harl & Cindy Harvey, and Ron & Diana Barfield. The parade included floats, animals, etc. and lots of candy throwing.
Fourteen members attended. Wayne expressed condolences to Terry Gandall, whose mother passed away recently. Members discussed a date change for the Double R&P Car Show/Toy Drive to Dec. 15, planned the cruise to Riverbend, reminded members to get registered for Starbirds, and started preliminary Founders Day planning. Ray Farquharson won the door prize.
Cruise to Riverbend Arena Steakhouse
Twenty-nine members and guests swarmed into the Riverbend Arena Steakhouse and enjoyed a good dinner and lots of catching up. Ray & Nita Farquharson, Ron Giles & Susan Lacy, Wayne & Jeanette Cole, Doyle & Debbie Cole, Speedy Maner and his daughter Karen Blackwell, Bill & Cindy Foreman, Jim & Rhonda Cole and JW, Jim Hartman & Carolyn Wise, Ron & Diana Barfield, Jerry & Missy Ingram, Bill & June York, Jim & Carol Cruse, Terry Woolman & Peggy Stroup, Paul & Julie Wood. Julie won the Last Dinner Served award, but she said it was well worth the wait for the cabbage rolls. It was such a good turnout, Jim Cole got everyone to agree on a January cruise to Bowlin Springs. Members Tom & Linda Shafer and Steve & Jennifer Shafer showed up with friends to celebrate a birthday.
Double R&P Car Show/Toy Drive
The car show and toy run had ten entries and 32 toys were donated. Wayne Cole won Best of Show. Also attending were Doyle Cole, Jim Cole and Robert Thompson.
Cruise to Bowlin’s BBQ, Bowlin Springs
Twenty-eight members cruised north on a dark and dreary, cold and windy January day, to somewhere between Vinita and Chelsea to a wide spot on a country road, called Bowlin Springs. There are a couple of houses, a garage, and Bowlin BBQ, which includes a small general store. Members included Doyle & Debbie Cole, Ray & Nita Farquharson, Ron Giles, & Susan Lacy, Wayne & Jeanette Cole, Bruce & Malynda Willis, Speedy Maner, Jim & Rhonda Cole, Jim Morrow & Gwen Johnson (who won the Last Dinner Served Award), Jim & Carol Cruse, Ron & Diana Barfield, Terry Woolman & Peggy Stroup, Bill & June York, Robert Thompson and great-grandsons Brayton and Kayden, and Terry & Sally Hardcastle. They had the wood stove fired up and it was warm and toasty inside.
Eighteen members attended. Mazzios and Speedy Maner provided two trays of Cheesy bread sticks and one try of Cinnamon bread sticks. Thanks, Speedy and Mazzios! Members discussed news about the Riverbend Arena Steakhouse, which is either now closed or under new management. If you plan to go there, better check first. Members planned a February 16 cruise to Mid-America Grill in Pryor. If you haven’t already registered for Starbirds and given your Entry# to Jerry, it’s probably too late to join his group. The nineteenth Annual Founders Day Car show is May 11, 2019. Plans are already taking shape. Terry & Peggy will be cooking lunch for workers, as usual, but they will also be selling food to car show participants for the club. So, lots of extra help will be needed this year for that. This is a trial run and may become an annual thing if it works out well. See Wayne to be assigned to help with parking, registration, t-shirt/drink sales, food vending, swap meet, door prize distribution, or any of the myriad of jobs to be done. The Fabulous Hardcastle Brothers will provide live music. Jim Cruse and Jay Davis will provide the handmade Rat Rod trophies. Members approved a $500 donation to Locust Grove Schools for use of the Arena. Terry Woolman won the door prize.