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JACK’s DELTA DRIVE -or- on the road again
7/31/21 Rio Vista, Locke and EVERYWHERE in between
What a fun day! Jack & Diana Starr did it again. This was the most fun in the most unexpected and unusual places you can imagine. The Club is back into swing!
We started at the Buttercup and followed Jack along every backroad in California (I’m pretty sure we didn’t miss any). We stopped for a drink (although there is some question about the number our host consumed) in Rio Vista at the infamous Fosters Bighorn, and Jack herded us out and on to Locke and Al’s the Wop. Again, words cannot do justice to the place. We were so excited about the food, we didn’t get pictures, but in a nutshell: think of a BLT or hamburger, then put it on huge pieces of grilled French bread, assembled with great artistry and excess. Got that picture? Now multiply times three and you have Al’s the WOP. I had the “Big ‘Ol Steak” and I’ll just say the name understates the product.
More pictures – Click HERE
OUR FIRST POST-COVID IN PERSON MEETING
7/10/21 Buttercup Inn
It was so great to see everyone today. In spite if all the exuberant socializing , we still had time to work on this years next events, saw a demo of the history section of the web, and enjoyed a long delayed Buttercup in breakfast.
BATOC 63rd anniversary celebration
Shadow Cliffs – Livermore
Wow, big time in the hot park today, and no masks required. We had plenty of shade to protect us from the sun on this beautiful day. We celebrated our 63rd anniversary and perhaps as importantly, the first full fledged outing for us since the Covid lockdown last year. Many more to come as the club ramps up again.
More than 50 of us gathered at the park with old friends, new friends, ribs and chicken and all the “fixins”.
Sonoma Raceway event
Saturday April 24th
See all of the event photos HERE
Thank you so much Chris Patterson and Renta Hat for this super cool event. We were thrilled to roll our birds onto the raceway. That was the highlight of a super special day. To walk through the pits with all those incredible cars new and old. Hanging with our friends, new and old. A little food a little conversation, and as Elvis said, a little more action. On the track. It must have been embarrassing to the Cobra folks to be blown away by the T-Birds (see below)
BATOC meeting at Blackhawk Museum
Saturday October 10th
See all of the meeting photos at the Event Page
Covid drive and picnic
Saturday August 8th
ALL DRIVE AND PICNIC PICTURES CLICK HERE
Thanks to the BATOC board for a very special day of a beautiful drive and great lunch of Togos sandwiches with drinks and snacks galore. Of course, thanks to everyone who attended our socially responsible drive and picnic today. VERY special thanks to Dave and Susan for all the work and planning the put together to make the event safe, fun and stress free (for the rest of us).
Covid Flash Drive
Sunday May 24th
All flash Drive pictures CLICK HERE
Thank you Nick! After months of sequestration we were ready to get out of the house. Nick CAREFULLY CHOREOGRAPHED a safe and wonderful drive for us. starting at Our buttercup HOME-BASE, he assembled us all into a 23 car CARAVAN (see: HERDING Cats). It was a Great drive along the BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBORHOOD SURFACE streets of walnut creek and danville, through the tri-valley hills into downtown livermore and on to Mel’s Diner where he left us to use our own good sense to avoid passing unwanted cooties.
As often happens on the first spring drive on a hot day, We lost a couple cars when the started to overheat. THe OLSON’S and Mathieson’s both had to pull over and cool down. FORTUNATELY they were both able to make it home, but missed the end of the drive.
Thanks again to Nick Verhoek for all the work he did to put this together for us, and not to forget our fearless leader Dave Adams, always in the background keeping us aligned with guidance and advice.
2020 Super Bowl Party – (Guthrie)
Sunday February 2nd
All Super Bowl Pictures Click Here
Wow, the Guthries did it again. These parties just keep getting bigger and better. WE nominate the Guthries “worlds best hosts”. (if they had just arranged a 49ers win, it certainly would have been awarded without contention, now some little thing the Queen of England did might be serious competition) Let’s see, there were great friends, food, great friends, more food, great friends, what am I forgetting? Ah, football and alcohol, great friends, food… You get the idea.
All seriousness aside, what a wonderful day it was. Even the final score couldn’t couldn’t dampen the spirit the Guthries instilled. Thank you Maria and Jim!
Presidents 2020 Mystery Tour – Escape Room (Adams)
Saturday January 11th
All Mystery Tour pictures Click Here
A BIG SHOUT OF THANKS TO DAVE AND SUSAN FOR THE MOST AWESOMEST OF TIMES!!
The mystery was unveiled and we got more than we bargained for. Some of us were taken by terrorists and jailed, some to a carnival, some to a Casino with no way out until we broke the bank. We had to foil the curse of Rumpelstiltskin, and we had to investigate a Chicago murder. All of us were locked up!
Sadly we cannot show you pictures of our ordeals as the missions were all classified. We are able to report that, while only one group was able to escape, all were rescued and no PTSD symptoms have surfaced as of this time, perhaps due in large part to a liberal slather of libations, smoked meats and musical fruits immediately after the trauma.
Sadly, the musical fruit was too late for our illustrious leader who lacked the gas to reach the enchanted house of Smoke and Musical fruit (aka Back 40 BBQ) and had to be rescued for the second time that day.
Still, some photographic evidence is available prior to our lockup and after subsequent rescues and escapes.
no(Notice this sign is slightly different from the others)
BATOC Holiday Party (Booth)
Sunday December 8th
All Party pictures Click here
To the many people who attended, I hope you had as much fun at the party as we did! To Janet and all who helped her, thank you so much for putting on such a wonderful event.
BATOC Cobra Experience and Cars and Coffee
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH
More Cobra Experience Pictures here
We had a grand time today, watching the museum great multimedia movie about Shelby, browsing the museum and later, lunch at the behind the plate musium. It has been a Carroll Shelby weekend for us!
Lunch and a Movie – FORD v FERRARI
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16TH (JUST IN TIME TO PUMP YOU UP FOR THE COBRA EXPERIENCE)
More Ford vs Ferrari pictures HERE
Flyer: Lunch and a Movie
directions to The Rebel Kitchen Click here
directions to Livermore theater Click here
Rebel Kitchen Menu Click here
Times and details to follow.
THIS IS THE STORY OF CAROL SHELBY’S FIGHT TO BUILD THE FORD MK IV AND RUN IT AGAINST FERRARI AT LE MANS IN 1966.
12 NOON: PARKING AT THE REBEL KITCHEN ACROSS FROM THE THEATER AND A VERY TASTY LUNCH.
Check out the menu attached. Parking for everyone in the small lot beside the restaurant, and they will hold the spaces in front of the restaurant for us too (first come first serve on the front)
2:30 PM: FOLLOWED BY THE FORD V FERRARI MOVIE AT THE LIVERMORE THEATER. TICKETS ARE $8.50 EACH FOR THIS EVENT
5:00 PM: THEN, FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO CHAT, BACK ACROSS THE STREET TO REBEL TO DISCUSS HOW ARROGANT THOSE FERRARI PEOPLE ARE AND HOW COOL THE FORD PEOPLE ARE. (WELL, AT LEAST SHELBY).
Lunch with Central Coast Classy Birds, San Luis Obispo
Saturday November 2nd
BATOC was not able to attend this year 🙁 See you next year!
Time: 11:30 am
Lunch consists of: B.B. Q. Tri-Tip & Chicken or Vegetarian including Salad,
Tax/Tip $27 per person.
JOIN US FOR ANOTHER GREAT TIME WITH THE CCCB CLUB IN SAN LUIS OBISPO. WE ARE STILL WORKING OUT THE DETAILS, BUT SOME SPECIAL HURST CASTLE TOURS ARE IN THE WORKS.
Thunderbird Migration – Alameda CA
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019
Great event by the Northern California Vintage Thunderbird Classic Thunderbird Club. We all had a great time at event, the birds were beautiful and prolific. The venue was fun, the people were awesome.
BATOC took home the 55-57 award. I hear the Guthries are expanding their garage to hold this years awards. 🙂
T-Birds on the wharf – Santa Cruz CA
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2019
Great Show this year. Thanks to the Monterey Bay Classic Thunderbird Club for putting on this great fundraser and to all the participants who make it great.
BATOC took home three awards with their beautiful cars
Dave Adams presented a $250 check from the club for the Partnership for Children.
Nick & Judy Verhoek 1955
Michael & Stella Ohayon retro (Mike and Stella ran off to make out on the beach and were not around to receive their award so don’t look for a picture)
Jim & Maria Guthrie 1957
SPONSORED BY MONTEREY BAY CLASSIC T-BIRD CLUB
- Location:Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
21 Municipal Wharf
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Ironstone Concours d’elegance – Murphys, CA
FRIDAY September 27th THRU SUNDAY september 29TH, 2019
Hearst Castle Weekend – San Luis Obispo, CA
FRIDAY AUGUST 23RD THRU SUNDAY AUGUST 25TH, 2019
Directions: To San Luis Obispo
A great time was had by all! Details to follow.
Progressive Dinner Party #3
Saturday, august 3rd
Hot Summer Sundays #1
Sunday, July 21st Downtown Danville
BATOC 61st Anniversary Party and Murder Mystery
SATURDAY, JUNE 22 BEEB’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, LAS POSITAS GOLF COURSE, 915 CLUBHOUSE DR, LIVERMORE, CA 94551
This year’s mystery theater was a 50’s Sock Hop theme.
As you may recall, last year the Murder Mystery company had to make a new award. We were the first ever to receive the “You Got Away With Murder” Award, as no one guessed the killer. As Karma has a way of catching up with us, we discovered a Serial Killer in our midst. Roger Canfield was discovered to be this years killer, and as we learned too late last year, he was also responsible for that murder. Due to the double family feud laws (or is it double jeopardy?) he cannot be re-tried, but we know the truth.
Mystery Website: The Murder Mystery Company
Directions: Beebs at Las Positas Golf Course
CTCI Western Classic Roundup
Wednesday, May 15 through Sunday, May 19
CTCI Convention Report
by Kathy and Tony Lloyd
We departed for Flagstaff on Sunday, May 12th (Mother’s Day). We sent the first night in Needles, CA. After breakfast, we hit the road once again arriving in Flagstaff around 4 pm. We checked into Little America and got settled in. Tuesday we were on our own and we did a little exploring on our own. we also checked in for the convention. On Wednesday, May 15 Kathy took the bus trip to Sedona and had fun exploring all the little shops. Tony stayed behind and
washed the car. On Thursday, May 16 it was time to get serious putting the final touches on the car. We once again entered the Touring class. I leaned on the car for four hours and was quite pleased at how the little bird looked. We went back to our room to clean up for the Welcome Party. Tony was having a little problem with his mobility and I was lucky the hotel had a wheelchair that we could use. We got to the welcome party a little early a I wanted to be sure we got a seat. Tony was not doing well and a member of the Arizona Classic Thunderbird Club who is also a Nurse Practitioner told Tony he was suffering from Altitude Sickness. We left the party early as I had to tuck him into bed for a night of good night sleep. I left Tony in bed on Friday morning and proceeded to the judging. After the car was judged there were no other activities for me to participate in so I made my way back to our room as I was feeling a little tired. We both took afternoon naps. That evening was the Western BBQ which featured hamburgers, chicken, sausage, numerous salads plus dessert.
I was not feeling very hungry. After dinner, we were on our way back to our room when I had to step outside for fresh air. Unfortunately, I ended up getting sick. This time it was Kathy’s turn to be tucked in bed. Unfortunately, I ended up getting sick. This time it was Kathy’s turn to be tucked in bed. On Saturday, May 18 I told Tony that I really felt awful and we missed the driving tour and found our way to the local hospital. We were both diagnosed with altitude sickness. Kathy was a little worse than Tony. After promising we were going to leave Flagstaff, the Doctor finally released us. We got back to the hotel where the banquet was
just getting started. We took third place in our touring class. First thing Sunday morning we packed up the car for the trip home. We made it to Barstow, CA and settled in at the Hampton Inn. Monday morning we were back on the road and made it to Bakersfield where we stopped for gas. Tony was not able to get the car started as the starter took a crap. I found a 2014 copy on the CTCI Roster in the trunk and started calling anyone I could find in Bakersfield to answer
the phone. That’s when we found our guardian angels, Michael and Kathi Parks. This was around noon. Michael had what was necessary to get the starter removed. He took Tony to a rebuilder. Kathi kept Kathy company. Thanks to their help the car was fixed and we were once again on the road home. The one thing we learned this trip is we do not do well in altitude. We do best at sea level.
Cinco de Mayo
Well, there wasn’t much planned in May, so we had an impromptu gathering on Cinco de Mayo weekend. This group is always ready to party! We met at Mexico Lindo Restaurant in Pleasanton and had a delicious dinner of Margaritas, Chips, and various Mexican specialties. It was a fun evening.
BATOC Whale Watching Trip
Sunday, April 14, 2019 All Day – Moss Landing, CA
Great time, Great food, BIG whales.
What a day on the water. “The High Spirits”, operated by Blue Ocean Whale Watch, and Captain Kate Cummingsteated us like the royalty that Kim Dixon actually is.
Kim set us the most fantastic day ever. A school of dolphins running formation, seals, and whales all over. Top it off with an outstanding meal at Phil’s fish house and you get a day to remember.
Oakland Aviation Museum takes the little birds under their wings
Sunday, March 17th 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Oakland, CA
Directions: 8252 Earhart Rd, Oakland, CA 94621
See all the pictures from this event. Click here
NorCal Vintage Thunderbird Club invited BATOC to take part in a great event, the Open Cockpit Day at the Oakland Air Museum. Nick Verhoek organized a fun and (don’t tell anyone) educational day at the OAM, We ate and explored and chatted and bought bargain books. Some of us even got to play Indiana Jones on the flying boat “City of Cardiff” that appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark movie. As you can see in the pictures, the guys are nearly indistinguishable from Harrison in our sexy handsomeness. (eat your heart our Blake Shelton).
The museum had a truly great event. The Friends of Ken Band. played some great music. The folks loved the old birds and planes (not us) and fun was had by all.
A food vendor and eating area will be set up so you can spend the day and have lunch.
Open Cockpit Day invites museum visitors to sit in various aircraft.
Santa Clara Masonic Lodge will off refreshments for purchase.
St Patrick’s Day Fun Lunch at First Street Alehouse
First Street Ale House in Livermore
Saturday, March 16th 12 Noon to 2 PM
Small group, big fun. We had a great time with our friends at the Alehouse.
Bowling for Fun
MARCH 9TH, DIRECTLY AFTER THE MEETING
Granada Bowl, 1620 Railroad Ave, Livermore (directions)
Dinner afterward at Castle Rock Restaurant, then desert at the Guthrie’s
A fun-filled day planned by Maria and Jim Guthrie
See all the pictures: 2019 bowling for fun pictures
STRIKE, SPARE, OR GUTTER BALL
NO MATTER YOUR SKILL – THERE was FUN FOR EVERYONE!
Sun. February 3, 2019
Flyer; 2019Super Bowl
Another great Super Bowl Party at Guthrie’s home. Next year, we watch the game too! Super Bowl Sunday – Record Setting Victory
Maria and Jim Guthrie threw their annual Super Bowl bash. There was a tremendous turnout with wonderful goodies and fun times for all. Well, you have to hand it to Brady, Belichick and the Patriots – they are a true dynasty. Brady is now the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, and Belichick is the oldest coach to win one. They are a great team. The LA Rams didn’t quite have it this year, but being such a young team, we will probably be seeing a lot more of them in the future. We enjoyed celebrating Tony Lloyd’s and Maria Guthrie’s birthdays as well. Thanks to the Guthrie’s for making it a wonderful day!
Presidents Mystery Tour
SAT. JANUARY 19, 2019
Flyer: Mystery tour 2019
THE FIRST BATOC CRUISE OF 2019, WE CARAVANed THROUGH SOME NEW BACK ROADS TO WIND OUR WAY THROUGH FARM COUNTRY AND LEARN THE REAL MEANING OF FARM TO TABLE AT THE CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE MUSEUM IN WOODLAND. A FABULOUS COLLECTION OF TRULY AMAZING VEHICLES FROM TRACTORS AND HAY SQUEEZERS TO PLOWS, DOZERS, STEAM ENGINES, AND ANTIQUE BUSES. EVERYTHING THAT GOT IT FROM FARM TO TABLE…..IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS.
AND THEN, OF COURSE, WE had A FABULOUS AFTERNOON LUNCH FROM THE FARMS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA IN OUR DESTINATION TOWN OF WINTERS at Bud’s Pub & Grill who even made us a custom menu. Bud, you have been holding out on us!