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The Oldsmobile Northern Lights Chapter is a car club dedicated to all Oldsmobiles 1897 to present. Ownership of an Oldsmobile is not compulsory.







Volunteers required. This year I would like to ask for the following volunteers:
• Two parking volunteers
• Two registration people
• Someone to call up the door prize winners while I look over the entries to hand out the new Presidents Trophy.

Will you help out? Please contact me by May 1. I’m asking because in 2015 we had a record showing of cars. It made it difficult to park them all, but we managed. In January 2015 we had 5 cars registered and 11 people signed up for the banquet that eventually swelled to 82 cars and 63 people for the banquet. This year, by the end of January 2018 we had 13 cars registered and 17 signed up for the banquet. At this rate who knows, we may set another record. We have a convoy leaving Vancouver and people have already signed up from Seattle. Our 25th anniversary special Mini Art is dwindling fast. Be sure you are registered so you don’t miss out on this year’s art piece. They are numbered from 1-75 and only pre-registration guarantees you one. The sooner you register, the soon you also get to pick your door prize. We have new sponsors in Fusick Automotive and OPGI. They will each add gift certificates to go along with the one from Rock Auto. It is so much easier if you are preregistered. You drive up to the registration desk, tell us your name without leaving your car, and we hand you your custom package with your full colour window display card already filled out, mini art and any merchandise purchases already marked on your packet and banquet tickets if you ordered them. This usually takes 10 seconds or less. Then you continue on to park. There is also a lottery of sorts. There will be 7 people who register that will win an extra keep sake in addition to your door prize. The following registration numbers will win this special gift that no one has seen before, because it’s totally new! Registration numbers 11 - 18 - 28 - 35 - 41 - 53 - 60 are the winners. We will hand the item to you when you pick up your show package. It is already marked on the registration sheet that these numbers have won. Most of these spots have no one in them yet and all you have to do is register and be that registration number to win, it’s that easy. Will you be the winner of this special new gift? It will make its debut at the show this year. You must have a car in the show to claim your show package. Please contact me to volunteer. Hope to see you in July at our annual Oldsmobile get-together in the town of Olds.



It’s April and the car show season is almost upon us. Last year, Ken Howard with his 1971 442 W30 and me with my 1976 442 attended a few car shows together. We decided to go to small town shows that we, or at least I, haven’t been to before. So many people stopped by to talk to each of us, because they had never seen our cars before. At one show a former premier of Alberta served me my pancakes and although we are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, I thought he was a very nice, down to Earth fellow. We shared a few laughs, shook hands, wished each other well, and I got back to the show and he back to his stove. Ken and I will do it again this year as much as we can. If anyone wants to join us, please call me and join our caravan of two, stopping in small town Alberta and meeting new people. To be honest, that’s the real thrill for me. The cars bring us together, but it’s the people that make it special. Also, going to new places you get to see cars you haven’t seen before. Let me know if you want to join Ken and me on the unofficial Ken and Ken Provincial Road Show. By-the-way, there is a Buick-Oldsmobile-Pontiac (BOP) show that the local Pontiac club is hosting in Edmonton, September 9th. Calgary is having a BOP Show on June 17. See page 7 for a list of upcoming shows.


Some ads we use are from Kijiji and other website classifieds. Starting in this issue if the year of the car is underlined or highlighted, you can click on the link that will take you to photos of the car so you can decide if the car is worth checking out further. The newsletter stays small enough to email without being flooded with large photos, yet you still get to see pictures of the car in question. You can then contact the seller yourself knowing what they are offering, negotiate a price and perhaps close the deal. Some sellers contact the club to ask if we will advertise their car. We consider this a lead and you are informed. Phone numbers are not needed as you can see the ad and contact the owner by email. Phone numbers will be posted when supplied. If you are selling a car that has an on-line address, let me know and I’ll link your ad to that page so members can see your car or parts that you’re selling.


The club has some new sponsors. Fusick Automotive in Connecticut and Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI) from California have taken out ads in this newsletter and have offered door prizes and other items for the upcoming 25th Rocket Round Up. Both of these companies cater to the Oldsmobile enthusiast. If you’re thinking of buying parts for your project, consider companies that support your club. Be sure to sign up as soon as possible as door prizes are called based on your registration number. If you are the 60th person to sign up, 59 people before you will be called to pick their door prize or money envelope before you do. Don’t wait too long. There are some really unique and interesting prizes this year.


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