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Today was the day..... The NorCal group met up for the first time in Alameda, Ca. at the Coast Guard base. Capt. Midnite (Jerry) arranged for the use of the CG Chief's club facility. Thanks for that Jerry. Even though it was off of the main drag, 12 shiny Challengers drew a lot of interest.

It was good to meet in person and put names with faces. Unfortunately, I had to leave pretty early and missed the BBQ. I'm sure members will post here to fill in the blanks about the happenings.

I have attached several photos of the gathering.
 

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Congrads to our brothers to the North:woot: What a great sight to see and I know you guys had a great time way to go you guys ROCK and it is going to get better and better as time goes on.
 

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Turned out really nice. Thank you to everyone there.

The location was perfect. A special thank you goes to Capt. Midnite....you da man :bigthumb:

Here's a couple pics I took:






 

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Looks like THe first meet & greet was a success !!


WTG === NCC
 

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Great meet!

Fyrdude, it was nice to meet you and the rest of the NCC members. The pics are great and I thank you for posting. I think some of the other folks took pics too and maybe can upload them. At the very end we did a nice group pic and were somehow able to get all the cars fanned out in a cool little semi-circle shot.

It was a pleasure to meet everyone - just a neat group of people all.

Special thanks to Capt. Midnite for availing the place (awesome!), CudaDan for grilling up some excellent burgs/brats, and RW99 for coordinating the festivities.

Look forward to future activities with you all.
 

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Way to go NorCal! :woot: My hat's off to all of you! :bigthumb:

:clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
 

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Hey Mike, can you, or another team member, do a quick write-up on how the day went? Like how the day went from beginning to end, list all that attended, any news or notes, and how you guys were received form the outside public? Just in a nutshell. I think that would be an interesting read. :bigthumb:
 

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Greg,

I had to leave early, so I wouldn't be the one to do the write up. I'm sure one of the guys will summarize the proceedings and post it. In fact, I want to read that too.

For the time I was there, I saw 12 spotless rides with very proud owners. And every one of them friendly and eager to share information.
 

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Yeah Mike. I read that above that you had to leave early. :ugh2: I'm sure that one of you will get around to it eventually. :)

Wasn't that cool though? Now that the ice has been broken, you guys will be making plans to get together again, and again! Kind of like eating potato chips. Once you have one, you want more! :rofl: And now, your other team members that couldn't make it there will see your pictures and want a taste of that more than ever. Sometimes it just takes only one meet to stir everyone up. :bigthumb:

For me, today the SCC is at a show without me. :disappointed: As you know from yesterday, it's hard to get everyone on the same page. I'm doing the Angel's Yankee's game this afternoon with the family. We've had tickets since April, so taoday's SCC show had to go on without me. :ugh2:

I'll check back on this thread sometime tonight. There should be more pictures/stories on here by then. 12 cars is an awesome turnout, btw. :woot:

Once again, congrats to all of you guys! Nice job! :bigthumb:
 

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Looks like a success. Too bad I missed it. I was working on my 72 Challenger for a good part of the day. Hopefully I will be able to come out to the next one.
 

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Looks like a success. Too bad I missed it. I was working on my 72 Challenger for a good part of the day. Hopefully I will be able to come out to the next one.
The only thing missing was the presence of classic mopars. Can't wait to see your '72, it brings me back to when I had my nitrous '70 'Cuda 383, that was a beast.
 

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What a great time, thanks for putting this together Rich.

For me, the day started by swinging by GTOGreg's to take a spin in his '67 GTO, powered by a 400 c.i. beast (remember when engine sizes weren't expressed in liters?). What a beautiful ride. Then Greg and I drove our black Challengers up to the Captain's Hut for the meet. Absolutely ideal digs for a muscle car meet, this clubhouse was equipped with a BBQ, pool table, full kitchen, water-front deck and room for all of our Challengers to park. Thanks Captain Midnite!

We lifted the hoods of many a muscle car, took some rides in some, compared exhaust notes. There were some beautiful cars there, with everything from 18s to 22s, from stock to Rich's full-tilt supercharged Speedfactory Stage 3. Wicked fast ride, thanks for taking us for a spin Rich. The burgers were tasty, and we also wolfed down some home-made brownies (my complements to whomever made 'em). There were a couple of guys taking pictures all day, I'm sure there will be a nice record of the members' fine rides.

Looking forward to future get-togethers, cruises, Etc.

-Todd, aka WICKDD
 

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A fantastic day...

Saturday was ideal, from the mid-70's sunshine, to the perfect locale, to the instant camraderie. I enjoyed meeting and talking with every one of our drivers... a batch of unique people with a shared passion for cars. Especially late-model Challengers. Notably absent were Torred, Inferno, and either blue. We'll have to do some recruiting, I guess.

First and foremost, thanks again to Jerry (Capt. Midnite) for his hospitality on Coast Guard Island. The Hut provided an ideal setting and I was gratified to see us completely fill the available parking. I think we peaked at 14 cars; I'm glad Mike (fyrdude) made it out early even though he had immovable plans later in the day. I was impressed with the personalization of each car... after 15 minutes I could've told you which one went with whom.

I drove in a bit early to help set up, passing a new silver Camaro on 880. Nice looking car; I have only seen a couple of them in the flesh so far... something tells me they'll be ubiquitous in a year's time. It's always easy to spot where your Challenger pals are when you drive in, as the Hemi Orange is like a frickin' beacon. And if there are two or more of that color, people on the street will just wave and point you where to go. With the Hut already opened up, I'd arrived just in time not to do anything. Schwing! Over the next 90 minutes a series of Challengers made their way over the bridge, some of them opting for the two-minute tour of the Coast Guard gatehouse on their way to our parking area outside the base. Marty (09 R/T) provided entertainment by allowing an official escort to welcome him to the island... speed limit is 20 on the bridge, oops. And Fernando (nando1) gets the "rock star" award for his fashionably late entrance... which is appropriate, really, given his stunning carbon fiber hood.

We had mostly (9?) Hemi Orange cars, and you can see variations in the shading of these paint jobs when they're side-by-side in the sun. Thankfully, it's always between cars, and not evident on any single Challenger. And the black cars, wow, each of them without a water spot. I've been shamed into a full detail and many apologies to my black Charger here in the garage... Standing solo and reminding us that silver cars have simply amazing paint was Jason's (Jason1975) V6, already sporting custom exhaust (VERY nice sound) and a pro-level installation of aftermarket audio.

As mentioned above, Dan (Cuda Dan) took on the only real work of the afternoon and manned the grill with expertise. We threw together a man-feast (no offense, Annette) and managed to tear ourselves away from the cars for awhile to enjoy food made even better by excellent company.

I'll relay a few general thoughts and plans in a separate thread, to follow shortly. In the meantime, here are a few pics:










Again, I had a great day... and I look forward to seeing all of you at future NorCal Challengers events.

Rich
 

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Excellent pictures and it sounds like a good time was had by all. As Reddog said it will keep getting better. Congratulations and well done. :bigthumb:

G1 we missed you today, it was a big day for the HO contingent. I'll be seeing you at Hotchkis. :bigthumb:

Again a WTG with a :woot: for the NorCal Challengers! :burnout:
 

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I had great time, I think we had 14 show up, good conversation, great food, beautiful rides and the weather was fantastic. Only one out of 14 got pulled over, which is pretty good odds, no ticket issued. I'm glad everyone had a good time, thanks to Rich for organizing it, Dan the man for BQ cookin, everyone sharing their knowledge and their ideas, great info. I've posted some pics in photobucket. :bigthumb:
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Thanks Capt for hooking us up with a really great location. Rich for typing away on his computer and organizing this lil gtg.

And to everyone that made it out, it was really great meeting all of you. The turn out was more than I expected. Very impressed. With everyone having a different schedule I know its hard to make it out to these lil gtg's.

Awesome pics. The photobucket slideshow is awesome
 

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Everyone pretty much summed the day up. The only down side was the hot weather giving me sunburn on my face and neck but it was worth it meeting a great group of guys. Looking foward to any future events. Also my camera is in the car so I'll try to post some of the pics I took tomorrow.
 

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Only one out of 14 got pulled over, which is pretty good odds, no ticket issued.
Meh I wasn't going thattttt fast lol.. I really thought I was going slow enough until I saw them blue and reds. Glad he was cool though.

Had a great time. Was nice seeing all the cars and the BBQ was awesome. Nando and I have both talked to Ditos and they do dyno days so that can be something we get going. I think Nando will be getting more detailed info tomorrow.
 
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