An annual event that club members of West Coast Challengers always look forward to is the Mecum Auctions in Anaheim, California. Mecum has always provided our club members with complementary tickets for the event as we have many classic car collectors in the club. Club members always enjoy attending this event and being able to both view and bid on some great car up for auctions.

As usual, club members met up around the corner from the Anaheim Convention Center where the auction is set to take place. After chatting and visiting with each for a while, we caravaned over to the auction where our complimentary tickets were picked up and passed out to the club members.

Mecum Auto Auction 2016 - Anaheim, CA

Mecum Auto Auction 2016 - Anaheim, CA

Once inside the auction hall, club members are greeted with the cars that Mecum Auctions expects to fetch the highest bids, often super cars and rare classics.

Mecum Auto Auction 2016 - Anaheim, CA

The main hall also contains many vendors which the club members interacted, finding and discussing various new products and vehicles.

Mecum Auto Auction 2016 - Anaheim, CA

Mecum Auto Auction 2016 - Anaheim, CA

This year, Dodge made an appearance sporting its newest line-up of 2017 Dodge Challengers and Chargers, and the new Viper.

Mecum Auto Auction 2016 - Anaheim, CA

Mecum Auto Auction 2016 - Anaheim, CA

The connecting halls of the auction contain even more cars up for auction that club members inspected, looked over and often spoke with the owners about their cars up for auction.

Mecum Auctions is known for its muscle car inventory, and there is never any shortage of them being auctioned off. Club members always enjoy reminiscing and sharing stories about certain muscle cars that had an impact in their lives.

The club had a great time attending the event but sadly, this would be the last Mecum Auctions in Anaheim as the event is moving to Pomona next year. In addition, so many other car clubs read our stories about the event, that they too began asking fir complimentary tickets causing many request to be declined. Mecum is currently discussing instituting a special club interest section, where car clubs may complete a form and receive discount tickets rather than the free complimentary tickets that we have enjoyed through the years.

A special thank you to Mecum Auctions for the complimentary tickets and allowing the club to once again participate in the auction. We look forward to seeing Mecum Auctions in Pomona and other areas int he upcoming years.

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West Coast Challengers held its 5th Annual "Charcoal & Challengers" club BBQ and family day event. As always, club members were invited to bring their families and pets out to a local park for a day of relaxation, and of course plenty of food and refreshments.

During the morning and while waiting for others to arrive, some club members took the time to explore the paths and enjoy both the park and the lake, while others chose to just sit back and relax in the shade while visiting with fellow club members. A peacock came to visit and stayed quite a while causing some to ask who the new club member was. :)

As in years past, it took several picnic tables to hold the spread of food, snacks and drinks generously donated by both the club and club members. We covered all of the major food groups — Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken, and Pork. In addition, club member Vic brought some delicious shish kebabs and others brought some of their favorite dishes..

By 10:00 am, we had most of the parking lot filled on both sides and began using an overflow parking lot. At about noon, the BBQ’s were lit and our chefs for the day began cooking up the food for the masses. In addition we had the customary potato salad and macaroni salad, chips and cookies. Just too many to list.

We had several generations of club members on hand, with many children and grand-children who played games and all became quick friends with each other.

Relaxing a while longer, the day seemed to go by so fast and members began saying their good-byes as they peeled off one at a time for the rest of the day. The day was a complete success and all those present came to the park with smiles on their faces and left with even bigger ones.

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy our annual picnic and to all of those who graciously brought snacks, dishes and refreshment for us all to enjoy.

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This Memorial Day weekend West Coast Challengers decided to take the long weekend and trek up the coast via Highway 1 from Malibu to Monterey in a leisurely fashion and stopping along the way anywhere that seemed interesting or pictureque.

We decided to leave early Saturday morning so that those that couldn’t go with us for the entire weekend but wanted to enjoy a day cruise could accompany the weekend group part of the way before turning around at their leisure and still be home in time for dinner.

Some Club Members Stopping at the Madonna Inn

Bronze Statue outside the Madonna Inn

We planned the trip in two groups. A Southern group would meet up in Woodland Hills and a Northern group would meet up in the San Joaquin Valley, with both groups coming together in Cambria, for lunch. After lunch, our day cruisers left us to return home and the weekend group headed North continuing along Highway 1 with the coast in constant sight.

Main Street Grill in Cambria

Time for Lunch

The Southern group would begin by traveling down Mulholland Highway to the Coast Highway then turning northward. The Northern group would begin by traveling across Highway 41/46. We planned for the groups to come together for lunch at the Main Street Grill in Cambria, CA.

Elephant Seal Beach / The Piedras Blancas

Room For One More?

Just Sharing a Laugh Together

I’m Ready for My Close-Up Mr. Mills

After lunch in Cambria we bid farewell to our day cruisers before continuing onward ourselves. Our next stop would be a spot along the coast aptly nicknamed Elephant Seal Beach where thousands of Elephant Seals call the beaches there home which provides for some fun and interesting viewing from a raised boardwalk of sorts just above the beach.

Bixby Creek Bridge

Passing though San Simeon we continued north with our next stops to be Big Sur and the picturesque Bixby Creek Bridge area. However, the area around the bridge was so crowded that the CHP had to be called in to help direct traffic. Although pictures of the bridge would have been nice, once we all saw the crowd currently there, we decided that we could do without the pictures. We passed over the bridge and pressed on.

After passing through Big Sur the holiday weekend traffic had caught up with us and slowed our progress. Reaching Carmel, traffic had slowed to a crawl so we made a pit stop and watched the tourists pour into the area by the thousands.

Once traffic had thinned we traveled on and to our hotel to check-in. Once we all had our rooms and unloaded our cars, we headed over to Cannery Row in Monterey for dinner over looking Monterey Bay as the sun was setting. After dinner, we headed back to our rooms for a short rest before some took to exploring more of Cannery Row. Over dinner, we all planned to meet up again for breakfast.

On Sunday morning, most of us woke up early as planned but we had a hard time waking our president who was still fast asleep and who is known to stay up into the wee hours of the night. It took us over an hour of calling and knocking on his door to finally wake him. In a short time we were off to breakfast. Over breakfast we decided to head over to the very tip of Monetery and visit the Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast, and then caravan to the highly anticipated 17 Mile Drive.

At the Very Tip of the Monterey Peninsula

Along the 17-Mile Drive

Along the 17-Mile Drive

Along the 17-Mile Drive

Along the 17-Mile Drive

Along the 17-Mile Drive

Along the 17-Mile Drive

The day started off overcast but the beautiful aqua waters and shallows were no less as breathtaking in a semi-subdued lighting. Along the 17-Mile Drive, we turned into each turn out, of which there are many, enjoying everything along the way. The views were so stunning, that at the end of the 17-Mile Drive, we turned around and did it again from the opposite way, making a full day of it.

We Watched This Whale Calf For About An Hour

One of our stops along the 17-Mile Drive was at Seal Rock. We all noticed the seals evacuate the water and began barking – loudly! A whale calf had entered the area and made about a dozen passes past Seal Rock. We wholly expected to see a Killer Whale make an appearance due to how close the whale calf was to shore, maybe attempting to elude a predator. The night before, a pod of Killer Whales had attacked and killed a whale calf in the area. Best we could figure out is that the whale calf was just feeding and following its food source.

The Photo That Our President Came to Capture – The Famous “Lone Cypress”

After enjoying the 17-Mile Drive we headed into Monterey for a late lunch/early dinner before heading back to the hotel for the evening.

On Monday morning, we all met up again for breakfast before packing up and heading over to the 5 freeway for the trip home.

We all made it home safely and take with us memories of a lifetime on yet another fantastic and well planned West Coast Challengers cruise event.

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