Rambler Rama 2016


The cars were ready to roll, horses and dogs taken care of and a coffee to go in hand; Barb and Harm in their Hornet and me and Seymour (our club mascot) in my Ambassador, headed to Haugen’s Chicken Barbecue on Highway 12 just outside Port Perry.  It was already a hot and sunny day, and forecasting promised to see us reaching the 30s with the humidex contribution.  Before we got to the show field, we were flagged down by three guys in a very nice Rebel Machine from the Cornwall area who were having starting problems.  After a bit of investigation, Harm determined it was more than his basic tools could fix so they decided to call a tow truck.

Many members of our club was assisting our sister club, Northern Ramblers, with their annual event – Rambler-Rama.  We were helping at the gates, registration and with 50/50 sales.  Attending the event were:  Barb and Harm van der Veen, Mike and Gail Putz, Ken Edwards and Roberta Sommerville, Dave Nalepa,  Sandy and Marty Davis, Ken and Irene Perrier, Joann, Mark and Jake Legon, Peter Lewko, Henry Joneit, John Vander Meulen, Dave and Donna Hall, Darryl and Chantelle Rae, Rob van Veen, Angelo Fedele and Ken Parkman – a great turnout from our club!

Dave Nalepa drove his 1970 AMX all the way from Cape Breton, and Bruce Clarkson and his wife Jane came from Massachusetts in their 1967 Ambassador.  I met Bruce last year at the Cleveland show and it was so nice to have them drive up for this event.

The show went very well and the awards presentation was held at 3pm.  A number of our members received awards as voted on by the participants – Peter Lewko, Sandy Davis, Ken Perrier and Ken Parkman.  Ken Edwards even won the 50/50 prize (Roberta collected it on his behalf as Ken was helping the guys get their Rebel Machine running again).

After the show, we drove over to Carol Anderson’s place where she and Jeff Spratt were hosting the AGM and barbecue.  Carol has a lovely home with a wonderful backyard including a 3-level deck and an in-ground salt water heated pool, where Seymour hung out to observe.  Our AGM was held there from about 4 – 5pm.  After, Ken E, Roberta and I took a dip in the pool while the rest enjoyed various libations and snacks.  Jeff cooked up a mess of burgers and dogs, tables were laid out with all the goodies various members contributed and we had a wonderful feast.  My great big thanks to Carol and Jeff for hosting!

Everyone headed out around 7pm for home.  With windows down, tunes playing and a lovely evening for the homeward drive, Seymour and I cruised along behind Barb and Harm – having enjoyed another great event and successful AGM.  It was so wonderful to see everyone out and we are looking forward to our next event, which for some of us will be the AMO International Convention being held in Rockford, IL.  Hope to see many of you there!

Ciao for now!

AMO+ representation
Dave Nalepa's 70 AMX, Ken Edwards' son's SC 360
Some very nice cars
Hudson Hornet - beautiful car
Henry doing his "VP-ness" with a Northern Ramblers member
Ken Perrier telling a story under the AMO tents!
So, do I get the Long Distance Award for coming from Cape Breton??
Okay, Dave. Not only did you win the Long Distance Award, but you won for your 1970 AMX! Great job!
Peter Lewko and his award!
Mark and Jake Legon receiving award for Mark's 1974 Javelin!
Sandy Davis wins for her 1987 Eagle Station Wagon.
Roberta collects Ken's 50/50 winnings from Steve Johnson. Does that guy like to hug or what?
Seymour, unofficial mascot for AMO+, sitting behind the wheel of Jodee's Ambassador