Catching up on emails here. Glad you were able to meet up with my brother-in-law Mike Paipal at the Back to the '50s event in St. Paul, my home town. If it wasn't for Mike, I probably would not have known about Chrysler 300 Letter Cars as he was the one to tell me about them when I was only a teenager. Mike would purchase used Minnesota Highway patrol cars ('62 Plymouths) and drag race them, around the time he married my sister in 1965. He had a buddy that had a set of ram manifolds in his garage and explained to me what they were. I was hooked from then on, and wanted a ram inducted Letter Car, so when I came across my 300G in 1978 in Oakland California, I had to have it and still do.
As John Lazenby mentioned in another email, I did not sell my 300G to Jay Leno, he has a coupe, mine is a convert and I have no intention of selling it, thank you. While I was not able to attend the Back to the '50s event this year, I have been to it a number of times and it is indeed worthwhile to attend. It usually hosts over 10,000 cars and many vendors both food and car related offerings, great fun, great people.
Hello Group -
Cruised up to St Paul in the F this past Friday, to again experience MSRA’s huge Back to the 50s happening at the 360-acre St Paul Fairgrounds. MSRA (Minnesota Street Rod Ass’n) has been running this event for 44 years – this year 11,680 vehicles registered – all vintage 1964 and earlier – no 1964½ Pony Cars – but yes to 1964 Cudas . 3 days of inhaling great exhaust fumes. Weather was unseasonably chilly and breezy with intermittent rain. One of my buddies flew into Chicago from San Clemente to cruise up with me – 3rd time he’s joined me there, and he prefers it over Woodward. He just shakes his head and smiles with all the attention the F draws there. About 850 miles all in - the F ran great all weekend.
Reconnected with 300 family – Sharon and Denny Gerber had their Tango Red C-300 there on Friday and Saturday, that had joined us at Elkhart Lake last Fall. Randy Guyer was there but left his black F ragtop and black C coupe at home, that we also admired at Elkhart Lake. He just displayed his red ’59 NYer coupe. I reconnected with a soon-to-be 300 Club Member, Larry Casey, with his recently purchased sweet Air Force Blue 300-D coupe. I had met Larry there two years ago when he brought his beautiful white over pink ’57 Windsor coupe. And of course visited with Mike Meier, cruising the show in his pink ’59 DeSoto sedan. Sunday afternoon, I also saw a Cloud White 300-B from a distance – a little worn, but still looking good, in spite of being fitted with some non-Chrysler issue aluminum wheels.
Saturday morning we staged early to get a good parking spot – 5:45 for gates opening at 6:00 a.m. Shortly after parking, a fellow stopped by to admire the F – turns out it’s Bob Jasinski’s brother-in-law Mike, who brought his concours ’62 Dodge 330 Max Wedge sedan. Mike shared some photos of his visiting Bob for the presentation of Bob’s black G coupe to Jay Leno. I’m sure most of us have seen the Jay Leno’s Garage video of Leno driving what was formerly Bob’s 300-G.
A great time was had by all of us there!
Burr Ridge, IL
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