Hello members of the Chrysler 300 Family,
This was my first Chrysler 300 meet. With a young family, a consulting business to run and ranch animals that need care and feeding each morning and evening, I have never made it to a Chrysler 300 meet. I have met a lot of Chrysler 300 Club members virtually so I thought I would be the “somebody” and organize a meet. Thankfully, Larry Jett stepped up to co-chair, Bob Merritt did the publicity and Noel Hastalis handled the registration and accounting. I’ve always heard, come for the cars and stay for the people and without their effort, the meet would never have come off. Everyone who came to the meet was friendly and pitched right in whenever help was needed. Each night after hanging out at the meet hotel, I ran home to see my family and help with the animals and then rush back the next morning for that day’s events.
Coastal weather is always unpredictable, but May is a good bet. We had absolutely perfect weather for our trip to San Francisco and coastal driving tour. My favorite part of the meet was touring the redwoods and coast and seeing 20 or more 300s and Imperials in the rearview mirror winding down the coast with passengers playing musical chairs between the various cars. The inland winery tour was sunny as well and everyone took in wineries at their own pace. Our group stopped at Francis Ford Coppola’s winery for lunch and snuck in one more car feature, a Tucker on a rotisserie. The alternative tour that day was a run to John Fowlie’s Big M Mopar junkyard in Williams. I hope to make it other events in future, but encourage all my new 300 friends to come visit the ranch again when they return to the San Francisco Bay area. At the next meet I make, I hope to bring my 300G convertible that I purchased from Sweden and will be bringing back to the States. In 1986, it left sunny Stockton about 100 miles from where I live and journeyed to Sweden. It will make it the round trip and end up right near where it started.
--Ray Jones. Y'all come on down an see us. Ya hear?