The Pacific Northwest Region was pleased to host the 2007 Lincoln & Continental Owners Club Western National Meet in Federal Way, Washington (near Seattle). Over 140 Lincoln enthusiasts attended.
There were many activities during the Meet. We visited the LeMay Collection (near Tacoma), listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest privately owned vehicle collection in the world. (Photos and details here.) Over a lifetime, Harold E. LeMay amassed in excess of 3,000 vehicles - automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, buses and related memorabilia.
We also took a cruise on the Virginia V, the last of the famed Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet. A tasty catered lunch was served aboard as we sailed Lakes Union and Washington. The V's exposed 100+ year-old steam engine was 'open for inspection' and the ship's interior has been fully restored, with glowing wooden decks and sparkling white paint. (Details & photos here.)
On Saturday, over 70 gleaming Lincolns were on the field under bright blue skies. There were several cars from the '30s and early '40s, including a spectacular black 1932 Lincoln KB LeBaron convertible. And an unusual custom 1941 Zephyr-based Town Car with body by Brunn. There were five Continental Mark IIs, a couple of Lehmann Peterson limos as well as a 1986 hearse.
A 1952 Lincoln Cosmopolitan hardtop coupe cream over red with Kelsey Hayes wire wheels with custom center emblems incorporating the period Lincoln shield on a red surround which matched the red of the Cosmo's body. It was driven to the Meet from eastern British Columbia. While the majority of the vehicles were from Oregon or Washington, nineteen of the cars travelled from California, four were from B.C., three were from Idaho and one was from Nevada. Best of Show was awarded to a 1957 Lincoln Premiere convertible from Montana - owned by Tom Gerard.
A selection of meet photos are posted here.
On Sunday, we drove to nearby Bellevue, WA and visited the Lincolnshire Museum, a private collection of impressive vehicles - including numerous 1940's-era Lincolns, a Continental Mark II, several Model A Fords as well as other vehicles.
A good time was had by all. Thanks to our hosts, Ed and Chris Gray, and all the Club members who worked to make this 2007 Western National Meet a roaring success. At the awards banquet, Ed and Chris were presented with the prestigious Lee Iacocca Award in recognition of their many years of service to the Club.