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Okay, Okay, enough of the cutsie pie stuff youse guys! Dis is Blackie speakin .... So's LISTEN UP!
Finally after all deze years I finally got to Pebble Beach! Doc & I decided to do the tour & show only to see
what shape he had gotten me back into ... which is GREAT!!!!
Being invited to Pebble Beach is heaven to us cars you know! And I WASN'T DISAPPOINTED! I wuz put in the Dietrich Design Class by J. because he felt I am a Packard built car using an earlier Dietrich design - Click Here to see Bill Dobson's thoughts about this in the Pebble Beach Program.
Anyways .... David Kane got me a 1st in Class at Meadow Brook .... and he did dis without tearin my 21,000 mile frame all apart! Dat was good & I tank him for dat! Doc tanks him too as Doc likes original cars much better! Kanes one of doc's & my heros .... Heard him tell doc that tradin me for dat Duesenberg was the biggest mistake of his life. Well DAH! (I mean .... dares only a handfull of us Great Lookin Packard dual cowl Sport Phaetons around .... heck ... at Pebble & Blackhawk dare was more Duesys than Ford Pickups at da cowboy bar in Jackson Hole Wyoming!).
Ron Doss also got me wins at the National Grand Classic & the Port Gardner Concours last year. Ron named me Blackie, a great gangster like name ... I like it .... but ... he traded me for Betty Davis's ride .... geeesh! Big Al would be mortified! I hear Ron now wears PINK socks too. Hee-hee! Anyways ... so now I picked Doc Hemp for my owner ... a tough cookie for a candy assed dentist .... rides Harleys, races cars, etc. Drives a big live Steam locomotive around his place .... Big Al & Frank (as in Sinatra) would like dis guy! Doc gave me the rest of my name "Chairman of the Board" cause he says I have the Sinatra attitude & look about me.
Doc worked on me all summer for Pebble Beach (not to win there ... just to keep me up to past show standards of 98.5 points) ... new front spring covers, straightened hood corners & horn covers, stone dings filled in, buffed out along with all scratches, a little repaint, some new striping, 100 pt trunk with all original Packard suit cases, etc. etc. I now feel as good as I ever have in my entire existence! Life is Great!
I wants to tank Arch Brown (a world class automotive writer .... does a lot better than this candyass doc hemp huh?) and Bud Juneau for his fantastic photos in Hemmings Special Interest Autos article that came out juss 2 days ( on Tuesday) after Pebble Beach) Great article & Pics guys .... you done Blackie good! ... You can tell they have a new young buck (Newer sport cars only) for an editor though .... geeze .... put a Corvette on da cover instead of Blackie? .... I will have a talk with the Don's ride about him. Spats .... the flashy mid 1930 Studebaker President Sport Roadster in doc's garage with me even got his mug on the cover of Special Interest Autos - 10/1990 .... you can check him out from here too.
Well, time for a few photos, Hopes youse all get a little fun out of our pages ....
For a little history on myself just go to My History Page
We rolled into Pebble Beach Wednesday afternoon about 2 PM. Doc parked us in the Polo Field ... a dusty little place but quiet & lots of room for all of us. I told doc I was the best car he ever had & probably ever will have! (you should see what I have to put up with in his garage) .... That this was is his only shot at a Pebble Beach invite tanks to ole Blackie .... so's let's just have FUN!
Doc registered for the tour wearing his fake ugly twisted decayed teeth with one silver cap & a Harley hat with long hair hanging down & sun glasses with piece symbols in them .... honest ... he walked up & said .... "I think folks here at Pebble Beach just take themselves too seriously don't you?" One of the wonderful volunteers gave him a great big hug just to try & make him feel welcome (really!) this was totally unexpected .... wish he had gotten her name ...... maybe if I can sell this Packard (joking of course) down here I can get my teeth fixed. After about 10 - 15 minutes when he finally took is teeth out & hat off there was roar of laughter so loud you could hear it clear up to the lodge (and a collective sigh of relief from more than a few I might add) ... Hee-hee!
The wooden picnic basket filled with champagne, cheese, bread, crackers, etc.
Given to all of us by Mercedes ... It was wonderful as is their cars of which we have a Gemballa & an AMG. Also shown the great Packard leather Pebble Beach Jacket honoring Packard's 100th year.
Upper left ... Anna Wong & Linda McCracken at the Rolls Royce Pavillion. Joe & Anna Wong of ...
Marie Calendars, Applebees, Logan's, Burgerkings, etc .. throughout N CA & Oregon, have been very close
personal friends (and patients) of ours for over 28 yrs. We were all guests of Joe & Anna's at the
Rolls Royce Club on Saturday .. (a good story there too ...)
Upper right .... Becky & Kathy
Lower left Linda (inside) & Ralph McCracken ... Vice Pres. of all Logan's Steak Houses and new friends of ours ... Harley riders & also A PLEASURE to be around!
Lower Right .. Rob & Kathy Delker .... Rob is our WONDERFUL son-in-law .... it's like we put our order into God & he delivered big time folks! Rob & I worked 18 hrs cleaning the car after the tour ... couldn't have done it without him! Rob is a perfusionist on the heart team at Mercy & Shasta Regional Hospital in our town. Of course ... we can't say enough about our sweet little (school teacher) Kathy either!
Also, many thanks to Robert Talbott Shirts & Handsewn Neckwear for these Packard ties they gave each Packard entrant