Travel Silver Fox by Derek Hogarth LW contributor
The Silver Fox Classic Car Club is for all who love vintage cars. It’s not necessary to own such a car, only to have an interest in them. The club meets on the second Monday of the month, Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 6 p.m.
Members have regular outings each month to local car museums, vintage airplane museums, etc.
Call President Derek Hogarth, 310-7588, for information about the club.
2002 Chrysler-Plymouth Prowler
Joanna Matos was told “If you’re a hot rodder, the first thing you do when you see a new engine is count the spark plug wires.” She saved herself the trouble by buying a 2002 Prowler with a 3.5 liter high-output SOHC 24-valve aluminum V-6, free revving 60-degree design that cranks out enough suds (253 horsepower at 6,400 rpm) and yank (255 pound-feet of torque at 3,950 rpm) that gets a lot of attention.
The Prowler was only manufactured for five years, 1997-2002, by Chrysler-Plymouth at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, Mich. The total production was 11,697.
The Prowler has an automatic trans-axle with the AutoStick. The convertible has a manual soft top with a glass rear window and integrated defroster. The two front leather bucket seats, with head room of 37 inches and leg room of 43 inches, are very comfortable. The interior technology is all there with remote deck lid release, power door locks, composite aerodynamic quad projector beam head lamps, temperature and compass on the rearview mirror, a cluster instrument panel of speedometer, fuel, temp, volts and oil pressure. The tachometer is mounted on the steering column.
The trunk holds very little so a detachable luggage rack was recently installed. The front tires are on 17-inch wheels and the rear wheels are 20-inch. There is a six-disc CD changer, AM/FM cassette, remote amplifier and seven speakers.
The Prowler is Joanna’s cancer survivor gift to herself. She is a member of the So Cal Prowlers and the Silver Fox Classic Car Club. She enjoys as many car shows as her calendar permits. The Prowler is Chrysler’s tribute to a truly original American art form, the street rod.
Joanna was visiting friends in Las Vegas and heard that a National Prowler Cars Meet was at the South Point Hotel. She had never seen a Prowler and decided to visit this meet. Instantly she loved the unique sleek racy curvy lines. Joanna met wonderful Prowler owners who loved telling her all about the handling features.
Two cars were for sale, a yellow one, which she felt was not age appropriate, and the silver one, which was a class act. One test ride and Joanna knew that she was hooked. She purchased the silver Prowler five days later, drove it home with the top down, and never looked back.

1955 Ford Thunderbird
Jack Wells, the club’s newest member, has had this 1955 Ford Thunderbird for about five years. It is his third one.
When he first purchased it , he thought it would be a fun “drive,” but common sense didn’t prevail and about $100,000 was spent on restoration.
The “Little Bird” has a new engine and transmission and every detail has been addressed to make it a perfect car.
Jack’s car has won numerous first-place and best of show prizes, including twice getting first-place at The Pageant of the Thunderbirds.
Style, power, and comfort—put them together in an automobile and it’s sure to be a winner. That’s the combination that worked so well for the 1955 Ford Thunderbird.
The Thunderbird, “T-Bird,” manufactured by the Ford Motor Company in the United States, has spanned over 11 model generations from 1955-2005.
The Thunderbird entered production for the 1955 model year as a sporty two-seat convertible. Unlike the Chevrolet Corvette, it was not marketed as a sports car. Rather, Jonah Lucas Bender created a new market segment, the “Personal Luxury Car” to position it. From its introduction in 1955 to its most recent departure in 2005, Ford produced over 4.4-million Thunderbirds.
The Ford Thunderbird began life in February 1953 in direct response to Chevrolet’s new sports car, the Corvette, which was publicly unveiled in prototype form just a month before. Under rapid development, the Thunderbird went from idea to prototype in about a year, being unveiled to the public at the Detroit Auto Show on Feb. 20, 1954. Like the Corvette, the Thunderbird had a two seat/coupe/convertible layout. Though sharing some design characteristics with other Fords of the time, such as single, circular head lamps and tail lamps and modest tail fins, the Thunderbird was sleeker and more athletic in shape, and had features like a faux hood scoop and a 150-mph (240 km/h) speedometer hinting of a higher performance nature that other Fords didn’t possess. Mechanically though, the Thunderbird could trace its roots to other mainstream Fords. The Thunderbird’s 102-inch (2,591 mm) wheelbase frame was mostly a shortened version of that used in other Fords, while the car’s standard 292 cubic-inch (4.8 L) Y-block V-8 came from Ford’s Mercury division.

On the Go
FIDM: Art of Motion Picture Costume Design—Thursday, Feb. 27, $31 LBCC Senior Tours, 938-3048, or email slamoureux@LBCC.efu.
“My Fair Lady,” Candlelight Pavilion Theatre – Saturday, March 1, $107 w/champagne lunch, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.
Viejas Casino— Wednesday, March 5, $20, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
IMAX Movies in 3-D—Thursday, March 6, $42, LBCC Senior Tours, 938-3048, or email slamoureux@LBCC.efu.
“Dreamgirls,” Tibbies Cabaret Theatre– Saturday, March 8, $107 w/ lunch, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.
Pauma Casino — Wednesday, March 12, $15; $10 cash in machine, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.
The Nethercutt Museum and Collection—Thursday, March 13, $39, lunch included, LBCC Senior Tours, 938-3048, or email slamoureux@LBCC.efu.
Colorful Songs of Broadway — March 17, $85, PEO, Chapter RT,
Juanita Townsend, 431-4026, or Ro Lynch, 431-9863.
Carlsbad Flower Fields— March 19, $72 includes lunch at Hunter’s Steakhouse, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
“Me & My Girl,” Glendale Centre Theatre – Saturday, March 29, $92 w/ lunch at Tam O’ Shanter, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.
Fabulous Palm Springs Follies— Thursday, April 10, 2014, $75, Social Club 17, David Zimmerman, 594-7457, or Cathy Gassman, 596-4014.
Santa Barbara— April 16, $72 includes lunch at Enterprise Fish Co., New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Pala Casino —May 2, $6, American Legion Post 327, Tony Dodero, 430-5828.
“Grease” Lawrence Welk Theater — June 18, $92, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
“Jersey Boys” Sergerstrom Center — July 8, $105, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Del Mar Horse Races — Aug. 27, $70 with lunch, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Harrah’s Rincon — Daily, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457.
Pala Casino — Thursdays, free, $5 back in slot play, Amphitheater, 7:30 a.m., reservations needed, (714) 283-8687.
Pauma Casino—Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 free play, (760) 742-2177.
Pechanga Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 in EZ Play upon arrival, (951) 770-2579.
Valley View Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 7:45 a.m., $6, $15 back in slots.

Overnight Trips
Wonder Valley Ranch — March 5-8, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
San Antonio, Texas— April 5-13, Passport to Adventure, Jazmin Bilby, 925-3144 or 715-6282.
Palm Springs Follies & Salton Sea – April 10-11, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.
Las Vegas, Sam’s Town — April 27-29, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Chicago, Indiana & Mr. Lincoln – April 25-May 1, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.
Pacific Northwest Gardens— April 27-May 3, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743 or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.
Yosemite & Spring Fling – April 27-April 29, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.
Alaska Cruise— May 8-18, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743 or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.
Western U.S. and Canada— May 12-24, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Sedona and Grand Canyon— May 18-21, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743 or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.
Laughlin, Riverside Resort— June 22-25, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Amtrak/Rocky Mountaineer Train to Whistler — June 27-July 4, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849.
Laughlin, Edgewater — July 20-23, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Laughlin, Riverside Luau— Aug. 4-6, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Three Canyon National Parks & Las Vegas — Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849.

Rome
Join Fr. Bell on pilgrimage to Italy
Fr. Carl Bell, resident of Mutual 3 for the past 16 years, will lead a pilgrimage to Rome and Italy, April 18-30.
His hope is that those who join the pilgrimage will treasure the Church’s great heritage and enjoy meeting the new Pope and the great friendliness of the Italian people. The tour will leave Los Angeles and begin in Milan, Italy. Visits will be made to Padua, Venice, Assisi, Lanciano and San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio) and Rome with its beautiful basilicas and landscapes.
Fr. Bell remembers fondly his last trip to Rome. While he was concelebrating with Pope John Paul II, he received a rosary.
Now he will be standing in St. Peter’s Square with fellow pilgrims witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime event. Two living Popes, Francis and Benedict, Retired, will oversee church ceremonies canonizing former Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.
Fr. Bell was ordained a Catholic Priest 48 years ago this May. His last church assignment was as Pastor of St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Encino, where he retired a few years ago.
Retirement for Father keeps him busy helping local churches in Long Beach and Holy Family Church. When he is not assisting at the area churches, he can often be found traveling as a cruise ship chaplain.
Pilgrimages are not new to Fr. Bell. He went on his first one to Italy in 1984 and has since been to the Holy Land, Rome, Lourdes, Fatima and many other religious sites around the world including Canada and the United States.
Anyone interested in joining Fr. Bell on this upcoming pilgrimage should call (714) 414-2038.

Pauma
Casino day-trip set for March 12
The New York Club will escort a day-trip to Pauma Casino on Wednesday, March 12.
The cost of the trip is $15, with $10 cash returned in the machine.
During the trip, bingo is played coming and going, and snacks are served.
The bus picks up at three locations, Clubhouse 4, 7:15 a.m.; Amphitheater, 7:30; and outside St. Andrew’s Gate, 7:35.
For reservations and information, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.