Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Crosley Cruise - Video!

Should probably hold off on posting this until I get the rest of the 2017 Meet story up, but what the heck. Some video snippets of the Crosley Cruise from Pacific Grove to Carmel.  Enjoy!

Saturday, July 29, 2017


The West Coast Crosley Club will be hold our annual West Coast Regional Club Meet on October 14-15, 2017 in Pacific Grove, California. This year will be the club's 27th Annual Meet.

The unofficial kick-off for the Meet is the Friday Night Potluck, October 13 at the Monterey Peninsula Inn in Pacific Grove. This informal get-together usually starts around 3:30PM and winds up in the early evening. Bring a snack to share and be prepared to talk Crosley!

Saturday, October 14, the club will host a Crosley parts swap and display of Crosley cars in Jewell Park at the intersection of Central and Forrest Avenues in Downtown Pacific Grove from 9AM to 2:30PM. A club raffle will follow lunch, and then we will reconvene at 6PM for the Annual Club Banquet, where the Awards will be announced.

On Sunday, October 15, we'll meet after breakfast for the fabulous Crosley Cruise! Crosley drivers (and members in their 'regular' cars) are invited to take a 60 mile microcar-friendly cruise through the beautiful landscape of the Monterey Bay region. The cruise route will include the famed 17-Mile Drive and we'll make stops to check out attractions all along the way. The Meet ends when the Cruise returns to Pacific Grove at about 1:30PM.

The Crosley Automobile Club has been showcasing these tiny American autos since 1969. The West Coast Regional Group was formed in 1986 and is currently the largest regional Crosley Club group in the country, with members in all Western states. The annual West Coast Meet is held at a different place each year and this will be the first time that the Meet has ever been held in Pacific Grove.

Please contact club President Rick Alexander for details or to register for the meet: 619-787-1908, or: Box 2155, Borrego Springs, CA 92004. Or email tracplanning@gmail.com

Saturday, February 25, 2017


After three “Orange Blossom Specials” in beautiful Fillmore, California, we’ve decided to try something a little different for our Spring Meet this year – we’re combining our mid-year meet with the Annual Southwest Unique Little Car Show.  If you have never been to the SWULCS, you are in for a HUGE treat!  Ever seen a Playboy?  A Nobel?  A Frisky? You may see all of those marques, and many, many more oddball autos at SWULCS. Imagine a car show where Crosleys are some of the LARGER and least-rare cars on hand! The last SoCal edition of the Southwest Unique Little Car Show meet drew over one hundred incredibly strange vehicles, including a half-dozen Crosleys. (A full write-up on TBT editor Tim Foster's trip to the 2014 SWULCS is here.)
This year we decided to make it "official" and hold our Spring Meet in conjunction with SWULCS. Come just for the Saturday car show in Downtown Upland, or go whole hog and sign up for the Friday night dinner and SWULCS Banquet on Saturday night, too!  The Registration information for the West Coast Crosley Club Spring Meet at SWULCS is below- click here for a print-ready version of the registration form  – be sure to send your registration directly to Greg Hahs.  Call SWULCS head honcho Greg at (909) 292-8461 for more information.

We’ll have a West Coast Crosley Club Corral at the show - let’s have a great Crosley Club turnout and show these folks just how fun having a fine car can be!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pictures from 2016 West Coast Crosley Club Meet, Buellton CA

Another West Coast Crosley Club annual meet has come and gone. An assortment of Crosley faithful gathered in Buellton, California for a two day meet, October 8-9.  Featured were all the usual WCCC Annual Meet events: swap meet, car show, club dinner, and raffle.  We reprised last year's successful 60-mile Crosley Cruise on Sunday, and member Mike Blackburn led the way to the Buellton Museum of Petroliana on Saturday afternoon.

Here are some pics from the meet - let me know if you have some more photos to contribute!

-Tim Foster, editor, Tin Block Times

 Unloading Saturday AM

 The late Frank Bell's '50 wagon

 Dale installs wiper blades - Should be "Full Service Motors"

 Rob Liebherr's stunning sedan - for sale!

Jarl DeBoer showing his Super Sports

Bauman's resto-mod custom

Stoner's sleek sedan

Bainter's ultra-original sedan

tin block table 

Martha Straube brought the smallest Crosley

Osborn's amazing Hmod special

Bob King's resto-mod wagon

 Plenty of stuff on hand from Service Motors

Trip to the Museum of Petroliana 

on the road to dinner

 Only two Crosleys made the Crosley Cruise under their own power- but still fun!

At the Purisma Mission

DeBoer's Super Sports travelled in style

pit stop after long mountain road

Short stop in Los Alamos

Glimpse of Crosley across the switchback

 Almost done

Happy passenger

Monday, September 19, 2016


West Coast Crosley Club – Big Two-Day Meet: 
October 8-9, 2016 Buellton, CA.


Meet Hotel
Pea Soup Andersons Inn, Buellton

We'll warm up with an informal potluck at the Meet Hotel Gazebo on Friday, October 7, 2016.  Starts around 5PM, going until it’s over. Please bring some snacks to share, and BYOB.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The 2016 West Coast Crosley Club Meet officially kicks off at 9AM at River View Park.

9:00 AM: Crosley Car Show, Crosley Cars and Parts Swap Meet, and Crosley Store open.

Service Motors will be on hand with their 70 foot trailer of Crosley parts!

NOON: Lunch is available to those who pre-ordered. This year we are going to try a Make-it-Yourself Sandwich Bar: Meat, Cheeses, Bread, Greens, Condiments, etc.

After Lunch: Giant Raffle! This is our biggest annual fundraiser for the club - and a chance to get some great stuff!

2:30 PM: (Optional) Mike Blackburn will lead a tour to the Mendenhall Museum of Petroliana. An easy drive from the Park; $10.00 admission fee is required. This is a Robin and Fred Dunner production!

3:30 PM: Car Show and Crosley Store close; no official activities until 6PM.

6:00 PM: Official Club Banquet and Business Meeting; At Firestone-Walker Taproom – Al Pastor and Chicken Tacos with rice, guacamole, quesadillas, and all the fixings.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

9:00 AM: Club breakfast at Ellen’s Danish Pancake House.

10:00 AM: Crosley Cruise leaves from the Meet hotel.  We will make a leisurely tour through the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley countryside surrounding Buellton and Solvang, including a visit to the La Purisima Mission in Lompoc.  Plenty of stops for sightseeing and leg stretching, and a 45-minute stop for lunch in Los Alamos.  Total trip will take 3-4 hours and cover about 60 miles.  Roads and speeds will be Crosley-friendly.

2:00 PM: End of the meet

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Report on May 14 Spring Meet!

Another Spring Meet come and gone - Tim Foster posted pictures and details here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

30th Anniversary Issue is in the Mail!

The latest issue of The Tin Block Times, the West Coast Crosley Club's award-winning publication, is in the mail!  This special 30th Anniversary Issue is the largest edition we've ever done-- 28 pages of coverage of last year's 30th Anniversary Meet!