The Northwest Dodge Brothers Club met for a tour in Union Gap Washington, a suburb to the south of Yakima. The tour events were from Monday, September 13th through Thursday, September 16th. Monday evening, we toured Jim and Sharon McClain’s shop, with their 1922 Dodge Touring, 1932 Chevrolet Coupe, 1929 Chrysler Model 65 Rumble seat Roadster, 1927 Studebaker Sedan and many others.
On Tuesday, the day started with another shop tour of Gil & Odetta Linden’s shop. Cars included Odetta’s 1926 Rumble seat Roadster, Gil’s newly restored 1932 Model DO 2-door Convertible Sedan, 1915 & 1918 Tourings, a 1915 Rex Winter Top Touring, and a 1926 Screenside Pickup, nearing completion. After touring from the east side to the west side of the Yakima Valley, we arrived at Keene & Chris Brewer’s collection of brass-era and other collectible cars. Vehicles included a 1905 Cadillac Runabout, 1904 Oldsmobile Tonneau, 1910 Buick Touring, 1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Runabout, 1912 Overland Touring Model 69, 1914 Cole Touring, 1912 Abbot-Detroit Touring, a 1906 Stevens-Duyea Touring, amongst many others. A fantastic lunch of smoked ribs & chicken was cooked on-site, with apple pie for dessert. The drive home included a wonderful drive through beautiful downtown Wiley City.
Wednesday, after a tour of rural Moxee through the hop fields, we arrived at the Sawyer House, a 111-year-old 10,000 square foot home of William Perry Sawyer, an agricultural pioneer in the Lower Yakima Valley. The home is presently owned by Fred and Pat Erickson. From there we visited the Teapot Dome in Zillah, which was built in 1922 as a protest of the Teapot Dome oil corruption scandal. Lunch was then served at the Bonair Winery.
Thursday’s tour included a drive through south Wapato and then a slow-roll by the Toppenish Murals and visiting the Hop Museum and Train Museum. After a drive back to Union Gap we visited the Central Washington Agricultural Museum. A fun time was had by all.
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