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The Oldsmobile Club of Southern California was founded in December of 1972 by a small group of Oldsmobile enthusiasts who recognized a need for a local organization to help promote the preservation of the then classic Olds models from the first eight decades of production.

The first meeting place was at South Gate Park and over the years, the club has moved around its monthly meeting place to 16 different locations in an effort to accommodate the continually growing membership as well as make the meeting location be as centrally located as possible. Some of these meeting sites included the GM Training Center in Burbank, Century Oldsmobile in Van Nuys, Pioneer Olds in North Hollywood, and Browning Oldsmobile in Cerritos.

In 1974, the local membership voted to become a chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America, and to this day is one of the oldest and largest chapters of the O.C.A. with members owning Oldsmobile’s from the early 1900’s all the way to Final Five Hundred 2004 models.

Our club makes a point of not only conducting monthly meetings to keep the membership informed of club business but also an opportunity to socialize and meet new members to put faces to the names. There are usually monthly events planned, both car related as well as community related with tours of museums, private collections, various city facilities, and participation in charitable events. We host car shows, attend cruise nights, participate in parades, have had member’s cars in museum displays, and even have had opportunities to have member’s cars in commercials and in the movies.

One of the highlight events each year is the Pacific Southwest Zone Show sponsored by both the So. Cal and Nor. Cal chapters of the Olds Club, typically held in May of each year on the Central California Coast. This event is a points judged show, based on the judging structure used at the O.C.A. national event and is a good “tune up” for the “Nationals” usually held in July of every year at different locations around the country.

The club is open to any year, any model, and any “Olds Powered” automobile you may have or wish to own as current ownership of an Olds is not required, just the enthusiasm of the Oldsmobile brand. The club has many well versed experts among its ranks with a wealth of knowledge on almost any model produced by Oldsmobile that are willing to help newcomers and old timers alike with their questions and projects. We even have a racing contingency amongst the ranks so if going fast or building a street rod is your preference; there is something for those enthusiasts as well.

As a member of the chapter, and the national club ( O.C.A. ) if you desire, you receive monthly newsletters with great articles, photos, tech info, classified ads, event flyers, and more. You can advertise in these publications for free as a club member so this becomes a valuable tool for finding or selling some of those hard to find parts.

So welcome to the Oldsmobile Club of Southern California’s website, feel free to look around and learn more about us, and hopefully we will see you and your Olds at one of our next events.

 

                                                ROCKET  EXHAUST

 

Well, here it is October already, and yours truly is another year older, the leaves are turning, and the weather is (finally) starting to get a little cooler!  Car show season is winding down (the last Ruby’s cruise near my house was the 31st of this month), time to start thinking about all those little projects you want to get done on your Olds…you DO have projects, don’t you?  Or is your Olds all done?  You may think so, but most of us know that you’re NEVER over trying to keep a classic car running, even a sturdy Oldsmobile!

I want to try to solve the mystery on my ’40 of why the dang horn blows when you don’t want it to (usually when hitting bumps!), but refuses to blow when you NEED it…gotta be either the horn button, or the wire going up the steering column shorting out.  Hope to gosh it’s the former, and not the latter!

And I want to finish hooking up the rear-view camera I bought for it—(why not?—I have 12 volts available in the car, even though I kept it 6 volts primarily (a 6-to-12 converter feeds the wipers that were converted from “vacuum” action, and also feeds the radio that I had converted from AM only [tubes!] to AM-FM “solid state”, and the cigarette lighter [accessory port…] for use with a GPS)…hey, you don’t want to get lost going to a car show out in the boonies somewhere, right?  I love the back-up camera in my Prius (“toaster” or “off-shore Olds” to my buddies in the club), and it’s hard to see out the small, very high rear window of the ’40 sedan, so that’s why!!  The camera is mostly hidden under the left side of the rear bumper, and the screen is on the back side of the inside visor…clever, no?

Anyway, time to get your $$ to Karon for the Holiday Banquet December 12th, and hopefully you can join us for the tour of the “Automobilia” facility on November 14th…both events should be a lot of fun, and a good chance to socialize with your fellow club members!

And, coming up in January, the 23rd to be exact, we’ll be doing a tour of the Automobile Driving Museum, then watching some old-time silent movies accompanied by a huge Wurlitzer church organ…hmm, sounds interesting!  In February, we’ve been invited to the Parson’s home along Route 66, and will visit the 66 Museum while we’re out there—a good chance to get those Rockets out instead of waiting until next “car season”!!

Now, get busy on those projects!! (just kidding)

 

Joe Tannerbauer

OCSC President

 

  • Updated: October 22, 2015