Thoughts and Information

Please Join Darlene and Me in welcoming Abram & Christina Scherbekow from Lady Lake , Fl. They joined the Cruisin’ Couples recently and Abram has already shown that they are going to be very active, as they were even before they joined.  

Our November 5th car show undoubtedly was one of the best shows in Florida and in spite of the Competing area shows we had a fine turnout and raised Nearly $2000 for Santa’s Christmas Eve Visits to our adopted families.  AND: Because of the generosity of Ron & Gordy and Drew & Donna we even found additional toys to be donated to ‘Toys For Tots’ this year.  Who else has a six WWII plane flyover, a live concert, and the most unique trophies you’ll ever see anywhere and still gives all the proceeds away?

Not all the Members were there to help with our big annual and only fund raiser and not only did you miss out on a great time with a super concert but also a great prime rib meal afterwards at the 1884 Restaurant.

Our annual club meeting this year is scheduled for January 16th at our home (If our redecorating project is finished by then) at 1340 Spring Lake Road, Fruitland Park, Fl.  Melody will fill you in on the details and features this club’s meetings entails.

Again Let me remind you that your 2017 dues must be paid this month as our club Insurance is due the January 7th.  

Not everyone will choose to renew their membership this year and we understand that.  And in fact although we don’t require that members attend any fix number of events, frankly, I can’t blame you for dropping out if you don’t benefit from our activities.  However, I will mention that this year, many of the things that we were very consistent about have fallen thru the cracks and that has to change! Starting in January, the Monthly Newsletter will be E- mailed to every member of the club… and include the current  member list but E-mail is not a one way street any longer.  If I don’t get a reply (at least “I Got It”) I won’t send emails in to you in the future.  Here’s the way it will work in 2017.  I will send a President’s message to the secretary and the Cruise leader will send the 6 weeks itinerary to the secretary, Jim and Linda will be suggesting costumes for at least one of the two Monthly club events and we hope to have a Club photographer (ANYONE GOT A CAMERA?) send pictures and touch of humor for publication by her as well.  All this before the 1st of the month.  Then it will be distributed to all members consistently by the 5th of the month at the latest!  We used to do this all the time and were known for this and even found that other clubs even began doing Costumes.  Hey this Car Club stuff is about pretending to be young again.  The club has been invited to the Hippy fest, the Movie row, and the Parades and 50’s concert events because of the fun we contributed to these events.  If you aren’t part of the fun you’re part of the Party Poopers!  

Please do what you say!

The newsletter is the responsibility of the secretary and the events is the Cruise directors responsibility and if you take the job and can’t get your job done it’s still your responsibility, none the less, so Get someone else to fill in for you.  We all depend on you to keep us straight.  Thee annual meeting will amplify the why we do this, and the benefits of being in a car club.  The Playground Passes, the Monthly Cruise News, the Newsletter, the annual Trip arrangements, annual Dinner, the after the car show diner are all paid for because of the Car show proceeds. The Club Theme song, and medallion that we used to do will be discussed at the annual Meeting and can again be a part of the club’s benefits.  The annual dues is nearly entirely used to pay for the $2,000,000 Liability policy which is due shortly.

The possibility of doing a 2017 show will be a topic of the discussion the 16th, as will the board members/officers.  If you are interested in being an officer/director please let me hear from you ASAP.

Let me remind everyone of the Mission Of the Cruisin’ Couples:  We are dedicated to the Preservation of these Automotive works of Art and the hobby of car cruising.

It’s not even about raising money for charity, although we do give our money away rather than fight about how much and for what purpose.  If it’s not about the hobby and the preservation of the old cars, it’s not our purpose.  We do special trophies to recognize those who work so hard and enjoy these old classics and street rods and the social aspect of the hoppy.  I hope you have found a friend or two from participating in the Cruisin’ Couples Classic Car Club and had a few laughs along the way.

50’s Night on Main Street Leesburg

The Cruisin’ Couples were again the host for the 50’s on Main Street at Downtown Leesburg’s 2nd Saturday cruise.

The club members mixed it up a bit this time and switched from the 50’s to the Gangster Era of the 20’s and 30’s and we saw several Gangsters, a Pimp and his Hooker next to his ‘39 Zephyr Pimp mobile.  And a Flapper and her body guard hanging around a 4 door ‘32 Chevy.

We did observe a bit of a dust up when a rather shabby cop tried to arrest the Pimp but was held at bay by a couple of gun toting Mobsters.

It was  great fun for the over hundred classic cars that filled every street from 9th to 1st Street. This was a preview of the parking lot event off Magnolia Ave. between 5th and 6th streets on April 22nd Which, together with the 12 movie cars there will be a live band and appearances by the Blues Brothers.

Bay Life Church Food For Kids Car Show

Hey Cruisin’ Couples!

Here’s freebee and a biggy on the 28th of May.  It’s the 11th annual at Bay Life Church’s Food For Kids show at 1017 Kingsway Rd., Brandon.  You have to pre-register but it’s free and they get 450 cars, live music, great food and craft show.  From 10am to 3pm and we have a 2 hour cruise planned including a quick breakfast stop.  We’ll meet at the Shell station on 468 and 44 in Leesburg and leave at 7am and travel on back roads to our destination.  Most Cruisin’ Couples trips include at least one parking lot tour and always two stops for food and a potty break.  You got to let us know you’re going ASAP.

President’s Notes

A few years back, Melody Peckham was the club’s cruise leader and she did a great job as such, so I’m pleased that she has agreed to resume that position for 2016.  Being cruise leader is one of those jobs that is at the heart of having fun and she is very good at it because she loves it.

The club’s annual Eustis car show has been scheduled for November 5th and the Spruce Creek Show is scheduled and funded for the 6th of February.  The Ocala Drive-In show has a Title sponsor and we will have that on the schedule as well.  The club operates best when we have ambitious fun loving leaders who really enjoy doing things that are extraordinary rather than ordinary.  Over the years the Cruisin’ Couples has gained a reputation of being just such a club.  So we are in need of 3 or 4 couples who don’t mind being part of events that require imagination and yes work.  I’m most fortunate that Darlene and I love doing car shows and club events that are better than those that were done before and yes it is a challenge that requires more work.  Funny, My Granddad taught me that the difference between work and play is ones attitude.

Cruisin’ Couples Car shows are regarded as some of the best shows in Florida and that is a source of pride for us.  I’m getting requests to do shows every month of the year and although that says we’re doing something right it is also impossible to do that many shows at a level we’re known to do.  The Cruisin’ Couples  club is not about making money and we prefer to support car clubs that do show rather than companies that are using these shows to make money.  Our purpose is the preservation of these works of art for future generations and having fun showing them off.  Not making money.  And besides, we give it all away or spend it on trophies.  So let’s discuss our options and make a plan for 2016 to have the most fun ever.

P.S.:  Before somebody tells you that I have a reputation of being a “dictator in chief” and always pushes the envelope with doing things over the top, which may be true…  let me say, the challenge to outdo what was done in the past is a worthy goal.  Don’t you think?.

I’m A Seenager! (Senior Teenager)

  • I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later.
  • I don’t have to go to school or work.
  • I get an allowance every month.
  • I have my own pad.
  • I don’t have a curfew.
  • I have a driver’s license and my own car.
  • I have ID that gets me into bars and the wine store. I like the wine store best.
  • The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant, they aren’t scared of anything, they have been blessed to live this long, why be scared?
  • And I don’t have acne. 

Life is good! Also, you will feel much more intelligent after reading this, if you are a Seenager!

Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe this also makes you hard of hearing as it puts pressure on your inner ear.

Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full, so too, do humans take longer to access information when their brains are full. Researchers say this slowing down process is not the same as cognitive decline. The human brain works slower in old age, but only because we have stored more information over time. The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more.

Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature’s way of making older people do more exercise. SO THERE!!

I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can’t remember their names. So, please forward this to your friends; they may be my friends, too.


Spruce Creek South Classic Car Show

The Cruisin’ Couples will be hosting the Spruce Creek South’s car show.   We hope to see you there.

Registration is from 8am until 11am.

$15 for pre-registrations and $20 the day of the show.

The flyer and registration is here.  Just click below:

Spruce Creek Show 2016

News flash: If you are having a problem finding Spruce Creek South here’s the best directions.  It’s 2 miles north of the Villages’ over pass on the west side of US 441. They give an address of 176th Street but its hard to see that little sign.

Our Adopted Family Gets a Visit From Santa


The  Cruisin’ Couples’ Santa and his helpers made their way to our adopted family’s house Christmas eve. Santa’s 6 foot Santa sack was loaded to the top with gifts and Santa’s helpers Darlene and Melody  were close behind with brand new 2 wheel bike and helmets for the 4 & 5 year old. The excitement on those kids faces were a joy we will not soon forget. Kathy went unnoticed while taking pictures while Steve and Don handed Dad a large heavy box of food and Steve handed him a large ham.

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The 4 year old girl, Ariana was unbelievably well behaved as she sat on the sofa Hardly able to contain herself from getting down on the floor as Santa emptied his sac of wrapped gifts that covered the floor in front of them. The delight was over whelming and when she lovingly smiled and said; “ I Love You Santa”,  trust me Santa nearly lost it. Darlene, Kathy and Melody did. When dad took the food to the kitchen Arianna asked what time they had to be in bed. Santa said 1 o’clock. Arianna said dad said they had to go to bed at 8 to which Santa said well that’s about 1 at the North pole.


Cody was speechless and giggled uncontrollably. And just then Ariana asked Santa where his sleigh was? Santa didn’t miss a beat and replied; Well we had to use a truck down here in Florida because you don’t have snow . And that’s why we came to your door because you don’t have a chimney. She eyed the wrapped toys but never attempted to get down on the floor. She said Thanks you Santa and he bent down and gave Ariana a light kiss and big hug. Then he reminded her that Santa has a lot of gifts to deliver and had to be on his way.  We all tuned to go and dad gave each of us a hug and he unashamedly had tears of gratitude as he did. Don’t ask me to give this up next year. It is better to give than receive!