From the Vice President

March 2015

What a fantastic year we had in 2014! Our Fall and Christmas Cruises were wonderful, well attended by other clubs and lots of Allante’ and XLR folks. And our Allante’s were spectacular to drive the Diamondback route near Little Switzerland, NC—until we got behind a local doing 15 mph on a two-lane impassable road.

Christmas at the Biltmore was shared with the Peach State Cadillac LaSalle Region guests. We enjoyed the big Cadillacs and glorious decorations and lots of fellowship with members from all over the East Coast. It was a very nice way to start the Christmas holidays.

Those that participated in one or both of the large cruises, we thank you for sharing our Allante’ events. Pictures and overall trip reports can be found in more detail on our website.

Now moving on to the 2015 Event Year and the planned activities. In January we enjoyed our Annual Winter Dinner at Aspens Steakhouse in east Cobb. The food and the fellowship were wonderful. Aspens was superb in their service, beverages, appetizers and three-course dinners. Our dining room was indeed private and very comfortable. I think we’ll go back another year as well.

February and March are scheduled breakfast and day cruises (weather permitting). April is the ATLANTA MOTORAMA event. This is the second annual event and promises to be even bigger, and more fun than last April. We’ll be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn at McDonough for the weekend, enjoying the other car clubs and activities at the Atlanta Speedway. Come join us for a fun weekend. You will get the chance to drive your Allante’ on the Speedway track both days of the event.!!!

May is the cruise to Savannah, GA and a possible Palmetto Car Show on Friday and Saturday. Final plans have not yet been made so at least keep the date open (May 16 and 17). Also in early May, the BOPC car show is scheduled (Buick, Olds, Pontiac and Cadillac). I will have more to come on that event; always a fun one.

June 24-28 is the Cadillac LaSalle National Meet in Brookfield, Wisconsin (near Milwaukee). Several Allante’ Atlanta folks are planning attendance along with the Peach State CLC members. This is always a wonderful and well-organized National Meet with great tours, lots of beautiful Cadillacs of all ages, and an opportunity to visit with friends from other clubs and meet new friends. Bill and Cathy Winkler, a member living in Florida, will be joining us there. Bill is from the area and promises to share some special tips for our visit.

July 18 is a scheduled day trip to the Serenbe Community and Farm but the date may change depending on Serenbe schedule of events.

This August we will not have a cruise, only a breakfast –summer heat is a deterrent.

September is our Annual Tech Session being led this year by our new Technical Director, Bill Corn. Art Sevelius felt that Bill would be better suited for the position and Bill agreed to accept the position. We sincerely thank Art for his contributions and willingness to support the Club. Art and Brenda are very active and special members of our Club.

October 16 – 17 is another planned extravaganza Fall Cruise to NE Tennessee and “The Snake” sports car route (33 miles, 489 curves, 3 mountains, etc. We have some thrills ahead for us on this route. More information will be forthcoming soon. October also offers our Grand National Allante’/XLR show in Nashville, Tennessee which may affect some of our events. But this will be a primo event for all Allante’ owners to participate. Dates have not been firmed yet (first or second week of October) but as soon as info is received we will share.

November is our month of Thanksgiving with a breakfast for our members and a needed gearing up for the holidays.

December follows with an overnight stay at the Lake Lanier Resort for the start of our Christmas holidays.

So now you have the plans on your Club Calendars and Website and in your Newsletter. You can now start making decisions on which or all events to attend. Save your dollars, and ensure your Allante’s are ready for another busy Allante’ year.

Paula Vopelak - Vice President AACC