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Hello Everyone:

It's Rich here again, and I'm still trying to track down by father's old '55 Country Squire. Evidently, no one on here has it!

Anyway, I was looking around on the internet, and came across an organization out in California called "Woodies on the Warf." They have a big show every year (June). Has anyone been? What do you think? Is it mostly for those who actually own a Woodie, or can those just with a general interest in them have any fun? Is it worth making a trip to California to see it?

Thanks!

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True Woodies have real wood. I think some early 52 Mercury wagons may have had a few wood pieces but for the most part 51s were the last of the breed from Ford. I'm sure you could enter a later wood grained wagon in that show but to join the Woodie Club your car has to have external wood from the factory.

By the way, the Christmas 2006 issue of the AACA's "Antique Automobile" had a nice white 55 Ford Country Squire on the cover in a Christmas setting. I have a copy and can send it to you for $5 postage.

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I live in Santa Cruz where woodies on the Wharf is held. Its a big event and there are many more members of the public than there are cars or owners. There are quite a few woodies. I would guess 100. They take over the whole town. Every hotel has woodies in the parking lot. It is certainly an event that is geared towards enthusiasts as well as owners. Is it worth coming here to see? Hell, I dunno. This is "surf city" and its probably one of the biggest woodie shows. If you arent impressed with the show, its right next to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, you can ride the 1911 carousel or the 1924 wooden roller coaster "the Giant Dipper" and if thats not any fun you can go to Roaring Camp and ride the steam train. The wharf where the event is held has many restaurants that are quite good. If you dont like any of that, you should probably stay home. :)

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............... The wharf where the event is held has many restaurants that are quite good. If you dont like any of that, you should probably stay home. :)

You're funny Linus. Amazing that I spent 8 weeks in Monterey back in 1967 and never saw or got to ride on that roller coaster. Oh, wait! They wouldn't let us go anywhere off base during basic training. There's so much to see in that part of California, if that is not to your liking you can always ride a little up north to San Francisco and see some old hippies on Haight Ashbury! :o

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I am 34 and I have lived in this town since 1986. I have never ridden on the dipper. I pushed it once when it got stuck on the track though. I like being on the ground, or behind the wheel of an old car.

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I like being on the ground, or behind the wheel of an old car.

Good deal. You're headed in the right direction if you love old cars. By the way, AACA will be in Santa Rosa on August 25-27 of this year. Would love to meet you. We will be touring for over 3 days up there (with added before and after get togethers).

Wayne

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True Woodies have real wood. I think some early 52 Mercury wagons may have had a few wood pieces but for the most part 51s were the last of the breed from Ford. I'm sure you could enter a later wood grained wagon in that show but to join the Woodie Club your car has to have external wood from the factory.

By the way, the Christmas 2006 issue of the AACA's "Antique Automobile" had a nice white 55 Ford Country Squire on the cover in a Christmas setting. I have a copy and can send it to you for $5 postage.

So you're saying that only "true woodies" are represented here? Do enthusiasts often scoff at the later models with the faux siding? Looking at some of the pictures online, I've seen some later models represented. Of course, a few pictures hardly represents the entire festival.

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All I'm saying is that "true woodies" have real wood as defined by the Woodie Club. Just like "True Classics" are those listed by the Classic Car Club.I could be wrong on both counts as some clubs are changing their rules as their memberships dwindle.

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You can join the National Woodie Club whether you own a Woodie or not.

And we "enthusiasts" do not scoff at the "tin woodies". I, for one, like some of them (wouldn't want one). I like the real deal.

But a True Woodie is a car that has real wood. Others with the faux wood/woodgrain are sometimes called woodies or tin woodies

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The faux wood was good enough for my old man--and James Dean! Oh well, to each his own.

I can tell you that the festival really interests me. Anyone here going? I'd love the chance to meet up with some people. My older son has expressed interest in going, even if I'm not able to make it.

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True Woodies have real wood. I think some early 52 Mercury wagons may have had a few wood pieces but for the most part 51s were the last of the breed from Ford. I'm sure you could enter a later wood grained wagon in that show but to join the Woodie Club your car has to have external wood from the factory.

By the way, the Christmas 2006 issue of the AACA's "Antique Automobile" had a nice white 55 Ford Country Squire on the cover in a Christmas setting. I have a copy and can send it to you for $5 postage.[/quote

Here's that issue. Send me a PM if you want it.

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Woodies seem to be particularly favored by street rodders these days.

Why is that? They certainly don't seem very sporty; however, I haven't been in one in 50 years.

True Woodies have real wood. I think some early 52 Mercury wagons may have had a few wood pieces but for the most part 51s were the last of the breed from Ford. I'm sure you could enter a later wood grained wagon in that show but to join the Woodie Club your car has to have external wood from the factory.

By the way, the Christmas 2006 issue of the AACA's "Antique Automobile" had a nice white 55 Ford Country Squire on the cover in a Christmas setting. I have a copy and can send it to you for $5 postage.[/quote

Here's that issue. Send me a PM if you want it.

?ui=2&ik=d022080396&view=fimg&th=14b04c1f6e95d7ac&attid=0.1&disp=inline&realattid=1490775159682891776-local0&safe=1&attbid=ANGjdJ-ZIEdnjYzpQf3wW2VIu0pG4OJmchwliw4zPGh88d4DFILwQpqxhHcdbSwaraDiDCnUK9wZefi3kEF3NCnJZ-3Mqc-FPcJjqZUtCJxV9ZOM1sujoxPNb0B6Pvk&ats=1421727652733&rm=14b04c1f6e95d7ac&zw&sz=w760-h416

Dave:

The picture that you posted does not seem to show up. Can you PM it to me or re-post it? Offhand, do you know if any details on the vehicle pictured are mentioned?

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Sometimes when you copy and paste a pic it shows up on your own screen but not on others. Anyway here it is in a thumbnail. I thought you would like it cause it's white which I think you said yours was. It's just the on cover, there's no story about it.

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Sometimes when you copy and paste a pic it shows up on your own screen but not on others. Anyway here it is in a thumbnail. I thought you would like it cause it's white which I think you said yours was. It's just the on cover, there's no story about it.

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This really does remind me of my house growing up, especially around the holidays (although our house was a bit more modest) I can almost smell the persimmon pudding. Thanks again for this.

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