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Excerpts from Catalina Islander, July 2, 1970 the FROM FILES OF THE CATALINA ISLANDER NEWSPAPER What was ... is... the Catalina Caper? Lifelong Avalon resident J. Guion says Ray Miller, author of several books on antique automo- biles the produced what became known as the "Catalina Caper." Guion said there were 10 to 12 such car race events held every two years on the Island. A chartered barge would ferry approximately 50 cars over and they would be parked in the lot behind the Wilcox Nursery. They would parade through Front Street and then take a trip to Ben Weston and on to Two Harbors. Guion who owns a 1931 Model A would make the trip with them However, he said the club was very "cliquey." Perhaps that is because most club members said they thought there was no "Ford car" ever built after the last Model T in 1927. The Model T was built from 1909 to 1927. Avalon last week played host to the Model T. Ford Club of America, which had its Catalina Caper once again to the enjoyment of al I who participated in or were spectators at the events. It was a most nostalgic sight for some of the old-timers to see these vintage cars all over the town. The Model T Ford Club of America is the largest single car club in the country with over 3,300 members throughout the United States of America. The Club is composed of many chapters and the total membership is invited to go on the national tours. The next annual tour will be the I Denver Dash in 1971 and the fol- lowing year it will be the Catalina Caper III. Catalina offers many advan- tages for the national tour. Firstly, its unique location. Many of the tour participants are from non-local areas such as Oregon, Washington, Utah, Nebraska, Nevada, etc., and it give these people a chance to combine their hobby and vacation in a most unusual setting. The boat ride to the Island is another reason so many enjoy coming to Avalon and the sea- planes offer another opportunity for diversified transportation not to mention the scenery, the clean non-smog air and the sparkling blue water and sunshine. The Club's journal called "The Vintage Ford" will feature this Catalina Caper national outing in its next issue. With the magazine's complete coverage and the word of mouth advertising by the enthusiastic participants, Catalina Caper III in 1972 is already an advance sellout. 4th Annual art show and sale Oct. 26 The Wild Side Art Sale will be held Sunday, Oct. 26, at Newport Harbor Yacht Club. The show features 10 nationally acclaimed plein air (outdoor) artists, who will display their interpretations of Catalina's rugged wildlands and scenic beauty. Proceeds from the sale of these unique paintings support the growth of a permanent col- lection of plein air artwork that documents the Island's "wild side" and the Catalina Island Conservancy's restoration efforts. Registration is available by calling 562-437-8555, ext. 239. The Catalina Island Conservancy was formed in 1972 and is one of California's oldest land trusts. For more information about the conservancy or the art show, visit www.catalinacon- its donors COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation celebrated its fiscal year 2013-2014 donors on Saturday evening October 11, 2014 at the home of Blanny Avalon ( : ESTABLISHED | 938 !i %!i/i!iii/iii! !!i:!i iii ili :: - Espresso Bar . l ,d Coffee Flaws of Salt Water Taffy 22o SeleOLioes Guava Cheese Danish Jalapeno Cheddar Croissant Raspberry Chocolate Biroche Ginger Green Tea Muffin Lemon Cranberry Hagenah. The lovely evening gave the Board of Directors an opportunity to express its appre- ciation to the donors that made the Foundation financially successful this past fiscal year and able to donate $80,000 to the Catalina Island Medical Center. The beau- tiful October evening overlook- ing the Avalon Harbor was made possible by the graciousness of Blanny Avalon Hagenah. Caleb Lins and The Lobster Trap pro- vided a delectable buffet table of a combination of fish, chicken and vegetables served by the Interact ,. Students at Avalon High School. % b Catalina Transportation Services ~'-.. ~.J~_& j j ,. =~!~-~-~