Imperials in Modesto!

"I" street in Modesto was closed off on Saturday, May 6, 2000 and 51 Imperials lined up for the show part of the 17th Annual Imperial Owners California Statewide Meet & Show.  It was a great spectacle, enjoyed by club members, other car fans and the general populace of Modesto.  Some owners traveled quite far for the show - Dietmar Frensemeyer from Germany,  Chris Hawkins from Atlanta and Mike Clayberg from DC.  Norm & Louise Hall are members of the SCIO and make the trek out to the California meets nearly every year from Lambertville, MI.

Great to see such enthusiasm and it was great to meet Dietmar, Mike & Chris for the first time!

Dietmar has posted the first set of pictures on his web site,  A panoramic view of the meet is on this site, taken by this author, Bob Schmitt


An Invitation to the

17th Annual Imperial Owners California Statewide Meet & Show

Modesto, California

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 5th

9 –11 a.m. Early-bird Registration Townhouse Motel lobby, Modesto
11 a.m.-3 p.m Friday Tour to Hershey Chocolate Factory, Oakdale
5 –7:30 p.m. Registration Townhouse Motel, lobby
6 - 7:30 p.m. Hospitality Reception  Townhouse Motel, pool
7 – 9 p.m. Wash & prepare cars Townhouse Motel, parking lot

Saturday, May 6th

7 – 9:30 a.m.      Wash & Prepare Cars Townhouse Motel, parking lot
10 a.m.  Cars in place for show off 16th  St. location
10:30 – 3 p.m.  Imperial Car Show off 16th St. location
2 p.m.   Deadline for ballots off 16th St. location
6 – 7 p.m.  Cocktail Reception St. Stan’s – 9th & L downtown
7 – 9:30 p.m. Awards Banquet St. Stan’s -  9th & L downtown

Sunday, May 7th

9 – 10 a.m. Breakfast Brunch Graceada Park, Modesto
10:30 – 1 p.m. Sunday Tour to Hilmar Cheese Factory, Hilmar 

Sponsored by the Imperial Owners Association of Sacramento Valley (IOASV)

17th Annual

Imperial Owners Statewide Meet & Show

May 5 - 7, 2000




        First Name(s)







Phone Number:

(____) - ___________



Total # in Party______

___Yes, I (we) will attend Fri. Hershey Chocolate Factory Tour 

        Prefer __ 12 tour __ 12:45 tour

___Yes, I (we) will attend the Sunday Tour to the Hilmar Cheese Factory

Registration Deadline:  April 15, 2000

Imperial(s) you are entering in the show*:

1) _____________________________________________________________________
year model    body style  


year model    body style  


*Attach color photo. Towed, incomplete or non-functioning cars cannot be entered in the show


Meet Registration & Car Show: $25 per car X # ___ of cars = $ ______
Awards Banquet Buffet

includes beef, chicken and fish dishes, potatoes, vegetable, salads, dinner rolls, dessert, coffee or tea

$25 per person X # ___ persons= $ ______
Sunday Morning Breakfast Brunch $  5 per person X # ___ persons= $ ______


Make checks  payable to “IOASV”

for Total = $ ______

Fill out this form, sign release of liability on back side, attach picture and your check for total & return by April 15, 2000 to:

P.O. Box 254973
Sacramento, CA 95865-4973

Hotel Reservations: Call Best Western Lodge (1-800-772-7261) by April 15th for rooms blocked under “Imperial Meet” (rates $58-60 a night + 9% tax). First come, first served!

Questions:  Upon sending your registration, you will receive a confirmation letter and additional information about the Meet.  If you have any questions call John Tennyson at (916) 481-3546 after 7 p.m. or Tom or Sherrie Egger at (209) 545-1481 after 7 p.m.

17th Annual

Imperial Owners Statewide Meet & Show

Modesto, California

May 5 - 7, 2000

Release of Liability:

In consideration of participation by the undersigned in the 17th annual Imperial Owners Statewide Meet and Show at Modesto, California, on May 5, 6, and 7th, 2000, I agree to forever protect, save and keep the sponsor, the Imperial Owners Association of Sacramento Valley, Inc., participating clubs, including the Northern California Imperial Owners Club, Inc., and the Southern California Imperial Owners Club, Inc., the Best Western Townhouse Lodge, St. Stan’s Restaurant, and the City of Modesto, their members, officers, agents, employees, volunteers and assigns, holding them harmless and indemnifying them against and from all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, suits, judgments, penalties, expenses and liability of any kind or nature whatsoever arising directly or indirectly out of, or in connection with, my participation in this event.  I further release and discharge the producers and each of the participants, persons and entities referred to herein from any and all claims, demands, losses and/or liability of any kind or nature, resulting from any of the acts of the aforesaid in connection with this event.

I have read the above and accept the terms and conditions:

Signature of Participant                    Date

This release form must be signed as a condition of entering a vehicle in the Saturday show.


Directions to Meet Headquarters - Best Western Inn Townhouse – 909 16th Street, Modesto

From Southern California: Take I-5 north to Hwy 99 junction south of Bakersfield, north on 99 to Modesto, take “Central Modesto” off ramp to “I” Street, right on I Street across railroad tracks about 1 mile to 16th Street.  Inn is on corner of I & 16th  (approximately 310 miles from Los Angeles)

From San Francisco Bay Area: Take I-580 east over Altamont pass to I-205 at Tracy, to Modesto junction (Hwy 120) to 99 south, at Modesto take “Central Modesto” off ramp paralleling freeway to “I” Street, left on I St. over railroad tracks 1 mile to 16th Street.Inn is on corner of I & 16th.  (approximately 94 miles from San Francisco).

From Sacramento & points north: Take Hwy 99 south from Sacramento to Modesto, take “Central Modesto" off ramp paralleling freeway to “I” Street, left on I Street over railroad tracks 1 mile to 16th Street.Inn is on corner of I & 16th. (approximately 75 miles from Sacramento).

Imperial Meet 2000 - Map

Friday & Sunday Touring

Friday, May 5th - The caravan tour leaves the Best Western at 11 a.m. approximately 25 miles northeast to the Oakdale Info Center.  From there you will be divided into 2 groups for the 12 noon tour or the 12:45 tour & car pool to the Hershey Chocolate Factory.  While one group tours the factory the other will visit historic downtown Oakdale. The tour is free but limited to about 50 people.  The whole group will return via scenic routes to the Best Western about 3 p.m.

Sunday, May 7th - The caravan tour goes approximately 20 miles south on Hwy 99 to Hilmar Cheese Factory and leaves Best Western at 10:30 a.m.  Cars will be displayed at Hilmar.  Tour free of charge.

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Motel Reservations

Don’t call us.  Call Best Western Inn Townhouse Lodge at 1-800-772-7261 directly for a room blocked for Fri. & Sat. nights under “Imperial Meet” at rates of  $58-60 a night + 9% tax.  If you are coming early, some Thursday night rooms are also available. 

Room Deadline is April 15th

Sunday Breakfast Brunch

A Sunday breakfast brunch at a nearby park location from 9 to 10 a.m. will offer a panoply of offerings, such as Danish, eggs, ham, fruit, juices, and coffee for $5 per person.  If you’re not going on the Hilmar Tour, this is your chance to say final good-bye’s.

Car Wash

Hoses will be available at the Best Western Friday afternoon and early evening and early Saturday morning to clean-up your car.   Directions to nearby coin-operated self-serve car washes will also be available.

Car Show Rules

Photos: Please submit a color photo of your Imperial with your registration.

Award Groups: Imperials will be awarded by year (lst, 2nd and 3rd), unless only one car for a year is entered, in which case it may be placed with the next closest year category of a similar body style (e.g. ‘57-58).  Two or more cars of the same year will warrant a separate category for purposes of awards.

Additional Awards: The Best of Show Perpetual Trophy, the Ken Woods Memorial Trophy (most improved car), Long Distance and Hard-Luck awards will be given.  Nominations for the Ken Woods Memorial Trophy should be sent to the Southern California Club, attention: Bob Schmitt, 355 N. Maple, # 201, Burbank, CA 91505.

Trailered, Incomplete and Inoperative Cars: All cars entered for competition shall be driven under their own power onto the show field.  Incomplete and inoperative cars will not be included in the show but may be displayed at the nearby motel parking lot.

Ballots: Will be issued one ballot per car entry and must be turned in no later than 2 p.m. Saturday to be counted.  Ballots shall be counted by a ballot committee consisting of one representative appointed by the president of each club. The representative of the host club shall serve as chair of the ballot committee.  In the event of a tie for any category, the ballot committee shall request a judge be appointed from each club to judge the cars in question, break the tie, and report a winner to the ballot committee.

Deadline Disclosure

Awards must be ordered in advance by category.  Thus we may not be able to offer show awards to cars entered after the April 15, 2000 registration deadline, depending upon the category. Please send in your registration by April 15th to avoid these problems.