Chrysler 300 Club International
Fredericksburg, TX

September, 2023

2023 Fall Meet Report

The 52nd Annual Chrysler 300 Club Fall National Meet is now in the history books. Virginia and I had a GREAT time hosting everyone to Fredericksburg, Texas. First arrivals were on Saturday and continued through Wednesday. Although not as many folks as we had hoped came to Fredericksburg, it turned out that the smaller crowd was an advantage, because everyone got to visit with nearly everyone else. Virginia and I met quite a few members for the first time and Fredericksburg was the first meet ever attended by at least 5 members. How cool is that!

The weather turned out to be in our favor. The week prior to the meet the Weather Guessers were predicting nearly triple digit high temps and rain. The weather we were given was mid-80’s, lower humidity and clear skies.

Monday we went to the National Museum of the Pacific War and it is off-the-charts! We had intended to tour the whole museum in the morning, but it took all day. The consensus was that you couldn’t get through it and see all of the exhibits in two days! In my opinion the National Museum of the Pacific War should be on everyone’s bucket list. We broke up the museum tour for lunch at Das Auslander German Restaurant for a great German style meal. After lunch, most of us went back to the Museum.

Our business meeting was Monday evening where several first-time attendees were recognized.

Tuesday was our cruise through the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

We visited the Texas Ranger Heritage Center, the LBJ State Park and the LBJ Ranch Road Tour.

Air Force One-Half was open and most took a look inside.

Although the Texas White House is closed for restoration, it’s still a neat building to see and in a great setting. Quite a few folks took the walk around the house.

During the ranch road tour, we got split up for a bit, because a skunk decided to walk down the road in our midst. Fortunately, the skunk didn’t spray anyone.

Tuesday afternoon was an unexpected treat. After working to contact him for a year, Richard Atwell finally got back to me only three weeks before our meet. He opened his very high-end car collection to us Tuesday afternoon. His collection is Pebble Beach Concours quality, containing Marmon’s, Talbo Lago’s, Lagonda’s, Franklin’s, a Cunningham, and maybe a dozen Rolls Royce’s, the majority from the 1930’s. We also got to see his one-of-five 1940 Chrysler Newport dual cowl phaeton.

The week before our Meet Len Zimmerer brought his beautiful C300 to Crenwelge Motors and Crenwelge’s put it on their showroom floor!

Wednesday was our car show hosted by Crenwelge Motors, the Chrysler dealer in Fredericksburg. They provided car wash facilities for us and emptied out their front new car lot to park all 13 of our Brutes in front of the dealership. Their layout for our cars was great.

Quite a few people told me they had driven by, saw our cars and turned around to come back and see them up close. Crenwelge’s also set out a great spread of cookies, cake bites and lemonade. Pre-ordered box lunches were delivered during our car show. The box lunches were especially appreciated by our wives, who said their husbands would not leave a car show to get lunch. Along with everything else, Crenwelge’s donated ball caps and T-shirts that were handed out at the Monday night business meeting and at the banquet.

Wednesday evening was our banquet at the Inn on Barons Creek Convention Center. Our meal was Texas Barbecue catered by Eaker Barbecue of Fredericksburg. They served the best brisket I have had and the chicken quarters were great, too. Also included was Cowboy Beans, Kimchi Rice and Mac and Cheese. The table center pieces contained desert – pecans and bite sized chocolates. Drinks at our banquet were BYOB, which seemed to be a popular idea. Our members were mixing different drinks at many of the tables and passing them around. Our caterer said it looked like a great party.

All good times must end and Thursday morning was spent saying bittersweet goodbyes to new friends and longtime friends (I won’t say old friends – even if it’s appropriate).

To everyone – THANK YOU for coming to Fredericksburg and we look forward to seeing you in Kokomo!

Respectfully submitted,
Randy and Virginia Thorne

Photo credits: Kurt Brueske, Noel Hastalis, Mark Obermann,
Randy & Virginia Thorne

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