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I landed in Phoenix late Tuesday nite and headed to Barrett Jackson with my brother Doug Wednesday morning with free tickets courtesy of the Ford dealer. So Today I got to open the boxes of Opel goodies I ordered while away. The first box was the coffee mugs and sweatshirt from Opellane they look and fit good. Next the more expensive, but same size box, of goodies from Opel GT Source ... a few things I needed and some I just wanted so I ordered them during the Christmas sale. Last was the box with the pulleys from the group buy. They look great.

The Barrett Jackson is just getting bigger and bigger. I can't imagine how it will be on Friday and Saturday. There were some cars that I really liked and some that I could afford (but not many). My #1 was Shelby's Bugeye Sprite that has been restored to race ready condition. It had been crashed since the days it was used as his & Bob Bondurant's driving school. I came upon it shortly before I left and could not get a pic. I figured that I could ask Roy to be sure to get a pic but unfortunately our club photographer called in sick so we will not have our normal DVD full of great pics. I got the # so I can look it up later or maybe, if I'm lucky, it will be on TV. I didn't see any Opels (again) this year. I'd be afraid to put one up for sale there as almost all cars are at no reserve. There are 9 of the 2005? Ford GT's and 2 of the 2017's plus a few clones as well as a bunch of clone Cobra's and what I thought was 1 real and a continuation Cobra.

I even got a bike ride in today so my winter in AZ is starting off pretty well. Now if we can get all the AZ Opelers together that would be great.
 

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Shelby Sprite [email protected] Jackson

The Shelby racing school '59 Bugeye Sprite with the 948cc engine went for $95,700. This is slightly more than the Bugeye's currently owned by members of my family. Our nicest Bugeye was purchased by my brother when it was about 5 years old for $900. It was first my brothers, then my fathers and is now my son's. My father gave it to him for his High School graduation. It is an excellent condition Blood Orange '61 Bugeye with the seams welded and the same racing windshields and roll bar as Shelby's. The 2nd one was my late brother Jordan's and is now my daughter's. It is a poor condition '61 Bugeye & has the newer 1275cc engine installed. This is one of the cars Jeff/Gold GT and I worked on in November. It's amazing what Shelby's name adds to a race prepared Bugeye. Non Shelby's could be bought for under $20K. I also have a Race prepared F production MG Midget that I would be glad to take $20K for.

The best buy I saw was a Mint full size Chevy restomod (not an Impala) that cost $130K to build and sold for, I believe, $30k. I am not a fan of that era Chevy's although one of my girlfriends fathers had a new '63 or '64 Impala SS that I really liked....she was nice too.

I am Mustang fan, having owned 2-1965"s and a 66 as well as now having an '85 modified 5.0 as well as my son having a 2001 Bullitt. An Eleanor (67/68) Mustang sold for $300K. Last year one sold for $385k. This year another Eleanor's went for less than $200K. The REAL Bullitt Mustang from the movie sold for $3.74mm at Mecham in Kissimmee this month.

When I was a little kid our family (of 6) hauler's included a Hillman Minx, a 1955 VW and a few Crosley station wagons, one that was set up to race. At Barrett Jackson there were a couple of Crosley pickup's that sold for $8,800 and one for $18,800 .......unreal. As we got older and bigger my father bought larger American cars including a 1940 Chevy, 1946 Ford, 1958 Plymouth and a 1955 Olds 88. When we left home my mother got a 1960 Ford Falcon,'66 Mustang 6 cyl. then a VW Rabbit while my Father bought the Bugeye and a '67 VW (sunroof) "California Special"(2100cc) that won best in show at the Long Island VW show. I have that in NY. He preferred riding his motorcycles and had an Indian, a Panther, a Zundapp, a Ducati Elite, Ducati Diana Mark III, Yamaha Radian and a Honda GB 500. I now have the last 3.
 

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Craig, What a list of cars and motorcycles in your family ! You could have a car show without leaving home, or in this case several homes in several states.
How about getting them all together and have your own auction. Set a high reserve, high enough to reward nostalgia equity. No need to give any of them away.
Make enough money selling one or two to finish restoring or putting the final touches on the ones you want to drive and display, or store until they are really valuable.

Craig, Doug, and I got together, or more accurately, they went out of their way to take me to the McDonald's Pavilions car show Saturday, 1 18 2020.
Several years ago as a visitor from CA, before moving to AZ, I think this was the first of many car shows I have attended here, and IIRC, recommended by Craig on this forum.

This is a big parking lot show, I haven't counted but have heard there are sometimes over 500 cars, I took almost 400 pictures, some are multiple pics of cars and motorcycles I like.
I have only seen 1 Opel at this event, that meeting was posted last week in Easy Street Carefree thread.

....... Local Opelers...We need to make Opels seen and admired here at McDonald' Pavilions .
It's FREE, That should appeal to those of us who have been described as Cheap ***********, and even the big spenders among us appreciate a bargain.
 

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I've been to the McDonald's Pavilions show a few times when visiting family. It's a great show with lots of variety and the weather is usually good.
 

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Ken, let us know the next time you are coming to AZ.

Roy, you are so right, I do have to pick just a few cars and motorcycles as well as bicycles (I have 20) to keep and get rid of the ones that will give me more space and money.

Off the top of my head I think these will make the "keep" list 1) Opel Targa from Malcolm in the UK, (2) 73 Black GT that I've had since '75 or '76, (3) '85 Mustang GT, (4) '67 VW (my Dad's) (5) Silver Ascona /1900

On the "undecided list" (1) Car and Driver 1900 Ascona, (2) '69 Datsun 2000/SPL 311, (4)2002 Vette, (5) 2004 Vette, (6)'75 MGB, (7) '52 MGTD, (8) Bugeye Sprite, (9) '70 E-type Jag, (10) '79 Isuzu Trooper

On the sell list (1) '67 Couger, (2) Jensen Healey, (3) MG Midget F production race car

This list didn't include my daily drivers, "05 Caddy DHS, and '95 Chevy S-10 pickup.

In the last year I got rid of my '95 Camry, '95 Infiniti Q45, '69 AMX 390

I'm glad your reply prompted me to make this list ...now I have to do one for the Motorcycles and Bicycles and print them off and give a copy to Gerri who will push me to act on the list.

I may start another thread about this... I'd like to see how others are dealing with similar situations.
 

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On the "undecided list" (1) Car and Driver 1900 Ascona
Craig, please keep me at the top of that list if you decide to part with this.
 

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Gary, It would be great to get together while you're here. Are you staying in Scottsdale?
On Saturday the 1st there is the monthly Scuderia car show which most of us regularly attend. It starts at 7am and ends about 10am when we usually go to Denny's for breakfast. I expect to bring the Targa and my brother will have his Manta. Roy said he will try and get his 1.1 GT registered so he can bring that. Doug Robinson usually attends sometimes with his MGTD. Unless he finishes his GT in the next 10 days, I don't think he will bring that. Also, there is another guy from back east that goes there regularly that said he was a president of the Opel club many years ago. I don't remember his name. He is currently into Corvettes. Additionally, the McDonalds Rock & Roll car show at the Pavillions, which is off the RTE. 101 at the Indian Bend exit, is every Saturday and starts in the late afternoon. If neither works for you we can get together whenever you find time in your schedule.

Bob, Of all my cars the Car & Driver 1900 seems to be the one that most people show an interest in. Yes, I do remember that you had asked me years ago that if I ever wanted to sell it to keep you in mind, and I will.
 

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Here is a pic of the guy who saw my GT at Scuderia Southwest 4/19, on Mayo , and introduced himself as a former president of the New England Opel Club.
I didn't get any contact info and forgot to even write down his name. Does anyone recognize or remember him ? He drives a Corvette, pictured, now.

I let my CA registration expire in summer of 2019 so must go to AZ MVD, and need a battery also, both can be taken care of in one day.

As Craig said, we welcome out of town visitors, Gary, Ken, and any other Opel enthusiasts, and will be glad to get together on your schedule.
 

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Roy- Looks like I'll be missing out again this year. I have not got my dad's GT registered or insured yet, and I still have a few punch list items I'd like to finish. If anything I will be there next year. With any luck that green GT Doug helped me get will make an appearance along with my dad's red GT...

Hopefully before the summer comes we'll be able to have a locals Opel gathering. . .
 

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Gary, It would be great to get together while you're here. Are you staying in Scottsdale?
On Saturday the 1st there is the monthly Scuderia car show which most of us regularly attend. It starts at 7am and ends about 10am when we usually go to Denny's for breakfast. I expect to bring the Targa and my brother will have his Manta. Roy said he will try and get his 1.1 GT registered so he can bring that. Doug Robinson usually attends sometimes with his MGTD. Unless he finishes his GT in the next 10 days, I don't think he will bring that. Also, there is another guy from back east that goes there regularly that said he was a president of the Opel club many years ago. I don't remember his name. He is currently into Corvettes. Additionally, the McDonalds Rock & Roll car show at the Pavillions, which is off the RTE. 101 at the Indian Bend exit, is every Saturday and starts in the late afternoon. If neither works for you we can get together whenever you find time in your schedule.

Bob, Of all my cars the Car & Driver 1900 seems to be the one that most people show an interest in. Yes, I do remember that you had asked me years ago that if I ever wanted to sell it to keep you in mind, and I will.
We are renting a house in Maricopa. (wherever that is...)
 

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Maricopa is Southeast of Phoenix not that far from ASU and Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park ( I believe it was Firebird Raceway until the Casino bought it). I believe you will take !-10 west to the 202 north to the 101 north/west to get to either Scuderia or Mcdonalds car shows. Probably 45 min.
I'm in Surprise which is on the totally opposite side of Pheonix. I'm west of Sun City West off the 303... (still waiting for the 404) which I take to get to Roy's in Cave Creek (45 min.)and Doug Robinson's.
If you can't get to either show we can meet in the middle.
 

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Maricopa is Southeast of Phoenix not that far from ASU and Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park ( I believe it was Firebird Raceway until the Casino bought it). I believe you will take !-10 west to the 202 north to the 101 north/west to get to either Scuderia or Mcdonalds car shows. Probably 45 min.
I'm in Surprise which is on the totally opposite side of Phoenix. I'm west of Sun City West off the 303... (still waiting for the 404) which I take to get to Roy's in Cave Creek (45 min.)and Doug Robinson's.
If you can't get to either show we can meet in the middle.
Hey Gary, Maricopa is really due south of downtown Phoenix and PHX airport. However, the roads don't go that way so it is about 35 minutes (Google time) to the airport. The Scuderia Southwest once a month car show is about an hour's drive on a different route (freeway almost all the way) and is the first Sat of the month (so you could not have planned it any better)! I am about as far from Craig and his brother Doug as you can get as I am northeast of Phoenix outside of all city limits (Maricopa County) about 20 minutes north-northwest of Fountain Hills. Roy is about 15 miles due west from me. If we can't get together for a show, let's make sure we can have dinner one night. We used to meet Mike Meier (Tinyvette) every time he was in town and Tempe is about the same distance for all of us. Being the "home" of ASU, it has a wide variety of places to eat!

Looking forward to meeting you! -- Doug

PS - I added a map of the area so you can see how spread out we are! I can't "find" Roy's home today but it is very close to the "Justica St" dot between Craig (Sun City) and me (Home). Scuderia SW is located just off the 101 on the north side of town. Looking at the route between Roy and me, the road makes a short jog south (Scottsdale Rd). Staying on the south bound Scottsdale to 1/4 mile south of the 101 (Mayo Dr) is the location.
 

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Thx Doug I always think of I-10 as East West but here I'm going Southeast.

Yesterday my brother Doug and I went to the show on Bell rd. @ 67th ave. with (Mark Paar's) Manta. I was hoping to see Irfan's widow there with his Black Manta but had no such luck. We walked around and outside of VW's and a 67/8 Cortina with a 302 FORD V8 there were no other foreign cars.

When we returned there were 2 guys checking out the Manta. It turns out one of them was Ralph Coates (californiagting on this site). We talked for a while about various Opel stuff but most of the conversation was about Roger Wilson/RIP. Ralph knew him well and had an engine that was bored/stroked/turbo'd & intercooled. He mentioned that when Roger passed he left a ton of Opel stuff that his kids/son? had no use for and ended up selling the stuff to Todd @ Opels Unlimited. I did see that Todd had mentioned this on facebook. Ralph is here visiting a friend who I believe has one of Ralph's Opel's here in AZ. He also mentioned that he would like to get a Manta. Ralph mentioned that he had been at the GT 50th in Vegas but with so many people being there that I didn't know, I didn't remember meeting or seeing him. It's always nice to see fellow Opelers when they come to AZ in the winter, while I'm here. I've never met an Opeler in NY in all the years I've gone to shows there.

Roy and I spoke on the phone last nite and after solving many of the worlds' problems, both of us agreed that we are going to work on getting our GT's ready for next weekend's shows.
 

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Has Gary checked in ? Called in ? Anything new about getting together for dinner this weekend ? Gary ??
Doug has a prior commitment for Sunday P.M. and he is my transportation, so Sunday night might not work for me.
I have been in contact with 2 other Opel owners who may want to join us, depending on time and location.
 

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I''m arriving tomorrow for 4 days of golf and the Waste Management tournament on Friday.
Late Saturday afternoon/early evening would work for me. BTW, I don't have any transportation (1 van for 9 guys)
I'll message my cell no. to Doug.
 

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<snip> Yesterday my brother Doug and I went to the show on Bell rd. @ 67th ave. with (Mark Paar's) Manta. I was hoping to see Irfan's widow there with his Black Manta but had no such luck. <snip>

Irfan and his wife used to trailer his black Manta to Opels Unlimited (Todd's) picnic in California. That Manta is a wild looking, performance Opel. Probably one of the nicest that I have seen. Ifran was concerned that someday rust would appear, as it was imported from Germany.

He is missed in his passing (death).
 

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Yes we do miss Irfan, he really loved his Opel. I went to a show that he used to frequent, on Bell Rd. @67th.ave., last Saturday hoping to see his wife with the Manta.
I heard from Roy today, he will be traveling w/ Doug Robinson this weekend and expects that we all will head to Maricopa to get together w/Gary. I/'m having trouble getting my Targa started .....it turns over fine and has good spark nIt sounds like it wants to start but doesn't? Usually, after being away for months I just turn the key on a few times, then turn it over and it starts. After the first time I just turn the key to start & when the FI does it's thing it starts real quickly. I do have a HO starter but haven't put it in yet...I was looking everywhere else to see if I could find the problem.
 

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"Yes we do miss Irfan, he really loved his Opel. I went to a show that he used to frequent, on Bell Rd. @67th.ave., last Saturday hoping to see his wife with the Manta."

So lets remember Irfan for a few minutes. Irfan built his Manta in Berlin where he grew up. He built it to drive on the Autobahn and intended to spend a little time in the passing lane. He told us that meant dealing with the bureaucracy and red tape to get out of W Berlin, across E Germany, into W Germany, and then do it all again to get home.
When he moved to the U S he left the Manta stored in Germany, and eventually brought it here to AZ.
He was finishing his Manta restoration at about the time I moved to AZ, and we met at a Southwest Scuderia show
that was held at Gainey Village, Scottsdale Rd back then. The first 6 pics here were taken then , Oct, 2014.
I commented to him that his Carburetors were bigger than my 1.1 motor. ...More Manta pics later.
 

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