Message from the President

The National Woodie Club exists to promote interest in woodies; to educate owners and the public on their history, beauty, usefulness and uniqueness; and to provide an association through which woodie owners and enthusiasts may exchange information on history, building, restoration or modification techniques and share experiences. The woodie is a special kind of car, which deserves special recognition. The National Woodie Club will work toward that goal.



Welcome again to the National Woodie Club.  All of us are in the middle of what has been and will continue to be a busy summer.  Most of the California shows have been completed, except for the Granddaddy of them all, Wavecrest, to be held September 21-24, 2017.  Many thanks to Dan Close, president of San Diego Woodies, and his club for keeping this event together when forced to hold it a week later than originally planned.  Rosemary and I will have to shorten our visit in order to return to Los Angeles to watch the Dodgers trounce the Giants at a game that night for which I purchased tickets back in April, before the date change.  I hope to see many of you in Encinitas on Friday evening and early Saturday before our departure.
I have had the good fortune to be greeted by Great Plains chapter members at the Good Guys Heartland Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa and by Pacific Northwest chapter members at the Good Guys Pacific Northwest Nationals in Puyallup, Washington.  I lucked out on the latter since we were attending, as we do every year, the nearby Port Townsend Jazz Festival.  I am truly grateful for the chance to meet so many of the members I wouldn't see in California.  Des Moines also presented the opportunity to view a most unusual woodie.  This "vehicle" DID have license plate and tags.  It was a wood deck complete with picnic table and benches and a functioning, while moving, grille.  It was driven around the event.  There were also at least a couple woodie school buses that had been well-restored.  AND, there was the newly completed 1937 Ford resto-rod owned by Butch from Arkansas - sorry I forgot your last name but you promised to join.  I hope you did.
I'll travel to Wareham, Massachusetts for Woodies on the Green September 9, 2017 and to Tom's Woodie Party, October 21, 2017, in Davidson, North Carolina.  I look forward to meeting many of my fellow members at these events also.
As always please let me, or any of your officers and directors, know what we can do to make our club better.  If we're doing something right we don't mind hearing about that too.
Bill Sampson
National Woodie Club President