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Will you attend ROC Rally and Cruisin the Coast 2009


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2 DAYS AND COUNTING

One day if you're going to be at the pre-party.
 

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26 ½ hours!

Pre-pre-party planning to commence in about six hours ;)
 

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Well it took me 6 1/2 hours to get here,just check in to my hotel and on my way to Biloxi.see ya soon.:D
 

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Well there are six of us now. All at the red carpet inn in room 123. :D

4 White Ones
2 Blue Ones
 

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Look at ths 51 Studebaker
 

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Neat, what about the bike trailer!! That has to be an original!!
Check the photo galleries I posted this morning. The car, bike & trailer were featured as a "best of" by the local newspaper. There were serious street rods everywhere, and we didn't go into the "ground zero" area this afternoon! There were also six pretty serious Ridgelines with more coming tomorrow!
 

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Some pics...

First the pre-pre-pre-party (aka lunch) at "New Orleans Grille" in D'Iberville, MS, followed by a caravan to scout the Gulf Islands National Seashore Park for our photo ops tomorrow... (Left to right: djeaux, larryr, Lex Luthor, and Ridgeline2006)



Back at El Ranko Motel, a couple more show up for the pre-pre-party (aka hanging around the motel). Fla-Vyk phoned me from the parking lot & said, I'm parked by three blue Ridgelines & a white one! Then the Tide rolled in & we had an SEC trifecta of LSU, Bama, and Ole Miss. (Left to right: Fla-Vyk, Lex Luthor, Ridgeline2006, larryr, djeaux, and Rolltide)



The obligatory nose shot, same line up as above. I should've taken one when all the hoods were open -- four of the six have painted engine covers.



Sorry about this last one. I was backed up to the wall of the motel next door & couldn't get a wider shot.



Larryr & I headed out because we had longer drives to our respective evening abodes. The others are heading to the Isle of Capri casino for the pre-party (aka casino buffet). We're expecting nine more Ridgelines tomorrow & I took a call from Starfixer, who was desperately waiting for parole, er, closing time at work! More pics tomorrow & there will be TONS of street rod pics, too. We haven't even gotten into "ground zero" for the Cruisin' the Coast festivities ... yet!

READY TO ROC THE COAST!
 

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More pics. We ended up with nine trucks. I got individual photos of eight of them (sorry Tony). Here goes with those first...

(below left) FMS1 & Mrs. FMS1 came all the way from Shreveport LA in their new (Canadian-built) mocha metallic 2009 RTL Nav. (This is a sweet truck & a dead-on match for my Mrs. Djeaux's 2009 Pilot EX-L RES! She didn't attend, which probably saved me a cool $35K!) The FMS1's attended our Cruisin' the Coast mini-meet last year, so we had all of last years attendees returning!

(below right) Mr. & Mrs. Dnick won our long distance award (a plaque, BTW) for driving in from San Diego to represent the SoCal Chapter of ROC. If you want to know how much stuff you can cram in a Ridgeline bed, ask them!



(below left) Lex Luthor's "people's choice" award winner, sporting new Wet Okole headliner & armrests, which nobody else in the world has! (Note LSU Tiger doll on the dashboard!)

(below right) Rolltide rolled in from Warner-Robbins GA & raised the question whether steel blues come from the factory with hood scoops! This is a tricked out truck that gets driven in the woods huntin' & fishin'.

 

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Keep those posts and pictures coming. Have a blast on your trip.:D:D
 

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And now for the WHITE RIDGELINE OWNERS CLUB. I didn't get an individual pic of Ridgeline2006's truck, but it is white, too...

(below left) From Cajun Country in Lafayette LA, starfixer. This truck has a lighting system that will make any firefighter jealous. It is also very handy to have a "LEO" type vehicle in anybody's ROC caravan! The cab of this ride looks like a state trooper's vehicle. Starfixer has a cool little dragon chrome emblem that I thought Fla-Vyk was going to pry off the truck. After all, Vic has driven The Dragon!

(below right) Fla-Vyk drove in from Flagler Beach FL in his "farm truck" after making a solo run to Colorado in his S2000. Vic was at the 2009 Combo National in Pigeon Forge this summer & it was super to see him again! His truck now features chrome mirrors & door handles.



(below left) Coming in from Bentonville AR, the inimitable larryr was showing off his Alabama-built 2009 RTL. Larry & I split off the rest of the crew & headed north for home a little early. Another Pigeon Forge Combo Nationals attendee, even if he was driving a Civic Hybrid then. He had returned from the Dark Side!

(below right) Yours truly. The Great White Wonder. Also the only non-RTL in attendance. I have the nicest wheels, though!



I do apologize to Tony (Ridgeline2006) for not getting a shot of his truck while walking the line at the restaurant... Suffice to say, it is a WHITE Ridgeline with just about every Honda accessory known to humankind installed on it! A great truck & a great guy. Our organizer & instigator.
 

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Ridgeline2006 (Tony) was Mister Photography for this gathering. Here he is coordinating individual shots at the restaurant before lunch. He will be posting about 210,000 pictures when he gets home & douses Lex Luthor with ice water before the LSU-Florida game!



The line-up at McElroy's on the Bayou.



"Not a Ridgeline Owner"...



"Pagan Pride Day" (you go figure) kept us off the boat ramp at the Gulf Islands National Seashore park, but here's the line-up under the live oak trees. (left-to-right: Fla-Vyk, djeaux, FMS1, Lex Luthor, Dnick, Rolltide, Starfixer, Larryr & Ridgeline2006. The person driving the Ford in the background is a benighted soul, but his girlfriend looked cute in the bikini!)

 

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Some more pics from the Gulf Islands park. Evidently, Tony's trying to coordinate another set of pictures. Document this thing! Document this thing! (For the record, those chopped off looking trees are a legacy from Hurricane Katrina. There was 10-15 feet of storm surge in this area, along with 180-200 mph wind!)



Mrs. Dnick (far left) keeps an eagle eye on a bunch of trucks.



Starfixer (center) explains to FMS1 (right) why the factory cold intake scoop on Rolltide's (left) truck is essential to making an aftermarket intake work properly. Four of the five trucks had painted engine covers & Rolltide has gone the extra mile with the cold air scoop, fuse box cover & "secret" high performance mod. (If anything Ridgeline owners are innovative & inveterate DIYers!) And for the record, FMS1 is wearing one of djeaux's special door prizes -- a "Powered by Honda" cap!



Hoods up time! (Left-to-right: Fla-Vyk, djeaux, FMS1, Lex Luthor & a bunch of folks standing in front of Dnick's long-haul trucker.)

 

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Another line-up shot under the live oaks. Folks, we were parked about 100 yards from the Gulf of Mexico in an area with gorgeous salt marshes & probably the only place in the world with turtle-crossing warning signs! (Right-to-left: Fla-Vyk, djeaux, FMS1, Lex Luthor, Dnick, Rolltide, Starfixer, Larryr & Ridgeline2006)



Tony (Ridgeline2006) dashes to the line for the group shot. He'll have to post that ... he worked hard on it! This is "the man," even if Jimmy (Lex Luthor) got the best-in-show award.



Larryr does the honors in our "swap meet." FMS1 wanted "ole style" amber lights on his 2009 & Starfixer wanted "new style" all-red lights on his 2006, so... Larry got 'em all fixed up! Folks, Larryr is a certified (or "certifiable") genius. Such a great, great guy to have around!



The other half of the swap meet...



For the record, Larryr has also swapped out his "new style" 2009 all-red lights for "ole style" lights. So the big question of the afternoon was, "Who has a 10mm socket?"
 

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Great job Joe, you should be doing a syndicated column or at least have an anchor job on Fox News!!;) Keep the pics and info coming. Wife is going to live after a few doses of TAMIFLU and I am on 1 TAMIFLU a day for prevention.:) Say goodbye to $200 bucks for 20 pills!!!:(
 

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One last pic... As I posted early in this thread, there were door prizes. A cap, water bottle, some "cruiser" Hot Wheels & Ridgeline Hot Wheels were awarded. But Tony also had cool aluminum dash plaques for everyone & special awards for the long distance attendees (Mr. & Mrs. Dnick) & a "best in show" that was determined by popular vote.

Here's Tony (Ridgeline2006) on the right awarding the plaque to Jimmy (Lex Luthor)...



Now, from the park one contingent (Ridgeline2006, Lex Luthor, Rolltide & Starfixer) headed west into the heart of Cruisin' country on the Biloxi strip. Fla-Vyk headed east back to Florida & Larryr and I headed north for home. Tony has a ton more photos he'll post & I'm sure others will post theirs. This was a lot of fun & great fellowship.

THANKS TO THOSE
WHO MADE THE MEET!


For those of you who missed it, we are already planning Cruisin' the Coast 2010 & it will be bigger & better. The crew present included folks from the SoCal, Gulf Coast, Southeast, and Mid-South Chapters & everyone "represented" well! Fun weekend!
 

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Well what can I say. What a nice turn out even with the threat of rain, and plenty rain. So many stories to tell, I will try to tell as many as I can. First I want to thank everyone for show up nine trucks out of thirteen expecting to be there. Special thanks to Joe (Djeaux) and Jimmy (Lex Luthor) for all their help. I couldn't have done it without you guys.

I have many pictures that I will put on a webpage link so everyone can see them. I just need a little time to put them together. All those who took pictures please email them to me so I can put together for the website. My email address is at the bottom of the page so please use it to get the pictures to me.
 

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Think the Meet went great, had a great time and was nice to see what the others have done to their ridge. Was a nice blend of the daily drivers and those whom until this meet had never, never ever even seen rain.:)
Think it turned out really good and am already looking forward to next years meet, and possibly mini meets in between....hint hint.:D
 
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