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Dick Beecher DATE OF MEMORIAL is Monday December 10th

December 8, 2018
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We are saddened to report that our good friend Richard Beecher passed away suddenly on Thursday. Dick was well-loved and everybody’s friend. He was tremendously active in the Motor Cities Gruppe having served as President and board member and was a long time contributor to our magazine with many humorous and insightful articles and recollections about our hobby.
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Diane has provided the following info se we can pay our respects:
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Friends & Family gather at Trinity Lutheran Church

Monday December 10th from 11:00 to 1:00

706 W. Flint St  Davison, MI

Memorial Service at 1:00, Luncheon to follow

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Dick Beecher

December 8, 2018
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We are saddened to report that our good friend Richard Beecher passed away suddenly on Thursday. Dick was well-loved and everybody’s friend. He was tremendously active in the Motor Cities Gruppe having served as President and board member and was a long time contributor to our magazine with many humorous and insightful articles and recollections about our hobby.
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Diane has provided the following info se we can pay our respects:
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Friends & Family gather at Trinity Lutheran Church

from 11:00 to 1:00

706 W. Flint St  Davison, MI

Memorial Service at 1:00, Luncheon to follow

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Gruppe Holiday Party is Sunday December 2nd, 2018

October 31, 2018
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Main Dining Room 3

356 Motor Cities Gruppe Christmas Party

Sunday, December 2, 2018

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3:00pm – 7:00pm
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Birmingham Athletic Club
4033 W. Maple Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301
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Just East of Telegraph on Maple Rd.
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We have allowed plenty of time to mingle and visit together,
dinner will be served at 4:45 after grace by Rev. Roland.
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Please pay in advance, mail your check to Barbara so I don’t have to go around and ask for $$ at the event.
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Fabulous Buffet Dinner, Cash Bar $60.00 per person Salad bar, prime rib carving station,  roasted salmon, mashed potatoes with au-jus, and hot vegetables.  Ice cream Sundae bar with fresh cookies.
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Dress: Business Casual, Sport Coat recommended, tie not required
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RSVP by Monday, November 24th to
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Sue & Dennis Denyer or Barbara Skirmants
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248-391-3268 or 810-688-9090
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Motor Cities Gruppe at the Waterford Hills Vintage Races

July 12, 2018
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Dear Gruppe Friends,
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I have made arrangements for an event at the Waterford Hills vintage races July 27-29. Vic and Dave Burton plus possibly more 356’s will be racing.
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There will be a small spectator tent with table and chairs at the end of the straight, plus a larger tent in the paddock area for additional hospitality. I will have beverages and snacks available.
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I know that St. John’s concours is on Sunday and Saturday is the best day for racing.  Last year about 12 friends stayed for the great dinner on Sat night.  This year the dinner will be in the club house with plenty of A/C, cash bar and beers are a buck.  Dinners
are again $28.00 but you get grilled US Choice Strip Steak, grilled chicken, fresh MI corn, home made salads, and pie.  Water, coffee and pop is included.
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Please RSVP to Barb at skirmants@hughes.net
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Thanks,
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Barbara

Our Friend Heath

March 26, 2018
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Heath Hurlbert

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We were all surprised and saddened to learn that in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, 21 March 2018, our good friend – my good friend – Heath Hurlbert departed this world. A powerful reminder, as all of you know who have lost loved ones or close friends, that we are not permanent-party here on earth. And it’s always difficult to come to grips with the end of a friendship that lasted over half your life-time. As many of you know Heath had some severe medical problems, which finally seemed to be on the mend, and he was talking about, and making plans for, a return to a more normal life, which would not include hospitals. So his death was a shock.

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Forty-five years ago it was spring, and things were better. I ran across Heath a couple of times when I worked at Ford Dynamometer. He was what we would call an IT guy today. He would pick up the data we generated and take it over to run on Ford’s computer, a Hewlett Packard 8000-something that took up a whole building behind the “Glass House,” Ford World Headquarters on Michigan Ave and Southfield. To let you know what people thought of Information Technology in the early 1970’s, Heath was the only guy I know of who started as a salary grade one! This he told me later when we had become friends.

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Things were obviously much better at Blue Cross because he could buy a Porsche. Heath was already racing a Formula V, prepared by Motts (ask me), and so preparing the 911 for competition was natural. That’s just what we did back then, nobody drove a stock car, especially a Porsche. We got to be good friends over his Glacier Blue ’72T because I was the only guy who could fix his trick fiberglass front spoiler. The ’72 eventually became a 3.2 twin-plug RSR way before anyone heard of “Outlaws” and “R-Gruppe” cars.

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But Heath was really a Porsche Renaissance man, owning everything from a 1950 Coupe through his current 997 Carrera S bought new. “Back-in-the-day” we bought, sold, and parted out every kind of Porsche imaginable.  Then the restoration bug hit. When I went into the Porsche business full time in 1978, Heath’s 1960 Sunroof Coupe was the first car I finished, and he did much of the work with me. He was very involved and capable with artistic things, from antiques, to sanding and prepping a car for paint, to lost-wax investment casting of parts for mechanical banks, of which he had quite a collection at one time. He was responsible for much of the jeweled perfection on his America Roadster, which took People’s Choice at the 1993 Parade, and blue ribbons at Meadowbrook and Eyes on Design.

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We had many Porsche adventures, from PCA color “tours,” where we just barely escaped jail in Ohio one year, and nearly froze to death in a track prepped 911 with race headers another fall – as Kathy and Karen rode along comfortably chatting in a heated girly car, to concours and track events. We never competed directly on the rack. He ran a Formula V, I ran an E-Prod Speedster. He ran the crazy fast ’72 RSR, I ran a stock prepped ’72 T, then a ‘72 S. But we always had a load of lies to swap. And somewhere along the way I was honored to be his best man when he and Kathy were married.

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As you get older you spend more time remembering the things you did, more than the things you no longer (can) do. So we would always watch Formula 1 (neither of us quite made that level), went to the Detroit Auto Show, and Autorama, because Porsches were not our only car interests. I took him pictures in the hospital from the 2018 Autorama, but I had depleted the battery in Karen’s tablet, and now he will never see them. Good by dear friend, I am sure there are many others who will miss you too. Karen and I express our deepest sympathy to Kathy, may God grant you peace and comfort in the Great Name of Jesus.  

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Reverend Ron Roland

 

No plans are known for a memorial service at this time. We will update the Gruppe when we learn more. In the meantime, Cards and condolences can be sent to:

 

Kathy Hurlbert

26710 Carol

Franklin, MI   48025

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Forget to RSVP for the 2018 Motor Cities Gruppe Annual Pot Luck Dinner

February 4, 2018
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Photo by Erin Sanchez

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Hello friends,  as of today, Sunday February 4th, 2018 we only have responses from the Block’s, Golberg’s, Rivera’s, Gaeta’s and Tom Gasser.If you are planning on attending, please RSVP HERE to Barb Skirmants so we can make accurate plans!

We have secured the date of Saturday February 17th, 2018 for our annual pot luck at Leon & Lulu, starts at 5 pm sharp.

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The Clawson Theater
14 West 14 Mile Road, Clawson, MI
1 mile West of I-75 on 14 Mile Road

 

This year’s pot luck will again take place at their new venue next door, The Clawson Theater.  Park on the West side of the Theater building, enter via the side entrance. The Clawson Theater is a lunch room café and tea room.  It has seating and room for all our dishes with plenty of shopping on hand also. 

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Please RSVP to me and let me know what you can contribute for dinner. Park and enter on the West side of the Theater building.  Please arrive on time for appetizers, hot dinner will be served around 6:15 to 6:30 pm.

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Please bring a dish to pass,  your bottle of wine, and let me know what you intend to bring.
Appetizers
salad
hot potato dish
meat /  or entrée casserole dish
dessert
We look forward to seeing all of you there.

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Check out the new venue beforehand, and go to their web site www.leonandlulu.com

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See you there!

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Barbara and your 356 MCG friends.

2018 Motor Cities Gruppe Annual Pot Luck Dinner

January 29, 2018
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Hello friends,  we have secured the date of Saturday February 17th, 2018 for our annual pot luck at Leon & Lulu, starts at 5 pm sharp.

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The Clawson Theater
14 West 14 Mile Road, Clawson, MI
1 mile West of I-75 on 14 Mile Road

 

 

This year’s pot luck will again take place at their new venue next door, The Clawson Theater.  Park on the West side of the Theater building, enter via the side entrance. The Clawson Theater is a lunch room café and tea room.  It has seating and room for all our dishes with plenty of shopping on hand also. 

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Please RSVP to me and let me know what you can contribute for dinner. Park and enter on the West side of the Theater building.  Please arrive on time for appetizers, hot dinner will be served around 6:15 to 6:30 pm.

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Please bring a dish to pass,  your bottle of wine, and let me know what you intend to bring.
Appetizers
salad
hot potato dish
meat /  or entrée casserole dish
dessert
We look forward to seeing all of you there.

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Check out the new venue beforehand, and go to their web site www.leonandlulu.com

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See you there!

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Barbara and your 356 MCG friends.

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