*The Chev-El Times* Volume 16 Issue 11 A publication of the New England Chevelle and El Camino Association Nov. 2006 HTTP://GROUPS.MSN.COM/CHEV-EL 4 STATE STREET SHREWSBURY MA 01545 WWW.CHEV-EL.COM A NOTE FROM OUR PREZ No leaves, no trees, no cruise nights, no shows, no kidding it must be November,the month that’s natures way of giving you time to eat up all the Halloween candy before you have to start eating the left over turkey. Anyhow, November is here and the chill in the air and the shorter days tells us that a New England Fall and Winter is approaching. The “toys” are being put away but we will make the best of it and keep things going. Let’s keep in touch and there will be events planned so please try to attend. We may not have the cars but we can certainly enjoy each others company and talk about the cars. November 23rd of course is Thanksgiving and traditionally the start of the holiday season. I think it is a good time to stop and pause, be thankful for that which we have and be thoughtful of others who do not have as much. Our Northeast Regional has come and gone but WE DID IT and it was just great. A thank you to Rob Collette for posting some pics on to our MSN group and Paul Morgan for posting on to our web site for all to see. Many thanks again to everyone who helped out we couldn’t have done it without the help. Consensus of opinion from members and those that attended, is that we should do it again and I couldn’t agree more. Please keep it in mind for now, think about it, and after the first of the year we will meet and discuss it. Let’s just all relax for now………….Thanks ! Also, “you might be a motor head if you have memorized your car’s option codes and the customer service number of the Chevelle parts suppliers but can’t remember your social security number, anniversary or birthday dates”……….LOL and have a GREAT DAY! Your Prez Jim Goodwin Happy Thanksgiving ! DUES REMINDER It would really be appreciated if all renewals are in by the end of December. If a renewal is not received by January 8th, names will be removed from the active roster and I really don’t want to see that happen. Thanks! Jim NEXT CLUB MEETING Save the Date Thursday, November 9, 2006 7:00 PM at Christmas Party Cloverleaf Chevrolet Route 9 Westboro. The Plans are being made for the club Christmas party on October meeting covered and discussed the Saturday, December 9th at the Chinese Buffet in following: Worcester (Mill and Park Ave, where we had it last year). We will plan for dinner at 7:00 pm. You can Recap of Regional and brief BYOB (but in moderation please) and also bring a discussion of another one. $5.00 exchange gift, guys for a guy, gals for a gal. Hope you can make it, it’s usually a fun time Brief discussion for a Christmas especially if eggnog is on hand. R.S.V.P. so we can Party. Decided Chinese Buffet as plan accordingly……….Thanks! best option. Mention ofgoing to CSA in Assonet (Chevelle Bone Yard). HAPPY ANIVERSARY Brief Discussion for Wright’s in February. Congratulations to the following members that November marks an anniversary date for them Cake and Ice Cream to celebrate joining the club. Club’s 16th Birthday. Tony and Dominic Masiello...…...….S. Grafton, 1990 Paul Kelley……………………Portsmouth, NH, 2001 Dave Lachapelle…………..……..E. Brookfield, 2002 NOVEMBER UPCOMINGS November 7th – Election Day November 9th – Next Club Meeting November 11th – Veterans Day November 23rd – Thanksgiving November 24th – Busiest shopping day of the year IT”S A GIRL! Congratulations to Gary and Jill Coleman, who have new baby girl. Jenna Marie weighed in at 8lbs. THE TURKEY Though there is no real evidence that turkey was served at the Pilgrim's first thanksgiving, but through ages it became an indispensable part of the Thanksgiving tradition. The tradition of turkey is rooted in the 'History Of Plymouth Plantation', written by William Bradford some 22 years after the actual celebration. The turkey has brown features with buff-colored feathers on the tips of the wing and on the tail. The male turkey is called a 'tom'. It is bigger and brighter with more colorful plumage. Also it has a long wattle (a fleshy, wrinkled, brightly colored fold of skin hanging from the neck or throat) at the base of its bill and additional wattles on the neck, as well as a prominent tuft of bristles resembling a beard projecting downward from its chest. The female is called a 'hen' and is generally smaller and drab in color. The wild turkey is native to northern Mexico and the eastern United States. Later it was domesticated in Mexico, and was brought into Europe early in the 16th century. Since that time, turkeys have been extensively raised because of the excellent quality of their meat and eggs. Some of the common breeds of turkey in the United States are the Bronze, Narragansett, White Holland, and Bourbon Red. "The turkey is a much more respectable Bird and withal a true original Native of North America.” Remarked Benjamin Franklin, the scientist cum statesman, who was in favor of making Turkey the national Bird, instead of Bald Eagle. Important Automobirthdays Believe it or Not... 1903 Debut of the enclosed car and glass windshield. Since horses were quite 1904 Steering wheels replaced tillers. frightened of cars, they were a great worry for the first 1908 The first rumble seat. Part of a Packard two-seater called the "Honeymoon car." drivers. Uriah Smith, the 1909 Introduction of the compressed air self-starter. It never worked well. founder of the Horsey Horseless Carriage Company 1912 The electric self-starter we use today was perfected by Samuel Kettering. in Battle Creek, Michigan had a solution. His motor car came 1914 Henry Ford started paying his employees a daily minimum wage of five dollars. He with a wooden, life-sized thought that his employees should be able to afford the cars they built. horse head on the front. No mention was made of the fact 1916 Something for women; cars would feature vanity cases, clocks, crystal flower vases, telephones to "instruct" the driver and smelling salts. that this did nothing to quiet the noise of the engine. 1917 Car heaters started to appear on several models. The 1955 Dodge Custom 1920 The pneumatic tire was introduced allowing the new possibility of flat tires. Royal LaFemme was equipped with a matching rain cape, 1922 The Wills-St. Clair featured a back-up light. boot, umbrella and purse. 1925 The first rental car: the Hertz "Drivurself." 1926 Shock-proof" glass on Stutz and Rickenbacher models. 1927 The year of the chrome trim. 1930 The first front-wheel drive cars 1931 Sun visors for the interior of the car became available. The holidays came quick. Give thanks for all you have and say a little pray for those that don’t have anything. Enjoy this time with your family and friends. Eat all the turkey and fixins you can, they always taste better the second day. Have fun even if your wife drags you shopping the day after Thanksgiving, if someone eats the last piece of your favorite pie, or your football team doesn’t win. This is great time to volunteer, maybe you have a favorite organization, you can also find one on-line or in the phone book that may peak your interest. I have served thanksgiving dinner at the PIP shelter in Worcester, you really feel good knowing you have helped others who may not get a regular hot meal. Till next time, Sue Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake 2 cups graham cracker crumbs A simply perfect roast turkey ½ cup cocoa powder 1 cup sugar 1 whole turkey ¾ cup melted butter ½ cut unsalted butter, softened 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper ¾ cup water 1 ½ quarts turkey stock 1 ½ cups heavy cream 8 cups prepared stuffing 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped ¾ cup sour cream 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, place rack in 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese the lowest position of the oven. 4 eggs 2. Remove the turkey neck and giblets, rinse 1 tablespoon vanilla extract the turkey, and pat dry with paper towels. Place the turkey breast side up on the rack in Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly the roasting pan. Loosely fill the body cavity coat a 10-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking with stuffing. Rub the skin with the softened spray. butter, and season with salt and pepper. Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the cocoa Position an aluminum foil tent over the turkey. powder and 1 cup sugar. Toss with melted butter. Press 3. Place turkey in the oven, and pour 2 cups into the bottom and 1 to 2-inches up the sides of the turkey stock into the bottom of the roasting prepared springform pan. pan. Baste all over every 30 minutes with the Bring 2 cups sugar and the water to a boil in a large, juices on the bottom of the pan. Whenever the heavy-bottomed pot. Reduce heat to medium-low, and drippings evaporate, add stock to moisten continue to cook without stirring until the mixture has them, about 1 to 2 cups at a time. Remove turned a deep, golden color, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove aluminum foil after 2 1/2 hours. Roast until a from the heat, and carefully pour in the heavy cream meat thermometer inserted in the meaty part of (the mixture will bubble vigorously). Return the the thigh reads 180 degrees F (80 degrees C), caramel to the stove over low heat, and stir until about 4 hours. completely liquefied. Stir in the chocolate until melted, then stir in the sour cream. Remove from heat and set aside. Beat the cream cheese until fluffy in an electric mixer. Add caramel mixture, and blend well, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla with the last egg. Mix until well incorporated, then pour mixture into prepared pan.