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WHO’s WHO 2022: Gear Heads is Whatcom County’s non-club | News

WHO's WHO 2022: Gear Heads is Whatcom County's non-club |  News

Gear Heads to Host Annual Father’s Day Auto Show on June 19

LYNDEN — As far as auto clubs go, the Whatcom County Gear Heads are relatively new.

Founded in 2010, Gear Heads started out with around 20 members, according to Walt Johnson, the club’s founding member and president in 2015.

At last count – end of 2021 – Gear Heads has 73 members.

Lynden resident Scott Calkins is also one of the group’s founders.

Currently the club’s president, Calkins recently said Gear Heads was formed as an alternative to traditional auto clubs in the area.

Most members of Gear Head have been involved with other clubs, with a few members still with other clubs as well.

Calkins explained that since most clubs are more or less like social clubs that meet monthly for dinner, the Gear Heads see themselves more as a non-club since they don’t meet monthly for dinner. having dinner.

“Our intention has been to meet monthly and do garage tours,” Calkins said. “There are a number of great collections, cool man caves and even a few private collection museums right here in Whatcom County. We’ve also chartered buses and taken groups to the LaMay Museum in Tacoma while touring LaMay’s private collection at the family home.”

But it all came to a halt with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While the past two years have made it more difficult to bring groups together for meetings, we hold an annual general meeting of members and do an overview of the activities of the previous years, review the results of our car show and vote on what charity organizations we want to support over the next year,” Calkins said. “We only do one auto show a year and are working hard to make it one of the most important and the busiest in the county.”

Love of cars, friendships

According to Calkins, the Gear Heads also participate in parades and even small car shows for county assisted care facilities.

“In 2020, instead of the auto show, we toured most of the county’s assisted care facilities,” Calkins said. “We arranged the visit in advance so they knew we were coming so their people could watch us go by. It was a great day and everyone felt good and the facility people loved it.

Members of the Gear Heads club for a decade, Dick and Sandi Denson have lived in the Lynden area for over five decades.

“We bought our first classic just before we joined the club,” said Dick Denson. “We were looking for a club we would fit into and Gear Heads came highly recommended by the neighbours.”

For the Densons, the club’s involvement is due to their “love of classic cars and the friendships we have developed”.

“We have made so many close friends at our club and other clubs in the county,” he said. “Any type of car is ready to lend a hand when needed.”

The Densons have four classic cars: a 1966 Ford Mustang, a 1936 Chev pickup, a 1930 Chevy three-window coupe, and a retro 2002 Ford T-Bird.

“Our first classic was the 1966 Mustang, that was the year Sandi graduated from high school, the year we got married and the year I left for Vietnam,” Denson said. . “It would be very hard to drop that one.”

Annual Auto Show for Father’s Day

In 2004, Duane Holliday purchased a 1959 Ford Fairlane retractable hardtop. Nicknamed “Doc,” Holliday began attending auto shows soon after.

“That’s how I was exposed to car clubs,” he said. “I called for information about a show and was asked if I belonged to any clubs, which I didn’t. As soon as I arrived at the salon, I was offered a subscription.

Now Vice President of Gear Heads, Holliday has loved cars since I was a teenager and has owned two 1955 Chevrolets, a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner, a 1964 Barracuda and a 1964 Chevelle. He currently owns a 1992 Ford F250 4×4 and a 1951 Lincoln Lido He still owns the Fairlane.

Ferndale resident Fred Lively has been a part of the Gear Heads since their inception. Lively said he enjoys spending time with all kinds of different people, all of whom “have the same interests”.

Lively’s first car was a 1952 Ford he bought for $75 with a friend of driving age. Since then, Lively has owned over 120 cars.

“My wife and I now have a 1933 Chev two-door sedan, a 1956 Chev Bel Air convertible, a 1937 Diamond T hotrod truck and a few others,” Lively said. “I now like to show off my cars.”

Lively said he originally joined the club for social purposes. Then the charity work followed.

“Money from (our annual Father’s Day car show) allows us to donate to several charities in our community,” he said.

This year’s Gear Heads Father’s Day car show will be held on Sunday June 19th at Bellewood Farms, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden.

The show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the judging is at 11 a.m., the trophies at 2 p.m. Free entry.

The show is open to all classic, custom and hot rod cars or trucks. Register your car or truck for the show for $20. Gear Heads will award over 20 trophies. Come for the cars, stay for the music and the food. Everyone is invited.