Mark your calendars, we’ll hold our annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday November 20th starting at 6pm at Zion Church located at 2301 Indian Mound Ave in Norwood.
During this event, we challenge our members to bring their best crock pot of chili and see how it stands up to other entries. The best part? You get to try them all and vote!
We’ll also be collecting new / unwrapped toys for boys and girls for our annual toy drive / donation to Toys for Tots. As you start your holiday shopping, consider thinking of the less fortunate children in our community whose holiday would be brightened by your donation.
It’s everyone favorite time of year… summer hasn’t quite given up, but we’re thinking about hoodie weather. Time for our annual cookout and downhill race event.
Join us this month on Saturday Sept 25th for “Summer Daze”. Starting at 3pm with a cookout at Bechtold Park in Sycamore, we’ll continue the night afterwards with exciting downhill racing.
We’ll be cooking / serving hot dogs, brats, hamburgers and chips for everyone, however please plan to bring your own sides / drinks.
We’ll be outdoors, however if you are not vaccinated and/or you feel that you may not be able to respect social distance guidelines, please plan to bring a mask for you or your young guests. Please do NOT plan on sharing food or drinks between parties that you didn’t arrive with.
Just a reminder that this weekend we’ll be holding our 7th annual Chili Cookoff this Saturday, November 23rd at Zion church starting at 6pm. Very little to do with diecast (except for us fans), but great fun nonetheless!
This is always a highlight of the year so look forward to the evening with a chili dinner supplied by our members competing for “best chili” honors as voted on by you… the lucky folks who get to sample them all.
Have a great recipe to share? Bring a crockpot and wow the crowd! This year we’re continuing the corn bread category for even more great samples. We’ll supply bowls, utensils, crackers/cheese and ice for the drinks, but if you’re planning on bringing a chili entry (please do!) you might consider bringing: – a serving spoon – any special sides / garnish you’d serve with it – drinks – a big appetite!
Our annual “Summer Daze” cookout / downhill event was held at Larry F’s house in Norwood on Saturday Sept 28th, 2019 starting with dinner and followed by racing!
The club grilled out (hamburgers, hot dogs. brats) and there was a great assortment of homemade potluck items brought by club members.
After dinner, Larry had his track up and running and the club staged a number of downhill races:
Race 1: “Grab Bag / Case Race” For this event, members bought their race entries at random from a brand new case of Hot Wheels (no peeking!), opened them and competed for top honors!. Fastest car won a case of unopened cars and ALL the bragging rights.
Race 2: “You Animal!” (cars named after animals) This race was open to unmodified Hot Wheels that are named after animals (not fantasy castings that represent animals). Examples include Jaguar, Mustang, Cougar, etc.
Race 3: Paint Your Own race: This event was open to all unmodified Hot Wheels that members had painted themselves. Here’s the catch… entries could not be drilled / taken apart. The had to be more than 50% painted to qualify (judges decide). We saw creative use of markers, poster paint, nail polish, nail-art decals, etc.
Race 4: Tow Truck / Tow Bait race. This is a bit of a strange one, but it turned out to be a real riot… Entries for this race had to consist of a tow truck/vehicle that’s towing another vehicle. This means that at least two wheels of the towed car (the tow bait) had to be touching the track and entries had to stay on the track in their own lane AND remain together for the length of the race / until they crossed the finish line. Members got creative fastening the tow bait to the tow vehicle (string, rubber band, glue, tape )
Race 5: “Mamma Mia, that’s Italian!” race: This race was open to any unmodified Hot Wheels vehicle that represented a model from an Italian car manufacturer…Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, etc. EXCEPT the Ferrari F40 casting in any form. Sorry gang, that one had to be excluded for obvious reasons.
Great time again this year. Special thanks to Larry and his family for hosting and putting on a great spread.