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Big Changes for Cable Dahmer

by John Rau

Recently I met with Dan Boyer at his new store: Cable Dahmer Cadillac of Kansas City (the former Hendrick Cadillac at I-435 and State Line Rd.)  We had a great conversation.  Here are the highlights:

Cable Dahmer Cadillac on Noland Rd. is no more.  I believe Dan said that only the Buick/GMC piece is there now, and run by Marty Dahmer, from the Chevrolet dealer down on Noland.

  1. Hendrick was losing money on both their Buick/GMC and Cadillac stores on State Line Rd. so Cable Dahmer bought these 2 stores, and Dan is managing both stores.  This means, he has  a “stand alone” Cadillac dealership.  He stated that the demographics are incredibly different at State Line Rd. vs. the Noland Rd. location.  He went from selling a few Cadillacs a month to over 20 per month at this new store.  He’s selling to doctors and other very wealthy people in the Johnson Co. area, as opposed to the older, more “down home” people who live in the Independence area.  Interesting…
  2. I asked him if he was still willing and able to continue our partnership with his new store, and he quickly replied “Absolutely!”  Good to hear.
  3. I asked him how we could better support his new store. He stated the here in the next few weeks, he’s hosting an Open House event at the Cadillac store.  He doesn’t have a date yet, but he would love it if we, as a club, would attend.
  4. I asked him about the possibility of us showing our Cadillacs there in the spring.  Unfortunately, this store has less space for parking than the Noland Rd. location!  Most all of his employees have to be shuttled in from an off site parking lot down on 103rd St.  He said they have a large warehouse in Martin City where they house more new cars, which we could use, but there would be little, if any, street traffic.  So we’d have to have directional signage to get people to attend.  He also said that the old Lincoln/Mercury lot on Noland Rd. that they owned would potentially be available for us.  Not sure if that would work or not since there’s no active Cadillac dealer there.
  5. I told him about the Kansas City 2020 Grand National, about Cadillac’s involvement, etc. and all the fun that happens at a Grand National.  He would like to support us, and would like more information.  I think we should give him this past month’s Self Starter that highlights the Grand National in Washington DC. We had a great meeting, and it looks like Dan and Cadillac will be partners now and in the future. We wish him and his family continued success in the new year promoting Cadillac’s exciting new line up.

Club Visit Planned to the UMKC Baja Team

UMKC’s Society of Automotive Engineer’s (SAE) Baja Racing Team is a college-level competitive activity. Each year teams from all over the world build their own vehicle, and submit it to rigorous technical assessment, as well as real-life endurance testing. As a sponsor, the Club has been invited to tour the Baja Team workshops Sunday December 17th at 4:30pm. Immediately afterwards we will gather at Spin Pizza 4950 Main St. for dinner. At Spin, we will also convene our Monthly Membership Meeting then depart to cruise the Country Club Plaza.

Cadillac Sales Continue to Grow 17 Months in a Row


Cadillac sold 33,092 units globally in October 2017, maintaining a 17-month run of consecutive growth. Year-to-date sales are up 49,192 units compared to October 2016, totaling 289,705 units.

“For the past 17 months, our global sales have continued to grow, further elevating our standing as a major luxury automaker,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “We are building a strong foundation for Cadillac’s long-term success and will continue to increase our momentum with the introduction of the XT4 crossover in 2018.”

China continues to be a strong performing market with sales up by 36.1 percent year over year. Canada, South Korea, Russia and Japan also saw significant growth, while the U.S. market performance remained stable compared to the previous year.

New Member John Fulkerson

John Fulkerson, left, receives his new-member packet from New Member Liaison John Rau

The Club officially welcomed new member John Fulkerson at our April meeting. John, of Plattsburg, MO is the proud owner of a stylish 1970 convertible which he is looking forward to driving this summer. Great to have you aboard, John!

Club Welcomes Hagerty Insurance Rep at April Meeting

Nicole Borghardt tries to answer all of our insurance questions

Nicole Borghardt, local representative for Hagerty Classic Car Insurance addressed the membership at our April 23rd meeting. Nicole covered a great deal of information concerning her company and its policies, and she answered many Club Member’s questions. Thank you Nicole! Some important points:

  • Collector cars may be driven to work up to 60 times a year.
  • Coverage is based on “agreed value”
  • The insured is allowed to use any repair shop, or fix the car his/herself.
  • Valuations of post-war cars is available online.
  • Refer to April’s Minutes for a complete report

For a complete wrap up of Nicole’s talk, refer to the Meeting Minutes.

Missouri Valley Official Hosts of the 2020 Grand National

Paul Thompson has already worked up the logo and themes. Thanks, Paul

Paul Thompson has already worked up the logo and themes. Thanks, Paul

Marsha Redman, newly returned from the CLC Winter Board Meeting in Arizona, announced the CLC’s acceptance of our bid to host the 2020 GN.  This is great news for the MO Valley Region. So let’s start sharing ideas for tours and activities.

As you may recall, Club members voted to host the GN at our holiday party in January 2016. In addition to Marsha’s personal appeal, Rich Gibbs prepared a power point video presentation, and Paul Thompson worked up the logo and themes. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our city, our Cadillacs, and our hospitality. We’re goin’ to Kansas City, once again.

Club Members Act to Make Senior’s Dream Come True

Marge and Tom Keegan pose in front of Tom’s ’39 V-16 limo

It was a bit of a lark, really, to hear Marge tell the story. The administrators of Foxwood Springs, a retirement community in Raymore, MO asked residents to propose an activity that would be a dream come true. A make-a-wish pitch, if you will. Marge penned off a note explaining how she and her late husband used to travel in a friend’s early 30s V-16 Cadillac. It might be fun, she opined, to ride in one during her upcoming 99th-birthday celebration. This unique request set off a frenzy of communication which reached the highest levels of the Cadillac LaSalle Club, made its way back to Club Vice President Doug Redman in Missouri, and culminated in one unforgettable birthday gift.

High noon February 11th saw a stiff north wind descend from the cold gray sky as Lynn and I brought the car to the doors of the retirement home. But 99-year-old Marge felt no cold. She shunned a blanket as she reached up out of her electric scooter. The chrome handles of the huge black limousine fell into her grasp, and she quickly found herself seated on the leather bench.  With family and friends comfortably seated in the rear passenger compartment, we toured the neighborhood as Marge regaled us with tales of road trips gone by. One Thanksgiving-day trip found Marge, her husband, and the owner of the V-16 Convertible Coupé traveling to Columbia MO from Kansas City to attend the annual MU, KU football classic. The 280-mile round trip began well with unseasonably warm temperatures, so the trio left KC without warm clothing. Halfway through the game, however, the weather turned cold, and, shivering, they left the bleachers. The ride home wasn’t much better, as the drafty Caddy had no heater. Credit a pot-bellied stove at a general store on the route back with providing the warm up necessary to get them home.

Of course, the 39′s hot-water heater pumped out plenty of heat as we cruised the quiet streets. “That was my house, ” Marge said as we passed a tidy duplex. She left the house for an apartment in the senior center nine years previously. We held hands, and I was not surprised by a warm kiss.

Quite a crowd had gathered as we returned to the center. There were many thanks given, and pictures taken. Marge seemed quite satisfied with the experience. Of course, Lynn and I were probably the happiest. We were grateful for the opportunity to meet this fine lady, her family, and the folks who care for her at Foxwood Springs.

The car? Well, the sixteen took it all in stride, idling patiently in the cold. Just another day on the job: Transporting the world’s most precious people in the fantastic style to which they have become accustomed.

 

Club Welcomes New Member at October Meeting

John Rau presents a new-member package to Gary Huddleston

John Rau presents a new-member package to Gary Huddleston

The fine fall weather we experienced October 23rd was, no doubt, responsible for the colorful showing of old Cadillacs in the Denny’s parking lot. The meeting was well attended and we were able to welcome new member Gary Huddleston. Gary spends much of his time behind the wheel of his massive ’71 Fleetwood. We look forward to getting toknow him and his car better in the coming years.

KC Perhaps the Most EV-Friendly City in the Country

EV charging stations will string all along I 70

EV charging stations will string all along I 70

Club members routinely top off the tanks of their gas-guzzling behemoths with the liquefied remains of extinct dinosaurs. They may, however, be surprised to learn cow town is stronghold of electric vehicle culture. EV enthusiast and Cadillac ELV owner Michael Cesaretti informed the Club’s membership KCPL maintains a network of 1000 EV charging stations. All these juiced vehicles have saved 75 million gallons of gas this past year in Kansas City, which has made a significant dent in our carbon footprint.

 

24 Members and Guests Brave the Hot Temps to Participate in Club’s Spring Drive

Your Kansas City Cadillac Club

Your Kansas City Cadillac Club

Even though temps soared into the mid-nineties Saturday June 11th, Club Members turned out by the dozen to to travel the back roads for our Annual Spring Drive. The cool shade of the picnic area at Burr Oak Woods provided welcome relief from the 90-degree heat as we gathered shortly after 9am for coffee and treats. At the nature center we were addressed by naturalist, Dianne, who quizzed members on their knowledge of road kill and vultures. Our following drive to Higginsville provided much opportunity to attempt identification of numerous small animals who had been struck by cars. In Higginsville, members lunched on pizza and salad, and were treated to a wine-tasting by Arcadian Moon Winery proprietor, Doug, or Randy, or, well, you know him.

At the winery, we cut the club’s birthday cake, for, perhaps. the first time in 29 years. Founding member Craig Wood gave an all-too-brief talk on the history of the Club. Then it was time to hit the hot, dusty trail again. At our final stop at Happy Days Dream Cars showroom in Warrensburg, we viewed a beautiful collection of classic and muscle cars–all of which were for sale! It seemed as if Club members resisted the lure of the inventory, there were, however no Cadillacs.

All-Cadillac Car Show at Cable Dahmer Sets New Record

Saturday May 14th our sponsor Cable Dahmer Cadillac hosted our second annual all-club, all-Cad car show on the grounds of their dealership 3107 S. Noland Rd. Independence, MO. Last year we had a fantastic turn out, but this year, with many new members, we exhibited 37 Cadillacs and LaSalles in our beautiful car display. Many thanks to Dan Boyer and his friendly staff for providing the venue and the cookout. Thanks, too to John Rau and Doug, who organized the event at our end. Keep the second Saturday in May open for next  year’s show!

What would a Cadillac car show be without our gal?

What would a Cadillac car show be without our gal?

Thanks for your participation in this most important Club event.

Club Welcomes New Members

Two new Club members introduced themselves at our April meeting. Jim Byler and his wife, Annette, currently enjoy a pair of his-and-hers Eldorados. Kenny Cox has a few Caddies, including a 1960 Fleetwood that is looking for a new home. Additionally, Eldorado convertible owner Larry Eisenhauer made an appearance at the Spring Tune Up. Welcome to these new Club members. We look forward to getting to know them better throughout the years!

If you have questions about joining the Club, Visit our Join page, or call Club New-Member Liaison John Rau to get more info. 816-205-1812.

Missouri Valley Region Awarded Norm Uhlir Regional Activity Award at Grand National

Doug Redman receives the award from CLC President Dave Ritchie and friends

Doug Redman receives the award from CLC President Dave Ritchie and friends

A great and pleasant surprise greeted KC Cadillac Club Members who attended the CLC Grand National Awards Banquet Saturday
April 16th in Las Vegas, NV. As awards presenter Gary Fisher described the region that was nominated and won the Norm Uhlir Regional Activity Award, he stated, “And this region literally pushes cars as an effort to help their region.”  Well, that could only be us! As it  happens, Regional VP Tim Coy nominated our Club. Later the nomination was voted on by the entire National Board.  “This is really cool stuff and a feather in our cap,” said Club Vice President Doug Redman. When the award was announced, Redman accepted the award.  Mentioned by the CLC were our participation in national events, our website, and our promotional materials. Congratulations to all our members.

The award, engraved with President Steve Christensen’s name, will be present at our meeting this month, and we will also have it on display at our all-Cadillac Cable-Dahmer Car Show May 14th.

 

We only get to keep it for a year--unless we are really good!

We only get to keep it for a year–unless we are really good!

The Norm Uhlir Regional Activity Award was created in honor of Cadillac & LaSalle Club Past President Norman Uhlir to encourage greater activity by chartered regions of the CLC. It is awarded annually to the region demonstrating outstanding overall activity in the following areas:

  1. special membership services,
  2. regional meets,
  3. membership stability (retain or add members),
  4. quality reports and articles submitted by members of the region toThe Self-Starter,
  5. participation in Grand Nationals,
  6. special activities such as regional club projects, especially if beneficial to all CLC members.

 Auctioned Sign Brings $725

The Club’s donation of a neon “Cadillac” sign sold for an astounding $725 at the Grand National’s opening night auction. Proceeds from the sale of the sign will benefit the CLC Museum and Research Center in Hickory Corners, MI.

 MO Valley Receives Website Excellence Award

Congrats to all our fine contributors

Congrats to all our fine contributors

For the second year in a row, our Club’s website has been recognized by the CLC