The weekend of October 22, 2016 MJC Classic Cars proudly attended the great 38th Annual BOPC Car Show, in the beautiful downtown area of Auburndale, Florida. This great event included a day of some great classic cars, music, charity, gifts, and a friendly community of attendees and club members. We asked the leaders of the group to gives us some background to who they are and what they do:
From Karen Stutzmen:
Who are you and where are you from?
My Husband, Leo, and I were not charter members for the club but joined within a few months of its start up. We own a 1953 Fiesta convertible which Leo bought just after we had had our first date in 1956, so the car is part of our family. It was our dating car and has stayed with us through thick and thin. We wanted to be a part of a group whose interests were much the same as ours so, what better club than the Olds Club. Leo and I have each been president of the club as well as having held other offices over the years. We have made soon wonderful friends whom we value beyond measure. We moved to Florida from northern Indiana in 1969 and are the parents for two children and three grandchildren. We started our own company selling add-on sub micron filtration systems for all kinds of oils, especially hydraulic oils, and diesel fuels. After over forty years of business our Daughter and Son in Law bought the business which operates in Plant City, FL
How did BOPC get started and how did you get involved with BOPC?
The Buick Club started the BOP Show and did it for a number of years. In 1998 they asked the Olds Club to sponsor the show for one year as they were involved with doing a National Buick Club Show in Jacksonville. The Olds Club agreed to sponsor the show that year and have done it ever since. The Buick Club folded before they could do another show. In 2000, we added the 'C' to the BOP and it became the BOPC as it remains today. I believe the show was started as a show to appreciate classic cars and to have fun. It surely remains with those objectives but over time we have become involved with using a fair amount of the collected registration funds and the extra profit from the Basket auction and other things for charity. We feel this is a good way to give back to the community.
The Olds Club came into being in 1995 in Orlando. Rodney Kincaid, a local construction company owner, loved Oldsmobile and thought there should be an Oldsmobile Club. So along with several other Olds owners and the support of five Oldsmobile Dealerships in the Orlando area the Club was started. We are a chapter of the National Oldsmobile Club of America. We have about ninety members at this time, most of whom live in Florida. There are some snowbird members and some from other States who enjoy our club and love Oldsmobile so have become members as well.
What is the future for BOPC?
I believe that the future of the BOPC is strong. We average 100 - 125 cars each year. The following has been good with Buick, Pontiac, Olds, and is becoming better each year with Cadillac. The annual show was held for many years at Old Town, but as with many things, management and ideas change so it has been necessary for us to look for other venues. I believe that we have found a very good venue and will most likely remain in Auburndale for a while.