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 FIFTY 567 CLUB, 1974 – 2000

The  forming of the 5 6 7 Chevy Club was talked about in late 1973 by  several people of Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada.  At that time rods runs  in Alberta and Sask. were restricted to pre'49 vehicles and there were  no events other than car shows that people with 5 6 7 vehicles could  attend.


It was decided in 1974 to send out a letter to all those  in the area who were known to have a 5 6 7 vehicle to see if they would  be interested in paying $5.00 to start a local 5 6 7 club.  This club  would have a newsletter and put on some events for 5 6 7's.  Forty  letters went out and the response was great.  Everybody wanted to get  involved.


A meeting was held, the dues were paid and the first  newsletter went out in March 1974.  Wayne Gilbert was the Editor and the  magazine was printed where he worked.  Ted Robb's Nomad was on the  cover and the magazine was very small, but it featured some stories and  classified ads.


In May 1974 an afternoon run was put on and a lot  of 5 6 7's and people attended.  This event was to find out what people  wanted to see the club do.  Some ideas were kicked around and then a  hail storm came and put an end to the event.


In late February of  1974 runs were made to Prince Albert and Regina, Sask. Those were one  day events and got the members out to these areas to meet people with 5 6  7's and more members were obtained and now instead of being only a  Saskatoon Club.  5 6 7 had become a Saskatchewan club.  Wayne Gilbert  came up with the name Fifty 5 6 7 Club and Bruce Williams made us our  first decal.


In October 1974 Kelvin Polonich took his 1955 Chev  2dr. hardtop to a car show in Edmonton where he got talking to some  Edmonton people who were looking to start a 5 6 7 club and they decided  to join with us.  They did and now 5 6 7 covered two provinces.


People  in Edmonton and Saskatoon who worked for the C.N.R. in those days used  to get sent for courses to Winnipeg to the C.N.R. shops and in this way  we began to acquire a lot of Winnipeg members most of whom also worked  for the C.N.R. By early 1975, 5 6 7 was in three provinces.


In  the summer of 1975 a C.B.C. TV announcer in Saskatoon decided to do a  feature film on restoring old cars and he picked 567 for his feature.   We took a lot of 5 6 7 to Blackstrap Lake and spent the day there doing  this feature.  It was to be shown in Saskatoon as a filler for the  local news and it was, but it also got sent to Ottawa and then was later  shown on the National News all across Canada.  From this film we  acquired a lot of B.C. members plus members from other parts of Canada  and by the end of 1975 what started out to be a local 5 6 7 club was now  a pretty big Canadian club.


Wayne Gilbert was the editor of the  567 News until May 1975.  At that time Dave Snell took over doing the  magazine at his father's work place.  He also designed the cover format  that was used,  and Ian McDonald took over as Editor.  Sheila Snell was  our secretary until July 1975 and at that time Annie McDonald became the  secretary of 5 6 7.


In 1975 we also added features such as  Member of the Month and Scoops & Scandals. The name scoops and  scandals was picked in a contest from a number of names submitted for  this column.


The first National Banquet was held in December 1974.


The  first W.C.M. was held in Calgary in 1974 and featured a tour to Banff.   It was put on in Calgary by the Saskatoon people and the first t-shirt for a W.C.M. was designed by Bruce Williams as was the original 5 6 7 club t-shirt.  Bruce was also instrumental in designing the club logos. He also designed the 45th WCM logo.


Through  the 1980’s and 1990’s, there were  local chapters Area Reps, the  National Directors, the constitution. lots of 567 items to sell, a back  picture page, color pictures in 567 News. There were club members from  across Canada, and many from the US, as well as several in Europe and  Australia. There were around 3000 members worldwide.


The Club  continued on with a monthly newsletter with Cars for sale, parts for  sale, etc. Ian and Annie McDonald from Saskatoon ran the club. Each year  a local 567 Chapter hosted a Western Canadian Meet. There could be in  the 500-600 567 Vehicles attend the WCM’s. The WCM’s were held in  bigger cities like Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg as well a smaller  centers like Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Moose Jaw. The club continued on  in that fashion until 2000 when a decision was made to shut down the  National Club. 


Many of the local chapters continued on and still do as local Car Clubs.


There has not been a WCM since 2000, so it is time again.


The  45th Anniversary Fifty 567 Western Canadian Meet is being held hosted  by  Saskatoon Fifty 567 Club, and will take place in Saskatoon Sask,  Canada, and Warman Sask Canada in July 2019.
 

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