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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