King Midgets West Chapter Meet
Antiques by the River Bottom
5-7 June 2015
The Lompoc Valley is part of the Central California region. Rolling hills surround the Valley in the north, south, and east. The level Valley is open at its western end to the Pacific Coast Shoreline which is about 9 miles from downtown Lompoc.This was the setting for the Annual Antiques by the River event located in Lompoc, California on 5-7 June 2015. King Midgets West Chapter members Gert Gehlhaar and Don Nichols from Lompoc did a great job organizing this event which also included King Midget enthusiasts from Lancaster, Tehachapi, and Arroyo Grande.
Friday, we had a great ride to Jalama Beach driving the King Midgets about 40 miles for Jalama Beach’s world famous hamburgers. Saturday was the big show of vintage vehicles including gas antique cars, motorcycles, tractors, one lung engines, pedal cars, and a collection of King Midget cars. Sunday, we had another 40 mile King Midget ride from Lompoc to Buellton on the backroads going to breakfast. It was an amazing weekend full of great fellowship, good food, and great conversation. We can’t wait until next year to do it again.
Enjoy the following pictures and story about the great weekend as our members discover the many secrets of the Lompoc valley!
Do you suppose that a King Midget transformed into this beautiful three wheeled Cam-AM motorcycle? One thing that is fun with the King Midgets is the people that you meet along the way. There was a group of motorcycle riders in the parking lot at the hotel. They were kind enough to take Ted and Ardith’s picture atop of their bike!
Is this Bob and Marge in the King Midget? Looks can be deceiving. Actually, this is an 83 year old lady who was in the parking lot asking about the King Midget and Bob took her for a short ride. She told us later that she couldn’t believe that she got in a car with a perfect stranger and went for a ride. We did vouch for Bob and told her he was an OK guy!
Did you guess right? It’s a Messerschmitt which was built by German aircraft Corporation, named in honor of the chief designer Willy Messerschmitt, and is known primarily through the participation of Messerschmitt aircraft in the Second World War. The company survived in the post-war era and was able to engage in the implementation of civil projects such as this car. Don Nichols is in the process of doing the restoration.