Ya gotta come!
The Stovebolt Homecoming is an event for all Bolters, even beginning ones! Young and old come from near and far. Check the posts in the ODSS Forum to see how the event is shaping up.
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Yea, YOU! Come on. You really can't miss this!
Our Mud-dog will be happy to have some extra folks to play with!
A little practice on the smaller trucks
Mennonite / Amish Produce Auction
Here is Dempsey (Mike Roache's 2-ton) loaded down with ONE haul! I hope to get some pictures before the event so you can get an idea of the scope of this auction. It is awesome. It is fun. It is a huge thrill! Bring your checkbook and we'll "vet" you with the registration.
The Old Dominion Stovebolt Society invites you to the
9th Annual Homecoming
Stovebolt HQ /
6-8 May 2016
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Check out details and the discussion
about this event
in the Forums
A fun-filled weekend of wrenching, friendship, fellowship, good food and learning!
We always have lots of hands-on work to do as the trucks roll in. Seminars and workshops include gearing upgrades, metal shaping, valve adjusting, timing, cab removal, sandblasting, etc.
The three-day weekend event is shaping up -- see details below. And you don't have to bring a truck ... you can learn just as much by helping and watching! You don't have to come for all three days -- come when you can and stay as long as you can't resist.
Each year, we have a great assortment of trucks from as far away as Missouri, South Carolina and Ontario. Be sure to check the pix and videos from our previous Homecomings.
As you will see from last year's slideshow, there's something for everyone and plenty for all (ages, too). Besides all the nuts and bolts work, there's lots to see and do around the area and neighboring farms, woods and fields, (some produce and flowers and plants WILL be in by this year's event ... FRESH!), some good chow always, a cruise or two, and the huge fire Saturday evening!
Schedule + Registration + Accommodations + Swap Meet + Volunteers + Directions
Schedule (yeah right...)
The trucks assemble
||On-going (AKA, "Unscheduled")
- "Tune What Ya Brung" -- The resident experts will be on hand throughout the weekend to help adjust valves, timing, brakes or generally mess with whatever you want to do
- Swap Meet -- Buy, sell, swap or just give away stuff.
- AD truck 261 engine upgrade -- Throughout the weekend, we will be replacing a 216 in an Advance Design truck with a 261. Triumphal first drive by Sunday ??? Come find out!
- Welding Seminar -- Sponsored by the 60-66 Forum -- Learn how to Mig weld! Mig welder will be on hand for demo
|Stovebolt Homecoming Weekend is about ....
Don demos safe welding
||Friday 6 May
All Day -- Arrival / Check in / Set up your camp spot
All Day -- Social and informal tech exchanges.
- 8:45 am - Noon -- Produce Auction Cruise -- The Mennonite and Amish Produce Auction (about five minutes away) starts at 9. Peggy will lead those who'd like to go (see Peggy's note) and the rest of us will stand by to bring home the haul! If you've never been, it's such fun and such gorgeous flowers, plants and early veggies. On Saturday last year, the trucks cruised over to the Auction to line up for a fun photo-shoot.
- 5 pm - 8 pm -- Dinner Cruise - a peaceful convoy of old trucks (check out the video from 2013 as we pull out the lane heading for the cruise) down the winding roads to a tasty place to eat. As you can see in the photos from last year, there's nothing like a string of old old trucks of all different vintages pulling into a gas station to top off! Lots of looks and visits from the local peeps.
- 7 pm - Midnight -- More wrenching and socializing
Saturday 7 May
- 7 am - 9 am -- Breakfast (Sponsored by the Tidewater Gang)
- 9 am - Noon -- Tool Seminar (Presented by John Laychak, our local Snap-On rep)
- Noon - 1 pm -- Lunch, Group Photo
- Afternoon -- Tech Sessions
- 6 pm - 8 pm Grand Hall Formal Banquet (Formal evening attire requested)
- 8:30 pm - Midnight -- Bonfire Social Sponsored by the Stovebolt 60-66 Forum (check out the video)
Sunday 8 May
- 7 am - 9 am -- Breakfast (Sponsored by the Tidewater Gang)
- All Day -- Tech Session wrap up
- Any time you like -- Teary-eyed departures
Looking at trucks
All you need to do to register is go to the Homecoming thread in the ODSS Forum and let us know you're coming so we can plan food. If you remember from years past, Peggy is still working on her rock garden - so bring one for the collection. (I think she's working on a wall now!)
Stay with us!
Attendees are encouraged to camp on site. Stovebolt HQ is located on a 17-acre Christmas tree farm with several fields, ponds, and woods -- plenty of space for your bedroll, tent or RV. No sleeping in the ponds but do bring a fish pole! Inside restroom facilities are available, but limited. If you prefer one of our nearby B&Bs or a motel, we have several to choose from. Just just Google "Southern Maryland Hotels." Check the thread in the ODSS forum for more details and a link.
If you'd like to help with this event, just let us know. It's all pretty simple and we keep it informal and fun. The men-folk already have the chow logistics worked out. But we'll never refuse help ... kinda goes with the whole mantra of Stovebolt! A working party is forming for Thursday afternoon, 5 May. Join us for fun, fellowship ... and back breaking labor!
Stovebolt HQ is located approximately 90 minutes South East of Washington DC at 41370 Friendship Ct, Mechanicsville, MD 20659 -- Just Mapquest, Google or GPS us for directions! For a simple map, go here.
So Come On!