Sunday, November 16, 2014

Collector Convertibles needed for the Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt Parade 11/28/14

When:  Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 at 10.00AM.
Parade cars should arrive at 9:30 AM.
Weather permitting, convertibles preferred.
Where: Water Street and Lake Street, Excelsior MN near the "Port of Excelsior" tour boat docks.
Contact if you would like to volunteer!

Christkindlsmarkt Parade down Water Street.
  • Christkindl Angel
  • Father Christmas
  • Grand Marshall Joe Ryan and his grandchildren
  • Hennepin County Commissioner Jan Callison
  • singer-actors from Chaska Valley Family theater performing the musical "A Christmas Carol"
  • Royals of Spielmannszug
  • Excelsior Town crier Daryl Liepold
  • Mayor Mark Gaylord
  • former Mayor Nick Ruehl
  • Elves, Fairies, the Ice Princess, Knight Family Farms Horse & Buggy, plus others.
Photo by Rick Meyer

Photo by Rick Meyer


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt - Enchanting Hiliday Experience

The Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt is hosting their 8th annual Festival.

Where: located on East Drive and Water St./3rd St.
When: Thanksgiving weekend beginning Friday, Nov. 28th, 29th, & 30th.
Hours: Friday 10:00am to 7:00 pm beer garden and music continues till 10pm
Saturday 10:00am to 7:00pm beer garden and music continues till 10pm
Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm beer garden open Sunday at noon

We begin at 10:00a.m. Friday November 28th, with the
Christkindlsmarkt Parade down Water Street.
The parade is led by our Christkindl Angel, Father Christmas, Grand Marshall Joe Ryan and his grandchildren, Hennepin County Commissioner Jan Callison, the singer-actors from Chaska Valley Family theater performing the musical "A Christmas Carol", the Royals of Spielmannszug, Excelsior Town crier Daryl Liepold, Mayor Mark Gaylord, and past Mayor Nick Ruehl,
plus Elves, Fairies, the Ice Princess, Knight Family Farms Horse & Buggy, plus others.
The Market officially is open as the Christkindl Angel cut the ribbon.
The outdoor market features gifts ranging from modern to vintage to traditional German.

Throughout the three days we have a full schedule of local musical talents, choirs, and musicians.
Also back again this year is "KinderWorld" offering activities for the youth which includes storytelling, reading traditional Christmas stories, demos, make and take, facepainter, puppet show.
The Boy Scouts will be selling their traditional wreaths and swags.
The NorthPole Trolley with Father Christmas on board operating all hours of the Market.
Friday and Saturday afternoon live Reindeer dance through the site and also take part in the St.Martin's Children Lantern Parades at 5pm each evening.
and we have the favorite Alpacas visiting, who talk to you.

The Festival has continued as the original German open air market featuring
German Christmas Food traditions including Grilled Sausage, Roasted almonds, Sweet & Savory Strudels, Kindercocoa, Gluhwein 'hot mulled wine', gingerbread, cakes and cupcakes, candies,
hot cider, and other delicacies.

Friday evening at 5:00pm make way for St. Marten's Children's Lighted Lantern Parade
on Water Street all children are invited and welcome. Father Christmas, the Christkindl, and lots and lots of children proceed down Water Street from the corner of Water & Lake on Water St to third then left to the festival they will light the Christmas Tree and sing Christmas carols. The sponsor of the St.Martin Parade ReMax Colleen Johnson Group will hand out goodie bags and also prizes for the best Christmas hat in the parade.

For more information about the Christkindlsmarkt please contact
Myrle Mackenzie
show contact info Rick Meyer show contact info
or visit


Friday, August 15, 2014

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air For Sale

Can you circulate amongst your club members?


Here are some photos from my Car Show [August 9th] featuring a City Bus from 1954 - 5105 Bus # 97 which was an actual Bus used in Excelsior in that time period.

It was fun to see the Bus and hear it run, pull the cord to let the driver know you want to get off at the next stop – remember?

Brent our volunteer driver was busy answering questions about the Bus and questions like how many turns of the steering to turn a corner – about 7 to 8, no power steering folks, sounds like my ’49.

Well where can one see and experience the Buses and Trains – check the Minnesota Transportation Museum and especially the Jackson Street Roundhouse and for more information for a fun Saturday Adventure.

Many thanks to the Holter family for preserving the Buses and putting one on display at my Show last Saturday.

Enjoy the Photos and see you at my next Show August 23.

Rick Meyer

Tonka Cruzers Car Club - Excelsior
PS Don't forget the MTK Assisted Living Car Show in September


Cadillac 1970 for sale

  • VIN:  JO274698
  • Type and Model Code:   CPCEVI
  • Mileage  93,629
Asking $3000

Hi Rick.  I’m a Excelsior resident that has a car for sale.  This car was owned by my father but it’s time to part with it.  It hasn’t been advertised yet but I wondered if one of your club members might be interested.  Asking $3000.  Can supply more pictures or information about the car. 

Allan Liebrenz
Hm 952-472-6206
Cell 612-270-8700
Car Details:
Two door coupe, light blue body, black vinyl top
472 cu. in,  375 hp engine, V-8
Turbo hydra-matic  transmission
Blue cloth and leather interior
 Air Conditioning
Power Windows
Power  Brakes
Power Seats with Dual Comfort controls
Power Door Locks
Power Steering
3 speed wipers
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
Auto climate control- heating/air conditioning
Guide-Matic  Power Headlight Control (auto dimming)
Twilight Sentinel for Driving Lights (auto turns lights on at dusk)
Am/Fm Radio   [push button/signal seeking/stereo]
Remote Control Truck Lock
26 gal. fuel tank (use 93 Octane or higher unleaded gas)
Matching rubber floor mats
No Auto Level Control 
Limited Slip Differential ?
No cruise control
No air bags
Owner’s Manual
Maintenance Records Notebook
Chiltons  Auto Manuals:  1970, 1974
Parts catalogues and misc. literature
Purchase/Registration records
 Spare Parts:
“Y” exhaust pipe
Headlight #4001 (high beam)
A/C compressor seal kit #6599114
Thermostat housing gasket
Distributor contact set #52-90S
Distributor condenser #DR-227
Locking gas cap #461
Fuse, AGC 10 (4)
Spark plugs, 1 set of 8, #R44XLS
Wiper blades, (3), #PRL-18
Tire air gauges (4), #989276
Tire stem air valve extension (3),  #VE712
A/C compressor pulley removal tool
Old air compressor parts
Old body mounting washer and rubber donut parts
Spare tire hold-down bolt/nut
Old license plate holder
Car History and Notes:
Have 15 pictures of vehicle (could take more)
4th owner, purchased  4/14/1975 @ 33,625 miles
Present mileage 93, 629 (only 1,000 miles in last 11 years)
Oil/filter change, 93,563 (11/2009)
Transmission fluid/filter change: 91,860 (9/2002)
Hoses/belts/antifreeze replaced: 91130 (7/2002)
Tires: 2-1983 (installed approx. at 65,000 miles); 2-1992(installed approx. at 85,000 miles); radial- P235/75R15,
Tire pressure (cold), 22 psi front, 26 psi rear
No major work done on vehicle; slight rust cleanup and spot paint in 1992
Vehicle needs:
 A/c compressor and system checkout,
Replace front windshield (present one cracked)
Vehicle started and driven a short distance a few times each year, always garaged, rarely driven in winter


Friday, August 8, 2014

Tonka Cruzers Car Show Update

Sorry I haven’t had my Blog updated  much lately but have had soooo… much going on lately have had not enough time for Car Fun. So here is some highlights of the summer for Tonka Cruzers with some photos to view.
Of course my Car Shows [2 left August 9th and 23rd] Door Prizes and special vehicles to make them interesting.
Recently had a Show at Wealshire Assisted Living in Bloomington [3rd year] – great turnout lots of Mustangs plus a cool restored Bus. There will be a restored Bus at my August 9th Show that was part of the Bus Line in Excelsior – very cool!
Here is feedback from the Activities Director from Wealshire:

Hi Rick –
Your car show was amazing!!!!   I was very impressed.  Residents, families and friends all had so much fun.
THANK YOU AND ALL WHO CAME!!!!!!!!!!!  It was a wonderful event that everyone is still raving about. - Sheryl Hassan Activities

The Bus that will be at my Show is the following ……………………
It's one of the old Excelsior Minneapolis line run transit buses from the 50's we ran there in the 60-70's….. 1954 5105 Bus # 97 – see Pic

Next Minnetonka Class of 1964 had a dinner at the Minnetonka Country Club and needed a couple of 1964 vintage Cars by the entrance. John and Colleen Hardin and Fran Smit brought their rides for this occasion – see Pics [Plus the cheerleaders were there]

Have had good turnouts and interesting Cars at my Shows and the Tractor Trailer is finally gone from the lot to free up space. For those who don’t know Kowalski’s is going to open a grocery Store in the Mason Motors building March 2015 so I will be moving to a different location next year [probably Excelsior Brewery lot again].

There are 2 Pics that are unique – one at my last Show, check out the Spark Plug wires. The other Pic is from my Wealshire Show from a Chev Farm truck …. First person that emails me with what the heck the Spigot is for will get a door prize when at my next Show August 9th – good luck!

Rick Meyer
Tonka Cruzers Car Club - Excelsior