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Saturday, May 23, 2009: Drive to Locke (GGVCOA & SacVCOA)

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Saturday, May 23, 2009: Drive to Locke (GGVCOA & SacVCOA)

Old 05-20-2009, 06:51 PM
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Default Saturday, May 23, 2009: Drive to Locke (GGVCOA & SacVCOA)

Hi Everyone,

The Golden Gate Chapter and the Sacramento Chapter are teaming up for another event-- a scenic drive to the historic town of Locke on Saturday, May 23, 2009!

Golden Gate Chapter information (copy and paste from Swedespeed event post):
Bring your brick out for a drive!

On May 23rd take a drive through the Delta to "Al Place" with the Golden Gate VCOA. This wonderful drive takes you through the Delta by way of the many levees, making ferry crossings to reach the destination of historic Locke California. Locke was founded in 1915 after a fire broke out in the Chinese section of nearby Walnut Grove. The Chinese who lived in that area decided that it was time to establish a town of their own. A committee of Chinese merchants, led by Lee Bing, Chan Hing Sai, Tom Wai, Chan Dai Kee, Ng So Hat, Chan Wai Lum, Chow Hou Bun, and Suen Dat Suin was formed. They approached land owner George Locke and inquired if they could build on his land. An agreement was reached. The town was laid out by Chinese architects and industrious building ensued. The founding of Lockeport, later 'Locke', was a reality. By 1920 Locke stood essentially as you'll see it now. Al's Place which is our destination, better known as "Al the Wops" was founded in 1934 after having been a Chinese restaurant since 1915 becoming the only non Chinese business in town.

This event will start with a drive, and culminate with a lunch at Al's Place in Locke. We will meet near Cordelia Junction and take Hiway 12 out through Rio Vista. Just outside of Rio Vista traveling north on Hiway 160 to Locke CA. Wander about (it's a small town) take some photos, and grab a bite to eat. Once we have had lunch we are taking drive on the levee roads.

Here is some additional information:

We are meeting at the IKEA in Emeryville @ 9:00am leaving at 9:15 for the Starbucks located at 4470 Central Way, Fairfield, CA‎. Exit 41 off highway 80, turn right on Pittman and right again on Central Way once you've exited. The Starbucks is on the right. Once there we will meet up with those from the North Bay and continue the drive to Locke from there. We are leaving the Starbucks at 10:15 to head to Locke. We are going out highway 12 to highway 160 and then into Locke. Once in Locke we'll meet up with the Sacramento Chapter, eat lunch at Al's and go for a drive afterwards.

The Sacramento Chapter Meeting Point:
The town of Freeport (at the white Freeport Marina sign)

Directions to Sacramento Meeting Point:

-Take the Pocket Rd / Meadowview exit from I-5 (about 10 miles south of downtown Sacramento)

-Go east and take second right at about 0.3 miles to Freeport Blvd.

-Turn right (south) at Freeport Blvd (2-lane Rd.) and drive another
1.0 mile south to the Freeport City limits.

-Drive another 0.6 miles south along Freeport Blvd. to a parking area
on the west side of the Rd. (adjacent to a white sign against the levy
that says (Freeport Marina). This is the location where we will
congregate and then embark to Locke by crossing the Freeport
Bridge which is only another 0.1 miles down the road.

For more information, a map, and related links, please see our event flyer at the Sac Volvo Club Website:

If you would like to come along, please let us know (RSVP) so we know to expect you.

Hope to see you there!

Take care,
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