Dianna Morrison and Jim Hinzman of West Virginia arrived in Delphos on Friday in a 1966 Cadillac De Ville four-door sedan. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Dianna Morrison and Jim Hinzman of West Virginia arrived in Delphos on Friday in a 1966 Cadillac De Ville four-door sedan. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — While “getting their kicks on Route 66,” members of the Northwest Ohio Region Cadillac LaSalle Club rolled into Delphos Friday for lunch at the local “authentic” A&W restaurant and a visit to the Delphos Canal Commission Museum.

The club was on its Spring Crank-up Driving Tour and 20 vehicles started the day in Archbold at Sauder Village traveled south to Defiance for a look at a car collection owned by Larry Florke, the Auglaize Village and Independence Dam State Park.

Friday’s weather didn’t dampen the group’s spirits.

“It was really cold this morning,” Dianna Morrison of West Virginia said. “Quite a difference from Thursday.”

She and Jim Hinzman arrived in a 1966 Cadillac De Ville four-door sedan. The pair were on their first tour with the club.

“I had been looking for a club. I just bought the Cadillac and Doug Berg from Akron helped get her ready,” Hinzman said. “He’s the reason we were able to do this. We’ve been having a ball.”

Morrison agreed.

“Everyone is so nice and cordial,” she added. “We’re having a really good time.”

Most of the vehicles were parked in the Delphos Herald lot and giving the group a good look at both of the city’s Oscar Velasquez murals and the War Memorial. They also took a peek at the canal and the lock at Third Street.

The group had planned to visit the Museum of Postal History, which unfortunately is closed for renovations. A trip to the Canal Museum was quickly substituted and fit more with the tour, which followed the Miami-Erie Canal.

CLC National Chaplain Phil Compton said the event, the first of the year, was a good way to dust off the cars after a long winter.

“It’s good to just get out,” he said. “We all love to drive our cars or we wouldn’t have them.”

After their visit in Delphos, the group followed the canal south to St. Marys with a stop at the Canal Park and the canal boat. After spending the night in St. Marys, the group planned to continue along the canal south to New Bremen and visit the Bicycle Museum of America and have lunch in Minster before moving on to Lockington to view more canal locks. The club’s final stop is at the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency in Piqua for a canal boat ride.