September 1, 2011 - Dennis Przywara - Racing Rickshaws in India
THE RICKSHAW RUN -2010
Imagine the fastest, safest, most earth-munching all-terrain vehicle in the world.
Then imagine the opposite.
Three wheels, half a horse power and more fun than any other vehicle on planet earth,
the humble Rickshaw is undoubtedly the ultimate long distance, off-road machine.
Despite being designed for short distances on road.
Now imagine the bliss of trying to get this untrusty steed over the Himalayas or across the Rajasthan desert.
This then is the Rickshaw Run; an unsupported maniac of an adventure which wobbles over thousands of miles of ridiculous terrain.
The most stupid and probably the best thing you could possibly do with two weeks.
Join Dennis Przywara as he shows his short film of "The Rickshaw Run," a 2,000-mile "no rules/no route" race across India that raises funds for charity!
September 8, 2011 - Bob Silver - Mercedes Magic via Monte Carlo!
Former Adventurers' Club President, Bob Silver, #728,
will relate and showcase his film of what happens when an overseas client asks you to appraise a rare automobile,
take charge of it, and deliver it to him in Monte Carlo from Los Angeles in 1979.
It turned out the 1936 Mercedes Benz 500K Special Roadster, a rare beauty,
sold for the highest price ever at auction and changed the automobile collecting dynamic forever!
Bob says what happened to him was a real adventure.
Come join us on this night and see/hear him bring this story to life as only our very own Bob Silver can do!
Bob Silver with 1936 Mercedes Benz 500K Special Roadster
The Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles®
September 15, 2011 - Bob Gannon - The Adventures of an Expedition Flag: A Decade of Global Exploration
Bob Gannon Flying Luck Lady Too! over Burning Man Event
Bob Gannon grew up on a farm in Iowa with 13 brothers and sisters.
He volunteered to be a combat medic in Viet Nam.
His adult business life includes founding and growing a construction company,
trading commodities on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and he is a Name at Lloyds of London.
But his real passion is to explore the world with a small airplane.
Bob learned to fly in 1992 and four months later crashed his single engine airplane, Lucky Lady, in Kenya.
Eight years pass before he departed again in another single engine airplane, this time, Lucky Lady Too.
Over the course of a decade they circumnavigated the globe twice, once in each direction, landing in 1200 places in 155 countries on all the continents.
He followed his curiosity as he gallivanted around the globe.
Please join us on this night for an unforgettable evening of stories and incredible pictures and video of Bob's amazing accomplishment.
We're so proud to have him as a member of our organization.
Bob Gannon in front of Mt. Everest with Adventurers' Club Flag
Bob Gannon flying past the Wright Brothers Monument
Bob Gannon at Timbuktu Mali Africa
The Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles®
September 22, 2011 - Craig Walters - Sudan Today
SUDAN, KENYA & JAPAN: RESPONSE TO DISASTER
Sudan is the scene of one of the most brutal civil wars in Africa.
With the recent independence of Southern Sudan from the North,
military action along the contested oil-rich border region has put a large population at risk,
with thousands fleeing a surprise attack on the city of Abyei.
Neighboring Kenya has also been in the news lately as thousands of Somalis have been
crossing the border searching for relief from a 3 year drought-caused famine.
Craig Walters was part of disaster response teams sent to these areas to help meet immediate needs for food and shelter.
Craig is a native of Southern California, having lived in La Verne all his life.
At 22 he was elected to the City Council , the youngest in the City’s history, serving for 14 years.
Over the past 30 years, he has produced documentary video projects in more than 60 countries, including many of the world’s poorest.
Recently his work has involved covering early response to relief efforts in disaster areas.
In addition to Africa, this has included 2 visits to Japan following the tsunami and a trip to areas destroyed by the earthquake in Haiti.
This program will include Craig’s observations, photos and video of these relief efforts
and the pitfalls of providing humanitarian aid to some of the planet’s most desperate people.
September 29, 2011 - Ladies Night - Dr. James Adams - Greatest Patriotic Married Couple in USA History
Please join us and several female aviators from the same era on this night
as Dr. James Adams shares the compelling story of the most patriotic married couple in USA history.
Dr. Adams is the number ONE international producer of variety shows for special charitable events in the world.
Current projects include a great love story about several American heroes that helped win two World Wars!
Jacqueline Cochran Record Setter
Jackie Cochran rose from a poverty-stricken childhood to become one of history's most accomplished female aviators.
Beginning work in a cotton mill at the age of six, Cochran labored at a series of jobs before answering her call to the air.
She learned to fly in 1932 while working as a cosmetics saleswoman.
Her future husband Floyd Odlum had told Cochran that flying would help her surpass her competition.
Flew in the London, England to Melbourne, Australia race in 1934.
In 1935, she became the first woman to fly in the Bendix Trophy Race, which she won in 1938.
Became the first woman to make a blind instrument landing in 1937.
Set new women's records during 1939-40, in altitude and open class speed.
During World War II she was the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic Ocean,
leading to the formation of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) program for which she received the Distinguished Service Medal.
Received the Harmon Trophy in 1950 as the Aviatrix of the Decade.
In 1953, she became the first woman to exceed the speed of sound.
In 1962, subsequently setting 73 records in three years. She exceeded Mach 2 in 1964.