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  1. 17 points
    I am honored to be the recipient of "The Terry B. Dunham Historical Award," for 2018, the Buick BUGLE's Literary Award, for my article, "The History of Buick on La Isla de Cuba." Presented just last Saturday at the BCA's National Meet in Denver, the award pays homage to legendary Buick historian and author Terry B. Dunham. I met Terry at Hershey about 20 years ago, our only face-to-face meeting, but we communicated about Buick history over the years before his untimely passing in 2012. What a thrill to receive recognition for an unchartered area of Buick history about which Terry would be enthsuiastic, encouraging and proud. From the Buick Club's 2012 Tribute... "Terry B. Dunham, 72, the founder and a past president of the Buick Heritage Alliance, died on Friday, November 2, 2012. Terry was considered one of the world’s leading experts on the heritage of the Buick automobile, creating an award-winning book, a national enthusiasts’ organization, an innovative website for vintage car owners and major magazine articles." http://www.buickclub.org/terry-dunham-tribute/ Thanks to the BCA, BUGLE Editor Pete Phillips and Cindy Livingston, Graphic Artist Extraordinaire! TG
  2. 14 points
    I took my 1937 Century out this morning to allow a fellow enthusiast to drive it. He contacted me after seeing a photo of the car in an issue of the NC Region News. He is 82 years old and is looking for an identical 1937 Model 61. He drove a 1937 Century Model 61 as his first car when he was in high school. He is looking for another one since he never got over his father selling the car in 1952. I told him that I am not interested in selling mine, but he was welcome to come visit me and drive it. We arranged a visit and after riding in it and driving it he told me that "You made an old man happy." I think his expression says it all.
  3. 14 points
    Here's the best photo so far: I asked the four Obermeyer brothers to pose in the 1908 that has been in their family since it was a new car. I think they are all in their 80s; one lives in California, two of them live in Indiana, they all met at this meet. What an honor to document this!!!
  4. 13 points
    now tha's a novel idea. Why don't all interested parties share your email addresses and correspond via emails and get all this sorted out then return here and let us know the outcome. I am beginning to wonder, we aren't allowed to discuss world or national politics but it is ok to argue club politics with the whole antique auto enthusiast world looking on!!?? Personally I, and I suspect many of the users here are tiring of the subjects of 3-4 ongoing threads, with me personally staying up until 4 am this morning trying to trace drones and ip addresses and decipher all this. As moderator, I am trying to maintain my integrity by remaining unbiased and neutral on all of what has been said but my patience is getting thin.
  5. 12 points
    Made it up to and back from the BCA meet in Denver on Sat. Finished up the torque ball seal et al. about 11pm the night before. Met Father Buick and several others while wandering the show and swap meet. Stopped at the end of the driveway an took this. Scott
  6. 11 points
    FYI, In case anyone thinks I am shirking my duty to prepare these minutes. As of this writing I now have more than 12 hours into transcribing the first hour of the membership meeting. I do not say this for pity. But just to let you know I am working on it every day and trying to get it done as quickly as I can.
  7. 11 points
    My father forgot to tech me these! 😳
  8. 11 points
    Ben First-born Bruce and his 50 with the setting sun in Denver. Driven from TX.
  9. 10 points
    Well another day of going out for ice cream with the group. Driving these hills in Western Pennsylvania can be tough on a vehicle. Thank goodness we have a first gear. That and second gear was used today for both going up and down the steep hills. Some were about 13% grades a couple of miles long. A number of cars had smoking brakes because of the steep hills. I was told that ours got fairly hot also but we continued to have brakes. We kept driving and still put 90 miles on today. Only had a flat tire when we were getting ready to head out. Changed it and the rest of the day was great. We have been told that tomorrow will be a short day of only about 60 miles.
  10. 10 points
    Made it home from the Denver meet today. 780 miles each way. Stopped in the small Texas town of Chillicothe to snap this photo of an abandoned gas station. Car ran fine on the trip home--no vapor lock.
  11. 10 points
    Beautiful sunset tonight over Frank Cwikla's '40 Limited.
  12. 9 points
    Despite a severe bout with vapor lock and a failed coil, I made it to the meet today after spending 6 hours on the side of the highway yesterday. Here's a freshly restored 1963 LeSabre with factory 4-speed and 425 V8.
  13. 9 points
    I have always been interested in people’s life stories. I used to listen to my grandmother tell all sorts of stories. One that sticks in my head is about her childhood. Growing up in the depression her family, like most, did not have much money. Her father worked in the train yard cleaning the tank cars. He used to scoop up some of the gas and use it in his car so he didn’t have to buy gas during the depression. She died many years before I bought my first car, my Meadowbrook when I was 26. I would love to know the stories she would have now riding in it with me. Today I took my father out for a ride in it. He is not one to talk about his past, mainly because he would like to forget it. But we were driving around the block and he started talking about remembering when he was a kid in those cars and the chrome pieces on the dashboard that hid the radio and I could almost see a smile in his eyes. People think cars are just means of transportation but they can bring back so many memories in people.
  14. 9 points
    Well yesterday , Wednesday, day three it was raining like crazy. Still Joyce and I set out on the tour route. After driving about a half dozen miles in a hard rain, slippery roads and damp brakes we threw in the preverbal towel. That decision occurred after sliding down a hill and through the stop sign TWICE at the bottom of the hill. We determined that it was just too dangerous to continue the tour. You can see the first picture when we were putting the truck back in the trailer. The second one is the Garmin where you can see the rain on the face of it. It was definitely a fun way to get wet. Went out to get the truck ready for todays, Thursdays tour route and it had developed a noise that I did not like so we rode with friends for the day. Obtained the venerable ........Drive it, Break it, Fix it, Repeat, repeat, repeat. Now to find out the noise when I get home so a possible $100.00 repair does not turn into $2,5000.00 repair or more as it has happened in the past.
  15. 9 points
    They are known for being near-bulletproof mechanically, and they certainly have a physical presence. One of the most impressive-looking cars of the mid-teens to mid-20s. I've had several owners tell me that of all the cars in their collections, the Locos are the ones they would never sell. My family feels the same way about my car, a '19 Sportif 4-passenger -- it's OK to sell everything but that one. My car cruises easily at 50-55. Weaknesses include the fact that they are expensive and complex to restore, particularly if an engine job is needed (525-cubic-inch T-head, two cams, massive Babbitt bearings, 3 separate cylinder blocks to align correctly on the crankcase, engine air pump that pressurizes fuel tank). The clutch has (if I recall correctly) 17 plates, though maybe it was simpler by 1924. Shifting is very heavy, but you can get the hang of it and shift quickly with practice. The electrical system is uncommonly complex for the era. Just need to understand that technically, a Loco Model 48 was a good 10 years behind its times compared to a Packard or Cadillac. Big and heavy, relatively low-revving. But the quality of the materials used was first-rate, and it shows when you look one over. They were reportedly the most expensive cars built in America until the Springfield Rolls came along. Many of the surviving Locos have fairly low mileage -- my car has 33,000 miles, the majority put on by collectors since the 1950s. A new owner should understand or be able to learn the ins and outs of the dual distributor ignition system, the wiring diagram, and steering and shifting what I like to call "A man's car." My car is pictured below. Happy to discuss further if needed.
  16. 9 points
    Mike and Nathan Beach stopped by our little hovel today on their way home from a Chico, California Chrysler Airflow meet. It was VERY nice to meet them and to get to view their car close up and personal like. Also nice to exchange stories with one another. Hope to see them again. Here are a few shots of the car and the guys....thanks for coming by, guys! So enjoyable.
  17. 9 points
    Had the '25 for it's longest run yet.We stopped at our church for the Monday morning coffee hour.The pastor snapped this photo of two old geezers under the canopy.I know the thread says weekend drives,but I'm retired so my weekend stretches to seven days ! Jim
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  19. 9 points
    Today's plan was to move the 41 Roadmaster to its new home. Though the weather was dull first thing this morning, I ddecided to go ahead with the drive as Sunday generally has the least traffic, and few transport trucks, and as I was going to be driving in their lane quite a bit I felt that was important. Just about as soon as I started to pull it out of the city garage, it started raining lightly. Once we were under way, it started pouring. It rained the whole trip. Thinking about Larry Schram's post last year about driving for some time in his open Buick truck, I can say that I was glad that I had a roof, windsheild, and side windows, even though they were all fogged up! Even though Sunday should be a quiet day, some folks managed to have an accident on a major expressway we were travelling on through Toronto. A long, 20 min+ delay, though which it ran like a top, more than I can say about later though. At just under the halfway point, we encountered another, much more minor slowdown, and she completely died on me. I coasted over to the shoulder of the highway, and then it restarted without too much trouble. This happened about 3-4 times, and only after driving at speed for some time. I had issues with fuel starvation last year, and I'm thinking that they are back to haunt me again, as I also started losing power on the hills. So, after a stop at Tim Horton's, we finally made it to the new place, and now my two Roadmasters are parked beside each other. Funny how my nice seemly big garage is now quite full with 4 Buicks! Keith
  20. 9 points
    1951 Special driven in from Washington state. This is the one that was in the Buick Bugle a couple of months ago. Nicer in person! Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have owned this car for more than 50 years.
  21. 8 points
    I just heard the Jul/Aug Riview is out, and next year’s meet announcement is included as usual, that means the word is out, SO, I thought I would get this posted early for those that want to get a head start on planning. We are moving even further east for next year’s meet. Our host hotel is the Wyndham Gettysburg. The dates are June 25 - 28 (Tuesday through Friday). Mike’s, NC68Riviera, Aqua Zephyr must have found favor, it is pictured on next year’s LOGO! Details including the schedule of events, and the registration form will be posted on the ROA website at www.rivowners.org as soon as it becomes available. Mark your calendar and make plans to join us at what should be a VERY large event.
  22. 8 points
    I have always let people drive my cars, especially when they are members of the clubs I belong to. The Pierce club years ago had a handful of people who began to swap cars between stops on tour. This evolved into letting new members and attendees taking cars for drives. I often let members from other parts of the country drive my cars on tour while I ride in the back seat/rumble seat. About ten years ago, while at the Gilmore Museum for a national show, a twelve year old young man said I had the best car on the field........far from it, but I enjoyed his comment so much I let him sit in the car. He turned to his grandmother and said “some day I will own and drive a car like this one” a 1932 Pierce Sport Coupe. With the Gilmore track right next to me, I asked him if he had drive a lawn mower. He said yes. I asked his grandmother if it would be ok to let him drive the car around the track. She said sure.."..the young man couldn’t believe he was going to have a chance to drive the car. I gave him a three minute lesson on how to clutch, shift, and control the gas. I explained to him that I would take over if there were any problems, and do exactly as I say. He drove around the loop in first one time, and was shifting through the gears and I had to hold him back from speeding! He was a natural driver.......the entire thing was on a cell phone video and placed up on you tube. It was quite a lot of fun to share a car that way. Over the years hundreds of people have driven my cars........and it’s been nothing but positive experiences. A few years ago on Martha’s Vinyard in the same 32 Pierce a guy came up to me telling a story about his grandfathers 32 Pierce sedan. I ended up letting him drive the car twenty miles around the island. Became good friends with him over the years, and now I stay at his place when we visit! The more you share your car, the more you get out of it.
  23. 8 points
    I am new to the AACA over the last few weeks so I just ran across this thread yesterday and it is interesting. So much anecdotal information and thoughts based on local perceptions that no conclusion could ever be made on this topic. I am a gen X'er and well under the age of 71. I just got into this 'hobby' about a year and half ago and posted my start in the another thread. I started with a 31 Model A and fell in love and then added two more early pre war cars this year. Here are my thoughts and perceptions as well as anecdotal information to date. 1. I did not look at the purchase of any of my cars as an investment. I purchased them all because I fell in love with them, thought about what I wanted to do with them, and purchased each one for that reason. Why do you buy a new modern car? You know that as soon as you drive off the lot it will lose 25% of it's value, yet people do it. Why do you invest in a big education at the best schools for your kids? The new ROI numbers on that are showing that it takes 30 years to pay back the initial investment on those high priced schools in today world, yet again people continue to do this. The point is, that if you take a complete ROI view on anything you will never end up getting anything you may want or enjoy because you are too worried about what your return on investment will be! Yes of course you do need to be smart with your money but with cars and other hobbies you should also look at return on your time (ROT), return on your fun (ROF) and return on your sanity (ROS). 2. I joined the local Model A club and yes there are a lot of older members in the club. The other side of that is that we have added 4 gen x'ers to the club over the last 18 months. We also do see the Gen X's bringing their kids on the meetings and tours as well. Now not everyone wants to go to clubs or meetings these days, but after I purchased my Model A I found out that there were 3 other gen X'ers in my neighborhood that owned model A's. One of them inherited it and 3 of us purchased ours. There are younger people purchasing these cars but they are not into clubs and gatherings as much because of time commitments. Heck, I am in the club but I cannot keep up with the people who are retired and all of the lunches, tours, and get togethers. I probably attend 33% of what goes on in the club. So you cannot use club membership, participation on tours, etc. to gauge whether young people like the hobby or pre war cars. 3. As far as the hypothesis that there will be no one to buy pre war cars in the future, I doubt it. You will always have three types of people in cars, 1. the ones that want the best, have a lot of disposable income to buy the best, and are diversifying their portfolios as they have already invested in art, wine, etc. 2. The people that want to have the car, to work on it, take it to shows, have it judged, etc. and 3. the person that wants to have an old car to drive around, show it in the neighborhood and that's about it. My own observation and from talking to people is that I see the categories of number 1 and number 3 increasing while number 2 is decreasing. I will admit it, I do not have much interest at all in having my car judged by someone and telling me if it is 100% correct or not. I really just want cars that I can enjoy, drive, take to some shows, share the car and knowledge with others and things like that. I also cant wait to get my 1913 out for some HCCA tours. To me it is all about having some fun, getting out there with the cars, and escaping the high paced anxiety ridden modern world. 4. As far as purchasing a pre war car, I have purchased three in the last 18 months. I bought one from a classic car dealer (there are many in Michigan), one from a private party, and one from an auction. All three experiences were very pleasant and I thought I got each car at a fair value after I did research on each one. Now for the auction, I acquired the 1913 Cole from a museum and the other three bidders on the car were all Gen X'ers and the car went for well over the reserve. Also, I still talk to the classic car dealer where I purchased my Model A and they have sold 10 Model A's over the past 8 months. Also, we had someone pass away in our local Model A club and they had a nice Model A sedan that had some special attributes to it and the other members of the club thought the asking price was way too high. Well, it ended up selling for full price to someone in Germany. We have to remember that it is a global market and there are becoming many people around the world that have quite a bit of disposable income and shipping is relatively simple now. Essentially we cant just look at anecdotal observations locally and think that this is representative of the global market place. 5. I love to go to the local car shows and cruise ins with my pre war cars and I will tell you that my cars have received more attention than many of the other cars there and I always have a crowd around them. I took my 1922 Maxwell to a show called the Wilson Barn show that had over 400 cars. I was parked right next to a 1992 Mustang 5.0 on one side, a 1962 Corvette on the other side and across the row from me was a 1985 Chrysler New Yorker and then a 1976 VW Bus. There were probably less than 10 pre war cars there in total. People of all ages stopped by and wanted to learn more about the car, take their picture with the car, find out more about owning a car like that, etc. My favorite conversation of the whole show was with three young millennials about how the 31" wheels were so cool and they thought big rims on cars was a modern thing! Well at the awards the Maxwell won the top 5 peoples choice awards which was done by people voting on their top 5 favorite cars at the show. I also had a similar situation with my Model A where it won the people's choice award at another local car show with 200 cars. I am finding that people love these cars and want to learn more about it. Everywhere I take them they put a smile on people's faces, and most of all they put a smile on mine! Overall, my experiences and observations have been almost the opposite of yours. The market, the hobby, and what people are doing with their pre war cars is evolving but that doesn't mean that things are going to crash. This happens every generation and if there were forums and social media decades ago we would probably be able to search a very similar conversation! Good luck to you on your journey and the personal decisions that only you can make.
  24. 8 points
    Hard to believe, but my '70 Wildcat 455 got 22 mpg yesterday between Denver and Clayton, New Mexico. There wasn't much head wind and there's a drop of about 2000' elevation between the two places. Car is not vapor locking any more, thank goodness. Hope to make it the rest of the way home later today.
  25. 8 points
    Home about 6:00 PM Sunday. I left Lone Tree about 8:00 PM Sat. All week, my plan was to get to a spot on CO hwy 94 about 70 miles East of Colorado Springs at an area where there is NO light pollution to see the night stars from an altitude where the air is cleaner. I FORGOT about the MOON! So laid down in the front seat for a nap. Moon was way over there, so maybe a chance later. At 4:00 AM, awakened to rain! Nothing to do then but put it in the wind. Plenty cool until about I 40 at Shamrock. George did me proud. Believe me or not, the WORST mileage was from fill up at Lone Tree on arrival Tuesday until fillup in Colorado springs Sat. That one ,for almost 100 miles, was 15.5 mpg. The best was 21.6 from Lamar, CO to Lone Tree Tuesday. Flabbergasted. Complete trip mileage later. Great trip. Glad to be home. Ben P.S. Later! Complete mileage. 1459 miles. Includes 92 miles running around Denver Total gas= 73.4=19.9 mpg. Take out the "city miles" leaves 1367 miles and take out the gas , 7.7 gal for that, leaves 65.7 gal = 20.8 mpg. Best was from Minneola KS to Lamar CO , 191 miles, 8.8 gal = 21.7 mpg. Proud of George! Ben