Mark McAlpine

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  1. Mark McAlpine

    NC Region Fall Meet

    Sorry, I just saw this post. It looks like there was a great turnout for the meet despite the rain. Thanks for posting the photos, Annie!
  2. Mark McAlpine

    ODMA 2018 Fall Tour

    Sorry you couldn't make it to the ODMA Fall Tour, Wayne, but I know you had fun on the Sentimental Tour. The ODMA tries to schedule its annual Old Dominion Meet (usually held in the spring) and now its newly added Fall Tour (this was only the second one) so as not to conflict with AACA national activities, but it was particularly difficult this year to deconflict the fall tour because of the unusually busy AACA national calendar this fall: we had the Central Division Tour and Glidden Tour in September, the Eastern Fall Meet in Hershey and Founders Tour in October, and the Sentimental Tour in November. Add in also wanting to deconflict the ODMA Fall Tour with the major activities of the ODMA member regions (e.g., the Tidewater Region's annual meet in September and the Bull Run Region's Edgar Rohr Show in October), plus the questionable weather beginning in mid-to-late November, and it's a challenge to find a weekend in the fall that doesn't conflict with something. We'll try our best to avoid conflicting with national activities next year. (The national meet in Fallbrook, CA, may pose a problem, but I suspect there is a very limited number of OMDA members who will travel to the West Coast for the meet if the ODMA Fall Tour is held on Veterans Day weekend again.)
  3. Mark McAlpine

    ODMA 2018 Fall Tour

    Ron Vanderpool and the Roanoke Valley Region did a great job. Marion & I are sorry you and Debbie couldn't make it, but Debbie's health was considerably more important. We're just happy things went well and wish her a speedy & complete recovery. We look forward to seeing you both at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this February.
  4. Mark McAlpine

    ODMA 2018 Fall Tour

    A few more photos from the 2018 ODMA Fall Tour (9-10 Nov 2018).
  5. Mark McAlpine

    ODMA 2018 Fall Tour

    The Roanoke Valley Region AACA hosted the Old Dominion Meet Association (ODMA) 2018 Fall Tour this past Friday and Saturday, 9-10 November 2018. (For those not familiar with the ODMA, it's a non-geographic region of the AACA comprised of 14 of the 17 AACA regions in Virginia--we're still trying to figure out why the other three regions don't belong. The ODMA's origins lay in the "Tri-Region Meet" held in 1952 by the Alleghany Mountain, National Capital, and Waynesboro-Staunton AACA Regions. In 1953 the new Richmond Region joined the group and the Alleghany Region dropped out, and the meet was renamed the Old Dominion Meet. Over the years more AACA regions in Virginia joined in the fun, and the Old Dominion Meet has been held every year since 1953 except 1961. In 2010, the ODMA submitted an application to become an AACA non-geographic region, and its charter was approved on February 10, 2011. In 2017, the ODMA instituted an annual Fall Tour, with the first hosted by the Richmond Region. Hosting of the annual meets, and now tours, rotates among the ODMA member regions.) 2018 ODMA Fall Tour Chairman Ron Vanderpool planned and organized a fantastic tour highlighting the beauty and some of the many interesting attractions in the Roanoke Valley. 65 people & 34 vehicles were registered for the tour. Most tour participants, especially those from out of the area, arrived on Friday evening and enjoyed socializing in the Hospitality Suite at the host hotel (the Holiday Inn Tanglewood). The ODMA Board also held its semi-annual meeting that evening. After breakfast on Saturday morning, we drove up to the top of Mill Mountain to see the Mill Mountain Star (aka Roanoke Star, the world's largest man-made illuminated star) and view the scenic Roanoke Valley below us. After that we headed to the National D-Day Memorial (fitting for a tour on Veterans Day weekend) in nearby Bedford, VA. The memorial is fantastic--it you haven't visited it before, you need to go. Following our guided tour of the D-Day Memorial, we drove to Peaks of Otter Lodge for a delicious lunch. After we stuffed ourselves, we drove to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke (stopping en route at a lookout on the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy the view overlooking the valley), parked and took a bus to the nearby Taubman Museum to view its special exhibit "Drive! Iconic American Cars & Motorcycles." (Ron arranged for the bus because of limited parking at the Taubman.) After enjoying the cool cars, motorcycles, diecast model display, and special automotive art on display, we returned to the Virginia Museum of Transportation to view its collection including its eclectic collection of vehicles (including a rare 1923 Piedmont Model 4-30 Touring Car produced in nearby Lynchburg) and a special display--"The Star Cars of Hollywood." We enjoyed a fried chicken buffet dinner at the museum, before returning to our host hotel tired, but happy after a fun day. Some of us, not ready for such a fun day to end, returned to the hospitality room to socialize some more. Kudus to Tour Chairman Ron Vanderpool and the entire Roanoke Valley Region for being such great hosts and providing us such a great weekend! Enjoy the photos provided below--they don't begin to capture what we saw and enjoyed.
  6. Mark McAlpine

    YEAHHHH!!!! RETIRED!!!!!!

    Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement, Terry! And what a fitting way for you to celebrate--by going to Hershey and finding some great treasures in the flea market, antique stores, and Allentown paper show. Enjoy your retirement. As Marty Roth pointed out, you should have a little more time to do all the antique car-related things you enjoy.
  7. Mark McAlpine

    Thursday Night Movies

    We were unable to attend the Old Time Movies this year, but have gone to them the last five years or so and enjoyed them very much. Keep up the good work--the old movies are always entertaining, and it's especially fun to try to identify the old cars in them.
  8. My sincere thanks to my Judging Team at the Eastern Fall Meet in Hershey this year: Karl, Michael, Scott, and Tom. Each of them was very knowledgeable, attentive to detail, fair, reasonable, and consistent. What more could you ask from a judging team? We had a great time judging some beautiful cars. I had fun, and learned something from everyone on our team. Thanks also to all the AACA members who weren't frightened off by the rain Saturday morning and still displayed their cars on the show field. You can't have a car show without cars.
  9. Mark McAlpine

    TIDEWATER REGION DOES IT AGAIN!

    A few more photos. (I maxed out on file size for my first post.)
  10. Mark McAlpine

    TIDEWATER REGION DOES IT AGAIN!

    We had a great turnout of over 200 antique vehicles for the Tidewater Region's 45th Annual Meet (our "Wings & Wheels" Car Show for the 11 years we've held it at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach). For those unfamiliar with the show, we have two show fields--one for AACA-eligible vehicles and one for "Mods & Rods." Combine those with the world's largest collection of flyable WWI and WWII military aircraft and you have a great day. We had a Hagerty Youth Judging team out judging vehicles and selecting their own 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize winners. We were supposed to have two teams with 30 kids--mostly Boy Scouts--but our Scouts got pulled off to help collect relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Florence, so we only had one team of 9 kids but they (and our volunteer team leaders--Donna Elliott and John Heimerl) had a lot of fun. AACA Library & Research Center Director Chris Ritter's son Pierce was one of the judges. We also had a special display to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Chevrolet trucks. The AACA Library Bookmobile was supposed to be the centerpiece of the display, but was unable to make it because of an issue with the trailer. Que sera--things happen. (Anyone who takes cars to car shows has experienced the car, the tow vehicle, or the trailer breaking.) We were pleasantly surprised to see Chris Ritter, his father, and his son show up in the morning. We very much appreciate them making the trek from Hershey to Virginia Beach for our show and hope they enjoyed themselves. Our very own Terry Bond presented a seminar on collecting automobilia--it was very informative and entertaining. (Terry is a walking database of all things collectible that are antique automobile-related. His breadth and depth of knowledge is incredible. Every month he writes an article on collecting for our region's newsletter--it's the foundation of our newsletter, and every month I learn something new.) The Military Aviation Museum had a special "Snoopy" display on loan from the Charles Schultz Museum and also conducted a flight demonstration of its deHavilland DH-98 Mosquito WWII bomber (the only flying one in the world). Here are the "Best of" Awards for the AACA side of the field: Best-in-Show: 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 owned by Greg Cowell Best British Car: 1986 Jaguar XJS owned by Daniel & Diana Etheridge Best Camaro: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 owned by Paul Fuqua Best Chevrolet: 1931 Chevrolet AE Independence Roadster owned by Donna Elliott Best Classic Car: 1930 Packard 745 Roadster owned by Al Becker Best Corvette: 1958 Chevrolet Corvette owned by Scott Davies Best Foreign Car: 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto owned by Skip Patnode Best German Car: 1969 VW Beetle owned by Debbie Nolen Best GM Car: 1929 Buick Master 4-door sedan owned by Ken Talley Best Jeep: 1942 Ford GPW Jeep owned by Sam Kern Best MOPAR Car: 1937 Dodge Westchester Station Wagon owned by Kit Lawrence Best Mustang: 1966 Ford Mustang convertible owned by Wes Neal Best Orphan Car: 1970 AMC AMX owned by Joe Gentile Best Pontiac Car: 1962 Pontiac Ventura owned by Tommy Nolen Best Pre-War Ford: 1931 Ford Model A Pickup owned by Andy Ott Best Truck: 1966 Chevrolet El Camino owned by Charlie Dawson Attached are some more photos. Please come to our 46th Annual Meet next year on Saturday, 28 September 2019, so we can post a photo of your car, too! (Next year's special display will be "Automobiles Through the Decades" with 1-2 autos displayed from each decade from the 1900-2019 so spectators can see the change in design, features, and technology throughout automotive history.)
  11. Mark McAlpine

    Florence

    Marion's and my thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by Hurricane Florence and the first responders serving their communities (while their own families and homes are at risk). Consider making a donation to the American Red Cross and/or any other reputable charity that can help the many people who are going to need help recovering. We're glad to hear that our fellow AACA members in North Carolina are safe and well. Things are replaceable, people aren't.
  12. Mark McAlpine

    Passing of Jeff Locke (TRAACA)

    Jeff Locke's memorial service was held this afternoon. People's respect for him and his impact on the antique car hobby was evident by the attendance. The church was full with people come to pay their respects including two past AACA Presidents, four current AACA Directors, nine current and past TRAACA Presidents, plus at least one president of other AACA regions and several current & past AACA chairmen, young adults Jeff mentored when they were teenagers and are now accomplished adults. Rest in peace, Jeff. The rest of us will catch up with you down the road eventually.
  13. Mark McAlpine

    2018 Spring Rummage Box Available

    Thanks, Matt! As you know, all newsletters look forward to every issue of the Rummage Box. We appreciate your efforts in editing and producing the Rummage Box and keeping our members informed.
  14. Mark McAlpine

    Mecum Auction Harrisburg PA Aug 2-4th

    Here are some photos from the automobilia auction at the Mecum auction in Harrisburg and of cars being sold from the prior George Barris East Coast Representative Collection. (Some of these were not the original cars, but reproductions made later for publicity appearances and promotional purposes. Per the information provided in the auction listings for each car, the Munsters' "Dragula" hot rod was built for the TV show and then reportedly restored to fulfill a wish by Al Lewis--"Grandpa Munster"--to drive the car again before he died. The car was restored in three months and brought to Lewis' home for an interview, but that time Lewis was too ill to drive it. Lewis died on 3 February 2006. The "Monkeemobile" was car #3 and used on the show. The "Mach 5" car was custom built to replicate the computer-generated car from the 2008 movie "Speed Racer." The "Batmobile" was one of five built by the Barris Group and used for promotional purposes. The Scooby Doo "Mystery Machine" van was a reproduction inspired by the cartoon show. The "Jetsons" car was originally built for the "Donny & Marie" Osmond TV show, but not completed due to the show's producers deciding not to use it, then offered to a production company that was going to make a Jetsons movie, but never completed the movie. It has no drive train or interior. The DeLorean DMC-12 "Back to the Future" car is a promotional vehicle built to replicate the car in the movies, licensed by Universal Studios and used by them for promotional purposes for release of the "Back to the Future" Trilogy, and for promotional purposes by both Universal Studios, the late George Barris, and George Barris' East Coast representative Andy Perillo. The car also reportedly was modified and used in the 2011 remake of the movie "Arthur"--I've never seen the remake, so I'll take their word for it.)
  15. Mark McAlpine

    Mecum Auction Harrisburg PA Aug 2-4th

    Marion & I attended the Mecum auction in Harrisburg. We had registered to bid, but didn't buy anything. (We weren't in the market for a car yet and the automobilia we were interested in went for more than we were willing to pay.) We enjoyed it very much and will attend some other Mecum auctions in the future, but as mentioned above there were some minor burbles the first day--not enough seats for bidders (regular or gold), people reserving seats all day for phantom "bidders" or guests who never showed, and free beverages for gold bidders consisting of small glasses of water. We were also surprised that we as pre-registered bidders we still had to pay for parking (unlike at Barrett-Jackson auctions). We spoke to a very helpful rep from Mecum who explained that their Harrisburg auction is a different animal with people arriving up to 2-hrs before the doors open and then rushing for seats. The rep was apologetic and very helpful (she even offered us bottles of water), and I don't think it was a coincidence that there were more seats set aside for gold bidders on Saturday and free drinks now included soft drinks and draft beer. It seemed like there were fewer bidders on Saturday because there were always some open seats (at least in the gold bidder section). The Mecum Harrisburg auction seemed to have fewer original/unmodified cars than most of their other auctions. Most of the cars we saw were either mildly or highly modified. (There weren't many pre-war cars--probably less than 50 of the approximately 1,000 vehicles--and most of them were modified.) That said, there were many nice cars there, both unmolested and modified (including the beautiful 1936 GMC pickup and 1937 Buick Century shown above by Greenie). There were a couple GTOs and Corvettes that were particularly attractive, and Lee Iacocca's personal 1955 MG TF, but Marion restrained me. The auction was very well organized and everyone we encountered from Mecum was very friendly, helpful, and professional. It would've been nice if the automobilia auction on Saturday morning hadn't overlapped with the car auction (you can't be in two places at the same time), but understandable because it would've been an extremely long day if they had started the automobilia auction even earlier or delayed the beginning of the car auction. (The automobilia auction started at 9 AM and lasted until at 11 AM. The car auction started at 10 AM and lasted until after 6 PM.) We'll probably attend the Kissimmee and Indianapolis auctions next year and hopefully have room for another antique car by then. For anyone who hasn't attended a major car auction, it's definitely an experience and something you should do at least once. Even if you're not in the market for a car, you'll enjoy it.