Dave B.

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  1. Dave B.

    Saw this Chevrolet truck today....

    May seem like a waste of money to some, but their products are a great answer to the question: "What do I buy for someone who has everything?" I can't remember ever sending someone a Harry & David's gift and not getting a glowing "Thank you" note!
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    Saw this Chevrolet truck today....

    That's pretty cool - especially since it appears to be a 1934 model and their logo says that was when they started the business! Good to know that Harry & David's are car people.
  3. Dave B.

    Creating A Successful Car Show

    Lots of good advice above, but here are a few more suggestions: 1. Finding entrants – First and foremost, you’ll need LOTS of lead time. This is especially true for a ‘new’ event. I consider two months to be the absolute minimum lead – three or four months is better. Most people who regularly attend these events plan in advance! The traditional means of passing the word is to use printed flyers. Given today’s digital environment, you’d think that flyers would be old-hat, but they’re not. Many of the people who own and show cars are older and not computer savvy. Passing out flyers isn’t easy work. I always try to hit the most popular cruises and shows as far in advance as possible. You’ll also need a LOT of flyers (as in hundreds of them!). This is not to say that the internet should be ignored. As much as I don’t like social media, Facebook and the like are very effective means of advertising. Club websites are also great advertising spots. If you can ‘sell’ your show as a charity event, most clubs will give you some space on their websites. And, don’t be afraid to ask local merchants to post a flyer. Again, if the show is for a good cause, many merchants will be glad to help. 2. What do I put on my flyer/ad? Try to worry less about art and color and more about information, and don’t be afraid of ‘white space’. All event advertising should carry: ***the name of the event, date, exact location, times (registration, judging, trophies), organizing body, entry fee, sponsors, prize descriptions, other activities (inflatables, music, handicap & restroom availability, etc.) and food availability. Also, you should list any special restrictions such as no pop-ups, no bicycles, etc.*** Since your event is for a great cause, make a big deal out of that. Many car owners are also community-oriented and will give preference to ‘charity’ events. Ask people at shows and cruises if they receive any type of email announcements about upcoming shows in the area. Many areas have dedicated souls who compile lists of events and either send them out to their friends or post them on websites. Unless you can get help from sponsors or others, printing for flyers is expensive. Multi-color flyers are great, but also come at a premium. Most car folks are a lot more interested in the content than in a slick format. You can also contact local newspapers, radio and TV stations for Public Service Announcements. Have your information already typed-up so that you can hand a copy to the person you’re speaking with and also be ready to transmit your info via email, social media or to a website. 3. How do I find judges? Another tough question… The best way I’ve found is to go to shows and cruises, introduce yourself to the organizers and make your case. Unless you’re planning on a very strict format for judging, you should be looking for people who have experience with cars and shows and are fair-minded. Asking local officials (like the mayor…) doesn’t always work out well. It’s also a good idea to give your judges some small gift to show your appreciation – examples might be a small gift card or a free T-shirt. 4. What judging format should I use? If you get really lucky, one of the local car clubs may volunteer to help you with your event. If that’s the case, you should probably just let them handle the judging with the system that they’re accustomed to using. If, however, you find yourself on your own here, there’s an easy system that’s been gaining popularity lately. I refer to it as “Yes-Maybe-No”. This system only works for shows giving out, say, “Top 25” trophies without assigning classes. Each judge is handed sheets with car numbers and three boxes next to each number. Judges work alone and look over each vehicle entered. The decision is simply: “Does this car/truck/bike deserve a trophy, given the reason it exists?” This format can be scored easily on a laptop using a spreadsheet. “Yes” votes get 2 points, “Maybe” votes get 1 point and “No” votes get zeros. Each judge’s scores go into one column and the columns are totaled across on the right, then the totals are sorted. In our example, the 25 highest scores get trophies. If you’ve included special trophies like “Judges’ Favorites” and you don’t want to award more than one trophy to an entrant, you simply make those choices before the scores are compiled and take the winners of those awards out of the spreadsheet. One last note here: One of the other posters noted that using the term “Best” instead of “Favorite” isn’t a good idea. That person knows where-of he/she speaks. Telling one entrant that his/her vehicle is “best” is a big ego boost, but it leaves all the other entrants feeling a bit empty. 5. Finding sponsors is a good way to reduce your expenses. Getting a sponsor may be as easy as having your event at their location or maybe just listing them on your flyers/ads. If you’re really lucky, they may spring for printing costs or trophies! Car dealers are an easy choice, but so are retailers like auto parts chains. Municipalities are also good prospects if you can tie your event into some type of local celebration. It is important that your sponsor search be conducted as early as possible in the preparation process so that sponsor name(s) can be included in all the advertising. You should also contact your local ‘convention and visitors’ or tourism office. They may be more help than you might imagine. I’ve seen them help with printing, provide ‘goodie bags' and act as go-betweens with sponsors who are on-the-fence about helping event organizers! 6. Choosing a date: First do your research. Another poster noted that scheduling your event on a date that’s already been chosen by another significant or near-by show or cruise is a good recipe for failure. That’s excellent advice. Also, from personal experience, I’ve noticed that both the first weekends of each month and holiday weekends don’t usually work as well as other times because those dates are so popular. 7. Last point – Door Prizes. Many entrants have come to expect door prizes as a form of ‘return’ on their entry fees. I’m not a fan of door prizes, but being able to list them on your advertising is almost certain to bring in SOME extra entries. If you’re lucky enough to find businesses or others willing to help by donating merchandise or gift certificates, it certainly won’t hurt your attendance! In any case, good luck with organizing your show!! If you run into problems, this is a good forum for seeking advice, since there are quite a few of us here who have worked at lots of shows. Dave B.
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    Franklin Spotting in Northern CA

    After some electronic digging, I found the photo I took of the Franklin engine/frame at the Gilmore Museum:
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    Franklin Spotting in Northern CA

    If you travel to the Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, you'll be able to visit the Franklin collection! I've been there several times and end up spending a good percentage of my time in the Franklin showroom... http://www.franklincar.org/FranklinGilmore/FrankCollectionGilmore.htm The cars are all beautiful, but the one piece that always captures my imagination is the rolling chassis. It gives you an unobstructed look at how the air-cooling system works. Down in Central Ohio, there's a 1928 Franklin survivor that I really like (photo below). I've seen it at several shows, but the owner is never near the car when I am, so I've never gotten to talk with him/her about it.
  6. While reading the latest issue of Hemmings Classic Car, I came across a letter from a Mr. Frank Williams which directed readers to a website that contained a collection of stories about 'Gus and the Model Garage' that were published in Popular Science from about 1925 through 1970. In the stories, Gus always offered excellent advice to his customers and correctly diagnosed and repaired their many varied automotive problems. You can find the stories here: http://gus-stories.org/The_Stories.htm As a young guy trying to learn about what made cars tick, I read every 'Gus' story I could get my hands on! The series was written by "Martin Bunn", which was a pen name for a number of Popular Science writers. I'd guess this was done to add continuity to the series. Also, if you go back to the Home page, you'll have access to yet more articles, advertisements and magazine art from times gone by! http://gus-stories.org/index.htm Happy reading! Dave B.
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    1938 Chevy Business Coupe

    Here's the complete brochure for the 1938 Chevrolets: http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/chevy/38chev/38chev.html Click on thumbnails to enlarge them. And, just for fun, here's a link to a page I set up for my 1951 Chevrolet Special Business Coupe: https://www.sites.google.com/site/davezgarage/the-cars-trucks-and-trailers/1951-chevrolet-special-business-coupe Dave B.
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    Car dreams

    From many years ago: In 1966, my dad bought a new Chevy Nova SS. It was a 327 4-speed and, at 16, I loved it! I even used it to take my driver’s test. I drove it regularly for almost 4 years, even taking it to college. Then, in late ’69, my dad traded it for a 1970 Nova SS, a 350 4-speed. The ’70 was a nice car but it I just didn’t have the connection with it like I had with the ’66. When I graduated in ’71, my parents gave me the ’70. All during the time after the ’66 left us, I dreamed about it often and told my parents that the first car I’d buy for myself after college would be another ’66. As luck would have it, in 1972 I got an ‘offer-I-couldn’t-refuse’ from a man who wanted to buy the ’70. I was selling cars for a living at the time and didn’t really need a car of my own, as salespeople back then were furnished ‘demos’. After being without a personal car for about six weeks, I noticed an ad in the classified section of the local newspaper for a 1966 Nova SS 327/350 hp 4-speed. I went to look at it on my lunch hour, made the deal and picked it up that evening. That was 46 years ago and I still have my ’66 SS - and the dreams stopped the day I bought it!
  9. OK, I'll post one of me with my first "car". The date is June 5, 1952 (thanks, Mom, for writing on the back...). I'm almost 3 in the photo. And yes, I still have the pedal car. Since we lived in the country, there were no sidewalks to drive on and thus it didn't get 'driven' much. Today, it looks almost exactly as it did then.
  10. While paging through BarnFinds.com, I ran across this car listed as being for sale on ebay. I searched the AACA site, but couldn't find any reference to it. Looks to be a bit pricey, but who knows? Someone might strike a deal! https://www.ebay.com/itm/253613026992?rmvSB=true
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    1964 Karmann-Ghia convertible - For Sale

    Thanks for all the replies! Judy's not in any real hurry to sell the car. In fact, if she wasn't trying to simplify her life (and I'm guessing here - sell her beautiful home), I doubt that she'd consider selling the little Ghia. She also understands that she may have to take less for the car than she's hoping for, but that's a bridge we'll cross when we get there. She and I still haven't worked out a plan to take more photographs. I'm a fairly decent photographer, but we have a mutual friend who's a pro, so I'm hoping he'll step up and volunteer his time. C Carl is correct about the rear bumper. That is a reflection of nearby trees. Judy isn't an overly computer-oriented person; so when she couldn't locate any digital files, she used her cell phone to take snapshots of 'real' paper-backed photos! That's why these images appear to be slightly distorted or curved... Also, thanks to everyone for being understanding. This was my first post to 'test the waters'. I know that the members of this forum have a deep understanding of the hobby and the diversity of the people in it. I'll be sure to replace the photos when I have more and also update the thread with details if the car sells.
  12. $39,500 or near offer I’m listing this for a friend whose late husband ‘restored’ the car a few years ago. This is probably the first car she’s ever had to sell herself, so I’m trying to give her advice without being too pushy. I’m familiar with the car, having judged it at a local show several years ago. My opinion at the time was that it was in excellent condition, probably a 2+. The other judges agreed and it took home the ‘Best Imported Car’ trophy. She had it appraised and that’s where the $39,500 price comes from. I looked at Hagerty’s pricing guide and that’s in the range for a 2+ condition car. The first thing that I told her was that she needs more and better photographs, which are coming. That said, the car was NOT put back to original specifications. Her husband built it to his taste; which, depending on the potential buyer, may detract from its worth. Among the upgrades are a 1971 1600 cc motor with dual carburetors, a 12-volt electrical system, later model seats, and a modern radio. I’ve also advised her that, in my opinion, the only way she will realize the appraised price is to sell it at a ‘national’ level auction. She understands that and is considering it, but she wanted me to try listing it on a few ‘trusted’ sites. She also stated that if someone is really interested, she would consider reasonable offers. And, she understands that a serious buyer would want to do a personal inspection and test-drive the car, which she’s willing to do by appointment. So, if you’re interested or know someone who might be, I’m temporarily serving as the initial contact. I’m NOT selling the car, nor will I receive any commission, so I have ‘no horse in this race’. You may post a comment, PM me or email me direct at daveb9749@gmail.com Please excuse the poor photography, as these are the only photos that are currently available.
  13. This ad surfaced on the Bring-a-Trailer forum. I know nothing about this car, but I thought some of our forum members might like to be aware of the sale. https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/cto/d/1936-auburn-boattail-speedster/6284527701.html
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    Buicks, Buicks Everywhere

    Sorry if this has been posted before. I did a search, but nothing showed up. I found this video on (of all places) a Chevy Nova forum! The video shows the unloading of several train cars filled with new 1928 Buicks! The video has some sort of protective device attached, so I couldn't insert it directly... but here's the link: (Just click on the "Watch on Vimeo" button)
  15. I'm not much for cross-posting other people's cars, but this LaSalle was just too beautiful not to let the folks on the AACA forum know of the sale: http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1940-lasalle-5267-special-series-52-convertible-coupe/