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Raise your hand if you drove at least one old Buick this weekend

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Pulled the Special out today because I needed to drive her and went to a friend's who is a RR buff. Unfortunately he was not home but took this shot.

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Cruising the Pre War tour at the Gilmore Museum near Kalamazoo, Mi and one of the stops on our 75 mile drive was the home of civil war hero General Benjamin Pritchard.  I parked my 1913 Model 31 in front of the home and two civil war re-enactors.  Pre '42 car show on the grounds tomorrow with activities.  Lovely drive today, through rolling countryside and 75F with sun.  Life doesn't get much better does it?  Regards, Gary

 

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These rainy days are really adding up.  I feel for those who need it and wish I could send it your way.  But regardless of the weather the 56 went to an annual show at the Saratoga Auto Museum.  This event normally draws several hundred cars.  It would be surprising if it broke 100 altogether today.

 

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It's for all makes and models and there was a wide variety.  But here's some I thought were special:

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But here was my personal favorite:

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John, in your first photo it looks like there's a tiny red Triumph or MG. I recently found out my uncle has a 70 Spitfire, they seem to be interesting little cars, though I don't think I would feel comfortable being as tall as a sixteen wheeler's trailer tires. :P

 

And rain? Pfft, come on guys. :P 

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19 minutes ago, Beemon said:

John, in your first photo it looks like there's a tiny red Triumph or MG. I recently found out my uncle has a 70 Spitfire, they seem to be interesting little cars, though I don't think I would feel comfortable being as tall as a sixteen wheeler's trailer tires. :P

 

And rain? Pfft, come on guys. :P 

Green small car in first photo MGB probably 1970s  can’t see if roadster or GT

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Beutiful weather , this week end 36degrees , haven’t been far , just for a beer , but as Beemon was talking about small British cars thought I’d post picture of my visitor  , 1966 triumph herald (2 door 4 seater ), owner friend says it could fit in Ruby’s trunk

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To celebrate Benedict Arnold's  birthday, how's this; I left the Buick at home and drove to a Cadillac Club  lunch in a BMW. I tried to leave no one un-offended.

 

Bernie

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5 hours ago, Beemon said:

John, in your first photo it looks like there's a tiny red Triumph or MG. I recently found out my uncle has a 70 Spitfire, they seem to be interesting little cars, though I don't think I would feel comfortable being as tall as a sixteen wheeler's trailer tires. :P

 

And rain? Pfft, come on guys. :P 

There's another view of it in the 4th photo.  It was an MGB Convertible.  Honestly, I felt like I went to a foreign car show today. 

My first car I bought was an MGA, 61 I believe.  IT was really rough.  So bad the car was given to me for free.   The owner hooked up a battery backwards, ( negative ground) and melted a good portion of the wiring harness.  The good news is there wasn't much of a wiring harness.  I spliced numerous wires together and it was a fun little runner.  But my father threw a fit and so I gave it to my friend whose father did support the project.  I always loved driving that car on the midnight runs around the block! 

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15 hours ago, Beemon said:

John, in your first photo it looks like there's a tiny red Triumph or MG. I recently found out my uncle has a 70 Spitfire, they seem to be interesting little cars, though I don't think I would feel comfortable being as tall as a sixteen wheeler's trailer tires. :P

 

And rain? Pfft, come on guys. :P 

I once had a '68 Triumph Spitfire back around the early seventies.  I highway drove it 30 miles each way to work , and I can tell you that sixteen wheelers' tires were in fact taller than my car.  I'd look over while driving and see the center of those wheels at eye level.  Had to have a lot of respect and keep out of the way of those trucks! 

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22 hours ago, Beemon said:

John, in your first photo it looks like there's a tiny red Triumph or MG. I recently found out my uncle has a 70 Spitfire, they seem to be interesting little cars, though I don't think I would feel comfortable being as tall as a sixteen wheeler's trailer tires. :P

 

And rain? Pfft, come on guys. :P 

I had a 1957 Austin Healey 100-6, BN4 that I occasionally drove to work.  It was low enough that I couldn't tell the difference between a patch and a pot hole.  People behind me probably thought that I'd had one too many the way I dodged every dark spot on the road.  I agree, it was really spooky driving next to an 18 wheeler.

 

As far as rain goes, it would usually stop by the time I got the top out from under the rear seat and snapped into place, then dug the side curtains out of the "boot" and got them bolted to the doors.  

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bet you wish you should have kept the healey , good restored 70/80 k some more 😁

funny how you mention being low down , think small British sportscars  and big American trucks not a good match , don’t think British trucks were as big in the fifties , so not so scary , similarly big American cars were a mismatch for English roads , first motorway opened in 1959 sometimes things don’t travel well.

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John, it looks like a good venue for a car show.

I too, like those little English sports car, but on major highways, they would be very scary. Even full size SUV's are intimidating, never mind 18 wheelers! Never owned one myself, but several friends did in the 70's, and they were fun to drive.

Though I have become very spoiled with my big Buicks, so I don't know if they would feel too rough and noisy for this oldish dude now. Still enjoy the look of them, though.

Keith

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Some more aimless wandering this evening.  It was a late start with some long shadows.

 

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Went down a few roads I've never traveled before. 

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And found a peaceful spot for these few shots

 

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Long range forecast is for another rainy weekend coming up. 

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I got a jump on the weekend by taking The Aqua Zephyr out for a sunset cruise to the nearby town of Parkton, North Carolina. They have some cool old buildings that serve well as picture backdrops. 

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Being retired, the weekend for me consists of seven days ! The '25 coupe just made it's first 10 mile run for groceries. It never missed a beat.Probably it's longest run in at least 30 years.

Jim

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With being rained out lately, took advantage tonight and headed to the Wednesday Weekly Cruise-In.

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 I too went the local Wed night cruise in in the Reatta. Quite a few cars in what was near summer like weather. Most of the cars are American iron of some kind, but there was this mid sixties MG Midget with a for sale sign nearly as big it!

 Keith

 

 

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We took the Electra on a tour Sunday to the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park. We then went a few miles over to  a park and had a nice picnic lunch in a Gazebo with a stone fireplace around 200 ft. from the Hudson River. Wet roads in the morning and then a few showers on the way home. We drove 179 miles roundtrip. 

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Our Texas Region AACA hosted the 65th Annual Texas Tour this past week in Nacogdoches, Texas.  The host hotel was The Fredonia Hotel, which had a 17 million dollar remodel in 2017.  It was built in the mid 50's, and was restored in mid 50's modern style.  We had over 80 cars and probably 180 or so people.  We drove the Buick down on Wednesday and assisted with registration, parking lot marking, tour routes, and tour leading.  The Buick logged 590 miles and performed well, considering the water pump had dribbled some before we left.  I got a replacement pump from Bob's that arrived Monday before we left.  I took the new pump with us, and installed it this week when we got back.

 

Photos are on my wife's' phone, so nothing to share yet.

 

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