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  1. My girlfriend (now wife-very tolerant woman) and I attended the first auction. I have the catalog somewhere. Three things stood out. We sat next to a gentlemen from the Lars Anderson museum in Boston. I thing he bought the most cars that day. Second, Leonidid, the Collier Brothers race car (which I was after) sold for big money at the time -$9500.00. Old race cars weren't in vogue at that time. The last car auctioned was Austie's Simplex Speed Car. He had a $100 K reserve. It was bid to $95K. Austie asked for $100K bid and the bidder said "We'll talk" Austie's reply-"No we won't". The guy passed on a Simplex for $5K! We always had dinner at Barons Cove in Sag Harbor which is still there. I have to say we spent a weekend in the Hamptons and it is what convinced us to get married - 37 years and counting.
  2. Terry: Thanks for "plugging" the club on this forum. The Spark Plug Collectors of America always welcome new members. Please check out our website at SPCOA.org. Annual dues (US and Canada) are $25.00. New members can sign upon the web or at: Spark Plug Collectors of America 9 Heritage Lane Simsbury, CT 06070 spcoarn@yahoo.com
  3. I've had many dealings with Little British. They are fine folks and great to deal with
  4. Here is one of my then girlfriend in the Model A circa 1979. We were married in 1983 - it will be 37 years in August
  5. I took a drive around the old Briarcliff course a couple of years ago. I found it to be quite scary and narrow, and it was probably not as wide in the mid thirties. As they say "When men were men".
  6. Back around 1983 or so, Bb Swanson and I went down to New Jersey for the Watchung Region AACA swap meet. This was the first meet we hit in spring, and we had gone a few times. We came upon a vendor and were looking at parts when the guy told us that he needed to be at a rehersal dinner for his daughter's wedding that afternoon so was in a big hurry to sell out and go. I don't completely remember how the discussion went, but this guy offered to sell us all the parts plus the space for $100.00. We agreed and proceeded to sell parts all day and take the leftovers home. I've done some crazy things over the years but this is the first (and only) time I've bought the whole space.
  7. The International Motor Racing Library in Watkins Glen has all of the SCCA records from 1944 on. They had a ton of data on my Healey and it's driver.If you send in a written request, they will research it for you.
  8. I checked the dates and it works out. Hillclimb is Saturday, car show is Sunday. Bob: You remembered that I got the '31 from Frank. He delivered it to my house on New Years Eve 1977 with the temperature around zero. All it was was a rolling chassis with a restored body shell. No hood, no interior.
  9. Unfortunately, the date conflicts with the VSCCA hill climb in Wilbraham, MA so we will need to make a choice. I don't have anything that early, but our '31 Ford was in all of the Ridgefield meets starting in 1977 and I hope I can bring it. I was president of the region in 1987 so I really need to attend..
  10. The hot smell of a racing car just after it comes off of the track is one of the things that makes racing great for me. Castrol R was great stuff, the only problem is the residue it leaves, specially in a 2-stroke engine.
  11. 1967 was before my time at Ridgefield . My first one was probably 1976 when I went with my buddy and an old time collector, Ed Malley. This does bring back memories of a lot of people from those years who proved to be mentors over the years. In 1976, I was just finished playing around with SCCA racing and small formula cars. We went to this meet and after that I HAD to have one of these old cars. Frank Blefari sold me my Model A Town Sedan in December 1976, and the rest is, as they say, history.
  12. We went in 2017. I agree about the judging - terrible. That year the best of show winner would not run and was pushed through the trophy presentation. Kind of embarrassing I thought. VSCCA had an event in Saratoga last year. I agree, a fabulous venue. The wife and I arrived a hour early and the lady in the museum invited us in for coffee and gave us a private tour. Very nice people.
  13. Powermatic woodworking machinery is up significantly due to the tariff.
  14. These is a very original SSK hiding in a garage in Connecticut.
  15. We'll be in Vermont racing up Mt.Equinox, one of the oldest hill climbs in the US.
  16. I'm the treasurer of the Spar Pug Collectors of America. PM with your address and will send you a copy of our newsletter.
  17. You don't understand how the British designed these cars. They were totally immersed in designing the overdrive when "tea time" arrived. After they had their tea, they went back to the design effort and forgot where they had left off. The first engineer asked: "Did we finalize the overdrive before our tea break?" The second engineer responded: "I do believe we did." So they moved on to the next design element. That's why so many items on British cars seem to have just happened to work and are not really engineered. FYI, you're going to have fun with those carbs - they defy logic.
  18. For what it's worth, here is what I do. Drain the water from the engine. Pour in a gallon of antifreeze. Run the engine to circulate the anti-freeze and then drain. In the summer, I run water with a bottle of water wetter added to prevent rust. Anti-frezze in a Model A tends to leak out through the gaskets and make a mess of the engine.
  19. Steve: We'll be joining you in 24B on Saturday. What a wild car! Looks MG based. It's a ttypical early special - the taillights and license plate lights are both from a Bugeye Sprite.
  20. We'll be there; Space RSA 49 on the Red Field. I have some old spark plugs and sports car racing stuff for sale. The 1958 Austin Healey Race car will be in the Saturday car show; Class 24B
  21. Terry: I envy you. We,ve done the Glen many times but this year we chose to go to Stowe, VT the next weekend for the British Invasion. Be prepared for cool, rainy weather. Years ago, I was racing my formula vee at the Glen in October. I went up through the esses and at the top pf the hill it was snowing!! Snow and slicks don't do well together - guess how I know. Try to get to the International Motor Racing Hall of Fame - worth a trip. By the way, the old street circuit is the scariest thing I have ever been on, especially the down hill stretch back into town. Racers in those days were plenty brave.
  22. I highly recommed the "Last Open Road" by Burt Levy and the series of books that follow. These are novels telling the story of road racing in America in the 1950's, which is a serious interest of mine. Burt has a fabulous sense of history and place, and presents it with great humor. The book has been compared to "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Sallinger, that's how good it is. You can obtain through Burt's website as it was privately published.
  23. I've been showing a car in Class 24B for a while. I didn't realize I'm now a rich and famous collector!!
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