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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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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