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  • Birthday 02/12/1960

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  1. Nice, thanks for sharing. I went to fire up mine last week and sadly the battery had expired. That's on me, can't blame the old girl for that...
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    Mercer Raceabout

    Spectacular, thank you. Love those tires. What a rakish beast.
  3. Mother in law just surfaced this family photo. What is interesting is that this is pre-war Italy. Would'nt have thought REO would have european distribution in the 30's? Wonder what it would've cost then, likely a princely sum...
  4. So where are the photos?!? Sorry to miss it, I understand we will do a reunion in TN sometime next year? B
  5. My mother in law's family, prewar, obviously American car, guess they were pretty prosperous. Nash?
  6. Thanks! The L head looks great; but that's not the Libaire car is it? Stan had another one I believe?
  7. any photos?!? Sorry i had to miss this year...
  8. A couple more shots
  9. Great time! Thanks everyone for coming; what a spectacular group of cars. 25 cars is at least 20% of all existing Mercers and probably a quarter of those running in pvt hands. Two 30 mile tours with 20+ cars and no mechanical issues: 100 years later a Mercer is still the most reliable car to bring to a touring event! raceabout 17310 Fernbrook.html
  10. Memorial to Joe at the AACA Eastern National Meet in Millville NJ last weekend.
  11. It's gonna be fun! BTW Cliff Zink is working on Sweaters like yours...
  12. I just learned Joe Vannozzi has passed away after an 8 month illness. I'm beholden to Joe as the longtime custodian of Mercer #17310, Raceabout #150. He inherited the car from his dad who bought it in 1932, and kept it in great running condition throughout his life. Joe was a great car guy and by all accounts parent, husband and citizen. http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/trenton/obituary.aspx?n=joseph-vannozzi&pid=180015475&fhid=21854
  13. I have one in great shape. Remember that during the first decade of the automobile, especially with new manufacturers, there were no dealer networks. You bought your car direct from the factory and it was shipped, often by rail, often by road, to your town. In that situation, every car that left the factory would've likely worn manufacturer plates, especially if it was delivered locally. So 'manufacturer' plates had slightly different utility then than we think of today.
  14. The book debut was a blast. Held at the Roebling Museum with lecture by author Cliff Zink. Five Mercers in attendance: 3 L-head, 2 T-head
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