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  1. The recent pre war tour and show at the Gilmore Museum does renew ones faith in the hobby. There were many fine examples of 1941 and earlier vehicles like a '31 Buick cabriolet, '39 Packard, electric powered Autocar, 4 Stanley steam cars, as well as the impressive Cole exhibit. My wife and I entered one of the pre '16 cars mentioned above, a Buick touring. We are attending an HCCA tour in July with 65 other brass era cars. Many young folks including seconds and third generation tourists have been going to this once a year joint event between the Southern Ontario region and the North Jersey since the 1970's. The Old Car Festival, in Michigan, attracts 800 pre 1933 cars, that is enough reason to get a pre war car, so, the pre war part of the hobby always has a place. We need to make sure there are places get them out and drive or show them. In the photo is a young lady piloting her grandfather's Columbus electric. When you see smiles like hers you must feel good about the future. Regards, Gary
  2. The thing with pre war cars is they are reminder of history. FDR was elected to four terms and was loved by the voters, the Hoover Dam was a marvel of the day, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis made movies and the government was not 22 trillion in debt. As well as the pre war culture we get to drive on modern highways, looking along a long hood with twin side mounted spare tires following a chrome goddess, bird or some other piece of artwork in a 4000 pound, straight eight engine car. Beautiful. What was Henry Ford going to do next? Should I buy a Duesenberg or a 16 cylinder Cadillac or a Marmon? Did Chamberlain make the correct decision? Will the market come back? IMHO history is the reason to have pre war cars and they will I am sure they will persevere. On a related topic I agree the Mustang is a great car. I drove a six year old English sports car during my high school days and it was horrible. The heater as almost non existent, the top would not hold out the rain and if you tried to make a turn it would spin out. Why anyone would pay large amount of money for an old sports car is unbelievable to me. BMW, Audi TT, Mustang or Fusion is a far superior product, IMHO. Regards, Gary
  3. Doug; Bev and I were thinking of you Saturday, lucky the storms held until your trip home. We went to the Chatham Airport for an airshow with our '39, sorry no photos. A thunderstorm after lunch was brief but severe, happy for you and thanks for posting pictures from London. Regards, Gary ps. We plan to attend Essex next week, likely see you then.
  4. I've purchased parts for pre war cars from Jim many times and even the occasional car. He is a character, he is smart but doesn't act as if he is. I tried to buy his curved dash Olds many times but was never successful, last I heard he was restoring it, which to me, meant it will be ruined. Tons of parts and cars, poorly stored, expensive, but if you know what you are looking at then you will think you died and went to heaven. Regards, Gary
  5. Larry; I am so sorry to learn of your engine problem. Looking for a silver lining, the problem serves to remind me to "get out and get under" and put a wrench on various fasteners to seek out issues which can be repaired at home instead of on tour. A few years ago a different friend of ours had a brass headlamp come loose, fall on the road and he ran over it. Ouch. That occurrence was my first reminder to crawl underneath and check antique, truck and trailer. All the best in Oklahoma, Gary and Bev
  6. First outing this summer for our 1939 Buick Century was to my home town for a cruise night with me and my wife, Bev. Regards, Gary
  7. Low 20's is lovely weather in Canada, sorry. I meant to imply the spring has been unseasonable cool and wet and with showers in the forecast, well, the weekend was perfect. Here is a photo of a stunning beautiful cabriolet parked in a nice setting. There were other Buicks at the Gilmore Museum show but I do not want to shrink this picture, so just one photo today. Regards, Gary
  8. Caught this chance to get a snapshot of Larry Schramm's 1915 Buick truck and my 1913 Model 31 parked side by side today during the Gilmore Museum's pre war tour, show day tomorrow. Temps in the low 20's and a very slight late day sprinkle of rain. About 60 cars and trucks ranging from 1907 to 1941 made for an interesting rolling car museum. Regards, Gary
  9. I am attending the pre war show at the Gilmore Museum in Mich this weekend and I know of at least 4 Buicks that will also be there. If the topic of this post is the popularity or viability of this part of the car hobby I will ask around and report next week with the opinions I find. If the point of this thread is the best way to market a pre war car the answer IMHO is to drive, show and attend events which highlight these cars and encourage people to want one because it is a good, fun and useful hobby. Maybe see you there, look us up, Gary
  10. I hesitate to enter this discussion except I am a pre war driver and I am in the market for an open car. Fender skirts and wheel colours mean nothing to me, what hurts the desirability of Earl's Special to me is that it is not a big car such as a Roadmaster or Packard Super Eight. When I wanted a brass era car everyone said get a Ford and they were right from a practical point of view. I spent more money and bought a mid sized car, a Buick, and when I attend a meet the car gives me a presence/ status. Possibly silly but that is how I feel. The Buick is also more comfortable than a Ford, that is a bonus to me. I would buy Earl's Special, I even like the colour, but to overcome my prejudges it would have to be grand theft and I do not know Earl well enough to suggest it. Best of luck with your car, respectfully, Gary
  11. Tada, success. before and after, Gary
  12. It really is her car, the guys at the Kent Historic Auto Club have given her a nickname, "Bevalfi". I don't have a nickname and when I do drive her car it is always good natured? ribbing like " does Bev know you have her car?" or "did she send you out for gas?" There is just one other lady in the KHAC who has her own car, she is a young police constable and her dad looks after it for her. No reason for women not to share in the old car hobby, or is there? Bev has driven our old Buick too, but I am a nervous passenger, so she does not like to. Regards, Gary
  13. One day of mild weather and my wife hinted she wanted her car. I drove a 6 year old Triumph when in high school and many of my friends drove sports cars too so when my wife said we should get sports car I was all in. When I found I could acquire an Alfa Romeo spider for the cost of an MG that was the one for me. The thing I did not understand was the fact I was buying a chick car and my wife has taken the car as her own. Last fall the Alfa had a vibration and a local shop rebuilt the driveshaft but it did not resolve the issue and I was advised the vibration was a bad front wheel bearing. Parts are available and I changed all the wheel bearings and added new brake rotors and pads while I had it apart. However by the time I repaired the Alfa it was too cold for a road test and Sunday afternoon was first opportunity. The vibration is gone and all is ready for Bev. The nice thing about her Alfa is I get to attend Italian Car Day in Toronto in August and hang around with Ferrari, Lambo and Maserati guys while getting in on a children's ticket. Regards, Gary
  14. When I purchased my 1915 McLaughlin from a long time owner and director of the McLaughlin Buick club here in Ontario I did for the flowing reasons. First, you do not get many opportunities to obtain a hundred year old car, second, it was 400 pounds lighter than my 1913 Buick and third it had an electric starter so the McLaughlin should be easier to drive. Today I find it is lighter because every part is lighter, for instance, my 1913 spring mounts are forgings and on the 1915 they are sheet steel. A friend with the same chassis in a 1913 says the electric starter is stupid because it adds too much weight to the car, hurts performance and is unnecessary. The McLaughlin is not finished yet so time will tell if I made a good choice, however, the driving compartment give me 3" more leg room, that's good. I had to buy 2 12" rivets to attach the rim clamp hardware for my newly painted 1913 Buick wheels and they are beautifully zinc plated so I decided to paint the pieces which attach to the face of the wheel a matching silver. Just 10 days to go before our first event and the weather remains cool and damp. Regards, Gary
  15. A few from a trip to Cuba in January. Gary