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  1. This afternoon I post photographs of my brass car friends, some of which I contact often, others a few times a year and yet others I might see once in a while. It is a small gathering, I think the Snappers Brass and Gas Touring Region of the AACA has 300 registered members, the HCCA has 4000? They are a great bunch of friends, we have repaired cars everywhere, parking lots, trailers and one time a Ford rear end was swapped on the side of the road with an axle someone else borrowed. Gary
  2. Interesting day Sunday, began with a pair of turkeys in my front yard. Then we piled into the '39 Century and met up with 60 of our friends from our local car club, Kent Historic Auto Club for a 50 mile drive to Mooretown, On for a guided tour of their Museum. Even though we ran through light rain the Buick's handling was comfortable and not twitchy on my very old bias ply tires. My friend, however, told me that cold and wet was all part of the British sports car experience as he struggled to install his plexiglass side curtains and poorly fitting top. His wife elected to stay home. After a tour of the Museum which included buildings such as a general store and firehall the highlight was a display of running Lionel trains. We left the tour at a communal dinner and stopped on the way home to run some errands. All in all, even with light rain a wonderful way in which to enjoy a Sunday in the fall. Regards, Gary
  3. Hello Matt; In Simcoe last summer the club there used the nose to tail style of touring and when I said it was a silly practice, for the reasons you laid out, I was chastised. We are all given printed turn by turn instructions so I why follow in a herd? Like you, I think, when I travel I want to look at the farm yards, stores, lakes and rivers, not to participate in a traffic jam. When I go out in my 1913 Buick with cars going 25 to 35 MPH the general public loves to see our cars, parked and in action. If traffic is piling up we pull over onto paved shoulders or even stop in a parking lot to let them pass safely. When the tour begins at 9:00 some will leave at 8:45 others at 10:15 and lunch is between 11:30 and 2:00. During the Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run about 50 cars leave Detroit early in the morning and for the last 35 years, no complaints or police involvement. BTW, I am going to today with my local car club to a Museum and it will be parade style, however, Sunday afternoon back roads should be light traffic. Try to leave space for modern cars to pass. Regards, Gary
  4. Reliable, well sorted out, pre '16, 1913 Buick model 31 for sale. Located in Chatham, On, has an unencumbered ownership. Last summer I drove the car to the Gilmore Museum pre war days, a HCCA/AACA tour in Kingston, On and the Old Car Festival without incident. I have owned this Buick for 20 years, comes with night covers and a spare magneto. The photos below are within the last year and taken at various events. $55,000 USD. Gary 519 352- 806three.
  5. New subject since this has nothing to do with 100 year old cars, a friend of mine is into firetrucks and today there is a large fire muster in Chatham, On. I hung around his shop yesterday getting 8 pieces of equipment polished and prepped, meeting other collectors and learning about firetrucks. This morning, Saturday, I photographed some of his vehicles rolling by my front porch. I missed his 1925 Seagraves pulling a 1917 Province of Ontario horse drawn pumper and his newly restored Model T Ford chemical truck. Downtown King St. there will be over 70 fire related trucks, ambulances and other equipment from as far away as N.C. and the City of Detroit has there own special display. Following the show and parade the fire fighters are having a party and BBQ at the property of another collector in Chatham. Regards, Gary
  6. I'm guessing you do not know there is a Horseless Carriage Club of America tour in Belfast, Maine the same week in July next summer. It will be interesting to see who chooses to attend which tour. Personally, I am committed to an AACA Snapper's tour the week starting July 12th in Chatham, On. Regards, Gary
  7. For the 1915 McLaughlin, I found some medium density white rubber at my local craft store which I used to restore my door bumpers. It was just 1/4" and I need 1/2" thick so I glued it together, the parting line will show and someday I will replace it with the right thickness. In the photo I show the new pieces, a few of the old hard as iron pieces and tin covers in black finish, prime and raw metal. Regards, Gary
  8. Gee, I like the photo of Joyce and I remember the situation. I always hear a person can not drive this type of car because of young people texting or trying to ruin our day by crashing into us but as you can see in the photo there is no one in sight. I felt perfectly safe parking in the middle of the driving lane. We had a lovely summer, a weekend at the Gilmore Museum, Retrofest in Chatham, On., an AACA/HCCA tour in Kingston. Back to the Bricks and the Old Car Festival. Thanks for the memories, Gary
  9. Bev and I drove our 1913 Buick 792 miles this summer, counting official tours and not test drives, ice-cream runs, getting lost or just for fun. Also does not include the miles in the truck and trailer getting to events in Michigan and Ontario. The Buick ran well, without incident, and got us home every time. Our last thing was the Old Car Festival at the Henry Ford. I was so taken with the roadsters racing around the park that I turned our car into a sport touring by folding the top and windshield down. Regards, Gary
  10. This is my selection from the OCF. Gary
  11. Visiting the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village of the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mi. Beautiful weather has the public clicking the turnstiles, spectators everywhere and people are asking intelligent questions. I managed to catch a ride in a fast two cylinder Maytag, designed and built by the Duesenberg brothers and a 1909 EMF (Every Mechanics friend). One more day, Sunday, to savour the 800 pre 1932 vehicles without modified or hotrods. Since it is a festival rather than a car show under hood problems are studied like in the photo I snapped of this Buick. Regards, Gary
  12. There is an interesting blog on the model t ford forums from a man ( Jeff ) driving alone in a 1915 Ford from Kansas to attend the OCF. He left home Aug 29th to be in Dearborn by Sept. 5th, stopped by a friends for an oil change and made other roadside repairs. Many photos of rural America. Ron; last year I think you had 2 Kissel Kars on the Green? In the photos are my car with some OCF regalia, a Lansing to Dearborn pennant and a decal from Henry Ford which dates back to the 60's. I first saw this Buick, which I later bought and take care of, at the OCF in the early 90's. My wife says this is her favourite car event and if we just went to 1 thing it would be the OCF. Regards, Gary
  13. Labour Day weekend is nearly over with just a BBQ to go and now is the time to plan a trip to the Old Car Festival (OCF). Not as prestigious as Pebble Beach, the OCF does not have an auction and not as early as the London to Brighton Run in England, 1928, the OCF is not to be missed for believers of the 1933 and earlier cars and without hot rods. Since it is a festival over 800 vehicles will be cruising, playing car games, visiting with historians, dancing in the street with a live orchestra, a gas lamp parade in the evening and visiting friends. Below are some general photos from recent OCFs. Rolls Royce, Doble steam car playing up, 1929 Chevrolet with a limousine type body, The Henry Ford's own Sweepstakes race car, young lass piloting a Columbus electric, Same Day Response and a mom and daughter in a Hupp are mine, feel free to add your photos of the event. Gary
  14. Another milestone restoring a 1915 McLaughlin C25 was passed today. I installed the last fender, bolted everything up tight and added the runningboard trim. Looks like a car again after I gave it a sponge bath in the driveway. All the flat sections of the fenders have been wet sanded with 1000 grit, next will be finer and finer sand paper until I machine compound then hand polish until everything is beautiful again. Spoke with my "friendly" mechanic who will hopefully issue a provincially required safety inspection so I can attach antique auto license plates. The safety inspection was changed a few years ago and is much more stringent now, my car, however, only has a few safety items like steering, brakes and lights to check. Also when Bev and I were visiting Flint and Back to the Bricks we met an upholsterer who I believe I can talk into helping me finish this project. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, hope it is not a train. Regards, Gary
  15. Genevieve, 1953 British film with actual footage from the London to Brighton run is my favourite. A line from the movie is when two ladies are talking and one says Ambrose only cares about that silly old car and the other thing. Wendy says "what is the other thing, oh, Alan only cares about the car." There is a scene which still plays out, after the run there is a dinner dance and the men are talking about carburetors and self generating lamps and their wives look on in sheer boredom. Many more funny scenes, Gary