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  1. As registrations roll in for our Snapper's tour Bev and I work on destinations and routes, one trip is giving my problems. Thursday is a long drive, I am trying to keep the day at a 100 miles but I have to find a way to cross 2 rivers and avoid 4.7 miles of fairly busy two lane highway and the destination is 40 miles from the hotel. We are stopping at a retirement home and they are providing us with a "nutritious snack" mid morning. Lunch is hosted by Roger and Eleanor Hadfield on Stag Island in the St Clair River. They have had this cottage for 60 years and this is where Chris Hadfield watched the moon landing in 1969 and where he told himself he wanted to be an astronaut. Then a guided tour of a large heritage type museum, at least an hour maybe two. I do not yet know how we are going to get all the activities accomplished and a 40 mile drive straight back to Chatham. Supper is on your own, some may stop along the way or pick something up and eat in the room, hospitality room is open. In the photos are a bridge and flooded river we must cross and a light drizzle Sunday afternoon on the St Clair River. Still, a good problem to have, too much to do. Regards, Gary
  2. Doug; I trust you are becoming less sore? When you feel able I'm sure your many friends would appreciate an update, all clear or taking time off. Sorry, Gary
  3. I received my copy of the Antique Automobile this week and was pleasantly surprized to find a report from last September's Lansing to Dearborn Run. A very interesting write-up by Paul Sloan, Paul is a young man of about 30 years old I would guess, does not own a car which qualifies for this tour but he is a partner in organizing the run with the Grace's. There are seven pictures with the story and they show easy driving conditions without 18 wheelers trying to climb up our exhaust pipe or distracted driver's crashing into us. One large photo is our friends, Larry and Joyce Schramm, top down, hats on, and smiling broadly motoring along in their 1913 Model 31 Buick. It's a keeper. Here is my photo of the Schramm car at one of the stops taken the same day. Regards, Gary
  4. I may have the reason and the occasion for the pin found in a history text book called Romantic Kent by Victor Lauriston. On page 565 the author is reciting the activities and history of the Couzens family of Chatham, Ontario. I won't bore you with the details except to say their home and factory were located in a place which has become not very attractive today. In 1910, young Jim Couzens was working for the Malcolmson coal yards. I quote from the text " Through that he got in on the ground floor of the Henry Ford new motor enterprise. He ultimately retired a millionaire, to become the Mayor of Detroit and United States Senator. If not for his Canadian birth, he would have become President of the United States." I am going to have to put his residence as a stop on our Snapper's tour when we drive around Chatham in July in our 100 year old vehicles. Regards, Gary
  5. I reside near Chatham, On and I could try to get some local historians to look into this pin. As Joe K reminds us Chatham had a car culture, William Gray built bodies for Ford of Canada, there was the Chatham car and an active car club, though I have only seen pictures of the tourists at the beach for picnics, day trips. Detroit would have been overnight, maybe two, and would have involved a ferry from the end of Ouellette St in Windsor. Detroit is our major city, Hamilton, Toronto are at least twice as far, London is sixty miles away, perhaps the group wanted to catch a Tiger's game? Sorry for the delay, we have been on our own road trip and just returned home. Gary
  6. Arrived home after driving our pickup truck 3275 kms or 2035 miles to the Mississippi delta to explore towns like Tupelo and Clarksdale and enjoy live blues music in old time juke joints. The reason I post to this weblog is because I did not pack any tools, not a screwdriver or locking pliers, just a snow brush. I thought there is nothing I can repair if something broke anyway so why bring stuff. It seems to be a reliable vehicle even though it is 10 years old and turned 145,000 kms ( about 90,000 miles). In the photo is the truck with my wife, Bev, at the crossroads of Hwy 61 and 49. This crossroads is immortalized in blue's music history as the location where Robert Johnson is believe to have sold his soul to the Devil in exchange to be able to play guitar. As an aside we prowled Beale Street in Memphis Friday and Saturday, my wife has never wanted to go to Memphis before but she had a great time. These are the best years. Gary
  7. Greenville, Ms, Washington Ave, home of the cities first Buick Pontiac dealer. Gone but not forgotten? Regards, Gary
  8. You asked for car clubs to join, I would look to the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (ACCCC) since they are promoting 3 pre war weekend tours per year. Seeing the cars in the background you should belong to the Antique Auto Club of America and your McLaughlin is welcomed to the Buick Club of America. Is the touring car in the background, missing its hood, a Stanley? The Ford, without front doors, is welcomed to join our Snapper's ( pre '16) week long tour In Chatham, On next July. Good luck with your fantastic find. Gary PS. I have a 1915 McLaughlin.
  9. Anthony; Thanks for answering my question concerning the fate of this wonderful antique car. Please continue to post and ask questions, many interested people here to offer help, your English is tres bien, better than my high school French. I would suggest you look further down the main page and look in the Pre War Buick forum, they are very active participants and love a good story with pictures. Many friends there. For Mercer; Buicks in 1919 used a 252 cu in 6 cyl engine. Regards, Gary
  10. We forum members rarely meet the purchaser, please let me ask you how you envision the cars future with you. I know you just got it but do you plan to give the car a full restoration for Pebble Beach, get it going and use the Buick as found, park the car in your garage, tinker and admire it, or something else? I think you are in Quebec, what is the state of the early car hobby there? I love traveling in Quebec, we did a 2 week tour of the Gaspe peninsula recently, beautiful. Congratulations, and BTW is it a 5 or 7 passenger McLaughlin. Gary
  11. A fellow must be happy when a plan comes together. I've met with an upholsterer who has agreed to redo my 1915 McLaughlin and I will be the hired hand and all around helper and gopher, etc. First step was to measure the quantity of leather needed. We carefully worked out the sizes of the front and rear seats, door panels and the miscellaneous parts and came up with a little under a 100 square feet. A 3 hour trip each way to Toronto and a shop called Tandy Leather had 12 full hides of black cowhide from Italy, we went through them all and picked out 4 for our job. Four hides gives the installer about 160 square feet, could be enough left over for a Buick ottoman. Next I must order a batch of curled, washed horsehair for stuffing, there are two places in central Ohio who have it. The photo is Bev and I learning the warp and weft concerning leather, a nice lady who helped us snapped the pic. Regards, Gary
  12. Back on the Bricks in Flint, Mi, my wife and I are there taking part in the 100th Anniversary Parade for General Motors, 2008. The photo is credited to Detroit Free Press. We, too, participated in the Buick Centennial but I have no photo. Gary
  13. Bev and I are taking a road trip on the Natchez Trace and winding up in Biloxi, Ms next week for a winter holiday. For our Snapper's Tour in July I have been talking with at least 6 persons who plan to drive one and two cylinder vehicles, making for an impromptu small car event. Gary
  14. That looks great and makes me think everything else you try to do will be a easy peasy ( sp). Gary
  15. A very mild stretch of winter without snow and salted roads let us drive our '39 Century on Boxing Day. We traveled out to a fishing village of Erieau, which is a summer destination but not for our Snapper's Tour next July. Too busy, too many other interesting stops, we cannot fit it in to the list of activities. Here is a photo of our car on the pier with unfrozen Lake Erie as the background, the second snap is the pier last winter. Regards, Gary