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Avanti Bill

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  1. I block the back of the trailer in the middle with a 6x6  and then raise the tongue until it is tight.  Never had an issue loading or unloading with the truck unhooked.   Also this gives a angle to the deck so the car will roll out on its own under the control of the winch and won't roll over me on the way into the trailer.  Having built in rear jacks would probably be more trouble than throwing the block under the back of the trailer.

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  2. I run Goodyear 16" load range "G" tires on my 2010 Featherlite which is what it came with, it has 6000 lbs axles.  I had about 60,000 miles on when it was 10 years old.  Even though the tires had lots of tread left on them I replaced all 4 because of the age.  My brother is running my old tires on his farm pickup now.  These tires are about $350.00 each but I have (knock on wood) never had a blow out or a flat.  If I bought anything with Chinese tires on it I would swap them out from new.  The damage done to the trailer and possibly the car you are hauling makes the tire seem cheap. 

  3. You can't go wrong with a Featherlite and I agree that a 24' is the best for load distribution and resale.  I tow with a 2500 Ram Diesel and don't have any need for an equalizing hitch, don't even know the trailer is back there.  Don't buy a taller trailer than you need, mine is about a foot or more higher than a standard and it cost me about 1/2 to3/4 MPG.  

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  4. One piece of advice I can give is to get a trailer longer than you need for the longest car you expect to haul so that you have room to move it back and forth to get the correct tongue weight.  I have a tongue weight scale built into my hitch, by weigh safe, sometimes moving the car a couple inches makes a big difference in how it tows.  If you don't have any room for back and forth you are stuck with one position which may not yield the best towing conditions.  

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  5. I agree the Boca Concours event is well put together and we had a wonderful tour up to the Breakers in Palm Beach (ran out of gas on the way back, turns out the gauge was working).  My only thought was the major sponsor's name was too prominent throughout the show which I thought commercialized it a little too much.

  6. There does seem to be a lot of HP around the Audrain Concours and it will be interesting to see how it turns out.  I am looking forward to the tour on Saturday for sure but Newport is a great destination with something for everyone to enjoy.  The venues available for the show are fantastic and will have some wonderful photo opportunities.  I hope it lives up to the hype.

     

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  7. There are lots of fun second tier concours out there, I look at it as a nice place to go for a weekend trip.  Not nearly the pressure of Amelia Island or I am sure PB but a more relaxed atmosphere.  My friend and I try to pick out two or three events a year somewhere we haven't been.  Someplace that has good restaurants and something our wives will enjoy, like shopping or spas.   If we win our class great, but we both enjoy just showing our cars and talking to others who enjoy them. 

  8. For small clubs like ours I would guess that merger with other regions will happen and is a reasonable way to go.  I think for a club to thrive it has to be about the cars and doing events with the cars.  The social element is easier but has less draw to new people.  There are so many things pulling us different directions and we need people to want to join for the technical support and the interaction with like minded people.   What is the old adage "I wouldn't belong to a club that would have me as a member", this is how I feel about the pure social element of th clubs.

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  9. I have been concerned with membership of our local region AACA for some time.  We have been around for a while but were never a large club.  When I got in about 12 years ago we had 25-35 people at out monthly membership meetings and always tried to have a program.  Now we would be lucky to have 10 out and it is always the same die hards.  I am 63 and the youngest or second youngest in the group.  I have started a cars and coffee on Sunday mornings which Covid has made rather successful due to cancellation of other events which are sponsored.  We are totally un-sponsored and it is totally casual or unorganized.  I and other members of the club have not been able to recruit one member for the Harford Region AACA.  Out of normally say 75-100 cars that show up randomly I would say 80% are hot rods and modifieds.  We have a great time and have no trouble with burnouts and such but no one is interested in the club.  I think there are lot of reasons for the declining club membership all of which are legitimate reasons though sad.  The aging population has slowed everyone down and we simply don't have the energy we once did.  Everything organized is more difficult today,  worrying about liability and all the rules to be broken and no one including  me wants the risk.  It used to be if there was a car show the local clubs put it on for the public to enjoy once or twice a year.  Now (pre COVID) you can go to 5 cruise nights a week  and it is no big deal.  Most young people don't have the connection to the cars our generation had and don't have the excess cash to participate in a hobby which is expensive.  Lastly the interest in the type cars has changed and the modified and hot rod builders are driving the hobby today more than ever.  I continue to support the all original portion but am in the minority.  In spite of the AACA putting a lot of effort into the younger generation I'm not sure there will be enough people to support the Marque clubs or the AACA.

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  10. 33 minutes ago, wayne sheldon said:

    Avanti Bill, I am not interested in starting anything. And the truth is that I totally agree with almost everything you said. Absolutely, such collectors willing to spend the dollars they have managed to earn to put together fabulous collections benefit us all. They should be treated with some amount of respect. 

    However. Over the years, I have met, and talked with (and been polite with) a lot of such people, hobbyists great and small. There IS a difference between restoring and preserving historic cars and playing around with a myriad of modified cars. Nothing wrong with either, just a significant difference. The biggest problem is that way too many people simply do not realize that there is a difference. I have met too many people wanting to join in on our club's fun with their hot rods, and resto-mods. And when one (usually not me, but sometimes I) explain the difference, it becomes quite clear quite quickly that they truly are oblivious about that difference. I find it very sad that our population today is so poorly educated. And it is a matter of education. I am not trying to make everyone like what I like.

    Sometimes, however, we just need to say "The emperor has no clothes!"

    You are missing the point I'm afraid.  I personally like nothing but original cars and have both drivers and trailer queens.  I have been lucky enough to have Grand National cars and have received two national awards.  It doesn't matter how much of a purist you or I are the reality is the purists are dying off and the younger generation has not embraced that segment of the hobby.  I think the hot rodders and the resto moders understand the difference better than you think.  I have never seen the disrespect from that group toward one of my cars that they suffer from some of our members.   The interest in old cars has gotten stronger every year but it is nearly impossible to recruit someone of any age into the AACA.  I started a cars and coffee to try to get interest in joining our local region, it has been a success, but no one is interested in joining the AACA.  The car hoby isn't going to die but AACA will if they don't have broader minds.   

  11. I don't know Mr Staluppi but know someone who does and from what he has told me he is a pretty ordinary guy who has made a lot of money in a variety of businesses including trash collection.  As to the quality of his collection I think the numbers speak for themselves.  It is pretty easy to research the selling prices of cars he has turned over and the prices are as off the charts as the cars themselves.  If not for people who are willing to spend way more than a car is worth to restore it to new condition what cars will future generations have to enjoy and appreciate?  Why should anyone's collection be criticised for not being up to the standards of the AACA or any other organization, it is his collection.  While I know he has some "not original" cars I know many of them are as good as anything I have seen at any Grand National show.  Sooner or later AACA will have to embrace some form of "non original" cars or there won't be any members left, I'm 63 and I'm the youngest member of our region.  Go to any cars and coffee or local show and count the number of original cars verses the number of modifieds or street rods.

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