BruceW

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  1. Subjectively, I thought the flea market--and especially the Saturday car show--were crowded. I am not surprised at Steve's numbers.

    I would also estimate that the HPOF judges had their hands full--that class seemed bigger than ever--and now with all the new wrinkles added ("Original" classification, etc.), all I can say is wow!

    I should also add that the team who evaluated our HPOF Pinto were super-courteous--a real credit to them, given what they had to deal with.

    This is the first time I have had a car registered for the Hershey Meet. I have to agree with stock_steve, the judges that evaluated my car in the HPOF class were very courteous and respectful of the car., and following the inspection, each of the team members expressed thanks for bringing out the car.

    As for attendance I have to say I saw nothing but throngs of people in front of me when the National anthem was being played. I have no idea how many were behind me. All those hundreds, perhaps thousands of people in front of me and each and every one was quiet and paying respect to the flag as the anthem was being played. There were a few behind me still talking when it started but the place quickly quieted down to complete silence. It was a very touching sight.


  2. Im hoping to bring my 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe to get its HPOF certification at Hershey. The car was my mom and dad's and mom gave it to me just before dad passed away last year. I had hoped to get the HPOF while dad was still alive but didnt get a chance to. Everything except the tires appears to be original. Its a great driver and has been on numerous regional size tours in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

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  3. I'm looking for the base (for lack of a better word) for a cigarette lighter for my 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe. I have a cigarette lighter element and knob but need the base that mounts into the dash and the element slides into. I'm not really worried if it doesn't have an electrical cord as I dont need a functional lighter. I can be reached via email at bruce@chesapeatesting.com

    To Scott - Thanks very much for sending the 1949 Plymouth glove box lock. Its a great piece and I would probably not be able to find a better price for it anywhere lol. I really appreciate it and I will keep you in mind if I come across a lug wrench.


  4. The Shenandoah Region AACA did a great job with the meet. The Early Bird Tour and Reception on Friday were fun as well as the show on Saturday. We attended the meet for many years in the past but haven't for the past several years. I am glad we decided to start attending this event's activities again and participated on both Friday and Saturday. Congratulations to the Shenandoah Region AACA for a well done job!


  5. Di and I had a great time at the Apple Blossom Meet. We attended this event for many years in the past in our 1931 Ford, driving down on Saturday morning, but there were a number of years where it rained heavy and we didn't attend. This year we decided to drive our all original 1949 Plymouth down early on Friday and participate in the Early Bird tour and later at the Early Bird Reception at the hotel. We had never been to the Friday events and didn't know what to expect. We had a fun time at both events on Friday and at the show on Saturday. It was great to be back at Jim Burnett Park again for the meet.

    Kudos to the Shenandoah Region for a great event! :)


  6. 1935 Ford Phaeton, flathead V8, 3 speed. Really nice car. Recently had carburetor kit and new battery installed. Runs and drives great. Asking $35,000. Price is negotiable.

    The car is owned by my boss for whom I am posting this thread at his request. For more information, you can contact Jim Foulk directly during the day at 410-297-8154 or feel free to email me anytime at bruce@chesapeaketesting.com.

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  7. not a musical jingle....

    ...but I remember when as a little kid I would see the television advertisements for Jerrys Chevrolet, at the time probably one of the largest Chevrolet dealerships in Baltimore. The ads would always finish with an official sounding voice saying "Jerry's Chevrolet.. A Factory Authorized Distribution Center." It went on for years and sounded quite impressive, making many people think there was something extra special about the dealership..... until someone publicly pointed out what should probably have been obvious.... that every dealership is a distribution center authorized by the automobile brand company! It wasn't long before the television advertisements quit using that little piece of information.


  8. West appears to be correct.

    The Internet Movie Car Database http://www.imcdb.org/movie.php?id=56592 lists five cars used in To Kill a Mockingbird. Only one of those is a touring and used by by a main character and that is a 1928 Chevrolet touring car. The other cars listed/shown are mostly sedans and a coupe used for brief drive-by or a single scene.

    Attached is the photo from IMCDB

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  9. Di and I returned home from the AACA's 74th Annual Meeting yesterday.. and as always... we had a wonderful time (even with the 1:15am fire alarm on Friday morning :D)

    Congratulations AACA President Terry and First Lady Sue Bond on being at the helm this year. With the 75th annivesrary, it should be a busy and extra exciting year.

    Good decision on the general Membership Meeting and National Awards Banquet. The general membership meeting was the appropriate place for the induction of Directors, President, etc, instead of Saturday night as always previously done. Rescheduiling these events to the meeting made the awards banquest a lot less lengthy and a more enjoyable awards celebration without the official business having to be conducted.

    It was too bad a some people had to cancel at the last minute due to the weather but there was still a great turn out. Some arrived late but still made it. At least the weather was gone by Thursday and you could get around outside for dinner, etc.

    Thank you to Mike Jones and his dedicated staff for another geat Annual Meeting!


  10. The stoneguard in the photo looks different from the standard $150 reproduction stone guard sold by MACs, Snyders and about every other Model A parts vendor. Attached is a photo of the grille guard sold by most Model A Ford vendors.

    I first noticed how the guard is designed around the crank hole, a little more fancier with more metal surrounding the opening. Also the opening around the radiator emblem has more metal around it.

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  11. Pat,

    It may have been due to the way you filled out the newsletter competition paperwork at the beginning of the year. Did you put only your name as Editor on the form? I initially just put my name on the paperwork. After Di started helping me with the newsletter I wanted her name on the awards but the next ME award still had only my name. After mentioning it to the VP Publications, I started putting both our names on the paperwork each year. Now her name is included on the ME Awards.


  12. The very first car I bought after getting my drivers license was a 1968 Camaro but it doesn't count since that was my daily driver in the late 70s.... so that makes my 1957 Chevrolet pickup as my first antique vehicle. Saw it sitting in a parking lot for sale and I tracked down the owner and bought it as my weekend play toy. Shortly afterwards,,a friend of mine that grew up in the AACA convinced Di and I to join in the AACA and Harford Region.


  13. A couple from our region received the nomination letter a few months ago for their 1926 Pontiac, then last week hey received the second letter that they won the award. Looking over the list, we narrowed it down to 1 of 2 possible awards. This is the first member of our small Region to win a National Award in a very long time; if ever. They are very excited and are looking forward to attending the awards banquet.


  14. I am assuming the "Special Award" you are refering to is one of the AACA National Awards presented each year. A decription of all the National Awards is located here:

    National Awards

    For some of the awards, one award is presented to one vehicle in each division (Eastern Division, Southeastern Division, Central Division, and Western Division)., For other awards, only one is awarded.

    A letter is sent to all members whose car is being considered for a National Award.

    Typically, the letters don't say which award a car is being considered for. The photos requested help them to determine which cars will win the awards. Once the National Awards Committee makes their decision, the VP of National Awards sends out letters in December to the winners. The awards are presented at the National Awards Banquet during the AACA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. A complete list of the National Award winners for 2009 should be available soon after the Annual Meeting in February.

    The actual awards are kept on display at the AACA Nationa Headqurters in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The recepient of the award receives a recognition award to take home and their name is added to the award in Hershey.

    A friend of mine received the first letter a few months back from the National Awards VP stating his car was being considered for a National Award. He received a second letter earlier this week stating that his Pontiac had won the award.