Terry Bond

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    Chesapeake VA
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    Brass cars, muscle cars, British sports cars, antique flat-tank motorcycles, automobilia-collect spark plugs, brass lamps, and automotive memorabilia of all kinds as long as it's pre WWI. Signs, literature, ceramics, advertising material, pins, buttons, fobs, and just about anything else. Love to travel, tour, and share the hobby. Susan has grease under fingernails too - it's her MG in the pic. She really enjoys her 1948 MGTC too!

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  1. Agree - we love ours. It's almost as much fun as a Model T - even more going around curves! Safety fast- Terry
  2. See my post under the Memorabilia section - looking a MGTC Toy Car made by the New Era Toy Company in Lambertville NJ in the early 1980s. It was based on the popular MGTD Metal model kit produced by Dopke, which was modified to look more like its predecessor, the MGTC. I've seen others painted British Racing Green but not sure what other colors might exist. I photographed this one from the collection of a friend who got my wife started collecting MG stuff. Figured I'd start searching now for Christmas! The New Era Company in Lambertville NJ was founded by Marvin Leon Silverstein, who passed away in 2010. According to his obituary, he was a nationally known restorer of antique pressed steel toy cars and trucks. He also produced a multitude of original pressed steel trucks in the style of the antique ones. Any leads appreciated. Terry
  3. Wanted-Wanted-Wanted - one of these MGTC toys! This car was produced in a small number by the New Era Toy Company in Lambertville NJ in the early 1980s. It was based on the popular MGTD Metal model kit produced by Dopke, which was modified to look more like its predecessor, the MGTC. I've seen others painted British Racing Green but not sure what other colors might exist. I photographed this one from the collection of a friend who got my wife started collecting MG stuff. Figured I'd start searching now for Christmas! The New Era Company in Lambertville NJ was founded by Marvin Leon Silverstein, who passed away in 2010. According to his obituary, he was a nationally known restorer of antique pressed steel toy cars and trucks. He also produced a multitude of original pressed steel trucks in the style of the antique ones. Any leads appreciated. Terry
  4. I've posted this link before but strongly recommend checking here or at least contacting Mike and Murray. They are wonderful collectors who probably have the finest collection existing, and have the smarts to know what the are doing. They are building this reference of emblems over a long-time so there is more to come. Meantime, if you have questions about an item I'd consider them the go-to people in the hobby. American Auto Emblems
  5. Indeed, a lot of those that I've seen were marked Westchester. They did make lamps for Maxwell, but wonder if perhaps not all Maxwell lamps were made by them. They just don't look like they were made by Westchester though, but without any markings who knows? A pair of similar lamps showed up for sale about a year ago on this forum. Tried to zoom in to see what was printed on the burner knobs but couldn't make it out.
  6. Strange how quite things have been, even on the usually active Model T forum. Terry
  7. Not E&J, they look like C.M.Hall lamps to me. Terry
  8. What news from those early bird shoppers attending? I've seen some limited info on the Model T forum and it looks like one of the oldest pre-war swap meets in the country may be winding down. News of the ground there seems to be that 2020 will be the last one. It's been on my radar for a number of years and was looking forward to making it there since I'm now retired. Although I've seen reports of it declining, I have friends that come home every year with goodies and photos of a great early car swap meet done the good old fashioned way. I'd sure hate to see this legendary event go away. If you are there and have an opportunity, please post some photos and share your treasures with us. Terry
  9. This question comes up all the time. At least you are asking the right question as most are only interested in the cheapest insurance and never ask about service-the most important part of the deal. My personal recommendation is J.C. Taylor, although there are several other top companies to select from. Their service is amazing. I know many others would would agree. Whoever you choose, be sure they specialize in collector car insurance. Based on what I've heard from others, conventional insurance companies are usually not recommended. Terry
  10. Thanks for your service. This all sounds so familiar. I managed 23 years USN and played with old cars the whole time. Best thing I did was sell the Model A sitting in my parents back yard with a tarp on it. It was slowly sinking into the ground and my mother threatened to plant flowers in it. That's as close to restoring something as I would get until after I'd nearly completed by career. During those 23 years though, wherever we went, we managed to find an old car club, and sometimes, even a good old car we could drive and enjoy, and either sell before leaving, or bring back with us. Still have the 1935 Morris 8 that we bought in Scotland. The only thing I restored myself during that time was the 1912 Triumph motorcycle. It was small, and aside from finding parts, wasn't that serious an investment. It fit in a rehabbed coal shed behind our house in Scotland and that's where I did most of the work. I helped plenty of others with their projects so I could get some 1st hand experience and learn more about what is involved. Finally- after realizing I didn't have to go overseas anymore, we bought a house in Virginia, built a big garage, and the rest is history. Along the way we had purchased a 67 GTO, as nice as I could find for the bucks at the time, and used it as a second car for quite a few years. That's the muscle in my car collection, and it need freshening up, but will be a fairly easy project, and I've got room to put some bucks in it. Glad to hear you are going to be winding down your career, so once you are in a place to call home and have a garage with room for your project, go for it, however - I'd recommend getting something you can use and enjoy, and even perhaps improve while you do so. But most importantly, JOIN AACA and a local Region. That's where you'll both learn the ins and outs (and pitfalls ) of restoration/collecting old cars. That Chev muscle car may be on your radar but Id guess it's a few years down the road yet. Being in a club may help you find the ideal project though. Meantime, get something you can all have fun with. A Mustang is a good starter, if you gravitate to the 60s. You'll still be spending plenty of time tinkering with it and you wife will always know where to find you - out in the garage. Terry
  11. Yes indeed - a great day. It was nice and comfy warm inside. Plenty of hot coffee, hot chocolate, treats and outstanding hot-dogs! - but, we didn't come just to eat. This is the spring kick-off for the old car season here and it was a great social event for old car enthusiasts from all over the area, including Petersburg, Richmond, North Carolina, and elsewhere in Virginia. I saw great attendance from area Model A and T clubs as well as other AACA Regions and other local clubs including street-rod lovers, and clubs like Chevy Lovers and many others. The new location is fabulous with generous space for vendors both in and outside. Sales were great and whatever you were looking for was there. Saw brass and pre-war stuff, Model T and A parts, truck stuff, accessories, wheels, tires, tools, performance goodies, automobilia from 1900 to present, antique advertising, literature from all eras, neat cars for sale, and all kinds of gas station items and petromobilia. I saw our editor and webmaster roaming around cameras in hand so hopefully they will post a few more photos for everyone to enjoy. I forgot to pack my own so am photo-less this year. Best part about this new location, there is room to grow and it is very accessible for everyone. I'm sure we'll get a few more pics up shortly. Terry
  12. Can't recall if I replied to your previous post or not, but by wife has two MGBGTs -1972 and 1974 (chrome bumper). Both have overdrive and we love them and drive them all over, in fact have over 40K on the 74 since it got it's AACA Senior. Overdrive makes a big difference in my opinion. They are great cars but value isn't that strong yet. Nice cars can be purchased for 10K or less. I don't think a trade is a viable option as in reality you're looking at an "upgrade." My recommendation would be sell the MG for what you can and then use the bucks for a down payment on something you want. You could probably get close to a good 6cyl Mustang. Terry
  13. It was a protest vote.
  14. Our MG Club tour chairman simply googles "best restaurants" then discards the chain outfits. We've never been disappointed. When we're in the Hershey area we normally go for Italian as there are plenty of fantastic choices. I spent some time at Troegs during the Hershey fall meet. Good beer, but their food I though was kinda "new age." I think the restaurant called The Mill right in Hershey gets good reviews. It's got some great atmosphere but is a bit more upscale than I'm used to, and it's a bit on the expensive side. I've never eaten at the Devon Seafood and Steak restaurant on Chocolate Ave in Hershey but heard it's good. You can check their reviews on Trip Advisor. Since we live right near the ocean here in Chesapeake I've just not eaten sea-food inland. There may be some good choices but it just makes sense to me that the further away from the ocean you get, the less chance there is of finding good seafood. Anxious to here what others say! As far as Hoss's, I stopped in one (it's a chain) while traveling a couple of years ago. Figured a steakhouse might have some killer ribs, but was I ever wrong! No ribs on the menu. The salad bar looked like it was a week old and the only decent looking picture on the menu was a nice big think burger. I was a victim of the old "bait and switch" and it was the worst burger I've ever had. Sent it back, left and ate at Subway! Enjoy your trip - we'll see you at the Charlotte Auto Fair Terry