Terry Bond

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  1. Don't ya just love playing this game?
  2. Dave, it's probably best for you to formulate your own opinions based on the criteria you've set. Recommend you check the Regions and Chapters listed on the AACA website and look at the Region/Chapter individual websites. Many of them also let you access their newsletters. A truly active group will have a great website to inform and attract members as well as a great newsletter. You can judge yourself by digesting that info. We are indeed blessed with many active groups - I'm fortunate enough to belong to two in particular that not only host a great number (and variety) of local events, but also sponsor National events as well. There are many others in all parts of the country. Terry Bond Proud member of Tidewater and Chesapeake Regions.
  3. It was something I started to collect years ago. At the time you could buy a whole state run for a hundred bucks,. However I soon found they could also be sold in the swap meets and the money could buy spark plugs, mascots, brass lamps and other things. So, the collection dribbled away. I was recently inspired by a good friend who has collected slowly and methodically over the years with a focus on quality. He has some nice tags as a result. Good collections are built one piece at a time so I set a goal-buy one good one every year at Hershey, and snag some bargains when I could find them. I've got a few on the wall and recently added three good ones at a small swap meet-$75 for the bunch. I'm trying to focus on 1914, same year as my Model T. If I can manage one from every state it'll make a nice display. I'd love to have a few of the earlier leather tags too but the money involved is crazy, and there are too many fakes around. All I need is more wall space. Terry
  4. Here is a watch fob for a Grant Six from my collection. I've not seen another one. Terry
  5. Some time back I recall seeing a video of cars being scrapped for the WWII scrap drives. It showed cars being dismantled assembly line-style (in reverse of course). There were guys with hammers, torches, and crow-bars pulling things apart, smashing things, ripping those poor old cars apart. If anyone can recall and repost that video, this would be a great place for it. Terry
  6. Bernie is correct. When I attempted to get a title for my 1914 Model T several years ago I went to DMV in Richmond, approached the counter and simply asked for some help getting a title for my 1914 Ford. I had a photograph with me and simply showed it to the clerk who commented, "gee, that's a neat old car." She then told me she had never handled anything like that before, and immediately went back to get her supervisor who explained the process. It was a little different of course since it was a original antique vehicle, but she quickly came back with some forms to fill out. Within an hour I had my title. Your experience may be different and the process for titling a reconstructed vehicle will probably take longer, but by going to them and asking for help instead of asking for a title for a 1951 Studebaker, you'll be much better off. The DMV clerks all have their little "flow charts" and it all depends on where you enter the flow. Sometimes what you ask for may not be available, and unfortunately there is often a lack of "creativity" available to those at the front desk, so simply asking for their help opens up many more possible solutions. As a VA resident I can sympathize as I hear lots of tales of woe, however by exercising the right approach, and using the info I provided previously I believe you'll be ok. Terry
  7. I think a different approach may be worth trying. It seems as though you are really looking for a title to a hot rod based on a Studebaker. If you want it titled, the way to make this easier for you may be to ask for help getting a title for a "Reconstructed" vehicle - a hot rod. You may end up going to the DMV office in Richmond and speaking to a supervisor but a unique VIN will be assigned to the car and you will be issued a special tab to affix to the car someplace. I've never done this but believe there also may be a requirement to have it inspected by State Police. Below info is from the DMV Website. https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/vehicles/#reconstructed.asp Definitions Reconstructed Vehicle Any vehicle that has been materially altered from its original construction by the removal, addition, or substitution of new or used essential parts. (VA Code § 46.2-100) Specially Constructed Vehicle Any vehicle that was not originally constructed under a distinctive name, make, model, or type by a generally recognized manufacturer of vehicles and which would not be otherwise defined as a reconstructed vehicle. (VA Code § 46.2-100) For example, a vehicle constructed using a Mercury frame and a Chevrolet body. Replica Vehicle Any vehicle not fully constructed by a licensed manufacturer, but either constructed or assembled from components. Such components may be from a single vehicle, multiple vehicles, a kit, parts, or fabricated components. The kit may be made up of major components, a full body, or a full chassis, or a combination of these parts. The vehicle must resemble a vehicle of distinctive name, line-make, model, or type as produced by a licensed manufacturer or manufacturer no longer in business and is not a reconstructed or specially constructed vehicle. (VA Code § 46.2-100) Major Components Any one of the following subassemblies of a motor vehicle: (i) front clip assembly, consisting of the fenders, grille, hood, bumper, and related parts; (ii) engine; (iii) transmission; (iv) rear clip assembly, consisting of the quarter panels, floor panels, trunk lid, bumper, and related parts; (v) frame; (vi) air bags; and (vii) any door that displays a vehicle identification number. (VA Code § 46.2-1600) Part of the trouble you are also having may be that you are dealing with a local DMV office where the clerk is trained to just type stuff into their computer. You need some additional human intervention with a dose of common sense and the ability to make decisions that most local DMV clerks can't seem to provide in out-of-the-box situations like this. Not disparaging DMV clerks but they are at the wrong end of the chain in matters like this. Good luck, keep us informed so others can learn from your experiences. Terry
  8. I don't do facebook either so had my wife get the photo so we could see what it is.
  9. Yup, like PT Barnum once said........ For real though, I believe the entire Chesney collection of Lalique mascots sold for just over $800k as a sngle lot several years ago at the RM Auction at Amelia Island. That sale price was considered much lower than it should have brought if they had been sold individually. That included what is considered the rarest Lalique, an amber colored fox. So, there is value in rare mascots, however the piece of crap Egyptian winged something in the ebay listing is nowhere near that category. Terry
  10. I guess I'm just not a serious mascot collector. This has to be the most expensive one I've ever seen. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Art-Deco-Egyptienne-Ailee-M-Bonnot-Car-Mascot-Hood-Ornament-1920s/273881282028?hash=item3fc498b5ec:g:PBwAAOSwkIJcoq3G Terry
  11. Quite a story but probably only someone's vivid imagination. Lots of different cars used them, and they also available as an inexpensive aftermarket item often used to replace more expensive headlamps. Based on the shape of them I'm thinking they were early to mid 20s. Lots of possibilities but most would only be guesses. You may want to post your question and photos also on prewarcar.com which is a great site with a European focus. Terry
  12. Yes, sad to see an event go, however from the description this one was a junk-market with some car stuff. I think the reasons it died are self-evident. Agree totally with Bob, Hershey is the one! See you there. Terry
  13. Appreciate our thinking of me but I don't believe it's a specific London-Brighton event souvenir. Many of the images are of cars well outside of the era of authorized run participants, which makes me believe it's a generic gift shop item. If it were a specific item it would be dated and probably would contain a lot more information. I'm guessing it is a souvenir shop item sold in Brighton, since the name of the town is in bold letters. This would be similar to any kind of souvenir you'd pick up in an tourist stop, drug store, gift shop etc that happened to be in the popular resort town of Brighton. An example would be items available as souvenirs in the Indianapolis area that commemorate the Indy 500. As a side-note, the British comedy Genevieve was so popular there was an early 1950s surge in interest in early autos and the London-Brighton run itself. There was tremendous impact on the old car hobby, and a lot of souvenir items depicting old cars became available and are all over the place today. The movie is quite interesting and the London-Brighton run is the setting. The "star" of the show was a Darracq named "Genevieve" Both this car and the 1904 Dutch built Spyker co-star are in the Loughman Museum in the Netherlands. Although Genevieve was subsequently dated as a 1905 built car and thus not eligible to actually participate in the Run officially, the car has been honored to participate "on show" as it is considered "the Mascot" of the Veteran car movement. More than you wanted to know, but a fascinating chapter in the history of our hobby. Terry
  14. Forgot to welcome you to the forum Bob. You'll find lots of interesting stuff to read so have fun exploring and don't hesitate to chime in anytime. Better yet, why not join AACA and get our fantastic publication - will we see you at Hershey in Oct? Terry
  15. Home built. Looks like it was made using Model T rear radius arms. Terry
  16. It's a nice piece of automobilia, but I don't believe it's specific to any particular automobile. In my opinion it is a photo-prop. It was common in tourist areas, particularly beach-front locations, to have your photo taken with an automobile in the background-especially so for people who did not actually own an automobile. I have a number of such prop-photos in my postcard collection that show a variety of fake cars. In some cases, actual non-running cars were used, with a painted canvas background. In other cases, a painted car on canvas (or wood) was used with potted plants, etc in the background. I've seen cars completely mocked up from wood using car parts like windshield, steering wheel, fenders and side lamps. Sometimes people in the photo were sitting in a mock-up of the car, and sometimes they were simply standing with it or behind it as if they had just completed a drive. Postcards were produced so you could mail them back home to show everyone what a great time you had on your vacation. The piece you have is rather crudely done, and in many ways resembles more of a "cartoonish" type of car rather than a specific model. For that reason I think it is a photo-prop rather than an advertising piece. Terry
  17. My neighbor sold Snap On tools for many years. He said the warranty is good for stuff that breaks, and it looks like the only thing wrong with those boxes is the paint. It's hard to break a Snap-on! I heard that top of the line Snap On tool chests sell for thousands. Terry
  18. Sean, believe we met at the antique mall there in Hagerstown a couple of years ago. I recalled talking to you about the 1904 Pope Tribune and the great Dagmar items on display there. I'm surprised to see no responses yet to your request as I'm sure there are others who are interested in the Dagmar cars or those built by Crawford. Do you have a copy of Rector Seal's book "Maryland Automobile History"? It's still available on Amazon if you don't already have a copy. That might serve as a starting point for your research. It should enable you to search by individual car names. AACA Library and Research Center may be ablel to help, and perhaps the HCCA (Horseless Carriage Club) Roster will reveal some detail of current owners with cars built by Crawford. Recommend you list the names of specific cars you are looking for more info on as that would more likely draw attention to those vehicles. There are a lot of participants on the forum who are able to look through early car museum catalogs, auction results, etc. and could probably turn up some history for you. I know there are a few Dagmars around but believe you are aware of those. Keep us advised as you uncover info. Terry
  19. Photos would be helpful, especially pictures of the base showing any part numbers or other detail. Originals shoud have a serial number as shown in the photo. Condition is everything on mascots. Ebay reaches the largest audience, but the advice given above for posting here, or with the Cadillac club is also great. Terry
  20. I think it has a lot of negatives working against "value." Main problems are non-running and no title. From there if you like it, value depends on how badly you want it. For more info you might want to contact the Lane Museum. They specialize in small unusual vehicles. I won't discuss how to define ugly as everyone has differing tastes. Terry
  21. Here is a photo of our Grandkids helping with restoration of our 1974 MGBGT. We finished it in 2006 and our shake-down cruise was from about 0 to 1500 miles from here to Gatlinburg TN and back through the mountains. Nothing fell off or stopped working! It was great having those small hands. They helped so many times with special projects, especially up under the dashboard. Taylor, our Grand Daughter just graduated from college and Grand Son Jack just finished high school. He is working as an apprentice mechanic and really wants to start restoration on his own Chevy truck. He wants to be a mechanic! Pics of the finished project are included. Terry
  22. Yup, York it is. The article is right, I'm crossing the James so often my fingers were on autopilot. I remember Nicks, great place and IMHO one of the best restaurants I've ever been in. Terry
  23. Wishing everyone a safe joyous 4th of July. As a side-note it was recently announced here that another Revolutionary War shipwreck was discovered in the James River near Yorktown Va. Very timely announcement. https://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/article_c99938fe-9c33-11e9-a9f8-ef1f39ed0b5e.html Terry
  24. What a great acquisition Bob. Have been on several brass-era tours with those and they run like champs. Let's celebrate your 50th at Hershey with a wee dram. Terry
  25. Agreed, a great event. The vehicles on display were simply amazing. I did encounter quite a few spectators, and having been in the area since Tuesday, we also got out a bit for meals and some antique hunting. We also took advantage of the special tours set up in conjunction with the meet. Everyone I encountered seemed to know about the show but a lot of them indicated they could not attend because of work schedules, softball games, yard work, or in one case, "gonna be too danged hot." I believe that one thing that will always impact spectator attendance is the limited schedule for our shows. The optimum viewing window is limited with prime-time being about 11-3. I had quite a few people ask me if the show was going to be on Sunday as well. Terry