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  1. Did anyone mention the "close-coupled sedan?" Think Cadillac and others in the luxury/semi-luxury end of the game made them. Its really a shortened sedan, or is it a lengthened coupe? Not sure which but still just basically a two seater with possibly jump seats in rear area. Think the Model A Victoria was a take-off on that styling, although that was a full rear seat vehicle. Handsome styling and a bit roomier than a standard coupe. Terry
  2. My favorite is the 28/9 Model A Busines Cpe with the oval windows instead of landau bars. Neat looking car and fairly scarce. Terry
  3. Ron-I've never heard you speak so eloquently before! I'm impressed. Obviously Rachel's presence has had profound impact here! I have really enjoyed the bantering about - having lived over seven years in Scotland gives one some special insight into the significance of dialect. Why some evenings I go out to the garage to just sit in my 1935 Morris 8, swing out the windscreen, sip a wee dram and turn on the telly to watch the re-runs of "all creatures-great and small." You know in all my travels overseas I was always able to play with old cars and met the most wonderful people doing so - some say music is the universal language. I say it's old cars!!! Terry
  4. Geeeez-if I had that much moola I'd hire someone to restore and maintain what I already have - them Id go shopping for a neat brass car like a Locomobile or maybe an Olds Limited (smile Steve!). Having that much money could be a big problem however - which motor home to buy; where to build the dream garag etc. Terry
  5. Congratulations to all who received recognition for their hard work during the past year. Region and Chapter Web Sites are getting better all the time! To let you all know how it works and what we look for, here is a rather lengthy but important post - first, each site linked to the AACA National site is evaluated by the AACA Internet Committee. The review is a year-long process that includes many site visits by committee members to evaluate them. Here are some of the areas we consider to be important: - Functionality and ease of use - Originality and creativity - Presentation, graphics, design and appeal - Content including a calendar of events, promotion of activities, promotion of AACA, articles, activity reports, photos, club info, etc. - Timeliness of content and currency of info. - Interest to the membership and prospective members. - Value to the membership and prospective members. - Is the Webmaster clearly identified and able to be contacted? - Are the officers of the club identified and able to be contacted? In short, a good web site mirrors a good newsletter. It must be current, active, and of considerable value in serving the membership, encouraging participation and must also serve as a recruiting tool for prospective members. You don't need to register in advance to participate in the review process. Everyone receiving an award of Excellence, Distinction or Merit received a special logo that can be displayed on the web site. I will be posting a complete list of winners in the next day or so, but take the time to look at the many wonderful sites linked to the National AACA page and you'll get plenty of ideas. Terry Bond Chairman, Internet Committee
  6. Had to work fast to get a coat of primer on some MG wheels so I could tune in. Wow-what a finish!!! Dale Jr. almost did it! That was some great racin and a great start to the season. Gotta go with DEI to keep it all in the family as son-in-law and family are world's biggest fans. Terry
  7. Congratulations on receiving the award and welcome to the forum! Your question is quite timely as I was preparing a post with info about the website awards and contest. This duplicates some of that info but it sure won't hurt to offer it more than once. Basically, the AACA Internet Committee reviews all region and chapter websites that are linked to the AACA site. There is a long list of items we are looking for, and it is a year-long process with each site getting several visits by committee members. The top sites are very much like good newsletters. They are active, up-to-date and of great value to the club in terms of providing useful information for their members. Good sites are also good recruiting tools, enabling new and prospective members to easily contact the club leadership, participate in activities, and join. Links to national, the junior page, etc are all important to serving the membership in the best possible fasion. The sites should be user-friendly, graphically appealing, functional, quick to load, and up to date. Let us know how we can help, and again, congratulations on gaining important recognition for your club! Terry Bond AACA National Director Chairman, Internet Committee
  8. I love em all, but of course am partial to the 67 GTO out in my garage! Cant count the times I've seen the tail-lights of a hemi, and a few other cars of the era, but nothing beats the sound, sight and feel of my GOAT! If I could go back a few years and pick a stable-mate for it, it would be one of the Nikey or Yenko Cameros. But if you recall those days, a big factor was back-seat room. And I'll leave that part of the discussion alone! Terry
  9. Got a soft-sport for the '55 Desoto-can remember when my Dad bought one brand new. Can also remember when Mom dented the passenger side door trying to learn how to drive! Great car though, two tone green, BIG motor! Very comfortable on long trips to visit family down south. I can still hear Elvis coming thru that aftermarket radio hanging down under the dash! Anyway-back to your orig ?, you don't even need to own a car to have fun in this hobby. Belonging to a Region/Chapter will give you plenty of touring opportunities tho. Heck, the cars just get us from one restaurant/picnic to another (we are really an "eating" club don't ya know?). One of my favorite events for our own club is the annual garage tour where we get to tour around peaking into members garages at all their projects, collections, junque piles, etc. On a national scale, the Divisional Tours are fantastic fun, and of course the larger national tours (like Founders, Sentimental, etc) are perfect for that DeSoto. If you want to be part of the excitement at a national meet, DPC (Drivers Participation) is the way to go. Members displaying that DPC badge are really proud of it. I think my 1914 Ford T is slipping towards #3 as Ive had so much fun with it on the road. It was a Natl 1st car in 1965 at a meet in Roanoke Va and this year I plan to bring it back and enter it as a DNJ (Do Not Judge) in its proper class for their spring meet there. It should be quite a reunion. So-don't worry, have fun and enjoy the car the way it was meant to be. AACA provides plenty of opportunity. Terry
  10. Wow-makes me want to rush home and play! Terry
  11. Some copies of the touring brochure were handed out in the touring seminar but Sharon Lee did announce that it was being revised to include new info on tour scheduling, etc. Im certain it will be available in the near future. Terry
  12. Welcome to the forum Jonathan-its great to have some more input from across the pond. Many of us have strong interest in British stuff-our garage contains a 1912 Triumph M/cycle, 1935 Morris 8, and a couple of MGBs, one just about ready for paint after extensive bodywork. We even have a black cat named "Lucas." Terry
  13. Philly is fun and fantastic. It is a pleasure to have met everyone and renewed old friendships. Only wish it was possible to be in more than one place at a time! Its always a learning experience and I was especially pleased to see so many younger folks in attendance. We are fortunate to have a great facility with dedicated staff to help arrange everything. Mike Jones and the entire annual meeting crew including our headquarters staff deserve a big thanks for all their hard work and attention to detail. It was a great weekend! Terry
  14. A couple of years ago when I was serving as VP Natl Activities, our committee printed up a booklet with info on car games. It has been passed around at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia and was going to be something that could be ordered from Headquarters - I'll mail you a copy if you give me an address, if anyone else is interested, I'll check with Steve and make sure they are available through HQ. Terry
  15. I think the Pontiac GTO was first to begin all of this with their emblems pronouncing it a "6.5 liter." I guess as long as they were using the euro-association with "GTO" they just added the liter designation to stay with the theme. Only touble is that it had the good old USA 389 CUBIC INCH engine! Funny though, when they went with the 400 in 67, the ID badge kept the 6.5 liter designation. Even Ronnie & the Daytonas got it right "...3-duces & a 4-speed, & a 389." Terry
  16. At great risk of getting all this dumped into the Rants & Raves section, I'm going to upset the apple cart here and give you my humble opinion - I like my 1914 Model T Ford!!! So far we've identified the biggest, fastest, most difficult to crank, most expensive, etc but for all around pleasure the T has got my vote. Easy to find, fix and run, cheap, easy to haul when needed, parts-no problem, everybody loves em, and their aint tooooo much brass to polish. Plus, you don't have much choice but to slow down and smell the flowers as you drive by. I'm taking my much road-worn '14 touring out to the Natl Meet in Roanoke Va. It was first shown there in 1965 and won a first. Ok Bob-from a fellow T guy, I'll be looking for some support on this one! Happy motoring. Terry
  17. Yes-looks like the lunch for DFers from 12 on and a short meeting for Moderators at 1:30 will fit nicely. If the Logan room isn't available we'll meet upstairs where the box lunches are and go from there. I'll be involved with the publications seminar which is supposed to last until 12:45. For moderators who plan to attend - check the moderators forum for more info. Terry
  18. Sal-we wish you all the best in 05 - I know those kids will be driving before you realize it. We'll miss you at Philly. Terry
  19. Happy new year to all Region and Chapter web masters! The AACA Internet Committee has completed a review of all Region and Chapter Web sites linked to national. Actually, it's been a year-long review process! We have made the final selections for recognition - awards of Merit, Distinction, and Excellence. From those Regions and Chapters with sites rated as "Excellent" a number of "Master Web Masters" have been selected. Watch your mailbox (snail-mail kind) for notification. The Master Web Master awards can be presented at the Annual Meeting in Philly if the recipient is planning to attend - letters will contain all the details. Web Sites were evaluated for currency of information, effectiveness in supporting the Region or Chapter, promotion of actiities, reporting of events, encouraging involvement, recruiting new members, support to national AACA and overall value to the Region or Chapter. Presentation and functionality were also items of interest to the committee. Its been a great year looking at all of your web sites. Congratulations on your effort and the use of this great technology to enhance our enjoyment of old cars! Terry Bond Chairman, AACA Internet Committee
  20. I was kinda stuck on one comment made "If you don't judge it how is anyone going to know what they have to do to their car...," there is a tendency to rely on the judging process to tell people how to restore their vehicles. Thats not the purpose for which the DPC or even any of the competitive judging classes were created. The owner needs to take on the responsibility to do the research, ensure the standard they desire to achieve is met, and then decide if they want to enter into a competitive situation. If there is interest in having a vehicle evaluated and some guidance provided about restoration or maintenance, best advice is to belong to an active AACA Region so that some more experienced judges might be called upon to offer some advice. I know in our region we have a lot of members who have restored vehicles and competitvely shown them who are more than willing to give their time and expertise to help another member. We've even had club judging events where we hold a mini AACA-style judging school to learn more about the process. A willingness to learn is all thats required, and its a whole lot more fun as a group. Brenda said it best - we could use all the help and knowledge available, so see you on the show-field! May your snow be light, your sunshine bright and your Christmas holiday absolutely perfect! Terry
  21. Hi Matt - you too Steve! Been a long time. Stay in touch and keep your keyboard oiled, you're always welcome to participate here. Terry
  22. One of the most common and easiest ways to get your personal info is with a browser hijacking. Browser hijacking programs are often attached to email or websites and you don't even need to open attachments to get them. They install themselves on your hard drive and start up automatically when you reboot your computer. Some of them will immediately redirect you to another website, browser or in some cases, a look-alike website like Ebay. You think everything is fine but when you log in you are actually logging in at a website thats stealing your info. Instead of getting into the normal site, you'll probably just get an error message, or the log in screen will just reappear and you'll keep trying to log on. Of course whats really happening is that your password and any other info is being sent to a remote system somewhere so someone can empty your bank account. Best way to avoid these problems is up front by maintaining adequare firewall protection. Spybot, CW Shredder, Ad-a-ware are all good at scanning and defeating these things once they get into your PC but you need to keep them updated and run the scans often. Terry
  23. Ive looked through some of my spark plug literature and confirm that the Chamption recommendation for your car is a W18. If you can find some old Chamption 1 Com's they will also work and look good as well. The earlier type with the brass top hat like the Champion X plug is the type that would be most correct for the year of your vehicle. I have an AC Conversion chart that also shows the AC 75. If you can find some Edison plugs the # for you should be 86 or 87, and in a Firestone plug its S-80 Those Edison and Firestone plugs often show up by the box-full at Hershey and they are normally fairly cheap. Hope this helps. Terry
  24. Ok, pour a wee dram, sit back and hold on-this is real history. Somehow, I don't think it belongs in this section, but its here. We can always move it later, or publish it, or something. Everything is true-I swear on the latest issue of Hemmings-and I tell this at risk of seeing the market (even Ebay) flooded with phoney jars of mud. Gads-if a cheese sandwich can make $28K, I'd better copyright all this stuff-yes, consider it done! Ah-it was a dark stormy night - well, actually it was dark and stormy that entire week! It was back in '76, the year of "The Big One" at Hershey. Rain all week; blue field flooded(remember that one, over by where the roller coaster is now?); and on show-day there were tornado warnings in the area. The Highmeadow Campground was almost flooded. It was so bad that most vendors couldn't even get into their proper spaces and got stuck in the aisles trying. It was hopeless-never been that bad before and probably wouldn't again. I had driven up from Baltimore in an antique car and the night before the show, decided to send the family home in the modern iron so they could dry out. I slept all night in the antique and put it on the showfield as soon as they let me. It was raining so hard I never even saw the judges-just sat there, windows steamed up, leaking where I didnt think it would, and then a hand reached out through the darkness and pasted a "judged" sticker on my windshielf. Those were some brave judges! By about noonish, things began to break away and clear off. I ventured off into the flea market just for one last look at the madness. I made one last purchase from someone who was packing it in-a baby-food jar full of spark plug tops. I dumped the plug tops into my bag and scooped up a jar of that famous Hershey Mud. It was famous you know. We used to do a dance called "The Hershey Shuffle" to move around in the fields. If you took normal steps, you'd walk right out of your boots! Took that jar of mud home, made a fancy lable for it and for a few years it sat on a shelf in my motoring den. "Genuine Hershey Mud - vintage 1976, gathered from the Blue field at the Hershey Pa AACA Fall Meet, October 1976-year of "the big one." Eventually, as a novelty, I began taking that jar along with me to Hershey and putting it on display on top of my showcase. It always drew attention-and memories of '76. It was quite a conversation piece, and as 76 became ancient history, that jar of mud became more popular every year - until... Someone (probably about ten years later) asked "how much is that jar of mud?" I explained it wasn't for sale, and the man walked on. The following year, someone else asked about it, and there seemed something familiar about him. Yes! It was the same person - and this time, he made an offer on it that was quite serious. I was amazed that someone wanted to pay for a jar of mud! I said again, "not for sale." Amazingly, the offer went up! I had to ask - "how do you know its not fake?" The reply made sense "Mister, if it was fake you would have sold it to me last year!" At that point, money changed hands, and my jar of '76 Hershey Mud walked away into history. I don't know who bought it or where it ended up, but I'll tell you this-and listen! cause there is an important lesson here - I don't have any idea where the money is. But, I know that I miss that jar of mud and I wish I had it back. Thus my claim to have sold mud at Hershey. This could only ever happen once. The lesson has become one of my "Rules of Collecting" Anyone can have money-you have to be lucky to have stuff! So-there you have it. And there are many more great stories so we'll see you around the campfire at Philly. Hey-don't even think about what you are thinking about - I've already got a baby-food jar on my shelf at home labled "HERSHEY SUNSHINE - Vintage 2004." Happy Thanksgiving to all! Terry
  25. Wow-brings back memories! I brought a box of slides home from my parents home in Mich last year and have yet to go through them all but I know there are quite a batch that I took at US131 Dragway in Martin Mich during the mid 60's. Sox & Martin, Roger Lindamood, Arnie Beswick, Dick Landy, Big Daddy, Connie Kalita should all be there. If I can find the time I'll get some decent copies produced and bring them to you at Hershey Bob. Might even figure out how to post some here. I spend a lot of time looking over the race cars at Hershey - pure nostalgia!!! Terry
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