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Terry Bond

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  1. Hey Scott, if you go to the AACA Home Page and check the Legislative section you'll find a "state by state" menu item that lets you log onto each individual state's legislative page where you can look at all of the laws on licensure and inspection of antique cars. You may have to do individual key word searches to find the stuff, but its all there for you at the touch of a keyboard. Terry
  2. Some virus programs replicate themselves by automatically forwarding email using address books stolen from PCs. Chances are that email didn't even originate from Steve's computer or from HQ. Norton has a virus encyclopedia that you can use to look up the latest threats and how they operate. I just had a heck of a time clearing some spyware from mine. Actually, I was ready to toss a piston rod thru the screen but by level-headed, patient and very PC savy wife Susan saved the day (and my year-old Dell) from disaster. CW Shredder also works well. I found that a lot of spyware is embedded in the registry and cannot be easily deleted. Adaware and Spybot didnt get it all but they are very good so long as you keep them updated and run them regularly. Terry
  3. Always a hot topic and Ive seen some absolutely crazy things happen-everything from spectators trying to unscrew motometers to people trying to get pictures of their little kids in the cars. At one car show, one of our club members had an incident where he returned to an old car only to find an entire family sitting in it, while someone was getting ready to take a photo. When asked "what do you think you are doing?" the lady who seemed to be in charge of the kids said "if you don't want us to do this then why did you bring the cars here?" She really believed it was there for them to use as a photo brackground! Its often difficult to educate the public but there is a way that the people organizing the event can use carefully timed publicity to emphasize the "rules" for spectators. Very few car shows though have entry control points where people can be told to leave bicycles, etc behind. Thats why Ive never repaired the scratches on the Model T fenders and running boards. Ive had a lot of fun giving rides, letting people take photos, etc, but it does require my presence. Maybe having a photo-op at a car show would take the heat off some of the other vehicles there? The AACA Museum has a couple of cars on the lower level just for that purpose. Terry
  4. There have been a few posts here in the past about "movie cars" and its always fascinated me. Have a friend in Mich who for many years supplied cars to the film industry and had them appear in many major films. Anyone who has ever been involved can affirm that its tough on the cars and the drivers. I was once involved in producing a low-budget film that used a Model T roadster. That poor Model T spent hours just idling away in near 100 degree heat in Portsmouth Va in July. To get the scene right the owner probably put near a hundred miles on it just driving back and forth in front of the cameras. Another local car buddy acquired the Model T roadster used in one of the Indiana Jones films. It was pretty neat-fitted with disc wheels and a "baby-lincoln" dress up kit. It might be interesting to try and tack down some of the more memorable movie cars - like the Lincoln that got shot full of holes in "The Godfather." What ever became of the car used in "Driving Ms Daisey?" Terry
  5. And-we want the public to be there. You'll be wonderfully surprised when visiting with the people showing vehicles. They are so willing to share the vehicle history and their stories about discovery and restoration - its a real education! Terry
  6. Gotta confess - everything I ever learned about navigating I learned from my wife Susan - anyone who can keep me on the roads of Scotland in a 35 Morris has gotta be good (wrong side of the road and everything!). Actually, Neil is pretty good to navigate for cause he never pays attention to anything, so whatever I do can't possible be may fault right? Actually, the tour book is wonderful and the directions (and all the info) are superb. What a great time. I lived in this area many years ago and never got to see some of the stuff we've already had a chance to. Thats the beauty of these tours. More later-someone told me we gotta eat again! Terry
  7. Its a great idea and I appreciate your offer of assistance - the project really would be more at home if it were associated with the AACA Library & Research Center. There is currently a project in its infancy to have some of the literature accessible via the internet and perhaps what you propose could be handled that way. I would recommend you contact Kim Miller, our AACA Librarian to discuss the possibilities with her. She can tell you where the idea currently stands and how it will unfold. Terry
  8. Whataweek!!!! Sorry to have missed the DF meeting on Sat but I got tied kup with some judging stuff. Thats Hershey-we always wish we could be in more than one place at once. Still, it was one for the record-books all the way. Shorts & T shirts all week (except when I was wearing a tie). Good to see you at the reception Wayne. Terry
  9. Hey Bob-first time Ive had a chance to check the DF in a couple of weeks. We've been to the meet in Dublin Oh and just got back from Asheboro NC. There was also a tour and a couple of hurricanes in btwn there, so with the regulars either on the road or ducking the weather (some may not have had a choice cause it takes electricity to do this), we can expect a lower level of activity. Just wait till after Hershey when everyone jumps back on to talk about the neat stuff they bought or saw there! We might even get a few complaining about the difficulty of walking on all that hard blacktop. See you there - bring old spark plugs!!! Terry
  10. Right-last time I went fishing I took one of those things along, put it on my hook and pulled it up outa the water. The rest of the guys in the boat jumped overboard when it started to sing! Last time they'll bring beer on a fishing trip! Anyway- I need to get this back on line-things are progressing well and my son has had contact with a company called GATOR in Texas. They've given him a good price (and a nice military discount) but does anyone know anything about them? I've provided the normal fatherly advice - check insurance, BBB, ask for references, look at the contract, insurance papers, etc. But - any input from the membership would be helpful. Thanks in advance, Terry
  11. You guys are right on topic with your observation about promotion being an essential ingredient. In a recent Rummage Box article I expoused on that very subject to our Regions and Chapters. I hear people complaining all the time about not wanting to deal with crowds, etc. at their events. It does add expense and hassle to many local, even national meets and for those reasons we leave it up to the host group to determine the level of promotion that takes place. Its all dependent on their capabilities. Generally though what ends up happening is we seem to have "closed" events. It does help create a negative perception. Ive also seen some very successfully promoted national and local activities. At those well promoted meets Ive seen big crowds all day at the AACA membership table - and the attendance at our youth programs has been fantastic. Each of our events-national or local is literally AACA's "store-front." We need to make the most of those opportunities to attract new members, keep old ones, encourage youth, and send a correct message to the public. Effective promotion is the key. Terry
  12. What remained of Charley passed directly over Norfolk last evening. Torrential rains of course but no really serious winds as we had anticipated. Our ground here is so saturated that it won't take much to knock over trees so we are keeping an eye on the tropics. Our prayers are with those in the storm's path. Terry
  13. Some good thoughts Ron - and don't forget another thing you gave to AACA was Strategic Planning. I think one of the most recent examples of how effective that has been was the expansion of Class 25 to increase the participation (and hopefully membership) of sports car enthusiasts. I can assure you that many of the ideas here in this thread are being looked at by our various committees and are action items within our strategic plan. Earl has appointed several special committees this year and I look forward to seeing their input on some of the very issues addressed here. I've enjoyed this thread and the wondnerful input and thanks to Steve for initiative the dialogue. I'd have responded much sooner but it's been moving too fast to digest almost, and I was away on a business trip until just this weekend. Anyway-I wanted to share my own personal thoughts on something we might consider to help increase participation. I've heard that a lot of West Coast car lovers just don't enjoy our brand of car show. Now don't think that equates to there being anything wrong with what we do, it just makes me wonder if perhaps we shouldn't offer something thats a little different - perhaps a different kind of meet in addition to our normal array of national meets. There are a couple of things that lead me this way. First, to the casual observer (non-member) an AACA national meet is a fantastic show of some of the very finest vehicles. DPC and HPOF have certainly increased the interest. However, our National Meets tend to be not as well promoted as they should be, and they offer to the public only limited exposure of AACA. All they see is the judging, big trucks, expensive trailers and pristine restorations. Nothing wrong with all that and it is a part of our hobby I personally enjoy and a part of AACA that has been very successful. But, it does seem to help create the pereception that we are an exclusive club and it takes serious bucks to play. Our tours of course answer the need to drive but there is even less opportunity for the general public to enjoy the vehicles unless its at a dinner stop or the host hotel. Again, local publicity often lacks for a variety of valid reasons-event hosts don't want the hassle of crowd control or security. What if AACA were to offer a "different" kind of event that might be a better "store-front" for us by presenting a varied look at who and what we are? What about just an "exposition" or "gathering" of antique cars. Drive it, trailer it, just come and have some fun. Everybody gets a dash-plaque and leave it at that. I guess it could be structured more like one of those fabulous cruise-ins that we hear so much about. That would be a great place to conduct some special seminars including the judging school that Ron mentioned. It would be a "something for everyone" kind of event that could include an optional fun tour, special displays of AACA National Prize vehicles, HPOF, etc. and would conclude with a Saturday cook-out after the show. The seminars and special exhibits could be used to promote AACA, future activities, to explain the judging process, vehicle classifications, etc. Perhaps this kind of event could be held twice per year-once east and once west. Ok-Im just rambling, and all of this is just swimming around in my own head-it doesnt represent any "official" AACA thinking. There are no proposals on the table, and this isn't by any stretch of the imagination my (or anyone elses) personal agenda for AACA. But-its perhaps the kind of out-of-the-box thinking that we need to continue doing. And-again I must congratulate Steve on stimulating this. Terry
  14. I bought some cabinet doors form a building materials supply company that specializes in slightly defective stuff, overstocks, etc. They were very cheap from that source. I bought some nice oak ones in various sizes and configurations, but they were all nice doors with no hardware or hinges mounted. I creatively arranged my dash plaques on them and just used a hot glue gun to mount them. I can then hang the doors up like framed pictures. I've got them in the stair-well going up to the second floor in my garage/barn. It makes a pretty nice display and was fairly cheap. Only trouble is I've got just one door left and the price has gone up! Terry
  15. We certainly would prefer to just wander south and go fetch ourselves. Sounds like a great father/son trip but between my work and AACA sked and his Coast Guard duties its tough to spring the time for it. Not sure how we'd manage it in only three days though-so much to see and so little time. You know Id want to stop at every antique shop and flea market! The ideal situation would be to find someone in the hobby coming north for the Carlisle/Hershey meets with an empty trailer hopeful of buying something. If we could get it that far he could always fetch later. Appreciate the contact info Peter provided too. We'll start there to get some base-line pricing info. Terry
  16. My son is considering the purchase of a vehicle in Texas (Ft. Worth area) and may need it transported up to NJ (near Mt. Holley). Has anyone got any recommendations? Its a Jeep, equipped for off-road use so open trailer transport would be acceptable. We sure wouldnt want to just pick something out of the yellow pages after some of the horror stories we've heard on this forum! Appreciate the info! Terry
  17. ...and Im going to guess from the spelling of Tyre youre probably in the UK? There may be a source there that will help you avoid the import duties that might be associated with shipping from the USA. If you can confirm your location I may be able to provide info on an additional source. Just as a curiosity, Ive got some early USA auto accessory catalogs and it seems that in the early 1900's the common spelling in the USA was also "Tyre." Ive also got an early tin sign advertising an interesting tyre called "Inside Tyre" which was an early attempt at using a puncture proof lining inside the usual rubber casing. Again, the spelling is "Tyre." Anyone got any guesses as to when (or why) the spelling changed over? After all, the pneumatic tyre was actually invented in Scotland and of course popularized by Michelin. Terry
  18. Yezzzz indeed! I was on the very first Sentimental "Divisional" tour and can tell you there will be some great cars and great people on this edition of the larger-scale Natl version. We're pround of Va and anxious to show off what makes the Old Dominion so great! I was going to actually buy a car just for this event, bought a truck instead so will ride with a friend from our region (Tidewater) but don't want to miss it!!! Terry
  19. Just wanted everyone know that the Internet Committee is sensitive to the difficulties that some have encountered in updating their sites. Im sure that everything will be ok soon, but meantime, we've got a committee of hard working AACA vols going through all of the websites that are linked to our AACA site and we are evaluating them to recognize the hard work you editors and web masters put into the task. As you know, several significant awards are presented each year at the Philadelphia Annual Meeting. Those recognitions are the result of the Internet Committee having spent the majority of the year looking at websites - more than once! So-its really important that you take this opportunity to update your info. Having an up-to-date site is really important! Good luck! Terry Bond Chairman, Internet Committee
  20. Im not going to try and convince you to put Brit sports cars back on the list, but I do recommend going for something for which an adequate "support group" exists. A nice Mustang convert or fastback, or even a mild-mannered driver style corvette would work nicely. Check clubs in your local area and see if you can latch onto something where there will be some expertise on the breed. Many years ago my wife purchased her first collectible car while we were living in Scotland-she acquired an Austin A30, about a 1956 I think. We bought it at an auction so she could also tour with the local club. It was simple to work on, everybody knew everything there was about it and it was easy to get parts for. She learned a lot of basic wrench-twisting all on her own using that car as a learning platform. Actually, she showed me a few things too! When we got back to the USA it was an easy transition for her to move into an MGB. The local club is full of great folks (many of which we've brought into AACA also). She has become a very active participant in their activities and has even ended up editing their newsletter (Golden Quill Award). She has maintained that MG herself and has run it over 200K miles. Did valves, clutch, suspension, and has had a lot of fun with Joe Lucas (Prince of Darkness). It's been a great car and has given us both a lot of enjoyment of the hobby and many additional opportunities. We've taken it on AACA tours, and last year she drove out to St. Louis for a National MGB gathering - proud to say that her car was the only one of a bunch travelling from Va that didn't encounter some kind of problem along the way. I don't think you can really get into anything that wont require some occasional work to keep it going - but that can be a big part of the enjoyment, so long as you are not all on your own trying to figure things out. The local MG club sponsors a lot of "tech sessions" during the year, rotating around to members garages where we get the chance to rebuild transmissions, weld in patch panels, replace windshields, etc. Many clubs and some AACA regions also have similar activities. We have a second MGB thats nearing completion of a ground up and once that one is on the road, Sue's car gets put back into the shop for some new sheet metal panels and a new paint job and interior. Guaranteed she'll do most of it all on her own. So - whatever you end up with, keep in mind that part of the fun of it all is sharing with others. Get something that helps facilitate that. Terry
  21. I enjoyed the thread on what people found hidden away in their restoration projects - but here is another twist on it - I know that there is often a lot of "creativity" exercised during a restoration - making use of newer Chevy wheel bearings in a teens Buick, or tractor valves in an early brass car, but Ive had a couple of experiences that I think might be worth sharing - During the restoration of my 1912 Triumph Motorcycle, I was stuck for a correct size/shape spring for the mechanical exhaust valve lifter (compression release). I knew what it was supposed to look like but couldnt find an exact replacement and really didnt want to spend the bucks to have just one specially made. One day at work, a friend leaned back in his office chair, and the darned thing collapsed on him - the spring loaded metal base came apart at a weld seam and a funny little spring shot out and bounced right off my desk, landing at my feet -it was the perfect thing and to this day, does the job just fine on the Triumph. I was proud to show off my new gas headlamp tubing at Hagerstown Md-tough stuff to find as for a motorcycle, its a smaller diameter than for a car. It used to have medical application but it hasnt been used for years - plastic is the modern substitute. The original stuff tends to get brittle over the years and mine kept getting shorter and shorter as I trimmed off broken and split ends. Id checked all kinds of sources for a replacement without any luck, until...one evening in the workshop, I noticed that those darned dark orange extension cords look very much like gas headlamp tubing - so I cut off a hunk, stripped out the wires inside, dulled it up with some steel wool and its a perfect match for the original - same size, coloring, etc. Of course this is probably going to cost me a few points deduction for "incorrect material" but you wouldnt know just by looking. Necessity is the mother of invention! Anybody else got some interesting (creative) restoration stories - promise we won't tell the judges! (I finally found some correct gas lamp tubing in England). Terry
  22. Rich, I guess I was looking at your car while you were looking at the Triumph! I was tied up with judging for a while but then had to go get my camera-just too much great stuff and a pretty day for taking some pix. I met up with a guy from Md who just acquired a 1925 Triumph motorcycle, so we had lots to talk about concerning the restoration and parts sources. I hope you noticed my nice new gas hose for the carbide headlamp - I'll start another post on the general forum about that later. Terry
  23. As AACA's Chair of Strategic Planning (and a MG lover) I can tell you that the sports car class split has been an action item on our Strategic Plan for some time. We are glad it has finally become reality thanks to a lot of hard work by the Judging Committee in deciding how to best divide things up. I also hope it will bring out more sports cars. I spent the past week at "MG-2004" in Parsippany NJ with Susan's MGBGT and met a lot of wonderful people there who now can feel more welcome on the show field. Many of the cars we looked at on Saturday could quite easily where that AACA Badge of Honor-the 1st Jr/Senior tag! I had a good look at your car at Hagerstown Rich-super!!! I completely missed the motorcycle/race car test run on Friday as I didn't know when and where it was supposed to be. Its something that does get overlooked occasionally but as I can recall it is an item on the "checklist" for meets. I'll double check that with Sharon Lee, our current VP of Natl Activities. Do you realize Hershey is less than 4months away? Im getting anxious! Terry
  24. 25D it is indeed! I can't get away without a good look thru sports cars anyway, although I'll have my motorcycle in 5A. Judging should absolutely be finished by 1 or were not doing something right. See you there. Terry
  25. A pic would really help to ID it. Ive got a lot of aftermarket accessory and auto supply catalogs from the early years that would cover this as I blv Air Friction made mostly aftermarket accessory items (including spark plugs). They were popular Model T Ford accessories. Terry
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