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  1. Good hit Bob-it's almost the same as the car on display at the AACA Library & Research Center in Hershey (that one's a runabout tho). As a side note that would interest you, I just recently returned from a trip to visit family in Michigan and brought back a couple hundred slies that I took at the dragstrip when I was in High-school. US 131 Dragway in Martin Michigan was a frequent stopover for all of the greats - Dick Landy, Arnie Beswick, Connie Kalita, and many more. If I can figure out how to post slides here we might just do some "ident-a-car" featuring some of those historic drag machines!!! Terry
  2. I heard recently that Michigan had made some progress by enacting some hobby-friendly legislation that helps solve the insurance fee problems there, and improves antique vehicle registration. Since Michigan is where I come from I'm always interested in what they are up to. Can any of our Michigan friends post further details of exactly what was accomplished, and also how it was done. The info could be useful to lots of folks who are looking for help. Terry
  3. Paul, you can use the links on the legislative section of the AACA Website to download individual state law regarding use of these tags. Most states that permit them require you to register the vehicle as historic or antique, or whatever they call it, then apply separately to use the YOM tags. It's sort of like a "vanity plate" for antique cars. Recommend you check the individual states out, download the lawa then choose the most user-friendly as a model. It would help when you find a legislative sponsor to work with you if you also present them with the whole package to show what other states are doing. Thats one of the first questions a legislator will usually ask (after "how much does it cost?") is "what do other states do?" Good luck-keep us posted here on the forum. Terry
  4. Well stated Randall! I also think it's important not to be critical of youth just because they are interested in something that might not be exactly what "we" had in mind. Many of us ended up here because it was a natural extension of our interest in anything with wheels. Everyone participates according to their own level of interest, ability, finances, etc. Just step back, give them room to grow and if you show them how much fun this can be, then they'll come onboard eventually. My three year old grandson came over yesterday and brought his plastic screw-driver with him to help me work on something out in the barn. In fact the first words he ever spoke were "Model T" and once his feet reach the pedals, watch out! Terry
  5. Words can't begin to convey the sense of loss and sorrow we feel. Having had the pleasure to work with Dave on our board was something I'll always treasure. What a tremendous loss for us personally who have known him, and of course for AACA - he was so dedicated and such a hard worker! But, we will move on for the good of the hobby and the club and treasure the memories his time with us brought. Dave would have wanted it that way. Terry
  6. I downloaded this from www.gencourt.state.nh.us after a search through the index. It looks like you can register your vehicle as antique, then get the YOM tag assigned to it. Sometimes small-town DMV offices that don't handle lots of this kind of stuff are just not familiar with it. I'd recommend printing a copy of this and taking it with you to the registration office. Incidentally, most state licensing info is searchable by using the links provided under the legislative section. Hope this help, Terry TITLE XXI MOTOR VEHICLES CHAPTER 261 CERTIFICATES OF TITLE AND REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES Number Plates Section 261:89-a 261:89-a Antique Motor Vehicle, Motorcycle, or Trailer Plates. ? I. The director may permit the owner of an antique motor vehicle or motorcycle, as defined in RSA 259:4, or trailer, as defined in paragraph II of this section, to use a registration plate which was issued in the same year that the antique motor vehicle, motorcycle, or trailer was manufactured, provided the motor vehicle, motorcycle, or trailer is registered as an antique motor vehicle, motorcycle, or trailer under this chapter, and the number of the antique plate is recorded with the director. Any antique motor vehicle, motorcycle, or trailer bearing a registration plate with the year of manufacture shall also carry, within it, a valid antique motor vehicle, motorcycle, or trailer registration certificate and a permit issued under this section. The registration plate matching the registration certificate shall be affixed to the rear of the antique motor vehicle, motorcycle, or trailer. The registration plate which was issued in the same year that the antique motor vehicle was manufactured shall be affixed to the front of the antique motor vehicle, to either the front or rear of the antique motorcycle, and to the rear of the antique trailer, provided it is not placed in a location where the registration plate is normally affixed. II. For the purposes of this section, "trailer'' means any vehicle with a single axle and one tire on each side of the axle, without motive power, designed for carrying passengers or property wholly on its own structure and for being drawn by a self-propelled vehicle. Source. 1991, 73:1, eff. July 12, 1991. 1998, 193:1, eff. Aug. 17, 1998.
  7. My wife says she'd gladly post but her hands are covered with grease from working on the car and she doesn't want to mess up the keyboard. Seriously, she is replacing rear wheel cylinders and brake lines on the MG right now! All I get to do is hold things (gee, that didn't come across too well, but you get the idea). Terry
  8. I've not really followed baseball since Detroit won the world series a zillion seasons ago (and they way they are going I may never be a baseball fan!) Cal was superb. I enjoyed his comments - he was genuinely interested in our hobby too. It's great to see these superstars are really human also. Got an autographed pic to hang in the office. I asked him to say something about teamwork and he commented - "Thats easy" and wrote "Its all about the team" on the photo. Very appropriate. Terry
  9. Sal, good to see you at Hershey, wish we had more time to visit. I'm on my second Chrysler mini-van - both have been Plymouth Grand Voyager. I may keep this one forever since Plymouth is no longer made. Put over 250,000 on the first one but had to put in a new tranny at about 135,000. My second one has many long comfortable trips on it and it's hauled all my flea market junk etc. You can sure pack in some stuff! It even holds my 1912 Triumph motorcycle nicely! I'll buy another without hesitating. Terry
  10. I started collecting cards accidentally many years ago. Was at an antique show and after covering it faster than my wife, waited patiently in front of a post card dealers booth at the end of a row for her to catch up. I looked down and discovered a section on "Automobiles" and bought the whole pile at a good discount. 2000 cards later I think I've got a collection! For many years I sought out those nifty early comic and artistic cards, especially those making fun of the automobile, or showing pretty ladies driving them. I was fussy and collected only pre WWI stuff. Photo cards were neat but always a bit more than I felt I needed to spend, but still I added quite a few over the years, especially very early cars and Model T's of the brass era. It's quite a collection and I enjoy adding to it periodically via Ebay and a few antique shows I manage to get to. Fortunately there are a couple of other local collectors and we always manage to find a home for any duplicates. Trouble is with such a sizeable collection of cards, it's getting too easy to pick up something I already have when I'm away at a flea market. Terry
  11. When we are working on the MG, the Morris or cleaning the 1912 Triumph motorcycle for a show we listen to Celtic music of course - just to make the beer taste better there is nothing better than the skirl o' the pipes. When I'm working on the GTO its classic rock, or sometimes my own home-grown tape filled with car songs including everything from "Little GTO" to Springsteen's "Racin' in the Streets." Variety is the spice of life! Got a friend in the local club however who states he "likes both kinds of music - country AND western"! Terry
  12. Just checking in quick to let everyone know we survived here in Chesapeake Va. Power finally came back on sometime last nite (Sunday) so we're almost done with that "pioneer" thing. It's been rough but our five acres fo trees survived except for a couple that thank goodness fell back into the woods. Two small trees that I was going to cut for a clearing to put in a new garden shed disappeared saving me some work, but the cleanup and repair in the yard and driveway will take a couple of weeks. Some big limbs and pieces of trees dropped but missed the house and barn. It wasn't any fun riding this one out as it pretty much came directly at us here in Chesapeake Va. Hundreds are still without power and the area looks like a battle-zone. One benefit of this was a rare chance to visit with my Son Ken, the Coast Guard sent him and the rest of the Atlantic Strike Team down from NJ to do their environmental and hazmat stuff in this area. Too bad I couldn't have them come over to help with the cleanup. Good luck to everyone in the path of this - please check-in and let us know you are ok. Terry Bond
  13. It's great to see another Brit car nut on the DF! I apologize for drooling all over your MGB!!! What a beauty, and good luck at the AGN. I have been known to volunteer to judge class 25 occasionally, even once at an AGN (did chassis-wow, that was difficult) We have two MGBGTs-one my wife drives all over the place (and maintains herself) and the other is currently undergoing to full restoration. I only hope I can get it close to the condition yours is! Once the MGB is finished our next project will be a 1935 Morris 8 sedan (saloon for all true Brits). As for the mini, I think it goes into the production class, 27f covering 64-65. Terry
  14. I've not been to the September event but I can tell you the spring show is fantastic. I understand the fall version is smaller, and the observations about what kind of material is in the majority is probably correct. Plenty of street rod, muscle car and truck stuff there, but I always find a few early items. Last event I found some brass age Model T stuff. In spring, the whole inside of the race track is filled with vendors, and there are twice that many again in the fields outside. It takes two days minimum to see it all. Even though fall is smaller, it would still take you a day to cover it adequately I'm certain. If you make it please share your observations. I've been looking for a good excuse to go in Sept also. Terry
  15. Take a look at the Tidewater Region website - easy to find by going to the AACA front page and looking through "Local Clubs" then click on Tidewater. Four vehicles full of Tidewater Region members set out on the cross-country Lincoln Highway tour. Bob Stein, out club webmaster, and winner of last years AACA Spark Plug Trophy is keeping us all updatd on a daily basis. He is doing such a good job I heard he was made the official tour webmaster and the Tidewater site is being used to document the trip. It's great to see those beautiful cars being driven! I just drove to/from Cedar Rapids for the AGN in a modern vehicle and my behind was tired, so I can imagime what they are enduring with no AC, etc. But, I sure wish I could have joined the fun! Terry
  16. A good way to sort out what the various states are doing with their def of "Antique Auto" might be to use the links to each state's legislative home page. You can get there by going to the legislation section on the AACA website. You can look at the legal def and current laws for licensing antique autos in every state. Might be fun to see it all laid out in a matrix so we can see how the states differ on the subject. Let us know the results of your project. Terry
  17. It was a long drive back to Va from Cedar Rapids, with a few stops of course, but I can tell you the AGN was a superb event. I don't know what the final vehicle count was (my guess is around 300) but obviously from Wayne's pics you can see there were some fantastic vehicles there. I too fell in love with that Rickenbacker. The Cedar Rapids folks did their usual fantastic job of attending to every detail. The beautiful grassy showfield with plenty of shade trees was right across the street from the host hotel, but they still had a nice air conditioned shuttle bus running constantly. It was a very hot day-someone told me 100+ heat index (thankfully they told me after the show!) The Cedar Rapids folks were everywhere passing out cold bottled water. The food was fantastic and the Friday night entertainment was some of the best I've ever seen at a meet. Frank Sinatra reincarnated was especially convincing! Jack Harville and the entire crew deserve a big thanks for making the AGN the special kind of event it is supposed to be through their superb organization, and wonderfully friendly hospitality. I'm ready to go back to Cedar Rapdis again - and I believe there is a chance coming up. It is my understanding they are going to host a near future Founders Tour. No doubt it will be a great one!!! See you all at Hershey- Terry
  18. This appeared on ebay motors recently http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayIS...p;category=6472 It's advertised as a 1910 Garret but it sure looks home-made to me. Could it be one of those cars created by Disney for their home-town USA street scene out in CA? Looks like the car has actually been sold once before - I looked at feedback for person who listed it and there is feedback there from somone who recently purchased it, however it's up for sale again. I hope nobody gets taken in by this, but on the other hand, I could be wrong, and it if is a special movie or Disney vehicle, perhaps it does have some value? Anybody know anything about it?
  19. Wayne, I've been to your show many times and always enjoy it. Everyone does such a fine job and it's really laid back and friendly. The weather man has even been known to smile on you guys!!! Please don't change anything based on one unhappy camper. Follow AACA's lead and have a drivers class too and give everyone a special plaque or something nice. In Tidewater Region many years ago we began giving a special award of recognition for past AACA Natl prize winners so they don't compete for class awards. That opens things up a lot. Terry
  20. Hey Peter-how bout a thumbs-up Icon? Maybe two? Indeed-Thumbs up for the AACA Museum! I couldn't wait to get on this morning and post something about this wonderful place. It is absolutely fantastic!!! I missed seeing a few of you on Saturday-didnt arrive until later PM that day, but was able to catch the ribbon cutting on Sunday and help play tour-guide. The highlight of the day for me was when a young boy and his parents came up to me and noticing my official name tag, asked me if I could identify an old tool they brought. It was a Ford wrench saved from their grandfathers tool box. What a thrill it was to be able to show them the Model A on one of the lobby turntables with a full tool kit on display. I'll never forget the gleam in that young man's eyes! Pat Foltz summed it up best in his opening address at ribbon-cutting time. "It's not just the last word in car museums - it's the first words in a conversation between generations about our hobby." Another thrill was to meet Larry Porter, who assembleld that fabulous "alphabet collection" of early Fords. Larry commented on how great it was to have people who could "speak his language" when it comes to old cars. Enthusiastic congratulations to everyone whose efforts made this possible. What a wonderful museum! Be proud!!! Terry Bond
  21. Glad somebody likes 'em - my Harley D stock has done very well since I bought at as a potential momento years ago when they were having difficulties. Anybody got a "Silent Grey Fellow" they need a good home for? Flat tanks and belt-drives forever!!! Terry
  22. Joe, to answer your question, AACA does not have state-specific reps. Each AACA Region/Chapter has the ability ( and should) have one designated rep who monitors legislation, can assist with understanding of existing laws and publicize them (e.g. how to properly register/license and use your antique vehicle) and can also help members contact their elected officials and respond in a proper manner to legislation - either in support of, or opposition to. The AACA has an appointed Vice president of legislation - last year that was me, this year it is John Myer who monitors this forum and can be contacted through the directors contact procedure via the AACA website. When we made the state specific links available it took a lot of the guess work out of the process and interested members don't need to rely on anyone else in particular to keep an eye on legislation. Anyone with a PC can just click on their state legislative site and see what's going on. AACA also has division reps who help form a communications network and stand ready to assist with problems that might be particular to a certain locality. The Eastern Division rep is Stella-Pyrtek-Blond who has been actively involved in dealing with hobby related legislation for many years. Her regular column in Hemmings Motor news is always informative. Feel free to contact Stella at stellacapp@earthlink.net and you should also check the back section of the May 03 issue of Hemmings for contact information for different organizations involved in monitoring legislation. There is a ton of information out there, and it is so easy to contact your elected officials and help them. We just can't leave this to "the other guy" so I encourage you to get involved if it's only to write your representatives a letter or send an email expressing your opposition or support on a particular issue. Its easy and it's very satisfying to be part of the process. Terry
  23. Checking on what your state legislators are up to is very simple- just go to the Legislative section from the AACA Website front page. There you will find a link to a section that displays the Websites for each individual state legislature. These sites explain how your state government operates, they allow you to search existing law using key-word searches, and also allow you to review pending legislation. Many of these sites also tell you who is on which committee, where a particular piece of legislation is in process and what the next steps likely would be. They all have an easy way for you to find out who your representatives are and also e-mail contact information. The front page of the AACA legislative section also gives you some good information on how to write an effective letter, etc. Pay attention also to that nasty federally funded scrappage stuff recently posted by Tom Cox. Every letter, every e-mail, every phone call counts! I'm glad to see you are interested in helping to protect our hobby. Terry
  24. I received my copy of Rector's book from him personally when I lived in Baltimore and was a lot more active in Chesapeake Region activities. I get up there each March for their annual swap meet, but for many years listened to Rector as he worked on his book. Each "discovery" was like Christmas to him and he excitedly told about them. By the time I actually read his completed book it was like listening to all those stories over again. I'm pleased you are carrying on the tradition and sharing his outstanding work in documenting the history of Md built cars. It's amazing how these things unfold. I once was invited to a school assembly to talk about the history of the automobile, and it turned into a regular event-even spread to other organizations. You should contact AACA Hq and get yourself listed as a member of the Speaker's Bureau and make yourself available to other AACA Regions and chapters. Many of them are looking for good programs, and your's sounds like a winner. Heck, we might even consider importing you into Virginia for one of ours! Terry
  25. Bob was a legend. I served as VP of publications during his tenure as a "Master editor" and can attest to the quality of his work and his enthusiasm for the hobby. He was wonderful to talk with-always had time for everyone, and loved doing the newsletter and sharing his thoughts on the subject. I know he will be difficult for his region to replace, but he certainly showed everyone what fun being an editor can be, and that might help. Terry
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