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  1. If you want to see some neat early auto sheet music, try levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/ this whole collection can be browsed-look at the boxes labled "transportation." I've been collecting auto sheet music for several years and have a couple hundred, mostly very early pre WWII. I've also been trying to compile a list of all known auto related sheet music, so if there are any other collectors out there, please email me or post unknown items here. I'll try to get some time early next week to add to the original list and will be glad to share my list with anyone. I was once told there were around 600 songs related to the auto. Recently heard of a collection containing over 1000. Im sure some of those just have an automotive scene illustrated on the cover, but they do look great framed. I'm running out of wall space!
  2. Tidewater Region has a monthly dinner meeting along with a program. We're long on fun - short on business. Our feeling is the board of directors is elected and empowered to handle the affairs of the club. Minutes of the meetings are in the newsletter so there isnt much need to cover business at the dinner meetings. Announcements of things of interest to the members are included such as parade and show info, tips, leads, acquisitions, intro of new members and guests, etc. Programs are varied and consist of auto and non-auto related. Hobby nights are always fun where people bring in something related to their hobby and then talk about it. AACA has videos and a speakers bureau that can be utilized. I just did a program here about the new AACA museum and if you are in PA thats close enough to get someone in to talk about that, or perhaps the AACA Library. Technical info is great, area historical info is always fascinating and next month we have a guest speaker coming from the Mariners museum in Newport News to talk about the civil war ironclad ship Monitor which has been partly salvaged and is being exhibited there. In the past we've had people in talking about vintage clothing, restoring cars and parts of cars, painting, antique collecting of all types including automobilia, history of cars like Franklin, Packard and Model T. Our own club webmaster does a great presentation on how the internet helps our hobby. Your local chamber of commerce may also have a speakers bureau, and its always possible to get someone from the local historical society to attend and talk about a museum or special event. Late in the year we always hold a silent auction of donated items - its an absolute fun evening and is one of our best attended events. It raises some money for the club too. I think too many clubs have meetings that are far too serious. I get enough of that during the day at work-hobbies are supposed to be stress relief! Long on fun-short on business is the best approach to monthly meetings I think. Terry
  3. EAAAKKKK!!! Caught again! Actually the truth behind the scene is that I was instructing Julian Griffin, Russ Risher, Earl Beauchamp, Tom Howard and John Myer (who couldn't be seen in the pic) in the fine art of eating donuts. It was actually an experiment to see if my day old Dunkins were as "fresh" as my day old Krispies. The Krispies are far lighter and easier to eat after a day. I suspect it is evaporating calories. The Dunkin's were heavy and very "rock-like." Raising ones arm in a "pumping" motion rapidly assists with intake and means less residue and more rapid total consumption. Now if only you'd have paid attention instead of taking pictures you may have also enjoyed seeing the one-handed coffee slurp along with this. Legislatively speaking, the envelope contains my new legislative seminar that I've passsed along to John Myer who will be our new Vice President of Legislation. Please give him your support and donuts next year. Wayne, your a good photog and I enjoyed being with you at Philly. Terry
  4. Its always great to see old friends and make new ones at Philly. My schedule precluded joining the DFers for lunch but the chance to visit with many of you was very welcome. There is so much great info to share, I just wish everybody could make it! Despite the snow it was a big success and the seminars I was able to attend were very well done and informative. Great to visit with everyone in the evenings at the hospitality suites - during the day it's kinda like Hershey with everyone scurring around headed somewhere. spring is just around the corner! Terry
  5. For starters, its a Model T and it does have an aftermarket depot hack body on it. No way to know for certain how much of the remaining car has also been modified or even if it was a new or well used vehicle when the body was switched. At that time you could buy just a chassis and put any kind of body on it you wanted, so that wood body could have been added to a brand new chassis! Im looking at the radiator and note the absence of a lower valence where the crank handle sticks out. The valence appeared in about June of 1923 when the height of the radiator was increased slightly. Without the valence the car would date from 1921-1923 and only a closer look might be able to narrow that down a bit. Of course back then the radiator could have been changed, and who cared about authenticity or would ever imagine that someday we'd be here trying to figure out what year the car is. Any chances on getting a larger image? Maybe some of the other "T" guys can chime in with their input? Terry
  6. I am receiving reports from several parts of the country that local communities are attempting to collect personal property tax on antique autos. In one local case just across the state line (Currituck County North Carolina) several members in that area began receiving personal property tax notices on their antique cars based on values taken from some readily available price guides. It took a major letter writing campaign and some personal meetings with officials there to bring this under control. Evidentally, there is a law on the books that limits the assessed value of properly registered/licensed antique vehicles but the county chose to "ignore" it. As we find many sates and local communities searching for revenue, our antique autos look like a ready source - afterall, we must be rich if we can afford these kinds of toys right? Lets hear from you - if you've encountered any taxation problems and how you managed to solve the situation. Legislatively speaking - there is some good info in the newest issue of Hemmings on how to approach zoning problems. This, plus the taxation issue are the things that affect us most locally. This forum is a good place to share your thoughts and ideas on how to combat these problems. Lets hear from you- Terry
  7. I guess I collect collections! It all started with spark plugs - Bob, you and I have shared a lot of good times over the plugs! Started picking up "go-withs" and acquired some display cabinets, counter-top demonstrators, etc and its all grown into a faithful recreation of a circa 1915 era auto parts store on the second floor of my garage. Its complete with old country store show cases, cash register, shelving, etc and provides a neat place to display my old oil cans, early Model T accessories, brass lamps, advertising displays, signs, tools and etc. Over the years I've decorated the downstairs with signs and gas pumps. Somewhere along the way I decided I didn't want to have to walk outside in winter to enjoy my stuff so began collecting things I can bring in the house like early prints, etc. Latest passion is early automotive related sheet music. Running out of wall space however, so might drag out my old postcard collection and pursue that for a while!
  8. Thanks for letting me get the mud scraped off and all the fleas unpacked. Our VP of Public Relations, Joe Gagliano will be posting an official announcement soon, but you are correct that we did not have the required number of votes to make the change to our by-laws. Terry
  9. Thanks to our webmaster, Peter, we are offering a new feature on the legislative page. Check the "state sites" section for links to each of the 50 states legislative pages. These will enable you to track and respond to legislation affecting our hobby. Check it out! Terry
  10. A member has forwarded me an interesting article from the state of Washington. Seems there is a movement in more than one state to toughen driver licensing requirements for elderly drivers. They have not formulated any specific plans yet but are surveying other states to find out what is being done elsewhere. Medical and other considerations that affect driver safety are the main interests. I wonder if anyone has knowledge of how different states handle this and whether it is of any potential concern as it might affect our membership and their continued ability to drive their antique autos??? Any thoughts appreciated.
  11. Let me add my congratulations to the Cedar Rapids Region for an outstanding meet. Everything about it was superb including the meet site and the weather - a bit warm, but hey, it's summer! Jack Harville and his team did a wonderful job of looking after every detail and it was a great warm-up for next year's Grand National. We'll be back!!!<BR>Terry
  12. At the recent AACA Board of Directors meeting at the Cedar Rapids Iowa meet, the motion to change the AACA election procedure was approved. This proposed change reduces the "Vote for 7" requirement to a "Vote for a minimum of five, maximum of seven" in order to qualify a ballot as valid. <P>In order to implement this revision, one more step is necessary - a change to the AACA constitution itself will be required. The proposed constitutional change must be approved by a 2/3 majority of the Board of Directors. The Election Process Committee will make proper notification of the proposed constituional change so that a final vote can be accomplished at the upcoming October meeting in Hershey PA. The revised process would then be effective in 2003. <P>If this change is approved it is recommended that it be implemented for a three year evaluation period to determine if it successfully stimulates greater voter participation as we hope.<P>I want to thank the committee itself for carefully evaluating the issue. I also applaud our membership for all of the information and wonderful discussion. Your interest in the future of AACA is exciting and greatly appreciated. <P>Terry Bond, National Director<BR>Chairman, Election Review Committee
  13. Finally got a few moments to add my observations - the Richmond Region can be proud for hosting such a fine event. When was the last time you saw so many one-cylinder Cadillacs in one place? When was the last time you saw a flea market like that? What a great time and a great event it was, complete with a healthy dose of southern hospitality - did you notice all those yellow shirts and smiling faces from the Richmond folks? Dayton and crew - I know you're tired, but if you build it again, we'll be there!!!!
  14. Oops-in re-reading everything I just posted, I note that I didn't mention HPOF, etc. Wanted you to know that we don't get into the business of certifying HPOF, Drivers, etc, but we do have a special display area for those vehicles who are already appropriately certified. I think that for local events any HPOF or Drivers Class vehicle should have the option of entering into class judging if they wish. If you are using advanced registration, perhaps you could come up with a special plaque to recognize participation by HPOF or Drivers class vehicles that do not want to be involved with the judging. Entry fees are the same for everyone for our event although I do know of some events that permit free entry for pre WWI vehicles, just to encourage the older cars to come out.
  15. Jan, surprised nobody has responded yet - there should be lots of experience out there in how to handle AACA cars at local non-AACA meets. Here is how we do it in Tidewater at our annual show - which is structured very much like a mini-national meet with all the AACA classes,etc. First of all - past AACA prizewinners (Junior/Senior, AGN,) are not judged in their class with other cars. They are automatically given an "Award of Recognition" which is just as nice as the First Place award. Maybe a wood plaque with the dash plaque and suitably inscribed would do. That recognizes those special and often excellently restored vehicles. It also accommodates those with "worn" restorations that may not be so competitive in judging anymore and wouldn't come out for the show. This also opens the class for judging other cars that have never won awards before and encourages additional participation from even non-AACA members. We don't give multiple awards as a cost-savings, and all of those AACA prizewinners are also still eligble for some of our special sponsored awards like "Best Chevy" "Best Ford" etc as well as "Best in Show." <P>We have enough experienced judges available in our own Region and among the neighboring Regions who support our show each year that we can do the AACA style judging with smaller teams and lower point total requirements. Best in Show, etc are selected by a group made up of all the team captains - they go out onto the field to review the nominees after all class judging is finished. Each judging team nominates their selections for "best whatever" while they are judging. <P>Hope that helps, let us know if you have additional ? and hopefully we'll see some other thoughts on the subj.<P>Terry
  16. To set the record straight for Len and others, Virginia's AACA members opposed the legislation. There was a strong effort, working through the various car club councils, individually and through the various AACA regions to defeat the legislation. The Virginia legislature added the exemption for antique cars as a compromise.<P>We agree that tailpipe sniffing is bad policy, bad business, a lousey system and this is still a rotten piece of legislation and will continue to work for its defeat.<P>BTW, there is a separate DF for legislative issues.<P>Terry Bond<BR>AACA Vice President,<BR>Legislation<BR>Chesapeake, Virgnia
  17. In the next several days i'll be making some important announcements about AACA & Legislation. We've got a new committee and some new ideas and our efforts from National will be directed in two areas - first, helping you get needed information and secondly, helping you respond rapidly. <P>We get legislative information from a variety of sources, and thru this site and an improved communications network we hope to be able to get that information more rapidly into your hands for further dissemination within your Regions and Chapters. So, watch for some ideas coming soon on how you can more easily become active in monitoring and responding to legislation. <P>For now, I need to call on our AACA members in New Hampshire - there is a House Bill (HB 617) currently in process that deals with inoperable vehicles on private property. This bill exempts from "junkyard" control regulations those antique vehicles owned and maintained by automotive collectors. This bill was passed by the House of Representatives. It now moves to the Senate Public Affairs Committee for consideration and is scheduled for a hearing on Marh 26th. <BR>It deserves your attention and response.<P>New Hampshire hobbyiests can contact the New Hampshire Legislature's general Information line: 603/271-1110 for information on how to contact your representative. There is also a State Legislative Website that you can easily access through a site called governing.com. Select GovLinks from the dropdown menu on the left side of the front page, then select State Government, then Legislative Home Page for a complete list of all 50 states. Choose New Hampshire and you are instantly linked to a site that enables you to track legislation or contact your representatives. <P>Terry Bond<BR>AACA Vice President, Legislation
  18. St.Georges restaurant for breakfast is standard fare for many of us - I know I usually see Ron and many others enjoying the pancakes. Lets get together during the weekend and pick a time. We'll see you at the Friday night President's Dinner, or join us at the J.C Taylor hospitality suite Saturday right after the banquet and we'll figure it from there. <BR>Terry
  19. Research is not the easiest part of restoring vehicles like this - Ive got a good friend here in our local region who imported an original Ford Thunderbolt race car from Norway a few years ago and had to research it. First couple of times out he actully entered it in a production car class, but eventually acquired the necessary documentation. If you want to e-mail me at home I'll try and put you in touch. He may have some valuable experience to share with you. I look foward to seeing your bike on the showfield.<BR>Terry Bond<BR>(1912 Triumph)
  20. Gee Ron, just cause I've got about 2000 in my collection doesn't make me an expert, but I have explored a little history and can give my very non-technical opinion on the subject. Actually, the very earliest plugs were made using French clay as the ceramic. Mica was also a popular insulating material (thin mica washers layered together). In the early days, the glazing was necessary to protect the porous and brittle ceramic. In 1916, Champion began using a mineral called Siliminite (not in my spell-check). They acquired the sole rights to mine this material when they purchased a competitor plug maker (Jeffrey DeWitt). Siliminite is so hard that a broken piece of it will cut glass. Its been the material of choice for many years and glazing over it is not really necessary. I am not sure what other plug makers use for their insulating material but any post war major brand plug should be able to withstand blasting to clean the junk. Fine sand and low pressure of course! My personal preference however is to use the carb cleaner. I just feel better using it as Im always worried about something getting stuck way up inside the plug, then letting go into the engine later. Ive also seen folks just hold the business end of a plug up against a wire wheel and the result is a discolored ceramic, but no other significant damage. <P>As for a blasted insulator facilitating the "regrowth" of the gunk accumulation, I hope our mechanics are smart enough to know that clean spark plugs are not a permanent cure for bad rings, etc.<P>Funny thing about plugs, nobody every throws them away. We always "save" them for some strange reason. <P>Now, does anyone out there have any old plugs available? (Please, not the four legged kind). <P>Terry
  21. My subscription to HMN this year cost me a bundle. I had to get new glasses to read the danged thing! Maybe thats our trouble - as we get older, the print gets smaller???<BR>Terry
  22. Gee, the last time I made it to Bookbinders was when the Annual Meeting was at the old hotel! I should be there Wednesday for a couple of meetings and by golly will be looking for some place nice to go for dinner that evening. See you in the lobby!<BR>Terry
  23. Hey Howard, you beat me to the computer! You are correct. This is the same registration fee that is charged for every other National Meet. I got my Hershey space registration today and am listed for my normal White Field spaces, although I have heard that there may be future expansion in that direction also. See you all in Philly, meantime, have a happy and safe New Year!<BR>Terry
  24. Gee, was hoping someone from S Jersey Region would post on this ? - I attend this great swap meet every year and each year manage some great finds. Last year it was a NOS in the box Boyce Motometer, among some other trinkets - been going for quite a while in fact have made it a traditional full weekend of hunting treasures by starting with the Chesapeake Region AACA Swap Meet at Howard County Fairgrounds west of Baltimore. Thats a great meet thats been going for 29 years. That one is on Saturday March 9th. Cowtown traditionally follows on the next day, so that would be Sunday March 10th. Havent checked Hemmings yet, its probably advertised there. Also on Saturday in Ellicot City, Md is the Mason Dixon Gas meet. Its a great show for petroliana collectors - gas pumps, globes, signs, etc. Its been going on for several years and keeps getting better. So, if you've got some spare cash, a dose of "cabin fever" and are ready for some early spring swap meets, you've got literally a triple header that weekend. See you there!<BR>Terry
  25. Ok, we've decided that there is a cult following for KK's, and I can probably conclude at this point that anyone who doesnt own some stock in either Harley Davidson or KK is borderline un-America. Got a co-worker who lives just around the corner and brings in some hot KKs once each week so I have no probs getting by regular dose. But, there is one other treat out there that only a very select few get to regularly enjoy - <P>WHITE CASTLE HAMBURGERS!!!! I understand they don't franchise <P>Waiting patiently for the meet or tour that features a Friday nite social with some of those gems! Anybody else out there similarly addicted? <P>Terry
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