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  1. The dates in November are correct. The Board fo Directors approved the change at the request of the host Region - it was done to move us out of hurricane season. After dodging the bullet twice there for National Meets it was felt advisable to go with the later date. <BR>Terry Bond<BR>VP, National Activities.
  2. While all you folks were sitting around wondering if you should go or not, I went and snagged all the goodies. The meet is BIG and a new "red field" has even been added this year outside the stadium. Weather was perfect too. Lots of newer stuff of course, plenty of muscle car, street rod, etc but some good antique stuff also including a barn fresh 17T touring ripe for restoration at $5,000. Around the race track in the cars for sale section - more Z28 Cameros than I thought survived, plenty of big block Chevells, some great pick-up trucks, and a whole bunch of 30's-40's flathead Ford products. Its amazing how we so easily get frustrated trying to find good old parts (if thats what you are looking for). I still think swap meets like this are a real treasure hunt and always worth the effort. My own searching turned up a nice pair of gas headlamps for a brass T, a couple of odd-NOS accessory items for my replica of an early auto parts store, a much needed speedometer swivel for an early T, a few odd spark plugs for my collection, and a couple of early teens accessory catalogs. Charlotte is a nice laid-back swap meet that starts late in the morning, and has the friendliest people around. Every vendor is ready to visit and eager to talk cars or parts. Again, the Hornets Nest Region does a fantastic job putting this all together and keeping it a fun meet. Hope to see you there next time! <BR>Terry
  3. Heck no, don't try to contain that excitement, its what keeps this going! Does input from "former" committee members count/help? I really enjoyed my turn reading the "Rambler" and I know Ron Springstead is passionate about the newsletter, the club and the old car hobby. <P>I know when I was on the committee, the Master Editors were those whose newsletters were consistently outstanding in a variety of ways - chiefly in doing their number one job, promoting the club and its membership. That means there has got to be lots of stuff about members - members names, features, stories, and even contributions from them. I always tried to evaluate each issue on the basis of how it would make me feel as a member. What that means is that each individual issue would/should be of great value to the membership. A brand new member to the club, or even the area, should be able to pick up any single issue and know about the club, how it operates, whats happening, who to contact, what to expect, details of coming attractions, encouragement/enticement to participate, reports of past activities that give the flavor of the event and club, and lots of info about other members and their vehicles. The newsletter should be politically neutral and "stress-free." One thing I always felt detracted significantly was complaining by an editor about never getting contributions, or by anyone, especially club officers or even the president, about members not participating. Another thing that I felt important was consistency - having a consistently outstanding product, not just a string of great issues, then one or two just so-so.<P>Id like to make a recommendation to any Region to get their editor to the Annual Meeting - the Newsletter Seminar at Philadelphia is so darned good and the info is really valuable. We plan to offer a Newsletter Seminar also "on the road" at the Rochester MN meet too. Attendance is highly recommended and would benefit any editor. I think anyone attending the Annual Meeting who represents a region should be there to take notes if the editor cant make it. Im going to ask Dave Z to consider video taping a couple of future seminars and then making the tapes available to anyone who wants them. <BR>Terry
  4. Awh heck Novaman - where's your spring fever? I wouldnt miss Charlotte for anything, and to heck with the weather, its just good Hershey practice! Im coming all the way down from Norfolk VA with a couple of buddies from the Tidewater Region and we'll be set up in the Green Field XG-017, 18 and a couple more in that vicinity. Best time to catch us is probably on Saturday, other than that we'll be taking turns shopping and enjoying all those red Chevy's parked around the track. DFers and any other old car nuts are welcome to stop and say hello. The Hornets Nest Region does a fantastic job hosting this event and if you've never been before you're in for a real treat. I think it's even better than Carlisle!<BR>Terry
  5. Past President Ed Baines in Canton Ohio also restores Trippe lights and does some repro parts like brackets, switches, etc. Ed will probably be at Spring Carlisle - contact him at 330-494-9763.<BR>Terry
  6. Terry Bond

    Brake lockup

    Brooke, the answer is to buy a Model T! Actually, were very familiar with this problem - happened once to my wife's MG and the problem was a NOS brake hose that was collapsing internally. It looked fine from the outside, and we knew it had been replaced so no way that it could be the problem, but we eliminated everything else and then removed it, and sure enough, it was coming apart from the inside. Recently went to a car show and listened to a good friend with a Natl Senior 56 Chevy tell us about how he has started to really enjoy driving his car, except that he had this terrible brake lock-up problem and in an effort to solve it had replaced everything - except the brake hoses, which were NOS when he installed them two years ago. Well, Sue told him about her problem and after replacing those hoses everything was fine. Im no expert but this was our solution. <BR>Terry
  7. We've always given two awards - one pre war and one post war. We use the "honor system" of having entrants report their distance. Once we had to split hairs at a meet when it was discovered Billy Melton drove his 1919 Buick from the far side of the motel!<BR>Terry
  8. A lot of good suggestions from some well qualified editors - Jan offers a great way to get stories about peoples cars - its something Ive used before and it works. Photo a car at a show, tour, parade, etc, then tell the owner you are going to put it in the N/L but need some words to go along with it. Everyone's image of a newspaper reporter is the guy with a note pad in hand a pencil behind the ear, and thats what you need to do too - be prepared to write stuff down and help get that article together. But, be sure to use the members name and credit them for the story. You'll be surprised at how many regular contributors you will find if you just lead them along to start with. People are much more willing to contribute if approached in a "help me" fashion rather than simply asked (or told) to "write something." All too often, frustrated editors will simply stand up at a meeting and brow-beat the membership with complaints of not getting any input. Its too negative and turns people off. The result is that the editor is viewed as difficult to please or work with. A good editor must be very proactive rather than just sitting back waiting for stuff to come in the mail. And, yes, the editor will have to do some of the writing too! There were some good points made about participation here also. Any organization, scouts, coin collectors, or your own AACA Region will have a group of hard, dedicated workers, and then an even larger group who seem to just get the magazine. I never demean those who don't or cant, or won't participate. Ask them and you'll find many valid reasons - too much work, not enough money, car doesn't run, kids in school, or whatever. My philosophy has always been based on a belief that we all participate to the best of our ability based on available time, interest, finances, etc. That means we are all at different levels in our hobby. We certainly should not be critical of anyone who doesn't (or can't) keep up with our pace. Give them good value for the membership buck with the best darned newsletter money can buy. Do your best to keep them active as possible, but if not active, keep them interested. If you've kept the doors open to them, when the time is right, you'll see them get active-maybe even rise into leadership positions. You don't ever want a member to feel like they can't keep up with the crowd or you'll loose them for sure.
  9. For me it was several things coming together at the same time - first, I'd been following this pretty red-headed girl home from school for nearly a whole year when one day, after deciding she wasn't interested, I took a detour and walked past a garage in the neighborhood where an old guy was working on a 1910 Cadillac. He welcomed me in, took me under wing and started telling me about things like Hershey. I got really interested in going to events and looking at the cars and later that week picked up a copy of Antique Automobille Magazine from him that listed some upcoming events - so I started "hanging around." After joining the Navy in 1969 I landed in Washington DC and immediately started getting active and joined National. Didn't belong to a region for a few years tho as the Navy had other plans and sent me off to Scotland, where thankfully we were able to carry on our interest through a Scottish antique auto club. When we returned to the USA a couple of years later we were in Baltimore and joined Chesapeake Region - at that time Earl Beauchamp and Howard Scotland were also active there as well as on the National scene. Our level of activitiy has steadily increased, and now that were here in the Norfolk area and proud members of the Tidewater Region we are enjoying AACA more and more each year. Im pleased and honored to serve the greatest hobby, the most wonderful people and the best organization in the world!
  10. Hey Bill, now that the garage has some empty space in it I recommend you start collecting some stuff to put in there - a couple of old gas pumps, some nice signs to hang on the wall, maybe even an old display cabinet to fill with old oil cans, spark plugs, tools, or whatever might go nicely with your car. That is if you have any $ left over after the restoration project is finished - but seriously, collecting stuff has been a lot of fun and it's really gotten a bunch of folks together in our club to share the thrill of the hunt and the joy of discovery. Besides, you can never have enough toys!<BR>Terry
  11. Gotta get my ten cents worth in - the only difference between a big club and a small club is the number of newsletters you print. Everybody has to start with that first master copy and in that sense, regardless of how big your club is, we are all on equal footing. I see no valid reason to categorize awards based on the numbers of newsletters printed. <P>Professionally printed??? please define! Once you turn your master copy over to someone to print you're getting it "professionally" done. Trouble is we as editors don't hold those "printers" accountable for producing a quality product. On several occasions I recall actually rejecting a finished product from the printer because it was not of high enough quality. Once the manager realized I was not about to let them screw up all my hard work I got the kind of service in printing my newsletter that I felt it deserved. It doesnt hurt to shop around and ask printers to bid on a years worth of newsletters to get the job, and be sure to have them run sample copies for your review. Many print shops view your individual small run issues as a small individual print job, whereas you are actually a larger volune customer and may even be eligible for some special volume or "regular customer" discounts. It doesnt take money to win awards. Ive often waved copies of Tom Cresap's Tinkering Times in front of folks who compltain about "nothing going on" or "not anything to report." That newsletter comes from Alaska and if Tom can fill a newsletter with outstanding reporting and fascinating material (from a very small club too) then anyone can do it. Incidentally, Tom received our highest award this year in Philly - the Ann s. Eady Award. Sure, color covers are pretty, but its content that wins recognition. And, No, an award of Merit is not automatic just for entering the contest. Im sure Dave Zimmerman will be glad to post some guidance on what is evaluated for the Newsleter Contest, and also discuss the Master Editor awards. One thing I noted during my tenure as VP of Pubs was that as technology becomes more accessible, it tends to level the playing field on the graphics side of the house - which means content becomes even more critical.<BR>
  12. Well, had to get into the closet and dust off my "publications" hat but felt the need to jump into this thread to talk about content. When I was VP of publications and had the chance to review all those wonderful newsletters, those that stood out from the crowd had "content." They universally did a great job reporting and promoting. Its one thing to say that an event was held and then list the folks who were there, and its an entirely different thing to actually report on what happened so anyone reading it would feel like they missed something important if they werent there. Same for promotion - Hype is necessary, and the difference between just listing a date and place and actually trying to "encourage" people to participate makes the difference between an average newsletter and one that does it's job. How well it works FOR the club is important. It should be positive, upbeat and encouraging. I remember seeing far too many newsletters that were negative and filled with the club's 'dirty laundry.' I guess the editors involved felt it was their own personal forum but what it really did was turn people off, including (unfortunately) new or prospective members. Fancy color covers and photos are not necessary. Nice clip art,tastefully selected to highlight an article or story work just fine and serves to break things up into easy on the eyes sections. <BR>Ive also been a great believer in "the Two C's" Consistency, and continuity. First, people reading your newsletter expect to see regular things in their regular places. The first thing they will do is scan thru to see themselves in print - so honor that and get those event reports right up front. Next thing,people will want to look at the upcoming stuff so make the calendar of events an easy to find and read piece of the newsletter, and don't forget articles about those upcoming activities with plenty of hype and all the detailed info needed to enable that brand new member (or stranger to your area) get there on time. Continuity is important from issue-to-issue. Ive particularly enjoyed reading ongoing series stories, or regular features about members cars. The newsletter is by and for the membership so getting lots of members mentioned in them (of if using pictures, lots of smiling faces) is vital. Pics - if you use them they should be good. The only thing you can ever say about a bad picture is that it sure is a bad picture! If any editors are having trouble reproducing them look for a printer with a Xerox Docutech. Its a quick-copy xerox with the ability to computer enhance your photos - check it out and you'll be surprised at the quality. <BR>Nothing beats looking at a quality product to get ideas and see how your own Newsletter (or web site) stacks up. Hope this helps, just some observations from looking at about 4 years worth of your newsletters and enjoying every one of them! The overwhelming feeling I got after doing Dave Z's job for a couple of years was that AACA is alive and well, and you folks sure do know how to have some fun!<BR> Terry
  13. NASCAR is as American as applie pie, baseball and the 4th of July. The sport has given us a lot, and Dale was a big piece of it. There arent any bigger fans than in my family - even my 4month old grandson has #3 socks and was wearing them on race day. The sport gave us Dale Earnhardt and the sport took him from us. We hurt, the sport hurts, but it will go on. <BR>Terry
  14. Sal -quiet? still tired from Philly? Howard, I didn't intend that my info on 7 would be an argument against the proposal, only offered it for info as Ive been asked how it originated. I still have an open mind on the subject. And, thanks for the tip on how spouses vote - not sure if Susan voted for me or not, and if she did I wonder if it was just because she'd always know where I was and what I was doin~! great to see you in Philly, enjoyed it!<BR>Terry
  15. Start with your local library and dive into some history books on Ford and the Ford Motor Company. There is a lot of great material, and a couple that I feel are particularly good - find a copy of "Ford, The Times, The Man, The Company" by Allan Nevins. A fairly recent book "The Fords" by Peter Collier & David Horowitz is also a fascinating account of the Ford family. For info on the Model T itself, try "Model T Ford" The car that changed the world by Bruce McCalley. The AACA Library & Research Center would also be a big help and you can download an info request form on this website. I just took my 1914 Model T over to a local highschool and gave a talk/demo for an after hours hobby club, so Im certain a nearby club member might be willing to do the same for your project. Let us know where you are located and we'll see what additional help might be right there in your neighborbood.<BR>Terry
  16. A good friend of mine in Scotland is interested in tracing the history of his car - its a 1912 Ford T Touring that he acquired in 1995. It came from Pensacola Florida and he has discovered it was at one time owned by a real estate agent there named Brian Ligget, then later by a Dr. Patterson (or Peterson?) Ive checked the AACA membership rosters without result, and so far the Model T club DF has not produced any leads. Any members in that area who can help? Incidentally, "Model T Mike" (Mike Povey)has now had the "Hershey experience" and will be back again next year to wallow in the mud with us. <BR>Thanks for any assistasnce,<BR>Terry
  17. The DF has again proven it's value in bring the issue to the Board. I can attest that a lot of very intelligent and in-depth discussion took place before any votes were taken. A simple explanation for the "7" rule is that we elect one third of the board each year (thats 7 people whether they are incumbents or not). By voting for seven it ensures there is a vote for every vacancy. Ive had a lot of people ask me how we came up with 7 and thats the basic reason for it. As for the meeting, I lean w/HVS - we'd all like it to go smoothly but it is an opportunity for new/old business to be brought up. The printed agenda is a wonderful idea and would be a simple addition to the annual report that is usually distributed there. Another great DF idea!!!<BR>Terry
  18. I recall an earlier thread complaining about the lack of info and hype for our events - it spawned a seminar at Philly this year on how to more effectively promote out activities and Earl's tour is a model in many ways. There has been a great job done organizing this event as well as promoting it. The concept is also worth thinking about and Id encourage anyone to consider a similar theme when organizing an event - these are the cars many of our members grew up with and they do indeed generate a lot of sentiment. Very appropriately named Earl! My registration is going in as soon as possible!<BR>Terry
  19. Sorry I missed the DF meeting, was involved in too many seminars/meetings. It was another grand Philly and Mike Jones and crew did a fantastic job. There were some wonderful new touches this year. Yes, the DF contributed in many ways to the success of the event - it's a wonderful way to get input. My own National Activities Seminar on promoting activities was an idea that came from the DF. Keep up the fine work - and I know that each and every one of you would bleed AACA Blue/Gold whenever asked - thats why youre on here to begin with and I appreciate it!<BR>Terry
  20. I too lament the demise of the original Mobilia. I collect that stuff also and was always excited about the treasures and stories. To me, the term "automobilia" always meant really old antique stuff related to the auto. Never really put stuff made yesterday in mass quantities into the same category, and as it began to move that way, I too lost interest. If a new version surfaces Ive got a couple of great articles to contribute - a story about the circa 1915 auto parts store Ive recreated in my barn and another about my auto sheet music collection (some of it is currently on display at AACA Headquarters in Hershey PA.) Happy collecting! Terry
  21. Just a small friendly little local club meet - about 25-30 vendors, but its the good old fashioned "clean out the garage" type market so we've had some amazing things turn up. Last year a 55 Packard and a 67 GTo were sold in the car coral, and I picked up a nice Rubes horn for a model T for $20. Oh - were gonna have Krispy Kream Donuts there too!<BR>Terry
  22. The Tidewater Region AACA is holding their annual swap meet on Saturday march 3rd. Its at the Khedive Temple Activity Center, 645 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake Virginia. (Norfolk Va area). For more info and directions, or to download a registration form check the Tidewater Region website link under "local clubs" on the front page of this site. This is a small fun local type event and it's all auto stuff - we dont have crafts, household junk or beanie babies - just good car stuff. Last year there was a good 55 Packard and a 67 GTO sold in the car coral and some nice early stuff indoors too. Oh - and good food too!
  23. As soon as it all gets firmed up I'll post some info on that seminar, and Im sure the entire sked will be on the site also. Im tentatively scheduled for Sat PM beginning at 2, but we'll see how it ends up.<BR>Terry
  24. Hey Bry - great to see/hear from you again! Good points, but as far as the original post goes, I need some clarification - since Im kinda into British cars I was wondering are we talking about hoods as tops or hoods as bonnets? Ya see in the UK a car without a hood would be a convertible, but a car without a bonnet would be a car without a hood. By the way, did that '40 happen to have a dickey (rumble seat)?
  25. And, as a Board member, I can assure you the DF is an important way to input to us. As a result of DF input and subsequent contact with some very helpful folks I was able to prepare a new National Activities seminar for Phila's Annual Meeting that will offer some info on how to effectively promote your events. Of course it's geared to National Activities, but there is a lot there that would assist folks organizing local events too. We'll be taking it "on the road" to a mid-west or west location this year, and I plan to make it a series of short articles for our "Rummage Box" that hopefully will end up being reprinted in some local publications. So - yes, it sure does work, and it sure does help us! As for the humor - gads, if we can't laugh a bit we're in a heapa truble. <BR>Terry
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