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Terry Bond

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  1. Sometimes called a "magic lantern slide" these were used in movie theaters during breaks/intermission to advertise local businesses. They were projected onto the screen much like we used 35mm slides not that long ago. I've had a variety of them over the years. The ones I remember most though were a number of slides advertising a Ford dealership featuring Model Ts. Those slides ended up with Sherm Weatherbee when he worked at Lang's Model T Parts. I believe those slides are now proud possessions of his son, Mark, who is a regular here on the forum. Amazing sometimes how stuff circles around. Terry
  2. Like most other collectors, the object is to obtain examples of many different brands and styles of plugs. I don't have an in-depth knowledge or reference material indicating exactly when the green rings were produced, but I have been through some of my early literature and have two catalogs that show the correct plug for your truck is the C-44, also known as 44-com. Of course original factory literature would be the most accurate. I've always been under the impression that straight sided insulators were much earlier than your 1938 though. Terry
  3. Wow, that pedal car is fantastic, and with the history and all the go-withs!!! Never had the space to collect pedal cars but sure wish I had the chance to acquire some that I've passed up over the years. Will never forget one like this that turned up in an antique shop in Edinburgh Scotland back in the early 1970s. Could have bought it for a couple hundred bucks at the time. Terry
  4. Neat item Walt. I don't know anything about it, but it seems that in Europe they gave plaques and medals for just about everything imaginable. I've got quite a few among my collections of small pins, buttons, etc. My guess is that during that special automobile celebration there was a display of cars and Fiat participated, so it would be a souvenir of the event from the Fiat display stand. Just my guess - Terry
  5. One of our local club members visited there just before the world shut-down. We've been anxiously waiting for him to do a program for our club but the monthly meetings have been on hold since then - soon to change though. Anxious to see a few of his hundreds of photos. Terry
  6. I guess I'm an old-timer. Some who really laid the groundwork have now passed away, but I remember talking at length with Ron Barnett about it when I was still fairly new to the AACA Board in 97. But-we certainly can't take credit for what Peter and others have accomplished since then. still, I'm proud to have been involved with what little I really did. It was Peter, the moderators and Steve who have made it click and continue to do so today. Terry '
  7. Quite an occasion! Hard to realize how much time has passed since those earliest days. Peter-you were given a heavy load and have carried it well. On behalf of those whose vision keeps us moving-thank you to all who have inspired and in some cases led us to think deep, thanks for what you've done for the hobby and AACA. May there be many more years ahead, and as the late Ted Fiala once said, "Long live AACA-may it never run out of gas! Terry "
  8. I think it's called "the CAN DO Spirit." AACA managed to pull off several successful events (Gettysburg for example) during the worst of the 2020 pandemic madness that had things locked down. As we emerge to some degree of normalcy now in 2021, AACA has done it again with an amazing success in Williamsburg Va for a rescheduled/restructured Annual Convention. There may be other mention elsewhere, and I know there have been numerous posts and photos on the FaceBook pages for AACA, but let me be among the first here to congratulate all who had a role in giving members something to be proud of. Yes, we missed the hospitality suites and the coffee and donuts in the early morning. Sure, we missed scrambling to all the meetings and trying to figure out which seminars to get to - but it's all about our members and those fabulous awards on Saturday evening. There were new faces, many who had never been to anything like it before. Stacy Zimmerman did a great job arranging for several interesting seminars on Friday and I understand a good time was had on Friday evening with a Tom Cox/Richard Lentinello discussion about the old car hobby. The hotel-great, with a super accommodating staff. Best of all, a warm sunny day with an antique car display by local Tidewater Region members. For early arrivals, a reception at our President and First Ladies garage in nearby Yorktown. A real fife and drum corps opened the banquet Saturday night. The room was spectacular. A beautiful red Chevelle anchored a corner of the stage, set with the usual dual-projection screens showing the award being given and the car of the recipient. There were a lot of happy people and plenty of hugs and hand-shakes, which was something we've not been able to do for a long time. Yes, there were a number of people who couldn't make it, but their cars and awards were shown anyway, and our editor, West Peterson, together with Richard Lentinello, bantered back and forth talking about the beautiful cars, often getting some chuckles from the large crowd. The food was great - crab-cakes and steak and the service was impeccable. Best of all, the threat of snow was totally eliminated this year. Williamsburg is a special place, and with all that history at your doorstep, how could you miss the chance to be there? Sue and I had been on the Eastern Divisional Tour and left early to be there for Saturday, and we were glad to be a part of it. Hats off again to all who had a role in making it happen or supported the event with your attendance and enthusiasm. Based on the level of excitement so far this season, I'd say we're back in action. The AACA CAN-DO spirit is shining brightly and we're eager for more. Terry
  9. I too grew up with drag racing. Living in South-Central Michigan was perfect. Several major drag strips were within an easy drive. I had neighbors, friends and family involved in drag racing in the mid to late 60s and it was a perfect time to smell burring rubber and meet a few of racing's legends in the pit areas. You are right-the throb of those Top Fuel cars is something I'll never forget. Terry
  10. Run the route yourself and include any info that would be helpful, especially any tricky parts, cautions, or potential safety hazards. Don't forget to include phone numbers to use in emergencies or if breakdowns occur. Terry
  11. The velocity of the cars at full speed is impossible to describe. TV just doesn't feel the same as being there. Just got a text from Donna Elliott, she and Jim are there and pretty excited. Let's Race!!! Terry
  12. Been there and enjoyed every second. My seats were in the 3rd turn up behind the little bunch of flowers on the fence behind the tv camera. Will never forget A.J. going straight into that wall in front of me, careening backwards across the track and watching Lyn St James perform the boldest move ever to miss T-boning him by just inches. When I met her a few years ago we talked about it. AACA president Jim Elliott should be there now. Terry
  13. Thanks for posting Steve, that had to be quite an adventure for them. Terry
  14. One of our local AACA members, Ken Packard, came over to get his 1st driving lesson in a Model T. I willingly supplied my 14. I figured heck, if the Navy trusts him to drive a submarine, he should be just fine in a Model T. Yes- Ken will be commanding a U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine! Right now he is attending a couple of special schools before he assumes command, so he used a little of his spare time to play with cars here. Ken owns a Packard, but loves early brass era stuff and learning to drive a T was high on his list. His kids enjoyed the time riding around the neighborhood. Ken took to the Model T like a duck to water - or should I say - a sailor to a ship. Terry
  15. Trying to match a color from a photograph is nearly impossible. Terry
  16. You'll need to go through the proper registration process by mailing in the request for swap meet info that was contained on the mailer sheet for your most recent AACA magazine. Get that in quick as any available spaces not claimed during the pre-registration process usually get snapped up quickly. Once you get the packet of info fill everything out and send back asap. Available spaces are assigned first come-first served.
  17. Wish I could get there but I already need to be in three places at the same time that weekend. Saw Alex at the pre-war swap meet in Luray Va-very enthusiastic and knows his stuff. I always stop by to visit at Hershey since they are located fairly close to my spaces there. There is always interesting stuff there. Terry
  18. We really look forward to this, but unfortunately will be at the AACA Grand National in New Ulm MN. Will be glad to see it return to our usual early spring date next year, but at least it'll be warmer for a July event. You might want to substitute ice-tea for that hot coffee and chocolate. Best of luck to our hard working TRAACA members who brought this back to life again. Terry
  19. A new addition to my collection of small pins, buttons, etc - this is a souvenir pin from Dieppe France. It's silver with some gold highlights and is quite early. What is recognized as the world's first automobile race was held in 1894 and was run from Paris to Dieppe. That was the beginning of the famed city-to-city races held in France at the turn of the century. I did a seminar on these early events at the AACA Annual Convention a couple of years ago. Dieppe became a well know place for early motoring events, and when the Automobile Club of France took over the Gordon Bennett Cup race series in 1906, it became a popular stop along the courses. While this pin (as far as I know) does not commemorate a specific event, or represent a particular car, it does represent how important Dieppe was to the history of the automobile - racing in particular. A nice addition to my collection that arrived safely today from France. Terry
  20. King Edward VII was the first British Monarch to own and drive an automobile. Here are a couple of iconic photos showing him in his 1899 12Hp Daimler (photo taken approximately 1900). Supposedly, Lord Montague is seated along side of him. Montague was an early pioneer motorist. The second photo shows the King in his 1903 Daimler. Edward was known as the "playboy prince." Also shown is an 1897 Daimler, reportedly the first car in Los Angeles CA. I think these clearly meet the criteria as "Personal luxury cars," and there are many others that were owned exclusively by the wealthy elite of society. Terry
  21. I've found that those involved in early dealerships seemed to come and go rather quickly. Partnerships are formed, then dissolve, key-players and investors get their names on the building, and things really can get twisted when digging into their history. Sometimes, a "dealership" is some sort of nebulous franchise agreement that disappears as quick as it started. Some very early "dealerships" were nothing more than small garages that could take orders for different automobiles. The result is you'll often see one dealer selling a multitude of different brands of automobile. To us it gives the impression that a large showroom existed and they did a big business. Perhaps it was a desk alongside the workbench with a bunch of order blanks. I'd think though by 1936 Packard would have had a more established dealership arrangement in place. There may be lots of twists and turns in digging for info so be prepared to follow lots of blind alleys and rabbit-holes. Anxious to see what turns up. Terry
  22. As has already been noted, the term "hack" is generally used when someone else takes control of the site. Not the case here - we do get lots of spam however, and moderators do an outstanding job deleting those and locking out the spammers. Trouble is, they are like bad weeds-they keep popping up. Sometimes, that initial spam blast is not even a real human. It can all be done by computer. Terry
  23. Sometimes the local historical society, a history museum or even old newspapers can provide additional info, advertising or photos. Enjoyed the T ride yesterday. Terry
  24. Well, since the topic has drifted away from the East Coast fuel crisis that seems to have evaporated faster than a gallon of gasoline, enjoy reading more about those "gas-bag" cars mentioned above- https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2011/11/gas-bag-vehicles.html Also popular in Europe was the car fired by gas produced by wood burning. https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2010/01/wood-gas-cars.html Both technologies leave a lot to be desired, not to mention the safety aspects or the aesthetics. Examples of these cars survive in several museums, including the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville Tn. Terry
  25. There was a lot of sentiment for the Model T as illustrated in this piece of sheet music from my collection. Terry
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