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1935Packard last won the day on October 3 2018

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    Packards, Cadillacs, and other CCCA cars. Also, 50s two-seaters.

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  1. My daily driver is 10 years old. I bought it used 4 years ago. As it gets older, I like it more and more, as its styling cues are getting dated. I'm a fan of 30s cars more than any other era, but I think of my daily driver as a classic in the making.
  2. I have a Packard equivalent of this sign, and they are indeed very heavy. Probably around 200 pounds for the Packard sign, too. I've noticed that some people cut these sorts of signs up into two signs and mount each to a wall, which makes some sense given that a two-sided sign with neon on both sides is pretty hard to put up in a personal garage (and the two-sided sign is quick thick, too.). I'm not sure what it does to value, but I can see why people do that.
  3. Love these signs. Here's another one "in the wild" from flickr:
  4. I agree that empty nesters are a great group of future antique car buyers. On the other hand, I had three antique cars before I met my wife, and I made clear early on in our dating that the cars would be part of any deal.
  5. Steve_Mack_CT, that's great. It's always super-important to show the next generation how fun old cars are and to make the hobby accessible to them. A few contacts with friendly helpers in the hobby can go a long way towards that. Then it's up to them to decide if that's what they want, as it always is.
  6. It's still crazy that the tickets were $375 if you bought them before August, but it did let me tell my wife that I was saving her $150 when I bought the pair.
  7. Can't wait to see the show, and to see friends and meet new ones.
  8. Looks like a lot of fun! And my impression matches your experience about people really appreciating pre-war cars at shows.
  9. Regarding willingness to pay club membership dues, I think there's a big difference between how we think people *should be* and how people *are*. Most people see joining a car club as being about getting a magazine, not about joining a community, and there's a limit as to how many magazines they can get. The more expensive the magazine, the less likely people are to subscribe.
  10. I've never driven one, but they sure are purty to look at. I love the exterior of the '31-'33s, too, although the interior seems bland.
  11. Greg, there are a handful of CCCA-member Packards right there in Alexandria, VA, including one or two that were at the show, and I'd be happy to introduce you to their owners by e-mail. There's an active Packard Club in northern virginia, Packards Virginia, that often has events in Alexandria. It's a welcoming local crowd, and I'm sure they'd be interested in meeting you. Just PM me if you're interested in that.
  12. I saw an advertisement for an auction recently in a classic car magazine that was directed at potential consigners. The gist of the advertisement was that the auction house specialized in creating an environment where bidders would get caught up in the moment and would irrationally overbid for cars. I gather that the auction house didn't expect potential bidders to read the advertisement directed at potential consigners.
  13. I like that idea. For a lot of people, the regular CCCA dues are probably enough to deter joining. At $70 for the national, plus $20 to $50 for the region -- and that likely on top of marque club memberships, maybe AACA, magazine subscriptions, etc -- it's not a small amount to join. Worth it, but you don't know that until you join. A year of discounted membership would probably help.
  14. AJ, thanks for the great photos! I've been to the Turf Valley CCCA Grand Classics twice. They've been terrific, but the cars this time look particularly interesting (I see a lot of cars here I haven't seen at past shows.) Great stuff. Sorry I ended up on the wrong coast this time
  15. A few years ago I purchased a set of automotive documents on ebay that included some old driver's licenses, registration cards, WWII gas rations, and the like. Included in the mix was this curiosity: I hadn't seen anything like this, but a bit of Googling suggests that it is a "courtesy card," a card that police officers would hand out to their friends to help them get out of traffic tickets. This is from a 2015 story on courtesy cards: ***** Back when honorary law enforcement badges were bestowed, many of them were flashed by motorists in hopes getting out of a traffic ticket—and it sometimes worked. A far more efficacious implement, however, was the “courtesy card.” This was generally the business card of an officer with a hand-written introduction of the bearer and a request to “extend every courtesy” to the person. My late father ran a retail/wholesale electronics store in Los Angeles in the 1950s-70s. He gave discounts to law enforcement officers, as many merchants did, coveting their presence as a deterrent to robberies. I still have (somewhere around the house) three LAPD officers’ business cards asking that “courtesies” be accorded him. West Los Angeles attorney Sandor “Ted” Boxer says that as he understands it, “there was a time when a friendly peace officer would hand out ‘courtesy cards’ that were supposed to be good for one ticket.” He explains: “The drill was that if you got pulled over the officer, upon seeing the card, would forego issuing you a ticket but you gave the card to the officer who supposedly mailed it back to the person who gave you the card.” ***** Maybe others are familiar with this, but it was new to me. Learn something new every day.