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  1. Of course, getting to visit with Jay Leno by invitation to his Burbank collection was amazing, but we had met many years earlier when he was a guest Stand-up Comic and I was subbing for another trumpet player in Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show Band.
  2. The late Tom Gerrard was a truly memorable figure, and a really "down to earth" knid of guy. We spoke at several shows, as well as at his Montana home/collection, and my wife pressured me to accept his offer when he wanted to sell us his Corvair convertible. But for the lack of A/C I would have done it. Carroll Shelby was driving a prototype of the Cobra, and offered me a ride-along. At the time, like him, I was also working on modifying a version of the AC-Ace, but mine was powered by a Chevy 283, rather than his Ford 260. I had both available, and there were more speed options then available for the Chevy small-block. Obviously, I didn't have anywhere near his ultimate resources, and never completed the project as life, college, and other personal considerations got in the way. Along with several other somewhat less well remembered SCCA drivers, I met and spoke at length with Bob Tullius (Group 44) back when he was driving a D-Production TR-4 at the SCCA races at Marlboro, Maryland in the 1963-1965? time-frame. As a young kid attending the early 1950s GM Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC, I sat in almost every display car available. While I was apparently spouting off some accumulated knowledge about the models I coveted, and sitting behind the controls of a Buick Wildcat(?) prototype with fins like a '59 Impala, and a rear-view TV camera with dashboard display, a very large man engaged me in conversation, agreed to look at my very primitave design sketches I always carried, and later introduced himself only as "Harley". He shook my hand and told me to keep it up. Later, someone else explained that it was Mr. Earl himself (and supposedly did not often take a lot of time with kids) ! As a young kid, I swept floors for Walt Hansgen's dad and met Walt in Westfield, NJ., his home town. Later got to buy 1952 Jag XK-120MC. Walt drove his first GP at age 41, and died at age 46, 3 years later following a crash during trials for the 1966 Le Mans.
  3. John, Thank you for the many facts, shared information, and insights you've provided- and please continue. The more we share, the more we all learn.
  4. Lamar, I kept my grandson Nathan's handprint on the right rear vent window of our 1934 Buick from 1998 until we sold it in 2015 (Nursery School thru Junior year of High School) when we sold the car. He has now conpleted his first year of Grad School. It even made it thru all AACA judging up through Grand National Senior with that handprint ! Keep it there !!
  6. This type of trailer is extremely convenient for those who have "ISSUES" backing a conventional "Tag-along" trailer. Sears also sold a 1-wheel version which my wife's dad used from around 1930 through the '50s and '60s. He still had it until a friend bought it usometimae after 1980. A pair of pins attached two horizontal pivots to the rear bumper, and the single tire at the rear swiveled to allow backing in a straight line with the car - never allowing a jacknife. I still believe my father-in-law approved my dating his daughter, partially because I could back his 22ft boat and trailer between the pilings under his weekend home/fishing camp at Grand Isle, Louisiana. He initially told me that it would take about 20 - 30 moves up and back to get it in the right (very tight) place - and of course I did it in ONE-SHOT when I first visited the camp, less than 48 hours after I met him! His daughtter and I married 14 months later. During that time, I commuted from Mid-Town Manhattan, NY, to New Orleans and Grand Isle, LA every 2nd weekend. Back then, Eastern and Delta Airlines were waging a competing price war, and I would do each round trip for $99 - or as my wife now says "That was cheaper than if I had been dating girls in New York".
  7. That is a FRONT WHEEL DRIVE Buick, Towing that old truck !
  8. Hi Kev and welcome. That is a snappy looking Buick - drive with pride and zest !
  9. Chris, even if you later find that you are available, there "MAY" still be banquet tickets available - or others who registered may have a change of plans, offering you tickets. ... and if attending and eating at the banquet is not open to you, you can still be there to receive any awards for your car.
  10. You made the right decision. HPOF is for unrestored cars - Historic Preservation of Original Features DPC is for cars with period-acceptable non-factory modifications - Driver Participation Class
  11. Thank you, Elpad, for this pic. The 1956 Buick is stopped (in a No Parking Zone) at the main entrance to Radio City Music Hall on what was the New York City's 6th Avenue, later renamed Avenue of the Americas. this pic looks to the South on 6th Ave, and the cross traffic is going east on 50th Street. To the immediate right, 10 years later, would have been my office on the 4th floor of the Time & Life Building, with multiple fountains at the entrance, and parking spaces reserved for "New York Press - Only". Thanks for the memories.
  12. Visited the Henry Shane Museum again last weekend, and once again got to appreciate this very special custom 1941 Buick Roadmaster, restyled by Frank Curtis
  13. Wow, just realized this was a 2-fer The red & white 1955 just beyond the 2nd bus, but then 3 cars beyond that, there is the white 1955 convertible
  14. Since I have many thousands of miles, and many hundreds of hours of seat time behind the steering wheels of both my 1937 all original Buick Roadmaster 80C Phaeton, as well as my all original (other than maybe paint tough-up) 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Cabriolet convertible, both being a 3-speed stick shift, my feeling is that each has its own personality. Both are more than capable of hours and hours of highway cruising. Both are easy to drive and relatively simple to maintain. I cannot say that one is a better car than the other. The better one is the one I get to drive on any particular day! See you down the road ...
  15. Roger, You made the right move despite the cost and effort required. Not only is comfort an issue, but especially the safety of your passengers, yourself, and the rest of us on the road. Enjoy the ride !
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