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R W Burgess

Vintage Tour-2009

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Well, I must have been rearing to go today. Got up before my 6:30 wake up call went off, got dressed, went downstairs and noticed the breakfast area still closed off. I checked my watch again...OH! It's only 5:30 am!:eek:

We're traveling to Fayetteville, NC today, home of Fort Bragg! Ugh! I saw too much of that place each summer years ago, when our reserve unit trained there each summer. We'll be checking out an Air Museum today, along with more food and fun. The last day of our tour, so it's winding down folks.

Forgot to mention that Joanna Cooper is riding with us today. Gloria said she can use the break. I will be bending someone else's ear today. :P

Later guys!

Wayne

PS, Back to school at the Aycock Park yesterday. Girls had to sit on one side of the room, guys on the other. I remarked that I'll bet that was boring, couldn't pull on pony tails or anything. Our young tour guide showed me the "lashing switch", so I straightened up.:(

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Well, I've finally rested up enough to wrap up this Tour. Amazingly, I wasn't the only one a little tired. Touring, driving antique cars, and the running of one's mouth, like Wayne does:eek:, wears you out. :)

Friday, we all traveled to Fayetteville, NC on mostly straight roads. Gloria and I had a passenger today, Board member, Joanna Cooper from Oklahoma. The traffic was heavy at times with logging trucks and dump trucks competing for the highway, but I could easily tell when one was near, a deep groaning sound could be heard, as they were in and out of the diesel engine. At first, I told Joanna that I thought it was her commenting on my driving!???:confused:

First stop was the Edgar Allen Poe house?????? Hey! I thought he lived in Richmond, Va, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, where he died. Wrong Poe, Wayne. This Poe was a prominent brickyard owner in Fayetteville. What? A brick man and his house was wood?? Well, it was very beautiful woodwork too. ;)

Here's Gloria on the front porch, with our interpreter waiting for a large group of us to take through the home. This girl was very knowledgeable about what it was like to live in the 19th century. She explained everything from "Sitting up with the Dead"(front parlor) to childbirth (I didn't want to know), to the freed blacks that kept the house in order at the time.

Wayne

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The Poe house had some very interesting woodwork throughout the home. The ceilings were amazing.

Here is the cute little child's playhouse in the backyard of the Poe Home. Pretty cool, that this building has been preserved since 1897.

Next door to the Poe Home was Cape Fear Museum which had many displays concerning early American life and also Indian artifacts which represented the era.

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Antique furnature anyone?

A beautiful antique wardrobe in the Poe Home, and also an Antique bed in the same room. Gloria and I have one similar to this bed. :)

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As we left the Poe home, the girls and I drove on down the hill to the Huske Hardware House for lunch. This historic restaurant brews bear within the restaurant. You could see the stainless tanks from our table with viewing glass around the equipment, pretty cool. As we left the restaurant, I noticed Marty Roth's Packard parked on the street, with what looked like Mike Jones, our AACa President, going by in his A. You'll notice that Marty doesn't pay much attention to parking lines, sounds a little like me, right?:D

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Friday night was banquet night. We were supplied with a shuttle bus so we didn't have to drive our tow rigs downtown. Judy thought of everything! ;)

I didn't know what this gentleman was celebrating, until the wife suggested it might be Halloween.....Hallow, what???:eek::D

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My protege, Ed Hilbush, along with his wife, Anne. Ed is seen here accepting his "Hard Luck Award" for his broken '29 Essex coupe (Rod bearing--made lots of ugly noises, as Ed put her in the trailer.) from Tour Cahirman, Judy Edwards.

Ed saved to week for Gloria and me, by having that extra carburetor handy for our use. I also used his generator coupling after his breakdown. I probably could have made it without a generator by charging the battery every night, but, Ed said, "No, take the hose connection too!"

Thanks Ed, you're special, as are most AACA members.

That wraps up our first Vintage Tour. Someone, maybe Steve Rinaldo, suggested that now, I should buy a brass car. What?

Steve, I think the mechanical sacrifices of this Essex will take care my needs to work on cars every day while on tour! :eek::D

It was fun though, and Gloria and I are looking forward to the 2010 Touring season.

Wayne

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Even though Wayne posted the photos of his "Engineering?" before I got a chance, I have been plotting to post some additional photos.

Would you trust this man to work on your car?

I also spotted some sort of tag on Wayne's gas line. I took a closer look and had to laugh and take a photo of it.

That happens to be the only Essex Fuel Line in existence for me to use Matt. You've got to improvise at times, you know? Wayne

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Yeah Wayne grew up on a farm. He knows how to improvise. I guess if it works on a tractor or a combine, it'll work on an Essex!

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Wayne, I'll bet that is the only Essex in the world with Chinese made replacement parts!

I'll bet the Chinese never expected that they were making Essex parts....

We all had a blast. Wayne probably had more fun than the rest of us, even with all the kidding he took for his "screaming fast" re-engineered Essex.

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Wayne,

Every time I tried to relax and drive casually behind that pretty Essex, you would pull over and wave me around.

Hey, -- great visiting and touring with you and Gloria -- and with Matt, Beverly, and MaryEllen too!

This was a great tour, but then we have come to expect no less when Judy and Barker Edwards get it all together.

Steam-powered Ice Cream !!

Our Packard has had its Maiden Voyage, cruising North Carolina, and did us proud - just look at your photo with Joanna Cooper ! .... and Dale and I were having even more fun !

Marty

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Here you go, Marty. Just for you.

Now, I want you guys to realize why I got out of Marty's way each time I saw his "Locomotive" bearing down on me. It looks to be at least a foot taller than my car setting beside his in this picture. My car looks like an Austin, doesn't it?

Also, speaking of innovative engineering, please note my "parking brake" on the left front. There were some really expensive cars parked in front of me. I couldn't afford to replace any of them.:eek:

Wayne

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Thanks to Barry and Lindie Eash of B&L Enterprises in Windber, PA for all the effort on the '30 Packard over the past year - getting it ready to tour. Engine rebuild and paint, carburetor, fuel pump, radiator, really a complete mechanical re-do; and then the spokes powder-coating and new tubes; and then ALL the chrome re-done at Paul's; then the safety-glass; then the pin striping; then the tonneau covers front and rear to incorporate the rear windshield -- and so many, many more items.

The goal was to take the Paris-Delivered, low-mileage collectable from Formula-1 Driver Abba Kogan's Collection in Monaco, and upgrade it into a dependable AACA/VMCCA/CCCA Tourer-Driver.

Thanks to Barry and Lindie, we were able to drive dependably the entire week, and to offer rides to other tourists throughout the week - we were never alone !

Folks seemed to like the way it looks, too !

Wayne, thanks again for all your effort,

Marty

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