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Raise your hand if you drove at least one old Buick this weekend

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And this 1st timer '74 LeSabre took home the favorite GM award ( I think it was that award)  

 

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In the British Class were these few new MG's

 

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And this one, which I did not know was even made

 

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Forgot to get a front end pic.  

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And a few cars in an early Thunderbird club showed up together.  But I only took pictures of this one

 

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Ok, technically I took pictures of 1 and one half!  Not much room to stretch out in there but a novel idea

 

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And,  I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a young couple driving this:

 

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Yes, Mark and Kaitlyn (sp?  from North Carolina, who were there while on a New England vacation!  Sorry for the blurry pictures!  You all, including the Reatta, looked GREAT!

 

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And wrapping up there was this 1st time seen '56 Special

 

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Reminded me of Dad's 55 Special, similarly equipped 

 

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And in the category of a fun driver,  there was this '69 Electra

 

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Owned for 48 years, this car was said to be all original.  But I don't know about the seats.  The pattern just doesn't look right, although they are complete.

 

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And I sure don't know about these lights? 

 

 

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The story was, this was the former police chiefs car in a small town in New Hampshire.  Yes, the lights do work, and the police radio is still mounted on the dash.  Must have been a weird sight to be pulled over by an Electra convertible.

 

Anyway, there it is, the last Hemmings Cruise in of the season.  And it was announced that next year they are cutting the Cruise in's back to one per month, from the current two.  So that is kinda disappointing.  But it was a lot of fun to have so many people interested in the wagon!  I guess more people can relate to that today because it is fresher in their memory.  I may have to consider retiring that thing.😉

 

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Our first overnight trip with the "39 Century is to a pre war weekend hosted by the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (A4C's) and forum member Keith, Buicknutty.  It is a trip of 100 miles from our house along two lane roads, but I have a map showing various cruising routes aimed at motorcycle riders because it is water resistant.  Should be more interesting with great views of Lake Erie.

 

In the photo is the trunk packed for two adults for two nights and includes a small took kit and lawn chairs.

 

Regards, Gary

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5 minutes ago, cxgvd said:

Our first overnight trip with the "39 Century is to a pre war weekend hosted by the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (A4C's) and forum member Keith, Buicknutty.  It is a trip of 100 miles from our house along two lane roads, but I have a map showing various cruising routes aimed at motorcycle riders because it is water resistant.  Should be more interesting with great views of Lake Erie.

 

In the photo is the trunk packed for two adults for two nights and includes a small took kit and lawn chairs.

 

Regards, Gary

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I'm on my way there with the '41 Limited and took the exact same photo. See you up there!

 

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@JohnD1956 that ‘56 Special looks very much like ours, but more in one piece and on the road.  Thanks for sharing the photos.

 

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7 hours ago, cxgvd said:

Our first overnight trip with the "39 Century is to a pre war weekend hosted by the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (A4C's) and forum member Keith, Buicknutty.  It is a trip of 100 miles from our house along two lane roads, but I have a map showing various cruising routes aimed at motorcycle riders because it is water resistant.  Should be more interesting with great views of Lake Erie.

 

In the photo is the trunk packed for two adults for two nights and includes a small took kit and lawn chairs.

 

Regards, Gary

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You and Bev have fun with the '39.

Cindy and I are headed to Blenheim to see Stan Uhre Sunday and then on to Erieau for some lunch and maybe a local craft beer. Too bad we couldn't have timed it to meet up. 

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7 hours ago, cxgvd said:

Our first overnight trip with the "39 Century is to a pre war weekend hosted by the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (A4C's) and forum member Keith, Buicknutty.  It is a trip of 100 miles from our house along two lane roads, but I have a map showing various cruising routes aimed at motorcycle riders because it is water resistant.  Should be more interesting with great views of Lake Erie.

 

In the photo is the trunk packed for two adults for two nights and includes a small took kit and lawn chairs.

 

Regards, Gary

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I will have to show my wife this photo! She can fill the trunk on the Electra for a few overnights and worry she didn't have enough.

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I flew around the world for a month with a carry-on.  No idea how women need 3 suitcases for a week.

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Arrived safely in Simcoe, Ontario this afternoon in time for dinner at Keith's (Buicknutty) place. Beautiful area and the drive from Niagara Falls to Simcoe was spectacular--just quiet 2-lanes with 50 MPH speeds and no traffic. Weather was perfect with light clouds and about 75 degrees, so the Limited ran superbly all the way. 60-65 MPH on the highway was effortless. I'll admit that I always worry a little on a long road trip, but this car has never given me a moment's worry so by the time I crossed the border, I was totally relaxed and just let the car do its thing. For some reason the idle is a little rough after the drive, but we'll see how it acts in the morning. Maybe it was just hot.

 

Fuel economy is still surprisingly decent--180 miles on 13 gallons works out to about 14 MPG. Not bad and 40% better than Melanie's '56 Chrysler wagon last week going to Detroit!

 

Quite a few interesting cars on this tour and I'm glad to be here. Seems like a great group of people, too.

 

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Fantastic roads in Ontario. A great drive!

 

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Limited was totally composed (remember that my speedometer reads 8 MPH slow).

Stayed at 160 except for 20 minutes in traffic outside Erie, PA, where it showed 185 or so.

 

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Just a few of the cars at Keith's house for the tour. Nice!

 

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Followed a green Nash sedan back to the hotel after dinner.

 

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Back at the hotel. Buicks are popular here!

 

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Promises to be good weather for you all.

Wish I could sneak up there with you to visit...

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On 8/20/2019 at 1:08 PM, Marty Roth said:

Bill and Marlene McLaughlin's 1928 McLaughlin Roadster.

The roadster is actually a 1929 Buick.  Bill writes the 1929 Buick Silver Anniversary Newsletter.

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More shots from the awesome Ontario tour this weekend. About 70 miles today and once again, the guy driving the Model T seemed to be having the time of his life. And that's no garden-variety Model T, that thing runs 45 MPH all day! There was a '40 Buick Special that seemed unable or unwilling to keep up--when a Model T disappears over the horizon, you know you're going too slow...

 

Stops included a tractor show, a brewery, Picard Peanuts, and a pioneer museum. Great roads and all the cars behaved themselves. Melanie arrived last night so she was able to take much better photos than I did last night. Good to have my navigator back.

 

On the downside, the Limited was very hard to start this morning--it has never been that difficult since I've owned it. Lots of cranking and it just didn't want to fire. Finally got it to catch and it acted just fine after that. Driving today the idle was a little rough and it was surging at low speeds. At our first stop I pulled a few degrees of timing out, which made a HUGE difference. I was running about 8 degrees advanced beyond even factory specs (since our fuel is so much better). That made for killer throttle response but it surged and felt a little stumbly at very small throttle openings. That seemed to alleviate about 80% of it so I'll do more tuning when I get home. It was just a bit too much. 

 

Took the guys who own the '38 Dodge and '40 Nash for a ride in the limo and they were really impressed with the smoothness and power, so maybe my standards are a little too high...

 

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Rolling out early, about mid-pack, '36 Ford cabriolet ahead of us.

 

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Pulling into the tractor show.

 

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This gorgeous 1932 Buick 67 was a late addition to the

roster but was just stunning!

 

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Tractors of all ages and types.

 

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1932 Plymouth convertible sedan in our rear-view mirror. 
Melanie is awesome at taking shots like this.

 

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Lined up outside the brewery. Most people don't know that southern Ontario grows

a great deal of tobacco. Those buildings in the background are used for

drying the tobacco leaves.

 

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Lots of pretty country roads.

 

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Final stop was Picard Peanuts, a treat Melanie remembers
from her childhood.

 

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 Thanks for posting the great pictures from the tour today, Matt and Melanie! Glad you enjoyed the drive.

 Keith

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Posted (edited)
8 hours ago, Mark Shaw said:

The roadster is actually a 1929 Buick.  Bill writes the 1929 Buick Silver Anniversary Newsletter.

 

Yes, I originally noted it correctly as a 1929 in my earlier KIngston, Ontario Vintage Tour post, but - big thumbs / small keys - hit the 8 instead of the 9-

correction completed - Thanx

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Here are my photos from todays pre war tour in Ontario.  After supper I asked the driver of the big 6 1914 Buick b55 if he would give me a ride in his car and before he could start the engine he had a car load of guys.  With the cool dusk air blowing we felt the torque of the 55 HP engine and everyone of us enjoyed the experience.  Life is grand. 

 

Regards, Gary

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 I made a 6 AM french toast run before it hit 6 million degree's.  Still way to hot to do any long distance driving.

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1 hour ago, Brooklyn Beer said:

before it hit 6 million degree's.

It was partly cloudy and only in the mid 90's for a change so we hit the road for an 80 mile loop.

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A little break outside Fort Worth yesterday but we had off and on rain. 92 I think. Now today back to a 100 + but with the humidity.  Looking like a nice downward slide into Labor day coming with maybe a couple days in the 80s. But rain chances all week and so humid the car even sweats. So I have taken each car out for a short 30 mile run this morning. Tomorrow? ughh  heat and humidity with indexes in the 110-113 range.  But we can see the end of it at least !

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Wrapped up the Ontario tour with a nice lunch with our new Canadian friends. Thanks to Keith (buicknutty) for a great weekend.

 

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I'm just hanging out in a Ramada lobby at the Whirlpool bridge waiting to cross the border. Traffic at the border is very heavy and since it's only one lane across a bridge, it seems risky in an old car. I dont really have any concerns about the Buick keeping its cool for a 45 minute wait in line, but if something does go wrong, I will have single-handedly blocked an international border. Not too keen on that. So Melanie and the kids went ahead and I'll head out later once things thin out a bit. Plus it'll be cooler for the rest of the drive home. We'll see how it goes...

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 Here's a few of my own pictures from the weekend tour. As the leader and organizer, I didn't have that much time to take pictures, but of course I did take a few.

Also, I'd like to offer my thanks to all of those came out, it was those folks that made the weekend worth all the work! The weather was about as perfect as one could ask for, sunny, low humidity, and temps in the 70's.

 Sat I drove the '41 Roadmaster, with the tour being 70 miles, though with other driving I did I put about 100 or so on it. Sun, being shorter I had decided to drive the '16, and I did exactly 40 miles in it. Both cars ran great. The main reason I used the '41 on Sat., is that being the organizer I wanted a car that I was used to, and was a bit faster, if I needed to be, and also by now it is proven good runner. It was great to have so many Buicks on the tour, including not one, but two 90 series cars though all makes are welcome. We had, Rick Morrison's '14 B55, the first six cylinder Buick, my '16 McLaughlin, Tony's  Platteeuw's '32 McLaughlin Buick (who was only able to join for part of the tour), Bob and Doreen's '37 McLaughlin Buick Limo, Gary Van Dyken's '39 Century, Bill Bessemer with his '40 Buick Coupe, Matt Harwood's '41 Limo, and my '41 McLaughlin Buick Roadmaster Coupe.

 I added a picture of a 1953 Cockshut 40 tractor, which is the larger version of the model 20 which I drove on the farm back in the early 70's. The owner also has a 20, and has invited me to his place to drive it some time!

 Keith

 

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Made it home safely, Keith! I like driving at night and it was nice and cool. Buick put in nearly 780 trouble-free miles in total (well, except for the left front turn signal bulb that burned out), most of them at 60+ MPH. A very impressive performance, I couldn't ask for more from an old car. Thanks, old Buick!

 

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The big guy feels a little tired today, though, so I think I'll do some tweaking, maybe adjust the valves which I haven't yet done on this car. It wasn't quite its old self this morning when I went to drive to work so we'll see what's going on. I did play with the timing so I should do some more methodical tuning this week to get it back into shape. A machine shouldn't wear out doing what it's designed to do, right? It's probably just a tuning thing.

 

Thanks again for a great weekend, Keith!

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Driving the Roadmaster to get parts for the newly acquired dirt cheap Dodge. Early morning drives are the norm for a little while longer.   Have to "Texas" the Dodge to make into my drive to work car with a bigger radiator, 170 thermostat, new water pump.  Still in the mid to upper 90's here the rest of the week.  grrr

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