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

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Better drive them now.  We may never be able to car show or tour again if the medical people, governors and TV  columnists have their way. I think the country is in one hell of a bad situation.

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Hi all, my wife and I are thinking of moving out of suburbia to a small acreage before house and land prices around where we currently live become as unaffordable as house prices 60 miles to the south in Sydney. Anyway, this resulted in a most enjoyable 60 mile round trip passing through lovely rural landscapes on a sunny and crisp fall day.  The Buick ran superbly and seems to love the 98 octane fuel that I have been using since the price has almost halved since this time last year, a gallon here costing about $2.50 US. Hope you are all safe and well , Cheers Paul  

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7 hours ago, Brooklyn Beer said:

Perhaps. But I am in TX and what thought comes first to most Texans is the Alamo.  We can't ever let down the brave men who died there, at Goliad. TX won't ever roll over without a good fight.  Do what they may in socialist liberal run states for it is up to the free men there to stand up and take back what god has granted all free men. This moment has been coming for some time now so let it be now.  It is at the request of tyrants that finds us on this field today. That the wishes of all men who will not relinquish all their freedoms for the price of an ounce of security shall not take one step back. Do not give up hope and make it easy for them but let them shed the same blood as we are ourselves are willing to shed in the name of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for we will stand with Madison and Washington and Jefferson and all those who laid down their lives over the past two centuries to give us this country for safe keeping.  For if we cower now in the face of this tyranny the embarrassment shall be absolute when we stand waiting at the gate in front of the maker.  Not me. There are far worse things in this world then dying and that is living with the shame of letting those men down who gave it all so I can live in freedom.

 

"The people of Texas do constitute a free,  sovereign,  and independent Republic.  And we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the supreme arbiter of the Destinies Of Nations"      TX declaration of Independence

 

Things they wish to instill on us can only happen IF you let it happen.

 

 Well said, Brooklyn. Well said.

 

  Ben

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Another longer run in the wagon that combined me finding ethanol and ended up with me on a trailer. 
Answers welcome on my other thread:

 

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Took the 60 Lesabre convertible out for its first outing of the season with my youngest. She said the backroads were like a roller coaster ride!

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The City of Akron organized a driving cruise past all the hospitals this afternoon, so we let our friends know about it and invited them to drive down with us. The drive to the starting point was about 30 minutes of easy cruising. The Akron police and fire departments were organizing it and technically, you were supposed to stay in your cars. Of course, nobody did and a vast majority of people acted like it was any other car show. People kept coming up to talk to me and I kept backing away and they would keep following me. Bleh. The only good thing to come out of this Coronavirus thing is that I am 100% done with shaking hands now and forever, something I've been trying to find a way to accomplish all my adult life. 

 

But I digress.

 

We had a pretty diverse group running with us, including Melanie in her '56 Chrysler wagon, me in the Limited, a 1916 Cadillac, a 1932 Packard, a 1947 Cadillac convertible, a 1963 Ford pickup (with its original owner at the helm!), a1970 Mercedes 280SL, and a 1993 Mazda Miata with awesome Ronal Bear wheels that I love. We cruised down and met up with the rest of the cruisers in the parking lot. It was actually a pretty decent turn out of cars, although a vast majority of them were just boring late-models. I counted 26 new Dodge Challengers, roughly 20% of which were SubLime Green. So unique, just like everyone else. LOL.

 

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Our cars rolling in caused a bit of a stir and as usual (this is just an observation) everyone ignored most of the other cars and really lit up for the pre-war stuff. It was hard to keep people away so I just opened the hood and went up on the bridge to take photos instead. This reinforces my point that a vast majority of the hobby doesn't understand pre-war cars and because of that, they don't know it's even an option. Driving them and showing people that they can be used as real cars and not static art or finicky time bombs is critical to saving the hobby. They're just cars, make sure people understand that fact.

 

At about 1:00, the police and fire teams led us out of the parking lot and through the city of Akron, motoring us through the parking lots of a half-dozen hospitals where a combination of workers and patients were either outside or at the windows to watch. It was really a good feeling to see everyone waving and having fun for a change. Hopefully it brightened a few peoples' day. 

 

Both our cars performed perfectly, which makes me happy. It ended up being a rolling traffic jam that was even worse than a parade, a real torture test. Melanie's car with an automatic transmission doesn't care, but I really had to work to make sure I didn't trash the Limited's clutch. I would let traffic ahead of me get 50 or 100 feet ahead before I'd start rolling, but, as you'd expect, people would dive into those openings, either civilians trying to use the same roads or some of the hot shots with their loud late-models showing off. As far as I could tell, there were only two mishaps: one where some dipshiat nailed the throttle on his Challenger coming out of the parking lot and the police (which were running the event, dummy) punched his ticket instantly, and later a new Viper crapped itself by the side of the road. Meanwhile, the 1916 Cadillac motored past without incident. Yeah, modern cars are soooo reliable and old cars aren't.

 

I took some driving videos with the GoPro mounted in the Limited so I'll post those later. But it sure felt good to get out and do a car event... finally.

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Have had little pop up events like that happen at the grocery store parking lot here whenever I drive one of the old girls in to do shopping. Today not so when it is approaching 95.  Everyone has had their cars out and being no car shows everyone stops to look at each others car and before long 5 or 6 start an impromptu car show. Folks just looking for a good reason to be back to normal. My town had one confirmed case 6 weeks ago and nobody has ever really followed any of those guidelines or what their calling it.  Now antibody testing though proved it did come through back in January but folks really just thought it the yearly "crud". Totally agree on the handshaking. 

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Matt, I'm so old and dumb I don't know what a "GoPro" is, except obviously some sort of a camera.

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May 3rd 2020, evening run:

 

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Had this one out earlier.

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14 hours ago, Dynaflash8 said:

Matt, I'm so old and dumb I don't know what a "GoPro" is, except obviously some sort of a camera.

 

GoPro cameras are designed for rough environments and have really strong mounting systems. They're tiny, too, but take high-definition videos and decent sound. We stick them all over the cars to get driving footage, including under a Power Wagon to show the driveshafts turning and suspension articulating. You will see them stuck all over the cars in, say, Jay Leno's Garage videos. They're waterproof and shockproof and have pretty impressive digital image stabilization software, so that even when they mount them, say, on a mountain biker's helmet, you can still see what's going on. In a limousine, it doesn't matter, but when we stuck it on the front fender of that diesel Power Wagon, which vibrates like crazy, it was still totally stable. Fun technology.

 

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Here's footage from the GoPro camera stuck to the inside of my windshield during our drive yesterday:

 

 

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No car shows in MD but I did drive my two for 15 plus mile each.    

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On 5/3/2020 at 12:43 PM, parkertom said:

Took the 60 Lesabre convertible out for its first outing of the season with my youngest. She said the backroads were like a roller coaster ride!

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This is an AWESOME photo!

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On Sunday the Wife and I took a ride in the 91 and on such a nice day you have to end up getting ice cream.

Great ride with Great company.

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Monday afternoon more then 15 Buicks from the Long Island Chapter took part in a Thank You Antique Car Parade past NUMC Medical Center thanking Healthcare workers and First Responders. Thank You to everyone doing such a hard job. God Bless.

Glad we were part of it.

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Posted (edited)

 Sunday was a lovely day here in southwestern Ontario as well, and I had the top down on the Reatta for the first time this year. We drove it out a one of the few restaurants that are doing a breakfast take out, and sat in the sun and ate our meal. Very Lovely.

 Then later on I took the Electra out for its' first drive of the year as well. One or two days before I moved a few cars around, and took this shot of the '41 Roadmaster in the driveway. Just did a quick spin in it to warm it up. So I parked them (Electra and the Reatta) side by side for a quick shot.

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I heard the same for our area, no more top down fun for a little while I guess.

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Finally remembered to bring the camera along. Took the 87 Regal Ttype that we have had since new and found a nice backdrop of high density apple trees in full blossom. Not sure the kind of apple but maybe Ambrosia or Gala.  Leon

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Had a great trip to Whitehall, NY.  Great because with the last repair I discovered a vacuum leak that apparently I engineered years and YEARs ago. Apparently I missed tightening the vacuum line clamp at the power brake booster.  Anyway, maybe I  am overateting it but I felt like it really ran excellent today.  

 

Visited Skene Manor in Whitehall to take pictures of a Chapter Members Le Sabre for our chapter newsletter.  Meanwhile I snuck in these two. One from the town looking at the manor, the other from the manor looking out over the town. 

 

110 miles alltogether...

 

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Got the 1949 Super 51 out for a spin last Saturday and today. Nice to get out, and not just for groceries. Didn't stray too far away from the house.  What I hear around here is that if you break down, the auto club will come fetch your car, but you can't ride with the tow truck driver because of COVID-19. You're on your own for transport home. 

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Drove the 60 Friday evening.  Driving the 54 Sunday. 

 

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I did!  Put the first few miles on the car in what has to be 40-50 years.

 

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