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

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Back from about 150 miles of perfect top down weather in the Park Ave convert. I have been working, off and on, since 2011 to take that smooth reliable ride- with time out for a stroke and a heart attack.

 

I let my wife out by the house and told her I was pleased with it, the white car can do the same, the black as well, and the Riviera. I told her the Packard was next and she gets to be test rider. I think she was speechless. She just got out and didn't say anything.

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Although I have been driving the 56 all weekend, and took it to our Chapter Picnic in the hill towns of Albany County, NY first I need to get caught up with last weeks trip to the Yankee Chapter show.  So without further ado , and with apologies for any lousy quality pictures, I'll begin with one of the photos snapped on the drive from NY to Wallingford CT, via the interstates:

 

Even the Mass Pike is a gorgeous ride in the Berkshire Mountains:

 

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But later on, closer to Wallingford the trip was a lot less friendly.  Still the Beautiful Buicks at the show soothed the soul

 

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And check out this modification...

 

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The GPS!!!  Bet the original owner could have used that back in the day!!!

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On to some more modern metal and plastic:

 

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Ok, so it's obvious, I like the big cars.

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Just a few more:

 

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I found this one particularly interesting because it had a black interior.  I don't believe I had ever seen a black interior on this era Buick before.

 

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Anyhow, there were a lot of nice A bodies, and some great modifieds, plus the Buick powered dragster.  Just another nice show by the Yankee Chapter, and now back to the topic, the ride!

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So, at 3 PM, with the 90+ heat of the day at it's peak, the last place I wanted to be was back on that interstate.  A quick route was chosen which meandered through the CT interior and not knowing what to expect, I missed a lot of nice photo opportunities.  But here are a few pictures of the open roads we traveled.  A wonderful ride

 

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Some great New England Architecture, murdered by the picture taker, but you get the idea

 

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And the final one for this trip:

 

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The back roads added about 45 minutes to the ride, even though the mileage was less.  But it was an awesome trip! 

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Great photos, JohnD1956!

 

Lots of Buick activity on my end during the last few days.  My wife and I met up with Eric & Karen Bernard and their fine, original '58 Buick Century on Thursday for dinner and a few photos with the '58 and '59:

 

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Saturday morning's visit to Seattle's Museum of Flight, where the '71 Centurion pays homage to the majestic Lockheed Super Constellation.

 

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A bit late with this post, but we drove home in the '41 Roadmaster without incident, the car ran great all weekend. We traveled about 325 miles from Friday aft., to Sunday aft.

Really nice weather throughout the weekend, low to mid 70's, mainly sunny, with a few pretty clouds to make the sky look good.

Keith

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Well, folks, I don't know if this is the right place, but here's a couple of pictures taken after the wedding on June 6.

Keith

 

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Great photos, JohnD1956!

 

Lots of Buick activity on my end during the last few days.  My wife and I met up with Eric & Karen Bernard and their fine, original '58 Buick Century on Thursday for dinner and a few photos with the '58 and '59:

 

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The radical change in design from 58-59 is astonishing. 

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Had the Buick out on the 47th Annual Bug Tussle Trek!  From home it was 290 miles round trip with start in Farmersville and stops in Bonham, Bug Tussle, Honey Grove, Roxton and overnight in Paris (Texas, that is).  Then back through Roxton, Ben Franklin, Pecan Gap, Ladonia, and Wolfe City, to Celeste and then to Farmersville for lunch.  Nice weather for the Trek and no problems for any of the 35 or so old cars.

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Sunday was a perfect day in southeast Michigan so Joyce and I took the truck out dinner, visit friends and drive some of the dirt roads in the area just like when the truck was built. 

 

Drove about 25 miles with the '15.  What fun.

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Took a 110 mile jaunt in the Electra, to the Motorama show in North Adams, MA.  Haven't had it out in two weeks, and was really missing the ole girl.

 

Rt 2 through NY is a back woods route to N. Adams.  And it must be years since the road was paved.  But the Queen just flowed over those rough patches, reinforcing the decision to purchase a large car!

 

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But the roads in Mass were much better!  Once we entered Williamstown Ma,

 

We drove through the Williams College Campus, which features some awesome buildings:

 

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But then it was on to the show, where we were greeted by this:

 

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I heard there were over 500 cars, which took up the main street, and 3 side streets, plus more than one parking lot, including two large parking lots.  There were a few Buicks, and a number of cars in original condition, or restored to original condition. But most vehicles were modified. There were big tractor trucks, farm tractors, motorcycles, snowmobiles, pickups and at least one Funny car, which was quite loud. 

 

More pictures coming soon.

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 I took the '56 to a local cruise in tonight, not too far, about 10-12 miles round trip, but it was nice to drive it for the first time in a couple of weeks.

 A Mercedes 190D parked beside me, I think it must be late 50's early 60's ??? I really don't know those cars too well, but look at the lights on the sides of the front fenders, turn signals, I'd guess. The tires were so small 175/13's compared to the Buick's.

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Took the 38 to the Manchester, NH "Downtown Cruise" today. (My home town)

 

Big event for the past 13 years. Over 1000 cars.

 

This year Buick was the feature car.

 

Photo was taken by a spectator who posted it on Flickr this evening.

 

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Has to be fun to find a picture of your car on someone's photo album.  It is such a nice vehicle.  Thanks for posting.

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Has to be fun to find a picture of your car on someone's photo album.  It is such a nice vehicle.  Thanks for posting.

The event always brings a ton of people.

 

This year DENNIS GAGE of “My Classic Car” was the special guest.

 

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I drove the 37 Century to our local Cars and Coffee this morning. After that, we took it to lunch at a local diner. Lots of folks wanted to admire it and talk about cars at lunch. One of our local AACA Chapter members took this photo at Cars and Coffee.

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I drove the 37 Century to our local Cars and Coffee this morning. After that, we took it to lunch at a local diner. Lots of folks wanted to admire it and talk about cars at lunch. One of our local AACA Chapter members took this photo at Cars and Coffee.

Awesome looking 37.

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Thanks John. The first antique car that I fell in love with was a 1937 Buick Sedan. I could not buy it but I vowed that one day I would own a 1937 Buick Sedan. In 1996 I bought my first antique car, A 1931 Model A Ford Sedan. I have owned quite a few different Model A's and other antique cars over the years.

 

A year or so I realized that I was retired and "one day" had arrived. I found the 1937 Century on Ebay and bought it. 

 

I have told this story a few times but some may not have heard it, and nobody knows the additional information that I received about that car recently.

 

In 1980, I joined the Whiteville Police Department.  About 1981, while working as a night shift police officer, I discovered two old Buicks parked on the back lot of Harold Wells’ car wash on Walter Street.  Mr. Wells was also the local Oldsmobile and GMC Truck Dealer at the time.  He later owned even more Automotive Franchises in Whiteville.

 

Anybody who has worked as a night shift police officer can tell you that sometimes you have to get out of the car and walk around on slow nights for a few minutes to stay awake.  My favorite place for my occasional sleepy strolls was around those old Buicks.  If memory serves me correctly, one was a 1937 trunk back Sedan and the other was a 1939 Sedan.  I liked the vertical grill style of the earlier car.  I tried to talk Mr. Wells into selling me the car, but he was not interested in selling.  It probably was good that I did not get it, as I would have had very little idea how to go about restoring the car at that time.  

 

I moved away in 1984. Every time I went home to visit, I would stop by and look at those cars. Time did not treat them well.   About 10 years ago, I last saw the rusting hulk of the 1939 Buick behind a Highway 130 car dealership that Mr. Wells had subsequently bought and sold since I had first seen the old Buicks downtown.      

 

I recently spoke with Mr. Wells son and asked if he had any idea what happened to the 1937 Buick. He told me that Mr. Wells had traded a new car for those two Buicks and several other old cars. A few they sold, but the two Buicks sat there for a long time due to title issues and lack of inside storage. Mr. Wells eventually advertised the cars in Hemmings and sold the 1937 to a collector who only wanted the Side Mounted Spares and was going to part out the rest of the car. So, now I at least have an idea of what happened to the 1937 Buick Sedan that first inspired me.

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