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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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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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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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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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Had an awesome event last night with the Ohio Region CCCA: a drive-in movie! Hosted at a member's house with a big yard, they put up an inflatable screen and a HD projector to show "The Sting," which is full of great old cars: villain Robert Shaw gets chauffeured around in a lovely '35 Pierce-Arrow club sedan and the "Feds" drive a pair of late-20s Buick 7-passenger touring cars. There were a handful of old cars in the field and a bunch of modern cars, which is always a bummer but I guess everyone is getting old and the weather looked like it might rain. Still a nice night and a pleasant 1-hour drive each way in the Limited, which seems to be in excellent health following the big drive to Canada last week. I always enjoy driving that car at night, particularly now that the gauge lights are nice and bright. Yeah, it rained on the way home at 11 PM but the big limo doesn't care. Even the heater put out some just right heat for  the cool night.

 

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Cars lining up for the show. You can see my Limited on the far right side of the field. 1938 BMW 328 right in front.

 

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Attractive 1926 Studebaker roadster

 

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Extremely nice 1926 Buick Master 7P sedan

 

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Bob Brown's 1941 Cadillac 60S, which wins the "most miles
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to Florida each season. Talk about a fast, reliable car!

 

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Dave Heinrichs arrives in his 1916 Cadillac touring

 

 

 

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@Matt Harwood  That is such a great idea Matt!  Looks like a great time. 

 

Meanwhile, just got back from a 720 mile trip in the 72 Electra, a.k.a. the Queen!  Had three nice days for a drive, passing through @60FlatTop (Bernie's) neck of NYS.  Ran the AC most of the time and drove friends to Fort Niagara one day besides.  Averaged 14.2 mpg on 89 octane Ethanol blended fuel.  The Queen loves to run!  

 

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We took my '73 Stage1 Sun Coupe to the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival Sunday in the Park Concours. My grandson had a great time and joined a group of Judges, some of them friends of mine. The Chief judge for the event made him a judge and he had a great time, learned a lot and even had lunch at the judges luncheon. Start them young! The mostly original Sun Coupe surprised me and won a blue ribbon and trophy for Best in Class. It was a well attended show with amazing cars. Even a few Ferraris from Ralph Laurens collection. We drove around 120+ miles roundtrip. The weather was perfect. Radnor Hunt Concours is next Sunday with the Harvest Gold '73 4 speed. The featured class is Buick: "The designs of Bill Mitchell", will have a lot of friends from the BCA and GSCA in the class. Should be a great time, win or lose, it is an honor to be invited.

 

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17 hours ago, old-tank said:

nailhead

No Buick today, but terrorized the neighborhood with a nailhead in a 51 Ford

 

Willie doesn’t always drive his Buford, but when he does all his neighbors know it.  

From experience, Me thinks a better name would be Whiplash 

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Just to add a little detail to this past weekends activities, it started in the town of:

 

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Last year @Jstbcausd93 went to this event and he had a great time.  So he talked me into going this year.  Along the way good friends Bill and Molly decided to try it out too.  So we all booked rooms at the 

 

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And arrived Thursday for reasons I'll explain a bit later.  Since we were there a day early we decided to take a ride to the northwestern corner of NY for a chance to tour the Old Fort Niagara on Friday.  The weather was terrific. Clear sunny skies each day.  But Friday was a bit warmer,  with temps in the high  70's!  And a strong lake breeze that was so refreshing! So off we went, stopping at the show site first to scope out a parking spot.  Here are a few pictures of the show site as of Friday:

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If you look just above that old jetty you can see Toronto across the lake.

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What is seen below is the high water situation.  Due to excessive water in the lake the beach in this area is almost totally covered and the beach has been closed all summer as a result.  

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This is bound to be big trouble this winter. 

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Then we drove on to the Fort.  And while the fort is still the same, the site has been significantly remodeled since.  

There is a visitors center now with some interesting things!

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Scale model of the fort layout

 

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Early American Flag.  Notice, 15 stars. 

 

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But look at the scale of this ( ps: the signage says part of it is missing.  Alltogether it should be 30 ft long)

 

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Lost a lot of shots but here is some history if you care to view it

 

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The fort itself was in disarray and was run down when the historical society began to refurbish it in 1926.  The work that was done over the years is astonishing!  

 

View from the Information Center

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main entrance with draw bridge

 

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one half of the Draw bridge mechanicals 

 

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South tower

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View from inside the Fort

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South artilleries fortification. 

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Our friends in Canada!

 

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Cannon ball furnace.  Used to heat cannon balls to red hot status before shooting at the target.

 

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Fortifying the mouth of the Niagara River.  Not too sure the authenticity of the no climbing symbol though.

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There's that Toronto again! 

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The North Tower.  The tower is three stories tall.  I assume infantry men slept on this level

 

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Naturally the stairs are steep and the headroom clearance is short.  Guess how I know that as a fact!

 

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The 2nd floor was obviously the mess hall and those lucky enough to bunk here at least had some source of warmth.

 

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With ports for the smaller firearms.

 

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The third floor was for the action.  

 

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The breeze up here was stiff!  I cannot imagine how uncomfortable this would have been in the dead of winter! 

 

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View of the Queen, waiting patiently,  from the North Tower!

 

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Bronze replacement cross from 1925

 

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Blacksmith working the kiln

 

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We caught the flag lowering ceremony at 4 pm.  You could hear that drummer like he was standing next to you.

 

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We also caught a musket shooting demonstration and then a few idyllic moments too

 

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Then Saturday we were up EARLY!   Plans were to leave the hotel at 7 am for the 12 mile drive to the show site.  The show field opens at 8 am, and with no designated parking, you need to get there early to find a spot, especially for groups. It was nice to see the sunrise!

 

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When we arrived we found the road into town packed with parked cars.  Here was our view from two cars out of the intersection:

 

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This nice Pontiac Parisean Wagon was the last car to squeeze into the line going through town. 

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Shortly after we arrived the road behind us looked like this:

 

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And the road we drove up to the site looked like this

 

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And apparently this was all considered normal.

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To give you an idea how this is set up, see the picture below:

 

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The red line shows our approach and position when  we hit the main road.  
The blue line represents the track to get into the show site. 

The yellow line represents the backup shown on the real time traffic alerts app while we were waiting

The grey line represents the line through the town and where they all merged. 

I do not know how far the back up was on W Lake Road.

 

And despite all this congestion, we were on the show field within a half hour after it opened.  Of course some others were not as lucky

 

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Same tree!

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That's a few years ago.

The park is used on Memorial Day and Labor Day for the car shows.

Regular cruise night are every Saturday on Main St. in between.

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That's 50 miles from me. The regular cruise nights have become a little light in recent years, but the big shows are BIG.

 

That whole park is light silty dirt. Even people walking have a cloud around them. Got some cleaning to do on the car doncha.

 

I had my own kind on car show today.

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Oh, I shouldn't say this..... the lake level is important to the amount of hydro power produced on the Seaway. They aren't broadcasting much about that.  It is kind of a Kinzua Dam story on a larger scale. "WE" are the new indigenous.

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Inspired by a photo in another thread, I set out to snap a few photos of my car in front of the same train station. Beautiful day here and the Electra is running very well. I had the transmission rebuilt a few weeks ago and am trying to put it through its paces to make sure all is well. Have noticed an intermittent bog or slipping in first gear when pulling away from a dead stop but can’t replicate it for the shop... they’ll have to track it down. 

 

I broke my foot quite badly in July and am not supposed to put weight on it, which makes it a bit difficult to get the old cars out, but luckily it was my left foot, so the go pedal can still be activated. 

 

If you look into the background of the first photo you can see a red Studebaker Lark Daytona, some 80’s cars and an old GM bus. They are getting ready to shoot a TV show or movie I guess. 

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We took a drive out to one of our favorite Biker Bar restaurants.  We like checking out the bikes and they like looking to the Electra.  Anyway its about 50 miles out there and takes about an hour and a half over windy twisty roads. A good arm workout.

 

Coming home we took a slightly longer return trip along the North Fork of the Guadalupe river.  12 crossings and beauty on every one of them.   I have made this trip before and have had to drive through the river but it was dry today.  All told 150 miles and 3/4 tank of gas.

 

Below are a couple of pictures from the trip.

 

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128746981_2019831Olcottshow0020.thumb.JPG.2429d11d601e69fcbfa8e27717e0d2ca.JPGHere are a few of the cars from the show.  We counted 40 Buicks.  But I did not take pictures of all 6 identical black ones.

 

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I liked this one cause of the red steering wheel.  Can't say I've seen that before

 

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Always liked Corvairs

 

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This one was odd because 

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as you can see it is an A/C car

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And it is a Stick Shift car.  The crazy thing though is it was a 3 on the tree car according to the owner.  But he always wanted a 4 speed car so he changed the steering column and threw in a 4 speed  and then he sold the three speed column to somebody who wanted it for wall art! 

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Ever since South Bend and the Studebaker Museum I have a much better appreciation for the marque

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Look how the trim hugs that curve!  

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Half frame vent windows and the wrap around rear glass!  Pretty neat stuff!

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And I am also finding some 60's Fords to be of interest too

 

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And here was one of two present today, although I think this one was a clone

 

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And who can resist a 409 4 speed Impala SS?

 

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Those lucky Chevy guys! 

 

Meanwhile here was last years "Best of Show".

 

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Which is very nice although it is only a half Buick now

 

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Oh well!

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