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On Saturday and Sunday we spent at the village gathering with friends and family and giving rides around the village.  I gave so many drives around the village that I used almost 1/2 tank of gas.  The great thing about this event is that the car owners can drive their vehicles around the village.

 

Don Obermeyer attended for the first time with his 1908 Buick Model F.  He too was giving rides around the village.  It was a great time for all.

 

Below are some pictures of getting with friends.

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Joyce & Don Obermeyer

 

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Here is a line up of the 1913 Model 31 Buicks that were at the Festival along with the Obermeyer 1908 Buick.

Larry & Joyce Schramm    Jim Galvin   Beverly & Gary Van Dyken   Don Obermeyer with his daughter Jennifer & husband Jack.

 

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Lining up for the train picture. Cars are Obermeyer, Van Dyken, Galvin, Schramm

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I tip my hat to all of you. Here I worry about driving my 49 Buick 50 miles and wondering what i will do if a break down. The confidence you have in your 100 year old cars is inspiring !  In two weeks I take possession of my 1931 Franklin that I bought with the goal in mind to tour with when life slows down. Seeing your stories gives me a goal to strive for !

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38 minutes ago, Brooklyn Beer said:

I tip my hat to all of you. Here I worry about driving my 49 Buick 50 miles and wondering what i will do if a break down. The confidence you have in your 100 year old cars is inspiring !  In two weeks I take possession of my 1931 Franklin that I bought with the goal in mind to tour with when life slows down. Seeing your stories gives me a goal to strive for !

 

When driving in the rain, just sing the song "Dancing in the rain"  It is all fun.

 

Also, it helps to have a AAA premium membership even though we have not had to use it yet.

 

Remember the motto of the old car driving club is  "drive it, break it, fix it, repeat"    That is all part of the adventure. 

 

On the "stuff happens" , when we were getting ready to leave Thursday morning the brake pedal was almost to the floor.  Turned out the brake return spring broke. Just like "in the day" a piece of "bailing wire & pliers" fixed the problem until I got home to install a new spring.

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OK so it is not a Buick but to exemplify your point about "merrily rolling along" and "fixing old cars on the road"...

Back in the day Dad used his Overland as much as he could and in this shot he was driving the bride and groom from the church to the Reception when...

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It's OK Dad, it's only flat on the bottom.

 

Talk about a photo op!

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12 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

 

 

Wonderful picture!  

 

Agreed!

There are so many wonderful photo opportunities there, not the least of which is with the fully operational steam trains they run!  

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Just got back from the HCCA Skagit Group "Shake Rattle & Roll Tour".  

We are in the 1912 Buick Model 34 roadster....following the white Model T Ford.

 

On Wednesday 9/11/2019, we dressed in red white & blue.   Many like us, had flags on our cars in respect to those who lost their lives and in recognition for the first responders that day.

 

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Electric cars? We don't need no stinkin' Electric cars! 

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Electric car charging station at Creekside Park, Archdale, NC. 

 

We made the 200+ mile round trip to the "Riviera's in the Park" picnic in Archdale, NC today. 

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We had 9 Rivieras in attendance today, 63, 64, 65,  68, 69, 70, 93, 95, & 99.

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We went a gathering of cars yesterday afternoon.  Not a show, just folks with cars they like to have seen.  I took the 60 Electra and was of the only Buicks. It was in a nice shady park along the riverfront and there may have been 200 + cars.  It was nicely arranged with all the classic cars in the shade and the newer cars i the parking lot in the sun.

I parked next to a guy who had a 66 GTO with a 389 and 3 deuces. He got lots of lookers. I got the old people talking to me, the comments that "we had one of these"  and "I ll bet you could take a couple of people in the trunk to the Drive in Theater.

A fun relaxing Saturday evening.  It sure beats sitting in a parking lot in the sun.

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Attended a Cars n' Coffee at Herb Chambers Lexus dealership in Hingham, MA this morning at the ungodly hour of 6:30am to 9:30am.  Took the '91 Reatta.  Must of been 300 cars with the majority being young kids' turbo'd BMW's, Nissan's, Toyota's, etc...only one Buick (mine) and two pre-war (1 Packard, 1 Plymouth).  There was one whole row each of fairly new Corvette's and Mustangs, though.  The dealership had on hand a row of 12/5 high 1 dozen Dunkin' Donut boxes and 6 10gal coffee urns, plus 2 free Herb Chambers ceramic mugs as a gift per attendee.  Kinda nice to see a bunch of young kids in attendance.

Sorry, no pics as I totally forgot to bring my iPhone...      

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Brooklyn Beer,  The maintenance and repairs run in spurts. 

 

On the '13, you never need to change the oil.  It is a lost waste oil system and changes the oil it's self.  Just keep the 1 gallon reservoir full and watch the oil meter on the dash.  Usually goes through about 100 miles per quart.  

 

You need to oil the rockers, push rods, etc about every 25 miles according to the owners manual. Always check the rest of the fluids and grease all the grease points. 

 

There were a bunch of grease cups on the car but I have been exchanging them for zerk fittings to make greasing the car easier.  I keep all of the old grease cups in a jar on the shelf. 

 

After that, drive it, break it, fix it, repeat.

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2 hours ago, Brooklyn Beer said:

Curious.  On a car of this age how much maintenance is needed say after a 500 mile trek ? I am both in awe and very much inspired by reading about your exploits and miles driven in 100 year old cars

 

 

Come up to Detroit some time and we can go joy riding in one of the vehicles.

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Took the 91 vert to the John Thiessen Chilcdren Foundation Charity car show today, for the short time I was there had a great time. This is their 2nd year doing it and it is growing, mostly later model but all are welcome. Great charity check out his story on his website, he is doing some great work.

Parked next to a really nice repainted 72 GS 350, owner is keeping the car as original as possible

Took pics of most of the Buicks and some interesting other brands

Wildcat anyone

Serious turbo cars

The white Chevy is a 409 4spd car

A 79 Hurst Olds and 442 friends

The red Impala convert with hidden headlights has a 427 big block

The 69 Skylark was in the February Bugle pictured the owner and his son with his Lambo

Monte Aero coupe and Camino

The 59 Chevy was quite a looker

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Got out Sunday to a local show in Carbondale at the High School. Show is hosted by the Coal Crackers Car

Club.  Only 6 Buicks, counting mine.  Sad to say that they announced would be their last show there if no younger people step up, join their club and help out planning and running the show.  

 

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Not the weekend yet but went out for ice cream again after supper.

It's about 10 miles to a place known as North Ridge. 

No pictures (forgot camera in the truck) but found the place busy. 

Soft ice cream melts fast so grabbed lots of napkins and a table under the shelter not wanting to drip in the car...

Likely should have put the top up for the ride home but got lots of thumbs up.

 

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Been out and about a bit in the Super. Including an early breakfast yesterday. Leaves are in process if turning already. Kind if bittersweet time of the year. Bright sunshine and temps in the high 40'sHeres a lousy phone camera picture at my friends house. 

 

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3 hours ago, Brooklyn Beer said:

 

 

Growing up in NY and now living in TX I miss the fall most in upstate NY.  Thanks for sharing.  Still in the 90's here.

 

Went to Oneonta for an early dinner at the Brooks BBQ.  Not much change showing in this region yet.  

 

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 Drove the Reatta quite a bit this week. The biggie was a couple of days ago when we drove back to our old area for one of the last cruise nights of the season, a total of about 220 miles round trip. Then today was such a nice day, that I took it out with a top down for a cruise, only about 20 miles, so that pales to the trip to Toronto.

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So the Ohio Region of the Classic Car Club of America called and asked Melanie to plan a September driving event (they also asked her to run the Father's Day car show and plan the October driving event, plus all the tech seminars during the winter) so she stepped up like she always does and arranged lunch at a restaurant and a nice drive on a two-lane to the Ravenna Hot Air Balloon Festival, which was pretty darned cool. Over the last few weeks, she spent a few hours on the phone and we drove the route last week to make sure that it was good for all ages of old cars. We took the '41 Limited since it's our go-to Full Classic and a great runner. We arrived at the restaurant at 1:00 with the plan to travel in a group to the Festival at 2:00 where Melanie had pre-arranged parking for a group of Full Classics. Here's how it went:

 

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Ohio Region Classic Car Club Full Classics lined up
at lunch, ready to go.

 

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Special parking area for Ohio Region Classic Car Club
members. Oh, wait, since there was just one car, they
told us to go park in the lot with everyone else because

they couldn't afford to give up all that space for just one car.
The Jeep guys needed to use it.

 

 

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Jeep club obviously has no problems with participation.

 

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Area where fellow Ohio Region Classic Car Club members would
have been sitting, had any of them bothered to show up.

 

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Balloon Fest was actually pretty spectacular and the
weather was perfect for launching.

 

Should we even bother planning the October event? I'm thinking no. Or maybe we'll invite the Buick Club instead...

 

 

 

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Glad to see they treated you with the respect a classic deserves and even doubly so for the time and effort your wife put in to make things happen.     PFfffftttt

 

Invite Buick folks and show them how it's done me thinks.  Seeing 78 jeeps just painted different colors makes me tingle inside like a case bubonic plague

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1 hour ago, Matt Harwood said:

So the Ohio Region of the Classic Car Club of America called and asked Melanie to plan a September driving event (they also asked her to run the Father's Day car show and plan the October driving event, plus all the tech seminars during the winter) so she stepped up like she always does and arranged lunch at a restaurant and a nice drive on a two-lane to the Ravenna Hot Air Balloon Festival, which was pretty darned cool. Over the last few weeks, she spent a few hours on the phone and we drove the route last week to make sure that it was good for all ages of old cars. We took the '41 Limited since it's our go-to Full Classic and a great runner. We arrived at the restaurant at 1:00 with the plan to travel in a group to the Festival at 2:00 where Melanie had pre-arranged parking for a group of Full Classics. Here's how it went:

 

833505403_2019-09-2113_54_22a.thumb.jpg.44a804dd088f6fc6afa69ab24f8d1ba0.jpg
Ohio Region Classic Car Club Full Classics lined up
at lunch, ready to go.

 

822240443_2019-09-2116_38_11a.thumb.jpg.0acebbc54f5d1f5285afc07a71eaf156.jpg

Special parking area for Ohio Region Classic Car Club
members. Oh, wait, since there was just one car, they
told us to go park in the lot with everyone else because

they couldn't afford to give up all that space for just one car.
The Jeep guys needed to use it.

 

 

1908676034_2019-09-2118_28_22a.thumb.jpg.c36d5b7543239bcf07b7d0d3aa813424.jpg

Jeep club obviously has no problems with participation.

 

1419127594_2019-09-2117_19_24a.thumb.jpg.b2159ad04bdfd13bfa10bfd90737586e.jpg

Area where fellow Ohio Region Classic Car Club members would
have been sitting, had any of them bothered to show up.

 

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Balloon Fest was actually pretty spectacular and the
weather was perfect for launching.

 

Should we even bother planning the October event? I'm thinking no. Or maybe we'll invite the Buick Club instead...

 

 

 

 

Damn Matt!  Sorry to Melanie.  It sounds like she planned a top notch event. I feel bad her efforts were not appreciated.  

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