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March 2021

January 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

PREZ SEZ

Members/Friends GSMR/LDC!

Spring is almost here and it is time to roll the old buggy out of the garage and polish her up for show time, I hope!!!

Had a suggestion from a GSMR Club member to make a day trip to Bryson City and ride the train. Date has not been determined but some time in middle April. Will help get your mind off of Tax Season!!! For those with older slower rides you may want to consider an overnight stay in Bryson City. Anyway it is an idea worth thinking about.

Our friend Jim Benson is having a Memorial Day show at his museum in Greer, SC. It will be on Saturday the 29th. of May from 10:00 to 2:00. GSMR members will meet in Hendersonville.(Time and place to be announced later)

We will caravan to 400 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. in Greer, SC. Lunch will be served from food trucks on site.

Hope you will make an effort to join us for a fun Memorial Day Celebration!!! 🙂

Our first meeting for 2021 will be April 20th. at Mike’s On Main. 6:00 PM dinner, meeting at 7:00. 

I expect you don’t want to miss this meeting as our member Ralph Griffith will be presenting a new and improved website. Joining him will be Hulon McCraw to present a history of our club and how it started. 

Hulon has been very involved not only starting our club but in AACA as our area representative. He has a wealth of knowledge and will make the meeting very interesting. 

You don’t want to miss this meeting unless you have the China Flu!!!

Keep the shiny side up!

Keith R. Fisher (President GSMR)

 

UCOMING EVENTS

April 9th: CharlotteAuto Fai has been cancelled

*April 9-10: AACA SE DIV. National Show is still happening

DEADLINE IS MARCH 22ND, see below for more information

see attached for details

Location:Embassy Suites 5400 John Q. Hammons Dr. NW Concord, NC 28027

Face Masks & Social Distancing Required

Saturday 7-11 AM Registration pickup on field

Judging Begins @ 11 AM

No Picnic

Awards @ 4 PM

Details for carpooling together will be made sooner to that date

            

 

Bennett Classics Auto Museum

   Grand Opening        April 16-17    10:00-4:00 

 

 Little Detroit Chapter Volunteers are reopening Bennett Classics Museum.

 

The Museum hours are 10-4 Fridays and Saturdays through the Color Season, Free admission to all GSMR & LDC members and discount rate of $5.00 for Friends & Family that may accompany you. Plan on joining and supporting the Little Detroit Chapter at this great destination.  

bennettclassics.com

 

*April 17: LDC Cruise-In 1:00 PM-Til??

Fat Tracy’s 1163 W. Main St. Forest City, NC 28043

 

April 20: GSMR monthly meeting at Mikes on Main, Dinner at 6:00, meeting: 7:00

(meeting will include a presentation on the updated GSMR website)

April 24th: Broad River European Classic(see attachment for show flyer)

Broad River announcement, flyer.docx

Need more info?  Email:  jimandpaigemorgan@gmail.com .

*April 29: Thursday 6:00 PM LDC Monthly Meeting Location TBA.

May 1st: Henne and Yvonne Jacobson will reignite their annual car show to benefit Meals on Wheels form 10AM till…………  More details will follow soon

*May 14-15: Lake Lure Spring Classic Boat & Car Show

Location: Lake Lure Tours 2930 Memorial Hwy. Lake Lure, NC 28746

www.lakelure.com

May 20-23, Amelia Island Concourse

2021 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance to Feature ‘Weird & Wonderful’ Class

May 29th, Jim Benson Memorial Day car show, Greer, S. Carolina, more details will follow

 

June 5th,  Blue Ridge Community College Car Show 

Location will be at the corner of Allen Rd. & College St.

at the BRCC, Hendersonville, NC. 

Time 9:00 to 2:30.

We will provide more info as we get closer to the date.

 

CAR STORIES

 

The tale of the Jeepster (or, what have you done now?)

Randy Stone

Listen my children and you shall hear,

Of a daring restoration embarked upon without fear.

No parts were available but that didn’t matter,

The search was on with lots of convivial patter.

The timetable was obscure and the budget unknowable,

But at the end of the day we knew it would be enjoyable.

Longfellow is long gone but his words still are remembered,

And this little poem by all rights should be dismembered!

 

Now that I’ve gotten your attention…..

One of the favorite things we like to do is the AACA tours where we can enjoy our olds cars on the road, seeing new places and enjoying our many friends. We’ve been in a lot of places and the stories are legend but the one that started all this was in Hendersonville, North Carolina in the summer of 2013.

 

Our good friend Hulon McCraw and the Smokey Mountains Region put on a three day tour in the lovely mountain community of Hendersonville and for this tour we decided to go modern. Now in the parlance of the touring world that means you drive a vehicle on the upper range of the allowed vehicles. As I recall the range here was any AACA eligible vehicle so we chose to drive our 1969 Mustang Convertible “Miss Penny”. Now this implies comfort and fewer possible mishaps but that is not always the case. Sometimes when you go modern you take unnecessary risks…..

 

Our friends Bill and Linda Cox decided to follow us up driving his 1965 Pontiac Convertible…..again, going modern. On the way, there was a scenic sign directing us off the highway to take a little tour of the mountain views and a waterfall. Wow! The place was called Shunkawauken Falls and Skyuka Mountain Road. I’ve never seen a more crooked road. It was terrifying! We were both coming down faster, much faster than was planned and the thought of that Pontiac smashing my Miss Penny in the rear was more than I could bear! My brakes were now smoking before the tour even began and Bill made sure I was out of the way at the bottom via a cell phone call and a “GET OUT OF THE WAY! His brakes were hot as well….I needed new brake shoes but he wound up rebuilding his whole car!!!

 

Anyway…..on the tour we went through a small local museum in Forest City called the Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum. It’s a nice place with interesting displays but what caught our interest was a 1948 Jeepster which had a “for sale” sign on the windshield. Well, that caught Sylvia’s eye as she had never seen one before. I’ve seen a few over the years but they are not plentiful and are rarely seen “on the hoof” for sale. It seems that the cool marketing idea of selling a family version of the Jeep that our servicemen drove in WW2 was a bad idea. After getting shot at in a Jeep for several years nobody wanted one when they got back home. The Jeepster was dropped after only three years in production and therefore became a footnote in automotive history. After getting permission to crawl under the ropes and look it over I went to the office to make them an offer. Too late, another person on our tour had already snapped up the prize. So that began the quest for a Jeepster and its all Hulon McCraw’s fault!!!

 

For the next year I looked everywhere and these cars are just not available. When you are lucky enough to find one it’s completely worn out and the floors are rusted away. With no side windows, water stands inside and pretty soon you have no floors. Or it’s completely restored and worth a fortune…seems very few parts are reproduced so you have to restore the original pieces which is a labor intensive process…as I would soon discover. So I found one that was not too bad in Florida and got it home where I found a lot of pieces missing…..I found a two car package deal in Chicago (one without a title) and got them home so that sort of helped with car one. Found another in Florida which was a total wreck but had a lot of hard to find parts…..hauled it home and now we had four and I hoped to build two out of the wreckage. Thanks Hulon…..

 

That began a three year process to get a safe, drivable, and decent looking Jeepster for Sylvia to enjoy. We sold one pretty quickly that I had gotten running and cleaned up a little as it had parts we didn’t need and a willing buyer (Very important!). On the rotisserie after media blasting I found a very rotten body but with patience I got it into a solid form. One good thing is that these cars are built very solid with 16 to 18 gauge steel. This gives you a good solid base for welding and shaping the metal. A pure pleasure after the sixties and seventies cars I’ve been working on with their thinner and less workable steel

So Jeepster number one was on the way and she turned out pretty well. The plan turned into building one that was Red with a black interior and a Yellow one with a burgundy interior, both standard combinations in 1948, then deciding which one we liked the best and selling the other one….hopefully to pay for the entire project.

So the big day comes, we are going to meet my Dad and Mom for lunch at the Arby’s, beautiful day, perfect Jeepster weather. Top down, all four cylinders with 65 throbbing horsepower straining at the bit….we were ready to go! Off we go and Sylvia is terrified!!!! What have you done! She shouted over the sound of the massive engine power….this is a death trap!!! Thanks again Hulon!!!!

 

My dear wife did not realize that the Willys Corporation did not build vehicles for comfort. They were for getting from point A to point B in the most robust and non-deflectable manner possible. The car is very heavy, very austere and cute in its own way which is what attracted her attention in the beginning. So after a few trips for lunch Sylvia has now become accustomed to the Jeepster and enjoys it for what it is. We have always enjoyed unusual vehicles and this one is near the top for unusual. It’s fun to drive and people are always asking what it is……what it is…is….Hulon McCraw’s fault!!!!

 

 

 

The following is an edited version of an interview published in a local newspaper “a while ago”.

Name: Dawn & Jeff Dreibus

Community where you live: Dysartsville

Make and Model: 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon

When and how did you acquire the car?

We found “Big Red” (so named by my wife) for sale on the side of Route 70 in Drexel while returning home after looking at another car.

The details:

The car is very original, equipped with its stock Oldsmobile 350 4-barrel-carbuereted engine, its original Turbo Hydramatic transmission and 4:21 gear ratio. It wears its factory Super Stock III wheels shod with white-lettered tires. Most of the needed work was performed before we purchased it, but I did install a new original-type carpet and I have performed many smaller repairs to it over the ensuing 23-plus years.

The car is rather unique because it is one of about 2,100 Cutlass Salons equipped with Hurst Hatch T-tops from the factory. More than just an appearance package, the “Salon” moniker indicates that, while the car shared its body style with the basic Cutlass and Cutlass Supreme, it carries the 442 chassis handling package. Salons were also equipped with standard bucket seats and some otherwise-extra-cost options.

They can be identified by an international flag “strip” on the front fenders and the trunk lid. Salons were marketed as coupes and four-door sedans to new car shoppers who might have bought a foreign model but who needed (or could only afford) an American mid-size car and wanted some extra road-handling capability.

Offering Cutlass as “a car for every pocketbook and every purpose” with a wide range of optional equipment allowed it to become America’s best-selling car in ’76.

Do you have a fun or interesting story about the vehicle?

The car was originally ordered in early ’76 at the local Oldsmobile dealer by a Burke County man as a high school graduation gift for his daughter. She kept it for 20 years, and then sold it to a man in Drexel.

At the time, both of them were newly single, so the new owner decided to repaint and re-pinstripe the car in its original color and otherwise restore it as needed, then take the car back to her in hopes of igniting a romantic “spark.” This turned out to be a big fail. She cried and told him she never wanted to see the car again. Crestfallen, he parked it beside Route 70 with a for sale sign. That’s where we entered the picture.

I purchased it in July 1997 for my wife after I accidentally sold her previous car, a 1963 Buick (“car guys” can probably relate to this scenario). I bought it just in time to present it to her as an anniversary gift … so it still brought lasting joy to a couple, even though it missed its first “target” couple.

It has taken us on many adventures throughout the southeast. We usually take it to the AACA Southeastern Spring National Meet in Charlotte held each April in conjunction with the Charlotte AutoFair. We are longtime members of Antique Automobile Club of America and, locally, we belong to the Five Lane Cruisers.

What do you love about it?

We love the way that it looks, and that it presents us with opportunities to make new friends. It has adequate power, reclining bucket seats and cruise control so that we can cruise all day to any destination in comfort. With its rear sway bar, stiffer springs, gas-charged shocks and wider wheels and tires it handles better than similar cars of its era. We look forward to enjoying it for years to come.

LOCKDOWN HAPPENINGS

 

Bill Wortham:

Having been confined for a year, we went to a restaurant this week and I asked the waitress, “What leftovers do we have tonight?”.

 

Colleen, Bruce Mangeot:

 

My brother and sister-in-law gave us a great holiday gift to keep us busy.  A car to build made of wood and rubber bands from U Gears.  With 439 parts to put together, it took more than just a few hours. As Bruce recently purchased a 1931 Packard as a project car, Colleen thought while he worked on that, she would work on this model.  She only got so far, when she felt like she needed someone to oversee what she was doing, if for no other reason than it was sometimes tough to undo some things once they were done.  So, Bruce starting helping here and there, and before long, both were working on it. Colleen got a little education along the way as Bruce explained to her what some of the different parts were.  Everything mechanical operates:  pistons go up and down, it has a shifter, 4-wheel disc brakes, hood opens and closes, doors open and close.  Yes, it runs with 16 rubber band power!  Wind it up and let it roll.   

 It was great fun to do and would recommend it as a Christmas gift for any car enthusiast. 

 

 

 

Mary Jo, Jim Mitchell

We also received a challenging gift for Christmas.  A 20×28 inch, 1000 piece jig saw puzzle of the National Parks.  The pieces are very small and if my math is correct they are about 0.528 inches square each.  After many, many  hours it has been mounted and hangs on the wall in our game room. Fun!

 

INTERESTING STUFF,(thanks to Hemmings Motor News)

 

double click here:

 

FUN STUFF

 

Steam and Cars

double click below(it may take some time to load so be patient, or ask your grand child for help)

 

A look at the first presidential limousine with armor plating( from Sports Car Digest)

cntrl+click below

 

https://sendfox.com/trk/click/042dzxgr/4zw6nv

 

Details

Date:
January 31
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm