Happy New Year!

Hope everyone survived a beautiful Christmas season and welcomed the new year with hope and excitement!

I want to thank Chuck Crane for offering to represent GSMR/LDC

at the Annual Meeting of AACA in February. He has very generously offered to forgo any payment from our club for his expenses instead asked us to give a check to AACA Building Fund. We will be glad to send a check to AACA. Looking forward to many adventures with our old cars in 2020. Especially our Annual Car Show at BRCC in June. If you would like to offer your shop or car collection for a garage tour this year, be sure contact Jim Mitchell or Steve Nordt.

Helga & I are enjoying Naples, Florida for a few months but looking forward to getting back to Hendersonville at the end of March. Keep the sunny side up and be sure to attend our January monthly meeting on the 21st at Mike’s On Main. Dinner at 6 meeting starts at 7. Our VP David Parker will be in charge and I know you will enjoy his meeting!!!


Keith (President GSMR)




 Weaverville, NC  Cruise In Every Tuesday, weather permitting @ Steak &Shake 5 PM-???

 Franklin, NC  Starting April thru October, Every Friday, Cruise In @ Sonic Drive In Hwy 441  Art 828 349 0986

 Asheville, NC  Starting May 25th, then the  4th Friday each month Cruise In at the Blossman,  170 Sweeten Creek Rd, just south of I-40 exit Sweeten Creek Rd 6-8PM Food & Refreshments benefits Meals on Wheels 828 667 0437

 Spartanburg, SC  Starting April 15th Every 3rd Friday Night @ The Beacon 5-9 PM


-Breakfast Every Saturday 7:30 Sharp, Smith Drugs Forest City
-Columbus Cruise-in First Sunday every month Starts at 1:00pm.

-Donut Derelicts meet for breakfast  each Saturday morning, 7:00 AM at Pop’s Diner, Five Points, Main Street, Hendersonville. Everyone is welcome to join us

-All GSMR & LDC Members free admission to Bennett Classics Forest City.
-Advance Auto Parts Forest City 10% off purchase. Just ask & show your card or name tag.  
WEBSITES:, & Little Detroit Chapter AACA


Please be reminded that the annual Chili Bowl hosted by Joan and Alan Groome  is the 3rd Sunday in January, the 19th this year.  Weather forecast is sunny and 75 degrees. ( That is a forecast for somewhere but certainly not Easley SC)  We will hope for decent weather. 

Address is 235 Breezedale Rd Easley SC .  Time:  late morning until 3:00ish. 

Please bring a contribution: salad, dessert, whatever. 

If possible drive your old car. We are an old car club after all.

Driving directions have been emailed previously.


Recent Club Events

Keith Fisher

The 2019 GSMR/LDC Christmas Party was a real success, thanks to Lynn Nordt and her crew. Close to 50 members attended a beautifully decorated Cedars Restaurant. 

Sad to report the Cedars is being sold and we will not be able to use this venue this year as we have for so many years. Sad! 🙁

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Gustafson Award to Lynn & Steve Nordt. Lynn has been responsible for organizing our Christmas Party for many years and has done a super job plus heading up the “Toys For Tots” program.

Steve has worn many hats, such as serving as President for three different years, organizing old car tours, working on the Lake Lure boat and antique car show (second year) 

For those not familiar with this award, it is presented each year to a member or members who have served

our club above and beyond normal club duties. Lynn & Steve have done so much for our club and still continue to serve even through a recent family crisis 

A BIG THANK YOU to Lynn & Steve!!! 🙂    

Travels from the past.

These are post cards from the travels of the family of GSMR member Rebecca Parker. The dating appears to be the 1940’s and 50’s. Does anything look familiar?

In 1980 Mt St Helens erupted in Oregon. This photo has a story behind it. Click the link below the photo to find out how it came about.

Since the is not much to report on at the local level, the High Beam will include articles of interest to most old car fans:

What Would Santa Drive?

Click the link below to open a fun article from Hemmings Motor News

The Proposed American Graffiti Museum is in the news

Where were you in ’62?

A rendering of what part of the proposed museum would look like. The plan includes a functional drive-in restaurant patterned on Burge’s, one of the turnarounds on the Modesto cruise route of the ’50s and ’60s. Image via Graffiti USA Museum (ctrl click here for the full article)

Editors note:

My thanks to all those who contributed content the High Beam in 2019. I’m looking forward to more of the same in 2020. Those contributions are essential!! I am open to any and all suggestions for adding to and improving the newsletter. Please feel free to come forward if you have suggestions regarding the content or formatting. My email and phone contacts are at the top of the newsletter.

Jim Mitchell