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From President David Parker

Wow, it’s been a hot summer so far and plenty of opportunities to enjoy our
classic car hobby with others. The BRCC show had over 200 cars present and
an unprecedented number of awards presented. Music On Main kicked off its
season with classics lining Main Street every Friday night through August 19
(with the exception of July 8). We toured Ron Merker’s awesome garage and
then went to Budget Motors where David Brown let us pick through his inventory of car parts and collectibles. David is closing his business after 45
years in the car business. If you missed that tour you can call David at 828-
693-4297. Our next tours will be at Tom Loftfield’s and his buddy Max Larson
on July 16th. Then Parker-Binns winery for a wine tour and luncheon on July
23rd. You will see more details below in this newsletter. I hope you will join us
for our next monthly dinner meeting July 19 at Pop’s Diner. We’re pulling out
all the stops for this one. Come dressed in costume (period clothing to match
your ride) if you can. Prizes will be given for best costume and as I mentioned at our last meeting, a
prize for most referrals to our web site. Have a great summer and hope to see you soon.

Hope to see you soon,
David Parker
GSMR President


July, 2022
GSMR Meeting
Tuesday, July 19
6PM Dinner;
7 PM Meeting
Pop’s Diner

LDC Meeting
Thursday, July 28, 6PM
The Chow Hound,
126 Park Lane Dr. Rutherfordton
New laminated LDC Membership Certificates
will be available at the meeting
Scroll down for more information and fun stuff.
Busy July Calendar—Read through this newsletter for all the action!
Monday, July 4 Celebration—Downtown Brevard
(see flyer pg. 18)
>>July 8, Collector Car Appreciation Day<<
July 16—Garage Tour, Tom Loftfield and Friends
Meet at Ingles on Rte. 64 in Laurel Park, leave for Tom’s at 8:15 AM
July 23—Cruise to Parker-Binns Vineyard for Tour and Lunch
Get ready for a great Saturday cruise to a site few of us have seen,
complete with wine tasting and tour plus lunch.
(See page 9)
Newsletter of the Great Smoky Mountains Region and Little Detroit Chapter
of the Antique Automobile Club of America
Editor: Mike Mucci: Assoc. Editor: Jim Mitchell—770-883-2316
LDC President: Dave Chauncy 828-657-5269
Vice President: Fran Luczak
Treasurer: Tom Furey, 828-817-0536
Secretary: Sam Farance 828-980-1184
Club Merchandise: Lee Davis, 828-245-5943
Museum Rob Mitchell 815-441-2077
GSMR President: David Parker, 904-553-7060
Vice President: Mike Mucci 828-883-4770
Secretary: Diane Rogers
Treasurer: Colleen Mangeot, 513-490-1461
Board Members: Steve Nordt 732-233-4129;
Tom Furey 828-894-8898;
Hulon McGraw 828-606-2918; Keith Fisher 352-598-2467
Membership: Kim LaRowe 828-7792378
Webmaster: Ralph Griffith
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from President David Parker
Forward this issue to a friend who might like to join!
Another busy month and it’s not letting up. Check out the recordbreaking BRCC show photos plus garage tour photos in this issue…
Some great events are coming in July, including a tour to Carolina’s
“wine country.” We’re looking for a member profile story for the next
issue. If you have a story to tell (even if you have to make one up!),
contact Jim Mitchell and he’ll take it from there:
Til next time…keep on rolling on.
—Mike Mucci, Editor
Questions, contributions, comments:
Mike & Jim

The first land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats was set by race driver Teddy
Tetzlaff in 1914 driving his 200 HP race car. What was his record speed?
A. 100.47 MPH
B. 114.72 MPH
C. 141.73 MPH (Answer later in the newsletter.)
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It was a fun filled meeting, June 21 at Bay Breeze.
Several new members were introduced (see photos on page 8), plus announcement of the tour to Parker-Binns
Vinyards. Tom Loftfield (Lucky Dog) entertained us with an explanation of why period dress enhances the viewing
experience with our old cars…using ladies’ attire from the early 20th century as an example, while we all watched
intently. Ralph Griffith also gave a presentation on his recent trip to Germany and the legendary Nurburgring racing and speed trials
course. Fascinating what goes on that we may
not be aware of. Ask Ralph about it next time
you see him! After a report on future activities
by David and our growing treasury by Colleen Mangeot, the meeting was adjourned.
And everyone reading this who have not attended a club meeting, you need to come out for a good time. The
next one, covered elsewhere, is at Pop’s Diner (also legendary) at 5-corners, north of downtown Hendersonville.
All the info on that meeting is also in this newsletter. Come on out and have some fun!
Come prepared to have some fun!
Drive your vintage car and—if you
can—dress in the era of your
ride! There’ll be fun and
prizes…plus who can beat
the great “diner food”
At Pop’s? Y’all come!
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Keeping the show lively,
DJ Michael Leshon,
Royal Groove Productions
Over 200 vehicles—stock, modified,
patina’d and street rods, resto rods
and rat rods, plus cycles and a scooter
showed up for this 17th annual event.
Many thanks to all their owners, plus
club volunteers and students who made
this event come off flawlessly.
Photos by Jim Mitchell, David Parker and editor.
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Line-up at registration Nuzzi and Mucci snagging new members
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Jane (& Tommy) Obliger James & Lisa Warren Greg Ashley Marley & Ted Beckmann
Not pictured: Carrol Leon Rhode
We’re pleased to welcome these new members who signed up June 4 at the Blue Ridge Community College show!
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The first land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats was set by race driver
Teddy Tetzlaff in 1914 driving his 200 HP race car. What was his record
Answer: C. 141.73 MPH
Saturday, July 23
Saturday the 23rd at 9:45 we’ll
meet at Ingles at Spartanburg Hwy
and Upward Road. We’ll depart
from there at 10am to arrive at
Parker Binns for our 11am tour of
the facility, with Lunch at noon off
the menu. More info. to come.
Tom with wife, Kathleen,
at an earlier garage tour.
Crank’em up; move ’em out for
another dual garage tour July 16th
with Tom Loftfield and friend Max.
So far this year our garage tours have been quite fulfilling as we get to know
each other a little better and see how other members and friends enjoy our old
car hobby.
Saturday morning, July 16, we’ll meet at Ingles in Laurel Park (on Rte. 64 across
from the Dixie Diner) and leave at 8:15 for Tom Loftfield’s home at 594 Sugarloaf Road, Brevard, where we’ll check out his garage over coffee & donuts.
At 10:30 we’ll head to Max Larson’s place at 297 Honda Rd. in Brevard. For
another interesting adventure.
Drive your old car and get ready for a fun morning!
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Photos: High Beam Editor
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Photos: High Beam Editor
Many great
shop items, wheel covers,
electricals, etc. are still available.
Call David Brown at 828-693-4297
to arrange a visit.
Address: 3620 Asheville Hwy.,
Closing out
After 4 decades
In business.
Members of GSMR/LDC only,
got something for sale? Car? Parts?
Send a description of what you have, in
with subject “GSMR SALE ITEM”
And we’ll put it in the next newsletter.
Know of someone under the
weather? Going in for surgery or
passed away? Send information to our
Sunshine Chair, Yvonne Jacobs at and we’ll
post it here.
Do YOU have a story to tell? How you came
to enjoy old cars? A parent or relative that
owned special cars or trucks that you rode in
and remembered? Maybe you hung around in
a local garage or worked in one as a teen to
make date money? Tell us about it in 200
words or less so we can put you in the spotlight. Oh, and send us a picture or two. Send it
to Aka Jim Mitchell.
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LDC Adds
Three New Members!
The Little Detroit Chapter proudly welcomes
Tammy and Michael Lewis
Chad Summerland
Herb Vogt
Great to have you abord!
Classic auto accessories and garage décor
Vintage suitcases, beverage coolers, camping equipment and
more for displaying in your classic car or garage. For more information or to schedule and appointment,
call David Parker at 904-553-7060.
1941 Buick Special, 6-passenger coupe.
Selling due to health. Mostly original
81,XXX miles. Licensed, runs good.
Radio & clock not working.
$22K. Stuart Denison, 828-483-6265.
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Bringin’ up the rear.
July Summary Schedule
Monday, July 4 Celebration—Downtown Brevard
Open show, $20 Regis., 11 AM—4 PM Enter 9-11 AM (TCCC)
>>Friday, July 8—Collector Car Appreciation Day<<
“Thursday Night Thunder” Weekly at O’Reilly’s
On 176 (Spartanburg Hwy.) at East Central Street.
Fridays, July 15, 22, 29, Music on Main Downtown Hendersonville
Parking starts at 4pm. Park curbside. CMCC members $5; others $10.
Saturday, July 16 Garage tour, Tom Loftfield and friends
Meet at Ingles on Rte. 64 in Laurel Park, leave for Tom’s at 8:15 AM
Saturday, July 16, Cardinal Cruise-in, Brevard
4 to 8 PM. (TCCC)
Tuesday, July 19 GSMR Monthly Meeting @ Pop’s Diner
6PM Dinner; 7PM Meeting. Drive and dress to fit your era!
“5 Points” where Bus. 25 Meets Main, north downtown Hendersonville
Saturday, July 23, GSMR/LDC Cruise to Parker-Binns Winery
A very special GSMR/LDC event complete with tour and lunch
Meet at 9:45 AM at Ingles on Upward Road. (see pg. 9)
Thursday, July 28 LDC Monthly Meeting
6PM—The Chow Hound Restaurant, 126 Park Lane Dr., Rutherfordton
Saturday, July 30, Celebrity Car and Truck Show
North Carolina Transportation Museum—
Saturday August 6—Cars & Coffee at the Dixie Diner, Laurel Park
Enjoy breakfast starting at 7:30 with old car camaraderie.
Saturday, August 6—All Ford Show
North Carolina Transportation Museum—
Yet More
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Even More
Supplemental July Schedule Notes Courtesy, LDC
SUNDAY, July 3 1-4 PM Columbus NC Columbus NC Cruise in
MONDAY, July 4 10 AM-2 PM Columbus NC Fabulous 4th of July Classic
Car Show-Columbus NC People’s Choice Awards, Food, Crafters, Vendors & Civic & Non-Profit
Organizations as well {See Flyer}
MONDAY, July 4 11 AM-4PM 81 South Broad St. 4th of July Auto Show -ALL Cars & Motorcycles Welcome Brevard, NC $20 Registration {See Flyer}
FRIDAY, July 8 Collector Car Day Cruise-In at Sonic or Scoops-TBA
SATURDAY, July 16 8:30 AM-10 AM Downtown Rutherfordton Cars and Coffee-Free Donuts
SATURDAY, July 16 10 AM-? Leave from Cars & Coffee to Mike & Mandi
Garage Tour & Over Mountain Vineyard Tour Block’s House
{Please RSVP to Mandi Block for the Vineyard Tour 901-288-8994}
SUNDAY, July 17 1-4 PM Columbus NC Columbus NC Cruise in
THURSDAY, July 28 6 pm LDC Monthly Meeting- at Divebombers Vintage
The Chow Hound Restaurant 126 Park Lane Dr. Rutherfordton, NC 28139
SATURDAY, July 30 9 AM-? Celebrity Car & Truck Show-Replicas of your favorite cars from movies
North Carolina Transportation Museum Spencer, NC-great photo ops! (see below)
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Still More
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