From President David Parker

We’ve had a rousing start to our classic car season. First, a garage tour at
BRCC’s Automotive Department where we had coffee and donuts and met a
fantastic group of students who showed a lot of interest in our “classics”. Then
on the 7th, at the Jacobs annual cookout and car show where $4,328+ was
collected for Meals on Wheels Greenville and where we also saw some amazing cars and trucks. That followed recently on the 28th with a dual garage
tour to Lowell Cooper’s and my own garage in the hills.
The last two events are covered extensively in later pages of this newsletter.
If you haven’t been to our monthly meeting in a while or been on a tour with us,
I hope you will join us for some of these events. My top priority is for our club
activities to be fun, informative and worth coming out for.
There’s more exciting events on the calendar or in the planning phase. These
include a garage tour on June 18 (see pg 10) and driving tours to fun destinations like the tour to Parker-Binns Vineyard July 23rd for a wine tour and lunch.


Hope to see you soon,
David Parker
GSMR President

 

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LDC Meeting
Thursday, June 30
Time 6PM Location will be
Emailed from LDC
New laminated LDC Membership Certificates
will be available at the June meeting
June, 2022
June 4—It’s here! The 17th Annual Auto & Trade Show
At Blue Ridge Community College, Hendersonville
This weekend: Another major show hosted by GSMR and
LDC to benefit the Blue Ridge Community College Automotive
Trades Program, on the beautiful East Flat Rock campus.
Registration $20 at the gate. Info. Page 11.
Saturday June 4 is also “Cars & Breakfast” at the Dixie Diner
Yes, it is open again after the tragic events of a couple weeks ago.
Hardy souls can start the day here at 7:30 and cruise
to BRCC just an easy drive down Spartanburg Hwy.
—R.I.P. Paula Clark—
Saturday. June 18, Garage Tour PLUS “Pickers” Event
You don’t want to miss this! Starts at 8:30 AM. See page 10 for info.
July 23—Cruise to Parker-Binns Vineyard for Tour and Lunch
Save the date and keep an eye peeled for more information to come
on this special event.
Scroll down for more information and fun stuff.
Newsletter of the Great Smoky Mountains Region and Little Detroit Chapter
of the Antique Automobile Club of America
Editor: Mike Mucci: mm@cedarmountainlodge.com Assoc. Editor: Jim Mitchell jrs190sl@yahoo.com—770-883-2316 www.gsmr.club
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
Director: 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
GSMR Meeting
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
6PM Dinner; 7 PM Meeting
Bay Breeze Restaurant
Hendersonville
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EDITORS’ NOTES:
Greetings once again. It was a pleasure to document the great
“Hennie’s Cookout” with photos in this issue. Of course, I prefer to call
it a fantastic automotive garden party…but the food provided by so
many people, was great, too! We thank Yvonne and Hennie and members of their family and friends for putting it together. Great job!
This issue is truly a group effort of timely coverage, due to a mid-month
trip to see family and friends in Florida. But fear not. All the vital stuff is
here, supplemented in between by “Lagniappes” (aka bonus items)
provided by Pres. David and our cohort editor, Jim Mitchell, . Thanks, Jim for covering!
—Mike Mucci, Editor
Questions, contributions, comments: mm@cedarmountainlodge.com.
PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE FOR INCLUSION IN ANY ISSUE IS THE LAST DAY OF THE PREVIOUS MONTH.
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Mike & Jim
We’ve had a rousing start to our classic car season. First, a garage tour at
BRCC’s Automotive Department where we had coffee and donuts and met a
fantastic group of students who showed a lot of interest in our “classics”. Then
on the 7th, at the Jacobs annual cookout and car show where $4,328+ was
collected for Meals on Wheels Greenville and where we also saw some amazing cars and trucks. That followed recently on the 28th with a dual garage
tour to Lowell Cooper’s and my own garage in the hills.
The last two events are covered extensively in later pages of this newsletter.
If you haven’t been to our monthly meeting in a while or been on a tour with us,
I hope you will join us for some of these events. My top priority is for our club
activities to be fun, informative and worth coming out for.
There’s more exciting events on the calendar or in the planning phase. These
include a garage tour on June 18 (see pg 10) and driving tours to fun destinations like the tour to Parker-Binns Vineyard July 23rd for a wine tour and lunch.
Hope to see you soon,
David Parker
GSMR President
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Pictures pretty much tell the story of the day that started with warm, bright sunshine and stayed
cool as the party rolled on. Although the turnout was a little lighter than last year, the fun and cordiality made up for any difference—and the quality and often the rarity—of the vehicles on the grounds
of the Jacobs’ garden property more than made up for the quantity. So here’s the story…In pictures.
Saturday, May 7
turned out to be a perfect
day for Yvonne and Hennie’s
Meals-on-Wheels benefit
Aka “Hennie’s Cookout.”
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Don’t miss next year’s garden party!
Who could resist two stars of the show,
Mary Anna, the Jacobs’ granddaughter
with her cousin, Bennett, the Jacobs’
great grandson .
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IT’S A GENERATIONAL THING. One of the most
appealing aspects of the old car hobby is the handing down of prized possessions through generations.
One great example at Hennie’s Cookout was an
original 1952 Chrysler Imperial owned and maintained by Grandpa Tollison (L) and grandson, with
friend (red shirt). With its legendary 331 c.i. Hemi,
power everything including windows, it survives despite its origins during the Korean War when metal
plating was often compromised due to war needs.
We applaud this family of owners that serves as
inspiration for all of us in the old-car hobby.
A. What car first referred to itself as a convertible?
B. What autos were the first to use a standardized production key-start system?
C. What American luxury automaker began by making cages for birds and
squirrels? (Answers later in the newsletter)
Hennie and Yvonne Jacobs’
postscript to a busy Spring
season of auto-related events
Hennie’s Cookout wasn’t the only event held
on the grounds of their beautiful home. The
Chrysler 300 club preceded!
“We had a busy 2 weeks. April 28 through the 30th
the Chrysler 300 club was in Greenville SC.
Saturday at 12:00 they came to our home for hot dogs.
There were 24 Chrysler 300s and about 100 people.
“May 7th for Hennie’s Cookout, we were up bright and
early. The cars started arriving at 8.00am.
“As busy as we were it was not possible to count how
many cars or people were here. We had a sign up
sheet but not everybody signed up and those who did
did not say how many were with them. The cars were
not required to be registered . We raised $4,328.00.
“Thank you to those in GSMR who contributed . We
had 8 families from the DeSoto club including their
President. The early V8 club, Model A club, GSMR club,
SC Region AACA club, Pontiac club, British car club, and
just many of Hennies friends.” —Yvonne
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Jim Mitchell
The area around Lake Lure offers many attractions to visitors. The lake
itself is spectacular especially when viewed from the top of Chimney Rock and with Rumbling Bald Mountain in the background. Chimney Rock may be accessed by climbing the
stairway and its 499 steps or by way of the elevator that was carved out of solid rock. The
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is well worth a visit. The 1927 Lake Lure Inn is also worthwhile, particularly for antique lovers. The Inn also provides a beautiful backdrop for the annual car and boat show which this year drew over thirty classic cars and about 20 beautiful
boats. Take a gander at these photos and be sure to save mid May, 2023 for a repeat performance. It’s impossible to pick a favorite car but check out the 1947 Cadillac 60 Special,
the 1960 MGA MKII and the two very special REO’s. The 1917 model (below) was salvaged from the bottom of the lake after 45 years. You should allow for extra time to
explore the area further.
Why all the Buffalo names and references in the Lake
Lure area? Hint: Look beneath the lake
You see the reference to buffalos everywhere you travel in the Hickory Nut Gorge:
Buffalo Creek Road, Buffalo Shoals, Buffalo Junction, Buffalo Creek, Buffalo Creek Park the list goes on
In addition, as you go towards the resort of Rumbling Bald located on the lake there is a giant Buffalo statue
marking one of the developments!
Just why these reference and is there really a long forgotten town under the lake?
Let’s see if we can bring this town up from the depth of Lake Lure to remember this once proud, self -sufficient
community in the beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge of NC!
To me, one of the saddest thing in life is being forgotten as a person or a whole community
Let’s see if we can solve this mystery and bring these people and community back to life in some way!
The Town of Buffalo was located at about the center of what is now Lake Lure.
Today, if you take your boat out to the very center of the lake and look to your right and you will see a
mountain that looks exactly like a Buffalo! Hence, the name of the town was named Buffalo!
The Town of Buffalo was located in what was known as Whiteside Valley. It was centered on farming and mining.
There is no know record of how many people lived in the Town of Buffalo but judging by the church records of
the Whiteside Valley Church of 1918 with 98 members, it can be assumed that the entire town was about 150
people.
This town was often a brief stop for those heading through Hickory Nut Gorge on the Drover’s Road to Asheville, NC.
“When construction of the dam was complete, Buffalo was flooded. Most of the houses and buildings were removed before the flooding, but a few still remain under the lake today. The town name came from the homesteaders who lived in the valley, they would look up at the mountains and the first mountain range they saw was
that in the shape of a buffalo.
There was a complete relocation of an entire community known as Whiteside Valley, all homes, the Whiteside
Valley Church & Cemetery & the Ledbetter Store. Whiteside Valley Church was organized July 7, 1892.
When it was known that plans for the lake to be built were going to flood the area in the 1920’s, the church
members began to look for another property & ending up tearing down the original church, using the materials
to build on & repair the old Chimney Rock Church site.
Tradition says the steeple from the original Whiteside Valley Church was used on the new church. All the graves
were removed and” (Info from the book “Precious Memories; Bill’s Creek Community, Lake Lure, North Carolina”,
by Virginia Dare Dalton Wilson).
If you were fascinated by this information, find out more at:
https://hickorynutgorgehikes.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/the-town-beneath-the-lake/
Excerpted from https://hickorynutgorgehikes.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/the-town-beneath-the-lake/
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A. 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top
B. 1949 Chryslers
C. The George N Pierce Co. of Buffalo, who made the Pierce Arrows, also
made iceboxes
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Comments by President David Parker; photos by David, Jim Mitchell and your editor.
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More garage tours…opening our garages and sharing our cars and stories with GSMR members, neighbors and
friends. Saturday the 27th at Lowell and Linda Cooper’s place for the first leg; then on a scenic mountain tour to
my own garage in Hendersonville. These pictures tell the story on the beautiful Memorial Weekend. But above
all, THANK YOU to the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. –Pres. David Parker
The first Hemi Dodge Challenger Owner, Browney Mascow
Linda and Lowell Cooper
Dual Garage Tour:
First leg, Lowell & Linda Cooper’s
Coffee & Donut-equipped Garage
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Dual Garage Tour:
Second Leg: David Parker’s
Mountain Hideaway Garage
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WHATCHYAGOT
FOR SALE?
Members of GSMR/LDC only,
got something for sale? Car? Parts?
Send a description of what you have, in
25 WORDS OR LESS
To: mm@cedarmountainlodge.com
with subject “GSMR SALE ITEM”
And we’ll put it in the next newsletter.
Promise.
Know of someone under the
weather? Going in for surgery or
passed away? Send information to our
Sunshine Chair, Yvonne Jacobs at
yvonne.jacobs43@gmail.com 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 jrs190sl@yahoo.com. Aka Jim Mitchell.
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Take pride in your
AACA membership!
New! Membership certificates
for Region and Chapter members. Pick
yours up at your next meeting.
Frames available, too, at nominal cost.
Get yours at the next meeting.
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.
First, Ron Merker’s garage at 187 East Caswell
St. in Hendersonville. From there we go to Budget Motors at 3620 Asheville Highway in Hendersonville where David Brown is closing his car business after 30 years. This will be an American
Pickers style “Pic” where you will be able to buy
Hubcaps , car parts , license plates , metal drawers/bins, car jacks and stands and all kinds of
cool stuff for your vintage cars and garage.
Parking is limited so you might want to car pool
but tell your friends and come join us.
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NOTE TO GSMR/LDC
MEMBERS
BRCC car show needs
volunteers to help.
Call Hulon McCraw at
828-606-2918.
More
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VAN’S AUTO SERVICE, LLC
TERRY THELEN, OWNER
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Bringin’ up the rear.
June Schedule
June 4—It’s here! The 17th Annual Auto & Trade Show
At Blue Ridge Community College, East Flat Rock
Field is open to drive-ons and pre-registered cars, trucks, cycles.
Drive-on day of show $20. See ad pg. 11.
Also June 4—Cars & Coffee at the Dixie Diner, Laurel Park
Enjoy breakfast starting at 7:30, then on to the BRCC Show!
Yes, the Dixie is open. We’ll always remember Paula.
“Thursday Night Thunder” Weekly at O’Reilly’s Hendersonville 4PM
On 176 (Spartanburg Hwy.) at East Central Street.
Informal gathering of car guys and gals
Music on Main begins Friday, June 10.
Vehicle parking begins at 4PM first-come parking along curbs.
Entry fee $10; $5 to Carolina Mtn. Car Club members.
June 18 8:30 AM—GSMR Garage Tour PLUS “Pickers” Style Event
This is a very special double garage tour. See page 10 for details.
June 18 Cardinal Cruise-in, Brevard
On Rte. 64 at the south end of downtown Brevard.
Action is from 4 to 8 PM.
June 21 GSMR Monthly Meeting
6PM Dinner; 7PM Meeting
Bay Breeze Restaurant, Hendersonville
June 30 LDC Monthly Meeting
Details to come.