Well, the car show Gods were with the

Northern Ohio Chapter on August 18. The weather was great (a partly cloudy day and no rain!!) made it a positive experience for all.

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Over 200 cars were on the show field by the 10:30 judging time. Walk ins were constantly arriving as the day progressed and the food provided by Chefs For Hire and the many pastries, pies and fruits provided by Patterson quickly vanished.

All 19 classes were active. Some were filled to the allotted preregistered settings others were overflowing into backup areas from day of show arrivals. The two and three wheeled vehicle class showed signs of life. Motor bikes, especially unique ones are always welcome. A very rare 1959 Stanguellini Formula Junior Montoposto Italian race car showed up and was given special recognition to the attendees delight.

Raffle prizes were given throughout the day and DJ Cadillac Mike did an outstanding job. Awards went smoothly and the Children gave out three prizes in their judging categories. This year the Northern Chapter used the Haggerty judging system for children ages eight-twelve. This program allows more insight into the future judging process.

Best of show was a 1940 Lincoln Zephyr owned by Ron Mihalek, Patterson Pick was a 1967 Chevrolet 3100 truck owned by Dan Rhodes and the Children’s #1 Choice was a 1957 Chevy Bellaire owned by Ray Soffl.

The show committee expresses its gratitude to all its patrons, vendors, participants, car enthusiasts and volunteers made the show possible.

Next year the Apples & Autos show is set for August 24, 2014. See you there.


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Das ist wunderbar! That’s what the Clocktoberfest was on August 10 celebrating Suburban Clock’s 60th anniversary of being in business.

Being part of the celebration was grand in a simple and quaint setting in Berea,Ohio’s downtown Triangle district.  Rudi and Joan Kamper’s Suburban Clock retail store had a magnificent selection of old and new clocks on display ranging from the large grandfather units to tiny cuckoo clocks. The store was abuzz with patrons.

Many of the Northern Chapter members brought cars – Bernie Golias brought his 1922 Winton, Dave Heinrichs brought his 1917 Winton Sedan and Touring, Tom Barret his 1920 Moon and others. I noticed other participants from the Classic car club and the Commodore Perry Chapter were also on hand.

The car show had a good collection of older antique and nickel era vehicles. The car show featured examples 60 years and older. A total of about 20 cars were on hand which made it a unique experience. And of course what would a Clocktoberfest be without the German bands, beer, food, games and raffles. The Berea Historical Society also had ongoing special exhibits showing what the town was like 60 years ago. Gutten Tag!


Summer Rally 2013 1 300x197 WESTERN RESERVE CHAPTER AACA SUMMER RALLEYThe Western Reserve Chapter has always been a great host and the weekend of July 26-27 was no exception. It brought back some great memories when I lived out East in Twinsburg and often visited in-laws in Ashtabulaand surrounding areas.

The first stop on Saturday’s schedule took us to the Marine Museum in Ashtabula. I loved the scale models of steel ore shovels, boats and trains. The details were astonishing. Here again we have so much history that took place in this community that it boggles the mind to see mere remnants that remain today. Thank goodness that the many volunteers take the time to maintain the artifacts for future generations to enjoy.

Then off to Gainers body shop and Bair’s Corvettes. It’s delightful to see the enthusiasm in these entrepreneurs. They both have built respectful enterprises. Keep up the good work. An excellent lunch was then provided at St Philip’s Church.         .

Summer Rally 2013 2 300x204 WESTERN RESERVE CHAPTER AACA SUMMER RALLEYA ride trough Pymatuning and over the causeway had not taken place for me in many years. And to be honest, I think the last time was in the mid 1960’s WOW!

Stopping in at Dave Kostansek’s Hudson collection was an education. Dave gave attendees a course on how to crank his two cylinder Maxwell. To the delight of many, the car fired up (didn’t run anyone over) and he proceeded to give a talk on the operation of the magneto and oiling system. Many of his Hudsons were restored, but one of my favorites was his 1922 Hudson touring car. It was unrestored.

The Ashtabula Antique Engine Club fairgrounds had many antique farm vehicles and implements on display. Volunteers were available to field questions and historical aspects of the equipment were discussed. A huge antique diesel generator was fired up. It had its own shed and lit up the area powered by its own energy output.

The Collin’s car collection was the last stop of the day. A good selection of unrestored cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s were on hand. Then off we went back to the host hotel. Dinner was at the Estate on Coffee Creek a beautiful Victorian home and setting. Entertainment was provided by the Brothers-in-law, which consisted of Phil Sneary and Buddy Scoville. I’d have to ask where were these guys hiding all these years. I guess they had to keep hidden from the talent scouts lest they become too famous.