It was a pleasure to have been chosen to pick the AACA Best of Show stock vehicle award at the first annual Rubber City Motor Auction held on September 13. Registration proceeds were donated to the Akron Children’s Hospital. Many fine cars were on display and were readied to be auctioned off the following day. From the best of the bunch, I chose a 1962 Corvette FI Roadster owned by Pat Casto. He spent 22 years restoring it from a basket of parts.
Dave Soltis showed his 1927 Stearns 8-cyl Cabriolet at the Lakeland Community College fundraiser in support of scholarships and other programs on September 21. The theme was a 1920’s speakeasy. Participants were excited to see a vintage Gatsby vehicle on display as Dave told of the history of the Stearns. Patrons had the opportunity to take photos of themselves with his car.
Newly elected chapter Secretary John Shapiro’s monthly history lesson on Cleveland made cars, seen in “Cruisin’ Times Magazine” is getting quite popular. From what I understand readers are expressing an appreciation on learning more about local history. Many readers that specialize on custom cars and hot rods appreciate the aspect of their old cars roots. So far he’s told a story on Winton, Templar, Peerless, Stearns and Baker. The 12 month history lesson also has another goal in mind – to help many non-car enthusiasts remember at least the names of four cars that were built in Cleveland.
Many members participated in La Macchina Molto Bella Car Show held at Tadaro’s Party Center and Riverwoods Golf Course on September 22. Chapter member Frank Todaro put this invitation only car show together within a few months. It was in memory of his father Mel Todaro. Proceeds went to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc. The show reminded me of a Concours d’Elegance as it was being held on the Riverwoods Golf Course next to the Todaro’s Party Center in Akron. Over 250 high level cars participated. This will be a yearly event.
The Wings and Wheels tour October 25-27, hosted by Tom and Linda Muth of the Southern Ohio Chapter, had a lot of interesting stops. I was not able to attend the Early Bird tours on Friday but heard only positive remarks from those that have. The dinner arrangements were rather unique and allowed for more interaction with members that I was not regularly acquainted with.
Saturday was reminiscent of Hershey; rain – and lots of it. Starting out at the WACO (Weaver Aircraft Company) Air Museum was educational. After attending a talk and power point presentation on its history, the group was able to inspect various WACO aircraft and aviation artifacts within the two buildings (hangers) housing the museum. WACO was innovative in aircraft design and produced more aircraft than any other company in the country during the 1920’s and early 30’s.
After lunch in downtown Greenville, which was the home of the Indian leader Tecumseh, a visit to the Garst Museum was at hand. Within the museum was The Annie Oakley Center. Annie Oakley as you know was a great sharpshooter and marksman. She was the star of Wild Bill’s Wild West Show and performed all throughout the world. There were many photos, guns, and posters owned by Annie on display. The museum also hosted dioramas filled with interesting samples of militaria, broadcast, and American history.
The sun did start to peak through a bit while attending Bruce and Barbara Klepinger’s car collection. Bruce’s father started the collection in the late 1940’s with a Hupmobile. The collection was an eclectic mix from brass era model T’s to a chopped stretched limo. They too were excellent hosts.
The banquet dinner was later served at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. The Center was originally a mansion built in 1914 by the widow of William Hayner, owner of Hayner Distillery Company. He made his fortune selling Rye Whiskey. Sunday’s tour was that of Chic and Arlene Kleptz whose Marmon automobile collection is world renown.