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Car Collector Chronicles 05-14

Car Collector Chronicles 05-14

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Published by Dave Yaros
DESCRIPTION: May 2014 edition (05/2014, 5 pgs.) of Car Collector Chronicles; a free, monthly, online, ad free newsletter for the classic/collector car enthusiast; now in 7th year of publication.

ARTICLES: High RPMs, America Then and Now, Let's Go Oldsmo-Mille Migliaing, 30 Years Later

PHOTOS: Chevrolet Center Cap, Baseball-Hot Dogs-Apple PIe-Chevrolet, Sir Stirling Moss-1955 Mille Miglia, Mille Miglia Circuit Map, 1954 88 Oldsmobile Holiday Coupe, Skip Wilson, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

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DESCRIPTION: May 2014 edition (05/2014, 5 pgs.) of Car Collector Chronicles; a free, monthly, online, ad free newsletter for the classic/collector car enthusiast; now in 7th year of publication.

ARTICLES: High RPMs, America Then and Now, Let's Go Oldsmo-Mille Migliaing, 30 Years Later

PHOTOS: Chevrolet Center Cap, Baseball-Hot Dogs-Apple PIe-Chevrolet, Sir Stirling Moss-1955 Mille Miglia, Mille Miglia Circuit Map, 1954 88 Oldsmobile Holiday Coupe, Skip Wilson, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

FILE NAME: Car Collector Chronicles 05-14.pdf

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Volume VII, Issue V
speed-limit law 5/22/1929 Goodyear Blimp makes debut flight 5/28/1937 Volkswagen founded 5/29/1946 First Kaiser-Frazer produced 5/30/1911 First Indy 500 held 5/31/1927 Last Model T built
 
Get your rides out on the road!
 
Hard to believe it is May al-ready? SE WI is still waiting for spring to arrive, no matter what the calendar indicates. Yes, we have had a couple of teases, but nothing more. As I write we are enjoying a balmy 43°F day! Notwithstanding the crummy weather, things are getting done. The Mrs. now has her newly refurb’d alloy rims in place on her Solara convertible. However, it did take two trips to the dealer to get the job done right,. I did explain it all to the service writer at the outset. Even so, the tech tasked with carrying out the instructions had a little trouble figuring out  just what he was supposed to do with the nine wheels and six tires presented to him. The old wheels shall be taken to the recycler. It will be inter-esting to see how much we get for the 80 plus pounds of metal? I now have the 3rd brake light in place on the Cad. I had to fabricate a bracket to mount it, as I did not like the looks of the license plate frame which housed it originally, The frame covered up too much of the license plate. I now need to wire it up. I have also started on the painting of the Cadillac gear shift knob. At present I am on primer coat number four. Dare I say, a lot of sanding between coats is required. Soon, I should be able to start applying the dark gray finish color.
 May Automotive Milestones
5/1/1954 Nash and Hudson merge to form AMC 5/2/1918 Chevrolet joins GM 5/3/1899 Packard begins operation 5/6/1928 Chrysler introduces the De Soto 5/14/1969 Last Corvair built 5/17/1868 Horace Dodge born, Niles, Michigan 5/19/1903 Buick Motor Co. incorporates 5/21/1901 CT enacts first
 
 High RPMs
GDYNets
 ® 
 on the Web
Find GDYNets on the web:
 ®
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A web site to discuss the newsletter, the hobby and our cars. Car Collector Chronicles 
-Our
1962 Olds convertible, Ransom Eli Olds and things Oldsmobile related web site. The Gray Lady
 
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1955 Cadillac Coup
é
 de Ville web site.
SAVED 6 :
 
A website devoted to our 1962 Oldsmobile Dy-namic 88 convertible. The site also has a lot of information on Oldsmobile cars and the com-pany founder, Ransom Eli Olds.
THE GRAY LADY
This web-site features our 1955 Cadillac Coupé de Ville, lots of Caddy information and an extensive repair library.
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A site de-voted to a myriad of interests. Foremost is extensive informa-tion on the “Steel City” of Gary, IN. There are also offerings on steel making, U.S. Steel-Gary Works, U.S. Marine Corps, M14 assault rifle, of course Oldsmo-bile, and the tragic story of the murder of Gary, IN Police Lt. George Yaros.
A GDYNETS
 ® 
 PUBLICATION © 2014, G. DAVID YAROS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
May 2014 Ca s
Car Collector Chronicles 
®
Exploring:
Car Collecting Today
Classic Rides
Reports From the Field
Oldsmobile (
1897-2004
)
Cadillac (
1902-
)
Allanté (
1987-1993
)
Corvair (
1960-1969
)
 =
Clickable Link
 
IN THIS ISSUE:
High RPMs
1
GDYNets On the Web
1
America Then and Now
2
Let’s Go Oldsmo- Mille Migliaing
3
30 Years Later
5
 EMail:
 
 
 One of the fora I regularly frequent has an ongoing message thread captioned “Detroit Then and Now.” Basically it laments the state of the auto industry and points out the why behind the present state of affairs in American industry and commerce. I am an avid walker. One would be amazed at the amount of automotive flotsam and  jetsam I encounter on the side of the road during my jaunts. I sometimes think if I scav-enged it all I could actually assemble a vehicle. At any rate, I do like to stop and exam-ine it to see if I can tell from what kind of vehicle it came. Last week I spotted a small disc-shaped item laying on the ground. It was the size of a silver dollar. Here it is:  As you can see, it is a center cap off of a modern day Chevrolet. Hey, what could be more American than “Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet,” right? You have to be asking yourself, “Yaros, what does this have to do with Amer-ica, Then and Now?” Well, I proceeded to examine the abandoned Chevrolet cen-ter cap. I turned it over and began reading the mark-ings on the part. When I did so, I was more than taken aback by what I saw. One may clearly read “MADE IN ITALY” on the part. What the heck is that all about? Evidently, in 2014 Chevy is not all about base-ball, hot dogs and apple pie? Just how is it that we can not make this item here in  America? That we do not is precisely what is wrong with our coun-try, and a major cause of the problems faced today by cit-ies like Detroit. To put it sim-ply, we don’t make anything anymore. To have to earn a living by dirtying one’s hands is deemed to be beneath us in this 21st century. Unless and until we once again have folk earning an honest wage from an honest day of manufacturing work, there is not going to be anyone who can afford to purchase the services being hawked by all of those white collar folk who think they are too good to have to work in a factory! It’s time we relearn that we can’t all be front office workers!
America, Then and Now
 
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“ One would be amazed at the amount of automotive flotsam and  jetsam I encounter on the side of the road during my jaunts .”
 
Let’s Go Oldsmo-Mille Migliaing
Being both an owner and a fan of Oldsmobile, the following caught my eye recently. I thought it deserved to be passed on to the readership of
CCC®  
. It makes for a more than interesting story. Two guys meet at Annapolis. They remain friends long after having leaving the naval academy (’77). Though each takes separate paths in life, their routes intersect now and then. This is one of those times but, as you will see, the route to coming together in this instance is, shall we say, a bit convoluted. It runs from San Diego to Savannah. Then it continues on from Savannah to Genoa, Italy. From Genoa it goes on to Desenzano del Garda, Italy. For good measure another 1,000 miles is added on during a round trip ex-cursion from Brescia-to-Rome-to-Brescia. All tolled, we are talking about a venture cover-ing a mere 8,251 miles! This is because the two guys, retired commanders (O-5) Dave Frederick & Vince Sadd, have decided to do the Mille Miglia with a 1954 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Coupe. The Mille Miglia is a 1,000 mile round trip en-durance race taking place in mid-May. It was first run in 1927. For the next 30 years exotic sportsters annually took over the Italian high-ways and byways. The number of participant and spectator deaths (56) brought a halt to the annual spectacle in 1958, three years after Sir Stirling Moss set the course speed record of 98.53 MPH. The event was revived in 1977. The modern day event is not a head-to-head racing competition, however. Rather, it now takes the form of a 4-day classic car road rally. That being said, not just anyone may take part. First off, only cars of the type that raced during the 1927-57 era are permitted. Such restriction itself limits the pool of current day participants. It further appears that some past vehicle types are given preference over others? One must assume the selection committee desires to make the event as appealing as possible to the viewing public by encouraging “vehicle diversification.” After all, what could be more boring than having to endure the sight and sound of hundreds of Alfa Romeo or Bugatti automobiles winding their way through the streets of quaint Italian villages? So, your choice of vehicle is significant in terms of one’s chances of receiving an invitation to participate. The chosen vehicle must be able to pass an inspection by FIVA (Fédération Internation-ale des Véhicules Anciens) and be issued an ID Card. The cost for inspection and issu-ance of ID card is $250. In the U. S. of A. these inspections are handled by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA). One may learn more about the inspection process by going to this web site
 http://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/Articles/2011/06/12/Everything-you-need-to-know-about-FIVA-ID-cards. Ok, your car has been inspected, authenticated and certified by HVA/FIVA. You are now ready to submit your entry app to the selection committee of the Mille Miglia; sort of.
 
 
THE MILLE  MIGLIA: “[W]hat
could be more boring than having to endure the sight and sound of hundreds of  Alfa Romeo or Bugatti automobiles winding their way through the streets of quaint Italian villages?”
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