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ard produced in Detroit
6/26/1958 First Datsun (Nissan)
exported to U.S.
6/30/1953 Corvette debuts at
6/30/1969 Last Rambler rolls off
Time to go cruisin’!
At last, Spring has finally
sprung! It took a while, but we
have actually had a number of
70-80 degree days in SE WI.
Believe me when I say, we have
been waiting for them to arrive.
With the arrival of seasonable
temps our mid-20th Century
rides have been roused from
their long winter naps. I am
glad to be able to report they
were awakened quite easily, and
wi t hout a ny compl ai nt
(problem). They are ready to
enjoy the 2014 driving/show
Throughout the hobby there
exists a concern over the aging
of the collector car owners/fans.
All signs would appear to justify
this concern. At one time one
of our collector cars was a 1963
Corvair Monza convertible. I
still frequent what I know is the
best Corvair site on the net ◄,
and one of the best car groups
in existence in terms of member
support. There I stumbled upon
some interesting data regarding
the aging of the hobby. To my
surprise I found that a solid
majority (69%) of Corvair fans
are under the age of 55. That
bodes well for the future of the
hobby. Let’s hear it for Vair
June Automotive Milestones
6/3/1864 Ransom Eli Olds
born in Geneva, OH
6/6/1925 Walter P. Chrysler
incorporates Chrysler Corp.
6/6/1933 1st drive-in theater
opens in Camden, NJ
6/7/1928 1st Plymouth built
6/12/1954 Packard offers
6/16/1903 FoMoCo formed
6/17/1946 1st mobile phone
call made from a car in St.
6/18/1923 1st Checker Cab
6/19/1947 Tucker premieres
6/20/1941 Ford signs first
contract with UAW
6/25/1956 Last "true" Pack-
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Saved 62 ◄-Our 1962 Olds
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The Gray Lady ◄-1955 Cadillac
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SAVED 62: 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
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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.
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June 2014 Ca s
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High RPMs 1
On the Web
Non Arrivato 3
Road Trip 4
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I thought it might be nice to start off this issue with a few photos I have been wanting
to share. The first is of the latest addition to the decor of the man cave; a.k.a. garage.
Note the decal on the lift column.
How about this flying Pinto? One had
to be pretty brave/dumb to take off in
Then there is this pic I ran across a while back on the AACA Forum. It is from a REO
display at a 1927 auto show in Helsinki Finland. I suspect it succeeded in getting the
attention of auto show attendees?
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“ How about
had to be
dumb to take
off in this
The 2014 edition of the Mille Miglia is
now history. The guys, David and Vince,
and their spouses had the experience of
a lifetime, no doubt. They got the oppor-
tunity to rub shoulders with the “high &
mighty” of the car collector world. Opportu-
nity is what one makes of it, and they made
the most of theirs. Here is proof.
But, at heart this event is still an automobile competition. In that regard, things could
have turned out better. The title of this article pretty much says it all. Non Arrivato means
non arrival, To you and me that equals DNF. I will let Dave tell you what happened:
Well our adventure came to a quick end as the Olds gave out at 1 AM on the second
morning. The carb kept flooding and we developed a gas leak at a fitting where the gas
line went into the carb. Towed to a hotel, I took apart the carb in our hotel room, found
the problem (loose needle valve seats) put the carb back on and it ran great. Only prob-
lem is the rest of the cars were on their way to Rome. Fixed the leak with generous
amounts of metal epoxy. Black tape held together the rest of the loose fittings on the
throttle linkage. With all of the McGiver fixes we made we felt we better make a run for
the shipping company before the fixes gave out. Headed to Lavorno. My friend kept
telling me to bring a spare carb. I wished I would have taken his advice.
Sadly, I must also report that the other 1954 Oldsmobile in the competition, piloted by
James Gingery, suffered the same Non Arrivato fate.
Unlike the Oldsmobile racers, Jay Leno in his 1951 Jaguar XK 120 Sports “Ecurie
Ecosse” finished 305th out of 358.
So now, the Olds is at the port awaiting transport home, pick up in the states by Vince
and its eventual sale.
I shall be contacting Dave and Vince for a follow-up report as to their experiences, ad-
vice for anyone contemplating following in their footsteps and the details on the sale of the
1954 Oldsmobile. Look for such in a subsequent issue.
In the meantime, the race organizers inform us:
There were over 1,500 accredited media present from all over the world. The support vehi-
cles following the race were over 90: 8 pathfinders, 7 pace cars, 4 staff responsible for
competitor-liaison, 4 press cars, 6 medical cars, 6 route support vehicles, 14 vehicles, be-
tween cars and vans, with the job of supporting the marshals en route, 3 in the advanced
party, 2 sweepers, 6 cars looking after organizational matters and 2 cars dedicated to
shooting video footage.
Among the merchandising curiosities of the Mille Miglia are the 200,000 flags, given away
throughout the course and most welcome, especially among the children.
Winner of the Mille Miglia is the team made up by Mozzi-Biacca in the Lancia Lambda
type 221 Spider Ca.Sa.Ro. The winner of the Ladies Cup are Grimaldi-Fanti, in their Jaguar
XK 120 OTS.
kept telling me
to bring a
spare carb. I
wish I would
have taken his
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A while back I made mention of an upcoming Route 66 motor tour. All the details
have now been finalized. The tour has its web site up and running so you may ac-
cess the info. You will find the web site here. ◄
A total !0 days in October will be spent travelling from Joliet,
IL to Santa Monica CA. The caravan will traverse the states of
IL, MO, OK, TX, NM, AZ and CA.
Some of the IL sites that will be taken
in while enroute are the Route 66 Hall
of Fame in McClean, the Route 66
Dream Car Museum in Williamsville
and my personal favorite, the Brooks
Catsup Bottle in Collinsville. (I grew up
with, and still use, Brooks Catsup.)
In MO the route will pass through
Waynesville. If you or someone you
know spent time in the Army, you know
what is there. Waynesville is the home
of Ft. Leonard Wood.
In the Lone Star State of Texas one may visit the U Drop
Inn restaurant and gas station. When the business opened on April 1, 1936, the
local newspaper called it "the most up-to-date edifice of its kind on U.S. Hwy. 66
between Oklahoma City and Amarillo", with the café considered "the swankiest
of the swank eating places". The Texas segment of the route is also home to
the state’s 1st Phillips 66 gas station, the oldest cemetery on Route 66, the infa-
mous Cadillac Ranch as well as the not yet as famous VW Bug Ranch.
NM presents the iconc Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, all the offerings of
the state capitol of Sante Fe and a bona fide Indian trading post in La Cienega.
AZ has more than its share of sights to see. They include the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest, meteor
crater, a wigwam/tee pee motel, the Grand Canyon and the Quality Inn of Kingman. This motel presents
more Route 66 memorabilia than the Route 66 Hall of Fame in IL.
In CA one will be able to drive the National Trails Highway, visit Joshua Tree National Monument, see
the true “First and Original” McDonald’s Restaurant. For horse racing fans there is Santa Anita, “Where
the surf meets the turf.” Of course, one cannot come all this way in not take in the vistas of the wide, blue
But far more importantly, you will be able to experience all this in company of fellow car buffs. Mark
your calendars now. The dates are October 8—19. Go to the web site ◄ and look uip the lodging
information so that you may book your rooms. Room discounts are being extended when you mention the
tour. The cost to register for the tour is $40, with all proceeds going to charity. Upon registering you will
receive a tour T-shirt and a window cling for your car. Registrants are not required to travel the entire
route. You may enter/leave the tour wherever and whenever it suits your plans.
Per the web site:
The schedule calls for driving around 250 miles a day. Some days more, some days less. We
shall not be driving all of Route 66 from Illinois to California, as some of the “mother road” is no
longer out there. However, we shall be driving as much of what is left of Route 66 as possible
given the time allowed.
Each morning we shall start off with a driver’s meeting where we shall go over the day’s
activities and be given that day’s itinerary, a listing of recommended places to stop, our meeting
place for the overnight stop and 2 hour cruise-in and the start time for the cruise-in.
I can tell you from personal experience that the cruise-in/car show part of the day is neat. Locals know
you are coming and anticipate your arrival. They come out to see not only your cars, but you. A good
time is had by all. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be a memorable event. I encourage you to
consider joing the tour, whether it be just a part or all of the route. You will not regret having done so. Of
that I am certain. Hope to see you there!
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Packard Twelve Motor Car
Packard Motors is a venerable name. The company made quality automobiles. Some things one may
not know about Packard are that in 1923 it pioneered the usage of dealer neon signage, in 1947 a
Packard transported Henry Ford to his final resting place and prior to 1950 Packard surpassed Cadillac in
terms of sales.
An effort to revive the marque has been mounted by one Roy Gullickson of AZ. From 1959-65, he was
a project engineer with Massey Ferguson where he managed off-road vehicle develoment. From 1965-70
Roy was the Chief Development Engineer at White Motor Co., responsible for vehicle engineering
In 1999 Roy spent $1.5 Million manufacturing a new Packard V-12 prototype. ◄ MSRP was set at
$160K. It is a 4-door, 4-seat luxury sedan. The body and chassis are all aluminum. Even so, this car
weighs in at 3,750 lbs. It sports an all-aluminum overhead valve, fuel injected, 525 c.i., 573 HP, 593 Ft.
Lb. Torque engine. The car is capable of going from 0—60 in 4.8 sec. and runs a 12.5 sec. quarter mile.
The engine is capable of being adapted to run on natural gas or biofuel. It could also be configured to
run on only 6 of its 12 cyliners, providing “variable displacement.” I don’t know, but wonder, are these
features a nod to polical correctness? What I do know is that in 1981 Cadillac failed miserably with the
V8-6-4 variable displacement engine.
All of this simply was not enough to
return the Packard Motor Car to glory.
Sadly, Roy has folded his tent and
moved on to other endeavors. His
2009 attempt to sell the one and only
1999 Packard prototype on ebay®
failed. The car shall now cross the
RM auction block in Plymouth, MI on
July 26, with no reserve. Best of luck
trying to dump this beastly creation!
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