June 2, 2017
Welcome all to the 2017 New England antique / collector car season. I'm sure all are busy getting their classic in operating condition. Hopefully the spring rain will taper off and not impact cruises or shows. As you attend your local events and notice Buick owners, engage them in a conversation regarding the BCA and our chapter. Maybe you can convince them of the benefits of membership and make a new Buick friend.
On another note, long-time member Carl Finer accompanied me on a trip to New Jersey to look at and purchase another Wildcat. We stumbled upon Arena Buick GMC located in Hammonton, NJ - a 1930 art deco one-car show room dealership and still in operation. We added a detour on our return trip home to an event held by the Long Island Chapter of the BCA at the private collection of Howard Kroplick of Rosyln NY. Contained in the collection was a 1948 Tucker, a 1939 Custom built Limo for Walter Chrysler’s wife with custom built-in cosmetic table along with several Mustangs and the star of the show - a 1909 ALCO (American Locomotive Company of Providence RI) - an original race car from the first Indy 500 and several Vanderbilt races. I was able to educate Howard on the maker of the racer’s motor which was an American LaFrance 680 cubic inch T-head design. Similar to the engines found in Jim Viarha's American LaFrance fire engines that we toured last year. The building was a multiple use commercial building which contained several original gas and automotive signs on the hallway walls.
After the garage meeting we were invited to lunch at a fine Greek restaurant with the Long Island chapter members, and from there we drove east to Orient Point where we caught the ferry over to New London and then back home. What a non-planned tour we had! Oh, and by the way, I added to my collection a nice 1965 Super Wildcat coupe in flame red. With it came a large assortment of ’65 parts (just what I needed, Carl suggested therapy).
Plans are in the works for a replacement for the traditional Tulley show.
Here's to a successful Buick season!