Monday, January 10, 2022

AACA Museum, Part Two


In addition to the special exhibits on Packard, Tucker, and Survivor cars, the AACA museum is just chock full of all kinds of cars, mostly made in the USA, and plenty of cars you don't see every day. Here's just a few more highlights, starting with a Packard. 

1970 Plymouth GTX, with extra cool "Air Grabber" intake in the hood! My 1995 Plymouth Neon was nice when it was new, but not as cool as this Plymouth!

How about a 1917 Packard RV or camper bus? They've got one!

Check out the wood on this 1927 Dodge Brothers. The body was built by J. D. Cantrell in Huntington NY, so not too far from NMS-North! The Cantrell business completed bodies like this for various makers such as Chevrolet, Ford, Packard, Franklin, Buick, Cadillac, and Pierce-Arrow. 

How about an electric scooter! This is from 1916 and the American Ever Ready Works on Long Island!

The 1934 Buick caught my eye as just an iconic shape, certainly not common today to say the least. 

Let's look at two white fiberglass bodied cars; like a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette, and a 1964 Studebaker Avanti. Either one of these would look great in the garage!

Studebaker Avanti

Friday, January 7, 2022

AACA Museum Hershey PA, SWEET!


Over the holidays we were travelling in PA, and after seeing some of Gettysburg, well, we modernized things a bit and headed to the AACA Museum in Hershey. AACA is the Antique Automobile Club of America, and you can find the museum website at: AACA MUSEUM

I really enjoyed the museum, so if you're near Hershey, there's more to do than eat chocolate and go to the amusement park! Here's some cool cars you may not see every day!

First up, a display of three Packards and some related items you might find at a Packard dealership. Their hood ornament is a classic!

Believe it or not I saw a DeLorean on a trailer the day before, cruising through South Carolina, but it was still cool to spot these two DeLoreans in the museum. The one on the left was a 1981 production model, and the one on the right with the gull wing doors open is a 1976 prototype. From reading about these two cars I was reminded that they are rear-engine cars, although John DeLorean had planned on them being mid engine. 

Even I'm not as old as this next car, a huge finned monster of a 1957 Chrysler New Yorker. The size of these older cars is still amazing, and I promise that coming up will be some late 50s Cadillacs, just in case these fins aren't big enough for you! Julie pointed out that the CHRYSLER lettering on the front of the car is also concave sculpted, if you can tell in the photo. 

As a car fan, one of my goals is to some day own a car that was built the year I was born. Without giving anything away, well, this 58 Buick is now one my options. Before there were SUVs, there were mini-vans, and of course before that, there was the station wagon! And naturally a late 50s wagon also had tail fins! The two-tone color just shows you how the more-things-change-the-more-they-stay-the-same, since there are several cars you can get with a contrasting hood color like this today. 

Here is an ebony and a Kensington Green pair of 1959 Cadillacs. Even with the enormous tail fins, the front grill of the green one and the rear of the black one both have so much chrome you could almost get the front and rear confused! If planet Earth ever runs out of chrome or tail fins, just hop in your time machine and go back to 1959!

Finally, here's two all-American muscle cars, a 1969 Camaro and a 1974 Plymouth Road Runner. The orange Chevy and blue Plymouth help make these cars stick out, right along with the graphics and just how cool these cars were back when they were new. As part of the museums "Survivors" exhibit, keep in mind that these cars have not been restored, they are still in their original condition. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

NMS-North 2021 Review

New Year? New Helmet!

Happy New Year to one and all! We're going to look back at the last 12 months and look ahead at the next 12 months on the blog. Thanks for following along, because against the better judgement of our lawyers we WILL be continuing blogging here in 2022, with or without the dumb Covid pandemic!

Overall, 2021 was another fun year of automotive activities around NMS-North, despite the Covid pandemic, and despite a heart attack, and despite the first ever tornados in November on Long Island in history! All in all, it wasn't quite the end of the world, not quite worthy of a major novel or motion picture, so here's just some motoring highlights from the now passed year. Besides driving, we still did some Cars and Coffee events, visited some automotive museums, and worked on the cars. Some things never change!

Another day, another BUGATTI spotted on Long Island, here at an Autosport Design
sponsored Cars and Coffee event!

With 2021 being my first full year in the German car (AKA: built in Finland) Porsche Cayman, I was having fun early in the year doing some minor maintenance and basically figuring out how this mid-engine car works! Basic stuff like oil changes and changing filters and wiper blades I can handle, so getting familiar with how Porsche does those types of things was very educational. Thank goodness for books and YouTube videos! With the car in pretty good shape, including new wheels and tires, as well as new race strength brake pads and doing my own brake flush, I was hoping for a lot of driving this year. While I'm no professional, and don't have any fancy endorsements, I will recommend a few businesses that have given me great service this year. For European car parts, check out FCP Euro and ECS Tuning on line, and Rock Auto for just about anything for any vehicle. Here on Long Island, if you need anything for your Porsche, I had a great experience with M-Chanics, and would suggest you join the Porsche Club of America if you own a Porsche. 

Track driving wise, I had a blast with the Porsche Club of America (PCA) over a big three day weekend at Watkins Glen, as well as weekends with NASA-NE at New Jersey Motorsports Park (AKA: NJMP) on the Lightning course and back at Watkins Glen for another weekend on my now favorite track.  During my first ever visit to NJMP I moved up from beginner level NASA  HPDE 1 (with an instructor) to HPDE 2 (instructor not required.) That was a good way to kick off the year, so the next NASA event I drove at Watkins Glen was solo on track. The Porsche event was my first on track with that group, and I was lucky enough to have a great driving instructor, Steve Drgon.  The PCA  ran a very well organized and fun event for all the drivers. Between that, and hitting Watkins Glen on two different weekends, it was a great year right there! Other than buying some gas (OK, a lot of gas) and several sets of front brake pads, what a lot of fun! With those 3 events I hit my goal of just doing more track events, driving on a new-to-me track, and hitting Watkins Glen again with the PCA, so I'm checking those goals off my list!

Welcome to Watkins Glen, my favorite track!

Autocross wise, I managed to get to most, but not all, the PCA Metro NY Region events, so that meant driving at two different locations, Tobay Beach on the south shore of Long Island, and at the Nassau Coliseum. My autocross goal was to finish the year in the overall top ten PAX for Porsche cars, so I'm happy to say while this is not official, it looks like I accomplished that! So, in October I was sitting in the top 10, and got to compete in the Just-For-Fun top 10 run-off. That was a lot of fun, with the top drivers all driving 3 runs in the exact same car. Well, the driving part was fun, even with my lower-down-in-the-Top-10-performance, but after driving at that event and then helping pick up a few cones,  I started feeling really bad. After managing to drive about 40 minutes to get home, and then going go an urgent care place, I ended the day in the hospital getting a stent put in for a heart attack. On the bright side, I'm still alive, and as Gomez Addams would say, "I'm feeling much better now!"

One last thing; at the end of the year the Metro NY Region Porsche Club of America awarded me the "Autocross Enthusiast of the Year" award, so that was a great way to wrap things up. I've had a ton of fun with the club, and all the members have been very friendly and always ready to help a fellow driver! Thanks to Autocross Chairman Dan Fishkind for handing me this cool trophy, Mitch Hackett for being an all around good guy, and Steve Drgon for being the best instructor at Watkins Glen. 

While I'm not a doctor or anything, take my advice: take care of yourself and your family, keep on driving, and have fun! See you soon for some new goals for 2022!