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The Monthly Newsletter ~ September 2017

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From Fred
I got an email from an AACA member who wanted me to send photos I took of the only AACA National Meet ever held in Richmond. That was in 2002 or 15 years ago. I've taken thousands of photos at car shows over a few decades and believe it or not I have them on disc and real old ones still as photos - you know the photos you used to get developed at drug stores and other places. I found the disc so below you will see a few of those old cars from the national in 2002.

I'm sure you've heard about Hagerty Insurance. The company covers antique vehicles of all kinds plus other insurance needs. It puts out a great magazine four times a year along with a couple of websites with car hobbyist information. Now Hagerty has launched DriveShare. This is a website where you can go and rent for a day a vehicle owned by a private person. There are vehicle choices from antiques to hot rods to exotic sports cars to jacked up trucks. You can even rent them for a wedding or other special event. The cost is a little pricey but then where are you going to go to rent a vintage Corvette, Shelby or even a later model Porsche 911 from the actual owner?

From Hagerty:
At Hagerty, we believe there's nothing better than getting behind the wheel of an amazing car – our ultimate goal is to connect people to the cars they love. That's why we're proud to introduce DriveShare by Hagerty – the only peer-to-peer enthusiast car rental platform in the U.S. Think Airbnb for collector vehicles.

DriveShare is a unique community where car owners and pre-screened, highly qualified renters come together to share the experience of driving incredible cars.

With DriveShare, enthusiasts have access to a virtual garage of the world's best cars. Whether you're traveling and don't want a boring, cookie-cutter rental or you just want to experience something new and different, DriveShare is your answer. As an owner, it's also a great way to generate some additional income to offset ownership expenses or justify a new purchase. Owners are in full control over the entire rental process – price, mileage, deposit and more. DriveShare thoroughly screens potential renters and provides insurance and roadside assistance during the rental period.

For more information, to see what cars are available in your area to rent, or to list your car, check out DriveShare by Hagerty today!

This is just getting started so I'm sure there will be more choices on this site in the future. Things keep getting better for car hobbyists.

Don't be late

Early Cadillac with white tires

News You Can't Use ~ 100% True
Dashcam video showing a U.K. woman leading police on a terrifying 120-mph chase prompted a judge to say it was the “worst case of dangerous driving” he had ever seen. The footage shows Megan Nolan, a 24-year-old mother of two young boys, weaving through traffic and running red lights. Nolan sobbed as she was sentenced to a year in jail. The teaching assistant pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving without insurance, according to the paper. Nolan had been out drinking with friends June 4. She led police on the wild chase on a motorway in Manchester after leaving the bar at 1 a.m.

Washington State Highway Patrol says a large pig headed to auction jumped from a trailer on Interstate 5 near Federal Way on Saturday morning. Trooper Rick Johnson says the pig made the leap at about 10 a.m. and passers-by stopped and herded the pig through an opening in barriers along the interstate so it wouldn't walk into traffic. Johnson says the pig had some scrapes but otherwise appeared uninjured.

Al Gore has returned to the public eye: “The past year, Gore’s home energy use averaged 19,241 kilowatt hours (kWh) every month, compared to the U.S. household average of 901 kWh per month,” a National Center for Public Policy Research report states. “During the last 12 months, Gore devoured 66,159 kWh of electricity just heating his pool. That is enough energy to power six average U.S. households for a year.”

A man from Mexico named Nemias Garcia-Velasco, 32, who’d been previously deported — seven times, no less. Now Garcia-Velasco has been arrested for the death of a passenger in his van after he sped down an Omaha, Nebraska, highway and crashed. Garcia-Velasco slammed into a guard rail and his vehicle rolled and caught fire. He had no driver’s license; his blood alcohol level tested at .243, three times the legal limit. Prosecutors at his court hearing said he had been deported in 2009 and 2011 and then “voluntarily returned” to Mexico five times in 2005. That same year, he was also convicted of making a false claim of U.S. citizenship. He awaits trial.

Drug Enforcement Agency officials said $1 million worth of marijuana was smuggled into the United States in brand new Ford Fusions made in Mexico. The cars were manufactured at a Ford plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and then were shipped to a dealership in Ohio, where the marijuana was found, DEA agent Silverio Balzano said. Officials believe drug smugglers made some kind of mix-up to allow large quantities of marijuana to get lost. Approximately 32 pounds of marijuana was found in 15 Ford Fusions, officials said. “Clearly, something went wrong,” Balzano said. “Generally speaking, they could take it off anywhere else along the way.” No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing.

Summer is going to end soon - get to the pool while you can

That was not the first time Fusions were used to transport drugs. According to Alpha News, approximately 1,100 pounds of marijuana was smuggled into the U.S. via 22 Mexican-made Ford Fusions between February and March. In one incident, 80 pounds of marijuana was found in the wheel wells of Fusions headed for St. Paul, Minn. In a police report, the officer investigating the case spoke to railway police, who come across similar situations on a regular basis. “Since the vehicles came from Mexico, they believed someone in Mexico placed the marijuana in those vehicles,” the St. Paul police officer wrote. “The vehicles would get loaded onto the same railcar. Once the train crossed the border into the U.S., they would stop for inspections. It is at this time that the co-conspirator on the U.S. side would break into the railcars and recover the narcotics.

The Gatlinburg Police Department found a 2-year-old child dead after being left in a vehicle overnight. The vehicle belongs to Jerry Kirkman, mayor of Westmoreland, Tenn.

A police officer died after being shot multiple times while responding to a traffic crash on the south side of Indianapolis, authorities said Thursday. Lt. Aaron Allan of the Southport Police Department was responding to a call about a crash with people trapped inside a vehicle Thursday afternoon when he was shot, Sgt. Kendale Adams of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told reporters at a news conference. Allan died at Eskenazi Hospital, Adams said. "Shots were fired by one of the vehicle's occupants, striking the Southport lieutenant," Adams said. Two other officers at the scene, including one who was off-duty at the time, returned fire, striking a person inside the vehicle, Adams said. That person and a second person injured in the crash were hospitalized and in custody with non-life-threatening injuries. Police did not release their names or discuss a motive for the shooting.

An 18-year-old man was in police custody Tuesday after officials say he deliberately abandoned his 2-week-old son in a Northern California barbershop parking lot in broad daylight Security video showed Daniel Mitchell of Fairfield drive into the parking lot at Sunset Shopping Center in Suisun City before 3:15 p.m. Monday, get out of his vehicle, take out a child's car seat then set it down in the parking lot, get back into his car and drive off, officials said. Witnesses in a nearby barbershop saw the car seat and when they got closer, found the 16-day-old child inside and called Suisun City police, officials said. While officers there reviewed video of the abandonment and worked to identify the driver, Mitchell had gotten into a crash in nearby Fairfield and attempted to flee, leading police there to arrest him, authorities said. Mitchell was taken to the hospital because of the crash and while there, Suisun City police caught up to him and interviewed him about the baby, department officials said in a Facebook post. Following the interview, officers arrested Mitchell on suspicion of child endangerment, child abandonment, committing a felony while on bail and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. Police said he'd been arrested last month on suspicion of burglary and possessing a firearm, among other charges. The child's mother cooperated with police and is not believed to be a suspect.

Capitol police arrested a man after Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument was smashed to pieces when someone rammed a vehicle into it early Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the 6-foot granite statue was placed on state Capitol grounds. Secretary of State’s Office spokesman Chris Powell said capitol police arrested the male suspect early Wednesday. Michael Tate Reed, of Van Buren, Ark. was booked into the jail Wednesday morning, June 28, 2017, on preliminary charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal trespass and first-degree criminal mischief. He is accused driving a vehicle into Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds in Little Rock.

Brass era Model T

Monthly Rant ~ Old Police Tricks
Sunday afternoon I was going to a couple of stores. I drove by a couple of Chesterfield police cars parked on the sides of roads running radar. While driving down on road a Chesterfield police car pulled out behind me. The police car accelerated and got pretty close to my rear bumper. Then it backed off and then accelerated again up close to my bumper. I turned onto another road as did the police car. For a third time the police car accelerated up close to me, followed closely for a while and then backed off.

This is an old police trick. A buddy of mine decades ago when he was a teenager was driving his car in a 35 zone. A police car ran up on him and got very close to his rear bumper. So he sped up to get some distance from the police car thinking the cop needed to get somewhere and he was in his way. He got up to 80 and then the cop hit the lights, pulled him over and wrote a ticket.

Old police trick – run up close behind someone and stay on their tail hoping they will speed up past the speed limit so they can get pulled and get a ticket.

When I got to a light at Route 10 I could see the police car’s license plate and recorded it. I was going to complain but then I decided it might be better not to have the police tailgate me for the next six months. Police know that doing something like running up on people worried them into doing something they normally would not do – and all for a speeding ticket.

I knew several guys in high school who became cops. In the small city I lived in we all knew the police cars and even at night we could spot the lights and parking lights configuration and knew the vehicle behind us might be a police car. A buddy of mine who was a cop told me the police also knew that so they made some changes to their issued police cruisers. A couple of cops ran switches that would cut off the parking lights so the police car in a rear view mirror at night looked like a car made before the lights and parking lights came on at the same time. One cop even rigged a switch to cut off one headlight so his cruiser looked like a motorcycle or an old beater with a burned out headlight at night in the rear view. These tactics did work and caught people by surprise.

When I was in high school there was a large student parking lot. At the end of school each day it was like someone dropped the checked flag at the speedway – cars blasted out of the parking lot and raced down the side streets. The police got a lot of complaints about the racing down the residential streets right after school let out but a police car running radar on the side of the street was easy to spot. So the police bought a trash can and cut a couple of holes in it. One hole was for the radar unit while another was for wires going to a cop hiding behind bushes or whatever was available. The police sat up the radar trash can right beside the road. When someone sped down the road the cop running the radar would walkie talkie a cop in a cruiser. They caught some people before we found out about that trash can.

Duesenberg engine

Device to Stop Babies From Dying in Hot Cars
A kid from Texas is trying to protect babies from dying in hot cars.

Bishop Curry, an 11-year-old from McKinney, Texas, has invented a device designed to prevent children from dying of overheating in cars. The invention will blow cool air on the child while it contacts parents and emergency responders.

“Bishop is a 5th grader who is fascinated with making things. From creating a home-made catapult and ping pong ball cannon, to thinking of ways to melt ice and snow on roads without using salt,” his GoFundMe page reads. “His latest idea is getting more attention—a car seat that can help prevent hot car deaths in children.”

Young Curry first thought up the design after a baby named Fern died from being left in a hot car in his hometown. He never wanted babies to die like that again, and he decided to do something about it, according to his GoFundMe page.

Hours later, when his father came home from work that day, Curry greeted him by waving around a sketch with the plans for his invention, said CBS News.

“When he showed me that sketch I was so proud of him for thinking of a solution,” Bishop Curry IV, told CBS News. “We always just complain about things and rarely offer solutions.”

From the sketch, the device took shape. The prototype was a fan with that could detect the car heating up and switch on once the car reached a certain temperature. Parents could mount the fan on the back or front of headrest, according to CBS News.

“The device detects if vehicle comes to stop, using GPS technology,” Curry explained. “It then detects if a child is in that car seat, and if the car is heating up. If all of those things are taking place, it blows cold air on the child through an internal cooling system.”

That wasn’t enough for Curry. He wanted to be sure that sweltering Texas temperatures would not endanger any more children. He installed WiFi and an internal GPS tracker in the device, enabling it to contact parents and, if it did not receive an answer, share the child’s location with emergency responders, CBS News said.

After launching a GoFundMe Campaign in January, the father and son raised more than $46,000, got a provisional patent, and built a 3-D model of the invention, according to CBS News.

Curry mentioned his child’s invention to his employer, Toyota, and the auto company sent them to the Center for Child Injury Prevention Conference. At the conference, Curry presented the device to car seat manufacturers, several of whom showed interest, CBS News said.

No decisions have been made yet, and the invention must undergo testing and modifications before it can be sold. Still, Curry hopes that the device can eventually prevent more children from dying in cars, CBS News reported.

Every year, an average of 37 children die of heatstroke from being left in cars, according to Kids and Cars.

“No parent is perfect. I make mistakes every day as a parent, but if you make this mistake — that's a mistake you can't say sorry for or take back,” Curry told CBS News.

“This device is designed to buy time and give parents a second chance to run out and get their kids,” Curry told CBS news. “He's trying to delay a tragic event by doing something that really makes sense.”

Pierce Arrow

Another Pierce Arrow with a lot of lights

Washington Times on the Al Gore Movie
It was a tough weekend for Al Gore. Not only did “An Inconvenient Sequel” continue its nosedive at the box office, but the climate change documentary also drew a scathing rebuttal from a leading climate scientist.

Climatologist Roy W. Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, released Saturday an 81-page e-book on Amazon titled “An Inconvenient Deception: How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy.”

“After viewing Gore’s most recent movie, ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,’ and after reading the book version of the movie, I was more than a little astounded,” Mr. Spencer said on his blog, Global Warming. “The new movie and book are chock-full of bad science, bad policy, and factual errors.”

Mr. Spencer said the sequel, like its 2006 predecessor “An Inconvenient Truth,” implies repeatedly that naturally occurring weather episodes are the result of human-caused global warming — for example, a shot in which the former vice president stands ankle-deep in a flooded Miami street.

“That flooding is mostly a combination of (1) natural sea level rise (I show there has been no acceleration of sea level rise beyond what was already happening since the 1800s), and (2) satellite-measured sinking of the reclaimed swamps that have been built upon for over 100 years in Miami Beach,” said Mr. Spencer.

Mr. Spencer isn’t new to the warming debate — he’s a well-known climate skeptic — but there’s no disputing his credentials: He’s an award-winning former NASA senior scientist for climate studies who continues to work with NASA on the U.S. Science Team.

The author of three previously published books on climate change, Mr. Spencer said he wrote the point-by-point rebuttal in two weeks after the Aug. 4 wide release of “An Inconvenient Sequel,” which took another plunge last weekend at the box office.

The movie earned $331,007, a 59 percent drop from the previous weekend’s gross of $816,150, for a total to date of $3 million. Meanwhile, the per-screen gross plummeted from $1,468 to $644, according to Box Office Mojo.

The former vice president has not commented publicly on Mr. Spencer’s rebuttal, but another prominent scientist, climate “consensus” leader Michael E. Mann, praised the film in a July 26 review for Nature.

“Nobody (and given my experiences with climate deniers, I speak with some authority here) has been more vilified for their efforts to communicate the climate threat than Al Gore,” said Mr. Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State.

Mr. Mann, co-author of the “hockey stick” theory of global temperatures, said the Tennessee Democrat “has a genius for joining the dots in the global mapping of climate impacts.”

“It is astonishing that we’re still mired in a political debate about whether climate change even exists when, with each passing year of insufficient action, the challenge of averting a catastrophe becomes ever greater,” he said. “Knowing that Al Gore is still optimistic is a shot in the arm at a time of uncertainty.”

What’s not in dispute is that “An Inconvenient Sequel” so far has failed to replicate the success of the original, which earned $24 million at the box office and won the 2006 Academy Award for best documentary feature.

While Mr. Gore has tirelessly promoted the film, and critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the sequel a positive 77 percent approval rating, only 48 percent of audiences say they liked it.

“Would I still recommend ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’? Sure, although I doubt there is much one could glean from this movie that couldn’t be obtained by rewatching ‘An Inconvenient Truth,'” Salon critic Matt Rozsa said in an Aug. 15 review.

Pontiac racecar

1933 Buick

Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Here it is the 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV - an all electric car like Al Gore wants you to buy and use. You can get it for as little as $22,995 or about what you can pay for a 2017 Mustang with V-6 and 300 horsepower. But this electric has all of 66 horsepower and it can limp up to a top speed of 80. It can take up to 22 hours at 110V to charge it. You know 110V is used to charge your cell phone and lap top. It will go down to 6 hours if you use 240V charging. But it is worth the wait to charge as you can go all of 63 miles on that one charge. And what if it runs out of battery - no problem it's light and easy to push - just like the computer mouse it resembles. In fact some car reviewers are calling this one of the worse cars of 2017. Below is a picture.

Looks like a big computer mouse

This is from Consumer Reports:
"The i-MiEV is one of the cheapest all-electric cars available. But the downside is an underdeveloped vehicle that is slow, clumsy, stiff-riding, and plebeian inside. It takes between 6 and 7 hours to charge on a 240-volt, Level 2 charger, or 21 hours on a standard 110-volt charger. Its range is EPA-rated at 62 miles, although we generally got around 59 miles. We measured its energy consumption at 111 mpg equivalent. The motor puts out a meager 66 hp. In comparison, the five-seat Nissan Leaf--with its roomier interior, more comfortable ride, and longer driving range--feels like a real car and is a far better choice."

Bumper Sticker of the Month

Be sure to check Virginia's knife laws first

Are those kisses on her clothes?

Kool Site of the Month
Vintage Street Rodders Picture Page - scroll down and click on event photos

Video of the Month
10 Worst Automakers for Initial Quality :

Repair Mistakes & Blunders
From Rock Auto
I have a saying I always tell myself: "simple stuff first." But who ever listens to their own advice?

My daughter came home one evening and told me that both headlights suddenly went out in her car. Could I look at it? Someone told her it could be a fuse or relay. So after an hour or so of checking fuses and trading relays that are the same part number, along with my daughter coming out every 15 minutes asking if I could hurry because she has some place to go, I got up to the headlights and found power to the sockets. Both headlights were burned out! I installed two new lamps and "PRESTO", all was now OK. Just then, her boyfriend came over and informed me, "Oh yeah, one bulb has been out for a while." Of course, after I am all done, my daughter then said, "The wipers are very bad, I cannot see when it rains, and I do not have any money for new ones."

Sitting afterwards, stewing over my daughter's lack of maturity, I suddenly started thinking about myself as a kid and chuckled. I decided I owed my dad an apology for similar things I had put him through.

Rory in Washington

1939 Lincoln

Facebook Answer of the Week: The Most American Car Is …
By Jeff Peak of Hagerty Insurance
One of the great things about America is that we all have the right to voice our opinions. Of course, some of those opinions are voiced a little louder, a bit more gruffly than others. But hey, we can appreciate the passion. And if there’s one thing Americans are passionate about, it’s cars.

To celebrate the 4th of July, we asked our Facebook community this firecracker of a question: “What’s the most American car of all time?” Did we mean the most historically significant American car? The most iconic American car? The car that best represents the USA to the rest of the world? Yes, yes, and yes. Interpret the question however you wish, people. This is America! [With that said, we’re not sure how this turned into a Ford vs. Chevy thing, but just about every car debate seems to find its way there eventually, so let’s roll with it.]

So what say you, Juan Carlos? “The (1908–27 Ford) Model T. If you think about its history, being the spark of the Industrial Revolution, no other car comes close.” Bill Swiss agrees. “The Model T put America on the road, and it began to change our way of life for the better.” Simply put, Nathan Calvert wrote, the Model T “paved the way for all the rest.”

An open and shut case? No chance. “I get it with the Model T,” Tim Geurden wrote. “But the heartbeat of America is a Chevy!” Tim had plenty of supporters. In fact, more people nominated the 1957 Chevrolet—the Bel Air, in particular—than any other car. They weren’t all Chevy diehards, either. “Hate to admit it, being a Ford man,” Thomas Kitchen wrote, “but the 1957 Chevy is recognized around the world as the iconic all-American car.” John Rivinius admitted the same. “I’m a Mopar guy, but the most American car is probably a ’57 Chevy.”

Of course, it wasn’t long before Ford vs. Chevy evolved into Mustang vs. Corvette. “I’ll take the classic 1965 Mustang—six cylinder, automatic—the car that was customizable, affordable, and American made,” Paul Sawyer wrote. Support and rebuttal came in almost equal measure. Jack Dingman ultimately picked the Corvette after first considering the 1948 Tucker, which he called “way ahead of its time.”

Thom Mellema offered a different perspective. “I could get on board with several of the cars listed, but the question could probably be answered from two perspectives, what America thinks vs. what the rest of the world thinks. And the Jeep Wrangler is the most recognized American car around the world.” Bill Palladino agreed, posting a photo of a U.S. military Jeep along with the words, “Any Willys.”

Kris Keller and Orion Bennett also found themselves on the same side. Kris wrote, “There’s nothing more American than a pickup,” and Orion posted a photo of his red, white, and blue 1966 Dodge A100, noting that trucks are “the epitome of America.”

Nick DeRitis cleverly nominated the Pontiac Trans Am. “It has Am-erica right in its name.” And Gordy Miller answered the question literally: “The most American car is the Rambler American.”

Then there’s Paul Martin, who nominated his own car, a patriotically painted 1957 Nash Metropolitan with a Boston Red Sox baseball theme. [Need we remind you that baseball is America’s national pastime?] Since the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry is baseball’s version of Ford vs. Chevy, it’s important to note that Paul saved the car from a New Yorker who wanted to crush it. God Bless America!

When was the last time you saw a Kaiser?

Yellow Light
The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing and stopped at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman behind him was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.

The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed and placed in a holding cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door.

She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, giving the guy in front of you the finger and cursing at him.

I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do" bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally I assumed you had stolen the car."

You can still buy a Challenger

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