This did not deter Bob. He and the executive committee agreed on making plans for, as Charlie Nash called it, a “50+” anniversary celebration. The first order of business was to form an anniversary committee. President Bob DeGoursey, vice president Charlie Nash, and secretary Ken Carr volunteered and got things started. The three members would enjoy some half dozen planning meetings during the 2018 old car season. When we met at Bob’s house he treated us to a 4-course home cooked meal and about 5 different brands of craft beer. At Charlie’s home we were treated with a plethora of snacks (all vegan-approved) and exotic beers, served by his wife Michele, in chilled glasses. We also met at two different local pubs that featured; you guessed it, stout on tap.
One of the first agenda items was advertising. We wanted our members and the general public to know about our longevity and good health. To this end Michele designed a large two-sided sign that could be displayed at all of the car shows that the club attended.
- Steven Rossi, experienced automotive engineer and writer for Antique Automobile and other publications
- David & Nancy Cardone of Cardone & Daughter, owners of a highly professional vintage and modern car repair and restoration business in Old Saybrook, CT.
- Tom Laferriere, owner of the fabulous Laferriere Classic Cars in Greenville, RI
- Pat Foster, columnist for Hemmings Classic Car and author of numerous books about orphaned car makes
One of the best anniversary surprises arrived in my mailbox soon after I put out a call to the members for any nostalgic club memorabilia that they might want to contribute to the production of a book about the club. The fat manila envelope was from Malcolm Stinson Jr. It contained a copy of the very first club newsletter, The Old Wheel, dated June, 1967. It was also full of old photographs and a club history written by Malcolm. What a treasure trove! At this same time we asked all club members to submit stories about their old cars. We passed out forms at a meeting and instructed the members to return them in person or by mail (email or USPS mail). We also required that photos be submitted. The response was excellent. Many of our members enjoy writing about their antique vehicles and all of them were interested in knowing more about the treasures driven by their fellow members.
The celebration may be over but our members are reinvigorated and ready to create more history and fellowship as we continue a tradition that began back in 1966.
(click on any photo to enlarge & see slide show with captions)