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President's Message - May 2013

Spring is here, flowers are blooming and antique cars are cruising the area.  Last week I took my first top down ride for 2013.  Needless to say it was better than I remembered.   

Lon & Valerie Wilson put on a great presentation at the April 7 club meeting. Over 60 people attended and everyone was impressed. They helped us remember the great club events held in 2012.  We are looking forward to greater events in 2013.

Tim Cryan hosted the April Board of Directors meeting and Chuck Facklam hosted meetings for the June 09, 2013 car show and for the 2014 Eastern Region AACA Show.  A lot of work has been done, but a lot more still needs to be done.  There is a need for Judges and Show Field Volunteers for the June show.  If you can judge please contact Barb Noonan, all other volunteers please contact Chuck Facklam.  Their contact information is in the LER Board Members list on page 2 of The Sidelight.   

The response for the May 05, 2013 RustBuster has been great. As of the 22nd of April we are nearing 60 people registered for this event.  The route has been tested, the sun was shining and it should be a great event for all attending.   

In this month’s Sidelight Rich & Maryann DeBolt tell us about their 1969 Ford Galaxie XL that they purchased new in January, 1969.  Tell us about your car, send a picture with its story.  Every car has a story and our club would like to hear yours.  Please email it to me @ amf6361513@aol.com or fax it to (716) 639-0987 or mail it to 153 Halston Parkway, East Amherst, New York 14051.   

Unfortunately members experience illness, injury and death.  If you are aware of a member who could use some sunshine from the Lake Erie Region, please let Darlene Powers, our Sunshine Chairperson know.   

Thank you to everyone who has brought a new member to the club.  If  you know someone who might like to join the Lake Erie Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, please let Lon Wilson Membership Chairperson know and he will get them a membership package.   

Looking forward to seeing you at the RustBuster.

Al Forster


Activities Report 

The end of April, and getting anxious to get the cars out for another year of touring and shows. At our last indoor meeting of the year, Lon Wilson, only makes us more anxious by showing us the fun we had last year as a club in pictures. His annual “slide” show of our previous years’ functions is a sure crowd pleaser. Thanks again to Lon for his picture taking abilities. Next up is our annual RustBuster run hosted by our President, Al Forester. Then in June we have our Annual Car Show on the 9th. We have most everything in place; all we need is nice weather, club members to help with registration, show car parking, judging and old cars! If you can help in any way, we still need members to help out during the day of the show and be all means please bring an old car. The rest of the year is coming together; I think we have co-chairmen for the overnighter (more info to follow), but we still need someone to plan a route/tour for the Fall Foliage run on October 20th. We are joining the Model A club this year and they are willing to handle the meal and entertainment if we do the route/tour. We need a member or members to plan a route from the Depew/Lancaster area to Springville. If anyone would like to volunteer, that would be great, please call me.

The last monthly Annual Car Show meeting will be held on Monday May 13th at the Elma Grille, dinner at 6pm meeting at 7pm. The monthly 2014 National AACA Meet meeting will be held at the alternate Hotel, the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton at 10 Flint Rd right next to the Marriot. They have offered us a chance to see their hotel and have given us a room to meet for this month. We will be meeting again at 7pm; we are only 12 months out so we need to make sure all of our bases are covered with National. If you have volunteered or are thinking about it please try to attend this meeting.

Off to the Spring Carlisle Flea Market….

Tim Cryan

 Other Club News.....

Welcome New Member
* Don Alexander of Cheektowaga, NY - 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood Sedan

Urgent Legislative Alert
New York reintroduces Bill to provide for one-time historic vehicle registration fee!

Legislation has been reintroduced in the New York Senate (S.B. 1899) to provide that historical vehicle owners only pay a one-time registration fee of $100 upon initial registration. The bill has been referred to the New York Senate Transportation Committee for consideration. The bill was approved by the full Senate last session, but died in the Assembly when the legislature adjourned for the year.
You are urged to contact Senate Transportation Committee Members (see list below) immediately to request their support for S.B. 1899
- The reduced registration fee would be available to owners of historical vehicles owned and operated as an exhibition piece or collector's item and used for club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, occasional transportation and similar uses.
- Under current New York law, an historical motor vehicle is either a vehicle manufactured more than 25 years ago or one which has unique characteristics and which is determined to be of historical, classic or exhibition value.
- The $100 one-time fee would replace the current annual fee of $28.75. Don't delay! Place contact members of the New York Senate:
Senator Timothy Kennedy, Phone: 826-2683, Email: kennedy@nysenate.gov
Senator George Maziarz, Phone 434-0680, Email: maziarz@nysenate.gov
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Phone: 631-8695, Email: ranz@senate.state.ny.us
Senator Mark Grisanti, Phone: 854-8705
Senator Patrick Gallivan, Phone: 656-8544

Club Shirts & Jackets
The club is ordering new shirts and jackets. Contact Chuck Facklam at 716-655-0508 for styles and prices.

Wanted - Wanted - Wanted
Check your garage, clean out your basement or workshop. The club needs wood for markers for the national meet. Wood squares of 6"x 6" x 3/4" lumber will be painted with car and class numbers. Club members will do any necessary cutting and all painting. No plywood please. Contact Bob Nash or Barb Noonan if you have any donations.

Greetings to all lake Erie Region Members...
As you know, our big fundraiser for the year is our annual car show that is coming up on June 9th.  We’re hoping for a beautiful sunny day and encourage all of you to get your beautiful cars out of the garages and barns and bring them to our show.  There is nothing better than a meadow full of vintage automobiles for us all to enjoy.  The car show flyer is in the Sidelight and on our LER website so be sure to sign up.

One of the components that make our show a success is volunteers, especially those who help with registration, parking, traffic direction and judging.  Ray and I would like to encourage any and all of you who might have an interest in judging to sign up.  So far, we have 18 people signed up, and while that may sound like a lot, it really isn’t enough to judge 24 classes of cars.  So we ask that you give this some consideration.  If you are interested but a little reluctant because you don’t know the judging process, we will provide guidance.  If you are concerned that you don’t know everything about every car, rest assured that there are very few people, if any, who do.  We can always assign you to judge a class that you are familiar with, and keep in mind that there are other judges around who can help you.  So give this some consideration, and give us a call. We would love to hear from you. Help us to continue to be called “the best judged show in WNY.”

We are making a change this year to our judging award process.  In the past, awards for the Class 1 National Winners have always been called first.  This has caused some confusion and traffic jams, so we will be leaving these “best cars” for last.  This means, that once we have called all other class winners, we will celebrate our Class 1 National Winners last.  We sincerely hope you will understand and willingly go along with this new process.

Barb & Ray Noonan
LER Chief Judges

Enter to Win a 1973 MustangMustang
Each $20 ticket has a chance to win a 1973 Mustang (or $15,000 cash), $2,000 cash, or $1,000 cash. Proceeds benefit the Antique Automobile Club of America, the AACA Library & Research Center and the AACA Museum. The drawing will take place on October 12, 3013 at the AACA Fall Meet.
- Less than 25,000 miles
- Exterior: Red
- Interior - White
- Newly Rebuilt Engine
- Newly Rebuilt Air Conditioning system converted to r134a
Winner need not be present to win and is responsible for all taxes. Mustang donated by George and Margaret Vitale.
Click here to purchase a raffle ticket.

Trivia Questions for April (from the AACA Speedster)

What automobile started the fin fad of the 1950's?
For answer, see the classified section of this website.

2014 AACA National Spring Meet Planning Committee
The next meeting of the planning committee will be at 7:00 pm; on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Double Tree Inn on Flint Road in Amherst, NY.  All interested persons are invited to attend. 

2013 Activity Award Status as of March
Jonathan Agnello - 35; Gordy & Debbie Allan - 25; Gary & Vallie Alt - 10; Ted & Beth Anthonson - 15; Stevo & Lana Baich - 15; Ron & Marianne Billo - 35; Marie Boron - 15; Orrin Catlin - 20; Fred & Betty Coon - 25; Tim Cryan - 60; Rich & Mary DeBolt - 20; Ed & June Erler - 15; Chuck & Mary Facklam - 30; Ed Ferber & Jean Hontz - 50; Al & Janice Forster & Kaitlyn - 80; Charles & Marie Galante - 15; Russ & Jackie Galbo - 30; George & Regina Gallo - 20; Debra Gampietro - 20; Larry Gee & Laurie - 60; Daniel & Roseann Gernatt Jr - 20; James & Jean Goetz - 25; Jim & Sue Greco - 20; Edward & Nancy Group - 25; John & Elaine Haid - 60; Bob & Marilyn Hartinger - 25; Lee & Nancy Hartung - 45; Eileen Holden - 35; Al & Joyce Kain - 15; Steven & Jill Kepner - 15; Ken & Carol Knoll - 45; Martin & Mary Korkuc - 35; Herm & Janet Kuebler - 35; Bob & Barbara Manke - 50; Michael Mesi - 10; Paul & Dolores Meyer - 20; Joe & Mary Momot - 15; David Nash - 15; Bob & Peggy Nash - 55; George Nash - 35; Ray & Barb Noonan - 95; Ken Pielechowski - 10; Dennis & Darlene Powers - 65;   Patricia Ryan - 15; Mark Schleicher - 20; Donald & Lynelle Schloerb - 40; Vern & Shirline Schmitt - 15; Franklin Schweitzer  - 15; Bob & Christine Snyder - 35; George & Lois Taylor - 20; Paul Troppman - 25; Dennis & Adele Upton - 40; Steve & Kathy Vaccaro - 15; Lynn & Joan Waterstrat - 20; Roger Ware & Miriam - 15; Don & Doris Warnick - 25; Ken Weinstein - 10; Lon & Valerie Wilson - 65; William & Myrna Wolff - 15; Sam & Jean Yanik - 15; Mark & Sue Yearke - 25

WINNERS IN 2012:  
Over 200 Points: Lon & Valerie Wilson, Tim Cryan, and Al & Janice Forster.  Congratulations!

Over 150 Points: Darlene & Dennis Powers, Shirline & Vern Schmitt, Valerie & Lon Wilson, George Nash, Miriam & Roger Ware, Jackie & Russ Galbo, Betty & Fred Coon, Doris & Don Warnick, Bob & Christine Snyder, Peggy & Bob Nash, Mary & Chuck Facklam, John & Elaine Haid, Ron Billo, Kathy & Steve Vaccaro, Ed Ferber, Bob & Barbara Manke, Mark Brylinski, Paul & Donna Crowley, Mark Schleicher.

An asterisk represents members who have reached the required number of points for the award of 150 points.  For any questions about the points, contact Ed Group.

For information on the Activity Award Point structure, click here.

Website Award

The Lake Erie Region website earned an Award of Distinction for 2012, which was awarded at the Philadelphia National Meeting in February of this year.  Al Forster received the award on behalf of Barb Noonan.