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President's Message - April 2018


Activities Report 

March has certainly been colder then any I can remember in recent years. Hard to believe that the RustBuster is only 7 weeks away!  I am confident that the weather will be much improved by then for our first outing of the year.  

Special thanks goes to Greg Gerstung for an in-depth look at yet another aspect of Western New York history, Olcott beach and the electric trolleys that people traveled on to get there.  I have some vague memories of what remained of the amusement park in the early 1960's but never knew how extensive it once was or about the grand hotel that had once covered much of the water front.  The 8mm movie of the last of the Buffalo Street cars was fascinating, especially watching the 1930’s and 40's cars dangerously dart in and out in front of the moving street cars. Being very familiar with the slow acceleration and poor quality of the brakes on those vehicles, those drivers certainly exhibited a death wish. Well I guess the idea of driving a vehicle in heavy traffic that does not have seat belts or any safety equipment would seem like a very risky business to anyone accustom to driving modern vehicles, but it was accepted as the norm in those days.  

Our car show is also coming in the not so distance future. At this point we have a real need for show sponsors. If you have solicited a sponsor in the past please revisit them and have them commit for this year. If you are planning to approach a business please do it in the next week or two. Please contact me and let me know the status of your inquiries. I need to have the flyer in print by the beginning of May for its distribution at the first of this season events.  

The 2018 Great Race is going to start in Buffalo the morning of June 23rd this year. This is a really big deal for the car community in Buffalo with 30,000 spectators expected to be on hand. This event has been in the planning stages for several years and it’s certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Volunteers are needed for many aspects of the planed activities and the race start. Volunteers will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the racers and their teams, something the general public will not. Help will be needed for the Welcome Party, 6:00pm Wednesday June the 20th, the Team Party 6:00pm Friday June the 22nd and certainly for the Start of the Race Saturday morning June the 23rd. If you are interested in being apart of this event please contact me by email (cfacklam@roadrunner.com) or by phone message at 655-0508.  

Thanks you, Chuck Facklam   __________________________________________________________________________________________

Trivia Question this month
 (from the AACA Speedster Steve Rossi's Old Car Quiz)

Contrary to published accounts and what is now conventional wisdom, what company took the colors from it's nations flag and turned it into a brand icon?
For answer, see the Classified Section of this website.


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To Ed Ferber, Margie Hoefner, Jim Hustead, Herm Kuebler, Beverly McHenry, Vern Schmitt, Franklin Schweitzer, Myrna Wolff and Jerre Walker

* Allan & Kathleen Duncan of Alden, NY - 1963 Pontiac Lemans Convertible
* Joseph & colleen Galvin of West Seneca, NY - 1947 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe, 1960 Edsel Rander 4-door sedan, 1949 Chevrolet Deluxe 4-door sedan, 1960 Pontiac Bonneville Vista 4-door.
* Kenneth Kossakowski & Melanie Stone of Hamburg, NY - 1986 Mercedes 560 SL Roadster, 1986 Porsche Carrera Coupe
* Albert Forster of Buffalo, NY 
* Bill & Linda Gailie of North Tonawanda, NY - 1962 For Thunderbird 2-door hardtop

A few LER members will be attending the AACA National meet in Auburn, Indiana, May 11 & 12 as well as the Grand National in the Pittsburgh area, June 1 & 2. Please let Tim Cryan know if you do attend, judge, or show a car at a National Meet so you can get credited with the proper Activity Points. Don't forget to sign in at the local events, too, for your points. Check the attendance list to see how you are doing. 150 points is all you need for the award given at the Annual Banquet.


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The Lake Erie Region website earned a 2017 Award of Master Webmaster
presented at the AACA National Meeting held in February 2018.


On March 11th, 2018 - Lon Wilson hosted a presentation by Greg Gerstung on “The Trolley’s to Olcott”. We had over 70 members in attendance for an excellent history on Olcott, the trolleys and various stops along the way.  Those interested in local history missed some fantastic pictures of area buildings and historical landmarks.  The program was followed by a short movie on the trolleys in Buffalo showing some shots of vintage cars. The meeting was held at the Polish Falcons in Lancaster with refreshments provided by Lynelle Schloerb.  

April 8, Lon Wilson will present his annual digital power point program on the “LER Year in Review”, showing photos of the club’s activities for the past year.  The meeting will be held at the Polish Falcons in Lancaster. Lynelle Schloerb will be providing refreshment.  

From here we begin our 2018 outdoor season.  Please remember to treat your club mates with respect.  Remember to sign up for these events early.  

May 20, the Rust Buster tour will be to Graycliff in Derby and a stop to eat in Wanakah.  The event will be hosted by Mike Mesi and Chuck Facklam.  Look for the flyer in the Sidelight.  Remember to sign up early.  

June 10, will be our annual car show hosted by Chuck Facklam and Mike Mesi.  Sign up for the show can be done at the next several events.  

July 8, Mark Schleicher is planning another one of his Cowlesville experience’s to held at his Caboose on the lake.  It will include hot dogs and hamburgers plus everyone is to bring a dish to pass.  The town is holding its annual Garage Sale for those who are interested.  The picnic is scheduled for noon so those who wish an early start can drive out to the garage sale on their own.  For those who wish a club cruise there will be several driving tours with staggered starting times. Look for the flyer in the Sidelight.  

August 12, this day’s activities will be a Mystery Tour, hosted by Al Forster.  More info to follow. Look for the flyer in the Sidelight.  Remember to sign up early.  

September 8th and 9th, the annual overnighter will be sponsored by Elaine and John Haid.  The trip will be a run to the Hammondsport and Naples area. This promises to be a fantastic tour.  Remember to sign up early.  

October 14, the Fall Run will be hosted by Chuck Facklam and Mike Mesi.  We will tour the Elma and Springville Historical Museums and dine in Springville.  Look for the flyer in the Sidelight.  Remember to sign up early.  

Our indoor season follows.

November 11, Cliff Schulz will host a memorabilia and collectable exhibit night where everyone can display and discuss their collections and hobbies.  Cliff has asked for you to let him know what you will be exhibiting so sign-up sheets will be circulated at our events.  Tables will be arranged around the outside of the room to set up your exhibit on.  Lynelle Schloerb will be providing refreshments.  

December 2, once again Lynelle Schloerb and Darlene Powers will host our annual Christmas party.  More info to follow.  

January 19th, 2019 (DATE CHANGE) - The annual Installation Banquet will once again be hosted by Sue Yearke and Mary Beth Facklam.  It will be a western theme this year.  

We need volunteers, helpers and ideas for club sponsored events.  If you are interested in sponsoring, co-sponsoring or helping out at an event, contact any board member. Also, we need your ideas on possible future programs.  Some suggestions for road trips that we have received include Watkins Glen, Chautauqua Belle Cruise and Platter’s Chocolate Factory.  An indoor program could be a movie night with or without pizza.  If you are interested in any of these or any other tour but you’ve never done an event before we’ll team you up with a member who has.   Also consider a movie night  

Russ Galbo - Co-chair, Activities Committee


submitted by John Haid
A recent issue of Auto Restorer magazine contained some interesting information on care and date codes of automotive tires. The following is a summary of that article.

Automotive tires should be changed every 10 years regardless of tread wear or condition. Air pollution, sunlight, grease, oil as well as temperature changes, under-inflation, uneven roads and long term storage take their toll. Tire pressure should be carefully checked before driving, and when a vehicle is removed for any long term storage.

While most tires have a DOT date code, some tires for older classics may not. An example of a date code may be CVULL2FC3506 with the last four numbers indicating the week and year the particular tire was manufactured. The tire with the DOT date code indicated here was manufactured during the 35th week (September) of 2006. 

It is suggested that tubes are installed in radial tires placed on the older vehicles of the 1930 - 1950's as the wheels were not designed for tubeless tires. Auto Restorer magazine is a very interesting monthly publication filled with much automotive technical information and helpful tips, if anyone is interested.


2018 Activity Award Status 

 Allan, Gordy & Debbie 10  Anthonson, Ted & Beth  Alt, Gary & Vallie  Agnello, Jonathan 10
 Bachan, Steve & Lynn 10  Balling, Corey & Allison  Baglio, Paul & Karen  Bongiovanni, John &   Mary
 Billo, Ron  Bojak, Mark & Sonya  Boron, Marie 20  Brenkus, Ray & Fran
 Brylinski, Mark  Butlak, Don & Joyce 20
 Catlin, Orrin & Diane 10  Camann, George & Ruth 10  Chauvin, RIch & Beverly  Christopher, Edward & Susan
 Ciminesi, Frank  Conklin, Don & Carol  Coon, Fred & Betty 10  Crowley, Paul & Donna
 Cryan, Jeff & Linda 35  Cryan,Steve & Maggie  Cryan, Tim 50
 DeBolt, Rich & MaryAnn 35  Deull, Robert  Dluhy, Frank & Sharon
 Facklam, Chuck & Mary Beth 60  Fadala, Valentine & Cathy  Ferber, Ed  Forster, Al & Janice 40
 Foster, Jack & Linda 35
 Gajkowski, Ray & Bernie 45  Gallo, George & Regina  Galante, Chuck & Marie  Galbo, Russ & Jackie 70
 Gee, Larry & Laurie 10  Gernatt, Jr, Dan & Roseann  Greco, Jim & Sue  Galvin, Joe 10
 Group, Ed & Nancy 10  Gugino, Chuck & Christine  Gailie, Bill & Linda 10
 Haid, John & Elaine 60  Hargrave, Dave & Nancy  Hartinger, Bob & Marilyn  Hartrich, Mark & Erica Miller
 Hartung, Lee & Nancy 15  Haynos, Dick  Henderson, H. Paul & Christine  Helenbrook, Jeff
 Hoefner, Ernie & Margie  Holden, Eileen  Hustead, Jim & Christine
 Jann, Earl & Barbara
 Kaczka, Kenneth & Sue 35  Kaczmarek, David & Amanda 10  Kain, Allyn & Joyce 35  Kaplan, David & Mary Ellen
 Knoll, Ken & Carol 25  Killian, Dave  Korkuc, Martin & Mary  Kosmoski, Nike & Nadine 20
 Kornowicz, Dennis & Loretta  Kopsa, Jerry & Patti  Kraus, Mark, Lori, Nick  & Joe 10  Kuebler, Herm & Janet
 Kossakowski, Ken 10
 Lechner, Dave & Karen 10  Licata, Michael & Jane
 Maherski, Ed  Mahl, Jeff  Malush, Stephen & Tracy   Manke, Bob & Barbara 20
 Marriott, John  McCaffery, Joe & Linda  Menard, Andrew & Tomoko  
 Mendolera, Jim  Mesi, Mike 50  Meyers, Frank & Marilea  Meyer, Paul & Delores 35
 Momot, Joe & Mary 10
 Nash, Bob & Peggy 25  Nash, David 15  Nash, George 25  Nichols, Bill
 Noonan, Ray & Barb 40  
 Obermeyer, Marilyn  Ortman, Jeffrey & Deane 10  O'Connor, Daniel & Candace 35  Osuch, Walter & Suzanne 20
 Pielechowski, Ken & Lori 10  Pearl, Richard  10  Pirrung, Tom & Elizabeth  Platt, Herm & Mary-Teresa 10
 Powers, Dennis & Darlene 40  Prenevau, Bill & Edwina 10  Prenevau, Bill & Edwina  Pyne, Dale & Sally
 Puma, Frank & Christine  Puma, Jerome & Michelle  Pucak, Pete & Olga  Parsons, John & Nancy 10
 Roberts, Don & Heather  Rogers, Lyle & Sharon
 Sandoro, James & Maryann  Sayles, David & Susan  Schloerb, Don & Lynelle 40  Schleicher, Mark 45
 Schmitt, Vern & Shirline  Schrader, Paul & Cheryl  Schulz, Cliff 40  Schupbach, Todd & Debby Krawceyk 35
 Schwartz, Jeff & Karen 25  Schweitzer, Franklin  Shattuck, Frank & Carol  Smyczynski, Jim & Christine 10
 Snowden, Hugh 10  Snyder, Bob & Chris 35  Schickling, Jerry & Marion  Sole, John & Darla
 Tollison, LaVerne  Todd, Loraine  Troppman, Paul  Troutman, Martin & Barbara 10
 Tucker, Christopher & Nancy  
 Ulrich, Donald & Marie  Upton, Dennis & Del
 Vaccaro, Steve &  Kathy  Vergils, Gary & Pat  Vergils, Paul & Donna  Vogt, Ed
 Warnick, Don & Doris 10  Warnick, Fred & Connie  Waterstrat, Lynn & Joan  Weimer, Chuck 25
 Weinstein, Ken & Iris 10  Wertheim, Bill  Wilson, Lon & Valerie 75  Winzig, Ray
 Wolff, Bill & Myrna  Wolski, Charles & Gert 45  Walker, Jerre
 Woodrich, Dean & Nancy
 Yanik, Sam & Jean 25  Yearke, Mark & Sue 50


 Busch, Bryan  10  Ellis, Millard  Kaplan, Michael  Miskell, Brandon
 Tripi, Philip
 A Star.jpg (22556 bytes) represents members who have reached the required number of points for the award of 150 points.  For any questions about the points, contact Tim Cryan.

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