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President's Message - June 2018


Activities Report 

Summer has officially arrived and we had a great day for our first outdoor event, the Rustbuster. I received many positive comments about the 30+ mile route I laid out, much of which took our group into areas of Aurora that they had never tread before, past the wealthiest estates in the county. While not the typical tour thru a Frank Lloyd Wright mansion with all its splendor, we did get a very rare glimpse of the actual structure holding it up and the craftsmanship that is so difficult to recreate today. I apologize for the more than cozy seating arrangement and agonizing delay in being served at the restaurant. The over whelming attendance pushed the room and service past its limit. We did have a view of the lake as requested. I will need to put a cap on the Fall Run to avoid a repeat.

June brings us to one of the most important lake Erie Region events of the year - our annual car show on Sunday, June 10th. The car show proceeds help fund most of our yearly activities, so please promote it to any classic car buff you meet. I have plenty of flyers left so please contact me if you are planning to visit a cruise night or other car related event in the next week, and I will find a way to get them to you (716 655-0508).
Of course we need all the help we can muster the day of the event. If you are willing to help with registration, please contact John Haid at 716 674-7351. We always need additional help parking vehicles on the field, please contact Ron Billo if you can help in that regard, at 716 430-2546.  We need all able body members to help with judging. As usual, a short judging class will be available at noon that day. Please contact Barb Noonan at 716 836-3931 to sign up to judge so she can work out the assignments ahead of time.

Thank you, Chuck Facklam   __________________________________________________________________________________________

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

The 100,000-mile warranty is commonly bandied about these days (by those who offer it) as the latest be-all and end-all commitment by a manufacturer to care for its customers. What early American automobile included a 100,000-mile warranty?
For answer, see the Classified Section of this website.


******** NOTES AND NEWS ********

AACA is proud to support the SEMA Action Network (SAN) in declaring July 13, 2018, as National 
Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). It is a day to help raise awareness of the entire car hobby and its role in American society. This will be the ninth consecutive year for what has become an annual event to recognize the importance of automotive restoration and collection. Each year since 2010, this "holiday" has been marked by a U.S. Senate Resolution at the request of the SAN to honor the classics of the past and the future.

To Jim Hustead, Beverly McHenry, Vern Schmitt, Dale Pyne, and Jerre Walker.

- John & Jacque Kraus of Amherst NY - 1960 MGA, 1976 TR6, 1967 Z-28, 1979 Z-28, 1980 Z-28.

Spring is here and before you know it, we'll be driving our favorite historic vehicles to our annual car show on June 10th. Sunshine on that date has been ordered! One of the key components that makes our show successful is the volunteers. So this is a good time to consider being one of those volunteers; there is always a need for members to help with registration, parking, traffic direction, judging and of course, clean up teams.

We would like to encourage you to sign up to be a judge at our show - both gals and guys are welcome. We have over 20 classes of vehicles to judge so please give this idea 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.

Here is the line-up for judges at the show:
11:00 am: Judge's Education Class - A 30-minute class for new judge volunteers and even experienced judges. Meet at the gazebo on the show field
11:30 am: Judge Instructions and Team Assignments in the senior center; turn left after entered the front door; first room on the right.
12:00 noon: Judging begins.

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 hope we see you there!
Barb & Ray Noonan, Chief Judges
or call 716 836-3931

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.

Something new: Elmwood Avenue at W. Utica will be closed for the show. It is scheduled for JUNE 24 from 11 am to 3 pm. Club member Steve Cryan's band, the Blue Ribbon Bastards, will be performing. Our club has been invited to participate. For more info, contact 
Mark Brylinski at 716 690-9500, email: mark.brylinski@huntrealestate.com or 
Jim Greco at 716 828-8143, email: skyhawk1860@yahoo.com.

Our club has been invited to participate in the Riverside 4th of July Parade. Participants should meet on Hertel and Riverrock at noon on the 4th. Contact info: Jim Greco at 716 828-8143, email: skyhawk1860@yahoo.com.


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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.


Please remember to treat your club mates with respect and consideration. THERE ARE APPARENTLY MEMBERS WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND THESE CONCEPTS. Remember to sign up for these events early.

May 20, the RustBuster tour, our first outdoor run of the season, was hosted by Mike Mesi and Chuck Facklam. we had 107 officially signed up members and guests in attendance with 19 vintage cars. We toured the Darwin Martin summer "cottage" Graycliff located on the shores of Lake Erie and famed for being designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I'm not a fun of his but even I will admit that the house is a masterpiece. We then proceeded to the Public House Restaurant on Route 5 in Wanakah. The food was excellent as was the company. everyone enjoyed the entire event. Another great event by Mike and Chuck.

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.  Volunteers are needed for set up, registration, parking, judging and clean up.  Contact Mike, Chuck or John Haid to sign up.

July 8, Mark Schleicher is planning another one of his Cowlesville experiences 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 and Ron Billo.  There will be limited attendance for this event and you won't know where we are going until you arrive there. Even the board doesn't know where we are going. More info to follow. The flyer is in the June issue of 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 26th, 2019 (SECOND 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.

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 20  Anthonson, Ted & Beth  Alt, Gary & Vallie  Agnello, Jonathan 20
 Bachan, Steve & Lynn 20  Balling, Corey & Allison  Baglio, Paul & Karen  Bongiovanni, John &   Mary
 Billo, Ron 20  Bojak, Mark & Sonya  Boron, Marie 40  Brenkus, Ray & Fran
 Brylinski, Mark 30  Butlak, Don & Joyce 50
 Catlin, Orrin & Diane 20  Camann, George & Ruth 40  Chauvin, RIch & Beverly  Christopher, Edward & Susan
 Ciminesi, Frank  Conklin, Don & Carol  Coon, Fred & Betty 10  Crowley, Paul & Donna 10
 Cryan, Jeff & Linda 55  Cryan,Steve & Maggie  Cryan, Tim 100
 DeBolt, Rich & MaryAnn 55  Deull, Robert  Dluhy, Frank & Sharon  Duncan, Allan & Kathleen 10
 Facklam, Chuck & Mary Beth 100  Fadala, Valentine & Cathy  Ferber, Ed 10  Forster, Al & Janice 80
 Foster, Jack & Linda 45  Forster, Albert 20
 Gajkowski, Ray & Bernie 65  Gallo, George & Regina  Galante, Chuck & Marie  Galbo, Russ & Jackie 100
 Gee, Larry & Laurie 20  Gernatt, Jr, Dan & Roseann 10  Greco, Jim & Sue  Galvin, Joe 10
 Group, Ed & Nancy 30  Gugino, Chuck & Christine  Gailie, Bill & Linda 10
 Haid, John & Elaine 90  Hargrave, Dave & Nancy  Hartinger, Bob & Marilyn 20  Hartrich, Mark & Erica Miller
 Hartung, Lee & Nancy 25  Haynos, Dick  Henderson, H. Paul & Christine 20  Helenbrook, Jeff
 Hoefner, Ernie & Margie 10  Holden, Eileen  Hustead, Jim & Christine  Hulley, John & Betty 10
 Jann, Earl & Barbara
 Kaczka, Kenneth & Sue 85  Kaczmarek, David & Amanda 20  Kain, Allyn & Joyce 35  Kaplan, David & Mary Ellen
 Knoll, Ken & Carol 55  Killian, Dave  Korkuc, Martin & Mary  Kosmoski, Nike & Nadine 30
 Kornowicz, Dennis & Loretta  Kopsa, Jerry & Patti  Kraus, Mark, Lori, Nick  & Joe 20  Kuebler, Herm & Janet
 Kossakowski, Ken & Melanie 40
 Lechner, Dave & Karen 10  Licata, Michael & Jane
 Maherski, Ed  Mahl, Jeff  Malush, Stephen & Tracy   Manke, Bob & Barbara 30
 Marriott, John  McCaffery, Joe & Linda 10  Menard, Andrew & Tomoko  McCarthy, Tom & Colleen 20
 Mendolera, Jim  Mesi, Mike 80  Meyers, Frank & Marilea  Meyer, Paul & Delores 45
 Momot, Joe & Mary 10
 Nash, Bob & Peggy 55  Nash, David 15  Nash, George 45  Nichols, Bill
 Noonan, Ray & Barb 70  
 Obermeyer, Marilyn  Ortman, Jeffrey & Deane 10  O'Connor, Daniel & Candace 45  Osuch, Walter & Suzanne 40
 Pielechowski, Ken & Lori 20  Pearl, Richard  10  Pirrung, Tom & Elizabeth  Platt, Herm & Mary-Teresa 20
 Powers, Dennis & Darlene 60  Prenevau, Bill & Edwina 20  Prenevau, Bill & Edwina  Pyne, Dale & Sally
 Puma, Frank & Christine  Puma, Jerome & Michelle  Pucak, Pete & Olga  Parsons, John & Nancy 10
 Ptak, Jerry & Peggy 10
 Roberts, Don & Heather  Rogers, Lyle & Sharon
 Sandoro, James & Maryann  Sayles, David & Susan  Schloerb, Don & Lynelle 50  Schleicher, Mark 55
 Schmitt, Vern & Shirline  Schrader, Paul & Cheryl  Schulz, Cliff 70  Schupbach, Todd & Debby Krawceyk 45
 Schwartz, Jeff & Karen 25  Schweitzer, Franklin 10  Shattuck, Frank & Carol  Smyczynski, Jim & Christine 20
 Snowden, Hugh 10  Snyder, Bob & Chris 55  Schickling, Jerry & Marion  Sole, John & Darla
 Tollison, LaVerne  Todd, Loraine  Troppman, Paul  Troutman, Martin & Barbara 20
 Tucker, Christopher & Nancy  
 Ulrich, Donald & Marie  Upton, Dennis & Del
 Vaccaro, Steve &  Kathy 20  Vergils, Gary & Pat  Vergils, Paul & Donna  Vogt, Ed
 Warnick, Don & Doris 40  Warnick, Fred & Connie 20  Waterstrat, Lynn & Joan  Weimer, Chuck 45
 Weinstein, Ken & Iris 20  Wertheim, Bill  Wilson, Lon & Valerie 115  Winzig, Ray
 Wolff, Bill & Myrna  Wolski, Charles & Gert 65  Walker, Jerre
 Woodrich, Dean & Nancy
 Yanik, Sam & Jean 45  Yearke, Mark & Sue 70


 Busch, Bryan  20  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.