SEPTEMBER 2012 CLUB ACTIVITY
September 16 – State Fair Car Show
By R. Jeff Jackson
Well hi everyone! Our club participated at the State Fair Antique Car Day show on September 16th. It started
out and ended with beautiful weather. But, Jeff Jackson and Joe Abbin were reminded early In the day that
their cars need to be full. Jeff was reminded of the need for fuel and Joe was reminded his tires need air.
Despite those minor initial issues both made it to the fairgrounds in time to line up on Main Street with the
We had a moderate turnout of 14 cars this year (we’ll plan to double that number next year!!!!) with a
wonderful variety from the fancy engine in Kathleen McCaughey’s '34, and Jay’s lovely phaeton through
several pickups, coupes and convertibles to Frank’s 4 door and Joe’s “hot rod Merc.” Everyone received
a nice participant’s ribbon and a magnetic dash plaque.
Special awards, voted on by the club members, were the People’s Choice award going to Tom and Dee
Patterson’s '53 Convertible and the Best of Show awarded to Bob Quirici’s '36 pickup. We also want to give
a special thank you to John Shelton for bringing in the chain and stanchions for our cars.
The State Fair is a great opportunity to meet people interested in cars and entice them to join our club as
well as an opportunity to encourage prior members to return to active status. Jeff and Jay and Joe and Neva
and others were busy drumming up new members for the club telling them what a deep and complete
knowledge of Flathead V8s we have in the club membership. It was evident from the deep discussions
ongoing that Flatheads are regaining popularity.
As always the State Fair day was again a wonderful setting for sitting around and swapping stories and
getting to know your fellow club members better. For example, did you know that Frank Corey can eat an
entire turkey drumstick in one sitting without missing a beat explaining the right way to install a hood on a
'53 ford? Or that Marvin Coffee was one of the last flathead Ford drivers at Speedway Race Track? See
that proves there are always new things to learn. Joe has provided some nice photos: