President’s Column March-April 2018
Well, the January auction fever is over. I managed to record several hours of the Mecum
Auction in Florida and the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Arizona. These auctions cover a wide range of vehicles
and seem to offer something for almost everyone. Now if you are into fifties pickups, Tri-five Chevys or
Corvettes, you are really in luck. I noticed that original, pre-war cars are not
making near the presence they used to. I suppose it is because the younger generation is now collecting
sixties, seventies and eighties cars, understandable because we tend to collect what we grew up with.
Very few Oaklands or Pontiacs cross the block at these auctions and the ones that do are usually GTO’s or
fuel-injected Bonnevilles from the late fifties or early sixties. So where are all the great Oaklands and
Pontiacs that we, as club members, love so much? Well, I guess a lot of them are tucked away in our
garages or in museums somewhere. Hopefully, some are still barn finds waiting to be discovered. I suppose
that more of these cars will eventually find their way into the hands of an auction house or some other venue.
If our children or grandchildren don’t want our cars, then hopefully they will be passed on to someone
who truly appreciates them for what they are, some of the best engineered and best-looking automobiles of the Twentieth Century. Our first Regional Tour of the year is fast approaching. The tour is April 21-23 in Burlington,
North Carolina and is being hosted by Club member and Webmaster, Ralph Proscia. If you have the
weekend free and can make the trip, Ralph would love to have you attend. These tours are always fun
and a great way to meet fellow club members and also to renew old friendships-all in a beautiful part of our country. Lastly, I would like to congratulate our Vintage Voice Editor, Fred Lewis, on again receiving
AACA’s 2017 Master Editor Award. Your hard work certainly deserves recognition – job well done!