The Rotunda Times
The FMRCOA Roving Reporter in Hershey
A s y o u p r o b a b l y k n o w b y n o w , t h e w e a t h e r a t H e r s h e y t h i s y e a r w a s “ p i c t u r e p e r f e c t ” … . s o m e t h i n g t h a doesn’t happen too often. In spite of the great weather, there was a noticeable decrease in people both as buyers and sellers. ere were a lot of empty spots in the swap area, and there was less traffic when leaving the meet. e usual traffic jams and gridlock just weren’t there. Even the motel we stayed at had rooms available most of the meet week. Personally, I feel that the economy and the “aging” of our hobby is beginning to show. t
ere were the usual high prices on lots of items, but
many great deals were to be found. In our group of four, we filled the van, the small trailer we brought, and had to ask a friend with a bigger trailer to take home some of the larger items. e real surprise was that on Friday we were still finding items that in years past would have been gone on day one! How often do you find NOS 1932 Ford woodie wagon door latches on the dollar table…. especially on Friday afternoon. I did!
Of course the highlight of the week is the fantastic car show on Saturday. We sat and watched the cars roll by on their way to the show field and it is a thrill to watch the steam cars and brass cars in motion. ere was a big cheer from our group when FMRCOA member Bill Large drove by in his 1946 Mercury Sportsman. By the way, a great photo of Bill with his outstanding Mercury is in the latest issue of Cars & Parts magazine in an article on the EFV8 meet last summer and on page 1 of this newsletter.
considering the size of the meet. One of the best deals of the day is the homemade food the ladies sell. To give you an idea, the ¼ slabs of homemade pies were sold out by 8:00 A.M. Nothing better for breakfast in my opinion!
Next month we wrap up the swap season with a report on Super Ford in Columbus, Ohio.
New Lincoln Motor Car Museum Announced*
uring the recent Lincoln car meet in the New Hampshire White Mountains, the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation made a dramatic announcement... the long anticipated Lincoln Motor Car Museum will be built on the campus of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Mich. D
e Foundation, working closely with the Gilmore
Car Museum and Ford Motor Company, is reviewing architectural plans for an all new, dedicated building. e Foundation’s public capital campaign is well underway in anticipation of building a 20,000 square foot building in two 10,000 square foot phases. Construction of the first
phase is expected to begin in 2010.
Elevation of proposed museum.
e Lincoln “story”
is at the heart of the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation, which was established in 1999 by members of
various Lincoln clubs and retired Ford Motor Company
In late October several of us attended the Springfield Ohio swap meet. Again, the weather was nice and, although the meet is not as big as the spring meet, there were still over 900 swap spaces and about 400 cars in the for sale lot. Everyone in our group managed to spend a few dollars and, with a load of treasures, we headed home to wait for the next swap meet.
e first Sunday in November is the date of the Bowling
Green Ohio Swap Meet which is put on by a local car club. is was the 41st year for the swap meet, and it is a nice little meet. With only about 100 vendors, there is always a good turnout and lots of “old car” parts. We took a small load of parts to sell, and did very well
foundation is to preserve, interpret and the living heritage of Lincoln automotive
disseminate products. It
has already Penn.
*Editor’s note: is article was forwarded to me by Dan Davis. It is reprinted here with permission from the Blue Oval Connect, a Ford retiree publication. Ford retirees are encouraged to go to www.blueovalconnect.com to register for the e-mail. Also, please see http://www.battlecreekenquirer. com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080910/
NEIGHBORHOODS14/809100326 information and photos.