7.15 Newsletter


Officers:                                                                                                             Contact

President                                                       Hulon McCraw                     828-606-2918

Vice President                                              Mike Perry                            828-891-4676

Secretary                                                       Kathy Nowakowski               828-894-5952

Treasurer                                                       Frank Costerisan                   828-685-0322

MembershipChairman                             Kim LaRowe                           828-891-8299


Our membership meeting June 16th produced 45 attendees at the Lone Star Steak House in Arden, NC Amazingly, both customer service managers are car nuts too. Chase and his dad are into antique autos and Renae is into drag racing. We had two new members attending for their first time, Joseph Hensley, Justin Clayton and one guest Elaina Neugent, granddaughter of Tom & Ellen Furey.

Membership and Treasurers reports were given by the respective Chairmen Kim LaRowe and Frank Costerisan. Dick Jones last month’s lucky dog winner passed his opportunity to speak to the group to Tilley, his wife since he had spoken recently to the group. Tilley share the story about her driving experience in England on a right hand drive auto that drew laughter form the crowd. She shared her passion of wanting to own a small car and now she has her own Mini Cooper much to her liking, left hand drive.

Keith Fisher invited Wendy Lou Billings Director for the Council on Aging and Meals on Wheels as our guest speaker. There was no doubt about Wendy’s passion for her job and duties serving our community. Wendy covered the four services supported by her agency, Meals on Wheels, Lunch at the Sammy, Partnership for Independent Living and Information & Assistance. Needless to say volunteers are needed if interested please contact Wendy at 828-692-4203.

Brian Johnson, BRCC Automotive Instructor gave a report on the success of our benefit car show May 30th. The event raised over $2800.00 to support the Skills USA students in the Automotive Systems Technology programs. In addition local business supported our plea for donations in the amount of $2200.00. Brian stated that the success of the event will allow BRCC to send a couple more students next year to compete in State Skills USA competition in Greensboro, NC. Brian delivered a letter of kindness from Ann F. Green Executive Director, Blue Ridge Community College, Educational Foundation, Inc. thanking the Great Smoky Mountains Region AACA for their support. I will circulate it later for your review. Brian offered his gratitude and thanks for all the hard work our club puts forth to make this a successful event. This event draws more recognition from the community than any other event we participate in. Thanks to each of you for making it better each year.

Steve and Lynn Nordt recently traveled to Michigan visiting family but wound up at the Gilmore Museum. Steve shared all the buildings and their holding but never mentioned taking the family along. You could hear the enthusiasm in Steve voice as he gave the history of the Gilmore Museum and the special events held on campus. I think some of our members will be putting the Gilmore Museum on their bucket list after Steve’s presentation.

Phil Martin a recent member form Montana suggested the idea of having a mid-week cruise in at the Horse Shoe Café. The chef there is willing to open in the evening to accommodate such an event if our members will support such. Phil says the chef there was the former chef at Kenmure. Phil and Cat both say the food is excellent. Asking for a show of hands supporting a mid-week cruise in immediately 15-16 hands went up. Phil will present the results to the chef and get back to us with some suggested dates and times. Stay tuned for more information.

Here is the results of Phil and Cat’s efforts, the first club Cruise-In was held June 25, 5-8 PM with participation from the HACC and local drop-ins we had 14 vehicles show up 7 from GSMR. The food, relaxation and fellowshipping with other hobbyist was great. Hope you will join us next time.

HOLLLLY COW! Is the only words that come to mind when trying to describe our tour to Dean Hunter’s collection. Most collections I have visited you will find T models, A models, John Deere, Ford Tractors, etc. Dean broke the mold as your usual collector, he must have 100 hit and miss engines amazingly enough a 25 HP was operating a Saw Mill that produced wooden shingles many of which were carried off by attendees as souvenirs. Another 25 HP H-M engine was operating a Cotton Gin, again samples were given to attendees. You like tractors, Dean has them at least 30 Cockshutte made in Canada and the predecessor of the Oliver. You like old cars well you will have the opportunity to see some amazing and very rare vintage vehicles here. Ever seen a DORT? I bet not, but Dean has a 1923 made in Flint Michigan and others like the Saxon, Overland, Hupmobile, Maxwell and Studebakers. Getting the picture now that Dean collects the unusual, well you are right. There is an 18ga. railroad running the length of the property and its own Round House as well as an English double decker tour bus making regular rounds around the property. Enough of my rambling the photos tell the best story I hope you enjoyed them. Folks in my opinion, you are missing out on the best benefit your club offers its members by not participating in events such as this.

We had Chris Cone and his wife Madeline and her mother Julia members of the HACC join us on tour and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves expressing the interest in joining us again on another event. Chris and Madeline are owners of one of the last Checker Cabs produced but never serving as a Cab. A 1982 Checker Marathon built as a Civilian Model quite an interesting car with some very rare equipment which Chris takes pride in keeping everything original.

Just returned from the Classics at the Biltmore and it was a great event being the first attempt and under short notice. Fifty beautiful vehicles were invited to participate some traveling from California, Texas and Connecticut. Amazing was the number of locally owned rare and unusual vehicles that I have never seen nor was aware of in our community. The Indy race car driven by Bobby Rahaul when he won the 1986 Indy 500 owned by Patrick Ryan of Fletcher. Hope you enjoyed the photos

Happy motoring until we meet again. Please SUPPORT THOSE SUPPORTING US!


Hulon McCraw


Updated 6-22-152015 GSMR Local Schedule in RED  

2015 LDC Local Schedule in BLUE

2015 Music On Main Concert Series

                       2015 National Meets & Tours Schedule in BLACK


July 3     Wishful Thinkin’/Oldies & Beach    Car Show


July 4 96.5 Band/Patriotic Tribute Special 4th of July Concert


July 3-4       8-5 PM             Mountaineer Region Show                   WNC Ag Center, Fletcher, NC

July 10     6:00 PM-Till       Collector Car Appreciation Day Ice Cream Run   Mills River Creamery

July 15-18                         Southeastern Fall Meet                                              Louisville, KY

July 17   Deano and the Dreamers/ Oldies Car Show


July 25        Possible Continental Plant tour

July 30                               LDC Membership Meeting                                            TBD

July 31   Blind Lemon Philips I Blues, Funk & Soul Car Show


July 27-31                         Vintage Tour (1931 or Earlier)                                   Lancaster, PA

August 8 4-8 PM Cardinal Cruise-In             Brevard, NC

August 15 11AM-4PM Dan’s Music Barn             Horseshoe, NC


August 18 6 PM GSMR Membership Meeting             TBD


August 22 9-Till Brass, Bikes & Memorabilia Tour Clyde/Maggie Valley

Aug 25-27                         Western Div. Tour                                                        Northern California

Aug 27                               LDC Membership Meeting                                               TBD

Aug 30-Sept 4                   Revival AAA Glidden Tour (1942 or Earlier)           Oklahoma City, OK                                        




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