January 29, 2015
It’s hard to believe that January is in our rear view mirror but the old saying “time fly’s when you are having fun” is very appropriate. I feel like I have been playing catch up all month. We kicked off 2015 with our Board meeting January 13 at Binion’s in Hendersonville. It was well attended with several Little Detroit officers and all your GSMR officers present. Visit the website gsmr.aaca.com for the current listing of officers and keep up with club happening on our Facebook account at Great Smoky Mountain Region/AACA.
On the weekend of January 16-17, myself, Kim LaRowe and Budd Benner attended the NC Region’s annual meeting in Burlington, NC. Their annual meeting is a mini version of the national annual meeting held, February in Philadelphia, PA. I can tell you the weather in Burlington in January is much better that in Philadelphia in February. A national Judging School was held along with several very interesting seminars pertaining to the antique automotive hobby. It was well worth our trip and hope you will consider making it with us next January.
On Sunday January 18, approximately 30 members from our region and the LD Chapter enjoyed the Chili Bowl festivities hosted by the SC Region at the home of Alan and Joan Groome (joint members of GSMR too) in Easley, SC. All the tire kicking and tall tells filling the air amazingly stopped at 1:00 PM, why? Chili was served. Three varieties were available, Venison, Beef and Turkey along with salad, vegies and of course desert. Thanks to the hosts Alan & Joan Groome and SC Region for continuing the Benny Bootle Memorial Chili event. This year was their 19th year. Some photos are attached thanks to Bob Delwiche.
On January 20, our first general membership meeting was held in Hendersonville at the Bay Breeze Restaurant. The 49 attendees left with clear understanding of how to achieve the lowest personal property evaluation and tax on their antique auto. Stan Duncan, Henderson County Tax Administrator and Mark Edney the vehicle registration manager at the tax office were our guest speakers. Stan brought and passed out the NC General Statute 105-330.9.covering the eligibility for 35 year old vehicles along with the application for applying for the reduced tax valuation. It is attached to this email for your review and use.
Looking through the windshield now our February schedule looks to be a lot of fun. Hard to believe but our club will celebrate its 16th birthday this month. Our Sweet Sixteen birthday bash will be held in Hendersonville at Mike’s on Main (corner of 3rd Ave. & Main St.) downstairs in the main restaurant area February 17 at 6:00 PM. I have invited all the charter members, past presidents and special guests to come celebrate and reminisce with us. If you want to know the history behind your club mark your calendars now and come prepared to enjoy the evening. February 21, 3 local collectors have agreed to open their garages for a visit. You will see some fine restored cars, broncos, sunbeam and working farm equipment. Lunch will be had prior to the end of our journey.
Check the website mentioned above for a more complete schedule of club events. Keep warm and I hope to see you in February at our birthday event.