I'm sure that most of you are excited about the fact that there are only nineteen days left of winter. Although the past two weeks, I must say, have not been too bad. We even set another record on February 20th with a high temperature of 75 degrees. The previous record high was 69, so it was a beautiful day. And something else that I feel is beautiful is that on the 11th of this month, we will be returning to Daylight Savings Time, so set your clocks ahead an hour and also change those smoke detector batteries.
Last month, I spoke to you about the Hollywood Gaming Event set for April 22nd, and last week, after talking to Dee Troxell, who is the Director of Marketing, she sent me the itenerary of what they have planned for the day. Registration will open at 8 a.m. and with no fee. Each entry will receive $10 in dining credits. The first 400 entries will receive a dash plaque, and entrants will be in one of five classes: Hot Rod, Antique or Classic, Sports Car, Modern Car, and Truck or Pickup. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. As for food on site this year, they will have Gibbs Old Tyme Hamburgers and Bad to the Bone. Music will be provided by the British Invasion from noon to 4 p.m., with awards to follow. Like last year, this is a huge event and I'm sure our good friend Skip Peterson of the Dayton Daily News will be doing somethin on it. So be looking for it in the Saturday Wheels. Also, as I said last month, photos of the 2017 event on are on the MVN websise, so check 'em out! I know you will enjoy what I have put together.
For those of you who might be interested, we now have a very nice trailer company north of Dayton. Since I live close by, I have been watching it being built and last month when they opened, I stopped in at Midway Trailers to speak to Andy and Bryan about this new and very nice facility. Being right off of I-75 at Needmore Rd, it's a great location, and after looking around at what they have to offer, I know that they will do well. I have also got to say, and I told them this when I was there, that their high-in-the-sky sign is really cool! I have put a link to their website on the MVN Parts & Services section so you might want to take a look, and oh yes, they will and do rent car hauling trailers. Good news for those of us who don't want to own one but still need one from time to time to transport our classic cars.
I would like to again mention that our MVN website is a websie for everybody that loves the classic cars/truck hobby, so help spread the word about all we have to offer. I have also got my daughter, Robin, who does a fantastic job of doing our website, to put a link to our club charity on the index page. Please remember that these ten boxes are not ads but rather fast links to click on to get you to these websites, so give them a try.
Being inolved in this classic car hobby, I take a lot of calls from people all over that need help, and I try my best to get them to the right people, and sometimes they just want to sell me something. Now I have a policy not to put this stuff in our newsletter, but every once in a while, a deal is too good not to pass it on to you. I took a call from a man who has a solid 1967 4 door Nova that he has been storing for twenty years. He says it has a six cylinder with a three on the tree and it does run. He is only wanting four thousand for it and is willing to let our members have first crack at it or if you know somebody that might want it. I don't think it will last long at this price. His name is Tim Melvin, and his cell number is 937-818-7286. Give him a call if you are interested.
The last thing I have to mention is something I am extremely sad about. On January 10th, MVN member Mert Sayce passed away at the age of 77. Mert and I have known each other since 1999. When I first met him at the Fairborn Car Show, right away, I knew that this guy was a Nova Nut! At that time, I was still putting the club together, so he was an original member of MVN. To say that he will be greatly missed does not even come close to how those of us who knew him really feel. For many years, Mert and I had a friendly rivalry going at car shows between his 1970 red hot rod Nova with a 454 and my 1971 all stock red SS. You see, rarely did we both win at a show we were both at. He would win or I would win, but it was all in good fun, and we were both happy for whoever won with their red Nova. As soon as I was told about his passing on February1st, I called Nina, his wife to tell her how sorry I was and how much I loved him and how much we at MVN will miss him. I also sent Nina a sympathy card from all of us at the club. Nina has also informed me that she has no intention on getting rid of Mert's Nova. In fact, she says that with Mert's best friend, Rick Knox, they will be finishing his 1967 Nova wagon to show it as a tribute to Mert and his love of Novas. I will keep you informed and will post photos of it on Mert's page when it is finished. As with other members of MVN who have gone to be with our Lord, his page will remain up on our website as a sign of respect and a true Nova Nut! Please take a look at Mert's page when you get a chance. I have just added some new photos I took of Mert's last car show, and I think you will like them.
Finally, I am sorry to have to bring up this subject again, but I really do need your help. When Mert passed away, I was not informed about it for twenty two days. This is not acceptable, and while I'm glad that the member who told me did tell me, I really would have liked to have been informed right away, so I could have sent out a special email on it for his funeral. I am always available by phone or email, so please, PLEASE, let me know about things I need to know about. Don't just assume that, like this member did, that I know about something. We have a big club and I need you, the members, to let me know about news of things I might not know. Remember, I love you all very much and I want this club to be like a family, so start getting your rides ready, because the first show in the area will be on Sunday April 8th at Kettering Fairmont High School, 3301 Shroyer Rd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m This is a fundraiser for the Ronnie Bowers Memorial Scholarship Foundation. $10 per entry. This show info was sent to me by member Bill Peterson, so thanks Bill for letting us all know about this event.
I think that the best way to sum up the first half of our Miami Valley Winter is how the weather people have been describing it: a roller coaster ride! That's because so far we have had snow, ice, and even an ice storm. We had a very cold temperature of 15 below on January 2nd that broke a 120 year old record and then only nine days later, we set a new record high of 61. Now in the past week or so, it's not been too bad. Of course, I'm going to look at the bright side. It's only 46 days til Spring. Oh, and since tomorrow is Groundhog Day, I think we should see what he has to say about it also.
On January 6th, John Lynch and I did go to the 58th Annual Cavalcade of Customs Show in Cincinnati. And after spending most of the day there talking to people and looking around, I have got to say that KOI Auto Parts and the Duke Energy Center did a really fantastic job. I'm only going to mention a few things I want everybody to know, but I do want to invite you to look at the 276 photos that John and I took. They will take you from the time we drove up to the Convention Center, through the show, and outside after the show. I really think you will enjoy this photo shoot.
First of all, I believe nine Novas in all were there, but only one MVN Club member had his Nova in the show. But then, when you take not one, but four awards at the event, only one MVN member is enough. We all must give Jim and Jann Wilkins a big congratulations for taking First Place and Oustanding Paint, Detail, and Display in their class. 23 photos of their blue '67 SS are but of only one feature in the photo shoot. Another member of our club who did not bring his Nova this time, but instead was showing his 1970 W-30 442, and being upstairs, it looked great! Now I think that all the judges thought so too, because it also took a First Place Award! Congratulations to Rick “Opie” Willis for your big win. Photos of Opie and his 442 are numbers 225 thru 229 on the photo shoot, so take a look. Also Opie and I took the opportunity to meet and talk to Jerry Mathers of “Leave it to Beaver”, and I did give him info on our club and club website. Of course, I could go on and on, but I think its best if you look at the photo shoot to see all that you missed, if you did not get to attend this great event in Cincinnati.
This month on the 11th, there is the Springfield Swap Meet at the Clark County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to Ohioswapmeet.com for information, and in Indianapolis on February 9th through the 11th, it's the Autorama/World of Wheels Car Show. If you would like to check it out, go online to Autorama.com for all the info you will need. John Lynch is strongly considering on trying to put together a car show sometime later on this year in memory of his cousin Jerry Sharkey. Jerry, a car guy, lost his life last year in a terrible auto accident, as I told you in the December newsletter. The Lynch family will be sponsoring this event and not MVN, so all club members would be eligible to participate and win awards. If you would like to help John put this show on or if you have any ideas, please call him at 513-652-6996.
Paul Galyen did sell his beautiful blue '67 Nova. I spoke to Paul just after I put out the January MVN Newsletter, and it is now in a private collection. Paul says that he did get what he was aksing, but since it is now owned by someone else, I cannot divulge the selling price. Of course, what I can say is that the Chicago collector who bought it got himself one great deal! I only wish that a MVN member would have gotten it, so we could have kept it in the club. Paul, we all wish you the best of luck for you and your family in your new life out West. Photos of the car are still up on his page, if you would like to take a look at them.
Michael Collins is doing well after his surgery and tells me that he is looking forward to the car show/racing season of 2018. If you woud like to see Mike's 1970 yellow drag Nova, I have some great shots of it that I took when we were up at National Trail Raceway last year. And while you are there on the members page, take a look also at his beautiful black '68 Nova. The 2018 list of MVN get togethers is up on the website. As of right now, all shows are a go, so save the dates and come on out to meet up with other members of our club. We all have so much in common to talk about. Over the last month, I have been talking with Dee Troxell of Hollywood Gaming and yes, the April event is going to take place on the same Sunday as last year, the week before Sharonville, so this will be our first get together of the year. Dee is still working on the final details, but what she has in mind, I like a lot! Dee and I will be talking more this month about the show, so next month, I will be able to speak more freely about what will change and what will stay the same with the Hollywood Gaming Event. Photos of last year's event are on the website. There are 584 images to view. If you have not seen them, please take a look. Many people have told me that I did an excellent job of catching all the fun we had, and it is sure to get you excited about this year's upcoming show.
In closing, I would like to ask all members of MVN to help spread the word about our club website, because as you know, I am now trying to promote the website as something for everyone who loves the classic car/tuck hobby. The site has so much to offer, and our car show/cruise in listings are only one of the many things that our site can provide to non-members as well as members. Keep reading our MVN Newsletters, and I will try my best to keep up to date on what's going on. There's a lot more to come next month.
One final thing: last September, I did a photo shoot of the She Jammer Reunion at th Irish Club. If you would like to take a look, it is now up on the pictures page of the website. We had a really great time!
Well, that's if for now,
As always, be careful out there,
January 1st, 2018
Miami Valley Novas January 2018 Newsletter
I would like to first start off by saying to all MVN members and to the other loyal readers of our newsletter, Happy New Year! Wow, can you believe that it's actually 2018? Since our last month's newsletter, we have had snow, a lot of cold weather, the first day of winter, Christmas, and now New Years. I hope everybody had a great white Christmas. They say it's the first one in nine years for the Miami Valley. As for the cold weather, let's look at the glass half full. The days are already getting longer. That is the daylight, and the first day of Spring is only eleven weeks away. I want to also say thank you for the many wonderful cards, e-mails, texts, and phone calls that I received over Christmas. It really does make me feel good to know that you appreciate what we are trying to do with our club and club website. Over the past month, I did get out to visit with some members and friends of the club. Dave Pleasant is looking great and says hello, as does Bill Holder and our Vice President, John Lynch. Also, as a kind gesture from our club member Joe Peters and myself, we took a well known car guy that you all see at the shows and cruise-ins out to dinner and gave him some Christmas gifts. I don't want to mention him by name, but this man has been going through so much over the past three years, Joe and I felt that we just had to do this to cheer him up, and cheer him up we did. Isn't that what Christmas is all about? Members Michael Collins is recovering well from his surgery and should be back to showing his 68 Nova and racing his 70 Nova this Spring.
A nice congratulations must also go out to member Jim Wilkins for taking three big awards at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals held in Chicago on November 18th and 19th. As most of you know, Jim and his wife, Jann, travel all over doing many of the indoor shows as well as outdoor shows. Just to remind you, Jim took the Best of Class with his 67 at Super Chevy last year and he has informed me that he will have his 67 Nova this year at the Calvacade of Customs Show in Cincinnati. And speaking of the Calvacade of Customs, it will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center on January 5th, 6th, and 7th. More info on this event can be found on our website on the car show page. If you would like to see photos of the 2016 and 2017 shows, I do have them on our website. Vice President, John Lynch, and myself will be at the show on Saturday the 6th all day to check out all the action. So if you spot us, be sure to say hello.
On Sunday, January 7th, the Freemans Super Sunday Swap Meet will take place once again at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. More info on this can be found on our website by going to Links and then Parts and Services. Also, under this same webpage, you can find out more about how Springfield Cars and Parts has taken over the former VCAA Swap Meet to be held on February 11th. Just go to the Ohio Swap Meet and click on their website link.
In last months' newsletter, I spoke of my two granddaughters. I did mention Melissa, but did not mention, by name, Mariana Kate, who is now five months and growing fast. So both Melissa and Mariana are doing well. Thank you for wanting to know Mariana's name.
Finally, in closing, I would like everyone to know that in this week's Ohio Auto & RV January 2-8, MVN Member Cindy Adams with her 1974 Ventura GTO is featured in the Nice Ride section. Thank you, Bill Holder, for highlighting yet another outstanding club member's car. I just want to remind all MVN members to keep me up to date on any phone numbers, e-mail, or address changes, or if you join or quit National Nostalgic Nova. This helps me greatly to keep up to date.
Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving and take some time to be with those you love? I sure hope that you did. Family and friends are a very important part of life and what would life be without the people we love so much. As I prepared for the last newsletter of 2017, I couldn't help but think of what a year it was for not just myself, but you the MVN members and the club. For many of you I stay in close personal contact with, and some I only get to talk to at the get-togethers we have during the car show season. But one thing that I know for sure is that I really do think of all of you as my friends. So to end the year, I would like to touch on just a few members of the club who had some good times and also some bad times in the last year.
To begin, I'll start with myself. Last week, I was at the funeral of a long time friend of the church I belong to, and I'm not ashamed to say that I did cry and not just a little, but a lot! You can't know someone almost thirty yars and not get emotional knowing that his life is over, but then George was a great person who did so much to help others. So I know that he is truly in Heaven with God. On the brighter side, four months ago my daughter, Robin and her husband Dan, gave to our family, our second granddaughter. So now along with Melissa, who you see from time to time in the photos at car events, we have two beautiful girls in our life. And speaking of Robin, who is a very big part of our club, I would like to say Happy Birthday and Thank You for all she does to keep our website up to date and looking so great! For those of you who have never taken the time to really look at it, please do so. I still get calls from people all over that say it is one of the best sites out there for classic car lovers. So check it out.
The next member I would like for you to get to know is Michael Collins. Mike is amazing. Not only does he have a wild Gold Class black 1968 Nova that has taken countless awards, but he also has a 1970 drag strip/race car Nova that he takes all over to local and far away drag strips. What a thrill it must be to go so fast down the strip in a Nova you built and love! Now, Michael and I talk a lot, and he did give me permission to mention that last week he underwent major surgery and just got out of the hospital. Michael had to have a left shoulder replacement done. Not good! But, it was very necessary because, like most of us, Mike works on his Novas all the time and loves to race. There is so much more I could say about Mike, but just know this. He is a true Nova Nut and loves people and our club. So to Mike, I say “We love you buddy” and get well soon. We want you back on the strip and showing off that black 68.
Now for member Steve Haven, who I met on May 17, 2015 at our Cincy Street Rods Show get-together. Right away, I was taken with his 1972 Midnight Bronze SS, and after talking to him for only a short time, I knew I wanted Steve to be part of our club. Steve is friendly, knowledgeable, and loves Novas. Steve, himself, will tell you that he doesn't win all the time, because his 72 SS is mostly still original. A few things have been done to keep it up and running, but for the most part it's a survivor with the original paint, engine, and glass. Steve will celebrate forty years of owning his Nova in 2018. That's right, he got it in 1978 from the second owner and has never let go of it! Now, that's a Nova Nut! Of course, over the last four decades, his Nova has won some pretty nice awards. Like two years ago, he took the People's Choice Award at the Black Walnut Festival Car Show, and then this year, he took it once again! With over two hundred entries, that's saying a lot. Then, at the Frisch's in Fairfield at the last show in October, he did it again: another People's Choice Award. That makes three! And, if you remember from the October MVN Newsletter, Steve's Nova took a prestigious Top Fifty at the Eastgate All GM Show in Sharonville, Ohio. So there is something to be said for not having the perfect Nova with a perfect paint job, as long as the right kind of people know what they're looking at. Steve will be turning 60 next month. So like a lot of us, he grew up with the muscle car fever and has kept the car he loves so much. Happy Birthday, Steve. So glad to have you in the club.
The last member to touch on is John Lynch. Like Steve Haven, John acquired his 1971 Nova almost forty years ago and has done a lot to make it a show winner many times over. No longer powered by it's original six cylinder, John put in a 350 and a custom transmission. Also, like Steve, he too took a Top Fifty at the Eastgate All GM Show this year. I met John in 2013 at the Shrine Mother's Day Car Show, took him into the club, and we quickly became the best of friends. John, who like other members of MVN and myself, is a long time member of National Nostalgic Nova. So, it only made sense to make John our Vice-President. A job he loves doing a lot! Also, since John lives South in Ohio, he is able to represent the club at the Southern area events, where many of our members live. John is a great person and truly is into our club. John and I talk a lot and even get together at times to take in the big indoor shows like Cavalcade of Customs. Now for some sad news that has to do with John. On November 1st, John lost his close cousin, Jerry Sharkey, in a terrible traffic accident on St. Rt. 50 in Indiana, and was killed instantly. Jerry leaves behind a wife, a boy and two girls. Jerry was only fifty years old. John tells me that his cousin was a real classic car person. His 66 Dodge Wagon and his 62 Ford Wagon were regulars at many car events, and he was just getting started on a Plymouth. No words can really express how we all feel, but I have sent John a sympathy card from the members of MVN. So please keep John and Jerry's family in your prayers. John and I have been talking about doing something for the family in Jerry's name, possibly a car show. If John and I can get this event going, it will not be sponsored by our club, but by the Lynch family so as to make it open to all MVN members except of course, John and myself. More to come on this later.
Finally, did you see the great Wheels Article by our good friend Skip Peterson, on the Metal Brite Car Show? It was in November 4th's edition. I'm sure Mike Barr was very please. Thanks, Skip. It was a fantastic layout, and the photos were really cool! Also, please take a look at the Members Page of our website to view Michael Collins, Steve Haven, and John Lynch car photos. They really do have some nice Novas.
Well, that's it for now, except to say I want you all to have a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Years. Talk to you in 2018.
Did you all have a nice October? I sure did. I love celebrating Halloween and decorating the house inside and out. Of course, I believe, as most do, that Halloween is the real start of the holiday season, because in just three weeks, it will be Thanksgiving. So, to everybody, have a great time with family and friends, and don't eat too much! Ha! Ha!
As for October, there were a few shows still to attend, so let me run through them to tell you what took place. On the 14th, Young's Dairy again sponsored the One Room School House Car Show, and over three hundred entries made this event a big success with D.J. Dick Ryman again playing the music. And, speaking of our friend “Hot Dog Ryman”, the next day, he put on his annual Wooden Nickel Cruise-In at the Antique Mall in Springfield. As you know, he gives away a total of three thousand dollars in cash in fifty and one hundred dollar bills to the winner's chosen by random selection. This year, with the threat of rain, only 187 with the required wooden nickel came out to be part of this year-end event. But, of course also a lot of spectators did also show up to view the cars and trucks and to see who might win some cash or door prizes. Seven members of our club did attend, and I'm happy to say that member Bill Vance and myself did take a top prize of one hundred dollars each. As for my winnings, I will again be donating them to our club charity, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I would also like to say a big thank you to Dick Ryman for being such a great car show D.J. and for putting on this and all his events through the past years.
On the 22nd, two postponed events from the previous week took place: The Spooktacular Cruise-in and the Metal Bright Show. Both had good turn outs, with members of our club at both shows. Also, the first annual V.F.W. Post 8437 Car Show was held in Enon, Ohio, with D.J. Dick Ryman again playing the music. With over one hundred entries, door prizes, and awards it turned out to be a great event. For all who came out to support the Pee Wee Football Association, thank you, and a big congratulations to M.V.N member Joe Peters for taking the Best Original Award with his 1973 Gold Duster.
Now for things to do in November: On Sunday the 5th, we will all be going back to the Standard Time, so change your clocks and check your smoke detectors. Also, on this day, is the Annual Swap Meet at Reichard Chevrolet from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., with indoor and outdoor vendors. Food and hot drinks will be available for purchase, so check it out! On the 10th and the 11th, the Springfield Swap Meet will be going on at the Clark County Fairgrounds, but the Car Show will take place only on Saturday, the 11th. If the weather is nice, and it might just be...you might want to show at this last event of the year. I have done so in the past, and I have also won. On the 26th, it will again be Freeman's Super Sunday Swap Meet in Indiana. All info on this event is listed on our website on the Parts & Services Section. Just go down to Super Sunday and click the link to it.
A few other points of interest before I close: Our good friend, Bill Holder, has a new book out called “Dayton, Ohio Race Town”. It's great and covers most of our area on racing. The cost is only $25 or two for $40. This would make a great gift for Christmas or birthday. For questions or a copy, call Bill at 937-233-0924. MVN member Johnny McGlosson, who also own's Pop's Garage and Restoration has some Nova parts to get rid of. There are too many to list, but they are for 1966 to 1974. So you might want to call him at 937-533-3716. Also, a link is on our website: Pop's Garage and Restoration.
Now for some good news and bad. The bad news is long time MVN member, Paul Galyen, is leaving town, leaving the club, and also leaving the Nova hobby. The good news is his blue 1967 is up for sale. He wants to give MVN members first shot at getting it. It's solid, clean, and a show winner many times. Photos are on his page of the website. This is a turn key way to acquire a very sought-after 2nd generation Nova. At the price he is asking, it won't last long! Call him at 513-646-7958 for more info. Also, if you want to be in the Calvacade of Customs in January at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, now is the time. Info is on the car show page of our website.
Finally, I would like to thank David Wendt for again featuring one of my Novas in his 2018 X-Treme Muscle Car Calendar. It is always a great honor to be nationally recognized in this fashion and by a world renowned photographer as David Wendt. All the photos from September and October shows are now up on the website. They include Tipp City, Performance Paint, Fairborn, and of course, the Wooden Nickel Cruise-In. Also we have now passed twenty thousand photos on the pictures page of the website. It's looking pretty cool!
Let me start by saying that September was a big month. Not only was there Labor Day, Patriot's Day, Grandparents Day, and the beginning of Autumn, we also had quite a few events going on around the Miami Valley. For those of us who love classic cars and trucks, September gave us all a unique opportunity to get our rides out there for others to see them and enjoy them. After all, that's what this hobby is really all about. So with that said, let me touch on just a few of them that many of our members took advantage of.
On Labor Day, the Kettering Holiday at Home Car Show was once again a nice place to go to see who was chosen to show at this event. I, myself, and also many of our members in the past have said Yes to the invitation to be there and we can all say it is a great experience. On Saturday the 9th, I again showed off the club van at the Springfield Cars and Parts Car Show to help get out the word about our club and website. Many people saw it and were happy to find out about how we now list car shows, cruise ins, and over twenty thousand photos of various shows and events. On Sunday the 10th, we had two new cruise-ins in the area, and both are talking about making them annual events. The first one was the Cruise for a Cause at the Rip Rap Roadhouse from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to raise awareness for the Community Blood Center of Dayton and also Hoxworth Blood Center. Dave Pleasant, who got all of this going tells me that they had a very nice turn out of over 140 entries, raised over two thousand dollars, and a total of 31 people gave blood for this worthwhile cause. I was also informed that there were lots of door prizes and gas cards given out, making this a very special day. Then, many who attended went up just the road a bit to the Big Vandalia Nazarene Church Cruise-in beginning at 5 p.m. and going to eight. Dave Harrison, who I spoke to last week, says it turned out great! Of course, along with the ladies famous chili that we all love so much, they had music and quite a few door prizes. So a big Thank You to the youth group of the church for putting this nice event on for us to enjoy.
On Saturday, the 16th, MVN member, Wayne Dennis and the Miami Valley Car Club put on the annual St. Leonard Cruise-in. This was a big success with hot dogs and hamburgers. All the residents loved seeing the many fine rides that showed up. So thank you Wayne. Now for Sunday the 17th...Wow! What a day! Not one, not two, but three big shows were going on that all were attended by members of our club. First there was the Dayton Concourse at Carillon Park, with again over two hundred of the finest cars on display. Members Joe Peters, Cindy Adams, and Bill Peterson, all took part in this invitational event put on by the Dayton History Association. A big congratulations to Joe, who took an Award of Excellence this year, and Cindy, who last year took Best of class, making her eligible this year to show in the prestigious Premier Class. Great job Joe and Cindy. The second event going on this day, was of course, the Fairborn Car Show that this year had a new record turn out of 323 entries, beating last year's record of 264. It was hot! And I'm not just talking about the seventeen members of MVN who came on out to this fine show to get together for a day of fun, food, and comradery. I, as always, spent the day taking a lot of photos and going around to talk a bit with the members to see what they have been up to this year, and yes, many do have some cool Nova projects going on. As for the awards, eight of us took a Top 100, but two members, Harold Lunsford and Mike Sell, both took Special Recognition Awards for their outstanding Novas, making this a great showing for MVN. The third event was the Eastgate All GM Show held at Sharon Woods Park in Sharonville, Ohio. Vice President of our club, John Lynch, was on hand along with members Steve Haven and Bill Rawers. John tells me it was a great day all the way to the end, when all three of them won a Top Fifty Award to again demonstrate what fine Novas we have in our club. Congratulations John, Steve, and Bill for your big wins! The following Friday, on the 22nd, was the Annual Tipp City Mum Festival Car Show and Cruise-in. Again, it was hot, with temperatures hitting 90 to 92 degrees, but this did not stop the estimated eight hundred of us who took part in the once a year event. From 2 to 10 p.m., on St. Rt. 571 gong through town, we all set up our cars and trucks to give, to all who came, a chance to see this wild display, and like always, thousands did come to enjoy this colorful showing of the classics. If you have never been to this event, please put it on your list for next year, because it is something you have got to see to believe. As for MVN members, I know I saw at least thirty, but not all had their Novas. Some chose to bring one of their other cars to this, our last get together of the year, which is certainly an acceptable thing to do because we love seeing what else they have in their garages. The last big show that some of our MVN members attended was put on by the Ohio Cruisers on Saturday, the 23rd. This took place at the Airline Dairy Creme in Vandalia, Ohio and was rightly named “End of the Summer Car Show”. I, myself, did not make this event due to another commitment, but I have been informed that it was a very well put together first time event, and we can only hope that the Ohio Cruisers will make this an annual show. Now for the really cool news of this event. All MVN members who attended did take a Top 30 Award but what's even better is the MVN took the Club Participation Award. Accepting the award in my absence was member Craig Stansell, and who like Jeff Barnhart, when we took this award at Skyline Chili, did turn it over to me to display in the office of my complex for all to see and enjoy. Thanks Craig, for being a loyal member of the club. Please understand that Club Participation Awards do not belong to any one member but to the club as a whole and should always be turned over to me so we can display them on the website. I plan on making a page just for this purpose.
Finally, there were three more things going on to quickly mention that some members took part in at the end of the month. The New Carlisle Heritage of Flight Cruise-in on Friday the 29th, the Big Pumpkin Run in Owensville, Ohio on the 30th, and I would like to congratulate Vice President of our club, John Lynch, for taking a Top Fifty Award at the Sharonville Ford Transmission Plant Car Show on the 23rd. John says that out of the almost two hundred entries, he was the only Nova there. Great job John on your big win!
As for what's going on in October, there are six events on the car show page of the website, so check them out. However, I will mention the Metal Bright Show on Sunday the 15th, which is always greatly attended with or without your special ride and of course, Dick Ryman's big end of the year Wooden Nickel Cruise-in at the Springfield Antique Mall, also on Sunday the 15th from 12-4 p.m.
Wow! Where did the Summer go? The kids are back in school, the daylight hours are getting shorter, and believe it or not, the stores are putting out their Halloween merchandise. Oh, and yes, Labor Day is only a few days away too. All are signs that Fall will soon be upon us, and if that's not enough, our club will soon have the last get-together of the year on Friday the 22nd at the big Tipp City Mum Festival Cruise-In. I say big, because that's the only way to accurately describe this last big car event of the season. For those of you who regularly go to this showing of cool classic cars and trucks, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Ok, yes, there are still more shows after Tipp City, including the big Pumpkin Run in Owensville, Ohio, but to find out where they are, you're just going to have to visit our website and click on the Car Shows page. And speaking of our new Car Shows Page, many members and even more non-members are telling me that they love it! So, if you still haven't seen it, you really do need to check it out. Also, I am now promoting our club website as "a website for everybody!", because this website has so much to offer people who love classic cars and trucks. Take a look at it!
A few months back, I spoke to you about one of our members whose Nova was chosen to be on the cover of a national publication and that member is Jim Wilkins, who on July 29th, at the big Super Chevy Show, took the Best of Class Award with his blue 1967 Chevy II. I now invite you to take a look at Jim's page on our website to see how Summit Racing Equipment has honored Jim by portraying his Nova in such a wonderful way: Both on the cover and the pull out insert titled "True Blue" with beautiful photos and specs of the car. For you who get the Summit Catalog in the mail, I'm sure you've already seen it, but if you haven't, you got to take a look. This is just another fine example of yet another one of our members who has taken the time to make his Nova a very special machine.
On August 12th, we had our eighth get-together of the year in Franklin, Ohio at the Downtown Saturday Night Car Show. Twelve of our club members came on out to join 779 entries in this wild display of the classic car hobby. What can I say except we had a real blast! Vice President of our club, John Lynch and myself were of the first to be there since we arrived at 1:30 to get in line. By 2:30, they were letting us in to get our cars set up, and even through we didn't leave until it was over at 10:05 pm., the day just went too fast. I have spoken to you in the past about this show and how great it is, but you really have to experience it to understand what it all has to offer, please take a look at not only this years photos, but also years past that I have taken and next year, try to make it because Gary has been saying every year for the past three years at the end of the show, this might be the last one! We only hope that they will keep on having it.
On the 19th, we had the Bellbrook Festival Car Show listed again as a get-together, but unfortunately, only three MVN members took advantage of this great event. Put on by the Miami Valley Car Club, MVN member, Wayne Dennis, who by the way, is President of their club, once again, as in past years, provided us a large area to have a line-up of our club cars, but just myself and members, Bill and Deb Peterson and Frank Price came on out to join in on the fun. Now if I sound disappointed...yes, you can say that I am, because this is a great show with lots of door prizes, great music, and really nice people in their club wanting only to show us a good time. While I'm on the subject of this outstanding car club, I want to tell you about another event they will be co-hosting. On September 16th, with a rain date of September 30th, it's the Cruise-In at St. Leonard, 8200 Provincial Way, in Centerville. There is no admission, with two trophies awarded to Residents' Choice and Director's Choice. Hot dogs, burgers, and drinks will be available for purchase, all to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. For more info, call Wayne at 426-4519. Please try to come on out to support the Miami Valley Car Club at this great event. Also, I spoke to Dave Harrison, and while the Vandalia Nazarene Church Car Show will no longer take place, he wants everybody to know about their cruise-in to be held on Sunday, September 10th from 5 to 8 p.m. with music, food, and even one award to be given by the church youth group, so if the weather is good, you might want to take a drive out to this cruise-in.
The Eaton Downtown Saturday Night Car Show get-together was a great success, with sixteen members coming out to show their Novas. The weather was perfect, and so was the food. Member Jeff Barnhart and myself were of the first ones there to be of the five hundred entries on hand to have a a really great time. No members won at this show, but then many of them have won in the past, so you can't win them all. This was a long day for me and not getting home until ten p.m. was tough, especially since twelve hours later, we were on our way to downtown Dayton for our eleventh get-together of the year to take place at the Antioch Shrine Car Show. Yes, again, we had a great turn out, with ten Novas showing up and almost all were MVN members. Now, this is the cool part. Most of us took a Top Fifty Award. Not bad, given the fact that they tied their record of 150 entries of some of the best machines around. So take a look at the photos of all four get-togethers we had in August, and I think you will see why we have so much fun at these events.
Now as for September, besides Tipp City that I spoke of earlier, I will be also going to the Fairborn Car Show this year. Check the website's Car Shows Page for this and all the other shows left this year, and remember, all car shows and cruise-ins listed will remain up all year round.
One last thing to mention is the Big Cruise for a Cause being put on by our good friends at the Rip Rap Roadhouse. This will be on Sunday, September 10th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the Community Blood Center and to give back for helping Dave Pleasant, so from now until October 10th, if you donate blood under his name, you will be entered to win one of 3 cash prizes of $100 at the cruise-in. Cost for this big event is ten dollars, so come on out and help with this cause. Also, I am asking all our members to say some prayers for all those affected by the hurricane in Texas and Louisiana. Please also help in any way that you can.
Ok, I think the first thing I should ask all of you is...Do you feel that we have had enough rain? It really seems we've had rain about every three or four days. But fortunately, it has so far not interfered with too many car shows.
And speaking of car shows, our car show page on the website is done for this year. I say this year because next year, I will be taking another look at it to update info and add some new shows and cruise-ins to it. I want to also take this opportunity to give a big thank you to my daughter, Robin, who without her time and computer talent, our website would not even exist. What you see on it is my vision, but Robin is who made it all come to life. I would also like to announce the birth of Robin's 2nd daughter, Mariana Kate, at 6 lbs, 1 oz. (Now you know why I had to cancel Friday at the Super Chevy Show.) Thank you to all who prayed for my new granddaughter and Robin.
I spoke to Dave Pleasant last week, and yes, he is doing well and is back home from the re-hab center. He wants me to tell all of the MVN members "thank you" for our prayers and is hoping to be at Fairborn and the Metal Bright shows to visit and talk to everybody. Another few things before I get to the events of July and August. Many times I am asked how many members are going to be at a particular show or get-togethers. This is something I never know until I get there myself, because as you know, MVN is a club where you can participate as much or as little as a member wants. We have had as many as twenty-four Novas and members show up and as little as one other member besides myself. But the average is about six, as you can see from the pictures I take at the events. But we did have fifty-five show up for the magazine photo shoot and again, I thank you so much for that great day and the group photos we got at the event. These photos can be seen on the "About Us" section of the website. I have also put on this section "Our Mission Statement", so if you want to know what our club stands for, I invite you to take a look at what I have come up with. Also, many members don't realize that on the index page, the eight boxes are fast links to these sites and are not advertisements.
Now onto our get-togethers: On July 15th, we had eleven members show up for the Salem Church of God Car Show and the weather was great! Something else that was great...eight out of ten MVN members all took a Top Fifty Award. I say eight out of ten, because member, Dave Austin, was not eligible to win since this is his church's car show. So out of the 159 entries, MVN did very well at this show. The winners were: Norm Smith, Jeff Barnhart, Fred Millard, Frank Price, Kenny Pierson, Gary Hill, Bill & Deb Peterson, and myself. 365 images of this really fun get-together are now up on our website. As for the Super Chevy Show on Saturday, the 29th, I got there early to be entry No. 6. It took ninety minutes from my house and 102 miles from interstate 70/75, yes, a long way for all six of us who made the journey, but well worth it. We had only two members from MVN in the Nova section of sixteen show cars and it looked really wild. In the line up, it was club member Jim Wilkins with his beautiful blue '67 SS and myself with my red '71 SS. The other four members decided to bring out their race cars and do a bit of showing off for all of us to see what they have built. Drag racing were members, Jeff Brokaw with his '74 Omega, Michael Collins with his '70 Nova drag car, Mark Gordon in his blue '72 pro street, and Mark Smith with his red '72 pro street. This the cool part. All of them won their respective classes. As for the show cars, our Nova section was the biggest class they had, so they added four Honorable Mention Awards. And now for the big news. Both Jim Wilkins and myself took the two highest honors. Jim took Best of Class and I took the Outstanding Nova Award. So, as you can see, it was a big day for our club. This show was fantastic with so much to see and do, I could spend hours talking about it, but instead, I'll just have you look at all the photos I took.
As for August, and the rest of the year's get-togethers, please check the list on the website. I did make one change. The Northridge show is out, and the Eaton Downtown Saturday Night show has been added. More on this is in next month's MVN newsletter.
Well Summer is officially upon us and in only a few days, we will be celebrating Independence Day, so, please have a fun and safe Fourth of July. First off, I want to let you all know that our good friend of the club, Dave Pleasant, who owns and operates Quality Machine Co., is now in rehab after suffering a heart attack on May 26th and then undergoing triple bypass surgery. I, of course, sent Dave a get well card from all of us at MVN, wishing him a speedy recovery. I have also been calling his sons, Dave, Jr. and Sean, every few days to check on his progress, and as of now, they say he is doing great! Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. For those of you who do not know, Dave is a huge part of the classic car hobby, doing machine work and others things for many of us in the area, and yes, he has even done work for me on my Novas as well. But this does bring up a subject I've wanted to address for some time. When member, Earl Hudson, passed away in August 2016, I did not even know about it until his wife, Ella, sent me an e-mail in December to cancel out the MVN Newsletter. Now I know many of you knew of Earl's passing, but no one called me to see if I knew of his death. This greatly upset me, but I didn't say anything until now. As you know, we have a big club, and I just can't keep track of everybody, so please let me know if you are aware of any member who is sick or, God forbid, has passed away. I've always wanted this club to be a special thing, like family, and I truly do love you all, so please help to keep me informed of what's going on. I will only put it in the newsletter if I get permission to do so.
Now onto what happened in June. The Reichard Cruise-In to Summer was great! We had over a dozen members of the club show up with their Novas, and all I can say is if you missed it, you missed a great cruise-in and a lot of fun. Now our fifth get-together on June 17th at the Beavercreek Baptist Church was also a big success, because all six members of the club who came out to this show took a Top Fifty Award, and two members also took a special award as well. This really says a lot about our club and the Pastor, Evan, told me he noticed all of the cool Novas out in the show car field, as did others. I also attended three other events with some of the members of MVN: the Ace Car Show, the Bumpers Car Show, and Cruise the Burg, and yes, we all took awards at the two car shows, so take a look at the photos.
In July, we have two great get-togethers on tap. The Salem Church of God Car Show on July 15th and the Big Super Chevy Show in Columbus, Ohio. Be sure to check the website for more upcoming get-togethers for this year. Now, please remember that the Super Chevy Show is a two day event, but I have only Saturday listed on the Get-Together Page, because I know two days is too much for a lot of you, but I, myself and several other members of MVN, are going to do both Friday and Saturday the 28th and 29th. So, whatever day you come, with or without your Novas, look us up. It's going to be a blast! Oh! And don't forget the big Goodguys Show on the 7th, 8th, and 9th in Columbus at the Expo Center.
Now onto some things about our website. As you know, I get calls and e-mails from members and non-members telling me what a fantastic car club website we have, and I'm always trying to make it better. Our Pictures Page now has almost twenty thousand photos on it, and because I really try to catch all the fun we have, I'm being asked a lot to let my photos be used by organizations for their websites and newsletters. This is not a problem because I do not copyright them. In fact, if you like a photo, use it and enjoy! I also want you to help spread the word on our website, because even though it's our club site, it's also a website for all car show people to enjoy. We have a lot of cool stuff on it, and it's about to get a new addition. As you know, we have always had a Car Shows button on the index page, but until recently, it was only used to link you to websites, like Tom Midlan's Country Cruiser, to help people find car shows to attend, but with the loss of Tom's great website and no one really stepping up to do this right, my daughter, Robin, and myself have taken on this project. I really was not going to mention this until we had more done, but many of you have already seen it and are thanking me for doing this. So, here's what is going on, over the past ten years, I have kept all my car show flyers (Thank God I did), and I am going through them one by one to get new updated info, and most importantly, permission to put them on the website. So far, no one has said no. And yes, this research takes a lot of time. On April 21st, Robin rebuilt the page (Car Shows) on our website to it's new look and format. Then on May 13th, we began to upload the weekly and monthly cruise-ins. This user-friendly format is very similar to what Tom had on his country cruiser site, giving a lot of information in a small space, and the scrolling down format is quick and easy. In June, we began to upload the car shows that I have researched and got permission to use and more will be added as the process takes place. Please remember this site is far from finished, but what we have so far looks great! Also, unlike Tom's site, these shows and cruise-ins will not be taken down when the event is over, but will remain up year round, giving car show enthusiasts the opportunity to use it to plan their events whenever they want (even in the Winter). I really believe that this service will bring many car show people to our great website, making MVN an even bigger part of the car show venue in this area. So, check it out!
With the unofficial start of summer now behind us and the official start just a few weeks ahead, it's time to get your Novas out of the garage and have some fun with them. I hope that everybody took some time to have a great Memorial Day with friends and family on this most important day to remember our war heroes who gave up there lives for our great nation and way of life.
Now believe it or not, May was a very busy car show month. Not only did we have our 3rd and 4th get togethers, there were also two other shows I attended with some other MVN members. At the AMVETS Post 99 Car Show on May 20th, all five of us received awards. Cindy Adams, Fred Millard, Norm Smith, Randy Vogel, and myself all got Top Forty trophies. It's cool when all members of MVN win. However, the Springfield Cars and Parts Car Show was a different story. Three members of MVN had their Novas there, but only two won: Craig Stansell and Bill Vance, but in my opinion, I feel Mike Sell should have also won. I, myself was showing off my newly restored 95 van, so I didn't expect to win, but it was nice to see people checking it out. As for our get togethers, only one member won at each event, Steve Haven took the Show and Shine Award at Cincy Street Rods, and at the Shrine Mother's Day Car Show, I took the Potentate's Award. All show photos are now up on the website.
Now for something that I need to address. It's the loss we are all feeling from no longer being able to go to Tom's website, Country Cruiser, to find car shows and cruise-ins. I got to tell you, I'm getting about a phone call or e-mail each day from people asking me where the shows are. So until we can find a solution to this problem, the best thing I can tell you is get yourself a Show N' Shine Auto Event Calendar. They are available at many car shows and cruise-ins. It will help a lot, and speaking of car shows, you remember in last month's newsletter, I told you that Julie, at Brookville Roadsters, informed me that their show is no longer going to take place. Well, now this month, I have more bad news. Dave Harrison has told me that the Vandalia Nazarene Car Show is also a thing of the past as well. You all know how great of a show this was to attend and what fun it was, so this is going to be a huge loss for all of us. And believe it or not, because of the new school construction, the Northridge Cruisin' to the Ridge Show might not take place as well. However, Margie Lairson tells me she is going to try her best to find a location for us to have the car show if possible. I will keep you up to date on what I find out. For those of you who do not know, I am a 1975 Alumni of Northridge and have been going to this show for many years, and it means a lot to me.
In June, we have one get together for our club, and it will be the Beavercreek Baptist Church Show on the 17th, but also remember on the 3rd, many of us at MVN will be going to the 30th Annual Cruise Into Summer at Reichard in Brookville (formally Boose Chevrolet). I have been informed that the monthly Voss Chevrolet Cruise-ins will also start in June but have been moved up to the 2nd Friday of each month and not the 3rd like last year.
Finally, I want to say thank you to our good friend of the club, Skip Peterson, for his mentioning us in his fantastic article in the Wheels Section of the Dayton Daily News (May 27, 2017). The Hollywood Gaming Event, as you know, was our first club get together for 2017. Not only did we have twenty four members show up with their Novas, but member Jim Wilkins took a First Place with his beautiful 1967. To say we had a lot of fun would be an understatement. If you have not yet done so, check out the photos on the website and of course, the events in May are also now up to view.
Can you believe that it is May, and can you believe that I've already been to three great shows and two cruise-ins? Well, it's true. April got off to a wild start for us who like to get out and meet up with others that love this hobby we call classic cars. So, get the grass cut and do a few jobs around the house, and then come on out to be with us at a show or cruise-in....You'll be glad that you did!
The first show this year was at National Trail School in New Paris, Ohio, and while last year, they had 181 entries, this year was down a bit to 129 entries. Don't get me wrong, it was still a very fun experience, and seven MVN members did show up with their Novas. I spent a lot of time taking photos and talking to those who came out to enjoy the day. One member did win a top twenty, but to find out who it was, you're just going to have to look at all the great shots I took of the show.
The second show was the First Annual Hollywood Gaming Cruise-In/Show that took place on Sunday, April 23rd. As always, I arrived early to start taking photos and even before they let us into the show area at 10 a.m., I counted about fifty cars in the back lot that they put us in until it was time to open up registration. From then on, it got pretty crazy. The cars, trucks, and motorcycles just kept on coming and coming at both ends of the north parking lot, until they had 508 entries. There were so many cool rides that it was virtually impossible to not find something interesting to look at. And since there was no entry fee, the rides kept on coming even after registration closed at 2 p.m. The food line stayed busy all day with a great menu of burgers, fries, and a lot more like chicken and brats. Speaking of great, Ashley Martin and her band put on a really wild show for all of us to enjoy. Ashley, who is a national recording artist, is a real sweetie. After seeing me taking so many photos of her and the band, she asked to meet me, and when we got a chance to talk, I found out why she is so popular with her fans. Oh, and by the way, it was her birthday, and yes, she even told me how old she is. One more thing to mention about this event is that we had twenty four MVN members show up with their cars, and while I did not get the chance to talk to all of you, I do have each of your Novas displayed first and together on the photo shoot that is now up on our website. The Miami Valley Mopar Club had only sixteen of their cars there, so good job! If you did miss the event, just want to see the 585 photos, or see who won, go to the pictures page of MVN.
The third show that took place on the 30th was our first MVN get together of the year held in Sharonville, Ohio, and as I like to do, I got there early to start taking my photos. This year, pre-registered cars got in at 8:30 a.m., but they actually let us line up at 8 a.m. I got set up and was judged right away. I then went out to visit and take pictures of the twenty MVN members who came out to this really great show and to also capture all of the other cool and exciting things that took place over the next six hours. I did not yet get an official count, but I do believe they once again hit their five hundred mark of entries. We had no rain, some sun and clouds, with a high of 82 degrees. It was a beautiful day except for the wind. Everybody had a great time as you will see by the photos. I want to say thank you to all of the members who came out to this show and also to the Sharonville Chamber of Commerce, the police, and all the volunteers who work so very hard to put on this fantastic event. I invite you to look at not only this year's photos, but also years past, to understand just how big of a show this is.
As for what to do in May, we have two get togethers on tap. The first is the Shrine Mothers Day Show on the 15th, and the Cincy Street Rods Show that will take place on the 21st. As always, more info on these shows and all of our other club get togethers is available on our website. Just click on the get togethers box on the index page (lower right section). Also please note that all of the boxes on the index page are fast links to the most popular websites. There are, at this time, three weekly cruise-ins to mention: Thursday, at the Airline Dairy Creme, 224 N. Dixie Drive, and two on Fridays, the Rip Rap Roadhouse, 6024 Rip Rap Road, and of course the Lofinos Cruise-in held in Beavercreek. All are from 5 p.m. to dark. Another nice thing to maybe do in May is the St. Leonard's Cruise-in held on the 20th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is June 3rd. The address is 8200 Provincial Way. For more information on this important event, contact MVN member, Wayne Dennis, at 426-4519. The last things to mention for May are: The Springfield Cars N' Parts Swap Meet and Car Show on the 26th thru the 28th. As I have stated in the past, this first one of the year is always the best with the most vendors. And on the 16th thru the 20th at the Indianapolis, Indiana Fairgrounds is the Mecum Classic Car Auction. For more info, call 262-275-5050 or watch it live on NBCSN. Like Barrett Jackson, the Mecum Auction is a must see event. Even if you have to see it on television.
As for the Brookville Roadsters Car Show that we made one of our get togethers last year, I am sorry to say that Julie at Brookville Roadsters has informed me that the annual show is now a thing of the past. She says it might come
back sometime in the future, but for now it's going on the road.
I hope to have the Sharonville photos up to view in about a week or so, but the National Trail Show and Hollywood Gaming Show are now up.
Ok, being that it is April Fool's Day, I could start off with a joke, but a few years back, member, Michael Collins, got me by saying that he had sold both his Novas and bought a Corvette. Well, Mike got me big time because he is a true Nova Nut. So, I'm not going to do that. But, what I will do is tell you that Mike is recovering well from major knee surgery. Please keep him in your thoughts and your prayers. I have sent him a get well card from all of us at MVN, and we hope to see him out this Spring. Mike, Get well soon!
With Spring now almost two weeks in the rearview mirror, we are rapidly approaching another Nova cruising car show season, and it will be here sooner than you think, with the first show in our area at National Trail High School on April 15. As I said last month, this is not a bad show at all and is well worth the drive, so check out their website at WWW.NTALUMNIASSOCIATION.COM for more information. The next show I need to talk to you about is one that I received an e-mail on just after the March Newsletter went out. It seems that Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway is going to have a car show on Sunday, April 23rd in their north parking lot. Now, I could go on and on telling you all about it, but I think it would be better for you to just visit their website to get all the info: WWW.HOLLYWOODDAYTONRACEWAY.COM. I will say that this looks to be big and I have also made arrangements with them for our car club to park together. I think that this is a great opportunity for us to show off our Novas and our club. So, of course weather permitting, if you want to come and be part of this, please arrive early. I can only hold spaces for our club from 10:00 a.m. to noon to park together. Registration is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with no entry fee. If the weather is nice, I look for this to be a great show with food and live music.
Our first club get together will, as always, be the Sharonville show. As you all know by now, this show only admits around 500 entries, and each year many are turned away. So please come early! With the classes they have, we can't park together as a whole club, but we can still have a lot of fun. To see past shows, got to our website and you will see why this is always a must-do event!
In the January and February Newsletters, I spoke of member Mike Cosculluela being featured on a segment of House of Muscle. Well, it is now available for you to access it. To find out how, I have put a link to it on the Just for Fun section of our website. It is at the top in the No. 2 position next to member Kenny Pierson's Ventura Video. Mike's 1969 Street Freak Creation and also Mike himself come off fantastic so please take some time to check out what they have put together for all of us to enjoy.
Last year, members Cindy Adams, Wayne Dennis, and myself were all invited to show our cars at the Dayton Concours D'Elegance on Sunday, September 18. This show, as always, was huge and a must see event for anyone who loves fine classic automobiles. For those of you who did not get the opportunity to attend this show, I do now have, up on our website, 324 photos for you to enjoy. It will give you a good idea of all the fun we have each year at this very special event. Also last year, I was asked to take photos of the Montgomery County Fair by one of the board members. Since this was to be the last year in Dayton, they wanted some candid shots of the event from my perspective. I think I got some nice images, and all of the aerial shots are not only unique, but have never been seen by the general public, so take a look. They are now up on our website. Oh, and by the way, the fair will be in Dayton one more year, but 2017 will be its last run: July 10th through the 15th.
Another thing to mention is the cruise-in at St. Leonard's on Saturday, May 20th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 8200 Provincial Way. This is to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. For more info, contact MVN member Wayne Dennis at 426-4519. More on this will be in the May newsletter.
Believe it or not, there are still some members who do not know how to access our website. I will make sure it is below the signature line from now on. Here it is for now: WWW.MIAMIVALLEYNOVAS.COM
Wow! Can you believe that we are now only a little over two weeks away from the first day of Spring, and not only that, but the days are getting longer. On the 11th, we will be setting our clocks forward an hour to be returning to Daylight Savings Time. Of course, we all know it is still a bit too early to say that we won't have anymore bad weather, but all things considered, we really have had a pretty good winter here in the Miami Valley.
The first thing I want to talk about is our 2017 get-togethers. The list is up on our website, but only the ones with a date next to them are, at this time, locked down. As for the others, I have not been able to confirm and possibly a few of them might even change. With the loss of Tom Midlam's website, I think it's going to be more difficult to find shows and cruise-ins, and from what I have seen on this new website, CountryCruiser.net, it's not looking good. In fact, as of right now, there is only one cruise-in listed for the entire website. So keep reading our newsletter, and I'll try to keep you up to date on at least the big shows and our get-togethers. With that said, the first show in our area will be the annual National Trail Show on April 15 at National Trail High School in New Paris, Ohio. For those of you who do not know anything about this show, I can tell you from having competed and won at this event in the past, that it is well worth the drive. More information and photos from past shows are available on their website at WWW.NTALUMNIASSOCIATION.COM. As for our first club get together, it will be, as always, the Sharonville Show on April 30th. More on this will be in next month's newsletter. I would like to again give a big thank you to all of the members who came out last May for our Muscle Car Review Magazine Photoshoot. Believe it or not, I'm still receiving phone calls and e-mails from people who loved it. I realize this only happened because of you who helped make it happen. Also, the group photo we took at the event of the members is up on our website. To view it, click the About Us button on the index page. It looks really cool!
On Saturday, the 18th of February, club Vice President, John Lynch and I made the trip together to Columbus for the Summit Hot Rod and Custom Car Show at the Columbus Convention Center. And while it was only one fourth the size of the Cincinnati Cavalcade of Customs, with 110 entries, it was still a really great show. We stayed a full six hours to talk to the owners and vendors and to also promote our club. I have, on our website, 320 photos of not only the show, but also some wild shots of Downtown Columbus. Since I'm sure many of you did not get the chance to go, I think you will enjoy this photo shoot. Oh, and by the way, the band was really quite good!
Last month, one of our original members, Ed Brown, turned 93. So, Happy Birthday to Ed! I sent Ed a card from all of us at MVN along with a little gift. And, by the way, if you want to know our youngest member, it is David Powers, at only 18. David joined the club last year with his beautiful 1977 4 door Nova. This honor of youngest member once belonged to Bailey Perkins with her blue 1974 Ventura GTO. Bailey, at 18, joined the club in 2013. All of these members have great portfolios of their cars on the members page, and I invite you to take a look and to get to know three outstanding members of Miami Valley Novas.
One more thing to mention is about member Jim Wilkins and his beautiful 1967 Blue Super Sport. Jim's Nova has been chosen to be on the cover of a national publication due out this Spring or Summer. At this time, I can only tell you this much because the publisher does not want me to let the cat out of the bag. But, it is just another example of the fine Novas we have in our club. If you want to to see why Jim's Nova was chosen for a three hour photo shoot, go to Jim's portfolio page on our website and you will be amazed by what you see!
The last thing I want to talk about is club security. As you know, I never give out any of your personal information, and the only thing I put on the website is just what people can see at a car show or cruise-in. However, if someone would want to contact you for one reason or another concerning your car or something they want to talk to you about, I will always first contact you and give you their name and phone number and leave it up to you if you wish to contact them. I can tell you from being president of this club that I am bombarded with emails and phone calls from people all over the country and I have to be very careful and concerned about the information I give out to people I do not know. Most of the time, their interested is legitimate but there is always the chance that someone may be trying to access personal information about us that we do not want them to know about.
Well, that's it for now
As always, be careful out there,
Ferbruary 1st, 2017 Newsletter:
With it now being February, we can actually say that Spring is right around the corner. Because it will be here in only another forty six days (that's next month, believe it or not), it's time to start thinking about another fun-filled car show season.
For those of you who rarely get your cars out, I want to encourage you to give some serious consideration to do so. Novas, like all classic cars, are special machines, and people love to see them. Even it if you don't like car shows, go to a cruise-in or just out to get a burger or some ice cream. It's time to enjoy your Nova and let other people enjoy them too!
Last month, on Saturday the 7th, I traveled down to Cincinnati to spend the day with Vice-President of our club, John Lynch, and we attended the 57th Annual Cavalcade of Customs at the Duke Energy Center. Wow! 450 Entries! First off, I want to give a big congratulations to two of our members who showed their Novas and won! Michael Collins took his wild '68 black street machine and racked up his third 2nd Place Award in a row for the last three years! Not bad given the competition, and member Bill Rawers brought out his beautiful blue '65 custom to lock up 3rd Place in his class. But remember, even 3rd in this show is a big win! Like last year, John and I stayed all day because there was just so much to see that we wanted to take it all in. We also spent some time talking to these owners and builders of their cars. They really knew their stuff and have some great stories to tell. Photos are up on our website of this show, as well as last year's show, if you want to get some idea of what this event is all about.
Our Muscle Car Review article "Nova Nuts" that appeared in the January issue was a big hit! Not only have I heard a lot of great things from our club members, but Nova lovers from all over the country have been calling me and e-mailing me to say what a cool club we have. So, I would like to share with you just a few things of what I have been hearing. Dean from New Mexico (who I talked with for almost an hour), loved the article because he is originally from Dayton, has five Novas, and says, he too, is a Nova Nut. Tom, from California, says we have a very special club, because it's all about only Novas. And Randy, from New York, wants to start a Nova club too! Hey! I think we may have started something with what we are doing, you think? But the one thing I have heard over and over, and not just from this article, is what a cool website we have. Over the years, I have spoke to many people all over the country who tell me the same thing. We have one of the best car club websites out there and some even say it is the best! This high praise is well appreciated because it come from owners and admirers of Novas and people who love this hobby of classic cars. So, if you have never spent some time looking at our website, I would like to invite you to do so. I think you will see why it is so special. And speaking of our website, I did get the permission I needed from the editor, Drew Hardin, to post our "Nova Nuts" article. If you did not get a chance to pick up a copy of Muscle Car Review, you can now see the article on our website. To access it, just go to the index page and click on the "About Us" button to view it and other things of interest about our MVN Club.
Last month, I spoke to you about member Mike Cosculluela and his 1969 Street Freak Creation being featured in an upcoming segment of Mike Musto's House of Muscle. As of now, there is still no word on when it will be out. (These things take some time to put together.) But I have found an episode online featuring a 1972 Nova that will give you a good idea of what Big Muscle is all about and who Mike Musto is. To view it, click on the "Just for Fun" button. I have put it in the No. 3 spot. Also, member Kenny Pierson was featured on ESPN with his '72 Ventura a few years back, and it is in the No. 1 spot. This is also a must see video. Remember that these are You Tube clips and are going to also take you to something closely related at the end of each one, so they are intended to get you started on your "just for fun" journey.
As for things to do in February, there is the Vintage Chevy Collectors Swap Meet at the Clark County Fairgrounds on the 19th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In Columbus, on the 17th, 18th, and 19th, Summit Racing Equipment will sponsor the Hot Rod & Custom Car Show at the Columbus Convention Center. And for those of you who like to check out all the new cars and trucks to hit the market this year, it's the Dayton Auto Show on the 23rd through the 26th at the Dayton Convention Center. Also, Senior Day is Friday, the 24th : $6 at the door will get you inside. Its not a bad show if you're looking for something to do.
Finally, I would like to talk to you about something I have been working on, and it is picking a club charity. After doing some research into this, I have chosen The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I have chosen this organization because of the great work they do for kids and families and also because 96 percent of money donated goes for programs and services they provide. So, in January, I have begun to give, in the club's name, a monthly donation. If any of you also wish to give in this endeavor to help children through our club, I have placed a link on the index page of our website to get you to them. Just state on your check or on the donor information: "from Miami Valley Novas". They know who we are because I have set up an account with them. This is totally voluntary and up to you if you wish to give.
Well, that's it for now.
Be careful out there,
January 1st, 2017 Newsletter:
First of all, let me start off by saying to all of you, "Happy New Year"! I hope everybody had a great Christmas season and that you also had a chance to spend time with family and friends. Of course, we all know that we have already had a good snow fall and some really super cold days, but with the official start of winter now eleven days ago, it's not too early to start thinking of Spring! That's right! It will be here in only a mere 77 days! As you can see, I'm always trying to be positive. Something else I'm positive about is we have many members working right now on Nova projects in their garages. In fact, over the last month, I had the pleasure to visit with a few of them and to see what they are up to. Now I don't want to let the cat out of the bag on any particular member, but I can say this. We have some new paint jobs, new hot looking wheels, and even one big block 454 to come out in the 2017 car show season.
The Muscle Car Review article did come out in the January issue, and while we did not get the cover, we did get a very nice four page lay out that did include the full shot of all who showed up and a nice story about our club. I know some of you were disappointed not be one of the five cars featured, but this really never was about any one person's Nova, but the club as a whole, and I'm just glad that we got what we got. I've sent an e-mail thank you to the editor, and I'm hoping to get the OK to put it on our website. However, the article that came out in the Nice Ride section of the Ohio Auto N' RV Magazine is up on the website for you to see. Just click on the "About Us" button and check it out. It looks great!
This month, I want to talk about a special creative member of our club who has been with us from the very beginning. When I first met Mike Cosculluela, he had only one Nova: a black 1970 that he had owned since his high school days and that his Dad helped him to get. Now Mike has a stable of four that can only be described as unique custom creations: the 1969 Street Freak, the 1970 Hot Wheels Car, a 1971 Yenko SS, and his 1972 NASCAR, all of which can be viewed on the members page of MVN. Mike has been featured over the years in not one, but four publications: Popular Hot Rodding April 2013, Nova Annual May 2014 (He got the cover), Ohio Auto and RV February 2009, and the Vandalia Drummer Summer of 2015. Something else quite special was when renowned automotive cartoon artist, George Trosley, did a drawing of Mike's '72 NASCAR creation and then to have it appear in a few publications, well, how cool is that? But it doesn't stop there. Most recently, Mike Musto, the host of "House of Muscle" brought his video crew out from California for three days to do a feature spot of Mike and his Street Freak Creation for his show that will be released for viewing in February or March. I'll let you know when and how to access it from Motor Trend on Demand. For those of you who know Mike, you're familiar with his great knowledge of the '68 to '72 Novas, his friendly personality, and of course, his love of the Nova hobby. He has, in fact, helped me quite a few times over the years, and I'm very proud to have him as a member of our organization.
Last month, I told you that we had added ten new members to MVN. But on review of loading up their member profile pages, there are actually twelve, and they are, Cindy Adams, Bill Amrine, Danny Bolender, Dan Free, Mike Helton, Danny Holt, Harold Lunsford, John Majusick, Bill Stockdale, Jason Tron, Dan Varner, and Robin Wilson. I invite you to take some time to look at their profile pages, and of course, Mike Cosculluela's, as well.
As for things to do in January, there is the Cavalcade of Customs in Cincinnati on the 6th – 8th, Super Sunday Swap Meet at the Indy Fairgrounds on the 8th, and the Auto Parts Swap Meet at the Allen County Fairgrounds on the 29th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Finally, I have some sad news to report. Member, Earl Hudson, has passed away after a one year battle with kidney cancer. Earl died on August 5th, but I just recently found out when Ella, his wife of 44 years, contacted me to stop the newsletter. We talked for quite awhile about Earl, his '72 Orange Rally Nova that his wife purchased new, and his love of the Friday night cruise ins that he attended going back to the days of when it was at the Sears on Dorothy Lane. For those of you who, like myself, got to know him, we will miss him greatly. I sent Ella a nice sympathy card and letter from all of us at the club to express our condolences and that we will be thinking of her at this difficult time of her life. Earl would have been 70 on the 15th of this month. Please remember Ella in your prayers.
Well, that's it for now. Stay warm and safe and...
Be Careful Out There,
December 1st, 2016 Newsletter:
Can you believe that we are now into another holiday season, and 2016 is rapidly coming to an end? Also, the first day of Winter is but only twenty days away, so I guess it's time to start thinking about snow and ice and some really cold days ahead...No! I don't want to think about that! Instead, let's think about Novas and our club. I was looking back on this past year, and only one word can describe it...Wow! We had a great year! It started with the Sharonville show, where a lot of members came out to spend the day. In the 68-74 class, we had a great line up. Then, there was the Cincy Street Rods Show, where we took another Club Participation Award along with one fantastic line up of Novas, and as the season went on, we had many more great displays of Novas at other shows. In fact, we now have so many cool line-ups of our club cars, that I will soon be putting together a page on our website just to show them off. Of course, I will let you know when I get this project done. I also want to again congratulate all of our members who took big awards this year at shows they attended on their own and not with the club, and if you've been reading the MVN newsletters, you know who they are. But if you have not, you can always go back to read about them on our website. Just click on the Blogs button to access all of the MVN newsletters.
Naturally, the biggest thing to happen this year was the photo shoot on the May 7th when we had fifty-five members who showed up to be part of this really cool event, and on December 15th, our club will be featured in the car magazine "Muscle Car Review", when it hits the news stands all over America and in other parts of the world. Now for those of you who do not subscribe to this publication, you can pick up a copy at Meijer, Wal-Mart, Kroger, and of course book stores that carry magazines. I, myself, have no idea how this is going to come off or what they have done to the article. I only can tell you that the writer, Bill Holder and myself, spent many hours at my kitchen table putting together a great piece on the club. And with all the cool shots of the Novas paired together, I'm still praying that he will use one of them for the cover. Oh! And speaking of our friend of the club, Bill Holder, he is about to release yet another article on the club. It will be out in the next few weeks in the Ohio Auto and RV Magazine. Of course, if you don't get a chance to pick up a copy of this free publication, don't worry. I will be putting it on our website. Many of you know about this magazine, because like myself, you too have, over the years, been featured in it. I know this because I read it every week and have seen your Novas in the Nice Ride section of it.
On November 12th, I of course, was at the Springfield Cars N' Parts Swap Meet. The car show was ok with about fifty there, but no Novas were in the show. There were about ten for sale in the car corral, so it's always good to check it out. As far as the vendors, there were quite a few for you to pick up some goodies. Member Mike Cosculluela was set up on the inside and was doing pretty well when I stopped to talk to him. I also ran into a few other MVN members there who told me they too, like myself, found some good buys. So, all in all, it was a good experience.
As for new members to our club, we again permitted ten to join our organization, and this has been the average over the past years. All of our new members have unique X-Body cars and of course, share our love for them. Many times I get e-mails from people wanting to join MVN, and I want to tell you what I always tell them. The best way to become a member of MVN is to come to one of our get-togethers, so myself and other members on hand can get to see what they have, because as you know, we don't just let anybody join our club. They have to have a nice Nova or something special, and of course, love these cars. All of you were chosen for these reasons to join MVN.
In December, there is not anything going on, but in January, there is the Annual Cavalcade of Customs Car Show at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati on the 6th, 7th, and 8th. I will say for those of you who have never been to this event, you should go and you will be glad you did. It's really something special. Photos from the 2016 show are on our website. Just click on the Pictures button and scroll down to the titles of other shows under our get-togethers. Also, on January 8th, it's another Super Sunday Swap Meet at the Indy Fairgrounds. A link is on our website in the Parts N' Services section. Well, that's it for now, except for one last thing. I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Talk to you in 2017.
Be careful out there,
November 1st, 2016 Newsletter:
I hope you all had a great Halloween and on the 6th, can you believe that we will be turning back our clocks to regular time? That's right, daylight savings time is soon going to end, and the days are going to become much shorter. Also don't forget to get out and vote on the 8th.
Now, onto what's been happening with MVN. On October 2nd, we had the Northridge Cruisin' to the Ridge get together, and the weather was perfect! Thirteen Novas showed up, and all were members. Nine chose to line up with other members on the grass, and four were parked on the pavement. But like always, all were photographed for the website. Of course, the line up looked fantastic and very impressive! The parade was ok, but the car show really came off great due to the Ohio Cruisers Car Club, who really went all out for the second year of doing the show. Also, the show was judged this year, and six MVN members took Top 40 Awards. To see who won them, take a look at the photos on the website. Six days later, on Saturday the 8th, was the postponed Vandalia Nazarene Car Show get together, and with no rain at all, it was as good as it gets. 225 people came out to enter their cars and trucks at this 18th year for the event, and no organization does it quite like Vandalia Nazarene Church. MVN again had the back row, and out of fifteen members, eleven chose to line up with the club. It looked so cool! That's the good part. The bad part was this day went way too fast, and only three members took a Top 75 Award. Photos are up on the website, and they will give you a good idea why this show is so great and a lot of fun. Check out the big parking spots they give you, and the free food can't be beat! Oh, and all the awards are always hand made by church member Dave Harrison. The last show most of us did was the Metal Bright Car Show on October 16th. Mike Barr, the owner, puts on this customer appreciation show each year on the 3rd Sunday of October, and while this was not a club get together, there were lots of MVN members on hand. A big congratulations to member Jim Keechle, with his '62 Show Nova, for taking the Best Muscle Car Award. Of course, I took pictures, and they will be up soon. But both Northridge and Vandalia are up now for you to check out all the fun we had at out last two events for 2016.
The Dayton Daily News Wheels article on our club on August 27, 2016 is now up on the website. Just click on the "About Us" button and check it out. I think you will like it because I had Dodd Camera Shop do a lot of digital enhancement to it, and it looks better than it appeared in the paper. Also, for those of you who never got the opportunity to see it, you can view it on our website. I would like to again say thank you to member Bill Peterson for taking the fantastic photos for the article. It really is a special piece on Miami Valley Novas and our upcoming feature in Muscle Car Review Magazine. That's right! We now have a date of publication. It will be out in the January issue, and it will hit the newsstands on December 15th. For a preview, it is now online at Hotrod.com. Just click on the Muscle Car Review button in the upper right corner. We have also posted it on the MVN Facebook page for those of you who follow us.
Now for an update on Country Cruiser and the loss of this site to find car shows. I think we may have found someone to take on this important avenue for keeping us up to date on show's, cruise-ins, and events. His name is Paul Roy, and I spoke to him last week on his new project. Paul works for Gem City Classic Cars and is a long time classic car enthusiast. He tells me he is looking forward to doing this for all of us and is wanting input from us. Oh, and he is calling his new website countrycuiser.net. I have a link to it on our club website at "Car Shows" so take a look, and if you have the need to talk to Paul, his phone number is 937-405-9026. We all need to help Paul with flyers and info for his site to make it a huge success.
The last thing to talk about is the two swap meets in November. The first is Springfield Cars & Parts, with a car show on Saturday of the Friday and Saturday event, on November 11th and 12th. If the weather is good this might be your last chance for 2016 to get in on one last show The other swap meet is going to be Super Sunday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds West Pavilion. The address is 1202 E. 38th Street. Admission is seven dollars, and the hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.SuperSundayIndy.com
In closing, I want to wish everybody to have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy spending time with family and friends and be sure to give thanks to God for all we have been given.
That's it for now. Talk to you next month.
And as always,
Be careful out there,
October 1st, 2016 Newsletter:
With the leaves beginning to fall and the nighttime temperatures doing the same, I guess we have to face it that Fall is really upon us. Another thing we have to face is that the 2016 car show season is rapidly coming to an end. But we still have two MVN get togethers. The first one is going to be at the Cruisin' to the Ridge Car Show on Sunday, October 2nd, and the second one will be the following Saturday at the Vandalia Nazarene Church on October 8th. Both are listed on the website with the addresses, if you would like to come and get in on the fun!
As I first told you in the July Newsletter 2016, Tom Midlam's website, Country Cruiser was going to come to an end, and on September 14th, it did just that! We want to first of all thank Tom for his many years of hard work to keep us all informed on car shows, car clubs, and of course, all those car photos he took over the years. Now onto what we need to do to fill this void. I have been talking to many car show people on this, and we are looking for someone to take this project on, or to let us know if there is a car show listing website out there we don't know about. I've checked a lot of them and so far, what I have found is not good. I, of course, will continue to list our get togethers and maybe other shows. I'm still kicking this around. I'll keep you up to date on what I come up with on this.
I spoke to the writer on the Muscle Car Review Article, and he tells me if it does not come out by the November issue, he will call them to find out when it will be put into publication. I'm still praying for the cover of one of the pictures of all our Novas lined up. If you have never looked at the photos of the May 7th photo shoot, I encourage you to do so. But keep in mind that these photos were taken by member Bill Peterson and myself. And speaking of photos, I have the Bellbrook Lions Club Festival Car Show, the Springfield Cars N' Parts Car Show, and the Eastgate Chevy Club All GM Show now up on the pictures page. Several of our members did win at these shows, so check them out. I also have photos of other shows I was at this summer, and they will be up soon. Unfortunately, I was not able to be at the Fairborn Show, but member, Debbie Rhoads, tells me I missed a big one. A lot of members were there, and many did win in the three hundred show car competition. As for why I was not at this event, I was again invited, along with members Wayne Dennis and Cindy Adams, to show our cars at the Dayton Concours. Oh, and yes, each of us did win our respective classes. Photos will be up on the pictures page soon. Also, member Jeff Barnhardt took, for the 2nd year in a row, the Kids' Choice Award at the Cruise the Gate Car Show benefitting the Special Wish Foundation. They had sixty cars and also rain, with only fifteen awards given out.
Now for the Tipp City Mum Festival Car Show Get Together on Friday, the 23rd from 4 to 10 p.m. It was great! Again, they had over eight hundred cars and trucks, thousands of spectators, and lots of food and fun for the whole family. As for Novas, Wow! Almost thirty showed up, and most are MVN members. Like always, I got around to spend a few minutes with members and to check out what they have been doing to their Novas, so if you can check out the photo shoot on the website, I think you will enjoy seeing all the fun we had at this event. It's hard to believe that six hours can go by so fast!
Now for a bit of sad news. Friend of the club, Dave Pleasants, lost his wife early in September. Dave, as most of you know, owns and operates Quality Machine Co. that helps a lot of us with special things we need done. I, of course, have sent him a card from all of us at the club. Please remember him in your prayers. It has hit him very hard.
In closing, please send me photos for your page, if you have none on your Nova page. At least one would be great to have something until I can get a chance to shoot your Nova in full.
That's it for now and as always,
Be careful out there,
September 1st, 2016 Newsletter:
I know it's difficult to believe, but in only a few weeks, it's going to be the start of Fall. Believe it or not, we only have three MVN get-togethers left in this year. There's only one in September, and that will be the big end of Summer blow out, as some people call it, because the Tipp City Mum Festival Cruise-In on St. Rt. 571 will be the last show many car people will do this year. So don't miss it, since it can draw as many as seven hundred or more cars and trucks. The date is the 23rd from 3 to 10 p.m.
As for what happened in August, there were some good things and some bad that took place. First, was the Franklin Downtown Saturday Night Show that was pretty much rained out with only 179 registered, but members John Lynch, Frank Price, Mike Helton, Alan Cole, and myself all showed up, and we did have three hours of dry time to enjoy the event. Next, was my little contest between the Brookville Roadsters Car Show N' Open House and the Bellbrook Festival Car Show. I made it to both, and Brookville Roadsters definitely had more members and Novas show up, but then Bellbrook was also a pretty much rained out show. Members Craig Stansell and myself did take a Top Twenty Award, and we were the only Novas and MVN members there to represent the club. Our last get-together for August was the Antioch Shrine Car Show, and while we had no rain, it was hot! Six members were there, and we had five Novas lined up in the parking lot across the street. Now since this was participant voting, only three members took a Top Fifty, and I was very disappointed that the other three did not, because their Novas are just as nice. Members on hand for the show were Debbie Rhoads, Tony and Maureen Vannicola, Craig Stansell, Jerry Cox, Doug Pund, and myself. To see who won, check out the photos of this show on our website and of course the other shows we have been doing this year as well.
The article by Skip Peterson on myelf, my 1971 SS, and of course Miami Valley Novas did appear in the Saturday, August 27th section of Wheels. I want to let all of you know that I have known Skip for many years, and he has been wanting to do something on the club, my love of Novas, and my SS for a long time. So with the magazine photo shoot taking place, it was a good chance to cover it all at once. And speaking of my love of Novas, if you want to find out why I'm the nut I am about them and how MVN came to exist, click on the "About Us" button on the website, and you will find the full story of my life long Nova journey. As for when the Muscle Car Review article will come out, I still do not know, but as soon as I'm sure what month, I will let you all know.
In closing, I want to remind you all about the Cars and Parts Swap Meet on September 9-11th at the Clark County Fairgrounds and the Cruise-In at the St. Leonard Center on September 24th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as stated in the August MVN newsletter. Also, since our last two MVN get-togethers will take place on October 1st and 2nd, I just want to remind you to take advantage of these two great car shows. Both the Vandalia Nazarene and the Cruisin' to the Ridge Car Shows are well worth attending for you last shows of 2016.
Finally, if you are one of the few members who have no photos on your car profile page, please email me a few, so we can get them loaded onto the website before the Muscle Car Review Magazine article comes out. I'm sure our car club website will be getting a lot of hits from this national publication, and I want them all to see your special machines.
That's it for now and as always,
Be careful out there,
August 1st, 2016 Newsletter:
Can you believe it? The summer is half over, and so is the car show season. We have also finished up half of our MVN get-togethers, and so far, I can honestly say that our club is having one really great year! Last month, we had the Salem Church of God Show. Ten members showed up and we had six lined up on the main entrance to the show. It looked so cool that you have got to check out the photos to see what I'm talking about, and oh yes, speaking of totally cool, remember how in June at the Beavercreek Baptist Church, members Bill and Deb Peterson took the Pastor's Choice Award out of 140 entries? Well, they did it again at Salem Church of God! There were 222 entries and the pastor chose Bill and Deb's sweet little 65 Survivor as his pick for what he liked best. Members taking a Top Fifty were Kerry Ward, Fred Mallard, Bob Perkins, Norm Smith, and myself.
As for Good Guy's, several members did make the show, and as always, for those who went, it was a really great time. I, myself, did not make it, but member James Keechle did and showing his 1962 Custom Pro Street, he took First Place in the Homebuilt Heaven Class! Way to go, Jim!
The Nova Nationals took place on July 26-28th in Dover, Delaware, and according to member Randy Strange, who made the trip with his father and member Harold Strange, the show was, as always, something you have to experience to understand how much fun we have. Randy did take his beautiful 1967 Chevy II and was again awarded a Gold Class. I do invite you to look at Randy's profile page on our website. If you want to see some photos of the 2014 Nova Nationals that I last attended to get an idea of what we do at the Nationals, photos are on the Pictures Page at the bottom along with two other new shows I just added. The first one is the Voss Hoss Cruise-In held on the 3rd Friday of the month of June, July, August, and September. This is a new event to our area, and for those of you who have never been to one, please try! There is a lot I could say about this charity show put on by Voss Chevrolet, but the photos will show you what a great time everybody has. The second set of new photos are of the 14th Annual Stillwater Car Show that I attended, along with ten other members of MVN on July 17th. I'm just going to say it was great! With 332 wild machines on site, there was a lot to enjoy. Congratulations to members Wayne Wall and Bill Vance for taking a Top Thirty (5 foot) Trophy! Again, please check out the photos.
The last big event in July was, of course, the Super Chevy Show held on the 30th and 31st at the National Trail Drag Strip. I arrived at 8:30 a.m., with a cost of $45.00 for the two day event. As soon as I got the SS set up, I went out to start taking photos of all the action, and believe me, there was a lot to see and do. I walked around the pit lot area to look at the Nova Drag Cars and to take photos of them. By the time I went back to my SS, there were now, in the Nova Class, eighteen lined up. The temperature was going up to 86 degrees, and on the blacktop, it was pretty hot and sunny. But then it's summer. I spent a lot of time talking to the Nova owners and looking at the other Chevy cars. In all, about two hundred Chevys showed up for this first day. The swap meet area was pretty good, but the best part for myself was to watch those Nova Drag Cars going down the strip at over a hundred miles and hour. And, when two were lined up together, it was just cool! There were a lot of vendors and good food to eat. I was there nine hours, but for me, it felt like two or three because I'm so busy doing what I do. The awards for today were only for the specials: Editor's Choice, Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Overall, and so on with twenty in all, but two Novas did take an award. Best Paint went to Harold Green from Mansfield, Ohio with his 1967 Green Pro Street, and an Editor's Choice went to Keith Leek with his 1963 Chevy II Survivor. Members who did come to the show, but did not show their Novas were Jeff Barnhardt, Michael Collins, and our newest member, Jerry Cox. I, myself, was the only MVN member to show this first day.
Day two of Super Chevy was myself being the first Nova to arrive at 8:15 a.m. Since I now had driven two hundred miles (one hundred each way), I had a bit of cleaning to do, so I got right to it. By 11 a.m., I was done and now we had twenty Novas lined up and ready to be judged. I'm glad I didn't have to do it because these Novas were all show winners in my book. MVN members who came to show and were happy they did were Randy Strange, Richard Drummond, John Wagaman, Bill Amrine, Rich Mohler, and myself. The day went so fast, and I spent a lot of time talking to the members of our club, and of course other Nova owners that were there. I watched some more of the drag racing, and before I knew it, the day was coming to an end with the awards at 3:45 p.m. Two Novas did take an award: one in the 62 to 67 Class and one in the 68 to 79 Class. They were not members of MVN, and they both got away from me before I could interview them, because I was talking to the Best of Show Winner, Larry Gottscho from Michigan, who won with a super built, super hot 1967 Chevy II. I know he's not a MVN member, but we were all pleased that a Nova took this high honor. I must have known, in my heart that he might win, because during the day, I had taken a lot of photos of this cool machine. So please check out his Nova and all of the photos of this two day event on our website. I hope to have them up by the end of the week, or go to SuperChevy.com to see what they posted right now. They also told us that a lot of our cars will be in the December issue of the Super Chevy Magazine. Oh, and by the way, our class was the biggest, and they even had to add another award to it because this first year back to National Trail, they only gave one award in each class. But next year, they will be giving out more awards in each class. In all, it was a very cool thing to experience.
Now for what's going to take place in August with Miami Valley Novas. First, there will be the Franklin Downtown Saturday Night Show on the 13th. As I always say, this is a huge event with so many cars and trucks, you can't even see 'em all! But, it is a lot of fun for the whole family, so try to make it. You'll be glad you did. Next, I'm going to try something a little bit different. There is another big show on the same date as our MVN Bellbrook Festival Car Show get-together August 20th, and it is the 7th Annual Brookville Roadster Open House and Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 718 Albert Road, Brookville, Ohio 45309. Now since the Bellbrook Show is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., I'm going to attend both, and whatever event draws the most Novas, that will be our official get-together for this date. I am doing this because last year, only Bill Petersen and myself showed up at the Bellbrook event. The Gathering of the Geezers at Kil-Kare is also going on this same day, so it's a big decision, I know, on where to go.
The last MVN get-together in August, is the Antioch Shrine Car Show at 107 E. 1st Street, on the 28th. This also is a very nice time to see a lot of cool cars and trucks.
In closing, please remember to let me know if you change any of your contact information. Phone numbers are especially important! And now for some good news and some bad news. The good news is Muscle Car Review has accepted to run the article about our club. As for when it will come out, I still don't know, but you will be told as soon as I am notified. I just hope and pray they use all of the photos we sent because they looked great! Now for the bad news, member Ed Brown's wife passed away in early July. I have sent Ed a card from all of us at the club letting him know that our thoughts and prayers are with him at this difficult time. Also, remember you have a little over a month to check out Tom Midlam's site CountryCruiser.com before it becomes a thing of the past.
Members Ian and Renee McCoy would like you to know about their car show on September 17 at the Diamond Oaks Career Campus at 6375 Harrison Avenue, in Cincinnati, 45247 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is for the Green Township Police Citizens Academy Alumni.
Member Wayne Dennis will be holding another Cruise-In at the St. Leonard Center on September 24th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. There is no admission fee. The location is 8100 Clyo Road, Centerville, Ohio. For information, call Dawn Arrowood at 937-439-7145.
That's it for now, and as always,
Be careful out there,
July 1st, 2016 Newsletter:
Well, first of all I had the final meeting with the writer for the car magazine photo shoot on June 8th, and if whoever gets it doesn't chop it up for a filler piece, it's going to be a really nice article. We can only pray they use it as it was put together, and speaking of together, we all know the Boose/Reichard get together was a rained out event. I, of course, was there, but nobody really showed up. In fact, it was raining so bad that I wasn't even going to get my Nikon camera wet by trying to shoot a few pictures of how nobody was there. So, I have rescheduled another event to take its place, and it will be the Super Chevy Show at National Trail Raceway. The information is up on the Get Together's page of our website. I chose this because I already have ten members committed, including Michael Collins, who will be there on the drag strip with his 1970 Nova race car. I chose Sunday, the 30th, for the official get together day, but you can also go on Saturday if you want to go to both days of the show. On Saturday, the 18th, we had the Beavercreek Baptist Church get together, and the weather was perfect! In fact, it was so good that the church set an all time attendance record of 140 entries! The previous record was set a few years back with 117 entries. We had a good turn out of ten members, and we had four lined up. That's all the spaces they would let me hold, because it was packed. Three members took top forty awards: Bill and Deb Peterson, Bob and Jo Ann Perkins, and myself. But a big congratulations goes out to Bill and Deb Peterson for also taking the Pastor's Choice Award. Think about it, out of 140 entries, he liked their 1965 original survivor Nova the best! That's pretty cool! In July, we have the Salem Church of God Car Show and the Super Chevy Show on our July MVN Events. Check the website's Get Together Page for all the info on our remaining get togethers. Also, don't forget, Good Guys in Columbus on the 8th, 9th, and 10th.
And one other thing I want to mention, if you are a member of National Nostalgic Nova or if you should join, please let me know by email or phone so we can put a star next to your name on the Members Page. I want to make sure you get recognized for supporting this outstanding Nova organization.
Now for some bad news. Over the years you have, like myself, used Tom Midlam's Site, Country Cruiser for info on shows and dates of shows and to look at all classics he has on his website. I spoke to Tom on June 18th, and he informed me that as of this September (by the end of the month for sure), CountryCruiser.com will no longer exist. I can only tell you that Tom spoke of his personal reasons for wanting to shut down this fantastic forum for car show enthusiasts. So, if you have never checked it out, I do encourage you to do so before it's gone. As always, I will keep you up to date on what's going on with MVN and don't forget to look at the Beavercreek Church get together photos. We had a great time as you will see.
That's it for now and as always,
Be careful out there,
June 1st, 2016 Newsletter:
Wow! What a month for Miami Valley Novas! There is so much to tell you, so let's just take it as things unfolded. On May 1st, the MVN Newsletter when out with the last notice and invite to members about our big car club photo shoot, and on Saturday, May 7th, it all came together. I arrived at the location about 8:30 with a friend of the club, Jim Collins, who was driving the club car. Already eight Novas were there. Right away we began to get things going and set up. Cincinnati member, John Lynch, who has now become Vice President of the club because of all the help he gives to our organization, began to register the members and give out to each one a 25 ft tape measure as my gift to those who took the time and made the effort to come to this event. Some came as far away as Kentucky and Indiana. The weather was a gift from God, perfect in all respects, and by 9 a.m. the Novas were really beginning to arrive. By 9:30, we had so many that the photographer was wanting to take the main photo. I said, â€œNo! We can't because we gave a window to arrive between 9 and 10 a.m., and so he held off. This was a good thing, because the Novas just kept on coming and coming until we had 55 of the most beautiful machines ever to be place together in a single spot. It was really quite a sight! The writer and photographer were in a word overwhelmed, and for the next two hours, the photo shoot took place with many different types of set ups and individual shots of the Novas. Since then, I have been working with the writer to get this all put together, and I will keep you up to date on it. I would like to also thank member, Bill Peterson, for helping me to get some great photos of the shoot for our website. So be sure to take a look at them. But remember, these are not the photos done by the photographer, but by Bill and myself. Those photos are now under copyright protection.
The next day, Sunday, May 8th, we had our second get-together at Smith Park, with five Novas in attendance. A small showing, but all lined up it looked great, and we did draw a lot of attention. The day for all of us went fast. The show began with great weather. I took my photos and talked to a lot of nice people, but by one p.m., we all knew that the weather man had again made a big mistake. The sky was not looking good, and the temperature dropped a lot! For the next two hours, we thought maybe we were going to pull it off, but at 3 p.m., just as we gathered for the awards, it began to really come down! They gave out the Top Fifty and the specials as fast as they could, but it was too late. Over three hundred super fine classics were now forced to drive home in the rain. I'm not sure because of all the chaos, but I believe I was the only Nova to take a Top Fifty. And, yes, by the time I got back to Dayton and in my garage, my 71SS was a mess!
Two weeks later, on the 22nd, our 3rd get-together took place at the 46th Annual Cincy Street Rods Show. As I try to always do, I got there early and was able to save ten more spots. It was a good thing that I did because not only did we fill each one, but seven more Novas parked out in the show field, making this one of our best get-togethers. In fact, we took our third Club Participation Award. So, a big thank you to all who helped make this happen. You know we had a great time, and the photos I took for the website will show you why we like this event so much. With 505 entries, there was a lot to see and of course a lot of great food to eat! Oh, and one last thing that I feel I have to mention about this show, my 71SS took the "Gary Anderson Memorial Award", which is given as their Best of Show. According to the presentation, it is given to a car showing extreme attention to detail. So I guess I got my 71 Nova SS cleaned up pretty well after driving home in the rain two weeks earlier from the Smith Show.
The last big thing to take place in May was the Ohio Swap Meet on the 27th, 28th and 29th at the Clark County Fairgrounds. The radio and TV ads said over four thousand vendors and for those of us who made it to the event, we knew that this was true. It was huge! I chose Saturday to go, and I was there almost the whole day. I took a lot of photos of both the Swap Meet and the Car Show that had a big turn out of almost two hundred cars and trucks. Yes, some of our members were there having a great time, so check out the photos to see Bill Vance, Don Cottrill, and Rusty Chatterton with their Novas. A big congratulations to Rusty for taking one of the Top Fifty Editors Choice Awards.
In closing, I want to remind everybody of the Boose-Reichard get-together on June 4th and the Beavercreek Baptist Church Show on the 18th. Please try to make them if you can. They are always great events. Also, to access the photo shoot event, you will need to scroll down to the bottom of the pictures page. There you will find it and many other events of interest that I have taken photos of over the years. Please also remember it could take up to a year before we see the photo shoot in a magazine, but I think it will be a lot sooner. I will keep you up to date on it.
That's it for now, and as always,
Be careful out there,
May 1st, 2016 Newsletter:
Well, Spring and Summer weather is finally here, and so is the car show season. On Sunday, April 24th, we had out first Miami Valley Novas Get-Together and it turned out to be a fantastic day! The City of Sharonville once again put on a great car show season opener. As for the final count, it was again around five hundred entries. Like last year, those who came late were turned away because there was just no more room to park them. I, myself, was first in line to enter by getting there at 7:20 a.m., and by 9:00 a.m. when the gates opened, the line of cars was over a mile long behind my 71SS. There is just too much to tell you about the fun we had, but I will tell you in all, twenty three novas were there in the different classes, and this part is so cool, most of them are MVN members. With all the fine machines on display, only one Nova won, but it was a big win. Ian and Renee McCoy took First place in the 1970-1974 class with their beautiful black 1972 SS, so a Big Conratulations from MVN goes out to them for taking this award! I do invite you all, at some time, to go to our website to look at the photos of not only this show but past shows of our get-togethers. I think you will see why we have such a great time!
Now onto May and what out club will be doing on Saturday the 7th:
We now have a definite place for our club photo shoot for the Muscle Car Review Magazine. Both locations that I had spoke of before were not available, but the writer has found a nice location. It will be at the old Kroger parking lot on Chambersburg Road in Huber Heights, one half mile east of Wayne High School, just west of Brandt Pike, which is State Route 201. The best address I can give you for GPS and MapQuest is 6070 Chambersburg Road right next door. There is no address on the building of Stratacache (old Kroger), but it's pretty easy to find.
Unfortunately, we only have this location for May 7th only! We no longer have a rain date location. So if it rains, we will have to start all over on finding a place to do this. We want the Novas to arrive between 9 and 10 a.m. and hope to be done by noon. This will be a photo shoot only! Interviews will be done by the writer by phone, so please be sure to register when you arrive so he can contact you. He is really hoping for a nice turn out of some nice Novas, so if your car is show quality, please try to make this event. I think you will be glad you did! There is also trailer parking right next to the lot we will be using for the photo shoot.
Then, on May 8th, it is the get together at Smith Park in Middletown, Ohio for the 30th Annual Shrine Mother's Day Car Show. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and this even is listed on Tom's site: CountryCruiser.com. On May the 22nd, we will be having out 3rd get together at the Cincy Street Rods Car Show at the Butler County Fairgrounds at 1715 Fairgrove Avenue in Hamilton, Ohio 45011. Both of these shows will allow us to line up the Novas, so please get there early, so we can put on a nice display of our club cars. The Cincy Show is from 8:00 am. to 4:00 p.m., so please try to make this event if you can.
That's if for now, and as always,
Be careful out there,
April 1st, 2016 Newsletter:
Hey! It's Spring and we are also now into daylight savings time, so I think that the winter weather is pretty much behind us. I know that, like myself, many of you are already getting your Novas ready for the car show and cruise-in season, and Tom Midlam at CountryCruiser.com has been putting on his website a lot of stuff to do. But let me mention something he does not have at this time that you might want to know about. Super Chevy is going to once again be in Ohio on July 30th and 31st at the National Trail Race Way. I have been talking to some of the members of our club and we are putting together a showing of our club at this event. So, if you want to be part of it, save the dates. Unfortunately, as soon as Super Chevy made the announcement, all of the hotel rooms got booked and were filled up in less than a few days. However, the good part is, and I know because I have been to the show a few times, it's only about a hundred miles from 1-75 & 1-70. It's on the East side of Columbus, so if you want to go it's not too far away. As for our fist club get-together, it is set for Sunday, the 24th of April at the Sharonville Classic Car Show. Many of you know this, but for those who don't, let me tell you about Sharonville. Like in baseball, for car show people, this is the real season opener. It's huge and a lot of fun! No, you probably won't take home an award, few do, but you will take home some great memories. If you want to to see photos of this show to know what I'm talking about, just go to our last three get-togethers on our website, and take a look at the pictures. Pre-registration is until April 11th at their site, WWW.SHARONVILLECLASSICCARSHOW.COM or call 1-513-554-1722.
Now to update you on our Muscle Car Review club photo shoot. The date will be May 7th, with a rain date of May 14th at either Stebbins High School or Thomas Cloud Park. The writer is working on getting permission, and I will let you know what location in the May 1st Newsletter. I have been told that even with no sun, if it should be an overcast day, this will not be a problem. Rain is the only thing that will postpone it. We will do this early, most likely between 9:00 a.m. and noon, and it should only take a few hours to complete. As I said, in the March Newsletter, please â€" no project cars, cars with rust or primer spots. A time to arrive will also be given to you in the May Newsletter, so be sure to check it out. Now I need to mention something that has come to my attention. Some members have told me that they are inviting their friends with Novas who are not part of our club, and I would like to keep this for our members only!! As you know, I do not let just anyone with a Nova into this organization. All of you were picked because of your love for Novas. Each month, I turn down people who just want to join to sell their Nova or Nova parts, or who are really not "Nuts about Novas". They will say something like, "My Nova is ok, but I really want a Camaro". So please, let's keep this photo shoot quiet so we don't have a bunch of non-members showing up. You are all special to me and this club because of your love for Novas. This is why M.V.N. Exists.
In closing, member Wayne Dennis would like for you to know about the St. Leonard Cruise-In on May the 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This would be a nice thing to do for the residents of St. Leonard. There is no admission fee, just a real fun day with a Top 3 Choices Awards and lots of great food. Info is on CountryCruiser.com or the link on our website. Also, I still need photos from about fifteen members to have at least one picture on each profile page. So, if you still have no photos on your page, please e-mail me one or two. I will do a full photo shoot of your Nova, if we can set up a time, at maybe at a show or cruise-in. Give me a call!
That's it for now and as always,
Be Careful Out There,
March 1st, 2016 Newsletter:
Now if you go strictly by the calendar, Spring will arrive in only nineteen days. But if you go by how the weather really works here in our area, we still have a good bit of time until we can be certain that winter is truly over. Now on the bright side, some car shows will start up in April. That's a pretty nice thing to think about. So, it is not to early to begin getting our Novas ready for the road and the car show season.
As far as things to do, our good friend, Tom Midlam at CountryCruiser.com, is already posting a lot of events on his site, and our 2016 get-togethers are also up on our website. So take a look and start saving some dates to join in on all of the fun.
This month, I want to talk to you about something I have been working on for quite a while. Last year, at one of the first shows of the season, I was approached by a writer for Muscle Car Review Magazine, who had been wanting to do a feature on my 71 SS since we first met in August of 2013. The more he got to know me and about our club, the more we both realized that it would be far better to feature you the members of Miami Valley Novas than just my car and me. So after running the idea past the editor, he got back to me and as he put it, they are "hot for it!" I have got to tell you, I could not be happier to have it turn out this way because this club has always been about you and your love of our Nova hobby. So here is where things stand at this time. Last week, I spoke to the writer again on the phone, and we want this to happen as soon as we get good weather, most likely at either the end of April or the first part of May. We will get together on a Saturday morning at a large parking lot for the photos to be taken by his photographer. They will arrange the cars in a line up or some other way to get them all into a single photo. A man-lift or tall ladder will also be used to get some downward shots, possibly for the cover of the magazine. Single shots of the Novas will then be taken to do many individual features of them. This will be their decision, and not mine, on what Novas they choose to feature. The writer would like a big turn out, and I have requested that a group photo of the members be also included in the article. Now, for the bad news. Since this is a national publication with a huge circulation of readers, they want Novas with a nice outward appearance, meaning no rust, no primer, no project cars. If your interior is not finished or perfect, I think we can get away with this, since this will not show up in the group photos of the cars. If your Nova is still not finished, you can still come without your car to get in on the members group photo and to see all the action of the photo shoot. As soon as we get a location and also permission to use it, I will let you know. I'll have a better idea by the April Newsletter, so be sure to check it out. As you can imagine, I'm very excited about being able to do this for all of you and our club, so please help make this a huge success.
In closing, I want to congratulate member Jim Wilkins for taking First Place at the Indy World of Wheels with his beautiful blue 1967 Nova Super Sport. For those of you who have never seen it, I invite you to go to the members page on our website and click on his name. I think you will then understand why Jim takes so many high awards with his Nova.
That's it for now and as always,
Be careful out there,
February 1st, 2016 Newsletter:
Well now that we are halfway through this winter, I guess you could say it hasn't really been all that bad. Sure, we have had some pretty cold days and nights, but as far as snow, we have not had all that much, and we all know what we missed last week by only a few miles to the South and East! So, let's look at the glass half full and hope that the rest of winter will go as good as we have had so far.
On Saturday, January 9th, Car Club Member, John Lynch and I attended the Cavalcade of Customs Show in Cincinnati at the Duke Energy Center, and we really had a great time. We got there at noon and stayed until almost 10 p.m. There is so much to see and do that if I was to tell you all about it, I would be at a loss of how to go about it. For those of you who have been to one of these indoor shows, you know what I'm talking about. There are a few things I do want to mention, starting with the fact that two of our members had their Novas on display at the show. First, there was one of our Kentucky members, Michael Collins, with his jet black 1968 Pro Street Show car, and then there was Dayton, Ohio member, Jim Wilkins, showing his blue 1967 Super Sport. I was really happy to see that our club had two outstanding cars on display, and both Michael and Jim can be proud of how their cars helped to make the show a hit. And yes, they both won awards. Jim Wilkins took First Place and a special award for his engine, and Michael Collins took Second Place just as he did last year at the same show. Then there was Gene Winfield to meet and talk to at his mobile chop shop. There were so many displays and of course Danny Koker from Counting Cars had his band, Count 77, giving a great 2 hour live concert that had almost everybody crowded around the stage to catch all the action of their wild performance. Yes, I did shoot the show for our website, so if you would like to take a look at the over 200 hundred photos I took to get an idea of what you missed out on, go to the pictures page and click on "Cavalcade of Customs 2016."
This month, I want to talk just a bit about a very special member of our club. Some of you know him as Ed, Mr. Brown, Brownie, or maybe that man with the green six cylinder all original 4 door Survivor. I, of course know him as not only one of the first members of Miami Valley Novas, but also as a good friend. On Sunday, December 13th, I was over at Ed's house, and since it was such a nice day, he insisted that I drive his 71 Nova. Let me just say the car felt great! Then when we got back to his place, he opened up his other two car garage to show me his beautiful baby blue 1965 Thunderbird, and after starting it up, he once again insisted that I take it out for a drive. We drove around for about an hour, and it was a thrill to be driving such a nice piece of history. Ed bought it new and it still looks and handles really super. I would like to invite you to look at his page on the website, and I'm sure many of you will be saying, "Hey! I know that guy!" Finally, you should know that Ed is a member of the Thunderbird Club, a WWII Veteran, and a retired plumber. This month, Ed will turn 92, making him, I believe the oldest member of our club, so if you happen to see Ed at a show or cruise-in, you might want to take a moment to get to know this amazing person, who I'm proud to call my friend. Oh, and yes, I will be sending Ed a little birthday gift from all of us at Miami Valley Novas.
In February, there are a few things going on that you might want to check out. On February 7th at the Clark County Fairgrounds, is the 44th Annual Swap Meet of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America. Next is the 11th Annual Motorama 1962 on February 12, 13, & 14th. Then there is going to be the 7th Annual Valentine Car Show in Wilmington, Ohio. In Kentucky on February 19, 20 and 21st, it's the return of the Carl Casper Custom Auto Show. All events are up on the CountryCruiser.com if you want more information. Lastly in Dayton at the Convention Center on February 25 -28th, it's the Dayton Auto Show with all the new stuff on display from local dealers.
That's it for now, and always,
Be careful out there,
January 1st, 2016 Newsletter:
Well, now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is behind us, and we have eaten enough turkey to last awhile, let me be one of the first to say Happy New Year! 2016 looks to be pretty good, with a lot of great opportunities to get our Novas out to drive, show, or just work on. I have been putting the dates on the list of get-togethers for our club, and I think they are correct, but as always, keep checking the website for changes of events and dates. For now the list is up, if you want to take a look at it.
In January, there are two things you might want to do. The first is this Sunday, the 3rd, when the Indy Super Sunday Swap Meet will take place at the fairgrounds. The second is the 56th Annual Cavalcade of Customs Car Show at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati. As always, more information can be found on Tom Midlam's Website: CountryCruiser.com, but the dates for the Cavalcade of Customs are Friday the 8th, Saturday the 9th, and Sunday the 10th.
This month, I would like to talk a bit about member, Jeff Barnhart. Jeff joined the club in July of 2013 and has already become one of our most active members. He owns a really beautiful red 1968 Nova, and 2015 was a very good year for him. On June 14, he took the Board Members Choice trophy and the Kids Choice trophy at the Cruise the Gate Car Show at Golden Gate Park in Brookville, where all the proceeds went to the Special Wish Foundation. In August, he took awards at the Lewisburg Derby Days Car Show. He also had a big win at the Eaton Downtown Saturday Night Car Show, placing in the Top 50, where there were almost 600 registered entries. In September, at the 7th Annual Park Wars Car Show, he locked up a Top 30 Award. But what really makes me proud is that by attending every week at the Skyline Chili Weekly Cruise In, Jeff, in a single-handed manner, took for Miami Valley Novas our second Club Participation Award. So I would like to say to Jeff, thank you so much for your efforts to promote Miami Valley Novas. If you would like to check out Jeff's 1968 Nova, his photos are up on the member's page of our website.
In closing, I would like to again wish everybody a Happy New Year and as always,
Be careful out there,
December 1st, 2015 Newsletter:
I sure hope that all of you had a great Thanksgiving and took some time to spend with your family, friends, and loved ones, because that's what it's all about. As always, my wife put out a big turkey dinner, and this year we were blessed to have at the table our first grandbaby, Melissa Sue. Those of you who know me well also know that I believe family is important.
Now, onto the news. On Saturday, November 14th, I went up to the Springfield Cars N' Parts Swap Meet as I always do, and being the last one of the year, it was very good. This one is always smaller than the spring and summer swap meets, but I always find something I just got to have. And speaking of swap meets, don't forget about the Super Sunday Swap Meets this winter going on over in Indianapolis at the fairgrounds. All dates and information are on their website and a link to Super Sunday and Cars N' Parts, as always, is accessible on our website. Just got to LINKS, then PARTS N' SERVICES and check them out.
Now for a bit of news about one of our members, Eddie Howard. Eddie, who is also by the way, a member of National Nostalgic Nova, owns and operates "Fast Eddies Nova Parts". In a word, Eddie is unbelievable. He specializes in the 1968 to 1974 Nova years and at any given time, he has on average approximately one hundred and thirty Novas in his parts yard. But even more than this, he is a wealth of knowledge on the way these cars were built and put together at the factory. Eddie has always been able to help me and many of you out as well. Over the years I have known him, we have become very good friends. He is very personable, easy to talk to, and quite a historian on the '68-'74 model years. Now for a bit of bad news...
On Friday, November 6th, Eddie was hit, almost head-on, in his work truck when a lady went left of center on a curve. Both his truck and her car were totaled. Eddie was hurt so badly, he was care-flighted to the hospital for emergency surgery. Eddie told me if he had not been wearing his seat belt, he would have been killed. I spoke to Eddie a few days ago, and he is making a good recovery and is even back home. The lady is also doing well too. I have sent him a card and a gift from all of us at the club, and by Spring, he will be back to doing what he loves and that is getting people the info and parts they need. A link to Fast Eddies Nova Parts is on our website, and please remember him in your thoughts and prayers.
One more thing:
George Barris, "King of the Kustomizers", passed away November 5, 2015. George was most notably known for the 1966 Batmobile, the Munster Koach, the Beverly Hillbillies truck, and the Knightrider car. But he also created a lot more and too much to mention. I invite you to Google him to find out more about this amazing custom car creator. I think you will be surprised at all he accomplished. George Barris was 89.
Well that's it for now. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. I'll talk to you in 2016!
As always, be careful out there,
November 1st Newsletter:
As the leaves continue to fall and the temperatures begin to do the same, I think that we can all agree that the 2015 car show season was a pretty good one, with a lot of really great opportunities for us to get our cars out and to meet up with others who share our passion for this unique hobby.
In October, we had our last two MVN get togethers, and both shows turned out to be pretty great and also a lot of fun! First, there was the postponed show at the Vandalia Nazarene Church from October 3rd to the 10th. This was the 18th year for this show, and the new date with no rain, a lot of sun, and good temperatures made it possible for the church to once again put on one of the best shows in the area. As for the show itself, they had 241 entries, and MVN was well represented with 12 members who came out with their cars to spend some time with friends and family. Taking a Top 75 Award from our club was James Keechle, Frank Price, Ed Sutton, Howard West, and Jim Wilkins. I also want to give Don Cottrill a big congratulations for taking the Best Original Award. This was well deserved recognition for his beautiful blue 1966 4 door Chevy II. So out of twelve members of the club that came out to the show, half won awards, which isn't too bad considering the outstanding competition of cars and trucks that were on hand at this event.
The following weekend on Sunday, the 18th, we had our last get together for the year at the 23rd Annual Cruisin' to the Ridge Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show held at the Esther Dennis Middle School on North Dixie Drive. Despite the forecast for a cold day, it wasn't bad at all. Even at 9 a.m. when I first arrived, it was a bit chilly, but the temperatures did rise into the 60's, and 81 entries were soon in competition for the Top 40 Awards and of course, Best of Show trophy. Seven members came to the show and with two of my cars there, we had eight Novas in all on display. Along with the show, were food, music, and the Northridge Homecoming Parade going down North Dixie at 2 p.m.
I really have to say it was a great day, and I would like to also take a moment to thank the Ohio Cruisers Car Club for putting on the show. They did a great job and gave out some nice awards. And speaking of awards, our club in all took five of them. Winning Top 40 plaques were members Bill Peterson, Bob and Joann Perkins, Jesse Rowland, Randy Vogel, and myself with my red 71 SS.
Both October shows, and all the shows of the year, are on the pictures pages of the website if you would like to take a look at all the fun we had this year.
As for November, there is the Springfield Cars and Parts Swap Meet and Car Show on the 13th and 14th, so if the weather is good, you might want to check it out. I'll let you know next month how it was.
Well, that's it for now, and as always,
Be careful out there,
October 1st Newsletter:
Hey, it's official! Fall is here and pretty soon the temperatures will be dropping, and we'll all be raking those pesky leaves. But before that happens, we still have two more Miami Valley Novas get-togethers. The first one will be this Saturday, October 3rd at the Vandalia Nazarene Church, and the second one will be at the Cruisin' to the Ridge Car Show on October 16th. Both shows are great! Registration starts at 9 a.m. We will be attempting to line up our Novas at both shows, so please come and join in on this cool way to show our cars as a club.
Now as for Septemberâ€¦Wow! It turned out to be a very good month for our car club. First of all, we had seven members show up in Sharonville for the Eastgate Classics All GM Show and all told, we took six awards: Roger Stone - 3rd Place, Ian and Renee McCoy - 2nd Place, and myself with 1st Place. Wayne and Ruthie Dennis took 3rd Place in the Trailered Class and also the Best Engine Trophy. I also want to give special recognition to members John Lynch, Paul Gordon, and Steve Haven, for without their attendance at this show, we would not have been able to pull off in taking our very first "Club Participation Award". I am so proud to finally have an award given to us as a car club. So take a look at all the photos of this really super event on the pictures page of our website.
Next there was the Dayton Concours d'Elegance Car Show at Carillon Park on the 20th. Both Wayne Dennis and myself had been accepted to show our Novas. Wayne took Best of Class in the Sixties Class, I took 3rd Place in the Premier Class, and yes, I did take photos of this show, if you want to take at look at them on the website.
Then there was the Tipp City Mum Festival Cruise-In/Show. Where do I start? First of all, we had twenty nine Novas show up, and all but two were members of our club. If I had to use only one word to be able to describe this evening show, it would have been "awesome"! There was just so much to see and do. While I did not get the chance to talk to all of the members, I did shoot Miami Valley Nova cars in great detail and also many other cool and interesting aspects of what makes this a must do event for any classic car person. Because many do not register, they could only estimate that they had over eight hundred vehicles, (and get this number), approximately ten thousand spectators were there! The six hours that I was there went so fast! It really is true what they say about how time flies when you're having fun.
As for Cars and Parts, I went up on Saturday the 12th, and it was pretty good, as always. I am sorry to say that I did not make the Rebel Run this year that was held September 17th -20th, but I have heard that those who made the trip up to the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney only had to deal with a bit of rain on Saturday. Otherwise, it was great! You can check out the show at their website, TheRebelRun.com. Well, that's it for now and as always,
Be Careful Out There,
September 1st Newsletter:
Can you believe that August is actually gone, and we're now into September? And, in a few short weeks, it will be the start of Fall. I don't know about you, but where did Summer go?!?! We still have a lot of great weather ahead and also a lot of great car shows, so check them out on CountryCruiser.com, and have some fun with your Novas.
On August 8th, we had the Franklin Downtown Saturday Night Show, and it was a fantastic gathering of not only twenty one cool novas, but in all 744 cars from all over the tri-state area were there! This was the 34th year for this show, and as in the past, Warren County Kustoms and the City of Franklin went all out to put on a great fun family event. I was able to get around to most of the members to say hello and talk a bit, but some weren't with their Novas because there was just so much to see and do. Check out all the photos and the great time we had, and make plans on trying to come next year.
On August 22nd, it was the Bellbrook Lions Club Festival Car Show sponsored by the Miami Valley Thunderbird Club. I can't say enough about how accommodating they were to Miami Valley Novas Car Club. They gave us a prime spot at the entrance right across from their car line up with enough space for fifteen of our Novas. Unfortunately, only one other Nova besides myself were able to attend and that was Bill and Deb Peterson in their 1965 Chevy II. Now I do understand that there were the events at Kil-Kare, Eaton, Miamisburg, and other shows going on, so I spoke to the Thunderbird Car Club about trying it again next year. This show, with the festival, is a great opportunity to not only show your Nova, but to also bring the wife and kids out to a fun family event. To see what I'm talking about, look at the photos on our website. Speaking about festival car shows, you all know by now that the Riverside Festival Car Show was canceled this year, but I have been informed that it will return next year on a new date, so more on that in the future.
As for the Antioch Shrine Car Show on Sunday, the 30th in Downtown Dayton...it was HOT! I'm not just talking abou the weather, but the show as well. In all there were 144 entries and as far as our club, we had ten Novas show up. Yes, we did manage to line them up on Jefferson Street. It looked really cool! We got many nice compliments. Five members took a Top 50 Award. They were: Wayne Dennis, Debbie Rhoads, Richard Strader, Tony & Maureen Vannicola, and myself.
Now onto new business. We, as a car club, have only one event on tap for September. That is the Tipp City Mum Festival Cruise-In on St. Rt. 571. This will take place on Friday, the 25th. Now, as always, there will be a huge turn out of a lot of fine cars. Just remember to get there early so you are not on a side street. It usually gets started at 4 p.m. and will run til 10 p.m., if you wish to stay that late.
Don't forget about the Cars and Parts Swap Meet on September 11, 12 & 13 of this month at the Clark County Fairgrounds.
Finally, there is one last show that I feel some of the members might want to think about attending. It is the 34th annual All GM Classic Car Show and Swap Meet. The cut off year is 1972 and cars will be judged on a 300 point scale. For more information on this show, call Steve at 1-513-368-0581.
Well, that's it for now, and as always,
Be Careful Out There!
August 1st Newsletter:
Well it was definitely a very rainy start to the summer and that goes double for the car show season. With the rains now finally behind us, we are into the hot weather and some really hot car shows. I took my SS Nova to the 50th Annual Greene County 4th of July Car Show, and it was great! This was a new show for me, and even though they said they were down a bit on cars this year, the show still had almost two hundred entered. In my class, "Muscle Cars", there were seventeen very nice machines, and I got to be honest, I was totally blown away to have taken First Place. Second Place went to a super sweet 1966 Blue Chevelle. So check out the photos of the show on the pictures page of our web site. On the 11th, we had the Salem Church of God Summer Bash Car & Truck Show. Unfortunately, due to the Good Guys Show going on in Columbus, there was a drop in attendance to only 128, but with that said, it was still a great show with great weather. We had six Novas show up, and four out of the six took a Top 40 Award. So, I feel Miami Valley Novas did very well. The winners were Frank Price, Howard West, Jim Wilkins, and myself with my 71 SS.
The following Saturday, on the 18th, the postponed 13th annual Beavercreek Baptist Church Car Show was finally able to avoid the rain and take place on a very sunny, hot, and humid day. But again, attendance was way down from past years with only 96 cars and trucks registered. However, there were seven MVN members there, and three took Top 40 Awards. Winners were Don Cottail, Bill and Deb Peterson, and myself. One other thing that happened was my car took the Show and Shine Award. Since I have never ever taken this in all the years of showing my cars, I was quite pleased.
The Nova Nationals were held July 21st through the 24th in Dover, Delaware. Members Wayne and Ruthie Dennis, who made the trip to show their Gold Class Red 62, have told me the show was well worth it. The weather was great and with almost a hundred Novas there, everybody had a lot to enjoy. They also were able to take the cars out onto the Dover International "Monster Mile" Nascar Track for eight laps! What a thrill that must have been, and I have been informed that next year they are going to be held at the same place. So give it some thought on attending. And, yes, Wayne and Ruthie did take another Gold Class Award with their 62 Nova, so a big congratulations to them is in order.
In August, we have three get togethers scheduled, if you would like to come on out. The first is August 8th in Franklin. The second is Bellbrook August 22nd, and the third one is on August 30th in downtown Dayton. Check the web site for more information, but please note the Franklin and Bellbrook shows are evening events, so registration is from 3 to 6 p.m. We will not be able to park together at the Franklin show, but it is possible to line up the cars at the other two shows if you get there early. In closing, don't forget to check out all the new photos of the July shows on our website, and Ed Crowder of Kil-Kare Raceway has asked me to let all of our members know that the 7th annual Gathering of the Geezers is going to be one day this year on August 22nd with a Top 50 Car Show. Check CountryCruiser.com or the link on our website for all the details, and as always,
Be careful out there,
July 1st Newsletter:
I would like to start off by addressing the hacking into our e-mail system on June 5th. As you know, we caught this right away and sent out a notice to all members advising you of the situation and to not open the fake download. Please also know we have enhanced our security protocols so that is is unlikely to happen again, but if it should, remember I will never ask you to ever download anything in one of our e-mails to members. As with any e-mails you get on your computer, be very careful about what you open up.
Now onto better things: The Boose Chevrolet Cruise-In get-together was great! We had fifteen Novas show up and I was able to save enough space to line up six of them. There were no awards but hundreds of nice cars, and the weather was fantastic, so be sure to check out the photos. And speaking of the weather, you know by checking Country Cruiser that the rain forced the Beavercreek Show to be rescheduled to July 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Don't forget the Salem Church of God Show on July 11th.
Correction: In the June Newsletter, I stated that member Roger Stone won a Top 50 Award at Cincy Street Rods with his red 1962 Chevy II. That should have read with his red 1967 Chevy II. As always, please e-mail me with any errors you find on the website so I can correct them.
Lastly, I want to remind everybody of the Goodguys Nationals in Columbus at the Ohio Expo Center, July 10th, 11th, and 12th. Full details are on Country Cruiser. Have a fun and safe 4th of July, and I hope to see you at one of the July get-togethers.
As Always, be careful out there,
June 1st, 2015 Newsletter:
Let me first say I hope you all had a great Memorial Day, and with the unofficial start of summer now behind us, the car show season is in full gear.
The Shriner's Mother's Day Car Show at Smith Park was, as always, a nice event. There were 126 cars entered and three motorcycles, six Novas, and one Ventura showed up. But this was way down from past years' attendance, possibly due to the threat of rain and the fundraiser at Coney Island for Lauren Hill. Michael Collins says they had over 150 cars and raised over $12,000, so a big congratulations to the Cincy Custom Street Machines Car Club for their help on this event. As for the Smith Park show, only one Nova took a top 50 award and that was myself with my 71 SS. The Cincy Street Rods Car Show was the following weekend and despite the rain on and off all day, they still had 223 very nice cars show up. We had 13 cars from the club entered and at one time, we had seven lined up by the fence. We got a lot of great and nice compliments on our display of Novas and our new sign drew some special attention to the club. As for awards, we did alright. Top 50 Honors with plaques were given to three members: James Keechle's orange 1962 pro street, Roger Stone's red 1967 Chevy II, and our youngest member, Bailey Perkins, with her 1974 Ventura GTO. And member, John Lynch, with his red 1971 Nova, took home the Show and Shine Award. As for cars and parts, I went up on the Saturday of the event, and it was huge! There was lots and lots to do and see. So for those who have never been there and for those who do go, I took some photos to check out how it was. I counted 13 Novas at the show and so many vendors that you just had to buy something! There were lots of cars for sale and even a 1992 firetruck. So be sure to take a look at all the photos of the car shows and swap meet.
In June, we have the Boose Chevrolet Cruise-In on the 6th from 3:00-10:00 p.m. and the Beavercreek Baptist Church Car Show on the 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
In closing, I have some sad news to report. On May 21st, we lost Denny Norrod to a long illness. Denny was one of the first members of Miami Valley Novas, way back when I was just beginning to put this club together. In fact, for those of your who knew Denny, also knew that he was the builder and owner of my green 1971 Nova prior to my purchasing if from him a few years back. Denny was in the process of building another Nova when his life was cut short at the young age of only 37. Denny truly loved the Nova hobby and leaves behind his son, Bradley, age 12 and his wife, Amy. I was honored to have known him and per his family's request, I had his Nova he built on display at the viewing with the five awards it has taken since I have owned it. Representing the club at his viewing, I informed his family that his page will remain on the website as an honor to his memory, and in time, some words of tribute will be added. Please keep Denny and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
As always, be careful out there,
May 1st, 2015 Newsletter:
First of all, the Sharonville Car Show was great! There was no rain and lots of beautiful cars. We had 18 Novas show up, and the photos of the show are now on the website, so check them out. A big congratulations goes out to member, James Keechle, who took First Place in the 1960-1965 Class with his orange 62 Pro Street Show Car.
Also, a congratulations to members, Bill and Deb Peterson, for having their 1965 Chevy 2 featured in the April Edition of GM Classics.
We have two get togethers scheduled in May: Shriner's Mother's Day Car Show at Smith Park in Middletown May 10th and Cincy Street Rods Car Show, at Butler County Fair Grounds May 17th. And of course, don't forget the Cars and Parts Ohio Swap Meet in Springfield on May 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. Remember Tom Midlam's website, CountryCruiser.com for almost all car shows and cruise-ins. A link is in Organizations on our website.
I know there are still many members that do not have photos on their individual pages. This is something we are working on. You can e-mail photos to me if you wish to Rob@miamivalleynovas.com.
One last thing, Cincinnati member, Michael Collins, wants you to know about the fundraiser at Old Coney on May 17th, for Lauren Hill - car show, rides, food, and so much more. This is for "The Cure Starts Now" organization.
That's it for now. Be careful out there!
April 1st, 2015 Newsletter:
Let me start by saying thank you for wanting to be a part of the only Nova club that I know of in this area. The response I am getting is nothing less than phenomenal. I have been hearing from all across the country about how well our website is put together, so come check it out!
Be sure to take a look at the 2015 Miami Valley Novas get togethers. Our first one is set for April 26, 2015 in Sharonville, Ohio. As with any of our get togethers, if you want to be part of a line up of the Novas, get there early and look for me or start one if I'm not there yet.
Again, thank you! Remember to let me know if you change your phone number or your e-mail address, so I can stay in contact with you, and you can keep up to date on all the latest information.