for sponsoring the Frankfort Car Club Website. iseecars.com, where you can search for classic, new and used cars, parts, insurance, auctions and more.
Camp Quality 2013 review & video- see the Camp Quality Page!
have been decided, annoucements soon!
Golden Quill Winner
Congrats Congrats to FCC newsletter editor Doris Bernier for scoring a win in Old Cars Weekly newsletter competition 2 years in a row!
A special thanks to our FCC photographers
for the pictures used throughout the FCC website!
Ace pinstriper Bob Behounek presented the club with a plaque reflecting his work which is now permantly mounted in the meeting room at the township building.
Frankfort Channel 6 TV- now online!
watch the “Cruisin’ Frankfort” episodes on our FCTV ON DEMAND internet site. You can also watch it on your IPAD, IPhone, and Android phones. Click http://www.villageoffrankfort.com/index, then click on the FCTV ON DEMAND logo above the mayor’s photo. You’ll see a toolbar that says “all folder”; scroll down to “CRUISIN’ FRANKFORT”, click and you can watch the various episodes from your computer, etc. No need to have Frankfort channel 6 to view
Eat, Drink, be Merry and drive those old cars; because neither you nor the old cars will last forever. We had a GREAT turnout for our monthly meeting on March 12th. Congratulations to all of you for surviving one of the worst winters in Chicago’s history. Nothing like some chocolate chip cookies, sheet cake, and DECAF coffee to cure the cabin fever we have been suffering from this winter. We even had 2 new members in attendance (Corvette people).
We polled the membership on a couple of items. The first suggestion came as a result of the long drive down to Urbana to visit Allan Strong’s collection (our garage tour for last month). We hit several patches where the wind drifted snow onto the road and driving was a little treacherous. So, I wanted to poll the membership to see if a coach bus would be possible for some of our longer runs. Therefore, I called several bus companies to get pricing. It turns out that for about $1,500.00, we can rent a big coach bus ( capacity 55-60 ) for trips to Urbana, Hickory Corners, (the CCCA Gilmore museum), etc. The coach would have high backed reclining seats, AC/heat, AM/FM stereo, on-board rest room, and CD-DVD players with drop-down TV’s as well as storage for suitcases or baggage under the coach. Since 54 people ate the buffet at Allan’s, we could charge about $30.00 per person to pay for the coach. (50 people @ $30.00 each = $1,500.00) Pretty much everyone indicated that we should investigate this further. (It was pointed out that you would spend that much for gas for such a trip). If we did this once or twice a year during inclement weather, we might be able to visit places further away that we would not normally drive to in a day. Let us know if you have any suggestions for places to visit.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? We also discussed our fund raising efforts. While we pay our own bills, we also give away a lot of money. We discussed having something like 3 x 5 cards to hand out when selling the 50/50 tickets which would mention the scholarships we give away annually as well as moneys we give to Camp Quality and other charities. We could probably have a poster made up to be displayed at the raffle table showing the same info.
One of the facts of life is that our membership, as well as our cars, is ageing. We discussed several ways of trying to attract younger members who share our love for the old “classics”. We will probably have some incentives / prizes for new membership in the coming months. Any ideas you may have to bring in new people who share our love for these “classics” would be greatly appreciated. One idea that I particularly liked was a “Grandparents & Grandkids” night theme for one of our cruise nights. We have a very strong club and depend on our volunteers to “get things done and set up properly for enjoyment”
ONE OF THE BEST DEALS IN TOWN: Larry reported that, as of February, we had about 160 memberships. He also reported that about 41 of these members had not sent in their dues for this year and February would be their last newsletter until their dues were paid. Now, speaking of deals, it costs us about $1.00 to mail out each newsletter. This does not include the costs to take the pictures, write the articles, research the informational topics included, put together the upcoming events calendar, etc. etc. So, if you just take the postage costs of $1.00 / newsletter and multiply that by 12 newsletters / year, you see that $12.00 of your $15.00 goes to pay postage. And this newsletter is not just any old rag. Doris, our Editor has won numerous awards for her work. THANKS DORIS ! Look at the quality of the photographs and the quality of the paper it is printed on. So, if $12.00 of your $15.00 annual membership goes to postage, (that’s 80% of your dues), only 20%, or $3.00 / year is available for such things as garage tours with refreshments, cruise nights with period correct music, monthly meetings with refreshments, etc. Obviously, we enjoy the work of a whole army of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring you all these wonderful events. Make sure you let them know how much you appreciate their efforts. Also be warned that if the Post Office increases rates again, as they just did, we may be forced to charge extra to mail out the newsletters. Yes, Dorothy, there is inflation. Why, I remember when you could mail a letter for 3 cents and you got the envelope for free because the stamp was embossed into the envelope. I also remember my Dad paying 19 cents per gallon for gasoline, 35 cents for a quart of beer (in college), a tune-up kit for $15.00 to $16.00 [which included 8 spark plugs, points, rotor, condenser, and a cap], and hair on the top of my head.
There was also discussion about the fact that you had to arrive around lunchtime to get a “GOOD” parking space. The good news is that we routinely have over 200 cars in attendance. Thanks to the Village of Frankfort for opening up the new parking lot which has room for about 100 cars. The bad news is that in the past, when the club tried to reserve space for featured cars of the week, fights and arguments broke out when people wanted to park in the reserved spots, traffic backed up, and tempers flared. So, as my grandfather used to say: “Suck it up”. And for those of you who are still not happy about this situation, please feel free to contact a Board member with your suggestions and / or let us know which nights you and your friends will show up early and police the parking situation.
Finally, since Doris is always looking for articles for the newsletter and since we know every car has a “story”, be prepared this summer during cruise nights for when you see a 6’6” HANDSOME bald guy approaching you and your car, to talk about your car and tell your “STORY”. We will record your “story” and print a nice small article about your ride. [suitable for framing]
Finally, Eat, Drink, be Merry, and drive those old cars; because neither you nor the old cars will last forever.
FCC GARAGE TOUR
ALLAN STRONG Collection
A very unassuming building outside...
Allan gave a nice summary of each car in the collection.
Nancy Strong knows her way around the collection as well!
Cousins- Cord Sportsman and Auburn Speedster
Nancy's collection of vintage hats and coats amused all the ladies.
Nancy (L) and Lorraine (R) try on some of the (her) collection.
Dennis right at home next to a fine '30 Packard.
Helen and Cathey next to the oldest Packard in the collection.
Carol behind the '30.
Judy thinks this hat will do just fine!
Paul is ready to take it for a ride!
Richie & Judy take a break.
that Good food, cars, and friends may have been too much for Jeff...
Many thanks to our most gracious hosts, Allan & Nancy Strong!