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Vic LaBantschnig 98th Birthday
August 2008

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Vic and Son Denny
 
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2008 St. Louis Auto Show Display

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OLD FUN & FORMAL, GAS AND ELECTRIC CARS WERE FEATURED IN ST. LOUIS

Tens of thousands of visitors to the recent St. Louis Auto Show not only checked out new designs and advancements in motoring but also come face to face with marvelous machines from the golden past.  A six-vehicle display by the Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri, Inc., spanned 40 years of development under the theme, "Fun & Formal."

The event, held from January 23 to 27 at America's Center and Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Mo., included an unusual 1920 Detroit Electric, a rare 1920 Briggs & Stratton Flyer Buckboard, a petite 1923 Auto Red Bug Electric Buckboard, a stately 1938 Cadillac "75" Series Fleetwood 7 Passenger Sedan, a quaint 1927 Model T Ford tudor, and an astonishingly long 1959 Cadillac "75"Series Fleetwood Formal Limousine. 

The annual show was conducted by the St. Louis Auto Dealers Association, headed by John Londoff, Jr., with Chris Adelmann serving as executive vice president. 

"The Detroit Electric was the type of car used by men wearing top hats for formal occasions and by women with large, impressive hats of French designs," says longtime OCW contributor Gerald Perschbacher, who is HCCM president and was exhibit coordinator.  "The 1938 and 1959 Cadillacs are huge masterpieces oozing stately extravagance.  On the fun side, we had two 'buckboard' models from the 1920s and a black-and-green Ford, reminding visitors that a Model T became the first set of wheels for many families, thus opening an exciting era of fun."

Public announcements emphasized several sub-themes.  Cadillacs reminded visitors of the 100th anniversary of General Motors, while the last year of the Model T Ford (1927) alerted onlookers that the venerable model had been introduced a century ago.  There was also the interplay of gas-powered vehicles versus electric.

"Visitors saw a variety of differences in form and function," Perschbacher adds.  Scores of club members volunteered at the display, handing out brochures and answer questions.  "We love old cars.  We love to bring them to the attention of others, including older generations that recall those glory days, and younger generations that have never seen such cars.  It's a great learning experience," concludes Perschbacher.

Ralph Atkinson coordinated club volunteers.  Lou and Jackie Allen offered daily support.   Key participants included Floyd Dunlap, Don and Joan Hoelscher, Pat and Pam Howk, plus Laren and Joyce Langguth

PHOTOS BY GERALD PERSCHBACHER, JACKIE ALLEN & DON HOELSCHER; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED; DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION.

 

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Participating in the Annual Downtown St Patrick's Day Parade has become a real tradition for our Club. This year we had a 1916 Rauch & Lang (Electric), 1928 Whippet, 1928 Ford Model A, 1931 Ford Model A, 1931 Cadillac and a 1949 Nash Tow Truck pulling an Irish Float. 

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Vic's 98th Birthday Cake
August 2008

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Vic in '54 Packard Carribbean
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fun & Formal

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Our 45th Easter Concours d'Elegance is now history. Since 1962, the Easter Concour d'Elegance has attracted tens of thousands of people each year to see some of the world's greatest cars, together in one place in Forest Park. This Show is put on by the many hard working members of the Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri and AAA our Sponsor.
This year we had 489 Antique Cars entered. 143 for Judging, 129 for Display and 217 with the Local Car Clubs.
We gave out 73 awards for those cars selected in various Classes. The Best of Show (pre war) was awarded to a 1937 Cord, the Best of Show (post war) went to a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and the Best New Restoration went to a 1947 Cadillac Convertible Coupe. The Sponsors Choice was awarded to a 1950 Studebaker Land Cruiser.

Below are some of the Cars from this years Fathers Day "Cars with Class"

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John Porbeck's 1934 Auburn "2007 Feature Car"

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Fred Guyton's 1929 Cadillac Sport Phaeton "Most Elegant Car"

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Thomas & Kristy Quick's 1929 Duesenberg "Most Memorable Design"

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Jim Schloeman's 1928 Diana Palm Beach Special "Nicest Convertible"

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Bob & Shari Emery's 1928 Diana Cabriolet Coupe "Most Impressive Restored Car"

Our Annual Holiday and Meeting for 2007 is now History. This years party was held at the Museum of Transportation which was a wonderful setting for our Car Club. Below are some of the pictures from this event.

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