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Just learned that the Glenmoor Gathering, which is famous for its fall concours at Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, will be holding its spring Countryside Tour on Saturday, May 16. The tour leaves from the club at 8:30 a.m. and returns around 3 p.m. The tour includes breakfast and lunch. A continental breakfast is available for all participants from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The club will cater lunch at a stop near Newcomerstown, OH. According to Glenmoor Gathering officials, there's no restriction on what you drive on the tour! Last year they had vehicles ranging from a 1915 Cadillac to a 2007 BMW convertible-and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle! Sounds like a great opportunity to spend some time with fellow car enthusiasts. The tour is carefully laid-out by a veteran tour leader. Total tour mileage is estimated at around 100 miles. All participants will receive detailed directions, so they can move at their own pace on the tour. The route will be on two-lane back roads in Stark, Tuscarawas, Wayne and Holmes Counties. Cost is $50 for the driver and $25 for each passenger. For more information or to make reservations call Sue Kirby at (330) 966.3600 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it just me? I don't think so. In recent months I've noticed on both the local and national level that the collector car hobby is slowly losing its old-timers. Some of these folks were around when the hobby was relatively new-1940's and 50's-and represent what some people call "institutional memory." They remember when Hemmings Motor News was a small, pocket-sized "magazine" published by Ernie Hemmings in Quincy, Illinois. They remember a hobby without a collector car auction every weekend. They remember when collector cars were affordable and the only people buying them were hobbyists like you and me, not "investors." They remember when you could visit a junk yard (yes, that's what they were called) and find plenty of cars from the 30's, 40's and earlier, for needed parts. They remember fellow hobbyists who would actually give you a part you needed for your collector car. (It happened to me more than once.) If you know any of these old-timers I recommend spending time with them--soon. Most of them probably have a few good stories to share about the early days of the car hobby. I always come away from conversations with the old timers feeling just a little bit better.
Nearly forty years ago, car enthusiast Bob Pass from St. Louis came up with the idea of shipping antique cars in enclosed trucks as opposed to the commercial flatbeds that had been used until that time. Open shipping was tough on freshly restored cars but there was no other option. Around 1970, he bought some used furniture moving vans and started using them to haul up to two cars at a time around the country. His company, Passport Transport, was the original pioneer in the enclosed shipping industry. Later, he had custom trailers built that would hold up to six cars at a time. Another Passport innovation was the hydraulic ramp door which facilitated loading and unloading of the cars on two levels.
OK, so what does this have to do with Akron? In 2000, Passport Transport was purchased by FedEx and placed under the FedEx Custom Critical division which is based in Green. Now renamed FedEx Auto Transport, it is still a leader the antique auto transport industry. You can check out their website at www.passport.fedex.com.