Happy Easter.

The Vintage Automobile Club of Ocean County, NJ welcomes you.

           

Hi Everybody,

Hi, Spring! The Welcome mat is out. We missed you so much! So, was that a bad Winter? It was the suckiest suck that ever sucked! Thatís what it was! Another Winter like that and Iím moving to the Equator. I am so glad the snow has finally melted. I found my chainsaw in the backyard, along with three empty beer bottles, a step ladder, and a note from Valerie telling me to put the chainsaw and ladder back in the garage.

To celebrate Spring, Valerie and I are taking a short trip to California to visit our son, David. Before we come home, weíll be flying from San Francisco to Puerto Rico, because, you know, itís on the way. As a result of our vacation, I will not be at the April Meeting. Not to worry, though. Our capable and benevolent Vice-President, Gary Stabile, will take my place. And to help usher in the change of season, Gary will play Igor Stravinskyís, Rite of Spring on a Kazoo, accompanied by Bill Bottorff on the mouth harp, Everett Ross on the Toot-ta-doo, and Denny Derion on the Theremin. That should be exciting.

Two of our annual events are already behind us: The Atlantic City Car Auction and The Saint Patrickís Day Parade. It was a beautiful day for the parade; a touch of Spring sandwiched between cold Winter days. Kevin set up a table for car owners to register, and Advance Auto provided water and coffee, which was certainly appreciated. Candy Donohue brought a basket of her homemade Irish Soda Bread Muffins. We had a good turnout of old cars, 23 in all. Thatís not a record, but there was still a lot of snow around, and Iím sure some car owners had not prepared their cars or themselves to drive to Seaside Heights. The parade began forty five minutes late, and Iím not sure why. I did hear a report that the organizers were aware of the traffic backup on the bridge coming to Seaside, and they wanted to give those people the opportunity to get into town and park their cars. Sounds like a good reason. Perhaps our own Kevin Donohue knows different. There seemed to be an inordinate number of Pipe and Drum Bands in the parade, and by pipe, I mean bagpipes. Now, this is where I have to apologize in advance. I donít want to offend or anger any of my Irish friends, or my blood brothers of the Emerald Isle. But, I donít like bagpipes. As an Irishman, I suppose I should embrace the instrument of my ancestors, but six or seven Pipe and Drum Bands in one parade is too much for me. I have never stood along a parade route and tapped my foot to the sound of a bagpipe. For the past twenty one years I have been in the staging area for both the St. Patrickís and Columbus Day Parades. Thatís where the pipers warm up, each playing a different scale or song to the point where the cacophony sounds like cats and pigs in a fight to the death. So Iím sorry, but itís a noise I can do without. Oh, I also donít like cabbage. Anyhoo, (donít ever say ďanyhooĒ, it sounds stupid) letís get this car show season started. Please check the Schedule of Events in this newsletter, and if you hear of some event the Club may be interested in, let your editor know.
Ride on, Baby! See ya!

Don't forget to check DowntownTomsRiver.com for information about local shows & events in our area.

John Mahoney

John Mahoney - President
Gary Stabile - Vice President
Denny Derion - Secretary
Everett Ross - Treasurer
Marge Kurtz-Cusack - Sunshine
Denny Derion - Membership
Bill Bottorff - Editor
Rob Mahoney - WebMaster

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