2015 Membership/Renewal Form now available. Remember, no meeting in January.

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

Hi, Everyone,
Welcome to 2015! When I look at that number I can’t believe it’s the year we live in. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was a high school student in the 1960’s, looking forward to getting my diploma and making my mark in the world. The 60’s was a turbulent decade: assassinations, war, prejudice, poverty, anti-police demonstrations, senseless murders, mis-managed government, high unemployment, rampant drug use. It all made for a roiling pit of depravity, deceit, and desperate wickedness. But as humans we were an intelligent species. We were willing and able to make changes. Just as the New Year welcomes personal change, a new century would allow us to shake off the ignorance and barbarism of the previous twenty centuries; a Utopian Society was upon us.

Wow! Look at us now. We’ve come a long way since Motown changed the way we listen to music. McCarthyism ended, we put a man on the moon, and the people we call heroes, the ones we hold in the highest regard, are the ones who play professional sports.

Technology has advanced to the point where personal space is the new demigod. Heaven forbid someone should strike up a conversation while a person is plugged into his I-phone. A simple commute to work has turned into a daily competition, a test of wills. A person has the right to express his own opinion, but everyone else is an idiot.

So what? That’s life. At least there are three constants that will never change: love, laughter, music. Utopia may not be around the corner, but at least we have each other. And I still haven’t made my mark in the world.

Now I am looking forward to a fun filled year. That’s a New Year’s Resolution I can keep. I’ve tried making other resolutions before, like eating better and exercising more, and I always said “I’ll start tomorrow.” Then I found out there were 365 tomorrows until the next new year. What am I supposed to do with all the candy Santa left in my stocking? Toss it? I don’t think so. I have nice clothes, so why would I want to lose weight and be forced to buy new clothes? As my grandfather used to say, “Keep the status quo.” And I used to say, “What the hell does that mean?”

No, until my doctor looks and my test results and says, “Oh my God!” I probably just stay the way I am: A fat, stupid, lazy lover of old cars. I must go now. My fingers are getting stiff. Actually, I think all my arteries are starting to harden. I better go to the basement right now and get on that treadmill.
Ah, heck, I’ll do it tomorrow.

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John Mahoney

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