The GRANITE BANNER
Published Quarterly By The New Hampshire Granite Region
Antique Automobile Club Of America
Vol. 2 No. 3 Autumn Issue September, 2004
The Granite Region What’s Happening This
In This Issue Mark Your Calendars
The biggest event for our club was the 10/02/04 Japanese Car Day Show Brookline, MA
Climb To The Clouds. It was a roaring success 10/02/04 Second Annual Buicks in the Fall Easthampton, MA
and most of this issue is dedicated to reports 10/03/04 Thirteenth Annual Car and Motorcycle Show Stratham, NH
10/03/04 Twenty-Fourth Annual Mustang & Fords Fall Round Up
and photos on it. We have three articles & Swap Meet Shrewsbury, MA
covering different aspects of the event. 10/10/04 European Motorcycle Day Brookline, MA
10/10/04 Foreign Auto Festival Owls Head, ME
We also have an article covering the 26th 10/16/04 Eighth Annual Shaker Classic Car Show Canterbury, NH
Annual Crown Victoria Association 10/17/04 Autofest 2004 Millbury, MA
convention which was hosted by our own Dick 10/17/04 Swedish Car Day Brookline, MA
and Christine Metz. Don't miss their article on 10/17/04 Vintage Era Days Dedham, MA
page 6. 10/17/04 York Harvestfest 2004 York Beach, ME
10/23/04 Second Annual Car Show Saugus, MA
10/24/04 Eighteenth Annual Studebaker Day Brookline, MA
Larry Cossar and Jack Griffiths sent a
10/31/04 Antique Auto Show, Swap & Sell Amherst, NH
number of photos from Climb To The Clouds.
We used these photos throughout this 01/15/05 Twenty-Ninth Annual Autoparts Swap N Sell
newsletter. Don't be confused by where they West Springfield, MA
show up on the newsletter. They are all from 02/06/05 Indoor Auto Flea Market Medway, MA
CTTC. 05/22/05 Granite Region Annual Meeting Gilford, NH
Warren Clark For more info on these and other events,
Editor, The Granite Banner check out www.hemmings.com
Granite Region - 2003 - 2004 Officers
President Jack Armstrong 603-279-0996 jcarbarn @ aol.com
Vice President / Activities Chair Larry Cossar 603-778-4788 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Joni (Esperian) Rondeau 603-644-7238 email@example.com
Treasurer Gerry Griffin 603-673-7467 firstname.lastname@example.org
Exec. Bd. Member at Large Gary Rondeau 603-644-7238 syncroring @ attbi.com
Membership Chairman Jack Griffiths 603-472-4990 jackdgriffiths @ hotmail.com
Newsletter Warren Clark 781-894-4156 GraniteNewsletter @ Sagecliff.com
Web Page Andy Daubenspeck 603-650-7727 email@example.com
This newsletter is published quarterly with issues in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. If you have an interesting story to
contribute, please email it to GraniteNewsletter @ sagecliff.com or send it Warren Clark, Editor - Granite Newsletter, 10 Winsor Way,
Weston, MA 02493.
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Back Road Notes
A Message From The President
It was a great weekend at the Mt. Washington Auto road in July. The variety of activities made it interesting for
everyone. I have received many calls, notes and e-mails congratulating the Granite Region for putting on an excellent
show at an inviting site along side the historic hill climb cars. Special thanks to Larry and Shirley Cossar for putting
together a team that made it all happen so well. Also want to thank the Charter Trust Co. and the Auto Road for their
sponsorship and support.
Two of our member families , Dick & Chris Metz and Dave & Karen Simmering have recently organized
activities for the Crown Victoria Club and the Model “T” Club respectively. Congratulations to them on very successful
Let’s get a big turnout for Sky & Dot Borst’s Canterbury Show in Oct. You’ll read elsewhere about getting a
group of our cars together to travel to that show.
I encourage all our members to put forth ideas for Club events, and lets get as much time in old cars as possible
during this fall season.
Jack Armstrong, Pres.
Granite Region, AACA
Life Memberships Offered
The Executive Board is pleased to introduce Life Central Meeting Location?
Memberships for the Granite Region of AACA at a one-
We are looking to expand our Regional Group meetings
time cost of $300.
to quarterly meetings from our present annual meetings for
Life membership avoids the issue of increasing dues, better communication of the membership.
simplifies the renewal process and adds significantly to the
A central location such as Manchester or Concord
would be a plus. If you know of a facility that could be
The Board is happy to announce the first Life used to hold a meeting of 40-50 members, has facilities for
Membership was presented to Richie Clyne who ‘signed refreshments and is reasonably priced contact Jack
up’ while attending the Climb to the Clouds auto show at Armstrong (603-279-0996) or Larry Cossar (603-778-
Mt. Washington Auto Road this past July. 4788).
Congratulations and many thanks to Richie. Your
support is welcomed and appreciated.
Thanks for your help.
If you are interested in becoming a Life Member,
please contact Membership Chairman, Jack Griffiths at
(603) 472-4990 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Climb to the Clouds
Centennial Celebration by Judy Wildman
On Monday, July 11, 1904, the trial runs for the of 9 minutes 13 seconds established in 1961 prior to the
inaugural "Climb to the Clouds" commenced at 5:00 AM. road being paved. Another car and driver of note was Stu
The eight mile gravel road, bathed in sunshine, stood ready Rutherford and the '58 Rutherford Special. A number of
for the participants. An Orient buckboard driven by W. B. other drivers had experience on the mountain as well.
Jameson made the second run of the morning in 2 hours 9 Beginning in 1990 and ending in 2001, SCCA held races up
minutes 36 4/5 seconds -- a time obliterated later in the day the Auto Road. A vintage group was invited to join those
by F. E. Stanley's record setting time of 31 minutes 45 races so Bob Valpey, John Schiefflin, Kim Eastman, Dick
seconds. Waite, Ben Bragg, and Gordon Matson were familiar with
the intricacies of the course and ready for day two.
When the twenty-five VSCCA entrants took to the hill
on Friday, July 9, 2004, to celebrate the centennial, the Saturday, July 10 was unfortunately not one of the
weather conditions were not as optimal as a hundred years sixty-five clear days at the mountain. Unlike day two of one
ago. In fact, the "Climb to the Clouds" was a climb through hundred years ago, there was no sunshine, and like that day
the clouds. The start time for the trial runs was delayed an there was rain in the not too distant future. On Day 2 in
hour. At 9:00 AM the first car left the start line for its four 1904, Stanley's record from the previous day was bested by
plus mile climb to the finish line at Government Sign. The H. S. Harkness' 60 hp Mercedes with a time of 24 minutes
road, no longer gravel, was rain soaked with some twenty or 37 3/5 seconds.
more turns and gradients of as much as 20%. A few of the
open-wheel drivers decided to wait for day two instead of On Day 2, 2004, a steady wind of 30mph blew at the
getting showered as their tires threw back spray from the finish line made waving the checkered flag easier than
wet road. At the finish line one could hear the approach of holding on to it. To the west some dark, forbidding clouds
such cars as John Schiefflin's '54 Arnolt Bristol, Peter approached. The course, however, was dry for all of the
Sachs' '33 Alfa Romeo, Ian Landy's '35 Maserati, David first run and much of the second. The '53 Cheetah Special
Paqua's '53 Cheetah Special, Howie Gilmore's '57 Porsche was one of many car sliding through turn twenty and across
Special and Jim Donick's '51 Allard K2 as they rounded the the finish line. The last two cars of the second run were
turn at Station 20 and came out of the mist to get the Gordon Matson's '11 E-M-F factory team racer and Dick
checkered flag. The last car up for each of the two runs was King's '04 Peerless Green Dragon with Shenton King as
event chairman Tom Ellsworth's '35 Ford-powered Amilcar. riding mechanic. The drivers entertained the corner workers
The vegetation at the finish line consisted of stunted at Stations 12 & 13 when the Peerless showed its superior
conifers affording a view to the west and hopefully clearing horsepower and passed the E-M-F. Both crossed the finish
weather for Saturday's runs. line marking an end to the day's racing.
After two morning trials and a break from the rain, the Much of the weekend was dedicated to Karen Miller,
cars were put on display at the base. A number of cars, both who in her '50 Jaguar XK120, had spent many happy times
participant and display models, had a history of racing on racing the mountain. Ed Miller brought her Jaguar for the
the mountain. Tony Carrol complete with camera was on display. At the Friday evening banquet, Bob Valpey was
hand to record the event. The '04 Orient buckboard that presented with the first annual Karen Miller award for
made that historic run a hundred years ago was brought outstanding service. During both days many of the
from the Don Garlitts Museum in Ocala, Florida. The Old participants sported tee shirts with a picture of Karen and
Gray Mare belonging to Sandy Leith, the Ardent Alligator her car on the mountain. At the Saturday awards ceremony
of Peter McManus, and the '04 Peerless Green Dragon of Paul Giblin and Howie Wemyss presented the consistent
Dick King bore some of the more colorful names. Along driver award which also bore Karen's name. This year the
with the '04 Peerless, three other century old cars were on award ended in a tie. Kristian Winroth in the '58 Brazier
display: Dick King's '04 Pope-Toledo and Richard Schrill's Champ Car and Christopher Rheault in the '35 Riley IMP
'04 White Model E Steamer and Columbia Electric. The made their two Saturday runs with .51 seconds a remarkable
earliest car on display was the '01 Winton 40hp racer accomplishment. Each driver whose car raced the mountain
brought by Evan Ide from the Museum of Transportation. received a replica of the bronze medallion given to those
A car and driver of note was Bill Rutan with his '52 long ago racers whose fetes we were celebrating.
Porsche-powered VW Bathtub Special. Bill holds the record
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While VSCCA was climbing through the clouds, the Restaurants-Ashland, NH; C. J. Roxane Spring Waters-
Granite Region of AACA was having their car show at the Moultonborough, NH; Hart's Turkey Farm-Meredith, NH;
base. Larry and Shirley Cossar did an outstanding job Coca-Cola Bottling Company- Gorham, NH; Mt.
chairing the event. Nearly a hundred antique cars registered Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce; and Robbins
for the show, and despite a less than perfect forecast, eighty- Auto Parts- Hampton, NH. Without their support and the
five antique vehicles aligned themselves on the field for outstanding participation of the region members, the event
display and judging. They represented six decades of auto would not have achieved such success.
manufacturing from 1900-1961. Each of the participants
received a “goody” bag complete with personal items, Around 3:00 PM, as the rains pelted down, the
maps, a note pad, discount coupons, a car air freshener, a participants gathered under the tent for the awards
drink container with water, and an emergency roadside kit. ceremony. Awards were given to the best car by decade, the
Participants were also presented with an elegant cloissone best commercial vehicle, the best original pre-war and post-
dash plaque commemorating the centennial event. The war cars, the longest travel distance car, the spectator's
Granite Region AACA thanks the following sponsors for choice car, and the best of show. With such an excellent
their generous support. Prime Sponsor: Charter Trust- turnout, the judges had their work cut out from them. After
Concord, NH; Auto Zone Automotive Stores; NAPA Auto deliberations worthy of the Supreme Court, they arrived at
Parts-Portsmouth, NH; Citizens Bank; Common Man the following:
Pre-1910 Russell Whitney's 1907 Autocar 14 Racer
1910-1919 Bart Carlson's 1910 Hupmobile Runabout
1920-1929 Marcy & Mike Jones' 1923 Oldsmobile 43AFS Sport Touring
1930-1939 Ron & Audrey Peverley's 1931 Essex Super Six 2 Door Coupe
1940-1949 Roger Pepin's 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Convertible
1950-1961 Dave Mersereau's 1950 Buick 46D Special Sedan
Commercial Tom McCarriston's 1950 Ford 8N Tractor
Pre-War Original Jim Lowry's 1932 Studebaker
Post-War Original August Carlson's 1960 Cadillac 62 Coupe
Long Distance Dennis Jolicoeur's 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk Convertible
(Dennis drove from Bridgewater, MA)
Spectator's Choice Jack Armstrong's 1931 Cadillac Phaeton
Best of Show John Moir's 1911 Kelsey Motorette
Special thanks are due the judges and the following Bear Notch, Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch over 120
trophy sponsors. Hampton Motor Company-Hampton, NH; miles of scenic driving. The Maine Tour (shortest of the
Sue and Jack Griffiths-Bedford, NH; Ken and Mary Lou three) was delightful. Gordon Matson and I were fortunate
Sommers-Fremont, NH; LeBaron Bonney to tour with Mike and Marcy Jones in their '23 Oldsmobile
Company/Hampton Coach-Amesbury,MA; Mount Sport Touring. Other on the tour were Jack and Pat
Washington Auto Road-Gorham, NH and the NH Armstrong accompanied by Shirley and Larry Cossar in
Automobile Dealers Association- Concord, NH. Jack's '35 Ford Beach Wagon, George and Judy House in
Most of the cars and drivers sought shelter from the their brass-era Buick, and Tom Ellsworth in his '35 Ford-
rain, many planning to return later for the “Gala in the powered Amilcar. The tour took us to Rte. 2 in Gorham and
Glen”. The gala consisted of a turkey and beef buffet east to Rte. 113 in Maine. Rte. 113 was a picturesque
dinner, followed by both a silent and not so silent auction to touring road along the Wild River. An early pedestrian
benefit the Gibson Center for Senior Services. A colorful suspension bridge over the river made an interesting stop as
fireworks display and dancing brought a delightful evening did the Stow Corner Store. We had yet to dip into our
to a close. The rains had abated and the sky held a promise commemorative picnic baskets, but one should always start
of a sunny Sunday of touring. with dessert to make sure there's room for it. The ice cream
and tempting bakery products at the store handled the
Sunday the summit of Mount Washington stopped dessert course nicely. We eventually left Maine and headed
playing peekaboo with the clouds. It was a perfect day for back to Conway. The tour directions allowed us to by-pass
touring. The Mount Washington Auto Road had carefully North Conway's outlet miles and delivered us back to the
mapped out three tours. The Grand Hotel Tour with stops at base of the mountain. There we gathered on the porch and
Mountain View Grand Hotel, Mount Washington Hotel, had our picnic lunch. Later in the day a number of us sat on
The Wentworth, and the Eagle Mountain House the veranda at Eagle Mountain House recounting a most
(headquarters for both the Granite Region and VSCCA) was enjoyable Happy Hundredth Anniversary of the Climb to
reported to be an excellent tour. The Four Notches Tour the Clouds.
(longest of the three) took one from Pinkham Notch through
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Climb to the Clouds…..
A Roaring Success!
25 vintage racers and nearly 100 antique cars attend
by Jack and Sue Griffiths
The spotty weather could not put a damper on the manufactured prior to 1961 which represents the 100th
“Climb to the Clouds” 100th Anniversary celebration at anniversary of the opening of the Auto Road, and the last
the Mount Washington Auto Road on July 9-12, 2004. time vintage cars raced up the mountain. The racing
The festivities began on Friday with “time trials” and resumed in the early 1990’s for 10 years, using modern
practice runs for the many vintage sports cars, several of automobiles.
which actually raced up the Auto Road in decades past. It Granite Region members were present in all activities
was a treat to hear the roar of the engines and watch each including directing car drivers and participants, parking
car speed off the line heading toward the half-way mark of and registering antique cars, handing out spectator ballots,
the venerable mountain roadway. judging the antique cars, and presenting the awards which
On the antique car front, a number of participants are listed elsewhere in this newsletter. Senior management
arrived on Friday, but the field was so wet from the from Charter Trust Company (lead sponsor for the antique
overnight rains that it was best to gather them in the car show) arrived mid-morning to greet members and
spectator parking lot at the Auto Road and at the Wildcat spectators and view the superb collection of vintage cars.
ski area just down the road. Despite a little heavy The mist of the morning which developed into a steady
mountain dew, a pleasant afternoon was spent under the rain at times in the afternoon got things a bit soggy, but
tent with good car talk and hopes for clearing skies. through it all, drivers and spectators alike enjoyed an
At 5:00 p.m., a reception was held at the ‘Red Barn’ experience not seen at the Mt. Washington Auto Road in
which provided the opportunity to meet vintage car racers, many years.
Auto Road staff members, and see the vehicles originally A car show of this quality and smooth operation takes
used to convey sightseers to the top of Mt. Washington a great deal of planning and effort. It is always dangerous
over the past 140 years. to single out individuals who contributed so much.
Later in the evening, an overflow crowd enjoyed the However, special thanks have to go to Larry and Shirley
excellent buffet at Eagle Mountain House in Jackson, NH Cossar for heading up the event, Jack and Pat Armstrong
featuring three entrees and ‘serve-yourself’ strawberry for launching the idea. Others who contributed much of
shortcake dessert. This was a marvelous opportunity to their time and efforts include Gary and Joni Rondeau,
meet and greet many Granite Region members and Willy and Jan Carlson, Ken and Mary Lou Sommers,
spouses. A fun time was had by all. George and Judy House, Tom and Barb Madden, Sky and
Dot Borst, Tom Ellsworth (VSCCA), Ron and Audrey
Saturday was literally a field day. From Peverley, Bill and Kae Allen, Gerry Griffin, Larry and
approximately 8:00 a.m. on, the action was non-stop with Carol Hoagland, Dick and June Adams, Andy
the vintage racers heading up the hill for real, antique cars Daubenspeck, Dave and Karen Simmering, Dave
arriving all morning, and spectators pouring in by the Mersereau, and John Silva. Apologies if anyone has been
hundreds. The count was just shy of 100 antique cars, all missed.
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Car Tours and Steamers
Mt. Washington Auto Road Centennial Celebration
of the First ‘Climb to the Clouds’ Race
by Larry and Carol Hoagland
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mt. Washington to climb the mountain with it again this year but did not
racing history, two days were devoted to racing and make the attempt. Allen reported that none of the steam
showing the vintage cars. The third day, Sunday, was for cars present that day did the climb up the mountain,
old fashioned touring, complete with a packed lunch in a probably because they arrived after the 8-9:30am time
wicker picnic basket. Three driving tours were planned to window designed for antique cars to use the road without
highlight the ‘incredible scenery and cultural heritage’ of interference from modern traffic.
the North Country and led to the fashionable Grand While the steam enthusiasts were at the field, another
Hotels, the Four Notches, or the back roads to Maine with story was unfolding in a repair shop nearby. Andy
lots of scenic vistas, antique shops, and ice cream stops Robeson of Blacksburg, VA, had a broken axle drive gear
along the way. The weather cooperated to make it a on his Stanley. He writes: “Fortunately, Daryl Kendall
memorable touring day for all. was with me, and we got the gear out on Sunday night. On
Monday we located a machine shop in Berlin, NH, (Cross
Machine, Inc). The machinists there essentially dropped
what they were doing and went to work on the broken
gear. The spider and gears were intact, and they welded
the broken gear, trued it up and pinned the spider back in
place. Thanks to Daryl’s skill, we had the gear installed
and the car running on Wednesday!
Monday was Steamer Day when about 50 steamers
were expected at the Auto Road to honor the first “Climb
to the Clouds” in 1904 when F.O.Stanley drove his six HP
Stanley in competition with a 40 HP Daimler but both
were outdistanced by Harry Harkness driving a stripped
chassis 60 HP Mercedes.
A wide variety of Stanley Steamers from 1902 to 1925
In case anyone is wondering if the gear held up, we
were represented. John Moir of Chocorua, NH, had a very
drove the whole 200 mile Boxboro, MA tour in August
interesting early coffin nose Stanley in original condition.
There was also a home built steamer made from a mid-50’s
Chevrolet station wagon. One Stanley from Iowa had a Cross Machine, incidentally, worked on five or six
steam calliope mounted on the driver’s side for use while Stanleys during the week. Next year, the New England
traveling down the road. Allen and Janette Blasick of Brass and Gas Tour will be at the Mountain View Grand,
Tuftonboro, NH, and Fremont, California, had a 1903 and participants may need the services of their willing
Stanley that raced the mountain in 1904. They had hoped mechanics.”
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26th National Crown Victoria
by Dick Metz
My wife Christine and I were honored to be chosen to • Thursday (8/5) Visit to the "Metz" Garage and Dance
host this event. with "Annie and the Orphans"
The Sheraton Tara in Nashua was the site for the • Friday (8/6) Budweiser Brewery visit and pictures of
festivities. The accommodations, food, beverages and staff kids with Clydesdales, followed by Annual Awards
of this facility are "top notch" and second to none. Banquet.
In attendance were 1954, 1955, and 1956 FORD lovers As you can see, everyone was kept busy with something
from as far away as Sweden. Total number of cars was in to everyone's liking. Being the first time in the Northeast,
excess of 100 with about 500 members. folks were really impressed with the quality of life we enjoy
Being in New England, we promise outstanding here in New Hampshire, in addition to the friendliness of the
weather. This week of July 31st thru August 7th was by far "natives."
the nicest week of the summer. Chris and I would host another convention in a
The event was covered by Oldies 105, Channel 9, and heartbeat. Seeing people enjoy their vacation in our
the Boston Globe. Here is a list of the itinerary for the beautiful region was very gratifying.
• Sunday (8/1) Early Arrivals - Pool Side Barbecue Visit the C.V.A. website at
• Monday (8/2) Kid's Day - Canobie Lake Park http://clubs.hemmings.com/crownvictoria
• Tuesday (8/3) Squam Lake Tour - On Golden Pond
• Wednesday (8/4) New Hampshire International
Speedway - lap on track and barbecue, with photos in
More pictures from “Climb to the Clouds”:
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2005 Annual Meeting
Mark Your Calendars….
by Jack Griffiths
Dick and Chris Metz of Gilford, NH have
graciously offered to host the 2005 Granite Region
Annual Meeting next May.
The tentative date as of this writing is Sunday, May
Following the usual format, members should plan
to arrive beginning at 10:30 a.m. following by the
formal meeting at noon, thence a picnic or other type
of lunch (to be determined).
Mini-tours to Canterbury
This is a great opportunity for Granite Regionaires
to break their antique cars out of winter storage and
October 16, 2004
by Jack Griffiths
drive them to the Annual Meeting.
Dick has an extensive collection of antique cars
(most, if not all, Fords) and enjoys sharing the classic Profile Auto League (PAL) will hold its annual
Canterbury Antique Car Show on Saturday, October 16,
experience. We all look forward to an excellent time
2004 (see notice elsewhere in this newsletter).
at the Metz residence next May.
The Granite Region would like to support Sky Borst
If you want to check out Dick’s website, log onto: and have as many members as possible attend.
www.ohboytoys.com. It’s a real treat.
Susan and I are planning to meet at the Macy’s parking
lot in Bedford about 8:00 a.m. and drive to the show as a
‘mini tour’ with as many other members as might be
interested. After the show, we are contemplating heading
to a restaurant in Concord for some dinner. If you would
like to join us, please call at (603) 472-4990 or email at:
Any members who would like to meet at other locations
around the state should contact President Jack Armstrong at
(603) 279- 0996 or at email@example.com
to make arrangements. In any case, see you at
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