It Was a WORLD-CLASS Hangover - - -

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It Was a WORLD-CLASS Hangover - - -

Post by oldcarfudd » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:49 pm

--- even though, whether you tippled or teetotaled, you didn’t even get a headache. Besides good food, great routes and wonderful destinations, what made the inaugural 2012 Hershey Hangover world-class was the presence of brass car enthusiasts from all over the world. We had Al Acres and a friend from Canada, Robert and Lynette Duncan from New Zealand, and Chris and Jenice Sorensen from Australia. This was an unexpected bonus to a tour that began as a way to encourage brass cars to be shown at Hershey. People come to Hershey from everywhere. They’ll jump at the chance to tour in one of our back seats and see some of rural America. And we’ll jump at the chance to meet like-minded folks from far away.

Whether guests or drivers, everyone had a good time. Sunday’s tour began with the perennial favorite, Reinholds Restorations, for coffee. Then we motored on to Landis Valley Fall Harvest Days, where we were paraded into a prime parking field and became one of the major attractions at this annual country festival. The final stop was at a preserved iron furnace that began in colonial days and kept going well into the industrial revolution. The young woman docent who took us through the furnace really knew her stuff. The evening speaker was Corky Coker, who was both funny and informative. Maybe the best line was about why Harold Coker had bought so many Thomas Flyers – he didn’t want anyone to hoard them.

Sunday’s coffee stop was 50 miles away. That prompted people to say we were stopping, not for coffee, but for afternoon tea, But it was worth the long drive to go to D. L. George Coachworks. This is a restoration shop that mostly does classic sports and full-blown racing cars, though a 1934 Packard phaeton added a spectacular counterpoint. Then we went on to Spring Garden Repair Shop, a fully equipped machine shop that turns new rough castings into rebuilt classic engines – like Atomic Fours for wooden boats – using no electricity. The owners are Amish, and all the machinery is hydraulic. We then had an Amish meal.

The ride home was wet. The folks who noticed most were Robert and Jill Barrett in their topless, windshieldless 1906 Franklin Model G.

We were fortunate to have John Meyer, Horseless Carriage Gazette editor, along taking pictures. He thinks he got at least one good cover photo, and some good shots for a fuller article in an upcoming Gazette. Maybe he can be persuaded to post some of his extras here. Meanwhile, let’s have some other thoughts, suggestions , and – especially! -anecdotes.

The co-sponsors of this tour – the Susquehanna Valley Regional Group, HCCA, and the Snappers, AACA – agreed with the tourists and guests that this had been a great idea. Look for an encore next year!

Gil Fitzhugh the Elder

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