President's Message: Jim Schultz
February 2014 Runabouts to Rockets

As I write this, we ease into the second month of this year—although “ease” might not be the most accurate description for some of you in the northern parts of the country. December has been a cold month and January is showing no mercy starting out. I know misery likes company but you won’t get mine till it warms up. Living here in north central Arizona makes for driving one of the fleet year round.

The engineering has always drawn me to Oldsmobiles and I tend to notice the little things, being a wrench in my former life in my Dad’s garage in Vestal, New York. I’ve been driving my 1970 “98” Lansing built coupe with 55,000 miles. For those who have never driven a “young” 1970 “98” it needs to be on your bucket list. These cars were at the end of an era; they were the last of the rear steer suspensions and they pretty much had all the bugs worked out of them and quality built in. My example is one of my favorite cars to drive, basically your living room couch on steroids. The other day I wanted to see how far it took for the cold light to go off and the Comfortron to kick in and produce heat. It took eight tenths of a mile and I had heat.

It was about 25 degrees out and that is from starting it and going, no warm up. When you are freezing your back side off and a car gives you heat that quickly, it tends to put a smile on your face knowing that they engineered these cars to work this way.
I watched the Rose Bowl Parade earlier today and two NAOC members did us proud with their Oldsmobiles. Dave and Louise Munyon with their 1950 “98” convertible carried the Grand Marshal Vince Scully; he started the parade from Dave’s back seat. Don Baldwin rode shotgun. Fred LaCorte carried three NFL Hall of Fame players in his red 1950 “88” convertible further into the parade. Both cars looked great with all the flowers—you guys again did us proud. Congratulations.

Doug and Kathy Hone have planned a great time for us at this year’s national show in Minden, Nevada. We are having a silver medallion made to commemorate this year’s show made by the historical U. S. Mint Press #1. Along with the museum tours, driving our cars and seeing and making good friends is always a nice event to look forward to. For me the NAOC National Meet is like going home to a family reunion. For those who have never attended one you are truly missing out, so if you can, please plan to attend this year’s meet June 25–28 at the Carson Valley Inn.


—Jim Schultz (#2096)
Chino Valley, Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 






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