President's Message: Jim Schultz
March 2015 Runabouts to Rockets


March has arrived and we are inching closer to car season. Those of us who have had to hibernate might be thinking of the months to come and I would suggest to go and visit your prize Oldsmobile and at least pet it. Possibly get it out of storage and fire it up and let it get warm so it might be easier to get going in another month or two.
As I write this month’s message it is the Wednesday after auction week in Scottsdale. I again went Friday to the Barrett–Jackson auction with my friend Don Petty and drove my 1953 Super 88 Holiday coupe. This year there were few of the older Oldsmobiles for sale but an abundance of the 442s and Cutlasses on display. Some of these cars have had a lot of money spent on them and the sale price was reflected in their effort. We didn’t see the big prices of years ago except for the Pratt Collection cars. One notable sale was a 1968 black 442 four-speed convertible that hit $190,000, a record for that year Oldsmobile.

Saturday I went over with my friend Scott Stockdill and his 1950 sedan to the Pavilions in Scottsdale for the big cruise-in of the year. I’ve been told that about 900 cars were in attendance at the Rock-in-Roll McDonalds. We spotted a few notable Oldsmobiles there and will have a pictorial from there and the auction in a future issue.

Ethanol claimed another victim in my 4GC Rochester on the ’53. Things were good when I left but as I drove it I noticed it took some finesse getting it to go at red lights. By the time I got it home I had no accelerator circuit working and even my linkage was sticking. I’ve ordered another kit from Fusick’s—stay tuned for the rebuild assessment.
I hope many of you are planning to go to our national meet in East Peoria in July. Those in the parts business might want to consider setting up at our meet before the OCA meet a week later. They are not that far apart geographically or time wise. This will again be a great meet with all that Phil Fischer has planned for us.
As always, I ask that the membership contribute to the content of your magazine. Send us your car story, artifacts, old pictures to keep our magazine interesting.


—Jim Schultz (#2096)
Chino Valley, Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 






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