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Runabouts to Rockets

President's Message


Runabouts to Rockets
Volume 4
3 #3-4
March - April 2024

Wow!  How fast time flies.  April 29, 2024 will mark 20 years since the last Oldsmobile, a 2004 Alero, rolled off of the assembly line.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long since we heard that terrible news!   The NAOC is committed to preserving the history and the great cars that were manufactured by Oldsmobile over the years.

The large Oldsmobile Rocket sign that was removed from the Oldsmobile headquarters in Lansing was recently added to the REO Museum.  If you plan on attending this year’s Homecoming, please consider supporting the museum by joining the Ice Cream Social at the museum on Saturday June 15th from 4:00-6:00 following the show.

Congratulations to Dan Flanagan, Chuck Larson, Paul Mang, and Tom Pugh for being elected or re-elected to the NAOC Board of Directors, and thank you to outgoing Director Charles Rulofson for his contributions to the board and the NAOC.  Special thanks to Suzette Hall for collecting and tabulating the votes, and to all members who took the time to vote.  All members are encouraged to consider running for the board and we look forward to new ideas from members and the board to improve and maintain the NAOC for years to come.  Nominations are finalized at our General Membership meeting held during our National Meet each year.

The Lightfoot family has a great National Meet planned for this year in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  As I write this message, approximately 50% of the hotel rooms have been booked at the Holiday Inn. If you are attending this year’s meet, please get your registration mailed as soon as possible. It really helps the meet host if you register early.  If you have to change your meet registration, you may do so up to June 1’st.  After that date, changes and refunds normally cannot be made because final counts and commitments for meals, tours, and awards are made at that time.  If you have any issues with making your hotel reservations online, please contact the hotel directly at 270-745-0088.

Sadly, we recently lost another great Oldsmobile enthusiast and friend, Barry Kentrup.  I had the pleasure of meeting Barry in the early 1990’s.  He made several road trips from California to attend the fall meet at Hershey and he always volunteered to drive the Oldsmobile group from California.  This allowed me to meet and become friends with him, Woody Hyde, Don Baldwin, Keith Berg, Charles Brennan, and Calvin and Neil Matranga.  He will be missed!

As we enter into the month of March, the weather should continue to improve so we can get our Oldsmobiles out and get them ready for the season. 

Thank you for being a member of the NAOC!

—Greg Minges, President

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