First, TAC is an acronym we often use in place of our lengthy name, Toronado and Aurora Chapter of OCA. And, yes, the time of our OCA National Meet in Springfield, IL, is rapidly approaching. For those of you attending, hopefully you have already made your hotel reservations and travel plans, and are starting to prep your fine Toronados and Auroras. Remember to take care of mechanical as well as cosmetic issues, for a good showing as well as uneventful travels to and from.
For the trip to Springfield, it’s been very nice to see the recent fall in gas prices; this past week, the Good Morning America news ticker predicted that this summer’s gas prices could be the lowest in 3 years. With any luck, maybe we’ll be able to get 3 gallons for $10 for a change, especially if you use Regular. I’m dating myself here, but I remember the days of getting 3 gallons for $1; as a child, I even remember 19.9 cents a gallon.
Back to business. We will once again have a General Membership Meeting for the Chapter as part of the Nationals. It is scheduled for Friday, July 26 at 4:00 in the Governor’s Room on the 3rd floor of the Crown Plaza hotel. This is the date and time successfully used in the past with virtually no scheduling conflicts, and after the frenzies of car clean-up, judging, etc. I’ll be there, Ralph plans to be there, and Jeff is hoping to be there, and we all hope to see you there.
Jerry Wilson and members of the Meet’s organizing committee are interested in supporting any interest in some caravan activity to/from the National Meet. It has been suggested that some might want a stop at a moderately close car museum, followed by a spin on Route 66 to finally arrive in Springfield, or vice versa on the way home. From the Northeast, that might be the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, IN; from the North, the Pontiac Museum in Pontiac, IL; and from the Southwest, the Museum of Transport in St. Louis, MO. Depending on the museum, travel time by the Route 66 protocol would be 4-6 hours, or half that if you did the Interstate 55 thing.
Other potential stops along the way, but not necessarily as close include the following. From the South, there’s the National Corvette Museum and assembly line tours in Bowling Green, KY. From the Northeast, there’s a multitude of choices – the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI (BIG museum with all sorts of cars); the R. E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, MI; the Sloan Museum in Flint, MI (Buicks and Chevys); the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI; the Auburn/Cord/Duesenburg Museum in Auburn, IN; and the Hudson Museum in Shipshewanna, IN.
Use the internet to obtain more information about these stops; they’re all worthwhile, but do have different offerings.
Again, hope to see you in Springfield – it’ll be another OCA and TAC blast, with lots of very nice Oldsmobiles and even nicer Oldsmobile people.