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Oct 16

Jim’s Corner

Where has this year gone!   It seems that it was only yesterday that Deb and I and several of the State Reps went to the Cabin Fever Show in Knoxville, Tn. the second week of January.  Now the leaves are turning and the shows are winding down.  We still have three more major road shows to make.  We will be at Cruisin the Beach in Myrtle Beach, SC on October 13 -15, the Good Guy’s Show at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 21 -23 and the Emerald Coast Cruizin’ in Panama City Beach, Fl. on November 7-12.  We did not go to The Shades of the Past show in Pigeon Forge, Tn. because of air conditioning problems on the 34 Panel, which was a leaking hose that I have fixed now.  We did not go to the Charlotte Auto Fair because of the rioting in the streets.   We also had to cancel the Cruisin the Coast trip because of some family obligations.

I would like to remind all of the newer members who have not sent us a picture of your car for our Members Pages to please do so.  Send electronic picture to streetrod34coupe AT  or a photo to 1024 Mitchell Rd.,  Kingsport, Tn. 37663.


We have a new shipment of advertising cards and if anyone needs some to hand out at shows, please let us know and we will be glad to send you some.   

Paul Gilb - Indiana State Representative

Paul Gilb, our Indiana State Rep. passed away on September 14th .  Paul was a great guy and will be missed as a friend and dedicated Charter Member of VSRA.  Below is the obituary that was on the memorial folder at the funeral.

       Paul was born on February 26, 1947 in Batesville, Indiana to William and Juliana Gilb.  Paul had the distinction of being the first baby that Dr. Leslie Baker delivered.  He attended St. Lutheran School and was also confirmed in faith.  He was a graduate of Aurora High School.  Paul enlisted and served in the US Navy aboard the USS Rankin, (proudly discharged).  In 1967 Paul married the love of his life, Betty Sue Gulley Gilb.  Three sons were born of this union, David “Scott” Gilb, Christopher Lee (Candy) Gilb and Ryan Benjamin “Ben” Gilb.  He has three Grandsons, Cory Scott Gilb, Alexander Lee Zander Gilb and Gavin Zackary Gilb as well as one great grandson, Carson Michael Paul Gilb.  Paul also loved his 1935 Hudson Terraplane “Terra” and his two pugs, Mac and Molly.

      Paul worked at Kroger’s during high school and then had a career at CG&E (Duke Energy) where he retired from in 2001 as a I&C Supervisor.  After retirement, Paul started his own company, Paul & Sons Trucking, Inc.  VSRA was a big part of Paul’s life as well as all the friends.  Paul was very proud to be the Indiana State Rep.  There are so many friends Paul made; he loved his brothers and sisters, Pat, Paula, Prill and Phillip; Paula Kay was his stem cell donor, we are all humbled by her donation.  They were with us every step, much love to all, Sue, Scott, Chris and Ben.

Deb and I drove the 34 Panel to the funeral to honor Paul.  We were lined up in the funeral procession behind Paul’s son, Scott, who drove Sue in Paul’s 1935 Terraplane.  When we drove into the cemetery, one of Paul’s truck drivers was at the entrance in one of Paul’s trucks blowing the air horns.  Of course Scott and I could not keep from racing our engines.  Paul was a True Street Rodder and he would have loved this!!  This was a very touching funeral. 

Charlie and Jeanie Thomas from Kingsport also attended the funeral. 

Please keep Sue and the family in your thoughts and prayers.  If you would like to send Sue a sympathy card, her address is 7748 Hartford Ridge Rd. Aurora, In. 47001.

2017 Early Road Trip

We’re planning a Road Trip for the end of February to Baton Rouge, La.  Our Louisiana Rep., Charles Ray helps run a Pre-49 show called “39th Annual  R.O.D.S.  Run”.  Some of our members have attended this show and say they had a really good time.  The show is on Feb. 24-26th at 11271 Reiger Rd., Baton Rouge, La.  The registration cost is $25 before Feb. 1st and $30 after Feb. 1st.  Deb and I will be meeting a group of rodders coming from South Carolina and Georgia in Birmingham, Alabama at the Drury Inn.  For anyone who is interested, that lives in the northeast, they are welcome to get up with us in Kingsport or Birmingham.  Rodders who are interested in making this road trip from other parts of the country, please contact us and we will coordinate meeting places so you can rendezvous with other rodders.  This should be a lot of fun to get out of the cold and go to some moderate temperatures and, of course, support this Pre-49 Show.  We would suggest that if you are interested in making this trip that you reserve your rooms at the Hampton Inn as soon as possible.  Their phone no. is 225-751-4600.  The website to register for this show can be found at

Rock Around the Clock

We attended the Rock Around the Clock show in Winnsboro, SC.  This is always a good show in a very neat setting of an old southern town in South Carolina.   We decided to attend this show and help our South Carolina Reps. who usually set up at this show.  Herb Winner lives in the neighboring town of Ridgeway and Fred Countryman lives in nearby Camden.  Our Southeastern Director, Wayne Buxton even drove up from Aiken, SC.  Wayne also brought his buddies Johnny White, Gene Pams and Ricky Huffman with him.   Other VSRA members attending this show were Les Lawson, Perry Stapleton, Maynard Ketron,and Randy Bledsoe.   Even though there was a small percentage of Pre-49 cars at this show we had a great time visiting and talking to a few interested Street Rodders.   The clock in the picture is the oldest running clock in the United States.


2017 Vintage Rod Tour

It has been suggested that we do a Fall tour designed to end up at the Cruisin the Coast in Long Beach, Ms.  Our first thoughts were to design it to follow the Ozark Mountain Tour that had to be canceled last year due to bad storms in that area.   We would like suggestions from those who think they would like to go next year on where they would like to go.

Pumpkin Run Nationals

Keith and Joann Batman were nice enough to send us the following story about the Pumpkin Run Nationals in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The people in front of the 37 Ford Coupe giveaway car are L to R, Dan Gavey, President of Fastiques Car Club, Kim of Studleys Independent Rods, and VSRA member, Keith Batman.


Even though our first allegiance is to the Vintage Street Rodders of America, Keith and I, along with Mike Smith and his brother-in-law, David Norris, attended the 41st Pumpkin Run Nationals at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville, Ohio.  Nancy and Bob Russell, VSRA members, also attended the show.  The people were friendly, the weather was mostly good, and the location was great with easy access.

The Fastiques Rod and Custom Car Club of Southern Ohio, was founded in 1973 and sponsors the Pumpkin Run Nationals, ( ) the largest car show in southwest Ohio, Sept 30-Oct 2.  The last count at the 2016 show indicated there were 2569 vehicles displayed.  The show hosted a large number of vendors for both old and new items, a Woman’s World, and lots of good food.

This is an extremely well managed pre-1974 show.  Over a period of years the club has donated over $980.000.00 to the Shriner’s Burn Hospital for Children as well as donations to several other children’s charities.

Show giveaways included an engine, a frame and a 37 Ford Coupe which included an engine and transmission.  Studleys Independent Rods, ( of Monroe, NC, supplied the 37 Ford Coupe.

Wayne’s Corner

Wow!  Isn't it great to finally have fall weather and good ole hurricanes to cancel the Sat. afternoon Car Shows!  Looking forward to the Cruisin the Beach Car Show in Myrtle Beach on October 13-15.  Remember VSRA will be selecting 5 Picks at the show and will look forward to seeing many of our members.  The next weekend Oct. 21-23 Jim Bledsoe and Debbie will have the 34 Dodge Humpback on display at Goodguy's Charlotte and will be working in the Host Club, "The J & B Road Runners,"  Look forward to seeing my old friends at both of these grand shows.


Plans are shaping up for the ultimate VSRA Road Trip in Feb. to the R.O.D.S.Car Show in Baton Rouge, La. The show is only for 48 and down driven hot rods and always is a great time.  We Southeastern hot rodders will journey through Atlanta and on to Birmingham, Al. where we'll meet up with other VSRA members at a hotel TBD, most likely a Drury Inn.  After a night of good fun and revelery, the next morning we're off to Baton Rouge, La.  The Host Hotel is the Hampton Inn on the flyer and the show is next door.  Feb.24-26 is the date of the show and Charles Ray and Jerry Ousley our two VSRA La. State Reps. will be there to greet us on arrival.  Plan on eating some delicious Cajan food in Baton Rouge and enjoy the show.  More on the ultimate road trip as plans firm up!.


I've started a new Cancer treatment with a drug called Xtandi , but don't know how the side effects will be.  God willing I'll be riding the "Old Blue Road Warrior" down to Louisiana in Feb.  If I can't drive, my wife Rose can and will, to enjoy the good time!


Hope ya'll are ready for Thanksgiving and all the family fun!  I will miss going to the Turkey Run in Daytona, Fl this year, but I have only so much energy at 77 Years old !!!


Looking for another VSRA State Rep. in Tennessee and in Virginia to support Jim Bledsoe and Vic Bradshaw.  Any takers?  Please send your resume to waybux13 AT if you’re interested, or call 803-215-8525


Happy Fall to Ya'll
Wayne "Buckarooo" Buxton
Southeastern Director for VSRA
Aiken, SC




Ohio Nationals                               Medina, Ohio               June 23rd and 24th

Smokin’ Rodz in the Smokies      Maggie Valley, NC       August 12th and 13th  

Vintage Rod Tour on September 30th – October 7th   (This is a tentative date until we finalize the plans)

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