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Report on the September 17, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy Baccaro, Region Acting Director   

The after-effects of Hurricane Harvey left us unsure as to whether we should or should not have a meeting in September. Finally, we decided to find a central location where we could enjoy each others company and discuss our common interest which is primarily Packards. We chose the Spaghetti Western Italian Restaurant on South Shepherd as probably the most central location since we are spread out over such a large geographic area. We have been there at least twice before and the food was as good as usual and the service was good. The a/c was a little under performing but it was about 92 or more outside. We did have 26 members plus Andy Calistrat and John Lortz Jr. who accompanied their parents. We would love to see them as regulars.

This time we also had a lot of experiences to share regarding hurricane Harvey. Unfortunately, we did have several that were too busy with flood recovery to make it and our prayers and thoughts are with them. The heat was responsible for keeping us from having a good turnout of Packards. This morning I heard the forecast say that we can expect our first real cool front in about two weeks. Hopefully we can have a big turnout of Packards in October for our meeting at the newly relocated Lone Star Flight Museum as well as Lenny's Shine and Show benefiting the Houston food bank the week before. More details to follow.

Rich reported we continue to be in good shape financially. He shared that he and Mike Grimes have been working with the Packard Proving Grounds to find a suitable item for our $1,000 donation in the name of our late friend Dale Musgrove. They are considering a plaque be attached to a restored cabinet at the top of the stairs where the quarters for the test drivers was located. At this location it will be seen by everyone who tours the facility. Thanks to Mike and Rich for working on this project.

Ben and Janice passed around a hard copy of the Owner's Manual. He explained that we are only making a few hard copies for distribution to national officers and the membership is encouraged to print the soft copies or just read it on your computer. The cost of printing a hard copy for all of our members would be in the $700 range each quarter if we stuck to black and white. It would be a lot cheaper, but we all enjoy the colored pictures. Ben reported he would contact Lenny on the status of our new club shirts.

Report on the August 20, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy Baccaro, Region Acting Director  

Our thanks to Lenny and Paula for arranging a great eatery for our monthly get together as well as a really nice up-scale setting for our meeting and desserts following lunch. We met at 1 PM at the Jay's Cafe in Needville, a Rosenberg suburb, where we had a private room and all of us ordered from the menu. The food was great! We were told the desserts were to die for but since Lenny and Paula had arranged for desserts back at the Lake House of their Del Webb community, we passed. The waiter encouraged us to come back sometime just to have dessert and coffee. My sweet tooth tells me that would be a great Sunday afternoon adventure.

Despite the extreme heat, we had 30 people at lunch. It was good to see so many of you. The long distance award went to JC and Sherry who drove more than 80 miles from their home in the Magnolia area. I would guess that we were in second place as we drove 128 miles round trip from League City to Needville. Due to the extreme heat, only two Packards made the trip. Lenny and Paula brought their beautiful 1941 120 and we brought our 1955 Clipper Custom. Our Clipper performed flawlessly even though we were told the temperature reading reached 101 degrees on one of the air conditioned cars! The occupants in our '55 were sweltering on the way home! Jamie, our daughter-in-law, asked Chris if it was safe to drive these old cars in such heat. He responded he was more worried about mom and dad than he was the Packard. Probably we will not do that again until we get our '55 air conditioned. I'm pretty sure Carol agrees with me. Looking forward to cold weather!

During the meeting we discussed a wide range of topics. We have had a number of members under the weather lately and we gave a report on all we knew of. Ben reported we had approximately 45 families in our club and we are still following up on prospects. Rich reported we continue to be solvent and have money in the bank. He also reported that we have had over $800 donated to the club in remembrance of former director and life member Dale Musgrove. The family had requested donations be made to the club rather than sending flowers etc. A motion was made, seconded and approved that we add enough to the donations to equal $1000 and donate it to the restoration of the Packard Proving Grounds in Dale's name.

We had planned to meet at the Lone Star Flight Museum's new location at Ellington Field for our September meeting. However, after some discussion we decided to wait until October as there is likely going to be a crush of visitors after the grand opening on labor day weekend. That means, we will probably have two activities in October as we will again participate in the car show Lenny organizes on the 22nd at his Temple which benefits the Houston Food Bank. This is one of our two public service activities with the other being our participation in May with the Boys and Girls Harbor Show at Lakewood Yacht Club. We will be working on a September activity to replace the Museum tour so if you have an idea please call me or send an email.

We took orders for new club shirts. Lenny will order them and you can pay upon delivery. If you were not in attendance, and would like to order one, they are blue with silver Packard logo for $25 and $5 more for your name. (first name or nickname only) You might email Lenny if you would like one and have not ordered.

I also reminded members that the current two year term for our officers will expire in December. Please consider serving your club in some capacity. Thank you to those already serving. Each of you contributes in a way that helps this club continue to serve our members by providing a community of Packard lovers dedicated to not only having fun with each other but also preserving the Packard name. LSP is about to complete its 53rd year! We are the third oldest region in the Packard Club!

Report on the 2017 National Packard Meet - from Tommy Baccaro, Region Acting Director  Three of the Baccaro family just returned from The Packard National Meet in South Bend, Indiana. I thought giving some highlights would be appropriate, but it was such a fun time that I really don't know what all to cover. By the way, Jerry Ehrman and I were elected as National Trustees so we and our families were invited to the president's reception for trustees which was held on the campus of Notre Dame University. That is probably one of the most beautiful campuses in the country with a lot of gorgeous buildings including the gold dome. There was also an early bird reception and dinner held at the mansion that was once the home of one of the Studebaker brothers. It is now called the Tippecanoe Place Restaurant and it is a magnificent structure!
The meet featured bus trips to the ACD Museum in Auburn as well as the Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners Michigan. We did not make the trip to Auburn because we had seen it before but chose to do our own tour and go to the Gilmore Museum that day. It is hard to say enough about the Gilmore, a 90 acre campus composed of 7 different museums. It has an authentic 1950's diner, a 1920 Shell station, several barns filled with numerous beautiful cars, a gift shop etc,etc! I If it is not on your "bucket" list to see Gilmore, you need to add it right now! There were a lot of gorgeous Packards in the museum spread throughout the collections. Our national membership meeting was held in the Studebaker National Museum followed by a buffet and a tour of the museum. We had visited the museum approximately 20 years ago when it was housed in what was once the factory dealership next to the old Studebaker Factory. Sometime since then, they acquired land adjacent to the Studebaker mansion and built a much larger and more modern facility housing a many more cars. There are probably half a dozen Packards on display including the famous Packard Predictor. The Predictor show car was the hit of all the 1956 auto shows and was the predictor of the styling for the never built 1957 Detroit Packard. Some of its features were found in later models of Cadillac, Lincoln/Mercury, Edsel and Pontiac.
The swap meet in the air conditioned ball room of the hotel was one of the best ever for me. I was like a kid in a candy store! With a list of 6 items needed for our cars, we found five plus one I did not plan on but decided we needed. (Carol so understands!) I am not sure, but I think the indoor air conditioned swap meet we had at the South Shore Resort at The National in 1998 was either the first or one of the first indoor swap meets. In 1984 when we hosted The National at the old Shamrock Hilton, the swap meet was on the parking lot!
We did not stay for judging day since we did not bring a Packard and I know more cars showed up that we missed. However, we enjoyed seeing approximately 50 of Packard's finest in the hotel parking lot ranging from the 20's to 1957. The Baccaros were particularly interested in a green '52 200 Deluxe that was a dead ringer for the first one Carol and I had back in the 70's. In fact, there is a possibility that it is the very one we owned. We traded it for a '46 in 1974 at the Houston Classic Car dealership. The owner said he bought the car in Corpus Christi a year or so later when he lived in the San Antonio area. I wished I had saved the motor number or something but I did not.
At the trustees meeting as well as the regional director's meeting a lot of business was discussed. The National Club is financially sound but membership has dropped below 4,000. Of course those are family memberships so there are actually a lot more participating than that number indicates. We were asked to stress to our members that membership in The National is required for membership in the various regions. The benefits alone are reason to join. Some of those include 16 publications per year which is more than any other national car club, insurance coverage under the PAC umbrella while you are participating in a regional event, access to all aspects of The National website, club projects, and communications with people in possession of a body of knowledge to help you keep your Packard running.
As we know, none of us are getting younger and this is a problem of all car clubs catering to the classics. We were encouraged to do our best to recruit people to replace us and the first place to start is with our own grown children. After all, in many cases they will inherit our cars. I think we are probably doing better than some of the regions in involving younger folks but we need to keep it up. At the directors meeting, President Craig Handley asked each director to stand and talk about their region. We are certainly not among the biggest regions but I think our numbers pretty well reflect the size of most of the regions. There is no doubt that we are among the most active!
Speaking of Craig, he and former president Steve Christy and others worked very hard to make this
meeting a success. They accomplished their goal and we had a blast.
Report on the May 20, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy Baccaro, Region Acting Director 

Many thanks to Dave and Sandra Lucas for hosting a wonderful meeting today! I regret not taking a head count but I think that we had about 37 members present. In addition to the two Packards belonging to Dave and Sandra, the following people brought a Packard: Chris Baccaro, Mike Rigsby, Doug Carlson, The Eanes and the senior Baccaros.
We had some great desserts provided by Sandra, Carol, Shirley and probably some others I am missing. Prior to going to the Lucas home, we met at Joe's BBQ in Alvin and enjoyed some great food. Following desserts, many of us made way to the car barn which housed a Packard 12, and a bunch of Model Ts as well as Model As.
At the business meeting we discussed several important issues:
Texas Packard Meet: We decided to ask if we could be in charge of the hospitality room as well as publicity for the 2018 Texas Packard meet which is scheduled for Kerrville April 5-8, 2018. Everyone wants me to inquire as to the penalty if we do not return to Kerrville for the next meet. As I mentioned, regardless of the situation for next year, the 4 directors voted via conference call a couple of weeks ago to return to Salado in 2019 whether we stay at the Stagecoach or not. I anticipate that the next conference call will be soon.
Fall Tour: Regarding a fall tour, the month is still not settled but the majority voted for a one day tour. We will have more discussions on the fall tour at the next meeting.
Shirts: Ben and Lenny brought samples of the men's Lone Star Packards logo shirts we want to order and pictures of the ladies' choice for shirts.
Thank you to Karen Trokey and Janice Carter for getting the 50/50 tickets sold and to Janice for distributing the name tags for us. Congratulations to Ron Jordon the winner of the 50/50 who took home $38! Rich Trokey gave the treasurer’s report and we have a solid bank account. Due to the annual PAC National Meet there will be no meeting in June. We are working on activities for July and August
It was a great day, but summer is obviously upon us - it was hot driving with no air-conditioning!

Report on the March 31 - April 2, 2017 Texas Packard Meet, contributed by Mike Grimes, Lone Star Packards Member 

As the Texas Packard Meet concluded Sunday, the morning started with a bang. Tornado warnings, hail, thunder and heavy rain. By noon the clouds had parted and a beautiful day like we enjoyed Thursday, Friday (day of tour) and largely Saturday appeared. Lone Star Packards members attending the Texas Packard event included Carters, Carlsons, Matthews, Ehrman, Myers, Hairrels, and Grimes. There may have been others from LSP so apologies if I missed them. Carter, Carlson and Matthews displayed Packards, all receiving awards.

There were 30 Packards displayed at this year's event and about 100 attending. The peak year at Salado included about 65 Packards and 225 (+/-) attending.
Factors viewed as contributors to the reduction in participation:
A very negative weather forecast likely cause concern.
The number of Packard owners has declined.
The venue location has proved to be a challenge for LSP members and possibly for Packard owners in Louisiana and other locations east of Texas.

The team of Packard club members in San Antonio is looking for another Region to assume some or all of the tasks they have historically managed for 2019 and beyond. They are suggesting that the Region who will assume those responsibilities in 2019 work with the San Antonio team in 2018 to make the hand-off occur smoothly.

At the Sunday morning business meeting and after considerable conversation, the group passed a resolution that called for the Texas Packard Region Directors hold a series of conference calls to address the following four major decisions:
Allocation of Responsibilities noted above for 2018
Ideas to Increase 2018 Participation
Venue for 2019 and beyond
Allocation of Responsibilities for 2019 and beyond

Report on the March 19, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy Baccaro, Region Acting Director

Thanks to Ron and Juanita and John and Vivian we had a great meeting this afternoon in Kingwood. Thirty five members met for a buffet at the Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant on Hy 59. It was a little warm but still a beautiful day to drive a Packard. Adorning the parking lot were Packards belonging to the Lortzs, Jordans (2), Darrows, and Carlsons. Thanks to all who were able to bring a Packard.
We were happy to welcome JC and Sherry back into the club. JC is working hard bringing their 1940 back to life after a slumber of several years.
Ben gave an up-date on the shirts. We will be ready to take orders at the next meeting. Speaking of the next meeting, the club voted to not have an April meeting due to the Texas Packard Meet that month in Kerrville.
About 6 of our families indicated they would be going to the Texas Packard Meet. Our next meeting will be in May in the Alvin area hosted by Dave and Sandra Lucas. We will probably meet for lunch at Joe's BBQ restaurant and then caravan the short distance to their home. We will have more information on the May meeting later next month.
We announced the birthdays for the month. Happy birthday to James Hinds, Rena Sartin, John Eudy, and Jeff Pate. The Calistrat’s provided a cake and we sang happy birthday to Mike Calistrat who will be 90 in April. We were happy to celebrate his birthday today as there will be no meeting next month.
We have at least 6 families that will be participating in Keels and Wheels the first weekend in May. (You will have to come out to see which member will be driving a Chrysler Imperial Convertible.)

Report on the Febuary 18, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy Baccaro, Region Acting Director   

Thanks again to the Darrows for arranging a great lunch and very interesting meeting site. More than 30 club members met at Fuddruckers this morning at 11:30 on Greens Road. Following lunch we traveled the short distance to Gateway Classic Cars. Gateway has several dealerships around the country and I did not even know about the Houston location until the Darrows discovered it. There were over 100 classic cars (unfortunately no Packards at this time) at the Houston location. Most are fully restored and ready to go home with someone. I love early Ford V8's and there was a really nice '47 the same color as our '40 Packard and a really sharp '51 pale yellow hard top. Both had the original flat head V8s under the hood. There were a lot of muscle cars, about a dozen or so Mustangs, including a 2009 Shelby, a Chrysler Imperial convertible and a sixties Cadillac convertible. Carol spotted a '70 Malibu the same color as the one she had when we got married. One of the reps of the company, Aaron, talked to us about how to buy a car through them and how to sell through them. They were most gracious and thanked us for coming and said we were always welcome to come as a group or just stop in to browse individually.

Prior to the business meeting, Shirley cut cake they had brought to celebrate the February birthdays. We were fortunate enough to have two February birthday members in attendance. We wished Ron and Jay a very happy birthday.

Lenny and Paula were out of town but they sent some potential club shirts for us to see in two different shades of blue and two types of materials. Members should make Ben aware of the one desired and he and Lenny will work on a design so we can begin taking orders. The men's shirts had pockets and the ladies did not. Prices are $25 for sizes small through extra-large and an extra $3 for sizes xx and xxx. If you want your name on the shirt, it is an extra $5. Ben has the shirts and he and Lenny will get together to come up with which club logo we will use. The prices include the logo but do not include your name. The Jordans had a few of the last shirts on hand and they gave them away but asked that the recipients make a donation to the treasury. Thanks to you, Ron and Juanita, for ordering and holding onto those shirts.

Our treasurer, Rich, reported that we are running behind on members' dues. Only 27 families have paid and we'd like to get the 2017 roster up to date. Please send a check made out to LSP if you haven't as of yet. It is only $20 for a year filled with fun.

I also announced an about face by me regarding attendance at this year's Texas Packard Meet in Kerrville. I have been asked to be a candidate for the National Board and after several days of thinking I agreed. (Jerry Ehrman was also asked and agreed to be on the ballot as well.) There should be a ballot in Page 2 of the next Cormorant News Bulletin. If elected our family will participate, as there will be a National Board meeting in Kerrville and I will need to be there. Not sure what we will bring but we will look into getting a trailer.

There was discussion about whether to continue having our own dinner on Saturday night or going to the official banquet. it was my understanding from the business meeting that they were going to try to get a better price for the banquet but it is still over $32. Several said they would like to attend the banquet and several said they would not due to the cost. At last year's business meeting, we also asked that the registrar and her group see if the registration and hospitality rooms could be moved to the event center which was closer to most of the rooms and also closer to the show field. I have no idea if that was done. I have been in communication with my contacts in Salado. The restaurant is scheduled to reopen April 1st. Work is scheduled to begin on the Stagecoach Inn itself on June 1st. The delay was caused by the widening of I-35 in front of the hotel. Now that it is finished, a year behind schedule, they will be able to start on the hotel. It is our sincere hope that we will be able to move back to Salado in 2019. If not, maybe our club could just make it a destination for a fall tour and invite the others to participate if they like. Attendance in people and Packards was considerably lower in Kerrville compared to what we have come to expect in Salado. Even though I know several families that are not planning on attending, I think the fact that there will be a National Board meeting will boost the attendance for 2017. I have to say I sold more at the swap meet last year than I have in a long time.

The Darrows, Lortzs, and Baccaros drove Packards to today's meeting. When we left League City this morning it was overcast and pretty comfortable driving. On the way back, the clouds had disappeared and it was hot, but not as hot as in the summer time. It was approximately 60 miles each way and we had no problems at all on the way. However, on the way back when we made the turn from the Sam Houston Tollway to SH 225 it started chugging as I goosed it to get in the freeway flow. Suspecting vapor lock, I hit the electric pump and in about 3 seconds it caught and away we went. Near the house I turned the electric pump off and by then the mechanical pump worked fine. With the quality of gas we have to buy, I don't think anyone should drive an old car without having an electric pump as back up on warm days. The same thing happened a while back while driving our 1940 back from Galveston - the electric pump saved us then as well.

Our next meeting will be a buffet at the Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant on I-59 in Kingwood on March 19th at 1 PM. It is a Sunday and the meeting is late enough that it hopefully will not interfere with church. Thanks to the Jordans and the Lortzs for making the arrangements.

Report on the January 14, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy Baccaro, Region Acting Director  

Despite early week predictions of a stormy day, January 14th turned out to be an excellent day to drive a Packard to the LSP meeting. Eight Packards and 37 people motored to the Ol’ Railroad Café in historic downtown Rosenberg for the January meeting. As in the past when we have met there, the food and service was excellent. Our thanks to Ron and Patricia Orr with assistance from the Carters for making it a wonderful day. The trip in a Packard included the following families: Carters, Orrs, Baccaros, Holzbands, Darrows, Carlsons, Rigsby, and Sartins. Thanks to all who drove or rode there! A reporter from the local paper was there and she took pictures of the cars and interviewed several of us. Hopefully our club will get some great publicity. Jerry Ehrman said the Rosenberg chamber should do something for us because of the crowd we attracted. A lot of people stopped to ask questions and take pictures. It was a great showing of Packards.
During the meeting, we made a presentation to John and Vivian Lortz for being the co-winners ofthe 2016 David McDonald Lone Star Packard Participation award. John and Vivian brought Packards to six different club functions in 2016. The Baccaros tied by also bringing a Packard to six different meetings.
During the meeting we voted to make a donation in the amount of $500 to the Packard Foundation to be used in the restoration of the Packard Proving Grounds. We also announced that it was time to send in the 2017 dues to Rich Trokey. Make your check payable to Lone Star Packards in the amount of $20. In addition, I appointed Ben and Lenny to come up with a prototype for new club shirts. We suggest taking orders for the shirts once a style is picked so that we do not spend money on shirts that don't find a home. We still have a few of the last shirts so kindly ordered by the Jordans but they are very limited in size availability. Juanita said the mens are very large and the womens are very small. Please contact them if you can use either.
Lenny announced he will again hold his car show in late October which last year benefited the Houston Food Bank. Evelyn Timmins announced that Keels and Wheels will again be the first weekend in May and this year the national Stutz Car Club will hold its convention in conjunction with Keels and Wheels. K and W benefits the kids at Boys and Girls Harbor. These two shows have served as our public service activity for several years but we are open to adding others.
We passed around a sign-up sheet for hosting a monthly meeting and the following months have been claimed; February, March, May, and December. Give us a shout out if you want one of the others. Otherwise the officers will work to fill them with fun and interesting meetings.
It is early but we have not heard anything about a Fall Tour. We normally have them in either October or November. The Lone Star Flight Museum is building a new facility at Ellington Field and it is to open sometime this summer. I would like for us to visit the new site when it opens.
We also had some fun at the meeting by surprising Mike Calistrat with a cake for his up-coming 90th birthday! Here is hoping for many more!
We had our monthly 50/50 drawing and Jack Sartin went home $45 richer (can't believe Caroline Calistrat was there and she did not win!)
Following the meeting, we hung around taking pictures and visiting at least another half hour and then all headed our separate ways. I was dreading the drive home as the sun was really pouring down on Rosenberg and I was not looking forward to the long hot drive back to League City. The Houston metropolitan area is so large that all you have to do is drive a few miles if you want the weather to change. We took Highway 90 to SH 6 and before we got to 6 the sun went under the clouds and it was a cool and smooth ride all the way home. We actually ran into fog as we reached Manvel. That is what I love about weather in Houston. Our trusty '55 logged 117 miles round trip.
The February meeting will be at Gateway Classic Cars in the Greenspoint area on Feb. 18. They have more than 200 classic cars for sale. The Darrows have arranged for them to give us a presentation as to how to buy or sell a car through their dealership. We will meet at a nearby Fuddruckers for lunch and then head to Gateway. More information on this meeting to follow.

Report on the December 18, 2016 Christmas Party and Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy Baccaro, Region Acting Director  

Needless to say the food at Hasta la Pasta was excellent as usual and we had a full house. Following lunch we went to the Sartins nearby where we met in the "Car Parlor" for desert, gift exchange, and fellowship. It was a great day and I thank Karen once again for planning it and the Sartins for having us.
Thanks to all those who pitched in to make it a really fun time.
Our next meeting will be in Rosenberg on January 14th, so mark your calendar. More details to follow.
On behalf of all the officers and our families, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.

Report on the November 19, 2016 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy Baccaro, Region Acting Director 

A huge thank you goes to Richard and Tracy Wilken for opening their beautiful home in the Woodlands to 38 members of the Lone Star Region. They not only provided us with a wonderful setting for our monthly meeting, they also arranged for a catered BBQ lunch to be served. A big thanks to the Lortzs, the Darrows, and the Carlsons for driving their Packards.
We were honored to have George and Karen Holinga as guests at today's meeting. George is a member of the P.A.C. Executive Board and they are in town visiting Mike and Dixie Grimes. In addition, we welcomed Kim Ess and her son Nick as new members of the club. Her husband Bob is restoring a '55 Patrician but was on a business trip and could not make today's meeting. We look forward to seeing them at future meetings.
Because of the distance traveled by some of our members, (Jerry came all the way from Orange) I purposely kept the meeting short. Basically, we went over future events. I yielded the floor to Jan so she could give details on the Christmas party scheduled for December 18. Karen Trokey has taken the lead on this project. It will be held at Hasta La Pasta Italian Restaurant on the Grand Parkway in Katy. Following lunch we will motor to the Sartin's home for dessert and merriment, including a "Texas Steal" gift exchange. This will be held in the car barn and it will be fun to see what Jack has added since our last visit.
I announced we have tentative plans to meet in historic downtown Rosenberg for January hosted by Ron & Patricia Orr. Dave & Sandra Lucas will host us in Alvin for either the February or March meeting. April is usually set aside for the state meet, again in Kerrville March 31 - April 2, therefore we normally do not schedule a meeting in April. However, if there is a desire among the membership to have an April meeting we can put one together.
Following the meeting, we walked out back to a modern carriage house. The Wilkens have a magnificent collection including no less than five Packards, an Auburn "boat tail speedster" ,several Rolls-Royces, a fire truck, a Stanley Steamer, a stunning Ferrari, a freshly painted El Camino and probably something else I forgot. All of these magnificent vehicles are presented in a setting reminiscent of a Packard showroom of the 30's or 40's. Many thanks once again to the Wilkens for being such wonderful hosts and Ben & Jan for making the arrangements.

Report on the October 21-23, 2016 Lone Star Packards Fall Tour- from Tommy Baccaro, Region Acting Director  

We got home around 9:25 this morning from an absolutely wonderful weekend on Galveston Island. Thanks to the Carters with assistance from the Trokeys, Eanes, Lortzs and probably others, we had another top notch Lone Star Packard Fall Tour. Galveston was selected, not only because we had success there in the past, but because the Gulf Coast AACA chapter was hosting a regional national meet on the island Thursday through Saturday. It was a great opportunity to see a lot of cars we don't normally see. Several of our members hold membership in AACA as well as Lone Star Packards. Among those are the Supinas who brought two Packards and a Lincoln. The Pates brought the '53 Skylark. Evelyn brought the '34 Packard as well as her '88 Mercedes. Leon brought his really nice Mustang. We brought our 1940 Packard 160. There were many cars from other parts of the country we had never seen. Perhaps some others brought cars that I missed, so my apologies if you entered and I left you out. My favorite was a steam car from the White Sewing Machine Company. While I love Bob and Gail's Packards, I also have a soft spot for their white '89 Lincoln because I have had the pleasure of driving it to Salado when our Packard couldn't make it to Salado one year.

I did not get an accurate count, but we had almost 30 at the dinner Saturday night at Mario’s. We had about the same on Friday night at Jimmy's on the Pier and also at the Sunshine Bakery and cafe for lunch Saturday. The newly opened Best Western Plus on the Seawall was our headquarters, which proved to be very nice. They even furnished us with a free hospitality room, which the Carters loaded up with drinks and snacks. Each evening we gathered there after our tour activities to visit, discuss our Packards and catch up on what each family was doing. We even discovered that we have squirrel wranglers within our Region, as Dave and Sandra Lucas have a couple of baby squirrels they are caring for! My thanks to the Darrows, Carlsons, Eanes, Lortzs, and Jordans, who all brought their Packards. We almost had another '40 Packard to keep ours company but Ben could not get the body shop to finish up in time.

We had a great tour of the harbor on the Bay Watch boat, saw a collection of Western History at the Bryan museum, enjoyed a wonderful collection of classic cars and ate in some super places. Some of our members shopped on the Strand and some took in the entertainment of the Oktoberfest.

As far as I know everyone had a safe and uneventful trip home. Our '40 made the short trip from League City to Galveston and back without a problem, but I think my ride will be greatly improved once I replace those 20 year old tires - going to call Coker Tire this week!

Once again thanks to all who made it a success and thanks to all who came! Hope to see you next Sunday at Lenny's "Show and Shine"