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PCS 1926 hearse for sale
This is by no means the first time that I'm passing along word of a hearse for sale by a chapter member, but this time we got something really special for sale. Chapter member Troy Hambly of Plainfield, Illinois is selling his 1926 Chrysler hearse of unknown body manufacture. Although it is a project vehicle, how terrific and appropriate would it be for a new owner to have this car restored in time for the Chrysler Corporation's 100th anniversary in a couple years.
We'll let the photos do most of the talking, but Troy's simple description is, "My 1926 Chrysler is available. Right hand drive, Chrysler flat head 6 motor that was opened in preparation for a rebuild, but never completed. Asking $7500 OBO."
Troy can be reached at 815-436-0727 or email@example.com
Now here is a car that deserves to stay within the PCS family!
Patrick J. Martin
Professional Car Society
News and Notes . . .
Illini Chapter area car shows
After a long, long drought, I am beyond happy to report that car shows are slowly resuming within the boundaries of the Illini Chapter. Among these shows will be the 30th annual Vintage Transport Extravaganza held on the grounds of the Illinois Railway Museum on Sunday August 1st. While the museum continues to have come covid guidelines in place, the fact that they have reopened for limited public attendance, that they've set a date for their car show, and that they've sent out show registration forms are all positive signs that this year's show will be held. This show has been the venue for the chapter's annual car gathering for the past few years, and its not uncommon to find non-chapter professional cars in attendance as well. While registration is available at the gate, pre-registration grants you a five dollar discount. Car show participation also grants you and everyone in your car complimentary museum admission and train rides, so you really get more back from the museum than you pay to register to show a car. A pre-registration form attached below and if anyone needs a paper copy, just ask and I'll be happy to mail you one.
While not a chapter event, I would also like to help out our friends from the Illinois Valley Chapter of the Oldsmobile Club by promoting their annual Orphan Car Show scheduled for Saturday September 25th in Joliet, Illinois. As the name implies, it is a show specifically for brands of automobiles no longer in production, be it either manufacturers such Packard, Studebaker, Nash, Hudson, etc., or divisions such as Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Mercury, Plymouth, etc. This is a show I always enjoy as it is full of cars that tend to get overlooked at more mainstream car shows. While anyone is welcome to come and spectate, owners of Packard, LaSalle, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac professional cars are especially encouraged to consider attending. I do not yet have a registration form or flyer for this show, but the Olds chapter has announced it is planned for this year, so feel free to contact me for more information.
I do hope that you all have successfully weathered the virus storm, and it will be great to see some beautiful automobiles out and about again!
Patrick J. Martin
Professional Car Society
PCS MAGAZINE WINS NATIONAL AWARD
April, 2021: The Professional Car, Walt McCall, editor, once again wins the GOLDEN QUILL 2020 award under the category of "National Luxury". Congratulations to Walt and all the others whose hard work make this magazine a national award winner!
PASSING OF MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF PCS...
Michael A. Barruzza, 72, of Bensalem, PA passed away on April 12, 2021. Mike was the past President of the PCS (1995-1997) and a longtime and loyally active PCS Northeast Chapter member. Mike was also a peerlessly visionary liaison between the PCS and CLC who was instrumental in the 1999 creation of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club Award we still present annually to the highest scoring Cadillac or LaSalle-based pro-car at the PCS International Meets. You can read his obituary HERE. A tribute to Mike, written by PCS Publicity and Media Relations Chair Gregg D. Merksamer can be found HERE
Thomas A. McPherson, 73, of Toronto, Ontario, passed away on February 25th, 2021. Tom was undisputedly the auto hobby’s most authoritative historian and prolifically-published author on the topic of ambulances, funeral cars and the specialist coachbuilders that created them. A tribute to Tom, written by PCS Publicity and Media Relations Chair Gregg D. Merksamer can be found HERE
David Anthony “Tony” Karsnia, age 49 of East Bethel, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020. Tony was the past President of the PCS (2014 - 2020). You can read his obituary HERE. Click HERE to read President Steinberg's eulogy.
Sandy Roegner, age 62 of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, passed away on October 27, 2020. Sandy was well known throughout the PCS community and was the Vice President of the PCS Motor City Chapter. You can read her obituary HERE.
Earl "Buck" Wendt, age 83 of Moline, Illinois passed away on October 10, 2020.
Buck was a longtime PCS member and Funeral Director. You can read his obituary HERE.
Keith G. Milligan, Sr., of Seekonk, Massachusetts passed away on October 1, 2020. You can read his obituary HERE.
Doug Scott, age 73 of Glendale, CA, passed away on September 25, 2020. Doug was well known throughout the PCS as a vintage hearse and ambulance salesman. You can read his obituary HERE.
Jay Carollo passed away on August 23, 2020 at the age of 68. Jay was a former Professional Car Society member and an active forum member. You can read his obituary HERE.
Carlton Ham passed away on January 8, 2020 at the age of 76. Carlton dates to the early years of the PCS. You can read his obituary HERE.
Dennis Shira, long-time PCS member, passed away on January 29, 2020 at the age of 68. You'll find is obituary HERE.
WELCOME NEW PCS MEMBERS...