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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
Illini Chapter's 10th Annual Coachbuilder Model Railroad Car
The club is very pleased to announce that the chapter's 10th annual coachbuilder model railroad car is now available. In honor of the meet's location in the state of Ohio, this year's car features the Shop of Siebert of Toledo.
Famed for their Ford hearse and ambulance conversions, Siebert history dates back to 1853 when they began as a manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles. Converting over to the manufacture of commercial vehicle bodies early on in the motor age, Siebert settled into using Ford products almost exclusively by 1933. Bought by outside interests in the early 1960s, the new owners moved Siebert to Michigan, but when they realized that it was costing them as much to build a Ford coach as it was costing other firms to build a Cadillac coach, they shut down production in 1966.
The chapter has one style of Siebert boxcar available in HO scale that was custom produced for us by the model railroad manufacturer Accurail. The cars are priced at $23.98 in kit form, or $33.98 in ready to display built up form. Shipping via Priority Mail is as follows, $8.45 for one car or $9.75 for two or more to USA addresses, $21.25 for any number of cars to other countries. Payment can be sent via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or a check or money order made payable to "Illini Chapter PCS" can be mailed to:
Illini Chapter PCS
918 W. Colfax St.
Palatine, IL 60067
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...
Ralph O. Krause, 62, of Elkhart, IN, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Ralph was a lover of professional cars. He enjoyed and collected funerial vehicles such as hearses, limousines, flower cars and combo vehicles, as well as funeral home collectibles and memorabilia. As per his wishes, he was able to take his “last ride” in his own Cadillac hearse. You can read his obituary HERE.
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.
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