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PCS member Jim Jordon finally got a hold of a coach he's been after for almost 20 years. In 1966, the new owners of the Goodwin Funeral Home in Cherokee, OK splurged and bought a brand new 1966 Superior Sovereign Tiara combination coach from Gordon K Allen in Dallas, TX. They traded in the "10 or so" year old silver Cadillac coach on the new Gold with Cream colored roof Superior combo. This was the firms ONLY coach used from 1966 until the funeral home was sold in 2013. The new owners did not want the car because "it would just be in the way." Mrs. Goodwin took it home, where it has been in the car port next to her Buick ever since. As of now, she has 79,000 original miles on the engine. Mrs. Goodwin passed away in November and Jim was able to obtain it from the family. She is a great car, though layered in Oklahoma red dirt that has covered it from blowing in the NW Oklahoma wind. Here are some photos of the car before and after its bath.
News and Notes . . .
Illini Chapter area car show
am more than pleased to report that the chapter's return to car shows was a complete success! August 1st, 2021 was the 30th annual Vintage Transport Extravaganza at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois, which has been the venue for the chapter's annual car outing for several years. Mother Nature couldn't have been more cooperative, with temperatures in the very comfortable 70s and clear skies all day. The show grounds were packed, noticeably more so than pre-covid, giving us annual participants even more to enjoy. Additionally, the museum used their covid downtime well, with two steam locomotives returning to service, many other items of equipment wearing fresh paint, and several new visitor-friendly displays. Chapter participation was respectable, with two hearses, two ordinary antique cars and one ambulance being displayed by chapter members. There was also a non-PCS 1990-1992 Cadillac Brougham hearse that left so early it escaped not only my camera, but also my going over to identify it. Representing the chapter at the show was the Kevin, Angie and Michael Anglin family who drove over from Dubuque, Iowa with both 1981 S&S Cadillac and 2001 Federal Cadillac hearses, Bruce Biancalana showed his crowd-pleasing Chicago Fire Department 1970 Miller-Meteor Cadillac ambulance as part of an emergency vehicle display, Mark Novak brought his big-as-a-pro-car 1976 Lincoln Contential Mark IV, and chapter president Patrick Martin attended with his recently-acquired, railroad-themed 1982 Ford LTD station wagon. While half of the chapter members headed for home when the show broke up, the other half went to dinner at a nearby restaurant and enjoyed a couple more hours of socializing. A most enjoyable day was had by all who attended, and I continue to encourage anyone in the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin area to make this a show you attend at least once.
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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