NW Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum

On Display 2012


Start your engines for The 2012 showcase!

By Doug Nelson                                                                                       Photos by Mike Bade

Vern Ivy's 1955 StudebakerEach year from May through September we display vintage cars and motorcycles in the Museum.

     A goal of this program is to encourage our membership to participate and show their vehicles and share them with the community at large and, of course, promote the Museum.  This year we have more outstanding examples for your viewing pleasure.  Because of space, only a few of the amazing photos by member Mike Bade are printed here (and inside, Larry Leek's 1913 Center Door Studebakercheck out pages 2 and 3).  To see full-color photos of all the vehicles in this summer’s exhibit, visit our website at www.nwcarandcycle.org.

The display committee decided to feature Studebakers in honor of the folkswho contributed to the Studebaker neon sign now mounted on the east wall of the Museum.  The featured Studebakers on display include Larry Leek’s 1913 all-original Center Door Sedan.  Mike Larsen’s 1924 Big 6 Touring is an impressive red and black “beast” with rare factory disk wheels.  Vern Ivy’s green and yellow 1955 Speedster, a one-year-only model that can best be described as “wild” in design.  Richard Schindler’s green 1960 Station Wagon, an outstanding restoration of a now rare example.  Flynn Case’s 1964 Daytona Lark convertible is really cool in jet black with white top and red interior.  Robert Stuckey’s 1961 Hawk is painted champagne and cream and is the last model with fins.

   Other first-time cars on display, starting with the oldest, are a 1910 Reo Touring, all original and unrestored.  It has been in the same family ownership for over 100 years. It belongs to Gary Hodges, the great grandson of the original owner.  A 1914 Model T  Fire chief car is festooned in red black and gold with all brass accessories.  It is owned by Bruno Amicci.

   One of the highlights of the show this season is a 1928 Cadillac dual cowl Sport Pheaton resplendent in two tone red paint, red leather upholstery and tan top.  It sports dual side mounts and disk wheels and is owned by Bill Jabs. 

   New to the Museum this year is a 1929 Ford AA Stake bed truck.  It was restored to perfection by James Rowan and donated to our museum in 2011.

   A 1933 Plymouth PC Business Coupe was restored many years ago in Salem by Roy Bloom.  Mike Bade is now the proud caretaker and owner of this stylish car.

   Bob Pipkin did a number on his 1934 Ford Cabriolet Resto-Rod.  It features a 1966 Buick 425

V-8 engine and a turbo 400 transmission.  It appears stock but would be known on the street as a “Sleeper.” 

Ardie Overby’s 1937 Chevrolet Demonstrator car is a superb restoration of the real thing.  It features every accessory available in 1937 including a neon sign in the rear window advertising 1937 Chevrolets .

   A 1938 Ford Fordor Deluxe Sedan is all original in tan paint and mohair upholstery.  The V-8 engine purrs!  It is owned and cared for by William Chambers.

   The 1950s are well represented at our museum this season, starting with a 1953 Pontiac Chieftain four door sedan purchased new by the owner’s grandmother, Pearl.  Drake Rosling is the owner now.

   “Cute” best describes Arnie and Linda Anderson’s 1958 Metropolitan Coupe.  It even has a windup key to help power it down the road. A two-tone green-and-white paint job looks great on this tiny car.

Number 55 is a 1961 Bugeye Sprite set up as a Sebring race car.  It is painted cherry red and has wire wheels and a roll bar. The original upholstery is still in this car owned by Doug Nelson.

Luxury in 1966 was spelled Thunderbird Town Hardtop. It features a 428ci v-8, 6-way power seats, a swing away steering wheel and a two tone blue and white paint scheme.  It is owned by Annette and Mickey Hatley.

   The 1970s are represented by a 1971 Jensen Interceptor donated to our museum in 2011.  It is a rare original car, hand built by Jensen Motors in England.  It needs a foster parent to give it some TLC.  Any volunteers?

   Other cars on display that are owned by the museum are two Model T Ford speedsters built by high school students, a 1925 Buick Coupe, a 1923 Ford Touring car, a 1953 Dodge sedan, a 1917 Stutz Bearcat replica and a carryover from last season, a beautiful 1931 Buick Sport Coupe owned by Pat Boyd.

A color booklet of this season’s vehicles will again be produced and be available for sale along with something new for the museum, color postcards of the cars on display.  These will be available at the museum store.               





1910 REO (with a Great Story)

Joins Summer Display

By Doug Nelson

Gary Hodges’ 1910 Reo has been in his family for 102 years!

 Gary Hodges’ 1910 Reo

Museum member Gary Hodges’ original unrestored REO will be on display at the museum this summer. It has been in Gary’s family since it was purchased in 1909 by his great grandfather, on his mother’s side. It was purchased in Sacramento, California and driven to Paisley, Oregon and the family ranch . His great grandfather passed on in 1914 and the REO went to Gary’s grandfather who gave it to Gary in the 1950s, when it then came to Salem. Therefore, it has spent its entire existence in one family in Oregon.
At one time in the 1960’s, there were quite a few early REOs in the Salem area owned by different collectors. Most have gone to other owners or have moved out of the area, but the Hodges’ REO remains in Salem and in the same family. Gary has no plans to restore his REO because, as the saying goes, “it’s only original once.” Gary is looking for a top and windshield, so any help would be appreciated. It is very special to be in the same family for 102 years...especially for a car!



Model AA Truck Donated to Museum  By Doug Nelson

1929 Model AA FordOur museum is the proud recipient of the pictured 1929 Ford. Not just an ordinary example, but a superb restoration of the now-rare short wheelbase model.
James Rowan, a new member, has donated this truck which he restored himself over a period of years. James found the truck in California and was impressed with the condition and rarity.  It is identical to the truck on The Waltons TV series of the 1980's.  The series was set in the 1930's and the Model AA Ford was the family farm truck featured in many of the episodes.
The level of restoration of this truck is truly amazing.  The attention to detail, the fit and finish and workmanship is excellent and worthy of a show winner.
Thank you, James, for this fine donation.