Hurricane Matthew has caused another cancelation. The Lakeridge winery tour and dinner at Angelo’s is canceled. The club board is working hard to reschedule events. Stay tuned for an email update.
Thirty members of the Villages Vintage Car Club had a wonderful experience Wednesday May 11, 2016. They traveled to Ocala to visit NPD National Parts Depot. A parts warehouse—not exactly. Vintage cars are like works of art. Just 30 miles from the villages is a world class collection. The owner treated us to a walk thru and story telling about each of these works of art.
Pictured above is Rick Schmidt posing with some of the 200 classic cars and trucks in a collection at National Parts Depot in Ocala.
At foreground left is a 1956 Continental owned by William Clay Ford Sr, one of fewer than 3,000 made.
National Parts Depot owns four locations nationwide: Ventura, Calif., Canton Mich., Charlotte N.C., and headquartered here in Ocala. The Ocala headquarters is a 160,000-square-foot warehouse, three-quarters of which is packed full inventory. The remainder of the space is the sales department, shipping and receiving departments, corporate offices and a classic car collection. They have about 130 cars here in Ocala.
Rick’s father had been buying, selling and dabbling in collector-cars his entire life. They still have a few cars that date way back, including his first car that he bought when he was 14 (a 1928 Ford Model A), and a 1957 Thunderbird that he purchased in 1964. The remainders were acquired mostly from 1989 to present. Each car has its own story of how it was found or where it was bought. There’s no “store” they shopped at; they came upon opportunities in all places through advertisements, or car shows, or auctions, or through word-of-mouth. The collection is quite diverse, mostly American-made cars from 1903 up to present-day. The main focus was extremely low-mile original unrestored examples. He feels that these types of cars, some of which have fewer than 100 miles on them, are the most prized and rare finds. He also have a large number of restored vehicles, but again, with a heavy emphasis on high quality and originality. There’s a heavy amount of Lincoln, Cadillac, Pontiac, Ford and Chevrolet, with a smattering of Oldsmobile and Buick mixed in. With only a few Mopars.
If he had to choose favorites, his father’s would be his 1930 Lincoln Model L Sport Phaeton, and Rick’s would be his 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429.
After the visit to NPD the group had lunch at Mimi’s Café reminisced about the cars they had seen.
Holy Jokers Batman, it’s a Poker Run. The weather could not have been better. The Villages Vintage Car Club held a poker run Sunday Feb 28. Seventy five members started at Odell Rec Center and followed the Alan Carey route. The teams navigated for about 2 hours thru The Village’s streets in there hot rods and vintage autos. They picked up clues from the neighborhoods and followed the cue sheets and hit all 5 stops for cards to make the best poker hand. The teams — driver and navigator– turned in their answers to the cue sheet questions when they arrived at the last point on the route. Competition was intense. Three team were tied and had to go to the tie breaker rounds. Subs, chips, and drinks for all. Finally the winners announced and best poker hand revealed. Smiles everywhere.
Best Poker hand
1st Greg & Cheryl Stickney
2nd Ben &Greta Parisi
Cue sheet question
1st Bob Idoni & navigator Mike
2nd Bob & Terry Conlin
Chasing Butterflies Walk: The Walk for Turner Syndrome
The Villages Vintage Car Club showed up early on a cold, windy Saturday to support The Turner Syndrome Walk on 02/06/2016 at The Villages Polo Club.
There was BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs with chips, soda, coffee, hot chocolate, a cash bar provided by Katie Belles. The Villages Charter High School Golden Girls performed and The Villages Vintage Car Club was there with their cars.
There was a chance to win up to $10,000! The Villages Vintage Car Club purchased two $100 dollar tickets in hopes of winning the big prize. The winner hasn’t been identified yet but it wasn’t our group.
A BIG Thank You to the brave group that showed up Saturday morning!
Photo of the guys carrying the club flag . See pictures of cars in the recent photos page