President's Message - March 2019
Monday, March 4, 2019
Still plays with cars
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably used this whimsical phrase to describe yourself. You’ve probably also been the recipient of the same question that my mother-in-law used to ask me, “Why do you have so many cars when you can only drive one at a time?”
Because, at least for now, I can! It’s also a relatively inexpensive form of therapy. I can’t imagine how dangerous I’d be if I had both money and space. I haven’t won the lottery yet, although I suppose I’d have to play to win. I live in a suburb of Chicago where even the most massive garage that I would be allowed to build could hold only four or five cars.
As vintage car buffs, we understand each other. Stories about the ones that “got away” are fascinating. Some day I’ll tell you about mine: the 1938 Cadillac 60 Special, 1960 Eldorado Seville, 1979 D’Marchand Edition; plus a host of non-Cadillacs, including a 1965 Buick Riviera, 1956 Bentley, BMW 2002tii, 1969 AMC SC/Rambler, 1969 Chevrolet Biscayne (427 and 4-speed), 1952 Chevrolet (292 and 4-speed), and 1979 Chevrolet Police Nova. I’ll leave out the ones I wanted, but could neither afford nor fit in, as that would take up the whole next page.
In the Midwest, the arrival of spring weather means that we can finally go to the garage and take the covers off our inanimate children, wake them from their hibernation, and resume our vehicular love affairs. As we do so, it is an excellent time to remember we are not alone in our passion. There are others amongst us who share our affection for the “Standard of the World,” Cadillac, and its companion car, LaSalle.
Let me hop back onto my soapbox so you in the back can hear and see me. I know that you tire of me telling you to share the wealth, but you know how great this Club is. Despite all our efforts, there are still Cadillac lovers in the hobby who don’t understand that the CLC exists, and they won’t know unless we tell them. We can advocate and let those unaware Cadillac aficionados know about our community and encourage them to join us. Keep CLC membership information in your cars and leave a brochure on any interesting Cadillacs and LaSalles that you see. If you are lucky enough to meet the owner, invite him or her to an event. You may make a new friend or two. There’s always room in the CLC family.
It’s a good time to remind you to get your registration in for the upcoming Grand National in Louisville. Though you still have plenty of time to do so, some activities have already sold out. The Grand National is a golden opportunity to share this great hobby with your family. There are non-car things for them to do if they want to tag along and see what you’re up to without being overwhelmed. We also have youth activities and an exceptional event for the Cadillac Queens.
Please consider joining us. Bring a car, even if it is not perfect. If they had to be perfect, you’d never see any of mine. Hope to see you there.