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ROOSTER TAILS The Journal of the Austin Bantam Society

Issue # 224

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Beneath the streamlined, deco-inspired exterior of Jennifer Harrell’s 1939 American Bantam Panel Truck, lies its engine, a study in simplicity, reliability and function. The tiny flathead four is Butler’s later iteration of a tried-and-true powerplant that had propelled the Bantam’s Austin predecessors and British cousins for nearly two decades. Painstakingly restored by Mike Harrell, this unassuming and durable engine will power the panel truck for many years, and perhaps generations, to come.

CONTENTS masthead, letters, valve clatter, new members, dues due........................Page 2-3 prez sez (Terry Williams)................................................................................................Page 4 editorial (kanally), trophy Meet video now on line..................................Page 4 educating maury (walsh), tech article CD selling well...........................Page 5 44th annual trophy meet in review (kanally)............................................................................Page 6-9 trophy meet awards summary...............................................................................................................Page 10 2012 annual business meeting (Booth), ivana and the brc.................................................Page 10-11 meet new abs vice-president clint zang.........................................................................................Page 11 classifieds..........................................................................................................................................................Page 11-12


“Rooster Tails ”®

is the bi-monthly Journal of the Austin Bantam Society. Subscription free with $25/$30 (non-US) membership. All material herein is copyrighted and may not be reproduced or circulated in any form without express permission. © ABS 2012. Editor, David Kanally. Contributions, letters, comments, pictures and opinions are welcome at david@historywithheart.com, or mail: 1036 Creek Crossing, Coppell, TX 75019 The Austin Bantam Society 1589 N. Grand Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104 Phone (626) 791-2617 (Norm Booth) E-mail and member Web Sites ABS e-mail may be sent to njbooth@earthlink.net (Norm Booth) bill@wmspear.com (Bill Spear) david@historywithheart.com (David Kanally) ljjames@inreach.com (Lynn James) ABS web site (membership,forum): Glenn Davis, ABS Web site Coordinator and Advisor http://austinbantamsociety.com Lynn James (American cars, esp. event coverage): www.americanbantam.com Bill Spear (American cars, esp. BRC): www.wmspear.com/Bantam Ryszard Gargul (Poland): www.bantam.krakow.pl/ Doug Lyle: www.dougscars.com/ Barry Lovelock (England, A7’s): http://freespace.virgin.net/john.lovelock4/ASSOCWEB2.htm Joe DeAngelo (American cars and parts): www.austinbantam.com/Austin_Bantam_MainPage.html ABS Officers President: Terry Williams, TX (281) 332-3095 Vice Presidents: Colin Hughes (immediate past President), CA (805) 659-5153 Bill Spear, AK (907) 586-2209 CA (831) 659-3056 Jan/May Jim Markell, NC (704) 799-7450 Clint Zang, UT (801) 920-6795 Mike Larro, CA (707) 823-1545 David Kanally (A7’s) TX (940) 395-2742 Maury Walsh, AB Historian, OH (614) 792-2851 Lynn James, CA (209) 835-6662 Bruce Lynch (BRC’s) TN (901) 794-9401 Secretary: Norm Booth, CA (626) 791-2617 Treasurer: Pat Hughes, CA (805) 659-5153 Membership: David Kanally, TX (940) 395-2742 Club Store: Pat Hughes, CA (805) 659-5153 Technical Advisors Lynn James (Am Austin and Bantam) (209) 835-6662 Bob Brandon (Bantam) (724) 282-4942 Duncan Rolls (BRCs) (903) 663-9212 Bruce Lynch (BRCs) (901) 794-9401 David Schreurs (Research and Development) (920) 564-6256 Barry Lovelock (English Austin) john.lovelock4@virgin.net Club Historian Mike Larro (707) 823-1545 mitchellpierre@comcast.net Austin Bantam Historian. Maury Walsh (614) 792-2851 mwalsh@columbus.rr.com Katie Johnston, Trophy Meet Coordinator and Advisor (805) 642-1717

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It is the purpose of Rooster Tails in its technical articles particularly to provide helpful hints, advice and direction on the repair, maintenance and restoration of the vehicles included in the Austin Bantam Society charter. However, ABS and Rooster Tails are amateur, volunteer entities accepting material from a wide range of members and volunteers and cannot guarantee the quality or accuracy of any material appearing in Rooster Tails or related special publications derived from it. Neither ABS nor Rooster Tails nor any of its contributors or members individually therefore shall be responsible in any circumstances for any damages, losses or injuries resulting from use or reliance on the content of the publication. Any reliance on Rooster Tails content is at your own risk. If you are not a professional mechanic we strongly recommend that you contact one before undertaking work on your car if you have specific questions, and that you observe all the ordinary safety precautions in your general conduct and special ones involving particular tools, substances or processes.

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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, We would like to thank everyone who made the trip to Roseville for the 44th Annual Trophy Meet. It has always seemed like a daunting task, then realized that after being in the club for 7 years when we volunteered last year that it was our turn to step up. The overall planning wasn’t that difficult, just taking each part of the meet and tackling it one task at a time. It didn’t become overwhelming until the actual meet and that’s where the club support really came into play. We would like to give special thanks to Mike Larro for the wonderful job taking our vision and creating a great logo for the meet. The Richeys jumped in as always, with Kathy helping out with the check-in and club store, Mark with his great photography skills to capture the event, Pat Hughes for manning the club store, Pat, Katie Johnston and Norm Booth for bringing the club basics with them to the event, and even more importantly for everyone’s participation in bringing raffle and auction prizes that made the event such a huge success. We were particularly impressed with Bruce Lynch and all the wonderful auction items. Mike Harrell for heading up the Judging committing, bringing (3) of his incredible Austin & Bantams to the car show, supported the banquet by filling an entire table, as well as his participation in the raffle & auction. Bob Cox demonstrated his truly fun spirit with his re-donations of auction items; not to speak of the fact how great it was to bring home our one of a kind ABS Windmill!!!! Lastly and definitely not least, thank you to Our Friends with the Austin Bantam Society for the wonderful surprise; we can’t begin to tell you how touched we are! We look forward to seeing everyone at the 45th Annual Trophy Meet next year; I would recommend everyone to give it a try, it’s a wonderful way to really get to know members that you’ve seen and heard about, but never had the opportunity to get to know. Peggy and David Douglas Dear Editor, Darn, looks like I missed the wrong one...but, on the other hand, it looked like as much fun as all the others...Thanks Peggy and Dave... Bill Spear Dear Editor, Bob Burchett was kept busy with entertaining the kids all day. Knowing that we are all kids at heart, Bob and his fire truck are right at home with our club. Thanks Bob. Colin Hughes Dear Editor, Very nicely done Trophy Meet video. This means a lot to those of us who couldn’t make it this year. The sights and sounds on the video made us feel like we were touring with you. The captions and titles were well placed and informative. Another great ABS event well documented for the archives. Glenn Davis Dear Editor, The 2012 ABS Trophy meet had plenty to smile about for the young and even younger...absolutely love the photos we took of Bob Burchett and his Austin fire truck. Great kids’ smiles! Carol Whipple


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f your mailing label says 2012, that means you need to send in your dues of $25 bucks ($30 non-US). Be a good citizen and do it now while you are thinking about it. Don’t make us chase you around with expensive special mailings because we might just not do that this year and then you’d be sorry! You can do it two ways. (1) Send a check or Money order to ABS, c/o David Kanally, 1036 Creek Crossing, Coppell, TX 75019 (2) Pay by Credit Card or PayPal go to http:// wmspear.com/Bantam/membership/ and check the appropriate box including the $1.00 renewal surcharge. Scroll down and pick whether you want to pay by credit card or PayPal and go from there. If you want to make a little donation, just make the amount bigger by increasing the number of memberships. You can pay several years in advance, too. Tell us whether it is a donation or a multi-year membership. Let’s make this year the one when everyone renews promptly!

DUE IT NOW

New Members

Wash behind your ears, we got company! Run on outside and wave hello to these new members of the Austin Bantam Society: Bill and Joan Mitchell, AL (30 CP) Jennifer Harrell, CA (39 Panel) Ed Weisenheimer, CA Jim Tate, CA Patricia Brewer, CA (30 CP, 39 RD) Charles “Buck” Depkin, MD (34 CP)

Valve Clatter

It was good to see Rick McCabe surface to pick up the Bantam Coupe he bought from the Peggy Douglas a year ago. He came all the way from the Pittsburgh area to say hello. Turns out he rented a truck to haul the Bantam home, and figured out the truck could pull a trailer, too. So Rick also picked up a racy ‘49 Chevy fastback to take home with him. Too bad we don’t have a trophy for most miles driven from the meet to home! Another attendee we have not seen since the Sacramento meet almost ten years ago was Jackie Temple with her neat little Blue Austin 7 Saloon. Neither the car nor Jackie seemed any worse for the wear. Bill Spear was absent, choosing to stay home in Alaska, proving that it is possible to cut spending, protect one’s entitlements and proclaim the right to a life. And you thought it was all just campaign promises. As has been usual for the last decade or two, the Trophy Meet was

quite lively. Katie Johnston, friend Judy Cunningham, Katie’s granddaughter Sheri Lewis and Sheri’s pal Noelle Wegner were all on deck like last year, only worse. Katie behaved pretty well, but Sheri and Noelle arrived in Sheri’s newly restored Sunbeam Rapier convertible in some very, um, “summery” outfits looking like the true California girls they are and keeping the flatlanders among us, well, entertained I guess it is. You’d think Judy Cunningham would have a calming effect on all of this, but that’s just not the case. Our meets have been characterized of late with a considerable amount of hilarity. This year the leading comedians were our two regular New Zealand ex pats, Neil Fraser, and Tony Greening who kept everyone in stitches. Tony as we all know from last year is a very clever, very funny guy, who is never without a quip or comeback. Neil on the other hand is just funny. He did an entertaining and competent job as the auctioneer for the evening, helping to raise a record amount. Patty Hughes was so concerned about her treasury that she determined to have Neil himself auctioned off. Unusual in itself, but the real stunner was that somebody actually bought him! Several of the ladies in Katie’s entourage wore “No, I’m Neil’s Date” nametags to the Awards Banquet. The truth, as usual, remains elusive. One thing for sure, Mike Harrell knows how to restore cars. His latest is daughter Jennifer’s ‘39 panel which he painted in a ruby red color and finished as a business truck for Jennifer’s grandad’s X-Ray equipment business. The Harrell fleet is a source of pride for the whole ABS family. The business meeting went off without a hitch. Katie J decided to devote full time as the Club Social Director, ad stepped down as VP. However, taking her place is her “Sir Galahad” Clint Zang, a young guy...we mean really, not a young sixty or anything...in Utah but who was born in Butler. Clint was instrumental in tracking down an absconder of a car for Katie a few years back, owns a neat Austin Coupe he shows around his area with great success, is an avid outdoorsman, a Veteran and just an all around neat guy. Welcome aboard Clint. Not sure what more can be said about the fine job Peggy and Dave Douglas did with the planning of the Trophy Meet. Reports on the event to VC staff are unanimously positive. Terry Williams is our new president and is the first person VC believes to ever be president of both the ABS and the AABC. He is hoping to have a show down in League City, TX in 2014 if things get sorted out around the place there for him. Terry always has interesting ideas, so, who knows what direction we will hike off to under his leadership. As you read this, a substantial number of our members are likely standing around in a cornfield in the middle of nowhere Illinois at a farm auction. The BRC of the late Andrew Miller has been hiding out for 25 or more years and finally surfaced along with some substantial, if dodgy spare parts. Bruce Lynch, Wayne Dowdle, Duncan Rolls, George Hollins, and Lindsay Clark are some who have admitted they will be going, but we would not be surprised to see others, or, telephone bids from the Club. In one of the most refreshing moves, many of the BRC guys are actually co-operating with each other rather than competing. It will be interesting to see who shows up and what the winning bid for this old alligator will be. VC is in a position to know that an offer of 25K sight unseen was not even responded to. Yes, it runs, but it is missing much and looks like 35K away from show quality. The last BRC, which was a full restoration from the Chuck Krause collection, surprised everyone by going for a mere 42K, a figure that everyone thinks was close to half of market, even then. The BRC barn seems to be empty. Since this is not an unknown car one would have to go back a very long way to remember a true BRC barn-find. But, the civilian cars are not doing badly either. Good solid cars can bring a good price, even in local auctions. The 90K (really more like 75) Roadster of Ray Ostrander’s may have been a flash in the pan, but a #3 and not so very exciting Hollywood gained 1K over its last sale and went for 35K, and a nice Speedster not far behind. Speaking of Hollywoods and Roadsters, Charlie and Jan Bartlett are selling one of each. They are great restorations, but, you’ve got to like red! I hope this does not mean these great folks are giving up on us! Well, that’s it for this time. Valve Clatter has to go vote!

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the prez sez

Terry Williams, president

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y first message as your new president comes in the form of a thank you note(s).

The first thank you goes to Peggy and David Douglas for the fantastic job as hosts of the recent annual Trophy Meet. The Roseville, CA Meet was another great one for the Austin Bantam Society. There was the wonderful balance of interesting places to see, a leisurely tour, and time to spend relaxing and kicking tires. Half of the fun was meeting new members, making new acquaintances and catching up with old friends. Put the future ABS meets on your calendar and try to attend. You will have a great time. Colin Hughes, our outgoing president, gets the next kudos for a job well done as an ambassador for our club and the Austin-Bantam marque in general. Knowing Colin, this passion will be an ongoing project for the Austin Bantam Society.

Finally my appreciation goes out to all of you, the members of ABS. I am and have been a member of many antique car clubs and I have to say that Austin-Bantam people are the best. I call my trips to Austin Bantam meets a “family reunion” where I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I am honored to be able to serve this great club.

Editorial

david Kanally, editor

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hen I was a manager in a big company, our leadership team attended a number of different seminars to help us think more creatively, to work more closely together and to present a more unified brand to the customer. These seminars used all kinds of techniques, from clever vocabulary choices to team building exercises to allegorical stories, to make their respective lessons memorable. Some of these devices were more effective than others. One story that stuck with me is one about a group of blind men who encountered an elephant. One of them touched the elephant’s leg and believed he had encountered a tree. Another touched the tail and believed he had encountered a rope. The third touched the trunk and believed he had encountered a large snake. None was right. The point of the allegory was something like this: do your members know what kind of organization you are no matter what part of it they’ve encountered? There are lots of ways to engage with the Austin Bantam Society. One of them is to be a part of our annual Trophy Meets. Trophy Meets are our “whole elephant” events, when you see cars, meet people, share and learn techniques, find parts and sometimes even make deals. And while it would be nice to imagine the day when all 400 of us could attend the same Trophy Meet, history tells us that this is unlikely. Page 4 Rooster Tails #224 Oct.-Nov. 2012

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had people from Europe and from Puerto Rico and from other countries like Texas travel far to attend our meets, and I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to find a way to get to one of these events some day. But the Austin Bantam Society can serve you well for many years, even if you never get the chance to come to a Trophy Meet. We have many faces, and you have the freedom to access and benefit from the ABS in the way that suits you best.

You may have been motivated to join because you were looking for a car, or for restoration help, or for hard-to-find parts. You may be a military vehicle enthusiast with a particular interest in the Bantam Reconnaisance Car, the jeep that started it all. You may be someone who hopes to own an Austin or Bantam one day, and until that day, you have the Club.

This issue of Rooster Tails deals primarily with our most recent Trophy Meet. For those of us who were there, our reading of these pages will be illuminated by our memories of the event. If you were not there, your curiosity about the event, if we’ve done our job, will be satisfied. The one thing we don’t want to see happen is that you feel left out in some way because you could’t, or chose not to, attend the Trophy Meet. As our Club grows, especially in geographic scope, the hope of us all physically getting together becomes absurd. But the idea that this Austin Bantam community can provide a place of belonging for all its constituents remains a vital possibility, and in fact, a common responsibility. This humble newsletter is one way we stay in touch. Our web site, http://austinbantamsociety.com, provides other important ways, like electronic membership renewal and our Facebook page. The Roster, published each spring, gives you the information you need to contact any other member anywhere they may live in the world. Email has made reaching out less painful than even a local phone call. Through all these media and these connections, we owe it to each other to be responsive, empathetic and mutually supportive. These are the characteristics of our Club that new members find most helpful and refreshing. If you read Terry Williams’ first Prez Sez, or Clint Zang’s comments in the little article on him on page 11, you’ll hear their feelings about the collective “goodness” of the people in this Club. That goodness may take the form of expertise, prompt answers, genuine interest, and among our members who know each other well, sincere caring.

I believe that when people encounter one part of the Austin Bantam Society, they have a pretty clear idea of how great the whole Club is, whether they make it to a meet or not.

Trophy Meet Video Now On Line!

An eleven-minute video featuring the highlights of the 44th Annual Austin Bantam Society is now available on line for your viewing pleasure. Simply go to our Club web site, austinbantamsociety.com and click on “Photos/Videos”. The Trophy Meet video is the first video on the page, immediately following the slide shows. You may also go to: http://historywithheart.com/abs/ absphotosvideos.html#roseville


EDUCATING MAURY

By Maury Walsh hen I started this column over five years ago, the premise was educating a person who knew about old cars in general but was new to the American Austin/Bantam world. That person was me. The questions usually focused on things specific to the AA/B world; either identifying something unique about the cars or fixing specific items on those cars. In the last issue I brought up a topic related to the gas tank on my 1930 America Austin Coupe. I had sheared off the fitting coming out of the Picture 1 gas tank. In this case the lesson became more about general car repair.

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the extractor digs deeper into the stubborn item. As you turn it further, the stuck item eventually begins to turn and extract itself (picture 3), and if you are lucky, it eventually comes out completely (picture 4) leaving a clean opening for you to replace a new fitting, bolt or screw. As mentioned earlier, extractors come in various sizes to accommodate small screws or larger bolts (picture 5). They are relatively inexpensive compared to the amount of time and aggravation they save you. My days of trying to re-cut the slots into the heads of stripped screws are over!

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If you recall, Norm Booth had suggested that rather than removing the whole gas tank I should just use an extractor to remove the broken fitting. I thought, great, I will do that. But what the heck was an extractor?

Believe it or not, after working on old cars for over three decades, I had never had to resort to an extractor. Maybe it was because Picture 2 I was lucky, maybe it was because I always manhandled things brutally enough to get them apart, or maybe the gods of Liquid Wrench had always smiled on me, but I had never needed an extractor before and was not even sure where to get what sounded like a dentist’s tool. This column is meant to serve both the expert and the beginner, but if you are an expert you probably already know this: if you do not have an extractor, get one. Better still; get a set with a variety of sizes. Here is an illustrated guide to how they work. The item being extracted needs to have a hole in the center. You might have to drill a hole in the center of the bolt or Picture 3 screw that you cannot loosen. In the case of my fuel tank fitting, it already was a hollow fitting (picture 1). Consequently, the extractor could fit directly into the fitting (picture 2). The extractor is a tapered bit with reverse threads that dig into the item to be extracted. Because of the reverse threads, as you turn the extractor in the direction to remove the bolt or fitting, Picture 4

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Roseville Meet Marries History And Transportation! seum is no longer open to the public.

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Next, the group ventured to Victrola enthusiast Tom Hawthorn’s home, where he displays his mint collection of antique phonographs. An active member of the Antique Phonograph Society, Tom has managed to assemble a collection that is the envy of his peers. Tom was on hand to provide commentary on the various models. He also hosted a wine and cheese reception for the group. Special thanks go to Bob Burchett for providing the introduction to Tom and his collection.

rom its genesis as a farming community and railway hub in the 19th Century to its emergence as a healthcare and technology hub in the 21st, Roseville, California has shone as a microcosm of the American journey. As a setting for the 44th annual Austin Bantam Society Trophy Meet, this community was ideal, embracing the past and celebrating the future. The Trophy Meet itinerary took full advantage of Roseville’s offerings. Hosts Peggy and David Douglas thoughtfully incorporated both the old and the new in the Roseville area into the three-day event, October 4-6, 2012. Over seventy car owners, family members and friends participated in various offerings of the meet. Sound Transmitted and Stored

For those who arrived early enough on Thursday, October 4, two niche museums offered private visits for

A Formal Welcome

David Douglas was a busy guy during the meet. He gave the credit to wife Peggy for the planning of the event, but David certainly held his own on logistics! (Kanally)

the group. First, the Roseville Telephone Museum opened its doors exclusively for the group. Participants were able to see well preserved and restored exThe Roseville Telephone museum provided a look at telecom amples of the history for those arriving by Thursday afternoon. (Richey) ubiquitous device, from its earliest days until modern times. Telephones designed by Alexander Graham Bell himself, as early as 1876, candlestick phones from the early 20th century and vintage switchboards highlighted the display. The visit was a rare treat, Jackie Temple and Jill Sarver quench their thirst at the wine and cheese party offered by Tom Hawthorn at his antique since the mu- photograph home museum. (Richey) Page 6 Rooster Tails #224 Oct.-Nov. 2012

Event organizer Peggy Douglas (center) gives Tony Greening (l) his welcome packet, as Kathy Richey (r) lends a hand. (Richey)

By 5 p.m. on Thursday, almost all participants had arrived and began gathering in the reception area of the Hilton Garden Inn in Roseville, where Peggy and David Douglas, with help from Kathy Richey and other ABS members, gave each participant welcome gifts and information, including itineraries, maps, brochures and an etched glass bowl featuring

Cars line up upon arrival at the Roseville Hilton Garden Inn. Bantams, American Austins, and British Austin Sevens were all represented; none needed the entire compact parking spot it was allotted. (Kanally)


Participants Enjoy Museums, Show and Awards Banquet!

the event’s logo designed by Mike Larro.

Meanwhile, outside in the parking lot, members were huddling around the recently unloaded Austin and Bantam cars and catching up on each other’s lives. No car drew more attention than the ruby-colored jewel that is Jennifer Harrell’s 1939 Bantam Panel Truck. Dad Mike has outdone himself this time, with engine and body work to rival that of the finest restoration shops, and a paint job that won’t let you look away. Blazoned on the Panel’s side is “PAT X-Ray Co. XRay Sales, Service”, a tribute to Jennifer’s family’s business which was founded by her grandfather and which sustained the family for two generations. The Roseville Hilton Garden Inn is a fairly new property located not far from the event’s various venues, and is within a casual stroll of the now legendMark Richey often puts himself in harm’s way (here, straddling ary Tahoe Joe’s restaucold concrete to get good shots of the cars on the bridge). Mark has been cheerfully sharing his photographic talents to rant, where document the Club’s activities for years. (Pat Hughes) A B S e r s eat when there’s no banquet going on. Ad hoc groups of ABS members were seen coming and going from Tahoe Joe’s on both Thursday and Friday nights. The menu there is varied enough to justify repeat visits, and the beverage list consistent enough to ensure them. Trains, Planes and Automobiles

Friday morning came too early for some, so the swap meet was a quiet affair of limited scope and participation. H o w e v e r , Bob Cox crests the 1924 bridge in his modified 1931 Amerisome treasures can Austin Coupe. (Richey) and currency did change hands, with both buyers and sellers convinced that they were the ones who had made a good deal. ABSers wandered into the lobby to sample made-to-order omelets and other breakfast fare. Some of the road trippers were happy to be eating breakfast with metal utensils and ceramic plates instead of the plastic and styrofoam so typical of reasonably priced roadside lodging.

Our museum guide points out historic facts about the Douglas C-47 Dakota on display at the Aerospace Museum of California. (Kanally)

By 9 a.m., the operation moved back out into the parking lot with co-commander David Douglas briefing the group on the driving tour to and from the former McClellan Air Force Base, located about 15 miles from the Hilton Garden Inn. Co-commander Peggy Douglas took participants’ orders for lunch, which was slated for the former Officers’ Club on the base property. (McClellan was in operation from 1935 until 2001, when funding cuts closed a number of military bases as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission activities of the day). Before long, the tiny tribe filed out of the Hilton Garden Inn and onto neighborhood boulevards, past suburban residential and commercial developments into old downtown Roseville. The entrance of the old downtown is marked by a graceful, arching 1920’s era bridge, which was the perfect perch for club photographer Mark Richey. Mark snapped photos of each of the cars crossing the bridge. Most of the Austins and Bantams crossed the bridge alone, undefiled by modern visual intrusions, but a couple modern motorists tailgated some of our AB cars (in hopes of making them go faster?) and spoiled a few of the shots.

Best friends Noelle Wegner and Sheri Lewis piloted Katie Johnston’s 1940 Hollywood for the weekend. Sheri is Katie’s granddaughter, and seems to take after Gramma in more ways than one. You must attend a Trophy Meet to fully understand. (Kanally)

Undaunted, the petite parade continued through Roseville, past the famous Roseville Switching Yards, still a very active part of the Union Pacific Railroad’s daily operation. At least one engineer in one of the yard’s working locomotives obliged the tooting Austins and Bantams with the sounding of his engine’s air horn. From city streets to country roads, the journey continued to the McClellan complex, past former base housing (now public housing) to the Aerospace Museum of California. Here, volunteer guides lead visitors through both indoor and outdoor displays of propeller and jet propelled aircraft, engines, historic displays and facilities that were part of the McClellan Air Force Base during its operation. From pre-war trainers to space-age rocket engines, America’s aeronautical hisPage 7 Rooster Tails #224 Oct.-Nov. 2012


tory is documented here. On the tarmac, several Viet Nam era planes are open to visitors willing to climb aboard and see the spartan military interiors and vintage cable, hydraulic and electrical systems that controlled the aircraft.

the night. Before too long, the night manager shooed them off the outside patio into a soundproof meeting room, in deference to the wishes of the weary. In an act of magnanimous

Following the museum visit, the compact convoy wound its way through former officers’ housing areas to the former Officers’ Club, now a private banquet facility and hotel. A private room welcomed the group, with a tasty luncheon being served at a leisurely pace. The group seemed grateful to sit,

Bob and Phyllis Burchett certainly earned their supper this day, hosting scores of gleeful kids and their parents aboard their 1930 American Austin firetruck. The siren sounded a hundred times. (Richey)

self-restraint and courtesy, the Sarvers did not fire up their gasoline-powered frozen margarita machine. Apparently, margaritas can be served quietly on the rocks. And, there will be other Trophy Meets.

The arched entrance to the Fountains shopping area was reserved for pedestrians and Austin Bantam cars as the public filed by in good numbers to see the show.

eat and talk, as usual.

The return 15-mile sojourn seemed to roll at a faster clip, bringing the group back to the Hilton Garden Inn by mid afternoon. Some members tinkered with their cars, others went shopping, others were rumored to have taken a nap. By 5 p.m., the club re-convened in the meeting room of the hotel for the annual business meeting. Terry Williams of League City, Texas, was unanimously welcomed as the new president of the Austin Bantam Society. A review of the proceedings of the business meeting is presented elsewhere in this issue. What was said in conversations outside the room a m o n g event planners and spouses has been lost to history. Dinner ensued. For many, this meant another short Kathy Richey (l) greets Katie Johnston (r) at the Club Store, walk to while Betty Gobrecht looks on. (Richey) Tahoe Joe’s, by now the ABS’s old stomping grounds. Bedtime couldn’t come soon enough for some of the group, fatigued by long days and journeys. But others carried on with lilting laughter and high-decibel conversations far into Page 8 Rooster Tails #224 Oct.-Nov. 2012

Showtime!

Saturday morning arrived with a predictable measure of daylight. ABSers found their way to the breakfast buffet in the hotel’s lobby and tried various configurations of omelets, scrambled eggs, fruits, cereals and pastries. While the words were never spoken, all agreed by their actions that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when a car show is on the agenda. Without delay, drivers lined up their AB cars for a departure to the Fountains shopping area at 8:30 a.m. The minute menage made the brief journey to the arched entrance of the facility, where David Douglas served as traffic cop to direct the cars to their parking spaces along the complex’s main entrance. The Douglases had arranged for plenty of space on either side of the commercial center’s main street to display the cars properly. The Fountains at Roseville is a recent addition to Roseville’s commercial landscape, opening in 2008. It

From where hosts Peggy and David Douglas’ black 1940 Convertible Coupe sat, the Fountains was the ideal venue for exhibitors and visitors alike. (Richey)


Auction and Raffle Contribute to Proceeds over $3500!

Peggy and David Douglas thought that the best place for the Trophy Meet Awards Banquet would be the Sierra View Country Club in Roseville, and the assembled membership agreed. The banquet room’s floor-to-ceiling windows gave a commanding view of the links, and the banquet staff was capable and attentive. Planning had been achieved down to the smallest detail…place cards were marked with members’ meal choices; pork, chicken or salmon. Cocktail hour progressed well, bolstered by years of cumulative experience within the group.

Cheryl Kanally and Tony Greening smile for our cameras at the Awards Banquet. They could have been talking about almost anything, or anyone! (Kanally)

is an “outdoor mall” concept, featuring national fashion and specialty shops and a variety of restaurants along traditional streets and sidewalks. Large, computer-controlled fountains punctuate the area, providing restful seating areas and visual variety. The center generated a natural flow of shoppers to ogle the Austin and Bantam cars throughout the day, and the pleasant temperatures made for an enjoyable day for ABSers and onlookers alike. The sun never abandoned the group; the mercury climbed gently into the seventies. The Club Store, staffed by Pat Hughes and Kathy Richey, did a brisk business, moving logo-festooned glasses, mugs, graphics and other merchandise. Busiest among the exhibitors were Bob and Phyllis Burchett, who hosted a constant gaggle of kids who climbed into the seat and truck bed of their 1930 Austin firetruck. Bob would put a fire hat on every youngster’s head, and allow each one to steer the wheel, beep the horn and run the truck’s siren to his or her heart’s content. It’s not hard to imagine those children’s grandparents or great-grandparents doing the very same thing when that Austin was first made into an amusement park firetruck so many years ago. The Mike Harrell clan displayed three AB cars, all gleaming in various shades of Mike’s signature metal flake finishes. Jennifer’s ruby panel truck joined Mike’s grey and black ‘31 Austin Roadster and blue ‘39 Bantam Roadster along the street, trying all day long not to get drooled on.

Four Austin Sevens belonging to the Greenings, the Temples, the Spranzas and the Kanallys, proclaimed the marque’s British origins and gave discriminating visitors a chance to compare and contrast features with the American derivatives. Other American Austins were displayed by Neil Fraser, Bob Cox, the Larros, Stephen Bognuda, and the Larsons, while the Bantam marque was represented by the Sarvers, Dennis Sonius, the Steebers, Katie Johnston and Sheri Lewis, the Hughes, the Douglases, and Rick McCabe. Three o’clock came soon enough, signaling the departure of the Austins and Bantams from the Fountains. The cars pulled out in procession, waving to the Fountains shoppers along the exit route.

Back at the Hilton Garden Inn, many of the drivers put their cars back onto their trailers in preparation for the journey home the following day. Then they hit the showers in advance of the banquet.

Members had been invited to bring raffle items and auction items to help raise funds for the club. Many valuable collector items with Austin or Bantam themes were auctioned, while other gift and novelty items were both auctioned and raffled off. At first, it seemed a coincidence that many of the raffle winners happened to be related one way or another to Mike Harrell, but then it got out that Mike had purchased a string of tickets the length of the awards table. Bruce Lynch donated a number of valuable Austin, Bantam and BRC memorabilia, with many of his items finding Jennifer Harrell (center) beams after receiving new homes with se- the First Place Austin trophy from outgoing ABS rious collectors. Neil president Colin Hughes (l) and Club founder, Booth (r). Jennifer bowed toward her dad, Fraser served as auc- Norm master restorer Mike, in appreciation of also tioneer, which he did receiving the Best of Show Award. (Richey) very capably in Judi Collier’s absence (but Judi, you’re not off the hook!). One item, a tin windmill of some sort, was purchased more than once by Bob Cox (who re-donated the item and wound up bidding against himself and winning). The generosity of both those who donated items and those who bought them contributed to a net proceed of the entire Trophy Meet of $3,524! Following the dinner, raffle and auction, Norm Booth took the stage to present, with help from outgoing president Colin Hughes, the awards for various categories of cars. The awards summary appears at the end of this article. Special congratulations went to Jennifer Harrell for winning the Norman T. Booth Best of Show Trophy and to Bob and Phyllis Burchett for earning the Sweetheart Trophy. These two awards are the largest and most coveted of the lot. Conversation and laughter continued as the group drew its evening to a close at the country club and headed back to the Hilton Garden Inn for the night. A few of the hardy souls reluctant to see the celebration end passed another hour or so together in the lobby. But then it was off to bed to rest up for the journey home on Sunday. Congratulations to Peggy and David Douglas for a Trophy Meet well planned and well executed. It seems that the bar gets a little higher each year. Perhaps you’ll be the one to raise it in 2013! Page 9 Rooster Tails #224 Oct.-Nov. 2012


2012 trophy meet awards summary American Austin First place: Neil Fraser, 1930 Coupe

Hard Luck Trophy

Second place: Stephen Bognuda, 1930 Coupe

David and Peggy Douglas

American Bantam

Sweetheart Award

First Place: Jennifer Harrell, 1939 Panel Truck

Bob and Phyllis Burchett; 1930 American Austin Fire Truck

Norman t. Booth Best of Show Award

for most miles driven in a year

Second place: Ron and Jill Sarver, 1938 Coupe

750 Club Shield

Jennifer Harrell, 1939 Panel Truck

David and Cheryl Kanally--1933 A7 RP Saloon

Most Improved Car

Frank Cheaney Trophy

Dennis Sonius, 1940 Speedster

for most miles driven to the meet in an AB Car

First Place: Tony Greening, 1930 Box Saloon

David and Cheryl Kanally, driving from Turlock to Roseville, 115 miles

Modified

for Longest Distance Bringing a Car

English Austin or Derivative

Dick Beagle Award

Second Place: Jackie Temple, 1936 Ruby

First Place: Bob and Phyllis Burchett; 1930 American Austin Fire Truck

David and Cheryl Kanally--Coppell, TX, 1700 miles

Second Place: Rick McCabe, 1939 Bantam Coupe

Summary of ABS Business Meeting, Friday, October 5, 2012

by norm booth, with help from gayle harrell, jennifer harrell and katie johnston

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he Austin Bantam Society (ABS) Business and Planning Meeting for 2012 was held in a conference room at the Hilton Garden Inn Roseville in Roseville CA., where 29 members signed in. Meeting was called to order by Austin Bantam Society President, Colin Hughes, on October 5, 2012 at 5:35 p.m.

Welcome: President Hughes welcomed ABS members and guests. He called on everyone in attendance to introduce themselves. Host David Douglas told us about the yellow bandanas in our meet packets that were gifts from the California 4 Wheel Drive off road vehicle “clean up program”. This is a program to get people to clean up their own waste when in the back country. Approval of Minutes of Meeting of October 14, 2011: In lieu of reading the minutes, copies of last years’ minutes were made available to each attendee. The President asked for any corrections or changes. There being none, a motion was made by Robert Burchett, seconded by David Kanally. Unanimously approved.

Financial Report: Copies of the Financial Statement prepared by Pat Hughes, Treasurer, were handed out for the year ending 12/31/11 and for the period January 1 to September 30, 2012. Secretary Norm Booth mentioned that the club remains financially sound due to generosity at our auctions and donations. We made about $2500 in profit for the year 2011, compared to losses in the prior 2 years. Also, it appears we will be in the black for the entire year 2012. He thanked Pat Hughes for the report and for her work as Treasurer. There were no questions or changes. Stand approved Page 10 Rooster Tails #224 Oct.-Nov. 2012

as presented.

Membership Report: David Kanally, Membership Chairman, reported that we currently have 392 members. We had 58 members that did not renew for year 2012. Renewal requests were sent out. If members join in October, they receive the balance of the year, plus the next year all-inclusive. Norm Booth commented that about 95% of our new members come from the Internet. Stand approved as presented. Rooster Tails Report: David Kanally, Chairman, reported that the club is trying to limit the “Rooster Tails” publications to 12 pages to reduce postage costs, unless outstanding content is received. Various methods of sending out via the Internet were discussed. However it appears that only about 50% of the members are on line. Slate of Officers for 2013: Secretary Norm Booth proposed the Slate of Officers listed below for year 2013. Officers generally serve a term of two years. He mentioned that ABS member Clint Zang, one of the officers proposed, has shown great interest in the club and has assisted other club members, and comes highly recommended. Norm asked for nominations from the floor. There being no further nominations, a motion was made by Katie Johnston to accept the officers as presented. Second by Mark Richey. Unanimously approved. The effective date of elected officers and appointed positions is after this business meeting.

President: Terry Williams; Vice Presidents - Colin Hughes (Immediate Past President), Bill Spear, Lynn James, David Kanally, Mike Larro, Bruce Lynch, Maury Walsh, Jim Markell, & Clint Zang. Secretary - Norm Booth.Treasurer - Pat Hughes. Membership - David Kanally.


Appointed Positions for 2013: Club Historian - Mike Larro. Austin/Bantam Historian - Maury Walsh. Technical Advisors - Bob Brandon, Bantam; Lynn James, American Austin & Bantam; Bruce Lynch and/or Duncan Rolls, Bantam BRC Jeep; David Kanally, English; Barry Lovelock, English in England. Club Store Custodian - Pat Hughes. Rooster Tails Editor - David Kanally. Trophy Meet Coordinator and Adviser, Katie Johnston. Research & Development - David Schreurs. Austin Bantam Society Website Coordinator and Adviser Glenn Davis. In Old Business, thanks were given to Mike Larro for his fine work in compiling and completing the Rooster Tails technical articles “Archival Project”. He donated many hours of his time to this project. It is now on computer CD (Compact Disk) and available for purchase in the ABS club store. ABS treasurer Pat Hughes reports that sales of the CD have been brisk, and have brought in quite a bit of money for the ABS club store. Pat Hughes has completed her research on the new ABS club polo and T-shirts and they are now for sale on a pre-pay, pre-order basis. (see flyer included with this issue). In New Business, Norm Booth explained that the old Austin Bantam Society message board is seldom used, and recommends shutting it down, in favor of “Facebook” link for the Austin Bantam Society Facebook page and Forum. The ABS Facebook page is heavily used by ABS members and non-members. The motion passed. In other business, Bob Burchett suggested we might consider sharing memberships with other clubs like the Antique Phonograph Club. No action taken. Bob also offered to host a one day event at his museum. Colin Hughes asked for volunteers for the meet tomorrow (Saturday). Help with display setup. Help with information/sweetheart table. Help with ABS Club Store.

Norm Booth volunteered to host the annual White Elephant Sale and Auction event at his home in Pasadena, CA in April 2013. Exact date to be determined. Since this is a major fundraiser to support the Club, start gathering up treasures and come to the meet. Donations are also welcome. We need volunteers to host annual mini tour and other ABS events. Also, we need Hosts for 2013 and 2014 Trophy Meets. The meeting adjourned at about 6:30 p.m.

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Ivana Jealously Guards Bantik BRC

vana Badenov, a.k.a. Kim Rolls, is captured here in a rare behindthe-lines photo, guarding the latest product of Duncan Rolls’ BRC restoration efforts. Don’t let her very soviet facial expression fool you, she’s as proud as she can be of her latest “baby”. The BRC restorations are being funded by BRC collector and new ABS president Terry Williams. This vehicle reminds us of the shipment of several hundred BRCs that were delivered to our then Allies, the Russians, in the early days of WWII. Terry’s BRC collection has become the most significant in the BRC community.

Meet New VP, Clint Zang

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ur newest vice-president, Clint Zang, was born and reared in Butler, PA and now lives in Ogden, Utah. He holds an emergency essential civil service position for the Air Force as an expert in theater air control equipment and has served in the Air Force in a similar active duty capacity. He remembers seeing A/B cars as a kid in parades and events. His interest in the cars stems from home town pride and the notion that he can have a little piece Clint and his American of home no matter where he lives. He Austin Coupe found the ABS on the Internet when he was first searching for a car several years ago. Clint enjoys the shared expertise. “Wow, these guys are smart!” Clint says, “ I hope to be half as intelligent on this subject matter someday. I like how the club members are eager to help one another.” As far as the future goes, Clint would like to see more Internet initiatives. “It’s the best way to reach any target audience these days.” Welcome to our team of Club officers, Clint!

Classifieds

FOR SALE: ‘39 Bantam Roadster, completely restored with bows and top, with enclosed trailer. $35,000. Charlie and Jan Bartlett, 530-6952373 FOR SALE: ‘40 Hollywood Bantam Convertible Coupe. Completely restored like new, 40 miles since restoration. $42,000. Charlie and Jan Bartlett, 530-695-2373

FOR SALE: 1930 American Austin 5-window Coupe. Drivable – Engine and body are in good condition.No rust or dents. $10,900 Please email for photos or call. Serial #A9922 Terry Goodell 503-307-6639 terry.goodell@cenveo.com Oregon FOR SALE: American Austin parts, front and rear bumpers with perfect fresh chrome, $500/pair; beautiful dash with restored gauges and ignition, $995; wheels, $100 each; transmission with shifter, $100; rear end with axles and torque tube, $200; some nice front and rear fenders, $500 each. Mike Griffith, 818-790-1932 (CA). WANTED: For ‘31 Roadster: 2-bow top frame and tubes, side curtains or just rods, 2 or 4 bumper bars. Also many parts for sale. Jeff, brock@brockmusic.com, 615-438-1063. WANTED: Late model bumper guard triangle shaped flat face and bottom. Preferred chrome and ready to go, will take it in any shape. Also, Pitman arm for a Ross steering gear for a Bantam, or the whole steering gear assembly. FOR SALE: Bantam gas tank with sending unit, original battery box & firewall. Also, inside top bows for the top of a Bantam pickup. Bud Feurt, 858-748-7204, bufeurt@yahoo. com Page 11 Rooster Tails #224 Oct.-Nov. 2012


Classifieds (cont’d.)

FOR SALE: 1930 Austin Chassis $499.00. See photo on San Diego Craigslist. Straight frame with some rust but appears serviceable. Comes with front end, rear end, driveline, & 2 rear wheels. Missing the front friction shock assembly. Later I may have some wheels, another rear end, a partial front end, & possibly an engine & transmission. Carlos Royal croyals01@gmail.com 619 252-4070 San Diego, CA FOR SALE: 1932 American Austin Roadster, all original, runs and drives, needs restoration. $12,000. WANTED: EL Laboratories horn and bracket and spare tire clamp for 1930 Austin. Don Merrill 607-565-7365 or cell 607731-4102. 535 Waverly St., Waverly, NY 14892 WANTED: AMERICAN AUSTIN or BANTAM Coupe with modified engine. Complete and road worthy. TerryCassem@comcast.net or (253) 584-4742

FOR SALE: Rare out of print book in mint, unused condition titled “Whatever Became Of The Baby Austin?” by John Underwood, 1965. Several books available. This 8-1/2 by 11 inch high quality grained cardboard soft cover, well illustrated, 44 page book is about the English Austin Seven legacy and history that led to production of the USA’s first economy cars --- The American Austin and Bantam. A complete easy to read history with many quality black and white pictures. $25.00US each including shipping in the 50 states For foreign, add $5.00US shipping for air mail. Pay in US dollars by Paypal, US Postal Service money order or cashiers check or personal check on a USA bank. Norm Booth,1589 N. Grand Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA, 91104, USA. Phone: (626) 791-2617; email: njbooth@earthlink.net FOR SALE: Last call for the Austin Transmission Manual for sale. I still have a few copies of the Austin Transmission Manual, Revision 1for sale. If the club members do not purchase these copies then they will be offered to the general public. This manual has 125 pages, 52 figures, 15 sections, and 23 tool drawings. The manual covers an Introduction, Table of Contents, Specifications, Cautions, Disassembly, Cleaning, Tools, Inspection, Assembly, Authenticity, Illustrated Parts List, Repairs, Troubleshooting, Gaskets, a Repair Parts List and sources for some parts. The cost of the manual, including postage, is still only $50.00 while the supply lasts. Contact Phil Haynes, 9 Copper Hill Rd. Granby, CT 06035. WANTED: Bantam Roadster. Must be in good shape. Stan Graber 901 378 0665 E mail sg@graberinvestments.com FOR SALE: Reproduction Factory Sales and Service miniature sign. Limited production and I have only a small number left. These are the signs given to all our registrants at the 2010 Annual ABS trophy meet in Ventura Ca. Size is 1/4 scale of factory original. Sign is 6 3/8” round. Comes with original style wall hanging bracket and hooks. $45.00 Post Paid Contact: Colin Hughes,10440 Jamestown St., Ventura CA 93004. (805) 659-5153 email: colinpat@earthlink.net Page 12 Rooster Tails #224 Oct.-Nov. 2012

FOR SALE: Bantam Jack Clearance Sale! Closing out the last of the Bantam Jacks (unpainted). Now on sale for $190 postage paid! Was $250.00 plus $30.00 postage you save $90.00! Very Limited Supply. Send a check for $190.00 to Lynn James 290 Mt Oso Ave Tracy Ca. 95376 or PayPal to user name lynn@americanbantam. com .

FOR SALE: High quality embroidered Bantam and Austin Bantam Society patches that can be sewn onto jackets, shirts, hats, etc. Special pricing one for $7.50, two for $12.50, or FOUR for only $20, plus $2.50 for postage and handling. Please contact David or Peggy Douglas at (916) 783-4678 or peggydouglas@comcast. net FOR SALE: Cool gear from the ABS Club Store: Lapel pins. Beautiful enameled red, blue and gold ABS pins. Show your colors @ $10+$3 S&H.American Austin Bantam Workshop Manual.$35 +$5. Rooster Tails Special BRC Edition. $10+$2. All the important things we have had to say about the BRC and then some. ABS Hats $20. Complete sets of Rooster Tails back issues $175. ABS Club Store c/o Pat Hughes, 10440 Jamestown Street, Ventura, CA 93004 (805) 659-5153. patcolin@earthlink.net FOR SALE: American Austin & Bantam parts, vehicles, sheet metal, all services from the smallest part to frames to complete vehicles available. Largest active source reproducing over 100 NORS parts. 25% off A&B valve spring sets or Austin lower right outer body/cowl round emblem--your choice at $35.00. Also, replica Austin six car toy sets at $25.00 off--now $150.00/set while they last. All plus shipping. Special sale on Austin headlight bar pads @$35 ppd. No calls or credit cards on this item only--just send your check or MO. Call us or visit: www.austinbantam.com to download our free catalogs. MasterCard/Visa & NOW DISCOVER CARD accepted for your convenience. Hershey Region AACA will no longer make spaces available to us, so we will not be able to participate at the fall Hershey event. Joe & Karen DeAngelo, Golden Miles Sales, 2439 S. Bradford St., Allentown, PA 18103-5821. 1-800-519-6350 (orders) Ph/Fax 1-610-791-4497 (info). WANTED: New members to join the American Austin Bantam Club. Bi-monthly newsletter, national meet, tech seminar, car show & trophies. Annual dues: $20 in USA , $25 U.S. dollars for Canadian/foreign. Marilyn Sanson, 7704 Bridgeport Kirkville Rd , Kirkville , NY 13082, 315-656-7568, marilyn.aabc@yahoo.com or download a form at www.austinbantamclub.com.

Rooster Tails #224  

The Journal of the Austin Bantam Society October - November 2012