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Cadillac & LaSalle Club
Potomac Region
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Capitol Cadillac / CLC Potomac Region
Annual Fall Car Show:
Professional Pride
October 27-28, 2012

By Vince Taliano
Photos by Tom Alsop, Sandy Kemper, Jack McClow,
Chuck Piel
and Michael Veilleux


Professional Pride owners with their Certificates of Appreciation

Last year, it was snow on the night before our Dazzling DeVilles event, in October!  This year it was Hurricane Sandy bearing down on us.  Although the storm was approaching the Mid-Atlantic, it did not begin to arrive until early Sunday evening.  The rain held off for the entire Professional Pride event on Sunday October 28, 2012 at Capitol Cadillac.  For the owners of the 39 cars in attendance plus the spectators who attended, the quality of vehicles, not quantity of vehicles was their reward.  We didn’t have many professional cars on the show field, but we did have some beautiful examples in our showroom including Jay Donaldson’s 1941 Cadillac Eureka Carved Side Hearse, Steve Lichtman’s 1970 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance, Daniel Jobe’s 1973 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine (used by past First Lady Pat Nixon) and Scott Milestone’s 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine.   

In addition to the stellar vehicles in the showroom, the show field had really fine cars, too.  The one that I want to mention first is David Fields’ 1969 deVille Convertible (pictured left), not because it was the most original or the nicest restored vehicle, but because David drove it to the show with the top down and displayed it that way the entire show.  Take that Mother Nature!  But on a more serious note, our prayers and thoughts go out to all of our fellow CLC members and their families who were affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Our keynote speaker Gregg Merksamer, noted Professional Car historian who was planning to drive from Warwick, NY the day before the show, was unable to attend.  He felt badly about it but it was the correct decision considering that he would have had a five hour plus drive after the show to return home, possibly in the middle of the storm.  In his place, George Hamlin, one of the founding fathers of the Professional Car Society and a local Maryland resident, delivered the speech on his behalf (pictured below).  Here is an excerpt:

“Turning to the vintage funeral vehicles, limousines and ambulances that are on display today, our appearance here will be a true success if we’ve convinced you to focus, first-and-foremost, on the fine craftsmanship and aesthetic sense applied to Cadillac’s Commercial Chassis by such legendary coachbuilders as Superior, S&S, Miller-Meteor and Eureka.

Close as we are to Halloween, you’ve hopefully noticed there’s not a single PCS car out there shown with a casket, or a skeleton, or cobwebs, or any other sort of macabre miscellany.   Displaying them might make you forget how the specialists behind this coachwork, devoted to satisfying individual customer tastes and requirements regardless of cost, time or difficulty, are maintaining carriage trade traditions that most auto enthusiasts assume were lost forever when the “Golden Era” of custom-bodied passenger cars came to an end in the 1930s.  

This advocacy of authentically-restored and respectfully-presented vehicles was, in fact, the prime motivator behind the PCS’ 1976 founding by a pair of Maryland Packard enthusiasts named Dwight Heinmuller and George Hamlin, on the grounds it would encourage a wider acceptance of hearses and ambulances in old car hobby circles and compel the AACA to lift a ban on their display at the big fall Hershey Meet and other judged events that lasted almost twenty years. 

In the two decades I’ve served as PCS Publicity Chair, it’s been a great source of pride to me that our high standards have made us the club of choice for funeral and EMS professionals who worked proudly with these kinds of cars when they were new, to the point our total membership doubled in this period to more than 1,100 individuals in a dozen different countries. 

Even if the rare, magnificent cars they own are incentive enough for you to attend a PCS event or visit our official website at www.professionalcarsociety.org for the first time, the thing I trust will turn you into a regular is the same thing that likely keeps you coming back to Cadillac & LaSalle Club gatherings again and again.  

Whether or not it has something to do with many of them hail from service professions where the top priority is assisting those in need, PCS people are among the most friendly, caring and generous you are likely to encounter in the old car hobby, and I hope this won’t be the last opportunity we’re given to demonstrate this to you.”

Like our other fall theme car shows, the weekend began with a Saturday day event followed by a dinner for out-of-town guests hosted by Richard Sills and Shelley Chadick.  This year was no different.  The Saturday day event was a tour and car show to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum (BSM) that was coordinated by Chuck Piel, the PCS Mid-Atlantic Chapter Bee Hamlin and the CLC Valley Forge Region’s newsletter editor John Barry. 

The weather forecast affected this event also as only about a dozen people attended, including John Barry from New Jersey.  Two local PCS cars took part in the event, one of which was George & Bee Hamlin's Studebaker and Steve Lichtman’s 1977 Cadillac Ambulance.  Steve was not pre-registered to attend Sunday’s Professional Pride show but his participation in Saturday’s event influenced his decision to attend on Sunday, and we are very grateful as Steve’s Miller-Meteor was the only ambulance in attendance.  Steve, pictured below left with Ladies Choice Award presenter Barbara Cummings,  won two awards for his 1970 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance (see full list of winners below).
 


The Saturday evening dinner at the Holiday Inn Greenbelt followed the BSC Museum event and was enjoyed by all that attended.  Thanks to Shelley Chadick for continuing to organize this pleasant social gathering (see photos below).
 


L to R: Chuck & Debbie Piel and
George & Bee Hamlin


L to R: Steve Lichtman, Richard Sills & Shelley Chadick and Bob Norrid


One professional car that we were hoping would attend was Jay Donaldson’s 1941 Cadillac Eureka Carved Side Hearse (pictured below).  Jay attended our 2011 Spring Car Show where he won First Place Professional Vehicles and Ladies Choice Award.  We had been communicating with Jay all along and knew it would be a day-of-show decision.  Thankfully, the weather forecast did not affect his decision to attend.  Jay won First Place in Class and Best in Show for this rare and unique beauty.

On Sunday morning, with the storm on the horizon, the crew of volunteers arrived by 8:00 AM to register and park the cars.  As the case with previous shows, a show vehicle arrived and was ready to be parked as soon as the volunteers arrived.  Of the 39 cars that participated, 28 were from Maryland, nine from Virginia and two from the District of Columbia. 

DJ Mikey Veilleux of Music Madness played the National Anthem, which has become a tradition at our show, at 10:00 AM to officially open the show.  Before long, the showroom and show field displayed the vehicles in attendance.

Following the Potomac Region’s current practice, the judging was done by the owners of the cars registered in the show (peer judging), except for the Dealer’s Choice Award and Car Show Coordinator Award.  Throughout the day, many of the owners could be seen walking among the cars with their pencils and ballots in hand.  When the deadline for voting was reached, over 70% of the attendees eligible to vote had submitted a ballot.

Past CLC President Richard Sills, who served as the Master of Ceremonies, began the awards presentation.  He began by paying tribute to Henry Ruby, who passed away this past summer (pictured right).  For the last 10 years, our shows have benefited from Henry’s untiring efforts.  He determined what cars should go into the showroom and spent hours making sure that all of these logistics were handled carefully and expertly.  Henry served our Club in more ways than most of us were even aware.  He sought no credit for his good works, but went out of his way to help anyone who needed assistance.  Everyone in the showroom joined Richard in a moment of silence to remember Henry and honor his memory.  Afterward, Richard introduced Henry’s son, Dan Ruby, who presented Daniel Jobe with special 1973 Washington DC inauguration license plates for his 1973 Series 75 Limousine that Henry had left for Daniel.
 

George & Rita Boxley's
1940 Series 75 Sedan
 

Bob Norrid’s
1962 Series 62 Convertible

 

Rick Mahan’s
1948 Fleetwood
 

Tom Alsop’s
1968 Coupe Deville

 Professional Pride Show field
 

Richard returned to the microphone and introduced George Hamlin who delivered Gregg Merksamer’s speech mentioned above. Each professional car participant was introduced and those who had pre-registered were presented with a framed certificate of appreciation for being a part of the Professional Pride event.  Next the 50/50 drawing was held by Scot Minesinger.  Dan Ruby won and he proceeded to donate $50 of his winnings to the Region.  Following the drawing, as Richard described each of the winning cars, Daniel Jobe presented the awards for the first, second and third place winners in each of the classes and the awards for Best Pre-War, Best Post-War and Best of Show. 

In addition, Daniel presented his choice for the Dealer’s Choice Award and Barbara Cummings announced the Ladies’ Choice Award donated by Brenda & Jim George. Lastly, Richard asked for the audience’s help in identifying the car that was registered and driven – not trailered – the longest distance to participate in the show. 

In this competitive group of high-quality cars, these were the award winners:

CLASS

1st PLACE WINNER

2nd PLACE WINNER

3rd PLACE WINNER

1902 – 1942 Professional Cars 

Jay Donaldson
1941 Eureka Carved Side Hearse
Laurel MD

 

 

1946 – 1970 Professional Cars 

Steve Lichtman
1970 Miller-Meteor Ambulance
Mt Airy MD

Forrest Nielsen
1969 Fleetwood Series 75 Limousine

McLean
VA

 

1971 – Current Professional Cars  

Scott Milestone
1996 Fleetwood Limousine

Germantown
MD

Ati Kovi
1994 Fleetwood Presidential Limousine
Potomac MD

 

Class D: 1902- 1942 Cadillac

George & Rita Boxley
1940 Series 75 Sedan
West River MD
 

 

 

Class E: 1927 – 1940 LaSalle

NO CARS IN CLASS

Class F: 1946 - 1958  

Richard Sisson
1954 Eldorado
Potomac MD

Rick Mahan
1948 Fleetwood
Lanham MD

 

Class G: 1959 – 1968 

 

 

Bob Norrid
1962 Series 62 Convertible
North Potomac
MD

Tom Alsop
1968 Coupe Deville

Fairfax
VA

Preston Waters
1966 Calais Coupe
Upper Marlboro MD

Chuck & Debbie Piel
1967 Deville Convertible
Ellicott City MD

Richard Castiello, MD
1966 Eldorado
Potomac MD

Class H: 1969 – 1976 

 

 

R. Scot Minesinger
1970 Deville Convertible
Fairfax Station VA

David Fields
1969 Deville Convertible

Vienna
VA

Lynn Gardner
1975 Sedan Deville

Arlington
VA

Bill Hilliard
1969 Eldorado
Silver Spring MD

Ivars Jaunrubenis
1976 Sedan Deville

Washington
DC

Class I: 1977 – 1986 

David O’Steen
1978 Seville

Germantown
MD

Chris Overcash
1977 Eldorado

Warrenton
VA

 

Class J: 1987 – 1996 

 

 

Fred Kott
1992 Brougham
Ellicott City MD

Jeff & Nola Gurski
1996 Fleetwood

Potomac Falls
VA

Mary Moscati
1993 Spring Edition Sedan Deville
Upper Marlboro MD

Ron Renoff
1996 Fleetwood
Severna Park MD

 

Class K: 1997 – Current 

 

 

Kenneth Beach
2005 Deville Vintage Edition
Laurel MD

 

Ron Neff
2000 Eldorado

Alexandria
VA

Ron Neff
2006 DTS

Alexandria
VA

Ati Kovi
1998 Catera
Potomac MD

Class L: Modified Vehicles

Debbie Taylor
1965 Coupe Deville
Frederick MD

Dan Ruby
1953 Coupe Deville

Washington
DC

 

BEST PRE-WAR
(1942 and Earlier)

George & Rita Boxley
1940 Series 75 Sedan
West River MD

BEST POST-WAR
(1946 to Present)

Richard Sisson
1954 Eldorado
Potomac MD

BEST OF SHOW – OVERALL 

Jay Donaldson
1941 Eureka Carved Side Hearse
Laurel MD

DEALER’S CHOICE AWARD 

Richard Castiello, MD
1966 Eldorado
Potomac MD

LADIES CHOICE AWARD 

Steve Lichtman
1970 Miller-Meteor Ambulance
Mt Airy MD

LONG DISTANCE AWARD 

Chris Overcash
1977 Eldorado

Warrenton
VA

Thanks again to Daniel Jobe and Capitol Cadillac for their continued support.  Also, thanks to everyone who participated in the show with their wonderful cars and to everyone who provided their valuable assistance.|
 

L to R: Dan & JoJo Ruby, Mike Fahey
and Joe Camelio


Dan Mullane's special President Reagan’s Limo’s Wheel Cover display

L to R: Franklin Gage, Debbie Piel, Bob Fangmeyer, Debbie Taylor and Bob Norrid


Barbara & Chris Cummings manning the Merchandise Table
 


Debbie Taylor's
1965 Coupe deVille
 

Daniel Jobe's
1941 Cadillac Woody Wagon

1970's Cadillacs front and center
 

Late model Cadillacs were well represented

L to R: Daniel Jobe, Kenneth Beach and Vince Taliano

...where the present meets the past!

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