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Old News and Current Events are being left here for those of you that may want to read through it. I found it interesting to read all we have been through and done!
There are STILL rooms available at the Nationals hotels and we have the VERY BEST location at the show. PLEASE book immediately. Make sure you go to our Nationals page for all the info so that you don’t miss out on the banquet, t-shirts, etc. None other than the owners of Holman-Moody and Dennis Carpenter Reproductions plus some former NASCAR greats that raced Galaxies such as Tom Pistone and hopefully some more! Stay tuned for more info!!!
If you are registered at the Nationals you can pick up your credentials at the main host hotel, the Embassy Suites Concord. We will have a table set up in the lobby starting Wednesday afternoon Sept 9th plus most of the day Thursday and Friday the 10th and 11th. The registration desk will be open EARLY Saturday morning and will be closed once the Autofair starts at . Please try to have your credentials picked up by then. Contact Greg at 803-464-2018 if this will be a problem for you.
My father passed away this date. Please go to our In Memoriam page to read about him and our other members that have passed on.
We are diligently working on all of the plans for the 2009 Ford Galaxie Nationals at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway Sept 11th, 12th and 13th, 2009!!! Please be patient while show plans, host hotel, banquet arrangements, etc are being sorted out.
The Lexington Ford and Mustang Show went great!
Neil Smith, Raymond Main, James Thomas and I showed our Gals there, plus there
were a few more that showed up and were interested in joining. Neil, Raymond
The Spring 08 Autofair was dealt some terrible weather but we still had a strong showing! Dennis Carpenter, Roy Mack Graham, Robert Rutherford, Lester Edwards, Glenda and George Babcheck, Roy Davis, Neil and Veda Smith, James and Clyde Thomas and I showed on Saturday and we had 7 or 8 show up on Sunday. I'd like to thank all of you that braved the weather and showed up. I'd also like to thank Dennis Carpenter for generously donating to our goodie bags. Congratulations to our trophy winners Roy Davis, Lester Edwards, Neil Smith and James Thomas!
Hey folks! Just
Again… that’s THREE ROOMS LEFT and FOUR SPACES LEFT… then they are gone! So act now!!!
As I'm sure many of you have seen in the many
emails I flood the internet with... the Spring Charlotte Autofair is upon us!
The FIRST DEADLINE is March 6th. You MUST book your room at the host hotel by
that date if you want to secure a room with the rest of the club at the
discount rate. Check the link on the main page for info. There isn't a deadline
for the Autofair spaces... but we only have a few left! Contact me
It's a new year and plans are underway to get our
chapter and YOUR cars in shows and events all over the Carolinas this year.
Keep your eyes peeled for emails, newsletters and articles in the National
Gazette for the latest info. FIRST DEADLINE is 25 Jan for the Autofair! Contact
Carolina Galaxies had a great turnout for the 2007 Nationals in Dawsonville. it was a record number of cars and a record number of attendees for our chapter. Way to go! And 3 of our members won "Top 20" trophies. Lester Edwards, James Thomas and myself. Look for pics in the gazette and on the website soon!
The Fall Autofair went very well. We fulfilled our obligation to fill 10 spots and signed up some new members!!! Now it's on to the Nationals! 6th Newsletter coming soon!
We have only 4 spots left for the Fall Autofair so contact me ASAP if you are coming!!! Also, I'm getting the new roster hammered out and once that is done I can finish a a few other odds and ends and get a newsletter in the mail. Thanks for your patience!!!
I have gotten
some more updates to the webpage. Please let me know if you see any errors. We
have the 10 spots for the Fall Autofair to fill
The Great American Race car show was a lot of fun. We only had 4 cars there, but it was a great event and TWO Galaxies were actually in the race!!! Thanks to James Thomas, Lester Edwards and new member Terry Conway for showing! Welcome Terry! We had a brief meeting and voted on some minor club business. Details to come in the next newsletter!
Well, I'm back from my deployment to Iraq and trying to get things back into shape. Still haven't been able to retrieve my lost files so all club financial transactions and membership dues actions are on hold until I can get this fixed. More to come on that! WE have cancelled the NC Transportation show in Spencer due to lack of participation. Maybe next year!!!!
Jan thru May 2007
I'm away serving my country and ask that all of you please be patient with the lack of newsletters and lack of webpage updates while I'm deployed. I promise to make it up to the chapter when I get back. James Thomas and Lester Edwards will be taking care of the Spring Charlotte Autofair and I thank them for their hard work!!!
Just as I was about to back up all my data before deploying my computer crashed!!! Hopefully I'll get the data back once I return. See you all in 4 1/2 months!!!
The Nationals were great. Ride Thru Times and Midwest Chapters did a great job. Go to the national site to see pictures. The Dawsonville show is coming up, but I've hurt my back so we won't be going. James and Sarah Thomas are going... hopefully a few other CG members can go as well.
Fall Autofair was a HUGE success. We showed Saturday only, but we had the same
prime spot in the infield and
The Fall Autofair is upon us. PLEASE contact Greg if you want to show there. The Autofair is held Thursday through Sunday but we are showing Saturday Sept 16th only. The Autofair folks have made it clear that we must fill all our reserved spots, or we won't get as many in the future. If we were showing 30 cars, it would be easier to overlook a shortage of participants, but when you only show 12, it's hard to do. So please register ASAP!
NC Transportation Museum All-Ford Show is Saturday, 5 August from 9AM to 3PM.
There is plenty of space so you can show as many Ford’s as you like. Admission
is free for your show car and the museum has set aside 8 spots for Carolina
Galaxies to park together. If you plan to trailer your car there and need space
to park your tow vehicle, make sure you contact Bob Hopkins at (704) 636-2889
or email@example.com. That’s right it’s
The Museum is located in Spencer, NC just north of Salisbury. From Charlotte traveling north, use you may Exit 60, 63, 68, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75 or 76, go west over the interstate and follow the road you are on until it intersects US 29/70. Turn right (north) and follow U.S. 29/70 through Salisbury (Main Street). Go two miles from downtown Salisbury into downtown Spencer. The N.C. Transportation Museum will be on your right.
From Greensboro traveling south, use Exit 85, 83, 82 or 81, go west and follow the road until it intersects U.S. 29/70. When you enter Spencer, the road will be called Salisbury Avenue. It is approximately three miles from Exit 82 to the N. C. Transportation Museum. Or go to http://www.visitsalisburync.com/countymap.pdf. The museum is #36 on this map.
Go to: http://www.nctrans.org/ for more info!
The time has come for us to get ready to reserve our spots at the Fall Autofair. We are showing on Saturday, 16 September only! Contact the Carolina Galaxies Director if you plan to show your car!!!
SAD NEWS... I'm sorry to announce that Betty Panch, the wife of former NASCAR driver and honorary Carolina Galaxies member Marvin Panch has passed away. Memorial donations may be made to either the Haywood Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 283, Waynesville, NC 28786 or the Living Legends of Auto Racing, PO Box 290854, Port Orange, FL, 32129-0854.
Despite the weather the Spring Autofair was a success! We had nearly all the 15 spots filled and everybody had a swell time. Look at our photos section for pictures soon!
There was a typo on the pre-registration form for the Spring Autofair. We will be showing on Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9th. The form has been corrected! Sorry for the confusion!
We have another show for this summer! It’s the North Carolina Transportation Museum All Ford Show in Spencer, NC on August 5th! All years and models of Fords are welcome for this annual show. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 11 South Salisbury Avenue, Spencer, N.C. 28159, Phone: (704) 636-2889. Email: http://www.nctrans.org/ I am continuing to try to contact them for more info.
Speedway has given us 15 spots at the Autofair! We have 4 pre-registered so far. Get your
applications to me now if you want to go! WE MUST USE THESE SPACES OR WE WILL NOT
We are talking to the POC for the Spring Autofair and will be showing as a group. DO NOT register with Hornet’s Nest or any other organization… you must register with Carolina Galaxies to show with us. More to come!
We have our first hats with the Carolina Galaxies logo! They are $12.00 each, plus shipping or save on shipping and meet me at one of our meetings or events!
The fourth newsletter is SLOWLY taking shape! Should be in the mail by Oct 10th!
The Fall Autofair was another super event! Lester Edwards, Danny Hamby, Forrest Smith, Don Poole, Terry Mayes and myself were all there! No meeting was planned, but most of us stumbled into another member while there. The Spring 2006 event will be our biggest turnout yet!
The Nationals in Dearborn, MI are over… it was a great time! Not too many Carolina Galaxie members made it, but we contacted a vendor and ordered our first hats with our new logo!
The logo is done and paid for! PLUSH DESIGN did a fantastic job!
I received a wonderful thank you card from Marjorie Stone this week thanking the Carolina Galaxies for their kind support following the passing of her husband and Carolina Galaxies member, L.C. Stone.
The newsletter is DONE and has been mailed! Still trying to get the darn website up on the FGCoA site!
The newsletter was delayed... hope to have it published soon!
Our logo is at Plush Design getting the final touches by Kameron MacCarthy. Contact Plush Design at firstname.lastname@example.org for all your graphics, logo and photography needs!
We now offer 3 and 5 year renewals for your chapter membership! See your newsletter for details!
Our latest newsletter was sent out on 26 Feb... if you didn't get your copy, let me know!
We have many members that are OVERDUE on their annual dues... please check the newsletter on the bottom left side of the address page to see if you are current!
I'd like to welcome our new members! Terry Mayes of Huntersville, NC, Chuck Goode of Statesville, NC, Frank Wallace of Spartanburg, SC and honorary member Marvin Panch of Canton, NC!
Don Poole is fighting a strong battle with cancer and going through a bone marrow transplant soon. Let's keep Don in our prayers! Please visit his website at: http://www3.caringbridge.org/nc/donpoole/ and make sure you sign his guestbook and wish him well!!!
L.C Stone of Hemingway SC has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Many of you knew him well, and others will recall meeting him at the Sumter Car show last May where he brought his stunning 62 XL convertible and took an award! His friend Dick Axlerod wanted to share these words with us...
A Few Thoughts about
Lonnie Clarendon “L.C.” Stone, Jr.
On December 26th, a man that was a dedicated family, spiritual, community, and Ford man lost his long battle with cancer.
I met Lonnie Clarendon Stone, Jr. of Hemingway, SC, when I became a member of a car club in Georgetown. He was a true Southern Gentleman. He introduced himself to me as “L.C. Stone of Hemingway,” and that is how everybody knew him. At that time, I didn’t know he had cancer. We found a common ground between us when he found out I had a 406 Galaxie. It seems that, when he and Ann, his wife, got married back in the early 60s, he had a rust-colored, ‘62, 406 hardtop. It had some Holman and Moody work done to it.
L.C. was such a down-to-earth person that I didn’t realize that he had accomplished many things in his life. He was a past president and member of the Williamsburg Farm Bureau (a 25-year member), a Hemingway Lions Club “1985 Farmer of the Year of Williamsburg County, and a past treasurer of the Winyah Cruisers of Georgetown. He was also a commissioned Kentucky Colonial in 1975 by then Governor Carroll.
When I met him he had a 1975 Chevy convertible, but the hunt was on for another Galaxie. In the meantime, he bought his wife one of the first new T-Birds --- always a Ford man. He would call me and we would check out numbers and thoughts about the cars he was looking at.
Then one day he told me he was driving to Kentucky to look at a Galaxie with his son in-law Matt. Two days later, on the same day he returned, he came home with a restored, 1962 Galaxie XL convertible. It wasn’t a 406, but it was a beautiful Galaxie. You could find him at most cruise-ins and shows, here in North or South Carolina, picking up trophies.
“Cancer” was never mentioned although we knew he must have been hurting. We all remarked at what a strong constitution he had. He was a model to us who complained about minor aches and pains. Then on his birthday a couple of years ago, they found another cancer, but that never got him down. He still cruised with the top down and was looking for the elusive 406. Even though he could not drive his Galaxie in the Hemingway Christmas parade, he had to be in it and one of his friends drove the car with him in it. He new the end was near, but a most important thing he had to do was to take his two grandchildren to Disney World. He said he wanted to see their faces light up at all the things happening there. To see him in a picture taken nine days before his death, you would never have known he was terminally ill.
A short time after he was home, he had to be admitted to the hospital. The end was here - no complaints. He leaves his wife, Marjorie Ann, whom he had shared his life for 40 years. He also leaves: Two children - Daniel and his wife Tammy, and Marjorie Lynn and husband, Matt Smith, and their two children, Tristan and Payton; Sisters - Viola Cribb of Spartanburg, Viva Nell Stone and her husband Donald Wilson of Lexington, and Norma Jean Stone Miller of Pamplico. In the funeral procession, a friend drove his Galaxie. My 406 Galaxie convertible and other classic cars were there according to his wishes.
At the cruise-ins, I still miss that hand on my shoulder like he used to do to get my attention. But I know, when my time comes, I will feel that hand on my shoulder again. When I turn around, there he will be “L.C. Stone of Hemingway” with his hand extended. His ‘62, rust-colored, 406 hardtop Galaxie nearby - ready to talk about Fords, especially Galaxies.
Donations can be made to Johnsonville Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 1021, Johnsonville, SC 29555, or the Midway Baptist Church, 756 Baptist Road, Hemingway, SC 29554.
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