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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!


August 22, 2009

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!!!

August 1st, 2009

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 8 AM. Please try to have your credentials picked up by then. Contact Greg at 803-464-2018 if this will be a problem for you.  

June 1st, 2009

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.

January 13th, 2009

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.

April 25th, 2008

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 and James ALL took home trophies! 3 out of 4 is a strong showing! Congratulations guys!!!

March 25th, 2008

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!

Feb 28th, 2008

Hey folks! Just ONE WEEK LEFT to reserve your hotel room at our host hotel: Hampton Inn, 8419 N Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 548-0905 The deadline is March 6th and only THREE ROOMS ARE LEFT!! This Spring Autofair is the first time the AACA has managed to secure the show as a NATIONAL meet! Read more about it here: As usual there will be lots to see and do and you can be there! I should have our passes on March 7th (after the meeting at the speedway) so expect to see them in the mail by around the 10th as long as you have already sent in your registration to me.

Again… that’s THREE ROOMS LEFT and FOUR SPACES LEFT… then they are gone! So act now!!!

Feb 25th, 2008

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 NOW if you are going. Thanks!

Jan 16th, 2008

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 me NOW if you are going. Thanks!

Nov 1st, 2007

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!

Oct 1st, 2007

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!

Sept 7th, 2007

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!!!

July 16th, 2007

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 PLUS don't forget about the Ford Galaxie Nationals in Dawsonville this year!!! Hoping to have a newsletter out soon. I also have several new members that are surely wondering if they are going to hear from me. You will very soon! Thanks for your patience!!!

June 30th, 2007

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!

June10th, 2007

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!!!

Jan 2, 2007

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!!!

Oct 28th, 2006

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.

Sept 19th, 2006

The Fall Autofair was a HUGE success. We showed Saturday only, but we had the same prime spot in the infield and ALL 15 SLOTS WERE FILLED! I'd like to thank all of you who showed your cars and those who stopped by to say hello! I'm laying the groundwork for the 2007 Spring Autofair so check your newsletters and the website for updates!

Sept 8th, 2006

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!

July 26th, 2006

The 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 That’s right it’s FREE and there’s LOTS TO DO!

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 The museum is #36 on this map.

Go to: for more info!


June 27th, 2006

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!!!

June 19th, 2006

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.

April 15th, 2006

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!

Feb 27th, 2006

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!

Feb 20th, 2006

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: I am continuing to try to contact them for more info.

Feb 10th, 2006

Lowe’s Motor 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 GET THEM AGAIN!

Jan 4th, 2006

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!

Nov 25th, 2005

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!

Sept 30th, 2005

The fourth newsletter is SLOWLY taking shape! Should be in the mail by Oct 10th!

Sept 19th, 2005

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!

August 15th, 2005

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!

April 4th, 2005

The logo is done and paid for! PLUSH DESIGN did a fantastic job!

March 25th, 2005

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.

March 15th, 2005

The newsletter is DONE and has been mailed! Still trying to get the darn website up on the FGCoA site!

March 4th, 2005

The newsletter was delayed... hope to have it published soon!

February 22nd, 2005

Our logo is at Plush Design getting the final touches by Kameron MacCarthy. Contact Plush Design at 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!


February 15th, 2005

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: and make sure you sign his guestbook and wish him  well!!!


February 8th, 2005

Sad News...

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.

In Memoriam

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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