Blue/Gray Chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America

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Blue Gray Welcome Center GM Nationals 2011 PHOTOS BY: KEN WHITCOMB
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Blue/Gray Chapter Hosts Oldsmobiles at Carlisle
The Blue Gray Chapter along with the Delaware Valley Olds Club hosted the Oldsmobiles at Carlisle GM Nationals June 2011

Story By: Rich Saullo

The 10 anniversary GM Nationals at Carlisle was an event everyone in the motor sports hobby should have attended!

The three day weekend in beautiful Carlisle Pennsylvania, celebrated 10 years featuring General

Motors built and imported vehicles exclusively at one show which draws people from all over the U.S.A. and across the globe.

A fine selection of all years and models were handsomely displayed at the 10th Anniversary event, in fact on Sunday we had to realign our cars to make room for more Rocket Powered autos to park within class. Cutlass and 442 of course were represented the most and to say a great selection would be an understatement. Everything from a beautiful Baby Blue first generation F-85 to the last years of the famed Cutlass in all forms we on display and boy some were tough to beat! Here’s to winners!

309 MOLLER, MANTON 1972 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS CLASS WINNER

* Best Olds-Cutlass

310 DEILY, DAVID 1972 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS AWARD OF EX.

311 YEAGER, SCOTT 1968 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS AWARD OF EX.

312 HORTON, DENNIS 1965 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS *SPECIAL AWARD*

* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: Rick Tice Oldsmobile Club of America

313 PHILLIPS, SCOTT 1962 OLDSMOBILE F-85 JETFIRE *SPECIAL AWARD*

* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: Captain Marci Orr Salvation Army

I am glad I did not have to compete in that class as it was hard to not judge many as best in their class. Two husband and wife teams battled it out for the best Toronado in the show and it was almost impossible to give this one away. Both were stunning examples of a seldom seen , becoming extinct class of Olsdmobiles.

307 MARKOWSKI, MIKE & MARJIE 1966 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO DELUX CLASS WINNER

* Best Olds-Toronado

308 MUMMERT, RON & JEAN 1966 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO AWARD OF EX.

Next the Olds Performance Category was another hard class to pick, as if any class is easy. This class featured all modified Oldsmobiles, 442, and Ralye Models and the winners were:

314 KOULIK, LARRY 1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 CLASS WINNER

* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: Jeff Antonucci Delaware Valley Olds Club

* Best Olds-Performance

315 WINSTEAD, DON 1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 AWARD OF EX.

* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: Tom Inman Transportation Department Head, PA College of Technology

316 BOYD, GARY 1965 OLDSMOBILE 442 AWARD OF EX.

Last but certainly not least was the category called All Other Oldsmobile’s. This is a tough one as this allows many different models and styles of Oldsmobile cars to compete lumped in one final category. My opinion, the hardest one to compete in and as luck would have it for me this is where my Oldsmobile was placed


I was not even a member of the Blue/Gray Chapter at this time just a participant at the show. It was our first experience with the club and we signed up on the spot to join.

Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins was a celebrity judge and picked his show favorite in this category and it was Tom Brabenders 1957 Olds Fiesta Wagon Custom which included a period Offenhauser Engine too boot!! Winners were:

317 PICKLE, KEN 2003 OLDSMOBILE AUROA CLASS WINNER

* Best Olds-Full Size

318 BRABENDER, TOM 1957 OLDS FIESTA AWARD OF EX.

* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins Racing Legend & Engine Builder

319 SAULLO JR, RICHARD 1981 OLDSMOBILE 98 REGENCY AWARD OF EX.

* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: Ken Whitcomb Oldsmobile Club of America - Blue/Gray Chapter
 

I was impressed! We came from our hometown of Hazleton Pa. , about 130 miles for the event with our 1981 Oldsmobile 98 Regency 100% unrestored 40,000 mile original car and won Three Awards that weekend. I must say I did not have any expectations of winning anything at the show but was knocked off my feet when we saw the winners list early Sunday morning. Our Olds won an award of excellence in it’s class, a Celebrity Judges Pick and also an additional local award from the Blue Grey/Delaware Oldsmobile club in our class.


 

I have attended as a spectator many GM National shows and other Carlisle events but this was the first one competing. We met many new friends and saw a few Olds ones (not a typo) and thank everyone for a great three day weekend.

Before we part I would be remiss if I did not call attention to Todd Cousin's Ghostbusters Ecto Wagon seen below as in all my years of “fooling around” cars I have never seen this much effort put in a car which fits in no category. Truly a “Class of it’s own” Todd now is also a member of the Blue/Gray!

“ Who You Gonna Call”………..Olds Busters………….



Ken Whitcomb of the Blue/Gray Chapter of the OCA presents Celebrity Judges Award to at that time Non Member Rich Saullo 1981 Olds 98 Regency